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The Kingdom Hearts 3 Rumor Points at a Spring 2014 Release Date

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Kingdom Hearts 3

While the rumours may be going around about the release date of Square Enix’s upcoming action RPG, Kingdom Hearts 3, not everyone is buying into them, and with good reason. 

The rumours began with an apparent “insider” at Square Enix leaking to the public that the release date was confirmed as Spring 2014, but Denis Advic, of Enixorigins.com, tells us why that couldn’t possibly be the case. He writes “there is absolutely no way Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released in 2014 due to the fact that it is in extremely early stages of development and the fact that Nomura [referring to Tetsuya Nomura, the game's director] himself said he was taking the time to promote the new Final Fantasy XV, a game he wanted to create for the longest time.  Fans still believe that it will be out in 2014, despite the facts in front of them. Square Enix Origin is about to put the “2014 spring release date” rumor to a rest”.

Confident words, but with facts like that, why wouldn’t he be confident? 

In an inteview with Famitsu (It’s in Japanese, so feel free to read the PSU.com article in English for the highlights) Nomura commented “Since the release of Kingdom Hearts II, I believe that many fans were feeling impatient due to our continuous releases of spin-off titles, so we decided to announce it at the same time as Final Fantasy XV. However, looking at the current development status, I think we may have announced it a little too early.” This was in June, 2013. 

Personally, I won’t be getting my hopes up regarding the accuracy of the rumour, but if I turn out to be wrong, I’ll console myself with a new copy of Kingdom Hearts 3. What do you guys think of the “Spring 2014″ release date? Leave a comment below! 

About Michael Archbold

An Englishman from North East England and an avid gamer. I played my Amstrad CPC6128, had an affair with Sega by way of the Megadrive, Sega-CD, and Dreamcast, and then fell in love with the PC. Games of choice are RPG, RTS, FPS, and I always tend to try out the latest MMO or anything with zombies in it. I'm a newly aspiring games journalist with a desire to review the latest titles or revisit the more classic games of our era. Contact: [email protected]

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  • William Cox

    I’d be pissed if it came out that early. WIth the first trailer saying that it is now in development means that they’d have to rush it and it would be like Sega with Sonic 06 all over again. And that happening to Kingdom Hearts would have me very upset with Square. For a full development cycle for something as big as Kingdom Hearts, we probably won’t be playing it until possibly Q3 2015 to Q1 2016.

    • Michael Archbold

      I’d personally have to agree with you, William. While I would love to see a finished product in 2014, a game like Kingdom Hearts really deserves a lot more time put into it, in my humble opinion.

    • Ducked

      Agreed, I’m hoping Kingdom Hearts III has 40-60 hours of gameplay at least.

      • zackfair345

        you’re right. lets hope they release a demo

        • Ducked

          That be awesome if they did

          • zackfair345

            I know but I don’t know how long the demo would be

          • Ducked

            Well a demo just showing off the new gameplay and graphics would be nice.

          • zackfair345

            yeah you’re right. I think a demo should be an hour or half

      • Jair

        If they add Final fantasy characters and an official world for them I don’t mind waiting that long.

        • Ducked

          Balamb Garden and the North Crater would be pretty awesome to see. It be awesome if Sora saves Aerith instead of her dying.

          • Jair

            Yeahhh! Id even add grand pulse. But I’d rather just not even getting to where she dies.

          • Ducked

            Well it would add depth…

          • zackfair345

            yeah and then they all fought sephiroth. I love aerith so much

          • Ducked

            Me too, that’s why I’d like to see a different result turn out. Have Sora block Sephiroth just in time to save Aerith. Or, what would be really sad is if either Axel or Ventus jumps in front of Aerith and gets stabbed instead of aerith. That be really tear breaking, and an epic moment.

          • zackfair345

            yeah and then aerith would be able to use the white materia and meteor would be stopped

          • Ducked

            yeah! It would be so awesome of square enix did this

          • zackfair345

            I know but well what about zack?

          • Ducked

            I’m not sure about Zack. He did appear in Birth by Sleep but that was set before Kingdom Hearts. In the time period KH3 is in right now, Zack has already passed down the sword to Cloud if I’m correct. I would love to see Zack in KH3, even if it did mess a little with the storyline.

          • zackfair345

            yeah zack did pass his sword to cloud and was his legacy so it could mean he won’t appear in KH3 then

          • Ducked

            I think like aerith, even though it wouldn’t match the final fantasy storyline. It be nice if they did put Zack in hero form in KH3. Maybe he ends up with Aqua, that be interesting

          • zackfair345

            well he asked her out in BBS and she refuses but wait. isn’t aqua stuck in the realm of darkness along with ansem the wise?

          • Ducked

            Yes she is, but Sora, Donald, and Goofy are suppose to rescue her according to the plot that square enix revealed. I think aqua would accept zack now that he’s a true hero.

          • zackfair345

            you’re right. still if she found him with Sora, Donald and Goofy in Olympus he and her could get together. but one thing has been on my mind. what if zack was in radiant garden with aerith while sora, Donald and goofy appeared and realized zack is aerith’s girlfriend you know like crisis core

          • Ducked

            True, that would be interesting, but I’m hoping Aerith will be together will Cloud. People are also saying that Sora and Aqua should get together, but I’m hoping not since Sora has been with Kairi.

