Kingdom Hearts III to be Released in 2018
Nearly 12 years after Kingdom Hearts II was released for PS2, Square Enix has declared that the long awaited sequel to the game will be released in 2018. The Kingdom Hearts series is a result of a crossover between the Final Fantasy series of games and Disney’s movies. The games are a mashup of the RPG and hack-and-slash genres, and the first two titles were massively popular. However, promises of a sequel seemed do have faded into developmental limbo, and fans feared that Kingdom Hearts III would never make it into the game world. Director Tetsuya Nomura was well aware of the widespread dissatisfaction over the delay, and in an interview at Disney’s D23 expo, he explained that he had had his hands tied by problems faced by the company itself. Firstly, Square Enix had decided to shift the game to Unreal Engine 4, after nearly 1 year of development, causing a massive setback to the progress. Also, a deficit of resources, and problems with funding seem to have affected the creation of the game, which explains the long time required for the release. Nomura said – “There was a decision made to change to an external [engine]…Unreal Engine 4. So we switched over to that. Unfortunately there was a bit of time that needed to be rewinded and started over. So there was a bit of a setback there, but it was a decision that the company had to make, so it was inevitable.”
The game’s Toy Story Trailer, released during the D23, gives us a peek into the gameplay and animations, and frankly speaking, it looks terrific:
The trailer showcases not only the amazing visuals, but also two characters who are close to the hearts of most Disney fans – Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody. From what little we have seen, the gameplay seems to be quite similar to that of the previous game, although the improved effects add a completely new dimension to its aesthetics. There are also going to be extra features in combat like greater freedom of movement, team attacks, and Keyblade transformations. The story will include characters from different Disney plots and timelines, and is likely to be a unique experience for gamers. For now, there is no specific date for the release, but the game is likely to hit the shelves as early as the summer of 2018, for PS4 and Xbox One. It has been a long wait, but if the game is anything like the trailer we have been shown, it is going to be well worth it.