Kingdom Hearts Turns 10, Third Installment Yet to be Announced

Today is a very special day for all you Final Fantasy and Disney lovers, as Square Enix’s beloved Kingdom Hearts franchise turns 10 years old in Japan.

If you were hoping that Square was planning on celebrating this occasion with a Kingdom Hearts 3 related announcement, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but it looks role-playing fans will have to wait a bit longer. Here’s to hoping we don’t have to wait another 10 years to catch wind of this highly anticipated (and all too often rumored) sequel. With Nomura still busy at work on Final Fantasy Versus XIII, it’s certainly starting to feel like a real possibility.

The Kingdom Hearts franchise got its start back on the PlayStation 2 and was received quite well by critics and the gaming public at large. The unique inclusion of Final Fantasy characters within a Disney-esque universe had fans pleading for more. Unfortunately, only two proper installments in the franchise have been released, both of which were exclusive to the PS2. Additional spinoff titles have released since then, gracing both the PSP and DS.

For those die-hard fans that plan to indulge themselves in more of the universe in an effort to pass the time, I hope you have a 3DS because the next title in the series, Dream Drop Distance, will be launching exclusively for Nintendo’s handheld this summer. Considering the fact Sony’s handheld platform hasn’t been foreign to the franchise either, it wouldn’t surprise me if Square is working on a Vita-centric title as well.

All you Kingdom Hearts fans out there, would you rather see a fully fledged Vita title, or a proper Kingdom Hearts 3? Let us know in the comments below.