          • zackfair345

            still sora and kairi do fit into a couple but I would have thought at the end of kingdom hearts 3 even though it’s not out that they would kiss. still cloud did have feelings for aerith and I think and you could be right. let’s hope they are together in kingdom hearts 3

    • zackfair345

      yeah I think it would be 2015

    • Josh Gordon

      Nah this is really really wrong.
      Nomura said he shouldnt of shown it off that early because the game is in very early stages
      .. We still need KH1.5 and 2.5 before 3

      • zackfair345

        well he was working on final fantasy xv which was final fantasy versus xiii so that’s maybe why he didn’t want to show it of early because he was working on final fantasy xv

  • skyekid143

    it can’t be coming out next year. they just finished with final fantasy xv and kingdom hearts 3 is still in development so it would be 2015 or any year

    • Ducked

      Hopefully 2015

      • skyekid143

        yeah your right. it was announced last month and they said it’s in development

        • Ducked

          Yep, I remember when Sega rushed Sonic The Hedgehog 06 for the PS3 and 360, it didn’t go to well. I’m in for giving Square Enix time.

          • zackfair345

            sonic 06 was crap and if KH3 came out next year it would be crap due to being rushed

  • Ducked

    There’s no possible way it could come out in 2014. If it did, then the game would probably stink due to it being rushed.

    I’m expecting Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix for 2014, as they teased in the 1.5 credits.

    • zackfair345

      I’d have to agree with you there. if they did make a Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix the games that I would have in for the next HD Remix should be
      1.kingdom hearts 2 final mix
      2.kingdom hearts re:coded
      3.kingdom hearts 3D dream drop distance
      that’s basically all I could find out

      • Ducked

        I’d love to have Dream Drop Distance but, sadly it’s still to new from what I saw.

        In the credits of 1.5 Remix they revealed…

        1: Kingdom Hearts 2 final mix
        2: Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep final mix
        3: Kingdom Hearts re-coded

        I’d rather have DDD instead of re-coded, but oh well. I’m sure the re-coded will only be cutscenes like 358/2 days.

        • zackfair345

          I agree with you. both re:coded and 358/2 days were on the ds but I don’t think the gameplay might have been like the ones that were on the PS2 if they weren’t cutscenes. it could have been the same as the ds. still if re:coded didn’t appear on the next HD Remix then I would’ve been
          1.kingdom hearts 2 final mix
          2.kingdom hearts birth by sleep final mix
          3.kingdom hearts 3D dream drop distance
          I’m not sure if what I said makes sense.

  • Matt

    there wrong, its very early in devolpment so there not that far. my idea is late 2014 to mid 2015

    • zackfair345

      hopefully 2015

  • Alex Patro

    Targets site claims this comes out at the ps4 launch!

    • Michael Archbold

      It may be Target’s standing practice to place a “dummy date” on titles that are unconfirmed, in order to enter them into their inventory systems.This is a common practice with many retailers depending on their software.

      Then again, a cynical man could say they are looking to get some nice Christmas pre-orders by listing the release date as 31st Dec 2013.

      Either way, until I see an official release date from Square Enix, I won’t be holding my breath.

  • skyekid143

    im hoping next year they release a demo gameplay

  • Tom

    Kingdom Hearts 3 was in development since 2010 (i got it from a website, not sure if its true) and there planning for early 2014

    • zackfair345

      are you sure you’re not talking about kingdom hearts 3D?

    • William Cox

      It was stopped prematurely so they could work on Versus XIII/XV. And then EVERYTHING at Square was stopped so they could remake FFXIV.

  • zackfair345

    KH3 wouldn’t come out next year. if it did it would be messed up

  • Jair

    At least I just hope they make a full trailer with a little gameplay and a teaser of the story by the end of the year. Or at least in spring 2014.

    • zackfair345

      they will probably release a demo of KH3 and a few trailers with some gameplay next year

  • Jemar

    The longer they wait, the more fans they will lose. If it came out in 2016, kingdom hearts wound’t even be in my memory anymore.

    • zackfair345

      nah it won’t come out in 2016. it would more than likely be released in 2015 besides I’d like to see a demo gameplay of kingdom hearts 3

  • (✖Vanilla-Chii✖)

    HAHAHAHA NOPE! early 2015 is a possiblility!

  • Kakarot

    Honestly, I don’t even want a demo for this. I want that magical feeling we had of tearing the plastic off the ps2 casing of a game we didn’t even have a feel for. I’m calling it between Christmas of 2014 and Spring of 2015. If FFV didn’t exist, these HD collections would be simple work doable within a year, you notice how they just dropped an HD FFX on us out of nowhere(WHICH I WILL BE BUYING). And I don’t think they’d be rushing the game, people the storyline for KH3 is already laid out over the course of 10 years for us, YES there is a lot to include I agree, but it’s not some code they’d have to decipher, if anything would be rushed it would be from a graphical stand point, I believe.

    • zackfair345

      when you said FFV didn’t you mean FFXV?

      • Kakarot

        Oh yes of course lol my bad stupid keyboard

        • zackfair345

          don’t worry. happens to me sometimes