It remains one of the most popular video game franchises in existence, which is why many sources believe wholeheartedly that Square-Enix will produce another Kingdom Hearts installment...eventually.
Unfortunately, we've heard nothing in the way of concrete evidence so it's difficult to keep a firm grasp on hope. Some believe we may see the surprise unveiling of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 this year, but we really don't have any information to support such a theory. Then again, that doesn't mean it's entirely out of the question: according to a recent interview with Square-Enix's Tetsuya Nomura and Tomohiro Hasegawa, they don't plan to simply abandon the popular series. Heartstation is working on the full translation, but the one question and answer that will get everyone talking has already been revealed. In response to the question concerning KH, "Is there ever a feeling that there won't be a next installment?", Hasegawa replied:
"There surely will be. I really can't think of any reason why not, if everyone's heated support continues. When it is said 'Nomura will do III,' I can't say we haven't thought of anything."
It may be a somewhat broken translation, but you get the gist. The only downside is that it seems as if there's little chance of an actual announcement any time soon, so you can likely wave bye-bye to KHIII at E3. But if you want to be optimistic about the situation, simply take heart (no pun intended) that Square-Enix certainly seems interested in the possibility of a new entry in the critically acclaimed series. Now, all we need is for that "heated support" to continue...
The issue of Dengeki PS going on sale this weekend contains an interview with Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura and apparently it Kingdom Hearts 3! Thanks to FF7AC Reunion for the tip! Here are some quotes from the interview:
* “Once all three currently announced Kingdom Hearts titles are complete, maybe Sora’s turn will come.”
* “It was said that Coded is made through Disney.”
* “Birth by Sleep is in a terrible state of affairs schedule-wise, but [we] will give up our holiday aiming to make it by the end of the year.”*
* “Of the three new titles, Birth by Sleep has the most volume and full voice acting.”
* And there is also talk of “Birth by Sleep being a prelude to Kingdom Hearts 3.”
* New chapters of Coded begin releasing June 3rd 2009.