The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is an annual event for the video game industry where they can introduce new games and game-related products. Fans of video games also look forward to this event for the latest news on games they love, and one of the most anticipated updates gamers were looking forward to was a release date for Kingdom Hearts 3. Sadly, that didn’t happen but a Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is coming in 2017. It is meant to serve as a bridge for the much-awaited sequel to Kingdom Hearts II.
When Kingdom Hearts was first released by Square Enix in 2002, the gaming world fell in love with the crossover of worlds, especially that of Disney. Since Kingdom Hearts II was released in 2005, that makes it more than a decade of waiting for a sequel. However, a number of spin-offs and sequels were released in the years that followed.
Rumors of a Kingdom Hearts III aren’t just rumors either. Tetsura Nomura, the series’ original director, introduced a teaser for the game at the 2013 E3 conference. Not only that, it was announced that the game will be available for the PlayStation 4. The game is meant to be the conclusion of the Dark Seeker Saga. However, it isn’t the last you’ll get to see from the series.
That announcement was three years ago. What progress has been made since then? Nomura mentioned in 2015 that a lot of the worlds in Kingdom Hearts III would be new. It was also announced at the 2015 D23 event that the sequel would include the Big Hero 6 world. Tangled will also be a feature level in the sequel as confirmed at the 2015 E3. In addition, the trailer for Kingdom Hearts 2.8 mentioned that more information on the sequel will be made in the winter.
So until then, it’s a waiting game for fans of the Kingdom Hearts series. Although Kingdom Hearts 3 wasn’t announced at E3 2016, we know that it is coming – it’s just the when that needs to be figured out. Until then, we have 2.8 coming out in 2017 to look forward to.