Kingdom Hearts III coming to PS4 and Xbox One
posted on 06.11.13 at 02:13 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Become Sora and prevent a war against 'tyranny of light'.

Kingdom Hearts III, announced at last night’s Sony E3 press conference, is coming to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Square Enix has announced.

The game, in development at Square Enix’s Osaka studio, features a mature Sora as the main protagonist, who sets forth on an adventure with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy through new Disney worlds unseen in previous games.

Believing light and darkness must remain in balance, Master Xehanort seeks to spark war against the ‘tyranny of light’ to restore equilibrium.

In an effort to undermine Xehanort’s plot, Sora, Donald and Goofy search for seven guardians of light and the “Key to Return Hearts,” while King Mickey and Riku search for previous Keyblade wielders.

Watch the debut trailer below.

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  • Anime10121

    Hype! First time I’ve seen a summary of the story! So I’m guessing we’ll just get cutscenes of Riku and Mickey saving Aqua, Ven, and Co, at different points in the story!

    • Auragar

      Maybe or we might get to play as Riku again.

      • Anime10121

        Either way, I’m excited!

        • Auragar

          Me too.

      • SuperLuigi

        Riku was awesome to play as in 3d and chain of memories! I hope we get to play as all keyblade wielders, even if it is for a special fight or something.

        • Auragar

          Oh that would be shweet. Lea for the win. Some people will enjoy playing as Kairi but meh to her.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Hope to have interchanging characters in battle like FF XV / Type Zero / Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll

  • Tenshiken

    Perfectly fine by me, the more people introduced to Kingdom Hearts, the better.

  • Fantasytales

    I’m so exited I’m getting this for PS4 since I just finished preordering it!!!

    • futuristic_imagination

      Nice! Did you fully pay it off or just the minimum amount?

      As for me I’m still recovering from paying off all these awesome ps3 games for the summer. Unless my 3 younger brothers pitches in for the ps4 funds (which is probably going to happen).

      • Fantasytales

        Just the minimum I figured ill pay little by little since I still got 5 months to go. I recently got a MacBook so did really have much money…

        • futuristic_imagination

          …. thats a lot of money to spend. Luckily I have 1 more year of college so I don’t have to spend 1,000 for tuition each semester (grants/scholarship doesn’t fully pay my tuition).

  • Locksus

    I’ve never played any KH games. I’d love to play KH 1,2 and 3D, though!

    • Bangarang

      Never too late! KH 1 and 2 were superb :) Also, though a bit repetitive, Birth By Sleep was pretty fun as well.

      • Locksus

        True :) Getting a 3DS later this month so I can play Dream Drop Distance.
        Prepared to be lost in the story, though :P

        • SuperLuigi

          Make sure you read the reports you unlock. These reports summerise every game in the series. You wont know every detail though.

  • King-Prodigy-X

    Well I stand corrected. I really thought it would be exclusive. But it will probably sale like shit on Xbox Done.

  • Auragar

    Again, I hope this doesn’t bring down the PS4 version. Also what about Axel er… Lea?

    • Raiyu

      Think this is getting ported down from the PS4 version, so we shouldn’t worry.

      • Auragar


    • SuperLuigi

      Kh spoilers!!!!!!!!!!!!*****!*!*!*!**!*!*!*!*! Lea is a keyblade wielder and is prob getting trained with kairi(I forgot how to spell her name at the moment). You can kinda guess this with the secret ending to kh 3d and this news put together.

      • Auragar

        Eh… I know this I was asking what was happening with him. SO just training. And I forgot Kairi was also a keyblader too. lol

        • SuperLuigi

          Prob just training till the final battle ya.

          • Auragar

            Boo. lol

    • MasterSensei

      Still haven’t got it memorised? He’s a keyblade master in training so far but he might fight in the war

      • Auragar

        I read the first part in his voice. lol So just training? Kind of boring I love Lea, and his keyblade is so cool.

