During Nomura's interview at E3 2018 with GNN.com, a recap video for the previous Kingdom Hearts saga chapters has been confirmed to be both released this month and in game. You can check below the interview extract thankfully translated by @Protoplasm_png.
Q: For players who haven't played the previous games, will it be difficult to understand the plot?
Nomura: We already made a recap video for players who have not played the game, in order to allow them to know the general plot before playing the game. The Japanese voice recording has been finished and it's going to be released this month. Not only the video will be released on the official website, but it will be included in the game as well. Because there are many games and plot to cover, despite it's going to be a recap video, it might last for several hours.
Q: Are there any possibilities for a chinese version/localization?
Nomura: We are still actively discussing about the possibility of a chinese localization.
Nomura also confirmed in a Famitsu interview that the video will also feature Chirity's narration (thanks to @keytotruth for the translations):
Nomura: Well, there are a lot of characters and relationships. If we stopped explaining everything in the game, the story wouldn't move forward. So, we're making preparations in our official website for people who want to catch up with the lore. We're condensing all of the story into 5 "episodes" that will have Chirithy narrating the events, also to make it easier to understand. We will make it public shortly after E3 is done. After watching these movies, I hope you get the time to play the HD ReMIXes.
What do you think about an official recap video to be released for the first time? Are you going to watch it? Don't forget that Kingdom Hearts III releases on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25, 2019 in Japan, and January 29, 2019 to the rest of the world. You can now watch the latest Frozen trailer, Square Enix E3 Showcase trailer, and Pirates of the Caribbean trailer!
- Jul 02 2018 05:04 PM
- by Yoshirai
Tetsuya Nomura, the game director of the Kingdom Hearts saga, recently confirmed, during an interview at the E3 with The Verge that he and the whole team are putting "equal efforts" into both Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III, as both projects are being developed in parallel.
“We are developing [Final Fantasy VII] in parallel, and it’s not just in the early concept stages, we are actually in development"
"So right now, it’s like I’ve been putting in 100 percent into Kingdom Hearts, 100 percent into Final Fantasy VII, 100 percent into Kingdom Hearts... just going back and forth, it’s just like [working on] two titles is just going to be one [after Kingdom Hearts III’s launch]. That’s pretty much how I see it"
Concerning the release date issue that recently came out, according to Nomura the game wasn't delayed because it needed more time:
“We were told by many people, including hardware manufacturers, sales teams, marketing teams, that it just wasn’t good timing in the year," - and when Square Enix pondered the “very tail end” of 2018, the holiday season became another possible problem - “For Kingdom Hearts III, the Western offices requested to release the game as simultaneously as possible between Japan and America, so we no longer were able to just think about Japanese issues and retail situations,”
The company then had to factor possibilities of retailers in specific regions closing early or offering limited sales hours:
“When we looked toward that, we were told that the best timing after all of that would be the tail end of January,” Nomura says. “We of course considered maybe speeding up the development to release earlier than we were told that it wasn’t good, but the development team said, no, we can’t do that. We could delay it, but we can’t make it any sooner. If we are to also potentially delay the release date, then we could have that extra time to work on the game a little more. It kind of just all worked together for us to decide on this date.”
Last but not least, he says that he owes a lot to his fans, which keeps him motivated to keep on going creating:
“I actually don’t like human relationships more than just work, so I just want to focus on work and creating things, if I don’t have to deal with human relationships. It’s actually a little bit easier for me to do than not working.” - also - “I do need fans to play my games, to be able to create it, and so fans are definitely a factor to motivate me to keep on going.”
We want to remember you that Kingdom Hearts III is going to be released in January 25th 2019 in Japan and Worldwide in January 29th 2019. Be sure to keep following our E3 2018 coverage on our site and on all our social medias (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr)!
- Jun 15 2018 09:40 AM
- by Yoshirai
New Kingdom Hearts III trailer at Microsoft’s E3 2018 Presentation featuring new worlds, characters, summons, and more
A brand new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, has been released during Microsoft’s E3 presentation! After much anticipation after the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour in Los Angeles last night, Microsoft was thrilled to announce that Kingdom Hearts would be coming to Xbox One for the first time before delivering the trailer. Kingdom Hearts III will release January 29th, 2019 in North America and Europe and January 25th, 2019 in Japan!
As seen in the trailer above, Anna, Elsa, and friends were shown for the first time, revealing a Frozen themed world for the new game. The trailer also included a cast of characters including first time appearance of Simba who was previously a character and summon in both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II!
This is also our first time getting a look at Larxene in the new Kingdom Hearts III engine, featuring in the Frozen world. This was one of many surprises, including an appearance of Aqua at the end of the trailer plagued with yellow Xehanort eyes!
Are you excited for this fully-loaded trailer? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget! Follow us at our coverage here, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter!
