The list of “Video Games That May Never Actually Release” has just lost one of its most prominent members. Kingdom Hearts 3 has just announced a release date of January 29, 2019, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms via its official Twitter account.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is the hotly anticipated conclusion to the Xehanort Saga that started with the original Kingdom Hearts game, released in 2002 and was first officially revealed with a trailer at E3 2013. Since then, multiple trailers have been released with more information about worlds, characters, and story. The latest release of information was this past May when several press outlets were invited to play a demo of the game and Square Enix announced they would reveal the release date in early June.
When questioned why the release date was not announced at E3 this upcoming week, the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account released the following statement:
“We’ve announced the release day for KINGDOM HEARTS III ahead of E3 at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour-. I’m sorry that we’re asking for a little more time than initially planned. Please look forward to other information, including a few trailers at E3. Thank you – Nomura”
The release date puts Kingdom Hearts III almost 2 years exactly after the previous installment in the series, the mini-episode Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A Fragmentary Passage –. A Fragmentary Passage was specifically touted as being a bridge between previous installment Birth By Sleep and also serving as a prologue to Kingdom Hearts III. Released as part of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, the compilation also included a PlayStation 4 version of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance as well as the movie Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover.
No mention has been made of a release of the game on Windows PC, but with the recent porting of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV, it’s not necessarily out of the realm of possibility.
What do you think of the new Kingdom Hearts 3 release date? What worlds and characters would you want to see included in the game? Let us know in the comments below!