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  1. Tetsuya Nomura explains why Kingdom Hearts III has taken so long; also says they'll likely reveal all worlds before release

    In an interview with GameSpot, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura explains why Kingdom Hearts III is taking as long as it has to develop and create. Check out the full quote below:

    "A lot of people have been mentioning and making it sound like ‘Oh, Nomura’s taking too much time,’ and it hurts.

    There was a decision made to change to an external [engine]...Unreal Engine 4. So we switched over to that. Unfortunately there was a bit of time that needed to be rewinded and started over. So there was a bit of a setback there, but it was a decision that the company had to make, so it was inevitable.

    We had a plan of the period that it’s going to take for us to create the content at the start of the project, and we laid out, after such and such years, we would need to add more personnel resources. We had submitted it to our headquarters and had it approved, but internal personnel is very limited, and there are various different projects that happen within our company, so unfortunately timing did not work out. So we had to make due with the timing that was appropriate for the company...the company makes the decisions, so unfortunately sometimes it is out of my control.

    I wanted to emphasize that it wasn’t a problem on our development teams. It just happened that way, and there were some decisions that the company had to make, and it just didn’t work out for certain timings that we were hoping to hit.

    It’s kind of out of my hands.I mean, yes, time has passed. But it’s out of my hands."


    They also talked with Nomura about the various Disney-themed worlds in Kingdom Hearts III. Check out what he had to say on the subject in the full quote below:

    "I don’t think we’ll be keeping any worlds secret until the game is released. I think we will be introducing them leading up to launch. Nowadays games can add content on after the fact through DLC content, so there’s no need to hide any worlds."


    He was then asked if they were already planning downloadable content for the game. View his response below:

    "Nothing is set in stone, and I’m afraid we can’t go into details, but I have told the team: Just be prepared to be able to accommodate for something like that. We can’t suddenly develop a system where we’re accommodating for downloadable content. So it’s not confirming or denying either way, but just so that the development team will be prepared, I have informed them of making the preparations."


    And further speaking about the worlds, Nomura stated:

    "I feel like I’ve packed in much more fun than I had in my previous Kingdom Hearts titles.

    Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to be our first full HD game in our current console generation. It does involve a lot of bandwidth and resources in order to create in full HD, so our directive was to have as many elements [as possible] of gameplay included in one single world, rather than having multiple different little worlds with few elements. We wanted to pack in as many gameplay elements and fun into a single world.

    If we are able to accomplish everything that we did plan out for, I’m pretty confident that people will enjoy and be fully satisfied with the end product."


    What do you think about this interview with Nomura? We'd love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to share them in the comments below!

  2. Tetsuya Nomura discusses a new mechanic "Athletic Flow", Summons, and Keyblade transformations in Kingdom Hearts III

    In a recent interview with Game Informer, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura discussed more gameplay details for Kingdom Hearts III. While talking with Game Informer, Nomura discusses the new mechanic introduced in Kingdom Hearts III called Athletic Flow" (Japanese name), where it allows Sora to propel himself using the environment to reach new areas normally inaccessible. This mechanic also allows Sora to run up the cliff during the Rock Titan boss battle in past trailers. In English, this mechanic is known as "Flowchain".

    You can check out the quote from Tetsuya Nomura below:

    "It’s a new mechanic that we’re implementing in Kingdom Hearts III. The Japanese name is Athletic Flow. I don’t know what the English final name is just yet. It’s based on the Flow Motion mechanic, and it’s basically revamped and introduced as a new mechanic in Kingdom Hearts III. You’ll be utilizing the environment to propel yourself to an area that you’re not normally able to go to, or again, running up the cliff during battle. Those can be expected in each of the different worlds you’ll be traversing through."


    Furthermore, Nomura also discussed summons and how it's more pretty compared to previous games, and how they're expressing summons in Kingdom Hearts III. You can check out the quote below.

    "If I could provide a glimpse, I’ve made it more pretty. Not just the literal modeling, but it’s more about how we’re expressing it that has become more pretty."


    Nomura also confirms that Keyblade transformations are based on what Keyblade you use, and there are 2 different forms that each one can take. However, Keyblade transformations are not finalized yet and they are subject to change.

    You can check out the quote below:

    "First and foremost, each keyblade will have its own form that it can transform into, and it’s different per keyblade. There are at least two different forms it can take. For example, in Toy Story, you saw the giant hammer and then the drill. Another one was at the beginning of the trailer where you saw Sora shoot arrows and it [then] turned into a bazooka, so there are two different forms. It also has multiple layers in terms of transforming; you start out with your first phase of transformation, and if you successfully connect your combos, the [next] transformation will happen. We’re still trying to finalize the specifications, but that being said, it is subject to change, so it might evolve into something even more impressive."