        • MasterSensei

          I know right? But who knows how long it’s been since Dream Drop Distance he could be a fully fledged Keyblade wielder by the time Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out.

          • Auragar

            Woot yes believe!

    • Awnye

      Lea has a keyblade now, so he’s expected to fight alongside everyone else. =)

      • Auragar

        Which is why I asked, is he actually fighting.

    • bloodiOS

      Well, unlike Final Fantasy, graphics has never been much of a focus for the Kingdom Hearts games, so I don’t think it will matter. Both platforms should be more than powerful enough to run the game at 60fps (1080p should be a given.)

  • Nitraion

    That said…
    I just Wonder do Xbox communities want this type game at all?
    last time i saw someone gonna play Tales of vesperia on 360
    he is like “eww its JRPG”
    aren’t they gonna lol this game somehow?…

    • KnifeAndFork

      yes they will lol

      • kuusou yume

        They want JRPG’s just to bash people who actually are going to buy it on their Playstations. That’s about the only reason they care for them.

  • Zero

    It’s like I said in my other XV comment. I don’t think it really matters.

    In fact, I don’t think the type of people who support the Xbone will be buying these types of games. (People want to support the Xbone policies?)

    If having to put up with an Xbone port is part of the deal, if without it, both KH 3 and FF XV would not be released. I’ll take that deal. I want these games! I’ll enjoy them greatly on my PS4. =)

    • Kurisu Makise

      I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, there’s no need for exclusives to begin with. Now Square Enix expands their audience, thus more people get to enjoy Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy XV.

      • Zero

        I’d normally agree. In this case, I don’t want people to support the Xbone. The awful policies Microsoft are enforcing should not be allowed. I want people who do understand how awful these policies are — to not support it. I also hope those who aren’t as informed, can read about it and learn why these policies are awful for all consumers.

        • Kurisu Makise

          While I don’t particularly agree with Microsoft’s policies; I’m far more invested in keeping a healthy ecosystem. The Sony we got last night is a Sony that’s being challenged. I for one am not interested in the “Return of the King” because the King didn’t try nearly as hard for my money as the fallen King has in one generation. If I felt that Sony would be challenged if it was just a Nintendo vs Sony landscape I would maybe agree with you. Alas, Nintendo does not challenge Sony the way Microsoft does. So I need them to get their act together and keep up.

          • Zero

            I can see where your coming from with this post. Here are some of my thoughts.

            I’m not sure what has been announced so far gives Sony a clear path to dominate this generation. I’m still very worried about people supporting Xbox One. Why? If it does well, these awful policies will start to become normal, maybe even accepted by consumers.

            That’s not what we want, it’s bad for us, it’s bad for this industry, period.

            Microsoft still has a ton of cash to throw at this. Some would say an unlimited supply. They have made it clear, they are going all in, willing to spend millions on even the small things.

            Just because Sony had a great e3 press event, that doesn’t mean Microsoft will fold. Sony needs to keep attacking if they want to win this generation.

            You could say – The first battle might be over, the war has just begun.

            I agree that competition is good for everyone. It’s good for consumers, good for this industry.

            If Microsoft wants to join the next generation console war battle, they need to drop the bullshit. Stop trying to force awful policies down potential customers throats.

            By doing so, they are starting a whole new war. It’s not just about which console is better anymore, it’s about which console has consumer rights in mind.

            Last night, Sony said they did, and then proceeded to back up those claims. That’s the key reason I will continue to support the PlayStation brand.

            Did Sony get cocky and learn a hard lesson with the PS3? I think so. I think they learnt that lesson already. All the moves they made, the people they brought in and put together to create the PS4. The lower price point, the stronger launch line up, supporting consumer freedoms, etc. I think all of these things show they have learnt a valuable lesson.

            You have to earn our trust, you have to earn our support.

            It’s Microsoft’s turn to learn this lesson. The catch is, they have the money and funds to fight a long drawn out battle. They are too proud, I don’t see them backing off these awful policies unless something big happens.

