Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Jul 302018

One of my biggest hopes for Kingdom Hearts 3 is that it will be longer than the previous Kingdom Hearts games.

I love Kingdom Hearts, but by RPG standards, they aren’t really that long. With Kingdom Hearts 3 wrapping up the Dark Seeker Saga and dealing with so many characters, I kept wishing it would be more on par with major JRPG lengths.

Well, it sounds like I might get my wish.

A preview article from Geek.com says:

Kingdom Hearts 3 is around 40-50 hours if you stay on the critical path. Including the mini-games, players can expect 80+ hours of content.”

40-50 hours for the main story, and over 80 hours if you include side content? That sounds great!

Now, it’s unclear how official this estimate is. While the writer mentions a Square Enix PR representative answering questions, he doesn’t directly say the representative gave him that number. Some fans believe he came up with the estimate himself based on how long the demo was.

Update: He clarified that he was told this as an estimate, but Square Enix hasn’t finalized the game’s length yet.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that companies do overestimate game lengths at times… World of Final Fantasy’s director said the story would take 100 hours to complete, and while World of Final Fantasy is a delightful game and I want a sequel, it took me a bit over 50 hours with some side content.

But it’s still encouraging to hear a playtime estimate for Kingdom Hearts 3 that is notably higher than previous entries in the series. I hope it will be a long, epic conclusion to the saga.

Meanwhile, a Riku Nendoroid has also been revealed!

How long do you think (or want) Kingdom Hearts 3 to be?

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