At D23 earlier today Square Enix revealed a brand new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, showing off the Toy Story world. But although fans of the Disney Pixar film franchise were delighted to see Woody, Rex, and Co. getting the KH treatment, they were even more excited to get an update on the Kingdom Hearts 3 release date.
A screen right at the end of the trailer confirms that Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released in 2018. Although a specific window within 2018 was not confirmed during the video – even a month or a season – the news that the game will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One next year was met with huge applause.
This 2018 release has been a long time coming, given that the game was announced all the way back at E3 2013, though game director Tetsuya Nomura said that this reveal came too early. One of the game’s voice actors, Bill Farmer (the English language voice of Goofy) even suggested that Kingdom Hearts 3 could be released in 2015. As the game promises Keyblade transformations, new enemies and other new gameplay features, many fans don’t mind that it has taken a while to develop.
Others, though, aren’t convinced that the game really will release in 2018 after all. Fans have already taken to Twitter to make memes about the release date confirmation, with some suggesting that Half-Life 3 will release before Kingdom Hearts 3 does. One fan even joked that ‘Kingdom Hearts 3 2018’ is just the full name of the game, rather than the release window, as another suggested that ‘2018’ is the countdown of days until the game is released instead of its actual release year.
A delay to 2019 may not be such a bad thing, as fans have such high hopes for the game and won’t be happy with anything other than perfection. A little extra time in the oven- if needed – would only be good news for the game and would help to ensure that it delivers on fans’ expectations. The ideal outcome would be if Kingdom Hearts 3 made its 2018 release date window but at this point fans are used to waiting.
In any case, fans have lots of other Kingdom Hearts media to tide them over until the next game’s release. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 ties in to Kingdom Hearts 3 (spoilers at the link), for example, and fans are encouraged to replay that to entertain themselves while they wait.
Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released in 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One.