Kingdom Hearts III Leaks Making Rounds Online, Prompting Statement From Tetsuya Nomura

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One of the most anticipated games of 2019, Kingdom Hearts III, isn't due out until the end of January, but it has already leaked in some capacity. In addition, copies of the game have reportedly been misappropriated and sold on Facebook Marketplace.

The trailer is rather brief, as it's created to be screened in Japanese movie theaters before the game's released. Mods on the Kingdom Hearts subreddit are threatening to ban players who ask for copies of the leak or post links to sites with the leaks.

There doesn't seem to be any suggestion that the leaks are not real, with director Tetsuya Nomura taking to Twitter to assure fans that the epilogue and "secret movie" will be added at a later date, presumably as DLC. He also stated that Square Enix knows "how this has all happened", though he didn't share any specifics.

Fans of the franchise have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts III for many years. This Tweet also focused heavily on the epilogue and movie, which, apparently, are so integral to the new game's story that they were to be released on a separate date. Just avoid the spoilers until then.

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Regarding the leak, Nomura said he and the team are aware of a "small portion" of the game emerging online ahead of time.

Kingdom Hearts III is launching on January 29, 2019, for PS4 and Xbox One.

He also thanked fans for not sharing any spoilers and apologized profusely to those who have had Kingdom Hearts III spoiled for them.

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