On of the most anticipated titles of 2019, Kingdom Hearts 3, fell victim to a series of game leaks last week. With the game still being six weeks ahead of its release date, many fans have gone ‘dark’ on the game, trying to avoid gameplay and story details at all costs. Square Enix, developer/publisher for the Kingdom Hearts series, was made aware when leaks first started spreading on the game, and now the game’s director is speaking out on the topic.
In a tweet released by the game’s official Twitter account, director Tetsuya Nomura addressed fans on the current state of the leak and how the team at Square Enix is handling the issue. “We’re aware that a small portion of Kingdom Hearts 3 has been circulating online before its official release. We are also aware as to how this has all happened. We’re sorry to see this caused concern amongst our fans who are excited for the release.”
While Nomura-san did mention the team is aware of how the leak occurred, but does not reveal this information within his statement. Touching on the game’s epilogue and secret movie, Nomura-san said that both didn’t not ship with the final cut of the game, and will be made available upon the game’s released in what is assumed to be a day-one patch. “We want everyone to be able to equally experience the full game after its release, so we ask for your continued support on this matter.”
Kingdom Hearts 3 has been in on and off development for over ten years, beginning pre-production not long after the release of Kingdom Hearts 2 in 2005. This will actually be the series’ twelfth entry, with titles spanning across multiple Sony and Nintendo systems. Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to release on January 29th, 2019 on PlayStation 4 and for the first time on a Microsoft console with the Xbox One.