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Kingdom Hearts 3 has been widely expected to be released sometime in 2017. This would follow the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue, the final collection of games leading up to Kingdom Hearts 3.

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 contains the HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, an all-new short game called Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage, and a cinematic movie called Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover. It was initially announced for a worldwide December release.

However, the TGS trailer revealed a delay to January. It will be out in Japan on January 12, and release worldwide 12 days later on January 24. Let’s take another look at the Kingdom Hearts 2.8 TGS trailer.



(Note: this trailer includes implied spoilers for previously games, most notably Birth By Sleep.)

The 0.2 and Back Cover sections of the trailer are particularly interesting. Aqua’s time in the Realm of Darkness seems to be taking a toll on her mental state. Meanwhile, a character from Kingdom Hearts χ and Unchained χ whom fans previously assumed to be a villain (Luxu) appears much more sympathetic in his sole scene in the trailer.

It’s disappointing enough to have to wait until January to experience the excitement of these three entries in the Kingdom Hearts saga—although understandable, if the delay is necessary to provide the best possible experience—but could this mean Kingdom Hearts 3 is delayed as well?

A 2017 release window was never announced for Kingdom Hearts 3. It just felt logical to many fans. Now, Kingdom Hearts 3 might be pushed to another year.

On the other hand, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 at the start of the year and Kingdom Hearts 3 at the end of the year isn’t unthinkable. After all, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 has only been delayed by a month. Nevertheless, no matter what happens, at least fans have exciting new Kingdom Hearts content set for 2017.

What do you think? Will we see Kingdom Hearts 3 in 2017? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, along with your impressions of Kingdom Hearts 2.8.

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