It’s a good time to be a Kingdom Hearts fan. Dream Drop Distance launched in 2012, followed by the long-awaited reveal of Kingdom Hearts III in 2013. While there’s been a drought of information on the upcoming game since then, last year saw the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, and it will be followed up by Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix later this year.
Many gamers were disappointed that Kingdom Hearts III did not make an appearance at E3 (but to be fair, Square Enix announced its absence ahead of time), and everyone wants to know when we’ll see the game surface again. Co-director Tai Yasue spoke about this topic in a recent interview, and you can catch his answers below.
Speaking with GameInformer, Yasue explained that while the focus is on
Kingdom hearts HD 2.5 Remix this year, Kingdom Hearts III development is moving along smoothly, and there’s lots to be excited for.
GI: How are things going on Kingdom Hearts III?
TY: We’ve been working full throttle. It’s moving along. We structured our team in a way that development of 2.5 doesn’t impede Kingdom Hearts III. I’m actually very excited about Kingdom Hearts III.
GI: What are you most excited for?
TY: The technology and creative stuff. There’s a lot of stuff we have never ever done before. There’s a lot that’s the same, but there’s a lot that’s changed. We’re moving from a totally different console to [a new] console. The technology has evolved; it’s very new and everyone is doing a lot of research. And look-wise, it looks amazing as well. We’ve shown you some of the trailers and teasers. There are a lot of Disney-themed attractions, so that’s exciting as well. It’s very exciting for me and I want to tell you more about it, but I really can’t at this moment.
GI: I know some fans were disappointed, they were hoping for some sort of trailer or teaser for Kingdom Hearts III during E3…
TY: I understand that, but this year, it was the year of 2.5 for us. When we were first planning out Kingdom Hearts III, we wanted 1.5 and 2.5 out in a timely fashion, so everyone would really get an understanding of the story. And so we really wanted to push 2.5. Making teasers and trailers really does require a lot of work, and we just wanted to get the development moving along quickly on Kingdom Hearts III, so this year we really focused on 2.5.
GI: When can fans anticipate more information on Kingdom Hearts III? Are you going to wait until next E3?
TY: We are planning. We’re coming up with ideas for game shows and etc. I can’t really say which ones at this moment.
Hopefully the ‘year of’ response was in reference to E3 performances, and not the entire year. Not that Kingdom Hearts fans are strangers to waiting, but we’d love to see something new sooner. Tokyo Game Show is just a few months away. What do you say, Square Enix?