Sora has two new attack systems in Kingdom Hearts III
posted on 10.23.13 at 09:48 PM EST by (@sqexgal)
Nomura discusses Keyblade Transformation and Attraction Flow.

This week’s Famitsu features a short blurb from Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura, who the magazine spoke with at last week’s D23 Expo in Japan.

In it, Nomura details Sora’s two new attack systems—Keyblade transformation and Attraction Flow—and promises further quality improvements on top of what we’ve already seen.

Briefly discussing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, Nomura also says the team is brushing up the game even more so than Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix.

Read the full blurb below.

It’s a privilege to be apart of today’s event, the first D23 Expo Japan. The last time I stood in front of fans was for the premier presentation of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, so it’s been a long time. I was moved by everyone’s excited response. If I have the chance I’d like to do this sort of thing again.

I wanted to put out the information for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts III quickly for those who couldn’t attend, so we made the trailer public online. Since they’re both still in production, the trailers are short, but I hope that fans enjoy them. We are brushing up Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix even more than 1.5—even the staff is doing their best to improve it as much as possible.

Also, this is the first time that Kingdom Hearts III was shown using in-engine footage, but it’s not in a condition where viewers can fully grasp it. We’re still going to improve the quality much more after this. In the trailer you see three of Sora’s new moves, and they demonstrate the two attack systems, the first being Keyblade transformation. The Keyblade transformation is different for each Keyblade, and the battle style changes as well.

The second is the Disney attraction-inspired Attraction Flow. Attraction Flow is an evolution of Kingdom Hearts 3D’s Flowmotion. With Attraction Flow, you can choose which move you want to use against which enemies on the spot, and even during an enemy outbreak you control Sora’s attacks. These new actions are just a fraction of Kingdom Heart III′s new components, so please wait for information hereafter.

If you missed it, catch our translation of Famitsu’s recent interview with Tetsuya Nomura’s here and the D23 Expo trailer here.

  • Gigus

    Hopefully they make sora look a bit older in kh3.

    • PrinceHeir

      i agree.

      i like his KH II look, then for some reason after the 2nd game he became more young looking.

      even Dream Drop Distance, which was supposed to be after II he’s soo young there

      • Gigus

        I haven’t played 3D yet. I’m lacking a 3ds and I sold it before 3D was released :(

      • Anime10121

        You talking about his KH2 (real world) appearance in 3D? He pretty much looked the same to me.

        I too however love his KH2 look more than the others, and wish they’d just keep that costume instead of giving him a new one! Especially considering we’ve only used this look for a total of 1 game :(

        So unless the new one’s more awesome than DAT BLACK outfit (unlikely as the black outfit rocks), I may be slightly disappointed :(

        • DarkLegacy

          Why will you be disappointed? His KH2 outfit is more awesome than the clothing he wore in KH1

          • Anime10121

            True, but his DDD outfit isn’t more awesome than the KH2 one. I’ll have faith in Nomura and take a wait and see approach though…

            • DarkLegacy

              I thought his DDD outfit looked like the KH1 outfit…well the shoes cause of his outfit being red. Anyway lets hope he gets a new outfit but awesome

        • EX+

          Don’t worry about that Anime. Nomura knows how to make his characters roll in badass clothes. He also seems to love black and red (FFXV characters and KH organization XIII prove that). I also hope Sora still has a black outfit, only more badass.
          Nomura needs to put some belts and zippers in there as well! It wouldn’t be Sora without it :)

          • Anime10121

            Well the Black and red is more a Roen thing than a Nomura one… But yeah, Nomura is pretty good at designing things so, I’ll just place my faith in him doing a better job than Sora’s KH2 design. While his design in DDD was ok (better than the first game’s), it still couldnt beat his KH2 outfit, so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see…

      • MasterSensei

        Have you noticed that in the Dream World Sora is much shorter than he was in the real world? or was that just me? It seemed like he became younger in the dream world for some reason… was that so that he could ride the dream eaters in some of his combos?

    • Invisbin

      Well he’s getting new clothes, but looking older I don’t think so. The time between 2 and 3 is only a couple weeks to months. If anything he could’ve aged one year.

      • Gigus

        Eh? Weren’t they doing their Mark of Mastery exams after 2? I would find it weird that It would only take them a few months to complete it while terra and aqua were practically training their whole lives for it.
        Then again there are a lot of time discrepancies with the game and none of their ages were actually mentioned. Even Nomura doesn’t fully know what age they are if you remember that one interview he had for bbs. Ah the world of disney, forever young or old XP.

