Recently, the Kingdom Hearts community has been abuzz with what has been reported to be photo and video footage obtained from a retail copy of Kingdom Hearts III. The game itself isn’t set to release until January 29th, 2019 (January 25 in Japan), leading some to speculate that the footage may have been obtained from a stolen copies from some juncture in the supply chain.
Today, Square Enix responded with a message from director Tetsuya Nomura, where he explained that they are investigating the source of the leak. He went on to say that the game’s epilogue and secret movie, which contain the biggest spoilers, will be released at a later date — a strategy which is likely intended to avoid the dissemination of spoiler material.
You can read his official statement below:
“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 that has 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 the 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 the release. Let’s enjoy the game together when it releases on January 29, 2019.”