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You Might Need To Wait A While For Kingdom Hearts III



Despite the fact that the game was revealed at this year’s E3, don’t expect Kingdom Hearts III to be released any time soon—Square Enix have indicated that the game won’t see release until some time after Final Fantasy XV.


“So at E3 this year we announced Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV,” Square Enix’s Shinji Hashimoto said to IGN. “Both have Tetsuya Nomura as their director, so we can’t create these two big games at the same time.”


“It’s a difficult job, as we want each game to be perfect in terms of quality.”


Hashimoto went on clarify, “A lot of people have wondered for the last couple of years if Square Enix has actually been working on Kingdom Hearts III; that’s why we announced it at E3 this year. But please, we need you all to understand that there’s a lot to do.”


Earlier in the year, Kingdom Hearts creator Tetsuya Nomura revealed that the battle scenes shown in the Kingdom Hearts III trailer at E3 (above) weren’t actually running on consoles—rather, they were running on an overspec development environment and were representative of the quality he hopes to eventually achieve.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.