Let’s start off with the elephant in the room here: Kingdom Hearts 3 was leaked. An illicit Facebook auction was caught and taken down, but not before some sales took place. Somebody out there with connections to a disc pressing facility was able to sneak out 30 XBox One copies of the game, and was able to sell ten of them.
What’s most sad about this is that director Tetsuya Nomura was so afraid of the possibility that he did not put the ending scenes on the disc. Instead they’ll be added to the game via download on launch day. Given that his fears have been validated, this means developers and publishers have one more excuse to sell physical media with incomplete content. making them much harder to play in twenty years.
In the words of Nomura:
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 all 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 out from release. Let’s enjoy the game together when it releases on January 29, 2019.
So that sucks. But here are four minutes of the game we were intended to see today: the latest trailer, entitled “Final Battle.” Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released — legitimately — January 29.