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The Director of Kingdom Hearts III Responds to the Leak

Jack Gardner

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Kingdom Hearts III game director Tetsuya Nomura has released a statement to the Kingdom Hearts community asking fans who might come across leaked videos of the latest installment in the series not to share them on social media. This comes after a number of copies of the game, set to release next month, made their way into the hands of a select few players who have been putting out videos of their progress. 


Nomura has long been one of the most talented people working in game design. He worked as the graphic director, character designer, and wrote the story for Final Fantasy VI. He went on to design the characters for Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and X. Following that, Kingdom Hearts became his baby, as he shaped the story, crafted the 2D art, and directed just about every single entry in the series. The leak of the game he's spent over a decade creating was bound to provoke a response.


Nomura's message comes just as Kingdom Hearts III's latest trailer drops. Titled "Final Battle", the teaser gives a brief overview of what's going on in the series (though you're still able to feel a bit lost even if you've played one or two games in the series). It was originally slated for release tomorrow, but it may have been moved up in an effort to drown out the leaked videos appearing online. You can read the full message below to all the Kingdom Hearts fans out there from Tetsuya Nomura, relayed via Twitter.


We're aware that a small portion of Kingdom Hearts III has been circulating online before its official release. We are also aware as to how this has happened. We're sorry to see this caused concern amongst our fans who are excited for the release. 


The whole team has been working together since yesterday night (Japan time) to investigate what we can do to better this situation, but first we would like to ask that you do not share these videos.


The game's epilogue and secret movie, which are the biggest spoilers in this game, are planned to be released at a later date just in case, so they will not be shown before the game's release. 


We want everyone to be able to equally experience the full game after its release, so we ask for your continued support on this matter.


We're also very grateful that our fans have been warning each other already about the spoilers. Thank you very much. 


We're one month our from the release. Let's enjoy the game together when it releases on January 29, 2019. 



There's conflicting opinions out in the wild regarding leaked footage that intensifies around popular releases. On the one hand, streamers and video creators tend to view time as a particularly valuable resource. Being able to get a piece of valuable media like Kingdom Hearts III out into the wild before everyone else is guaranteed eyeballs on their work that could mean a huge influx of subscribers or a nice cash bonus. On the other hand, it can be a pretty disappointing occurrence for both the studio and fans with a big investment in the series. The studio wants to be able to coordinate its marketing efforts as much as possible in the lead up to release. Fans want to anticipate together as a community and then enjoy the release together. Putting out content of unreleased media before its officially ready can disrupt all of those goals. 


All of that being said, let's listen to the game director - don't share spoilers of a game that isn't even out yet.


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