Tai Yasue has issued a new statement in regards to the development of "Kingdom Hearts 3" for the PS4 and Xbox One. According to a report from the Air Herald on July 13, the co-director behind the sequel disclosed that the production is still in "full throttle." The project is progressing even with the lack of new updates from the company.
A lot of fans were concerned about "Kingdom Hearts 3" after it did not show up at last month's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Instead, Square Enix only released a trailer for "Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix." Tai Yasue previously stated that the remastered compilation won't have an impact on the production of the third numbered entry of the series.
However, the company will be focusing on releasing "Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix" before the end of this year. The compilation comes with the remastered ports of "Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix" and "Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix." All of the cut scenes, along with a few extra non-interactive scenarios, from "Kingdom Hearts Recoded" were also added. The collection will be hitting the North American region on Dec. 2.
Tai Yasue's comments suggested that 2015 would be the earliest that "Kingdom Hearts 3" may be coming out. Aside from the visuals, the sequel also feature some gameplay changes. For example, Sora has the ability to use theme park rides in battles. His "Keyblade" weapon can also transform into various objects such as a gun.
Tai Yasue is co-directing the project with Tetsuya Normura, the original creator of the franchise who is also working on "Final Fantasy XV" at the same time. The latest mainline release of the "Final Fantasy" series, which is being developed for the PS4 and Xbox One next-generation systems as well, was also absent at E3 2014. A screen from "Kingdom Hearts 3" from the official Facebook site of the gaming franchise is located near the top of this article.