Square Enix and Disney still have not given a specific release date for "Kingdom Hearts 3," but a recent interview with game director Tetsuya Nomura revealed some very detailed planning with regard to the upcoming "Kingdom Hearts 3" and the three games that precede its release — "Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix," "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix," "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue."
Recently, KH13 translated a Dengeki PlayStation interview with Nomura in which the director revealed that the team has incorporated secrets for the upcoming "Kingdom Hearts 3" in the box art of the three games.
Nomura revealed, "There are actually two secrets about the illustrations from [KH1.5] until [KH2.8]. Extremely attentive KH fans might have already discovered them, but one is that Sora's movements change from sitting, to standing, to walking. One more is that when you line up the three illustrations, you'll notice that they show the flow of time with changes in the sky. [KH1.5] is sunset becoming night, [KH2.5] is the middle of the night, and [KH2.8] is night breaking into dawn. Those three illustrations have a message regarding the final chapter, [KH3]."
Unfortunately, the director remained tight-lipped on what the message that the box art might have regarding the upcoming "Kingdom Hearts 3." The silence around "Kingdom Hearts 3" is not a surprise as IGN has pointed out that during the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016, which happened last June 14–16, Nomura promised that their team will not be revealing much about "Kingdom Hearts 3" until "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue" is released.
The release of "Final Chapter Prologue" has been moved from a December 2016 release to Jan. 28, 2017 in the United States, and Jan. 12, 2017 in Japan.
It was also during the Dengeki PlayStation interview that the director revealed that with the 15th anniversary of the "Kingdom Hearts" franchise, the team are planning something to celebrate the event.
There is still no confirmed release date for "Kingdom Hearts 3."