In the course of the latest Super Smash Bros. presentation, which revealed Kingdom Hearts’ Sora as the ultimate DLC fighter, it was revealed that the entire Kingdom Hearts series is headed to Switch. What ought to have been an unimaginable announcement was considerably dampened, nonetheless, with the catch being that all the assortment would only be available in Cloud Version form.
It is protected to say that the response wasn’t notably nice; we ran a ballot proper right here on Nintendo Life to see what number of of you’d be inquisitive about choosing up the cloud variations and, on the time of writing, solely 9% of respondents have been assured in a ‘sure’ reply. The overwhelming majority of respondents had no curiosity in any respect or would have most well-liked native ports of the video games.
We lately had the chance to ask Kingdom Hearts collection producer, Ichiro Hazama, the burning query: why are these video games solely accessible as Cloud Variations?
Nintendo Life: From an outsider wanting in, we have seen different high-quality ports of traditional Sq. Enix video games like Final Fantasy X | X-2 run natively on Swap. So what was the rationale to launch the Kingdom Hearts collection on Swap as Cloud Variations, as a substitute of optimising them to run natively on Swap ?
Ichiro Hazama: “For a while, our director Tetsuya Nomura had expressed his want to ship the Kingdom Hearts collection to Nintendo Swap gamers, him having seen and heard the demand, and so an excessive amount of consideration went into this internally. Bringing these titles to Nintendo Swap proved to be fairly tough for varied causes, together with the storage capability of the , however we’re excited that we have been in a position to make it occur for the primary time ever by using the Cloud service.”
Pushing just a little additional, we went on to ask about the potential of native ports down the highway:
NL: We perceive it could have been close to not possible to get all the collection operating easily on Swap, however is it attainable that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix might ever be reworked to run natively on Swap later down the highway? Is that this simply type of a cease hole?
Hazama: “At this second in time, the manufacturing of a local model is undecided. We consider that the Cloud model is at the moment one of the simplest ways to ship the Kingdom Hearts collection to Nintendo Swap gamers, however we’re at all times excited to listen to to suggestions from our followers and need to thank them for all their help.”
It actually feels like these cloud variations are right here to remain, however no less than the potential of a real launch for a number of the Kingdom Hearts video games is not fully out of the query.