        • Invisbin

          I’m saying between the the between KH2 and,KH3D could’ve been a couple of weeks or months. There’s also the time after KH3D you have to consider. I’m saying from KH2 until the start of KH3, there could’ve only been a couple of weeks or months at max.

          • Gigus

            Ya should have added that “D” there in your first comment to lessen the confusion for me lol

          • MasterSensei

            Actually do we know how long Sora and Riku was trapped in the realm of Darkness after he defeated Xemnas? The scene was short but they could have been there for quite some time.

        • LordKaiser

          What if they decided to train in neverland? Then they didn’t had to age.

          • Gigus

            It would be like the hyperbolic time chamber minus the aging effect XD. I’m playing through BBS and I just passed Neverland and I hated it. I’m not really sure if it was the VA or I really don’t like peter pan lol.

        • Anime10121

          Remember though, Yensid himself told Mickey that this “Mark of Mastery” is in no way how the test is usually performed, i.e. he gave them an expedited test to see if they could show the Mark based upon their successes and past accomplishments.

          It all could have happened in a few days really (especially because the whole thing happened in a dream and time flows differently in dreams than they do reality).

          • Gigus

            True but like what Invisbin told me earlier, there is some time in between KH3D and KH3 depending on how Nomura will set the chornology of the game.

      • Sae-Won Yoon

        Sora was 14 in kh1 right? Then a year passed til kh2, so he was 15 by then.

        Wait…I thought he was 16 by the time of KH3D.
        (Christ this is confusing..)

        • DarkLegacy

          I wonder how long it has been since Xemnas was defeated in KH2?

        • EX+

          I think you’re right. I think he’s 16-17.

    • Budgiecat

      Eventually he will look more like his father Sion Barzahd…

      • Gigus

        I hate you forever. We are no longer gematsuian friends. You keep naming games I know will never come back.

  • PrinceHeir

    so what about some info on FFXV?

    i’m glad KHIII is getting tons of info, but what about that 7+ year old game that should have been released this gen? :P

    • Anime10121

      This is all info from that big Disney event that just came out! We arent gonna get FF info from a Disney event. Trust me that the next time we hear about FFXV, it’ll actually have substancial information. The information he’s giving about KH is basically crumbs (awesome crumbs, but crumbs nonetheless), while I’m thinking the next time XV is shown, which’ll hopefully be at Jump Fest, it’ll be getting a WHOLE LOT MORE (character introductions in famitsu, full interviews, etc), especially considering it’ll be the only unreleased Final Fantasy announced by then :D!

  • Invisbin

    Cool different transformations for different blades. Now there’s a reason to use older keyblades as you progress.

  • Nice Boat

    So Sora’s Keyblade will transform like Terra’s?

    • MasterSensei

      I guessing that it would except for the fact that he won’t be able to travel on his Keyblade like Terra, Aqua or Ventus can since Donald and Goofy wont be able to follow him

    • EX+

      Yeah… but I’m not sure he’ll be as powerful as KH2FM Lingering Will Terra at the beginning of the game. He transformed his Keyblade into a canon, a fist and a laser whip.

  • Kobracon

    Sounds great! And glad to hear they are putting alot of effort into KH2.5HD Remix, gameplay wise, it has the best KH games in it!

    • Gigus

      I’m actually playing upscaled emulated versions of bbs and kh2. I’m so glad I still have my original copies.

  • DarkLegacy

    I’m glad to hear he mentioned Keyblade Transformation, that’s one of the best attack systems in the game. And Attraction Flow will be good to use. I can see that Nomura is making this game more epic and awesome, I can’t wait for it

  • EX+

    Liking the Keyblade transformations.
    The attraction flow sounds cool and all, but I can already tell that I won’t be using them too often. Especially the pirate ship one.
    I hope they give us an actual Flowmotion system. Also glad to know that there will be other new mechanics for KH3. I know it most likely won’t happen… but I want the drive forms. Do you know how badass Master Form or Final Form would look in the new engine?!

    • DarkLegacy

      I was using Drive Forms in KH2 and that was awesome. I hope that they bring them back, along with Limit Form

  • Zackasaur

    I want this inside me.

  • Ace

    Soon, we will all realize the truth that when Sora liberates the all the Disney worlds and vanquishes Xenohort… He will change his name to Sion Barzahd and become a bouncer.

    • SOLOmio

      you remember that game as well?
      i was like 10 when i played it! too bad square didn’t made a sequel or a remake yet!

  • DivineGrim

    Attraction flow is alright being in there (Personally I despise it) but they damn well better keep summons in or I might just be disappointed. Also you better have some version of drive, that was the best part of KHII. If you just combined drives, bbs battle system, and khII’s button mashing and boom you have the best kh I can imagine at this point.