It’s been a running joke almost as old as the never-to-be-coming release date of Half-Life 3, but for Kingdom Hearts fans, the third (numbered) game in the franchise has felt even longer to them. And it appears now after a financial briefing for Square Enix, that wait may be even longer than we were expecting.
Ever since the first tease of Kingdom Hearts 3 at E3 in 2013, we’ve been patiently awaiting the release date of a game that has taken far too long to come out. Then 2014 came…and 2015…and 2016…but it’s 2017 now, it has to be coming out this year, right? Surely they wouldn’t announce a game that was going to take more than four years to come out, right?
Clearly you haven’t been paying attention to the games industry for very long.
At the financial meeting, we got a list of games that Square Enix had released before Q3 of this year, games they intend to release in the remainder of the year and games they intend to release after Q3 and beyond of 2018. Both the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III happen to be on that least. This means at the earliest, we’ll get the Kingdom Hearts game we’ve been waiting for in July…next year! Over five full years since the first tease we got of the game! Square Enix President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda also added that they intend to release the games in the next three years, which means that (pending more setbacks) we could be waiting all the way until the next decade for the third game.
Let’s take a moment to consider that possibility. Square Enix, are you telling us that after we’re already sitting at 12 years (12 full years on December 22nd) since Kingdom Hearts II, we could actually be hitting over 15 years in between those two games?! To put this into perspective, can you imagine a series like Grand Theft Auto, Uncharted, hell even Final Fantasy going 15 years without a release?! Now people will make the argument that there have been Kingdom Hearts games released, but aside from a repack, what’s the last Kingdom Hearts game on a console? Yep, Kingdom Hearts II in 2005. Sure, there have been mobile games, handheld games, browser games, remasterings, repackagings, but at the end of the day we haven’t had a full console release in over 12 years and it could hit 15 years.
15 years for a series that has such a legendary name to it. It just doesn’t sound right…