Throughout the current 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 unbelievable announcement was considerably dampened, nonetheless, with the catch being that your entire assortment would only be available in Cloud Version form.
It is secure to say that the response wasn’t significantly nice; we ran a ballot proper right here on Nintendo Life to see what number of of you’ll be interested by selecting up the cloud variations and, on the time of writing, solely 9% of respondents had been assured in a ‘sure’ reply. The overwhelming majority of respondents had no curiosity in any respect or would have most popular 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 hardware?
Ichiro Hazama: “For a while, our director Tetsuya Nomura had expressed his need to ship the Kingdom Hearts collection to Nintendo Swap gamers, him having seen and heard the demand, and so a substantial amount of consideration went into this internally. Bringing these titles to Nintendo Swap proved to be fairly troublesome for varied causes, together with the storage capability of the hardware, however we’re excited that we had been in a position to make it occur for the primary time ever by using the Cloud service.”
Pushing a bit additional, we went on to ask about the opportunity of native ports down the highway:
NL: We perceive it might have been close to not possible to get your entire collection operating easily on Swap, however is it doable 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 form 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 presently one of the best ways to ship the Kingdom Hearts collection to Nintendo Swap gamers, however we’re all the time excited to listen to to suggestions from our followers and need to thank them for all their help.”
It definitely seems like these cloud variations are right here to remain, however a minimum of the opportunity of a real launch for a number of the Kingdom Hearts video games is not fully out of the query.