Won't affect the Kingdom Hearts team. What's your point?Originally Posted by http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/173093/Square_Enix_to_avoid_largescale_internal_development_after_Final_Fantasy_XIII2.php
Well, there's not really a "Kingdom Hearts team" per se, other than the core staff that may even shuffle with each new game. Square Enix's development is split between different production departments. The one that handles mainline Kingdom Hearts games is Production Department 1 -- the side games are managed by PD1 and developed by either the Osaka (PD5) office or with the help of a third party contractor (h.a.n.d). In the case of FFXIII-2, tri-Ace and Marvelous AQL answered the call.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII is being developed by PD1, and happens to have staff that have worked on Kingdom Hearts before. Most of them have worked on Final Fantasy games previous to Kingdom Hearts titles. (Half of the Final Fantasy X development crew in PD1 went to Kingdom Hearts I, while the other went to Final Fantasy X-2 since it required less staff.)
In short, there's no dedicated Kingdom Hearts team other than a few core creators like Nomura-san and a few other designers and producers.
So what does this even mean for Kingdom Hearts?
Kingdom Hearts III will likely be on a console again, by Nomura's own implications. A large scale project that will be headed by PD1.
In the past PD1 has been notorious for lengthy development times on Final Fantasy XIII and Versus XIII, largely due to the problems with their next-gen engine (White Engine, now Crystal Tools) not performing up to speed, and mismanagement of staff.
What this potentially means is that you'll have a staff of core deisgners creating everything that they need -- the blueprints for the game if you will -- and outsourcing work to other companies to do the gruntwork (creating the assets). Companies that are better managed and more efficient than Square Enix PD1 can currently attempt.
So in the case of Kingdom Hearts III, it's entirely possible that development will proceed in this fashion. It's possible that the time between announcement and hitting the store shelf could be considerably less long.
Food for thought.