Kingdom Hearts 3, the latest installment in the Kingdom Hearts series, officially releases on January 29th 2019. Roughly a month before its launch, the gameplay footage leaked last week and major spoilers have been shared all across social media. Fans have been frantically posting warnings asking people to stop sharing the leaked gameplay footage in an attempt to prevent spoiling the story of the game. The issue has caught so much attention that today, Kingdom Hearts 3 Director Tetsuya Nomura released a statement in which he requests fans to not share the spoilers.
“The whole team has been working together since yesterday night to investigate what we can do to better this situation, but first we would like to ask that you do not share these videos,” says the game director in today’s statement.
Fans have waited over a decade for a sequel to Kingdom Hearts 2, and so running into major story spoilers is not something they are looking forward to. The leak reportedly originates from the Facebook Marketplace, where, someone who illegitimately obtained 30 copies of Kingdom Hearts 3, put the game up for sale. They also shared several gameplay videos, the purpose of which was to prove the authenticity of the ad.
“We want everyone to be able to equally experience the full game after its release, so we ask for your continued support on this matter,” Nomura continues.“We’re also very grateful that our fans have been warning each other already about the spoilers.”
Kingdom Hearts games always put an emphasis on the story, which explains why community members from Youtube and Reddit have banded together to minimize the spreading of the leak. Youtubers are uploading videos urging fans not share the gameplay videos and moderators of the Kingdom Hearts subreddit are banning those who ask for or share spoilers in any way.
The Kingdom Hearts 3 launch is just over a month out, as the game releases on January 29th 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.