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Well, it looks like Kingdom Hearts 3 is still chugging along through development, as game creator Tetsuya Nomura recently explained that the development team has decided to change engines, moving over to Unreal Engine 4.
This news comes from < a href=http://kotaku.com/kingdom-hearts-iii-is-being-made-with-unreal-engine-4-1643235633>Kotaku, reporting that the developers at Square Enix have decided to pass up using any sort of in-house game engine in order to plug Unreal Engine 4 into the long-awaited action-adventure game that combines new properties and characters with those from both the world of Final Fantasy and a large number of Disney characters.
The Kingdom Hearts series got its start in the PlayStation 2 era, winning over loads of fans with its mix of iconic characters, unique world and stories and light RPG elements. The series offered up a sequel on the same machine, with more games to spin off onto the Game Boy Advance, DS, 3DS and PlayStation Portable. The only time Sora and Co. popped up in the most recent generation of home consoles was for the HD remakes of those previous games, leaving fans wondering if a proper Kingdom Hearts 3 would ever see the light of day.
They got their answer a couple of years ago at E3, when Kingdom Hearts 3 was finally announced for the PlayStation 4. Nothing fresh for the game popped up at this year's E3, however, leaving us to wonder what, exactly, was going on with development.
According to the Kotaku story, Square Enix is moving forward with the shift to Unreal Engine 4 with the help of the team at Epic Games, and everything is “steadily proceeding as planned,” according to Nomura. Well, that's at least nice to know. We wouldn't want this to become the next The Last Guardian, teased for years and developers constantly reassuring impatient fans, only to have the game fizzle into nonexistence without so much as a peep from the people in charge.
As far as what fans can expect out of Kingdom Hearts 3, there's not a heck of a lot of news on that front. The game was revealed with a brief scene of Sora fighting the Heartless with a trusty Keyblade. Later, footage popped up showing off the young hero waging war on the Disney theme park ride, the Matterhorn. Otherwise, we have no idea what's in store for Sora, Donald, Goofy and the rest of the gang. All we know for certain is that Nomura has stated that KH3 will not end the series so, at the rate the series is moving, that means we can likely expect Kingdom Hearts 4 to arrive in 2037. Mark your calendars, folks!