- Jun 13 2018 11:20 PM
- by maresalis
Kingdom Hearts III has been announced to be a part of Youtube Live at E3, which will start from 11:45AM PDT. Kingdom Hearts III will be discussed at 7-8/4-5pm ET/PT, among other games this Sunday, June 10. No word on if new content will be shown. Youtube Live at E3 is a show dedicated to discuss news coming out of E3. Geoff Keighly will be hosting and during the hour Kingdom Hearts is slated to be discussed, he will be joined by industry analyst Michael Pachter to discuss E3 expectations.
You can view the livestream here:
E3 is here. What new KH3 content are you most hoping to see? Tell us in the comments!
- Aug 02 2018 04:57 PM
- by Overshot_
In a tweet thanking those who attended the KH3 Premiere, @SquareEnixUSA confirmed that they will be providing fans and attendees of this years Electronic Entertainment Expo with the opportunity to play Kingdom Hearts III at their show booth!
E3 2018 will be held in Los Angeles, California from June 12th-14th! Square Enix hosting their own press conference June 11th at 10pm PT which will be streamed in both English and Japanese!
- Aug 02 2018 01:50 PM
- by maresalis
Thanks to Rösti on the ResetEra forums, the floor plans for E3 2018 have been revealed and Square Enix is one of the many publishes returning to the show floor this year. Square Enix, the publisher of Kingdom Hearts, is set to book booths 1601 and 2313 which will be in the South Hall, however, this plan is just a preliminary one and is subject to change. The floor plans for the South and West Halls can be seen below.
E3 is significant for Kingdom Hearts III as it was the event where the game was announced back in 2013.This year, Square Enix is preparing "sharp," "powerful," and "well made" titles to showcase at the event and Shinji Hashimoto, the Brand Manager for Kingdom Hearts, is excited for E3 2018.
E3 or Electronic Entertainment Expo is an annual gaming convention where publishers present their new games to retailers and consumers. E3 2018 will take place June 12-14, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
Coming off the back of D23 Japan 2018, are you excited for E3 2018? Do you have any predictions for the event? Let us know in the comments below.
- Feb 14 2018 06:30 AM
- by Axeken
Today Square Enix Presents has released their E3 2017 program schedule on their blog, featuring the panels that will be presented during the duration of E3 on June 13-15. You can view screenshots of the schedule below.
Day 1: June 13 at 11:45am PDT
Day 2: June 14 at 9:45am PDT
Day 3: June 15 at 9:45am PDT
Although Kingdom Hearts does not have a dedicated panel slot for this year's Square Enix Presents, it does not rule out the possibility of Kingdom Hearts III appearing at E3 in some capacity.
- Jul 16 2017 10:53 PM
- by Mystics Apprentice
The full line-up at the E3 COLISEUM, a collaboration between The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley and ESA, has finally been revealed. Square Enix are confirmed to be hosting two panels at E3 COLISEUM. The line-up shows that the first panel is scheduled for June 13, 2017 at 3:15pm PST/6:15pm EST/11:15pm BST. During this panel, Square Enix will be demonstrating Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, a PS4 port of the series' arcade iteration. A follow-up developer showcase panel will occur on June 14, 2017 at 5:30pm PST/8:30pm EST/1:30am BST, focusing on a title which will be announced at E3 2017.
The E3 COLISEUM presentations will take place on June 13 - 14, 2017 at The Novo at L.A. Live. The event will be open to fans, and will also be streamed live on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube with the opportunity for fans to ask questions to the panelists via Facebook. Select panels will be also streamed on Microsoft’s Mixer.com and official PlayStation channels. Click here to find out more about the event and how to attend.
At this year's E3, Sony Interactive Entertainment will be hosting The E3 PlayStation Media Showcase on June 12, 2017 at 6pm PST/9pm EST/2am BST. Microsoft will be hosting their Xbox E3 2017 briefing on June 11, 2017 at 2pm PST/5pm EST/10pm BST. Nintendo will not be holding a press conference this year.
What are you hoping to see at Square Enix’s E3 COLISEUM panel? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jul 16 2017 10:54 PM
- by Raxaimus
The E3 2017 preliminary floor plans have been revealed. Square Enix has reserved a booth at the South Hall next to the Capcom and Microsoft booth. You can view its location in the image below.
E3 2017 will take place from June 15th to June 17th. No Kingdom Hearts presence has been confirmed at the moment.
UPDATE: The final floor plans for E3 2017 have been revealed. The Square Enix booth will be in the South Hall next to Microsoft and Capcom U.S.A.
- Jun 07 2017 06:28 PM
- by neil98
Gamespot has posted an article announcing that the Sony press conference at E3 2016 will be held on Monday, June 13th at 6 PM PT.
The invitation sent out announced the date and time as well as the location, which will be the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles, a few minutes away from the Los Angeles Convention Center where E3 will be held.
What are you looking forward to see at Sony's E3 press conference? Let us know in the comments!
- May 16 2016 06:27 PM
- by soraspromise