2017 will be the 15th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series, and Director Tetsuya Nomura is looking forward to it.
Today Square Enix released a video message with Nomura-sanan spelling out the releases coming next year, including Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX.
Nomura-san also teases “a new development” for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, and talks briefly about the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour of concerts.
Last, but certainly not least, he also mentions that “it would be great if we could celebrate a big year together.”
You can check out the full message below, and no, if you’re wondering, he did not mention Kingdom Hearts III. That said Nomura-san did mention a while ago that more information about the game would come after the launch of upcoming ones, so we can still hope.
We did just hear (even if not from Nomura-san) that Hikaru Utada is working on new music for the game, so that’s definitely better than nothing.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will release in Japan on January 12th, while the worldwide release will follow on January 24th, exclusively for PS4, and you can check out the latest screenshots, on top of the most recent trailer, with either its original Japanese theme song, or the English one.
Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX will release in Japan on March 9th, in North America on March 28th and in Europe on March 31st, also exclusively for PS4. You can watch the latest teaser trailer right here.
Will 2017 be “big” enough at least to get a release date of Kingdom Hearts III? Future will tell, but I’m honestly not going to bet my monthly salary on it. That said, I am very eager to be pleasantly surprised.