Gilbert Gottfried has posted an update in regards to the voice-recording process of the "Kingdom Hearts" series. According to a report from Playstation Universe on May 23, the actor confirmed that he is returning to his role as Iago for an upcoming game in the franchise. He did not specific title, however, leaving some fans to believe that the character could be coming back for "Kingdom Hearts 3."
However, Square Enix has clarified that the voice recording is actually for "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix." The compilation comes with the final mix versions of "Kingdom Hearts 2" and "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep," which includes extra contents that were not released in the original North American versions. Furthermore, the company decided to remake the cut scenes from "Kingdom Hearts Re:coded." As a result, some new voices have to be recorded.
Iago may still appear in "Kingdom Hearts 3," however. The first two mainline games of the series, as well as several other spinoff titles, have featured the world of Agrabah where Aladdin and the rest of the cast from the popular animated movie resides. With the sequel being the last game in the current plotline, Square Enix may decide to let players revisit the area and its inhabitants one last time.
"Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix" was recently re-confirmed to be released later this year in the North American region. Although the price tag has not yet been announced, it is expected to priced at the same $39.99 range as the previously-released " Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix." You can find a screen of the remastered graphics featuring one of the products in the upcoming compilation from the official Facebook page of the franchise with the photo attached near the top of this article.
"Kingdom Hearts 3" is not expected to launch this year. Aside from a few teaser videos, Square Enix has kept quiet on the project so far. However, an executive from the company did tease that the sequel should be showcased during the three-day E3 2014 convention that will be taking place next month in Los Angeles.