June is soon upon us. And we all know what means: E3 2017 is on its way with hopeful Kingdom Hearts 3 trailers and footage that will make us scream and cry until we are once again replaying the entire Kingdom Hearts series from start to finish for the billionth time in a row.
E3 2017 will mark the fourth anniversary of when Kingdom Hearts 3 was first announced by the director, Tetsuya Nomura, back at E3 2013 with a PlayStation 4 teaser trailer. Nomura also confirmed that Kingdom Hearts 3 would serve as the conclusion to the “Xehanort Saga” but would not be the final Kingdom Hearts game in total. It will be the final game in the series where Xehanort will act as the primary antagonist as he has been for most of the series thus far. E3 2013 was quite a long while ago and yet the game still hasn’t been released. We all understand that Tetsuya Nomura has had a number of titles under his belt such as the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy XV. Now that Final Fantasy XV has finished production and was released to the public on November 29th 2016, it’s safe to say that Nomura has more time to place more time and focus on Kingdom Hearts 3.
Reports have stated that Kingdom Hearts 3 is scheduled a 2018 release and Square Enix is a developer that usually likes to take baby steps with their games. They don’t like to rush production, and the last thing that fans want resting on their minds is Kingdom Hearts 3 being rushed. This is something that had fans in a panicked state as many were worried that the game wouldn’t measure up especially after the project being in development for so long. Final Fantasy XV was a Square Enix title that suffered greatly from this. Ten years in development, character changes, gameplay enhancements, and constant release date delays, Final Fantasy XV was finally ready to be released on September 30th 2016 but was once again pushed back two months for initial release on November 29th 2016 due to further polishing and updates on the game.
Once Final Fantasy XV was available to purchase on November 29th, a great number of players enjoyed the enthralling gameplay elements, although others complained that the game felt unfinished and that the story was underdeveloped. This was due to the two-dimensional female characters presented in the game and the story is split into two completely different sections – one section allowing the player to explore the open world of Eos and the second section feeling like a very rushed dungeon towards the final battle with the game’s antagonist, Ardyn Izunia. Most of the game seemed very incomplete with large pieces of the story being left out and intriguing characters such as Luna, Aranea, and Ravus receiving very little screen time. Fans of the Kingdom Hearts series are now beginning to feel that their beloved long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3 will be facing this similar fate.
There has been speculation arising around the Kingdom Hearts community that the game may be getting a 2018 release date which has propelled fans into excitement overload. But on the other hand, fans are also feeling very sceptical about that rumour because of how Square Enix has not announced any specific release dates for Kingdom Hearts 3 that we know of. Although it is speculated that the game will be released in 2018, it will not include all of the featured content it was originally supposed to contain as well as some content being cut out so it can safely secure its release date in 2018. E3 has always been a thrilling and exciting time for many gaming fans all around the world, but especially for Kingdom Hearts fans.
Since the exclusive Kingdom Hearts 3 PS4 trailer that was showcased at E3 2015, fans have been eagerly awaiting new Kingdom Hearts 3 news to arrive and maybe, just maybe, E3 2017 will deliver on that. We are still uncertain whether Sony will announce any new trailer or exclusive footage concerning Kingdom Hearts 3 this year, but there has been little to no new content announced about the game or the series except for the releases of Kingdom Hearts 2.8, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and Kingdom Hearts 2.5. There has been no announcement or any new trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3 in about a year now, so this could also mean that potential Kingdom Hearts 3 news may be shown at E3 2017. Kingdom Hearts has always been a series to appear in some way at E3 unless Square Enix decides to release yet another Kingdom Hearts spinoff title. Let’s hope not.
Since reports online have stated that the game will be scheduled a 2018 release, many fans are growing ever more sceptical about the game’s initial release date or if the game will ever be released at all. It’s been four years since the game’s first-ever announcement so all we do is wait as patiently as we can to see if any further Kingdom Hearts 3 updates will be featured at E3 2017.