Sora on 04 Sep 2008 09:47 pm
There seems to be a lot of rumors going around that Kingdom Hearts 3 might become a multi-platform game. Nintendo and Square haven’t released a whole lot of information regarding this subject, which is the most probable cause for the confusion. Recently, however, Kotaku has released an article announcing their rumor that it may become a Playstation 3 exclusive. http://kotaku.com/5044645/kingdom-hearts-a-ps3-exclusive-will-be-seen-at-tgs
Whether or not this is true will be announced at the Tokyo Game Show this October. Most of us will be holding our breaths.
For those of you who are still hopeful that the game will be released upon the Xbox-360 or the Wii, there is some information you must consider first. Here’s a list of the key points of each system:
The Playstation 3 has the highest chance of being chosen to run Kingdom Hearts 3; the first two games were Playstation 2 exclusive, so why should the third game be any different? Players are used to the controls, so putting the third installment on a different system would most likely cause momentary grief for Kingdom Hearts veterans, depending on which system they own. Let’s face it: the Playstation 3 is superior to the other gaming consoles out there. Its Blu-Ray disc drive will give the game better graphics and a longer storyline. If the third game is released on the Xbox-360 or the Wii, there will most likely be multiple discs that will need to be exchanged during game play.
For those of you who desire the third game to be released on the Wii, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. My main concern for the Wii is how the controls will work. Don’t confuse that statement as one that condones the Wii or one that implies the impossibility of the game being released on the Wii. I think it would be a novel experience playing a Kingdom Hearts game on the Wii; swinging the Wii Remote to tell Sora to swing the key blade sounds like it may be a good idea, but that may hinder combos or other features of the game. Also, there is a limit to the buttons on the Wii Remote, even if the nun-chuck is attached. The controls would have to be similar to the following: swing-swing the key blade; A-jump; B-block; C-magic; Z-press and hold then use thumb pad to control camera angle; D-Pad-control the menu on bottom left corner of the screen. Controls like that would require a whole level at the beginning of the game just to become familiar with the new control layout.
I can understand those who desire the third Kingdom Hearts game to be released on the Xbox-360 as well as the Playstation 3. Final Fantasy XIII is no longer a Playstation 3 exclusive. I am unsure whether or not this is a good idea, but I trust Square and I hope for their sake they know what they are doing. Since it is being released on the Xbox-360 I understand the hopes of those who only own a Xbox-360. If they are granted their wish they do not have to spend $400 or more on a new console and another $60 or more to get the game. If Kingdom Hearts 3 is released on the Microsoft console, then Square will be appealing towards a wider audience and therefore able to make more money. The Xbox 360 controller is not extremely different from the Playstation 3 DualShock controller, which is beneficial because the programming for the controls will not be as hard. The major difference between them is the placement of the thumb-sticks and the D-Pad. They both have 4 “triggers” or the equivalent and four buttons on the right side of the controller.
I believe that it is unlikely for Kingdom Hearts 3 to be released on multiple platforms for a few reasons. First of all, it would take extra programming so that each console can control the game relatively similarly. Also, it would take time to program the game to be played on different resolutions. If you don’t understand what I’m trying to say, I’ll simplify it for you. The game would be able to have the same resolution on the Playstation 3 and the Xbox-360, but the Wii does not have a High Definition output, so it would be a hassle to not only program different controls for the Wii, but the resolution of the game would have to be reduced.
Although the first two Kingdom Hearts games were Playstation 2 exclusive, we must not forget Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, which was released on the Game boy Advance, as well as the three Kingdom Hearts games that have not yet been released. If this is an indication of anything, than it can only tell us that Kingdom Hearts games will be released on other consoles. The hugely important games will be released on the biggest and best systems while those that are slightly less important, but still provide vital storyline information between the main games, will be released on hand held systems. The reason is probably to keep fans at bay and occupied while Square works on the newest main game.
If you have read the above paragraph and thought, “So what?” then you are must be a bit foolish. The fact that these “secondary” games have been made, or are in the process of being made, shows that the Kingdom Hearts series is not Playstation exclusive, or whatever Sony decides to name their next gaming console. The handheld games provide the same characters that we all love and care for.
In other words, WE DON’T KNOW AS OF NOW WHICH SYSTEMS KINGDOM HEARTS 3 WILL BE RELEASED ON! No one will know until an official announcement is made. Even if someone who “claims” to be from Square reveals some information, then an official announcement will still be required in order to deny or confirm that leak. So enjoy not knowing which platform it will be released on. Go play the first two games again. Wait for the three handheld games to be released. When the official announcement is made, there will be those who will be disappointed no matter what decision is made. Sony fans will be annoyed if the game is released on the Xbox-360 or the Wii, while others will be annoyed that it is, once again, a Playstation exclusive.
We at Kingdomhearts3.net and the forums at Kingdomhearts3.org will be awaiting the announcement with our head’s held high, and our breaths held.
Submitted by the user kyo from the forums.