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Kingdom Hearts 3 leak may stop future worldwide releases

Last month’s Kingdom Hearts 3 leak may mean that future games in the series will not feature worldwide, simultaneous releases.

The leak, which took place in the USA last month, meant a large number of Kingdom Hearts 3 videos were available to view on the internet. Thankfully, Director Tetsuya Nomura assured fans that the game’s epilogue and a secret video would be added to the game via a patch, so they couldn’t be spoiled.

Speaking with Famitsu, Nomura said the leak might jeopardise future worldwide releases.

“Because of what happened, the risks for a simultaneous worldwide release are high, for any games that I work on henceforth, currently I cannot help but reconsider a simultaneous worldwide release for at the very least the retail package version,” he said.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is available on Xbox One and PS4 from 29 January. Square Enix did not provide Stevivor with a review code ahead of the game’s review embargo, so we won’t be reviewing the title.

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