Japanese game developer Square Enix has already announced that its highly-anticipated role-playing game “Final Fantasy XV” will arrive at the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4, and the PC later this year, it has not said anything yet about the release date of its other much-awaited crossover role-playing game “Kingdom Hearts 3.”
It was recently revealed that there is an unwritten rule in Square Enix that they can only speak and announce a release date to the game if and when the game they have been working on is already on a specific stage of development.
Since Square Enix has already made an announcement on the release date of “Final Fantasy XV” late last year, the game has apparently reached that specific milestone in the game development company’s rule, notes Design & Trend.
However, the same cannot be said yet of “Kingdom Hearts 3” which is why no specific release date has been announced by Square Enix just yet although rumors have it that the game would finally come out to the gaming consoles and the PC next year.
It was actually “Final Fantasy XV” director Hajime Tabata who confirmed the so-called Square Enix rule when he said that they are allowed to announce the release date for a game once it gets to a specific stage in development.
The fact that nothing has been said about the release date of “Kingdom Hearts 3” since it was officially announced almost three years ago means that the video game’s required completion threshold has not been met yet.
Although it is not an official confirmation from Square Enix, the latest report actually puts a heavy damper on some fans’ hopes that “Kingdom Hearts 3” will be available next year. For that to be true, its completion level would have to match that of “Final Fantasy XV” very soon.
Confirming the delay
Game director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed in a recent interview that the release date of “Kingdom Hearts 3” was moved.
Although the game is about a year away from its release, Nomura promised that it would be a whole lot better than the previous iterations of the “Kingdom Hearts” series, notes Latinos Health.
Since the development team switched to a more advanced engine, they were able to do the modifications that they wanted but could not achieve on the previous hardware.
Nomura also disclosed that they have implemented a new battle system and introduced new and unique moves. He also teased that the Keyblade Transformation plot, where Sora has gone through a test of mastery, will be part of the combat.
Winnie the Pooh and company
In addition to its release date, what has been giving gamers great excitement over “Kingdom Hearts 3” are the possible Disney worlds that shall be part of the game.
Previous reports have it that “Tangled,” “Hercules,” and “Big Hero 6” shall be integrated to the next iteration of the popular “Kingdom Hearts” franchise.
While there have been rumors that other possible Disney worlds might also be considered including “Frozen” and Marvel, it seems that those were merely wishful thinking from fans.
However, based on latest reports, it looks like the game would have another Disney-themed world coming along. Square Enix recently released a screenshot from the game, which shows Sora, Goofy and Donald Duck in a new world.
The threesome is on board a ride that resembles Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters in Disneyland, which could be a hint that “Toy Story” is being considered for integration to “Kingdom Hearts 3.”
However, sources from the game developer said that the screenshot is a matter of group attraction flow strategy without going into further details.
After the recent Albuquerque ComicCon 2016 held recently in New Mexico, reports are now rife that the Disney world of Winnie the Pooh might also be integrated into “Kingdom Hearts 3.”