'Kingdom Hearts 3' Promises A Bigger, Wider World Than Ever; Surprise Announcement Planned For 15th Anniversary Next Year
"Kingdom Hearts" creator Tetsuya Nomura confirmed that the development of "Kingdom Hearts 3" is well underway, and will boast a bigger world than its predecessors.
In a Twitter post translated by Goldpanner for KH Insider, Nomura said that he is also excited about the progress of the much anticipated game, which the team is working on alongside "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue."
"Furthermore, the other game we are working on while doing this, KH3, is coming along steadily," Nomura said. "There are new worlds in which you can run, jump, [spoilers], [spoilers]... I'm very excited about moving Sora around in the wider space with his higher range of maneuverability."
In the same post, Nomura also expressed his regret for moving the release date of "Kingdom Hearts 2.8" to January 2017.
"First, I must apologise," the "Kingdom Hearts" creator said. "As was stated today, due to the adjustment of contiguous titles, our estimated release date for 'Kingdom Hearts 2.8' of December 2016 has become (for Japan) the 12th January 2017."
"To everyone who was looking forward to a release before the end of the year, I'm so sorry," Nomura continued. "Please rest assured that development itself is moving along as planned without a single issue and we are nearly finished."
Nomura also mentioned a lot of things in store for "Kingdom Hearts"'s 15th anniversary next year, including the release of "Kingdom Hearts 2.8" and the multiplayer feature for mobile game "Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ".
The "Kingdom Hearts" director also hinted at a surprise announcement planned for next year as well, but said that he cannot announce any details about it at the moment. Most fans, however, speculate that the announcement is only limited to Japan, since Nomura's message was never officially translated for the North American audience.
Stay tuned for more "Kingdom Hearts" news.