Kingdom Hearts III Launches January 29, 2019
It was announced today in the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter page, that the most-anticipated game from Square-Enix, Kingdom Hearts III, will be releasing on January 29, 2019.
Check out the official Twitter post, making this announcement:
— Kingdom Hearts (@KINGDOMHEARTS) June 10, 2018
On January 29th, 2019, Kingdom Hearts III will be released on both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One.
On the official Twitter account, it was also said that this reveal was ahead of this years’ E3 at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour-
We’ve announced the release day for KINGDOM HEARTS III ahead of E3 at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour-. I’m sorry that we’re asking for a little more time than initially planned. Please look forward to other information, including a few trailers at E3. Thank you – Nomura
— Kingdom Hearts (@KINGDOMHEARTS) June 10, 2018
“About KINGDOM HEARTS
KINGDOM HEARTS is the story of Light overcoming Darkness with the power of Friendship.
KINGDOM HEARTS is a series of action role-playing games developed and published by Square Enix under the direction of Tetsuya Nomura. The series is a collaboration between Square Enix and Disney.
KINGDOM HEARTS follows the main protagonist Sora, a Keyblade wielder, as he travels to many Disney worlds with Donald and Goofy to stop the Heartless invasion by sealing each world’s keyhole and restore peace to the realms.
Kingdom Hearts III is the upcoming eleventh title in the Kingdom Hearts series. It was officially announced at E3 2013, and will be the first Kingdom Hearts game available on multiple platforms at launch, releasing on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The game was first announced to be in development during the Electronics Entertainment Exposition in June 2013. A trailer was released announcing the game’s development. However, news regarding the game became scarce. A trailer was later released at the first D23 Exposition in Japan in October 2013, revealing the gameplay and graphics that had been developed to date.
As part of E3 2014, Square Enix released a new thirty-second trailer as part of a trailer to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. During the Square Enix Present segment at E3 2014, co-director Tai Yasue revealed that the sequence seen in the E3 2014 teaser would be relevant from the beginning of the game, and that the text seen and heard was going to “be a real integral part of the story”. On September 17th, 2014, Square Enix announced that Tetsuya Nomura would be stepping down as director for Final Fantasy XV so that he can focus his efforts on other upcoming titles, namely Kingdom Hearts III.
During Square Enix E3 Conference on June 16, 2015, the Kingdom Hearts series’s executive producer, Shinji Hashimoto, revealed the first gameplay trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, which shows Sora in a new outfit. Sora is seen wielding new Keyblades, fighting never-before-seen Heartless, and also exploring Kingdom of Corona, a world based on Tangled. During the Square Enix Presents segment of E3 2015, Tetsuya Nomura revealed that Kingdom of Corona was one of the first to be considered for the game. In an interview with PlayStation Access, Nomura confirmed that characters from the Final Fantasy series will appear once again.
During Disney’s D23 Expo 2015, Shinji Hashimoto announced a world based on Big Hero 6.
In an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Nomura confirmed that the game would contain a secret movie.
In their financial Results Briefing Session, Square Enix President and Representative Director Yosuke Matsuda and Chief Financial Officer Kazuharu Watanabe stated that the expected released of Kingdom Hearts III can be sometime between 2018 and 2020.
During Disney D23 Expo 2017, Tetsuya Nomura showed a trailer depicting a world based on Toy Story, and confirmed that the game will be released in 2018. Nomura confirms that game will feature a completely original and exclusive storyline for the Toy Story world, which takes place sometime after Toy Story 2, and hints there will be another playable character aside from Sora.
During Disney’s D23 Expo Japan 2018 Conference, a private Kingdom Hearts event was held during which two new trailers were revealed. During one, the world based on Monsters, Inc. was confirmed, while the second one announced that Utada Hikaru would be performing the theme song for the game, titled “Don’t Think Twice” (“Oath” in Japanese). The event also revealed that the game was being developed by the largest developing team in the history of the series, including 100 people from the Square Enix’s Tokyo offices. The return of the Gummi Ship was also reaffirmed, and it was revealed that the gameplay for it, now playable as open-world instead of the preset paths from the first two games, had been split into “Battle” and “Searching” phases. The game was revealed to have been developed in three parts, with the first part being about 90% done, and the second between 60% and 70% done. Nomura also noted that the final world would feature “something incredible” that he has been wanting to do for a while, though no details were given.”