            It won’t be easy, but everyone has to show them just how wrong they are. Sony actually helped us here, they made a big stand against these bullshit policies last night. We can’t let this crap happen.

            If we do, I fear it will lead into the beginning of a terrible end for this industry. That’s not something I want to happen.

            We both want to keep this industry healthy. I’m almost certain these anti consumer policies will help destroy it.

            If we have to push aside console wars in order to stop this… so be it.

            • Kurisu Makise

              It’s a fair stance honestly and yes, the best medicine here might be to just outright boycott the console but I wonder if that’d really do the trick when others purchase it. They’d need to bomb lower than WiiU and plummet further for 3-4 months before they eased up I imagine. Of course my concern with doing such is, if that’s done and everyone rallies under PS4, can they even recover enough to be competition thereafter? Sony managed but after being SEGAed in Round 1…

        • Impossible2beat

          how are you a mod, instigating attacks on a console maker like an immature fanboy. MS policy’s are one thing that should be discussed, because its about consumer rights, but a notion Xbox need to fail is dangerous to the industry for so many reason one being competition, the thing that just got us a console that has totally different policies.

          • Zero

            I can see how you might get that impression by reading one of my comments. Sure, I’m upset about the policies Microsoft are enforcing. It’s not something guided by blind hatred or fanboy nonsense.

            I hope this comment clears some things up.

            I never said the Xbox One should fail completely. I said people shouldn’t support the policies.

            If they don’t, and the console doesn’t sell quite as much in the first few months, it just might result in Microsoft taking some big steps back on those policies. That would be great.

            If Sony was also enforcing similar policies, I would say the exact same thing about them. Same goes for Nintendo.

            (I’m not jumping for joy that Sony decided to put up a pay wall for online multiplayer on the PS4 either. I don’t care much for that decision.)

            Just think about some of this policy stuff.

            I still think this is the biggest one –

            Eliminating Rentals? That’s just absurd in my opinion. I rent, i use rental services, lots of my friends and people I know use them.

            I also think all this permission crap is garbage. I’m going to discuss a few.

            We give you permission to play the game you already bought.

            I spent my hard earned money on the game. It’s mine, that gives me the freedom to do what I want with it. It’s been this way for 30 + years now.

            We give you permission to loan it to a friend once.

            Seriously? I let my friends borrow my games all the time. This doesn’t work for me and lots of other consumers. Not at all.

            We give you permission to trade and sell games, but only our way, or the publishers way.

            Don’t even get me started on this…

            I could go on. The point is – Some change is good, some change is bad. These policies want to change video games, but not in a good way.

            I think Microsoft needs to learn that lesson. I also think they are a little bit blinded by success right now. It’s going to take a few punches in the face to wake them up.

            Look, the same thing happened to Sony with the PS3. They got really cocky, this resulted in some awful choices, customers were not happy about it and Sony had to learn a tough lesson.

            They managed to turn things around with the PS3, but they did so by listening to customers first, then the developers, and then the publishers.

            I think Microsoft can do the same thing with the Xbox One. They just have to learn a tough lesson, remove these awful policies, and start listening to the consumers.

            I own the 360. I like my 360. I like Halo, I own all the Gears of War games. I really like them too. I’ve played and enjoyed lots of great games on my Xbox.

            I enjoyed the games Microsoft showed off during there e3 event. I thought Titanfall looked great. So did Sunset Overdrive, Crimson Dragon, Project Spark, and Quantam Break. I was very excited about Killer Instinct until I learned more details about the game.

            I want to be excited about Xbox One. I’d even want to purchase it if it wasn’t for the awful policies. I refuse to support those, I think others should do the same. If Microsoft will listen, and then proceed to remove most of those awful policies and restrictions. I’ll be very happy. I think lots of people would be very happy too.

            • Impossible2beat

              ok sure, I take back fanboy insinuation, hating an issue with policys that affect consumer rights are real issues. Opposed to morons who cry and get angry when games aren’t exclusives to the company they love.

      • DarthBrian

        Yeah, all four of them.

