Kingdom Hearts III is arriving a little later than expected, but there’s a reason for it.
Speaking to IGN, game director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that the delay was not down to development issues, but instead due to logistical issues with the originally planned release date.
“The timing of release that we were actually looking at, we were told by many people, including hardware manufacturers, marketing teams, sales teams that it just wasn’t a good timing in the year,” Nomura said. “…For Kingdom Hearts III, the [Square Enix] western offices had requested to release the game as simultaneously as much as possible between Japan and America, so we were no longer able to just think about Japanese issues and retail situations.”
Nomura added that speeding up development to release earlier than planned was talked about, but the development team stated that it would be impossible to do that, so moving the date back was the only other option.
Yesterday, a new trailer was released for the game that revealed the return of Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean world.
Kingdom Hearts III launches January 29th, 2019 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.