During the first Kingdom Hearts concert event, entitled “First Breath”, series director Tetsuya Nomura took to the stage during its conclusion and said that he has plans for the franchise’s 15th anniversary, which will be next year.
KH13, after transcribing what Dengeki Magazine reported, has confirmed the news on Twitter and their article about the event. No other details were given about what Nomura is teasing. The event also showcased a new scene between Namine and Terra (Iku Nakahara and Ryōtarō Okiayu respectively), which takes place before the events of Kingdom Hearts 3. This was voice acted by the Japanese actors of the characters, both of whom will be present and participate at each showing of the concert.
Currently, the release date for the third installment is unknown, but more details about the much anticipated game will be given this Winter. The last time Square Enix showed footage from the title is at Jump Festa 2015.
Square Enix has recently focused on providing details on this year’s Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which has two completely new stories, Birth By Sleep 0.2 and X Back Cover, and the HD remaster of Dream Drop Distance. On the topic of why KH3 wasn’t at E3 2016, co-director of the series Tai Yasue said to GamesBeat,”It was a difficult decision for us. We want to share as much as possible. We’re excited about Kingdom Hearts III. But II.8 we’re releasing globally at the beginning of December. We wanted to concentrate on that first.”
Ever since the original game’s release in 2002, the Kingdom Hearts series has shipped over 21 million units worldwide. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is set to continue that trend when it releases this December.
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