Nomura reconsidering simultaneous worldwide releases over Kingdom Hearts 3 leaks

By Stephany Nunneley
24 January 2019 21:30 GMT

Kingdom Hearts 3 director, Tetsuya Nomura, has said he’s reconsidering simultaneous worldwide release dates for his games in the future.

Speaking in an interview with Famitsu, and translated by Siliconera, Nomura’s feeling stem from the December Kingdom Hearts 3 leaks.

According to Nomura, while it may have seemed “massive quantities” of the game leaked ahead of time, it was actually only four copies and from a single source.

Still, that was enough to worry him, as he didn’t want spoilers ruining the experience for fans. Going forward, he’s like to see a staggered release for his games going forward. This would include the next game in the pipeline, Final Fantasy 7.

“The only thing that really disappointed me about everything, is that it brought sad thoughts to people who were looking forward to Kingdom Hearts 3,” he told Famitsu.

“The risk is higher with simultaneous worldwide releases, and because of this incident, I can’t help but reconsider what I’ll do for my next games – including simultaneous worldwide releases of physical copies at the very least.”


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Many Japanese games already have staggered release dates. Some by a few days, others by months or sometimes years. In the case of Kingdom Hearts 3, the game releases in Japan tomorrow, January 25. The rest of world has to wait until January 29.

Reviews for Kingdom Hearts 3 started trickling out today, and you can look over the scores in our reviews round-up.

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