Kingdom Hearts III staff outlined, more
posted on 06.19.13 at 04:26 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Nomura not ruling out playable Riku and Kairi.

Famitsu this week has new details on Kingdom Hearts III.

The game is being directed by Tetsuya Nomura, co-directed by Tai Yasue, and produced by Rie Nishi. Yoko Shimomura is composing.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One-bound sequel follows Sora and company as they search for the key to return hearts and travel across various Disney worlds. It serves as the last episode in the “Dark Seeker” chapter and will represent the final battle with Xehanort. Director Nomura said it is a sequel to Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and that the selection of worlds is currently underway.

Asked if we can play as Riku and Kairi, Nomura said he couldn’t deny the possibility.

Visually, Nomura said he was aiming to create something similar to the textures of Disney paintbrush artwork. This led to the development of the “Kingdom Shader,” which will adjust to each world to suit its motif.

A demo version of the game is currently playable on a real machine and the game’s bold action is all the more amazing, Nomura added. The game will utilize three party characters, NPCs from each world that can also participate in battle, and flashy action.

The Famitsu interview seems to be an expanded version of an interview published online last week. Read that here.

Thanks, Sokuho@Hokanko.

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  • Bangarang

    Thrilled for this one! Can’t wait to finish this story and (hopefully) battle some foes in the coliseum :)

  • SuperLuigi

    We need playable mickey, sora, riku, kairi, ven(maybe?), terra(if possible considering he is spoilers), aqua, and lea. I want to play as every keyblade user or at least have all of them in my party. Heck this is the end of this storyline make it freaking epic! At least make riku playable he was the main character basically in kh 3d…and my favorite.

    • Raoni Marques

      If they have all of them playable…man, it’s gonna be friggin epic. I really want Terra and the others back (even though the first is highly unlikely, but you never know) but more than that, I wanna be able to play as King Mickey for more than just a few battles.

    • MasterSensei

      If I can form a 3 person team of Aqua, Mickey and Sora that would be all I need to buy this game 9 times over!

  • DesmaX

    Only Shimomura? I remember BBS and 3D having other composers

    • Anime10121

      Not a bad thing, Shimomura IS Kingdom Hearts music in my mind, the others were good too, dont get me wrong, but Yoko’s a fox (pun intended) :D

      • DesmaX

        Not complaining (But she’s also working for FF XV… Oh well, at least it’s not Hamauzu), just asking

        • Anime10121

          But I believe Shimomura’s FAR more talented than Hamauzu! She has yet to compose an ost that I havent liked! From select SFII tracks, to KH, to Radiant Historia, to Mana, her works have always been fantastic! Hamauzu’s good sometimes, great sometimes, spotty sometimes, but Shimomura’s fantastic all the time =D

          • DesmaX

            To be honest, I don’t really like Hamauzu (Sure, he can make some good stuff like “Mibgestalt”, but, he tends to make some mediocre tunes… Especially battle themes), I was just saying “at least it isn’t him working on the soundtrack”.

            I love Shimomura work, but I guess leaving 2 major titles fully to her is a bit too much… Especially since I love Takeharu Ishimoto work too

            • bloodiOS

              Maybe she already had the majority of the pieces for Final Fantasy XV composed over the past few years.

              • DesmaX

                hahahaha, I’ll be dissapointed if this isn’t her best work yet :P

      • Warboss Aohd

        she iz responsible fer Legend of Mana’s music.

        Da woman can do no wrong in my eyez.

  • xMCXx

    “It serves as the last episode in the “Dark Seeker” chapter and will represent the final battle with Xehanort.”
    So, all those games (like a dozen) were just one chapter and there will be more? Jesus Christ!

  • MosquitoLemon

    Sweet, I actually wanted to play as Kairi since the original.

    edit – don’t remember much about the first one, but I think she was out of commission for the majority of it?

    • new_tradition


  • Solomon_Kano

    Playable Riku and Kairi would fit with his prior comments about them looking into some form of online play. Co-op Kingdom Hearts would be pretty sick.

  • new_tradition

    Sounds good ^^

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    buying for PS4 who’s with me.

    • KnifeAndFork

      well since you’re buying me a PS4 I guess I’m in…

    • Micheal Scott

      im in PS4 alway

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    >the selection of worlds is currently underway.

    I felt my jimmies rustle.

  • Cry_Zero

    Im pretty sure that this is going to be the best game ever ! I love Kingdom Hearts and the graphics were amazing.. I hope Itll look like it did in the teaser trailer

    • KnifeAndFork

      Actually I hope it looks better. Like real time gameplay resembling the best prerendered KH CGI FMV openings.
      It should look like a Pixar movie imo

  • Anime10121





    I freking love every bit of news I get about this game, (although, if their still picking worlds, I have a suspicion that this is a little more than the 2-3 years I initially thought it would take).

    • Kurisu Makise

      I’m not so sure world picking is as…time consuming as it sounds. Nomura made a big overarching timeline. Often the world stories are supplementary to the overarching story line. Leaving the primary work to actually making the worlds/level design/etc. It does seem like the battle side/mechanics have been planned out already.

