‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Wraps Up The Story, But Not The Series

Kingdom Hearts 3 might wrap up the story that began with the first entry in the series, but it’s definitely not the end of the franchise.

Game director Tetsuya Nomura recently sat down with the Los Angeles Times to discuss the long-awaited third entry in the long-running series. Although certain conflicts that were introduced in the first game will be resolved, he insists the Kingdom Hearts franchise will live on.

“As a core game, this is finally the third, and 10 years have passed. I couldn’t call this a trilogy. There have been so many spin-offs. In Kingdom Hearts 3, the battles that the characters have been fighting for the past 10 years will come to a conclusion. That is the plan,” Nomura told the publication.

The director added, “But the series will continue. Only the particular enemy they have been fighting the past 10 years will come to an end.”

Kingdom Hearts 3 is still in development. While the series was once a Playstation exclusive, the third installment should arrive for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. A release date for the title has not been announced as of this writing.

The last proper sequel, Kingdom Hearts 2, was released back in 2005. Since then a number of spin-offs have been developed for a handful of portable devices. Chain of Memories dropped in 2004, 358/2 Days was released in 2009, and Dream Drop Distance arrived in 2012.

Although these games kept the series alive in-between the regular installments, Kingdom Hearts 3 is expected to properly continue the story that began with the original entry. The first game in the franchise was released for the Playstation 2 way back in 2002.

There aren’t very many details about Square Enix’s upcoming sequel available at the moment. However, a teaser trailer gave fans a taste of what’s to come at this year’s E3. You can find the clip below.

Are you looking forward to Kingdom Hearts 3?

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