It's a big year for Kingdom Hearts fans. 2017 marks the 15th anniversary for the series as a whole, and we know for a fact that several exciting Kingdom Hearts projects are on the way. When questioned in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu about how Square Enix would be celebrating this special anniversary, Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura reminded us just how much we have to look forward to:
“First, we’re releasing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue in January, then exhibiting a Final Fantasy VII snow sculpture at the Sapporo Snow Festival in February, releasing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix in March, and starting the Kingdom HEarts orchestra world tour. We may be able to do something for the D23 Disney event. We’re also preparing for the start of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Season 2.”
He was then asked a question that several of us have been wanting to ask ourselves. Will we be seeing any kind of complete and total package that includes 1.5 + 2.5 Remix as well as 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue? After all, for anyone who has never played a game in the series, tracking down all of the games to catch up can be a daunting challenge.
"Because the timing is delicate," Nomura-san said, "we won’t be releasing anything like a complete pack this time, but we’re preparing a box that can hold both games, as is often the case with DVDs. Perhaps we can offer it as an e-Store bonus.”
Finally, when asked plainly about the state of Kingdom Hearts III's development, Nomura-san gave an answer very similar to what we heard about Final Fantasy VII Remake. It sounds like it's still quite a ways off. Here's what he actually said:
“While I can’t make a sweeping statement because the development process is different from what we’ve done so far, there are still worlds untouched. Production is progressing on unannounced worlds, in a state that we cannot show them off. In terms of the state of development, there is still some way to go.”
We're in it for the long haul, everyone, so get comfortable. It's going to be worth it, but dang if the wait won't be excruciating.