Kingdom Hearts III announced “a little early”
posted on 06.13.13 at 06:03 PM EST by (@sqexgal)
"I was thinking of the many fans," says Nomura.

Kingdom Hearts III‘s announcement at E3 this week was “a little early,” director Tetsuya Nomura said during an interview with Famitsu at E3.

“I was thinking of all the many fans who have been impatient for it since Kingdom Hearts II and the continued spin-offs, so I revealed it beside Final Fantasy XV,” he said.

Kingdom Hearts III, like previous games, will feature a party of three characters—usually Sora, Donald, and Goofy—but allow NPCs from each Disney world to take part in battle, too. Nomura promises flashy combat and a new aerial fighting style that will keep Sora afloat when attacking in the sky.

The game is being developed on the Luminous engine with over-specifications (likely a PC environment), and is being ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It will use a special “Kingdom Shader” to give Sora and company visuals adjusted differently for each world to suit its motif.

Nomura also said the game would include online components and other series firsts.

The end of the announcement trailer shows what appears to be a gameplay segment of Sora running away from, then battling a group of Heartless. Nomura confirmed that this was actually a movie, as they were unable to prepare gameplay in time for the trailer, but that it represents the “visual possibilities that are capable in real-time.”

Kingdom Hearts III is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Find the full interview transcribed below.

― Since the impact of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix are still reverberating, we were surprised to see the early and unexpected trailer of Kingdom Hearts III being revealed.

Nomura: I was thinking of all the many fans who have been impatient for it since Kingdom Hearts II and the continued spin-offs, so I revealed it beside Final Fantasy XV. Though judging from the development status, I think it was a little early to announce it.

― Nonetheless, it seems that the visual direction is already certain.

Nomura: It’s a visual we’re currently developing called “Kingdom Shader.” While the characters have been these textures before, this is how they’ll be in original worlds. The shader will adjust in each world, so in Disney worlds, the visual will change to suit each world’s motif.

― Like Final Fantasy XV, will Kingdom Hearts III use Luminous Studio for development?

Nomura: Currently we’re using Luminous mainly and are exploring it. Producing it with over-specifications, porting to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be the same. There was a problem with the tools, and real engine footage couldn’t be prepared in time for the battle scene shown in the trailer we premiered. So we went with a movie that shows the sort of visual possibilities that are capable in real-time. Regardless, when you look at the actual real-time movement in comparison, there isn’t much difference.

― Tell us about how action has evolved in Kingdom Hearts III.

Nomura: At the moment there is a demo version where you can move in the real engine, but… it’s a real struggle. (Laughs) “Bold action” will become even better. You’ll have a party of three in Kingdom Hearts III, but each world’s NPCs will take part in battles, too. At any rate, a very flashy style of action will unfold. We’re developing an aerial fighting style that won’t require you to land and allows you to fly into the sky.

― Only Sora would do that. (Laughs)

Nomura: He would. (Laughs) (Editor’s Note: Sora means “sky” in Japanese.)

The enemy AI has become quite elaborate too, and with that, coop actions that incorporate both enemies and allies are able to unfold. For example, there is a vehicular type enemy, I already have it so that Sora can jump on and ride around on it in battle.

― Lastly, a message for the fans.

Nomura: Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III being produced together creates a relationship of rivalry that will bring out the best in each. Within internal meetings, Kingdom Hearts III serves as the chicken, and although development degree is still low, we felt a real response to it. Kingodm Hearts III will include online components, and we’re looking into other developments that haven’t been in Kingodm Hearts previously, so please look forward to future announcements. This year we’ll have presentations at Tokyo Game Show and at D23 Expo Japan in October domestically, so I think we’ll be able to put out more information around then.

For the Final Fantasy XV part of this interview, click here.

  • bloodiOS

    Too early?! Crap!
    Are we going to be able to see this game released before the coming of the ninth generation of consoles?
    T__T

    • Revorse

      Yeah. I say it’ll probably be 2015-2016 when we see it. Hopefully XV comes in 2014 and they can focus on pushing out KH3

      • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

        XV is the KH team and Osaka Team are working on KH3, so really, both games will likely be out around the same time.

