Kingdom Hearts 3 is one of those games where people randomly come up with a release date that people just end up taking until it's eventually debunked and people are obviously upset because we've been waiting for the game's release for 10 years. With the announcement that Kingdom Hearts 2.8 would be delayed until early 2017, a lot of hope that Kingdom Hearts 3 would see a 2017 installment pretty much went out the window. Obviously we want the game to be quality and lengthy, we have been waiting a decade for the games release, but at what point should Square Enix go for an earlier release rather than a 100+ hour "perfect" game?
The Problem With Perfectionism
I can guarantee many people - including myself - don't want a half-assed game (just look at No Man's Sky). However, fans have been patiently waiting for 10 YEARS for this game. As great as it may turn out to be, if the game gets delayed to 2018 or 2019 it may be a little too late. Even though we as players have ultimately no idea how much of the game is complete, we do know that the game will be massive.
Just how big is "massive?" We know that it's obviously going to be longer than the side games, but will it also be longer than BBS or Kingdom Hearts 2? The idea of the game could also change throughout production, which - when paired with increased perfectionism - doesn't just add weeks to development, it adds months or even years.
With the possibility of Kingdom Hearts 2.8 receiving DLC, Kingdom Hearts 3 following suit might not be out of the question. DLC would tread difficult water with the Kingdom Hearts fandom as ever since the release of Kingdom Hearts Unchained: Chi players have either taken kindly to the in-app purchases - or quit the game because of them.
That said, in-app purchases are vastly different from console DLCs, and it might be welcome. After all, in-app purchases and DLC essentially boil down to the same thing: paying real life money for a better in-game experience. While hardcore fans like myself or others probably wouldn't mind, a lot of people would.
What's The Solution?
Well, I think it might be more important for Square Enix to shoot for a Christmas 2017 release - or at the very latest a January 2018 release - than to have a 100+ hour game filled with returning characters or worlds that we either don't want to see or - even worse - aren't important to the story. That said I think we can all agree that we don't want Kingdom Hearts 3 to be a half-assed mess, but I'd rather get a great game that gets the job done than a perfect one five years from now.
What do you guys think about Kingdom Hearts 3? Would you rather have a perfect game further down the line than a great one sooner? Let us know in the comments!
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