    • Jul 17 2017 08:30 PM
    • by Jake
  3. Tetsuya Nomura discusses a "higher tier of magic" in Kingdom Hearts III

    In an interview with IGN, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura discussed new tiers of magic present in Kingdom Hearts III. When asked about "Blizzaza", an ability first revealed in the Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra trailer, he stated that it is indeed a more powerful version of Blizzaga. This was featured in the latest Kingdom Hearts III D23 2017 - Toy Story trailer, along with other similar higher tier magic abilities such as Firaza and Thundaza.

    He is quoted below:

    "The background of the tier of the magic, up until now, only King Mickey was able to utilize the most powerful form of magic [which was "Stopza" in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance]. It has existed, and then in 2.8, as Aqua becomes Key Blade Master, she is also able to control the highest form of certain magic. As you noticed, it is a higher tier of magic, and Sora is going to be able to use that in Kingdom Hearts III as well."


    Nomura also talked about the return of Gummi Ships in Kingdom Hearts III. He reiterated what he stated in a previous interview with Game Informer:

    "We can confirm that we do have Gummi Ships in Kingdom Hearts III because it is a numbered Kingdom Hearts title. You can expect that to show up, but it has evolved. We can't say how it has evolved, it's a secret, but Gummi Ships will be in Kingdom Hearts III."

  4. Analysis of the Kingdom Hearts III – D23 2017 Toy Story Trailer

    July 15th, 2017 was probably one of the biggest days for Kingdom Hearts fans and the Kingdom Hearts community, if not the biggest day, due to the Kingdom Hearts III – D23 2017 Toy Story Trailer revealed in D23 Expo 2017's Level Up! The Walt Disney Company's Video Game Showcase panel held at 1:00 PM PDT.

    The trailer begins with various clips of gameplay from Olympus Coliseum and Twilight Town with text of the quote "Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it...and dive in," which was seen in the Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra Trailer, sliding across the screen. The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - version of Destati is playing. The first clip shows Sora using Flowmotion to slide on a rail in the clouds of Olympus Coliseum. The HUD changes to only three options while he's on the rail: Blaster, Superslide, and Jump. He also has an aiming target while he's on the rail that he uses to target Heartless that appear in the sky. He shoots various blue blasts at the Heartless, which would presumably be the Blaster attack. The Heartless are the Yellow Opera-looking Heartless we've seen in the Jump Festa 2016 trailer. Hercules is in the party, as well as Donald and Goofy.

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    The next clip shows Sora using Shotlock to target and lock onto various broken segmented building pieces in the sky. The HUD for the Shotlock displays the options Unleash and Flowchain, which was also shown in the Orchestra trailer. After he locks on to several of them, he quickly dashes and jumps off of each one, which is presumably the Flowchain move. Doing this, he makes his way up to the gates that lead to Olympus where we can see a save point.

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    The clip after this shows off Sora fighting Neoshadow Heartless and Dusk Nobodies in the grassy area in front of the Old Mansion in Twilight Town. Sora activates a Situation Command titled "Double Arrowguns" where his clothes change blue (presumably a new Drive Form) and his Keyblade transforms into the gun-type Keyblade transformation we've been seeing in previous Kingdom Hearts III trailers. This Drive Form appears to be tied to the Double Arrowguns Keyblade transformation, just like how the other Drive Forms and Keyblade transformations have been appearing to be. He continues to shoot blasts from the Double Arrowguns at various Neoshadows and Dusks.

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    Sora then further transforms his Keyblade using a Situation Command titled "Magic Launcher" where he transforms his Double Arrowguns into the big cannon-type Keyblade transformation we saw in the E3 2015 trailer. He hits the Neoshadows and Dusks with the cannon as well as shoots a massive blast from it that rains down.

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    The following clip shows Sora fighting the big Heartless, that was previously revealed in a screenshot, in the city of Thebes in Olympus Coliseum. The city appears to be burning down. Sora hits the giant Heartless with various attacks and magic, even knocking it down, but strangely, it doesn't take any damage. The Situation Commands Counter Shield and Firaza appear. This clip ends with the Heartless using its weapon to smash down, knocking Sora away.

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    The quote "Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it...and dive in" then comes together the middle of the screen and transitions smoothly by disappearing towards the screen. That concludes the beginning segment of the trailer. This segment was also uploaded to YouTube by the official Kingdom Hearts channel without the quote played over the clips, so you can see the gameplay in all it's glory.