      • Anime10121

        Yeah, but here’s the thing, while the meat of Kingdom Hearts plot is its original story, you spend the most time in the Disney worlds. If they’re still picking what worlds will be in, that means they dont have any of the worlds built, i.e. level design, assets, character models (which will take a LOT of time). Hopefully I’m wrong though, and it wont take much to implement the Disney parts.

        • Kurisu Makise

          Well, there’s no question it’s going to be a time sink. I suspect Jungle Book will finally get it’s debut since they’ve been wanting to do that world for a long time now. Some small hold up for any of Disney’s recommendations; of which I’m sure Tangled makes the cut. I’m curious if Pixar worlds will finally be a thing since they’ve been pushing Pixar stuff stronger lately, such as Disney Infinity. Well, those things aside, there’s also existing worlds which didn’t tell their full story like Port Royal to consider so it could be longer, shorter, a fair time frame, various factors. I do think 2 years is pretty fair though. I don’t think the new management is up for the loooong wait that formerly Versus had.

          • Anime10121

            Jungle Book’s gonna be in for sure, along with at least one Pixar film (probably Toy Story since its the biggest). But yeah, I’m sure we’ll see at least a couple returning Disney worlds too. Though, I’d rather not a return to Port Royal myself.

            I wish I were that optimistic about release though, 3 years is my earliest bet, I see it releasing in 2016 while Vs XV and the next gen XIV come next year. I’m thinking 2015 will be another Eidos heavy year, followed by KHIII and a XV sequel in 2016.

            So in essence, this is how I see it playing out

            2014- Murdered Soul Suspect in the spring, Next Gen XIV in the summer, and then XV in the fall or winter

            2015- Tomb Raider 2, The multiplayer Legacy of Kain game, and the next Hitman.

            2016- KH3, FFXV2, and maybe another unannounced Square Japan title.

            • Kurisu Makise

              Pretty fair prediction except…I’d rather it be FFXVI than a sequel. Square needs to not repeat what they did this gen. If they still want to do sequels or side stories in an FF world, please wait a little while or use DLC goodness n.n

              • Anime10121

                I’d agree, but they’ve already confirmed the XV sequels are coming, so I’d assume its fair to say they’ll be released at two year intervals as the XIII sequels were. And unfortunately, DLC is not an option if you want to expand upon a story in an JRPG. They are okay to tell little side tells, but unless the meat of what you want as DLC is already built into your game, there’s no way to implement it. On consoles, most of the framework must already be finished before DLC can be implemented, so unless they spent even MORE time on the game (which I doubt no one wants at this point), there will be sequels.

  • Derek Morant

    I love kingdom hearts and im just kind of wishing they would put it for ps3 to cuz everyone can’t get a ps4

    • chroma816

      PS4 has better technology and whatnot. You sound like the people upset over Pokemon XY being released on the 3DS. The future, the next console generaton is here, and we’re not going to move backwards.

      Consoles may be expensive, but it’s not hard to put a little bit of money away in a little PS4 fund every once in a while.

  • Warboss Aohd

    honestly i want ta play as Lea/Axel far more den Kairi…….whom i despise.

  • KnifeAndFork

    3 party teams with switchable characters in battle on the fly please.

  • Souter

    No! I want to play as Roxas Again.. And who would Want to play as kairi >.<

    • Gustavo Rosario

      This guy right here. lol

      • Souter

        Not really kairi is a boring character In my opinion and I don’t think it be that much fun to play as her, where as Roxas/ventus are much more Interesting characters.

  • Micheal Scott

    one word here “Kairi” make it happen

    • Anime10121

      I just hope Hayden Pennettiere will be back to voice her.

  • Nice Boat

    I hope Terra, Aqua and Ven get some redemption. Dream Drop Distance listed their fates as part of the plan.

    • Anime10121

      Oh they wiill, KHIII is being billed as the end of the current arc, meaning that they will need to resolve the fates of those who Xehanort has admonished :D

      Plus, they cant really have 7 lights if they dont save Ven and Aqua, I’m sure Terra will be saved by game’s end too :)

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Dear Square Enix:

    I’ve been waiting so long for KH3 now, but nevertheless I don’t want to play a semifinished game because of leaving out contents due to an earlier release.
    So take the time you need to make the game 100% complete. I’m even prepared to wait one more year if I have to. Thank you!


  • Ace

    Cloud and Leon should be playable. Kappa.

  • LordKaiser

    Darkwing Duck should be here.

  • PrinceHeir

    yes :D

    can we get Dream Drop Distance on PS3 as part of 2.5 HD ReMix as well? :D

    • artemisthemp

      I would expect that Dream Drop Distance came to a Sony system to cover the hole DDD leave between KH2 and KH3.

  • Devonte Griffith

    Give us a Wreck It Ralph world so we can beat the snot out of that Turbo Tastic Motherfucker!