Kingdom Hearts isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It isn't going anywhere especially quickly either, but the long awaited third game in Square Enix's Disney/Final Fantasy mash-up will not be the end of the series, according to creator Tetsuya Nomura.
Kingdom Hearts 3, bound for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, will see Sora and his friends wrap up their current battle with the enemy forces that be, Nomura confirmed in an interview with the L.A. Times.
"But the series will continue. Only the particular enemy they have been fighting for the past 10 years will come to an end."
The Kingdom Hearts series has been in a state of lost forward momentum ever since Kingdom Hearts 2 launched in 2006. The sequel pushed the narrative from the first game forward, but ever since, it has been dwelling in the past, telling side-stories or retelling the main entries.
Fans have put a lot of hope in Tetsuya Nomura to wrap up the story with Kingdom Hearts 3, but it remains to be seen if Square Enix is willing to turn the series into a long-term mainstay or not. The series does not have the namesake it did nearly a decade ago, and its focus and market strategy have taken a very Western oriented turn.
"Square Enix changes its philosophies pretty often. That's something I can't do anything with. I'm just one of the employees, so if the company decides to change, I have to follow
I might get around to playing Kingdom Hearts 3 someday. I still haven't gone through Kingdom Hearts 2 because it looked like the fun little novelty of seeing Final Fantasy and Disney characters in the same game became an afterthought of the gloomy story. If an HD version ever gets released, then that will be the best chance I have to catch up with everyone else.