In the roughly nine years since Kingdom Hearts II came out, Square Enix has released not one, not two, but four Kingdom Hearts games… and none of those were Kingdom Hearts III. They’ve even had time to completely re-release those games for new consoles. Come on Square, is Kingdom Hearts III coming out!? Oh, this year?
That’s at least according to Goofy voice actor Bill Farmer, who revealed on Twitter that his work on the game is done, and that it would be arriving “later this year.”
That’s good news, right? Well…
Soon after Farmer’s tweet, Square Enix was quick to jump in with a denial. Well, maybe not a straight denial, but here’s what they had to say:
Farmer quickly deleted his own tweet, before issuing this bit of damage control.
So What’s The Deal?
The most likely story is that Kingdom Hearts III is in fact coming out this year, or if not, very soon after. What most likely happened is that Square Enix was hoping for a big reveal at say, E3 2015. If this is the case, Farmer jumped the gun a little, and spoiled the surprise.
Games like Kingdom Hearts often make for huge, marquee announcements at E3, and if Sony or Microsoft had tapped Square to present the news at their press conference, obviously they don’t want the surprise to be leaked early.
That’s the optimistic view.
The other side of the coin is that perhaps the game isn’t coming out this year. It’s very possible that this was the original plan, and that up until the point where Bill Farmer was involved, it was still on track.
Complications happen though, and it’s not hard to fathom that after Farmer completed his voice acting work, that things behind-the-scenes necessitated yet another delay.
So basically, it’s all up in the air at the moment, as Square Enix has yet to commit to any sort of release date. So while I still think it’s likely that the game will see a 2015 release date, don’t yell at me too much if that’s not the case.