Will Square-Enix Announce Kingdom Hearts 3 At E3?
We're big fans of stepping back and taking a gander at the bigger picture. We want to accept and process all sorts of information, and in so doing, we can formulate a somewhat realistic theory that may have some legitimacy.
Let's look at the scenario: first of all, there's no doubt that Kingdom Hearts has been a massively popular franchise for Square-Enix in the past. Secondly, the vast majority of this success came from the first two PS2 installments, and it's probably accurate to say that most fans of the series are Sony fans. At the very least, they've owned Sony platforms in the past, correct? Thirdly, at the start of this new generation, Square-Enix clearly didn't want to toss their lot in with the slow-starting PS3, and as a result, we've seen the debut of The Last Remnant on the Xbox 360 (and the PS3 version may have disappeared), and Star Ocean: The Last Hope was a 360 exclusive. However, tri-Ace is set to announce their new game, and it will be a Square-Enix-published title that will also be multiplatform. That's significant, as we said this past week. Lastly, we'd like to assume that a next-gen KH is inevitable and the timing seems absolutely perfect; E3 may be the launching pad for the return of the Disney-based fantasy RPG. Yeah, it'll probably be multiplatform, but at the very least, that includes the PS3.
Square-Enix has been without a major announcement for quite a long time, and it almost seems as if we're long overdue for something big. We refuse to believe they would ignore the KH franchise, and with the PS3 surging and the combined PS3/360 installed user base exceeding 50 million...well, why not? We can at least hope, can't we?
4/5/2009 Ben Dutka