        Seriously, people need to remember that Osaka team pushed out high quality titles within a two year time frame. BbS, and Dream Drop Distance are a really good testament to that.

        Specifically Dream Drop Distance since the entire end sequence for Riku was added mere weeks before manufacturing began.

        They’re good at what they do and Kingdom Hearts III will be no different.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          I don’t play KH, but even I can tell that BBS, DDD, 1.5 HD, 358/2 Days, etc. were nothing more than attempts to feed the fans’ hunger in hopes of taking their thoughts away from KH3, which they’ve been wanting for YEEEEEEEEEEEEEARS now.

          You may make some good points, but I’m willing to bet the KH fans would take KH3 over ALL of those other games that were developed in a heartbeat. Long story short, KH3 should have been out by now.

          • David Gil

            Well I was pretty happy with BBS, that was a great game if you ask me, I’m glad it got made and it did take my mind of KH3 for a good while.

        • Revorse

          Oh, I understand that. I wasn’t trying to discredit the Osaka Team. I was just meant once the XV team is done they may be able to lend some hands to the KH3 team, and that may speed some things up.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      I couldn’t believe it! I thought “a little early? Surely he’s joking?!”, hahaha. I wonder if the latest trailer for FFXV was shown a little early too!

      • Budgiecat

        Goofy and Donald should be playable/switchable on the fly along with Sora so they can chain combo link attacks like Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll imo

  • Ian Manning

    Still nothing on Kairi, Ventus, or the others being playable…I guess I’ll have to wait…

  • Pyrofrost

    I’m guessing FFXV will be Fall~Holidays 2014 and KH3 will be Fall~Holidays 2015.

    • LustEnvy

      I don’t think so. Games like this take like 3 years, so I wouldn’t expect it until at least 2016. And that’s being kind.

  • King-Prodigy-X

    Man, I’m just so happy FF XV & KH III are finally getting some attention. This new CEO knows what he is doing.

    EDIT:
    “Tori[yama] has been working on Kingodm Hearts III among other things.”

    Oh hell no, get his dirty hands away from the project.

  • Raiyu

    He really should’ve learned from Versus XIII, announcing a game early is never a good idea.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    >Kingdom Hearts III
    >Announced a little early

  • DragonSix

    Osaka team is a fast developer (they made BBS, 365, and DDD in record times). My guess is it wont take as long as some people fear.

  • Hidayat246

    The end of the announcement trailer
    shows what appears to be a gameplay segment of Sora running away from,
    then battling a group of Heartless. Nomura confirmed that this was
    actually a movie, as they were unable to prepare gameplay in time for
    the trailer, but that it represents the “visual possibilities that are
    capable in real-time.”

    WTF
    Trolling is never end

  • Elvick

    KH3 moved to PS5 confirmed.

    • tubers

      Exactly!

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      PLEASE BE EXCITE

      #2024

  • SOLOmio

    Tori(Akira,toriyama)? DBZ type kung fu battles? Nah not seeing that most be the plot, he is good at that.

    • Lucas

      No, he means Motomu Toriyama, FFXIII, FFXIII-2 and FFX game director.

  • Nice Boat

    Please Nomura, I mean, YOLO!

  • Budgiecat

    Motomu Toriyama is working on Kingdom Hearts III??

    ….Oh no…..

    …no…..

    ..nononononononono NO.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Houeclipse

      haha if this turn out to be true then we have dragonball style face for the characters xD!!

      • kratoscar2008

        He means the XIII saga director.

        • Houeclipse

          Haha I just realized that sorry xD (When I see Toriyama I quickly remind of Akira Toriyama)

    • LordKaiser

      Supah saijajin Sora!

  • Ace

    Don’t worry guys, we’ll get another update of this game in 6 years; just in time for the release of the PS5.

  • Guest

    Simply ridiculous …

  • artemisthemp

    I doubt that Kingdom Hearts 3 release before 2.5 HD