When is Kingdom Hearts III coming out? We explore the release date rumours, plus speculation about new worlds such as Frozen and Star Wars, and show you where you can pre-order the game.
It's been 10 years since Kingdom Hearts II arrived on PS2 in 2005. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment, and there was a time when we were unsure whether there would be one at all. However, in 2013 it was finally confirmed by Square Enix that Kingdom Hearts 3 really is in progress. Here, we bring you everything you need to know about the upcoming game, including release date rumours, trailers and gameplay information. See: PS4 vs PS3 comparison review
Kingdom Hearts 3 rumours: The story so far
Despite the lack of a Kingdom Hearts 3 game, Square Enix hasn't stopped working on the franchise. We've seen the release of many games that build on the main Kingdom Hearts games, which are roleplaying games that bring together Disney characters and Final Fantasy characters, and also introduce some new and now much-loved characters of their own. See also: Latest games news, reviews, opinions.
The first was Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, which was released on Game Boy Advance in 2004 and again in 2007 for PS2. There was also Kingdom Hearts coded for mobile (2008), followed by 328/2 Days (2009) for Nintendo DS and Birth By Sleep (2010) for PSP. In 2012, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance was released for Nintendo 3DS.
Those games haven't continued the main story of Sora and friends, though. Instead, they've either been spin-off style games or have been focused on other characters such as Roxas (the Nobody of Sora), or Terra, Aqua and Ventus, who appear in the prequel for Kingdom Hearts, Birth By Sleep.
Square Enix has now collected together those extra games into two remastered Remix collections. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, which was released in September 2013 for PS3, encompasses Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (a tweaked and refined version of the first Kingdom Hearts game) and Re:Chain of Memories, as well as 358/2 days in non-playable cinematic form.
The second collection, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, was released in December, encompassing Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. Similar to 1.5 Remix, this game offers a cinematic version of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.
Kingdom Hearts 3 release date: When is Kingdom Hearts 3 coming out?
Despite some previous rumours to suggest that Kingdom Hearts 3 would be coming out last year, Kingdom Hearts' co-director, Tai Yasue, told GameInformer that it would instead be the year for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix.
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