Kingdom Hearts 3 Director Explains Delay to 2019

Kingdom Hearts 3 finally has a release date of Jan. 29, 2019, but for many fans, it’s just a little later than they may have expected. The reasons for it, though, are actually quite practical.

Speaking to IGN during E3 2018, franchise and game director Tetsuya Nomura said the delay from the originally intended 2018 release window came about less so for development reasons and more to be mindful of the game’s worldwide launch window.

“The timing of release that we were actually looking at, we were told by many people, including hardware manufacturers, marketing teams, sales teams that it just wasn’t a good timing in the year,” Nomura said via translation, explaining that the differences in holiday lengths and how stores behave in different regions were a note of concern.

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