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Kingdom Hearts 3 gets a 2019 release date

Just days before their E3 conference, Square Enix has shown its hand early by finally giving us a firm release date for the long awaited Kingdom Hearts 3. 

The game had been scheduled for a 2018 release during last year’s D23 expo, but it looks like that’s no longer the case. Kingdom Hearts 3 will now be arriving to PS4 and Xbox One early next year on the 29th of January. Japanese players will get it slightly sooner on January 25th.

This news comes from the official Kingdom Hearts twitter, which revealed the anticipated release date earlier today. It’s rather a quiet reveal for a game that’s been in development for so many years, but those lucky enough to attend the first performance of the 2018 Kingdom Hearts World Tour Orchestra today got to see the reveal in person.

The delay is disappointing, especially to those that have been itching to play the sequel since its initial announcement way back in 2013. It is at least a tangible date however, which is a show of confidence that it’ll be ready by that time. Lead developer Tetsuya Nomura has apologised for taking more time than initially planned, and assured us that there’s still plenty of Kingdom Hearts news to come during E3, including some trailers.

A preview of Kingdom Hearts 3 will be available to play at Square Enix’s booth at E3.