Kingdom Hearts III is only six weeks away now, but at least one person has shown a copy that slipped through the floodgates. Clips of the game’s title screen and install screen, among other footage, have made it on to the internet.
A brief gameplay was also posted on YouTube, but it has since been removed. According to Eurogamer, it served as a warning to fans to do their best to avoid leaking any possible spoilers.
Heads up, Kingdom Hearts fans:
The full version (!) of KH3 appears to be out in the wild (some screenshots and videos exist that I won't share here)
But yeah, be careful on both social media and YouTube pic.twitter.com/6QKhu31IaZ
— Nibel (@Nibellion) December 15, 2018
Responding to the leak, director Tetsuya Nomura says the biggest spoilers are not yet in the game. He says that the ending of the game, specifically the epilogue and secret movie, will be released at a later date.
— KINGDOM HEARTS (@KINGDOMHEARTS) December 16, 2018
In light of the current development, this can be seen by fans as a good thing. And indeed it is a smart move, particularly if it’s to be released as day-one free DLC. Because obviously it’s a bad idea to lock the ending of a game behind a paywall.