On 25 January, after 14 long years, the newest core instalment to Square Enix's Disney mash-up series, Kingdom Hearts III, will be yours to explore.
It's brilliant news, especially to die-hard Mickey Mouse fans out there. But over the years, I bet many gamers wondered: "What's with the delay?" Especially when you consider that Square Enix waited just three years after the franchise's original entry to launch Kingdom Hearts II.
Of course, there's been spin-off games (whether you liked them or not). And now, in an interview with Newsweek, Tai Yasue, co-director of the upcoming title, shed some light on the studio's lengthy development process for the third game.
"One of the main factors [for the long wait] was the decision to switch the game engine to develop the game," Tai Yasue explained.
"Our current engine is great in terms of developing a high-end AAA title, but because there was a change in technology and work flows, it took some time for the team to adapt and adjust.
"I'm truly sorry to have kept everyone waiting for so long! It took a while, but we really wanted to make sure the game met everyone's expectations," he added. "I hope, more than I've hoped for anything else in my 20 years of making games, that you all enjoy it."
The co-director also explained exactly how KHIII will stand out from the rest of the series: "sheer scale and accessibility," and a ton of new, unique in-game features.
"I don't know of any other game where you can summon theme park rides, have your weapon dynamically transform, ride several types of robots and a pirate ship, explore underwater caves, fight alongside toys, become a monster, create your own spaceship, collect recipes and cook French food, and play over 20 old school 2D LCD games while exploring vast 3D environments," he noted.
"This game is a celebration of gaming, old and new."
'Kingdom Hearts III' will launch this month. Credit: Square Enix
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Kingdom Hearts III will release on 25 January for Xbox One and PS4.
Featured Image Credit: Square Enix