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Kingdom Hearts 3 dev hints at third playable character: ‘maybe something will happen’

The creator behind the Kingdom Hearts franchise has refused to confirm or deny whether Square Enix will implement a third playable character in the hotly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Speaking during an interview with GamesRadar, Tetsuya Nomura was quizzed on the possibility of a new playable hero joining Sora and co for the next chapter in the Disney-RPG series, which many have been speculating after the second numbered instalment introduced a second playable character—could a third be on the way for Kingdom Hearts 3? It looks like we’ll have to wait to find out.

"It’s a secret but by saying that we imply that maybe something’s going on. We can’t disclose anything but, maybe, something will happen there," commented Nomura-san.

Elsewhere, the developer also said that it wasn’t Square Enix’s intention to skip a generation in regards to Kingdom Hearts 3, which won’t be appearing on the PS3 or Xbox 360.

"There wasn’t a specific intention to skip a generation other than Kingdom Hearts being on a console has a very high bar to reach. Fans who love the series would want something even greater than Kingdom Hearts II. Unfortunately, during that period I didn’t get the chance to start on a project that big and other key developers were working on other projects," he explained

"We needed to get our experience and polish our skills at creating Kingdom Hearts games so that there was a proper preparation for a big title like Kingdom Hearts III. It just happened that this preparation took the life cycle of the PS3."

Kingdom Hearts 3 has yet to receive a launch window, although Square Enix has previously indicated it may be a long time before we get our hands on it. However, Nomura-san has admitted he knows when the game will be released; he’s just keeping details close to his chest for the time being.

The Japanese giant is attempting to make up for the lengthy wait by offering Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue, while compiles a number of previous games including Dream Drop Distance and a prequel titled Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep: A Fragmentory Passage.

The game will utilize the same technology as Kingdom Hearts III. Currently there is no release window in mind, although the director did state that Dream Drop Distance will be more than just a rudimentary high-definition remaster. 

Kingdom Hearts was released on the PlayStation 2 in 2002, and received a sequel two years later. It recent years, the franchise has been supported by a number of spinoffs and prequels, including Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. 

Despite Kingdom Hearts III missing out on the PS3 generation, Square Enix did remaster the previous games in the shape of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIXin recent years. There are currently no plans to bring the collections to PS4, however.

Kingdom Hearts III is currently in development for PS4 and Xbox One, and will include elements of Big Hero 6. The sequel will eschew the QTE elements seen in previous entries in the franchise.