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    It then transitions to the first person perspective of Sora walking out from under the bed in Andy's room in the Toy Story world and looking up at everything. Sora wonders where they are and realizes Donald, Goofy, and him are way smaller than normal and their appearances have changed. They now have the appearance of plastic blocky action figures with several joints. Donald explains it's to protect the world order. If you recall, in previous Kingdom Hearts games, Donald would use his magic to change the appearance of Sora, Goofy, and himself in some worlds to make them fit in better and to not disturb the world order. Donald and Goofy appear to have new outfits as well as being toy figures. It's unknown whether these are new outfits in general or are just new outfits specifically for their toy forms. The music changes to the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX version of Working Together.

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    They then spot some Heartless, summon their weapons, and run after them. The Heartless are new and appear to have goggles, jetpacks, and blasters. Also, the Keyblade Sora summons has a new Keychain equipped. It's changed the Keyblade's appearance to look like a cactus with a cowboy hat and bandanna on it, as well as a lasso wrapped around it and a sheriff badge for the teeth of the blade, obviously to represent Woody. The hilt has a Buzz Lightyear theme to it with little wings. The actual Keychain itself is a tiny one of the green aliens, connected to the Keyblade with a claw in reference to the claw machine the green aliens come from in Pizza Planet. It then changes to gameplay of Sora, Donald, and Goofy battling these Heartless. He uses Flowmotion to grind on the trail left behind by his Blizzard spell and performs a slamming attack which appears to be a new version of Shock Dive. The Situation Commands "Hyper Hammer" and "Blizzaza" appear.

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    It then transitions back to a cutscene where Sora, Donald, and Goofy hear a voice and turn around. Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, and Rex walk out and ask if they're Andy's new toys. They discuss the Heartless and that they had materialized after their friends had vanished. The toy soldiers and the green aliens from Toy Story can be seen in the cutscene now as well. Buzz explained that after Andy and the others went missing, the intruders didn't come alone. They arrived with a guy wearing a hood, and dressed in black, just like Sora is. Sora, Donald, and Goofy conclude that he must be talking about Organization XIII. Sora says he has a hunch on what's causing this, and asks them if it'd be alright if they handled it. Woody refuses and says he and the other toys need to help to because since it's their friends that are missing, it's their problem as well. He says they gotta work together and him and Sora proceed to shake hands. Sora asks where they can find them, then Woody asks Sarge about it. Sarge says that the latest recon reports place him in Galaxy Toys. He then points up at a poster on Andy's bulletin board for Galaxy Toys. It appears to be a toy store in town.

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    Woody tells Sora and the gang to follow him out the window and onto the roof. It transitions to gameplay once more. Sora's running on the roof of Andy's house. Donald, Goofy, Woody, and Buzz are all in the party at once. The Yellow Opera-looking Heartless are shown again as well as the similar-looking pink Heartless that was also shown off in the Jump Festa 2016 trailer. Sora jumps off the roof and spreads out his arms and legs and glides down and slams to the ground. This is the same thing we saw him do in Olympus Coliseum in the Orchestra trailer. Large Bodies and the aforementioned new Heartless seen in Andy's room are on the driveway and front lawn of Andy's house. Sora then activates the Situation Command "Hyper Hammer" where his clothes change red (presumably the Power Form Drive Form we saw in a screenshot that was released a while back, but in his Toy Story form) and the Toy Story Keyblade then transforms into a big hammer that Sora uses to smash the ground and enemies with. This hammer was also seen in that previously seen screenshot, but it was blurred out in order to not spoil the Toy Story world announcement. He also casts a Fire spell that acts differently while he's using the Hyper Hammer. It acts as more of an AOE instead of the regular Fire spell that aims for one target. The Situation Commands "Firaza" and "Drill Punch" appear. Then, Sora uses the hammer to smash the ground with much more impact than the previous smashes. You can also get a glimpse of a pink trampoline next to the house that could maybe allow you to easily bounce back up to the roof of the house.

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    Next, Sora activates the Situation Command "Drill Punch". The Hyper Hammer transforms into a big drill that Sora uses to hit enemies with and dig into the ground with. He slams the drill into the ground and various other drills pop up out of the ground after. Then, he casts a Wind spell, and after, does a spinning dash through the air with the drill. The Drill Punch transforms into a claw attacked to a long glowing rope that Sora uses to grab a large body and swing and slam around.

