Kingdom Hearts III is coming in 2018, at least that’s what was announced at D23 Expo 2017, but what about the other games in the franchise? Well, director Tetsuya Nomura said that Xbox One versions of the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 and 2.5 ReMix or Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collections could be possible in the future, but only after existing versions of Kingdom Hearts III are complete. But, would they really appeal to a Western audience? Even Nomura expressed doubts about that during his remarks at the event.
While his comments may cause an uproar in the Xbox One community, Kingdom Hearts III does appeal to a Western audience because it has worlds like Toy Story which are incredibly popular in countries like the United States and United Kingdom. The previous games, even though they feature Disney characters, aren’t really going to appeal to Western gamers in my opinion because of the lack of franchises that are popular to gamers outside of Asia. One might say that “gamers are gamers” and that there isn’t really a difference but there definitely is one. Time and time again, we’ve seen it in game sales. Certain titles just sell much better in Japan than elsewhere. While I hope that the previous Kingdom Hearts games come to Xbox One, it’s unlikely given the fact that their appeal is limited. I also think that Kingdom Hearts III is a risky proposition on Xbox One but only time will tell. It’s still great that Nomura is open to bringing the games to other platforms apart from PlayStation 4.