New Details About Worlds, Characters & Staff of Kingdom Hearts III

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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Kingdom Hearts III

It’s only been a little more than a week since the shocking and long-awaited formal announcement of the next iteration in Square Enix and Disney’s magical mash-up series, Kingdom Hearts III. Hot off the heels of E3, Japanese video game magazine Famitsu gives us some fresh details by way of an interview with the visionary/potentially off-his-rocker director and creator of the franchise, Tetsuya Nomura.

The game, set for release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will take place after the events of last year’s Nintendo 3DS release, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and will be the final chapter in the “Xehanort Dark Seeker” saga. All the stops are being pulled out, everyone. Similar to all the previous Kingdom Hearts outings, Sora will travel to multiple Disney worlds to fight off the Heartless and bring peace to the Realm of Light. The selection of said Disney worlds is still being decided upon.

Kingdom Hearts

With the title Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, players were given the ability to play through three unique campaigns as three different characters. When asked if we would get the chance to play with series mainstays Riku and Kairi, Nomura was a bit tight-lipped, saying he hasn’t counted out the possibility.

During the E3 reveal at Sony’s press conference, we were given a glimpse of what the game might look like. (Spoilers: It’s gorgeous.) With the capabilities of next-generation hardware, Nomura is looking to really get Kingdom Hearts III to have the look and feel of Disney animated films, bringing new shading and texturing detail to the characters and environments to each movie world to make it appear more cohesive. The technique or process has been dubbed the “Kingdom Shader.”

Nomura stated that they have a gameplay build already running on the next-gen hardware and expect the action to be even crazier than previous entries. Hey, if he can top Flowmotion from 3D, you can paint me excited.

Finally, we were also clued in to members of the staff who are part of the development of the next Kingdom Hearts entry. Tetsuya Nomura is, obviously, the director, and he is joined by co-director Tai Yasue, with Rie Nishi on board as producer. As a fan of the music that’s come from this series, I am extremely psyched to know that the composer for all previous entries in the franchise, Yoko Shimomura, is also returning.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over seven years since I first completed Kingdom Hearts II on the PlayStation 2, but I am as full of enthusiasm and vigor for this newly announced sequel as I have ever been. We will be sure to keep you up to date with all the newest information as it becomes available. Luckily, we’ve already been promised new details at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Fall can’t come fast enough!


About Randy Thompson

[Former Staff] Just a normal nerd who loves his computer, video games, anime, manga, and the like. I love to draw and graduated from the Art Institutes for animation so I could bring my drawings to life.

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  • Shulknameholderthing

    I really wish I could be excited for this. But the story has become so badly written, generic, and cliche that it’s hard for me to care anymore. #firstworldproblems

    • Adam ‘Duffles’ Duffield

      To be honest the story is convoluted but its not hard to follow. This never bothers me either cause the characters are so likable, it dosnt matter to me if theyre flying into space fighting heartless while visiting disney worlds cause I just want to see more of them hahaha

  • Chad_Almasy

    Playing as Riku is expected, I would like to see Kairi get bumped up from damsel-in-distress/girl-waiting-at-home to hero status.

    • Adam ‘Duffles’ Duffield

      Did you see the secret ending to KH 3d?

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      You mean the one about the ‘plot twist’ that was so blatantly stated in Kingdom Hearts II that you’d have to be an idiot not to see it coming?

    • RadiantChaos

      I think he probably meant the one where SPOILER: Kairi is brought to Yen Sid to learn to wield a Keyblade, actually.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      That exactly the one I was talking about x.x The one that was blatantly shown in KHII When Kairi was given a keyblade in the World that Never Was… you know.. in this picture right here…!.JPG?=123

      How anyone is surprised by this ‘grand revelation’ is completely beyond my understanding… it was so blatantly and obviously projected that 3 year olds could guess it.

  • Sparticus112b

    That’s cool about Yoko but my biggest question is if Hikaru Utada will do a new opening song.

    • bleachedsnow

      Probably not. There was an interview with Utada saying she wasn’t going to write any more songs for KH.

    • blues

      If Utada ends up not returning for the theme song, I’d like to see Yuki Kajiura write one. I absolutely LOVE her work.

  • Terry Torres

    I have my doubts about the direction the series has been heading in, but Nomura’s been pretty good in interviews as of late. He sure makes it sound like he’s taking things seriously. And the talk of this mysterious… Kingdom Shader seems cool, too.

  • mikey

    I guess that between this and FF15 Shimomura won’t return for the new Monolith Soft game

  • Vallen

    I hope they first bring out FF15 and then focus on KH3 (not both at once=slow production for both)

    • dpolaristar

      There are two different parts of the team now.

  • Star Keyblade Wars?

    No Keyblade lightsaber, no sale!

  • Ninty

    Hope this crazier action is still reasonable for the eyes to follow. Birth By Sleep already had me personally confused as to what exact movement my character was doing, and it’s gonna get crazier in this new title?

  • So, where are the details?