Square Enix: No additional Kingdom Hearts games for Xbox or Switch until after KH3 releases

Speaking at the D23 Expo today, Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura said that versions of past Kingdom Hearts games for Xbox One or Kingdom Hearts III for Nintendo Switch are possible but not being worked on at this time. In fact, neither will happen until after Kingdom Hearts III ships on Xbox and PS4 in 2018.

Nomura had this to say:

The Nintendo Switch is definitely a very interesting piece of hardware, but if we lightly say, ‘Oh yeah, we’ll be on the Nintendo Switch,’ I’m sure people will come back and say, ‘But what about the PS4 and Xbox One? We want them out first. Don’t focus on other platforms. So for now, we want to focus on what platforms we’ve already announced we’re going to be releasing Kingdom Hearts 3 on. And so after, perhaps, maybe we can start thinking about other possibilities.

I’m not sure KH3 could even run on Switch but it would make sense. Nintendo is an untapped market for console Kingdom Hearts but the leap from the Switch’s 180Gflop GPU in portable mode to the Xbox One’s 1.3Tflop is pretty massive. I’m not sure how feasible it is technologically.

Xbox One versions of the older games make sense too but KH is most known for being on PlayStation. With Xbox have a small audience in Japan I would hold your breath on that either.