Nearly five years to the day since its announcement, Kingdom Hearts 3’s release date for PS4 and Xbox One has finally been revealed just ahead of E3 2018.
Square Enix will make Kingdom Hearts 3 available on the PS4 and Xbox One on January 29, 2019. It will be released five days earlier in Japan on Jan. 25, 2019. Kingdom Hearts 3 had previously been scheduled for 2018.
Franchise director Tetsuya Nomura apologized for the slightly delayed release date both at the concert and online.
“We’ve announced the release day for KINGDOM HEARTS III ahead of E3 at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour-. I’m sorry that we’re asking for a little more time than initially planned. Please look forward to other information, including a few trailers at E3. Thank you,” a written statement on Twitter attributed to Nomura explained.
The announcement came via the kickoff entry in the 2018 Kingdom Hearts Orchestra Tour. Just ahead of E3 2018, we got our first hands-on preview of Kingdom Hearts 3, in which we got to play some of the Hercules and Toy Story worlds included in the long-awaited sequel.
For those attending E3, find out how you can play Kingdom Hearts 3 at E3 2018.
Square Enix has revealed plenty of details about Kingdom Hearts 3 since last year’s Orchestra E3 trailer. That includes the most recent announcement of LCD mini-games in the vein of classic Game & Watch-style games, and the reveal earlier this year of KH3’s Monsters, Inc. world. Find out every world confirmed so far in the gallery below.
And last year, Kingdom Hearts franchise director Tetsuya Nomura spoke to IGN about the return of the gummi ship and updates to magic, and hinted at a second playable character in Kingdom Hearts 3. Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts 3 on June 10, 2013, nearly five years ago.
Stay tuned to IGN for more on Kingdom Hearts 3 during E3 2018, and for everything we know so far about the show, be sure to check out IGN’s E3 2018 wiki.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s News Editor. He was in the Sony press conference when Kingdom Hearts 3 was revealed, and he definitely cried a little. Talk to him about Kingdom Hearts on Twitter @jmdornbush.