More than a month before it will start, multiple copies of Kingdom Hearts 3 have made it the usual with screenshots and videos of the game that leak into social media. . Kingdom Hearts 3 Director Tetsuya Nomura responded via Twitter last night, confirmed the break and asked the community not to share videos or images and to warn each other by spoilers.
Yesterday, words spread that someone apparently had got Xbox One copies of the game from somewhere in their disc or distribution stream and had shared videos of game boot and main menu as evidence of potential buyers.
The material was first split through a page-deleted Facebook Marketplace listing. It was quickly picked up by YouTubers, calculated as a warning to others. The hearts of the kingdom subreddit also swung into action, promising fast mail relocations and banning those who postpole or participated in the spread.
Last night, Square Enix and director Tetsuyo Nomura formally resigned. In a statement, Nomura said that the company investigated the leak and accused the fans of not sharing any videos. He also promised that Kingdom Hearts 3 his epilogue and secret movie will be released after the launch "as in the case" as a precaution against destroying them.
"We want everyone to be can also enjoy the whole game after the release," said Nomura, "so we're asking for further support in this case."
In a generally twittered thread (preserved at Imgur) , someone who looked at the Facebook Marketplace and said they know the seller said that someone with illegal sales sales received 30 copies via a connection to game production and printing, somewhere in North Carolina.
The videos were apparently meant to prove the game's authenticity more than they attempted to deliberately destroy their story or development, even though it was said that the gameplay would be shown. (Videos redistributed to YouTube have been taken down.) "In a few videos, he can be shown by taking the disc out of Xbox One and reinstalling it," they wrote "as well as showing the home menu on the console as evidence. "
Kingdom Hearts 3 Releases January 29, 2019 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (January 25th in Japan). First announced on E3 2013, Crossover RPG has one of the video's most devoted successors. The history and character of the Lore-heavy franchise are critical to the joy of these fans.
Multiplication of this expectation is the fact that Square Enix in the past 13 years has gone long stretches between the teases and names of the game. The last full-numbered game in the series was 2005's Kingdom Hearts 2 followed by a dozen spin-offs, remixes and side experiences.
Nomura is the complete statement:
We are aware that a small part of Kingdom Hearts 3 has circulated online before the official release. We are also aware of how all this has happened. We're sorry to see this caused concern among our enthusiastic enthusiasts.
The whole team has been working together since last night (Japan time) to investigate what we can do to improve this situation, but first we would like to ask you not to share these videos.
The game's epilogue and secret movie, which are the biggest spoils in this game, are scheduled to be released at a later date, just in case, so they will not be displayed before the game's release.
We want everyone to be able to experience the entire game after the release, so we're asking for further support in this case.
We are also very grateful that our fans have already warned each other about spoilers. Thank you.
We are one month out from the release. Let's enjoy the game together when released on January 29, 2019.
Director Tetsuya Nomura