        • Kurisu Makise

          There’s four platforms in this race D=? (Kidding)

          • DarthBrian

            Yeah, ha ha, you knew what I was talking about. >_>

            • Kurisu Makise

              Can’t let you slide that type of joke in, Star Fox!

  • new_tradition

    Jeez, that little blurb just went and destroyed dozens of fan theories that’s been floating on the web since Dream Drop Distance xD

    (Then again, they could just be keeping mum about the juicy story bits to surprise us when we eventually play the game ;D)

    KH3 looks amazing, but like Versu-damn it, I mean, FFXV, I had hopes to see it on the PS3 console, especially since Nomura said he wanted all the KH games on one console. With PS4’S BC with PS3 being cloud based, there’s still lots of questions on how that will still be possible. Crossing my fingers that people who buy the disc games will get free access to the cloud version or something.

    …Oh, KH3 is for XBOX One too? Okaaaaay….I’m still getting it for the Sony system >.>

  • Namekaze_Minato

    Just wait till Fable 4 is “also” announced for PS4; so much for exclusives.

  • CosmicNova

    I am not going to complain about either news of theses games. I’m just glad it being made for the PS4, but I do wounder was Tetsuya Nomura force into making theses games multiplat are was it a team decision.

    • Impossible2beat

      are you dumb? that is not how a company works, testuya nomura is an employee of a company

  • xMCXx

    But the HD remix is PS3 exclusive isn’t it?
    Why even release KHIII on the One, then?

    • KnifeAndFork

      Because Square-Enix underestimated how much Microsoft was going to shoot themselves in the foot and they thought they might actually have a shot at beating Sony…

      • KnifeAndFork

        k who downvoted me… yourself…

    • Rydak

      Yes, the remix is exclusive.

      I would guess that because it took so long to make Versus (Still feels weird calling it XV) that KHIII sat on the backburner. So, those are many years they spent money trying to make the games. So, because the new consoles have somewhat similar hardware, it’ll probably become far easier to port and streamline games this next gen. Thus, allowing SE to easily port the game for the Xbox One and try to help recoup the development costs.

      I didn’t expect it to happen, but that’s my rationale. ^^

      • xMCXx

        Hm, yeah, that’s it probably.

        • Impossible2beat

          because game companies need to make money, and letting the most amount of people play a game is never a bad thing. Also there is no amount of money Sony or MS could pay that would make SE go exclusive, they are a financial disaster right now, and need to profit as much as possible especially from a game like versus that been in development for like 7 years, and needs to be turned into not a sinkhole.

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      I at first thought are you kidding me. then realized wait a tic. KH3 & FFXV will sell more copies on PS4 anway since PS4 is $400 at Launch while XB1 is $500. You do the math.

  • Sal Romano
    • KingNigma

      They’re beautiful.

    • Lynx

      It’s like 1000 Heartless fight in 2.

      I love it. I want MORE of those.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Ha! I knew Osaka would get to do KH3! They proved themselves again and again with the portable games, so I’m glad to see they get to bring it on home with a numbered title. SHIT, I can’t wait for this game!

  • Elvick

    More casual fans to whine about the story ‘not making sense’ and for SE to ‘stop with the shitty spinoffs’.

    Yay, just what KH needed to succeed!

    I don’t know what Sony is doing not paying out the ass to keep these exclusive. Shouldn’t allow MS to have these at all.

    • artemisthemp

      Its a smart move by Sony, because Xbox owners will have to buy a PS3 to play KH 1.5 HD and KH 2.5 HD :)

  • Gammer21

    Hello y’all I’m a Sony fan boy and happy for m$ fans to get play third one because its great series, but ff15 should have stayed exsclusive since all these years till it’s revival they were making it only for ps4 so kinda bs but still glad all get to enjoy this bad ass looking game

    • SOLOmio

      u kind right since Microsoft doesn’t share Halo or Gears to Sony so it’s kind off a let down! still let’s start joining some Tango and cash for a new PS4.