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Kingdom Hearts III Development Delayed

Posted September 13, 2013 by Kat in News

To the delight of many fans, Square Enix made a long-awaited announcement for Kingdom Hearts III, a game that has been speculated on and anticipated since the release of the last game some seven years ago.  The announcement, of course, came alongside the official confirmation of Final Fantasy Versus XIII finally getting its day, alongside it coming the name change to Final Fantasy XV.  Unfortunately, due to both games having Tetsuya Nomura as their director, Final Fantasy is taking precedent in the development.  Rather than having Nomura divide his time between both games, Square Enix will instead be focusing on Final Fantasy XV, and then likely getting to full creation of Kingdom Hearts III once XV is complete.

As producer Shinji Hashimoto explained, “Both [games] 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.”  A perfectly valid reason for the continued delay, and likely most fans could agree that it would be better to have two high-quality games, rather than two sub-par.  At the same time, it’s hard not to imagine the disappointment this announcement brings, especially for those who have been waiting such a long time to even get confirmation that the game is being made.  But Hashimoto also explained that in spite of the delayed release, they made the announcement of the game at E3 – including a trailer – specifically to address all the speculation about the potential for finishing out the trilogy.  Which does show that they are aware of fan desires and concerns.

Early information about Kingdom Hearts III has it that it will continue the plot from Dream Drop Distance, with a few key differences already being made to the graphical art style, and combat – likely to go with the next-gen platforms.  The game is due out for both the Xbox One and PS4, and if we’re lucky, it will only be another couple years more wait.

Source: IGN

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