Kingdom Hearts 3 Leaks Retail Copies Seen In The Wild
This damaging leak comes over a month before the game is due to launch officially, on 25th January 2019.
Footage of the title screen, install screen and more are online now after a person was seen to be selling multiple copies of Kingdom Hearts 3 via the Facebook Marketplace (listing now deleted).
An important message for Kingdom Hearts 3 from Director Tetsuya Nomura:
— KINGDOM HEARTS (@KINGDOMHEARTS) December 16, 2018
The current leak footage only covers the very start of the game, but it’s only a matter of time before more significant plot details find their way to the internet. Provided Square Enix doesn’t stop the offender first, it’s believed they might have 50 or 60 copies of the retail product available to distribute. Because this is a developing story with purposefully mysterious evidence, some of the above info may not be entirely accurate.
Regardless of the specifics of the situation, this surprising scenario is the last thing Kingdom Hearts 3’s developers at Square Enix would have wanted. As inevitable as leaks may be in the modern entertainment industry, having one occur several weeks before launch is about as frustrating as it gets from a creator’s perspective. Especially if the process for obtaining the early copies involved theft, it’s possible Square Enix might even be pressured to pursue legal action for the alleged crime.
This story mostly serves as a warning to Kingdom Hearts fans that critical plot details may find their way to the internet soon. While Newsweek won’t be discussing those tidbits in detail, forums, social media and other less predictable platforms might. In other words, browse subreddits and comment threads with caution if you want to go in fresh.
The apparent leak of Kingdom Hearts 3 follows another huge leak when full copies of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were pirated and downloadable prior to the game’s release.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is scheduled to be releases for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25th.