'Kingdom Hearts 3' release date, news: Series creator gives update on upcoming game, project is 'coming along steadily'

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Square Enix has been keeping mum about “Kingdom Hearts 3,” the much-anticipated installment in the popular crossover role-playing game franchise. Many gamers have been wondering about the lack of news, and there was speculation that the game developer may have chosen to abandon the project altogether. But recently, series creator and director Tetsuya Nomura has given an update, assuring fans that development on the game is ongoing.

“The other game we are working on, ‘Kingdom Hearts 3,’ is coming along steadily,” said Nomura (via Gaming Bolt). “There are new worlds in which you can run, jump…I’m very excited about moving Sora around in the wider space with his high range of maneuverability.”

Nomura’s statement confirms that the game’s protagonist, Sora, will return for “Kingdom Hearts 3” and it was rumored that other characters and worlds in the Disney universe will be seen in the upcoming title. It was claimed that the game will feature the worlds of “Frozen,” “Tangled,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” and “Big Hero 6,” among others. It was also said that “Star Wars” and some Marvel characters will be appearing in the game.

Nomura’s statement comes after Square Enix announced the delay of “Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter.” The game was slated to be released this December, but it was announced that the title will debut in January 2017 instead. The announcement was made at Tokyo Game Show 2016, and to appease fans, a new trailer was released at the gaming event which shows the continuing adventures of Sora, Riku and Kairi, as well as older characters Aqua, Terra and Ventus.

“Kingdom Hearts 3” is slated for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but the listing for the game has disappeared from the Xbox Japan website, fueling rumors that the game will be a PS4 exclusive. Square Enix has yet to comment on the rumor.

Stay tuned for more news about “Kingdom Hearts 3.”