With Square Enix hosting a press conference at E3 2018, Kingdom Hearts 3 is expected to be its headlining game. Fans are anticipating new worlds to be announced at the show, but as it turns out, a release date announcement may be in the works as well.
This is thanks to recent comments made by game director Tetsuya Nomura. According to Nomura, Square Enix will announce the release date for Kingdom Hearts 3 “early next month,” and since E3 takes place in June, one has to imagine the release date announcement will take place during the company’s press conference at the show.
A Kingdom Hearts 3 release date announcement would be great way for Square Enix to ensure its E3 2018 presentation is one to remember. After all, fans have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 for over a decade, and since the game was originally announced at E3 2013, it would be fitting for its release date to be revealed at the same event five years later.
Now the question is, when exactly will Kingdom Hearts 3 release? As it stands, it seems as though Square Enix is still aiming for the game to release at some point later this year. An exact release date for the game is harder to nail down, but a since-removed Target listing that appeared last month suggested the game may release on November 1.
The November 1 release date is somewhat hard to believe, however. After all, video games typically release on a Tuesday or Friday, and so it seems unlikely that Square Enix would release the game on November 1, which is a Thursday. It’s possible that the Target listing was made in error, though at the same time, if Square Enix is planning on releasing Kingdom Hearts 3 in 2018, November seems like the most likely month for it to launch.
October is already shaping up to be the busiest month of the year for gaming, with the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 set to launch that month. There should be a lot less competition for Kingdom Hearts 3 in November, and so it would make the most sense for Square Enix to launch the game when it doesn’t have to compete with big western releases.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is in development for PS4 and Xbox One.