Forum:Is Utada still with Square Enix?

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AROS - My friends are my power!
TALK - Okay, why not? I'll go with you guys." - 19:36
So I was looking in the forums on (because lately that is only place with decent info on that site, and most of it is a bunch of newbs who exclaim how they discovered that Ven looks like Roxas for the first time) and I noticed that on a forum concerning Utada Hikaru, one of the seinor members claims that Utada left Square Enix for good because they wouldn't increase her pay or something. Well, I didn't believe it (in fact, I STILL don't), so I searched it up and I haven't found anything so far. So what do you think? Is this true (GODS, please no!) or is this just another forum rumor started by a guy who wants attention? This is a matter that concerns Kingdom Hearts fans because whether it's true or not, without Utada, we wouldn't get any new songs beyond Simple And Clean and Sanctuary, and I'm getting a little tired of repetitiveness so I pray she sings something new for KH3. So, some please tell me it's a lie!
Infinity KHD.png Read this. It's from KHInsider's main page (which, personally, I trust a great deal more than any forums), but it's from June of '09, so I don't know if their minds will change by the time the game begins development. No indication of that though.
LapisScarab Xemnas (card).png Good tidings, friends. Today is a momentous day. I am pleased to announce that a new comrade has been chosen to wear the coat. — 04:06, November 16, 2010 (UTC)

AROS - My friends are my power!
TALK - Okay, why not? I'll go with you guys." - 20:20
Well, they are pondering over the High Def scenes for KH3 right now, so they would have the opening music in mind, so I really hope they come up with a decision on that soon (and I HOPE it is WINNING BACK UTADA!).

I actually don't think they've even STARTED working on KH3 yet, and I know they can't do any actuall production while the Versus 13 team is busy. It almost seems like that interview with Utada was more in reference to BBS which was a major game still in production,as oppossed to KH3. 22:07, November 16, 2010 (UTC)

Also, this thread's title should probably be changed, Utada was never "with" Square Enix, she was commissioned by Disney, who apparently decided not to increase her pay. 22:11, November 16, 2010 (UTC)

...Did you even read the link I gave? The questions specifically asks her about KHIII. And this is a forum, not an official page. It's fine if the title isn't 100% accurate.LapisLazuliScarab00:10, November 17, 2010 (UTC)

Well, it's possible she didn't know that at the time. I mean, even at E3 they said they could have called BBS Kh3 and gotten away with it, to be honest, it makes more sense than them approaching her last year for music to a game they started planning the plot/design for this year. 02:06, November 18, 2010 (UTC)

Fans have been asking about KHIII constantly ever since KHII came out, questions like this aren't at all out of the ordinary. People are impatient about these things and they'll ask until they get answers or until the game comes out; take all the people asking if so-and-so will do voice work for BBS months before the game came out for example. And they never referred to BBS as "Kingdom Hearts III" at any point in development. Like I said, this is a fairly old discussion, and it's possible they may change their minds (though it is unlikely since, from what I understand, Utada is going on a "hiatus" starting in 2011), but this interview isn't complicated. They asked about KH3, she/her father said no. Simple as that.LapisLazuliScarab02:37, November 18, 2010 (UTC)