From afar, I like to poke fun at the mess that Kingdom Hearts has become. If you aren’t convinced of the sorry state of Square’s Disney-infused franchise, just take a look at this and try to not get a nosebleed (BRB I need some tissues lol). That doesn’t mean I don’t have fond memories of playing the first two games — quite the contrary — I loved them immensely. So today, when Tetsuya Nomura was quoted in Game Informer regarding the future of the series, I can’t help but listen with trepidation:
“We have been invited to make [Kingdom Hearts] games on different new platforms, and every time we have created titles making sure that they are highly compatible with the platform,”
“The PS Vita is definitely a powerful device that is very interesting, but because of it’s high power, there isn’t much of a difference with a console.”
“So even if we were to make a game, we would have to be very careful about how to create it for that device. I also feel that it’s about time that Kingdom Hearts should go back to being on a console.”
Now before you go scattering your Goofy confetti or opening your Donald Duck champagne, allow me to be the wet towel of reading between the lines. First off, this in no way confirms Kingdom Hearts 3 — a lot of sites have already heedlessly arrived at that conclusion (1, 2) for reasons completely not related to SEO, I’m sure. There is a distinct possibility that Kingdom Hearts will return to consoles in some alternate bullshit pre-prequel sidestory, like Kingdom Hearts Pooh’s Conquest Mark. III Love Edition 69/2. You know what — I’m gonna patent that title as soon as I’m done writing this just to ensure that will never happen. Another thing to keep in mind: it’s probable that this game is at about 0% completion. This quote sounds very hypothetical and without much of a foundation to jump up and down excitedly on. That’s right — put that Donald Duck champagne back in its Moogle wine chiller.
I guess, more than anything else, I’m trying to manage my own expectations. I want to believe I will soon see Kingdom Hearts 3 on the PS3, looking great and rehabilitating the wounded animal that has become the series’ overarching… story. In short, this is a promising development, but I remain ever skeptical.