So, Nomura alluded to the fact that Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will be a lead in to Kingdom Hearts 3.
His exact words: "The tenth anniversary for Kingdom Hearts is right before us, now the series is finally moving towards the last phase of the story. This story will be a prologue for the final battle, as with other titles many surprises await. This time, I took on a challenge and chose to use new hardware, the Nintendo 3DS, to present these surprises. A completely new system is being prepared, which will let you gaze at the vision of the future of Kingdom Hearts. I believe it will be bold and have even more exhilarating action. Please look forward to it."
Oh, Nomura, you're such a tease. Honestly, I know we'll get a Kingdom Hearts 3, my bigger issue is when? I'm also wondering if it will be a PS3 exclusive or do a FFXIII where it goes multi-platform. My money's on the fact that we'll get it for both the 360 and PS3. It's so difficult in this market to keep a game exclusive to one platform these days.
I'll also admit, I started to get sad at Normura's statement. I've had such a strong attachment to this series that I hate the thought of having it go to its final phase. My boyfriend reminded me though, how Square will keep a series going and create constant spin-offs. He really doubts KH 3 will be the last we see of the series. I'm not sure how I feel about that either. I felt both of the DS games weren't as high quality as they could be. For me, Birth By Sleep got it right, and if we had more games up to that caliber, I'd be fine. I just don't want the spin-offs to get ridiculous or the stories to become so far-fetched that it doesn't resemble what I fell in love with anymore. And then part of me is sitting here thinking Hey, they haven't done anything for the Wii, maybe they should try a game on there. Ahhh...mixed emotions! I don't want my series to end, but at the same time, I don't want the quality in the games to decline. Such a conundrum. I suppose, that's the point of this blog, when should a series end? Is it hard saying goodbye or are you okay with it ending as long as there is some resolution?
I tend to think a series should quit while its ahead before it turns it something it was never intended to be. We'll see what happens. All I know is that from the gameplay footage I've seen and the fact there are new Disney worlds to explore, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance sure looks like a game I can't miss. Plus, playing as Riku will be interesting! I'm super excited and I hope it's worth the waiting. On another note, KH3 better be amazing when it does come, we've waited long enough. Even if they just made an official announcement that KH3 is in the works and have some far off release date, I'd feel better. Honestly, I think I'm just itching to play the series on the big screen again. There's no better way to enjoy Kingdom Hearts.