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'Kingdom Hearts 3' and 'Final Fantasy XV' publisher talks next-generation plans

'Kingdom Hearts 3' box art
Photo courtesy of Square Enix, used with permission

Phil Rogers has commented on some of the hurdles that Square Enix, the company behind "Kingdom Hearts 3" and "Final Fantasy XV," could be facing with the next-generation. In an interview with GamesIndustry International on May 15, the chief executive officer at the American and European branches of the company was asked about the rising costs of development and the decreasing number of AAA publishers. The executive replied by saying that his company is actually well positioned due to several factors.

He revealed that the intellectual properties owned by Square Enix are backed by many fans. Furthermore, the development teams have been set up so that each new installment of the franchises will be successful from a financial standpoint. Due to the openness of the PS4 and Xbox One, the publisher is also able to provide a diverse software lineup.

Phil Rogers went on to state that "Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn," "Thief" and "Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition" have provided a good start for Square Enix on the two next-generation systems. All three products were ported from the previous generations, however, which minimizes some of the development costs. Other companies, such as Sony Computer Entertainment with "The Last of Us Remastered," are following the same strategy of cross-generation releases.

The executive also teased Square Enix's upcoming lineup for the PS4 and Xbox One. The publisher will be releasing "Deus Ex Universe," "Murdered: Soul Suspect" as well as new installments to the "Hitman" and "Tomb Raider" franchises. On the Japanese side, the development teams are working on the aforesaid "Kingdom Hearts 3" and "Final Fantasy XV."

The two action role-playing games were announced at E3 2013 although both titles appear to be early in the production cycle with no release dates in sight. However, Square Enix is rumored to be providing some new information at next month's E3 2014 event. A temporary box art of "Kingdom Hearts 3" from the official Facebook page of the franchise can be viewed near the top of this article.

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