E3 2013: Square Shares New Kingdom Hearts III Details

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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Kingdom Hearts

Following the initial reveal for Kingdom Hearts III at Sony’s E3 Press Conference yesterday, Square-Enix has shared some new information in regards to this long-awaited game in the series. According to a PR released by Square-Enix, the game takes place after the events from Kingdom Hearts II, where a “matured” Sora sets out on a new adventure. Although the story spans about 2 years, a decade’s worth of Kingdom Hearts games may have an effect on the character.

As Sora learns about the conflicts within Kingdom Hearts, and Master Xehanort’s plans to start a Keyblade War, he and his friends must seek the guardians of light to combat the forces of darkness. King Mickey and Riku go to search for previous Keyblade wielders, while Sora, Donald, and Goofy travel to various Disney worlds to look for the “Key to Return Hearts”.

The new Kingdom Hearts game is supposed to take advantage of the next-gen console technology to tell a “grand story” of “unparallelled scale”. Looking at the actual in-game footage in the trailer, it certainly looks a lot bigger in scale than the previous games.

Kingdom Hearts III will release for both Playstation 4 and Xbox One, making it the first game in the series to appear on a Microsoft console. According to another source, Kingdom Hearts III‘s production will not be handled by Tetusya Nomura, as he is busy with Final Fantasy XV. Instead, Square-Enix’s Osaka Studio, which brought us Dream Drop Distance and Birth By Sleep, as well as Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, is developing the game.

Square-Enix has also opened up a website for Kingdom Hearts III, which is still in the works. It confirms that we will see a more mature Sora than before.

About Andy Na

Andy was a member at Operation Rainfall since the beginning of its campaigning days. Though something of a troublemaker at the time, he now contributes to Operation Rainfall and shares his love for all things gaming and the visual arts. His favorite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Kid Icarus Uprising, and No More Heroes. Andy currently holds a Bachelors degree in Cinema, which he uses to pursue filmmaking.