With yesterday's arrival of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, which collects Kingdom Hearts, the very first one, Re:Chain of Memories, the PS2 port of the GBA installment that takes place between KH1 & Kh2, and 358/2 Days, though just the cut scenes, many believe we are one step closer to Kingdom Hearts 3.
Turns out, that's not really the case. Says who? Why, the producer himself.
In an interview with IGN, Shinji Hashimoto, the man who came up with the idea of Kingdom Hearts in the first place and who is slated to produced part 3, has one very simple reason for his delay: he already has too much on his plate. The same goes with the game's director, Tetsuya Nomura:
"So at E3 this year we announced Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV. Both have Tetsuya Nomura as their director, so we can’t create these two big games at the same time.
It’s a difficult job, as we want each game to be perfect in terms of quality."
So why even announced the game in the first place? To let everyone know that it hasn't been forgotten about:
"A lot of people have wondered for the last couple of years if Square Enix has actually been working on Kingdom Hearts III; that’s why we announced it at E3 this year... But please, we need you all to understand that there’s a lot to do."
Till then, the safe money is on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, with Kingdom Hearts 2, Birth by Sleep, and Dream Drop Distance engineered for Sony's 3D TVs.