Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed on Twitter that development on the game has finally, mercifully ended.
Alongside the announcement, a new trailer was released, which has been playing in North American cinemas. That might explain the Hollywood-style narrator, making the game look like a fun , if not a bit confusing, animated movie.
I’m proud to unveil an extended version of the trailer that’s been playing in NA cinemas. And guess what? We’ve wrapped up development of #KingdomHearts III!
If you haven’t had the chance yet, now would be a good time to prep by playing 1.5+2.5 & 2.8. See you next month! – Nomura pic.twitter.com/NvZYBut3WI
— KINGDOM HEARTS (@KINGDOMHEARTS) November 20, 2018
For those who somehow don’t know, the game follows series protagonist Sora, his best friends Donald Duck and Goofy, and their epic showdown against the forces of Master Xehanort, across worlds based on various Disney blockbusters. The trailer showcases returning worlds from previous games based on Hercules and Pirates of the Caribbean, and new worlds based on Big Hero Six, Frozen, Tangled, Toy Story and Monsters Inc.
Originally announced in 2013, Kingdom Hearts III was set to have a release date in 2018, before being delayed. Announcing the game’s completion is a healthy sign that the game can make its current January 29 release.
In the past decade, numerous handheld spinoffs titles were released (which have since received PS4 remasters) in order to continue Sora’s story, but this will mark the first fully fledged follow up to Kingdom Hearts II, which released in 2006 in Australia.
Nomura’s tweet also recommends playing through those previous titles to “prep” for the new game’s release. As the continuation of an increasingly complex plot featuring multiple original characters, and multiple versions of those characters, maybe a refresher isn’t such a bad idea.
Kingdom Hearts III is set to finally, finally release on January 29, 2019. Knock on wood – or whatever Keyblades are made out of.