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    The trailer changes to gameplay of Sora, Donald, Goofy, Woody, and Buzz inside of Galaxy Toys running towards various mechs called Gigas and the aforementioned new Heartless. The song changes to the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - version of Wave of Darkness. They begin battling the Gigas and Heartless and the Situation Command "Thundaza" appears.

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    Sora enters the cockpit of one of the Gigas and begins controlling it. The red one specifically. The HUD changes and now has the options: Tackle, Blaster, Punch, Booster, Danger Dash, and Eject. There's also transparent dials and radars around the screen to give the illusion of being in a mech suit. Sora uses the mech to shoot blasts at, punch, and ram into other Gigas and Heartless. He then jumps out and dashes towards another mech. The Situation Command "Ride" appears and Sora jumps into one of the other Gigas' cockpit. Instead of Tackle, this mech, the blue one, appears to have the command Exploder. It jumps up and uses that command and several blasts shoot out and fall to the ground. Sora jumps out of that mech glides down and slams into the ground and into a mech. He, again, gets into the cockpit of another mech. The purple on. And instead of Tackle or Exploder, this mech has the command called Cannon. It then uses Cannon and shoots two big blasts out of cannons on its shoulders. During this battle, you can see one of the toy display stands get destroyed and tumble down when Sora shoots some blasts at it, confirming destructible environments in the game.

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    Lastly, it transitions back into a cutscene. Young Xehanort is shown speaking to Sora. He explains how one heart's shadows fills the emptiness of another, and that like Heartless and Nobodies, they fit together. It's unknown what or who Young Xehanort is referring to. Sora dismisses what Young Xehanort said and asked why he's doing this. Young Xehanort then explains that there's a darkness they're missing and they must reclaim it, and that the way hearts connect in that world could provide a clue.

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    The Kingdom Hearts III logo appears on screen, and fades away, and "Coming 2018" appears, confirming the game to be releasing in 2018.

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    Speaking completely subjectively, I felt like this was definitely the best Kingdom Hearts III trailer yet. I felt like it was the first time we saw a trailer and everything looks complete and finished with pretty much zero issues with graphics or animation or anything. Also, the Toy Story world and character models look pretty much on-par with the CGI of the Toy Story films. The only difference is slightly less detailed lighting, but it's at the point where you don't notice any differences from the game and the movie without directly comparing them. The gameplay also looks very flashy and fun. I'm still not sure how I feel about Drive Forms being tied to the Keyblade Transformations, but there's no knowing how it'll truly and truly play like be until the game releases. Overall, a very solid trailer, and a very solid release year as well. I personally believe just revealing a year like they did, instead of a complete release date, was the best decision, so they don't feel rushed to complete the game in a specific amount of time and possibly end up delaying the game.

    What was your favorite part of the trailer? Did you notice anything we missed in our analysis? Let us know in the comments below!

  5. Tetsuya Nomura discusses the Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts III

    Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura recently spoke with the Game Informer staff following the D23 Expo 2017. While discussing the Gummi Ship in Kingdom Hearts III, Nomura also discussed various different aspects about the new Toy Story world that had been revealed for the game. He explained more details on the world and what he hopes to achieve with it.

    Nomura called the movie Toy Story "iconic" as it has made a strong mark on the world of CG. He says that he's longed for Toy Story to be in the Kingdom Hearts series ever since Kingdom Hearts II, and that he feels Sora coming face to face with Buzz and Woody in his toy form is something he's excited for and have always imagined in his head. You can check out a quote by Nomura below:

    "Just looking at the trailer, I feel Sora really fit in and matched well with that world, and it’s something I always personally wanted to see – that image of Buzz and Woody coming face to face with Sora in his toy form. I had been imaging that in my head, and to be able to execute that into the game is something I’m really excited for and I’m hoping fans feel the same way I do."


    He also stated that Toy Story's inclusion process was different than other Kingdom Hearts worlds. Most of the time, the world follows the plot of the movie it's based off of, and Sora and company are pitted right into that adventure. But, Pixar requested that they wanted the Toy Story world for Kingdom Hearts III to have an entirely new story that's not based off of any existing film. View a quote by Nomura below:

    "[Pixar] preferred for us to not follow the film directly.

    They said, "Please create something original to Kingdom Hearts," so we did not draw any inspiration from the films. It is completely original and exclusive to Kingdom Hearts, so you can almost say it’s a sequel of some sort."


    Nomura also noted that his team and him considered all the movies in the Toy Story series and decided that the plot of the Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts III will take place some time after Toy Story 2. He also mentioned that he worked very close with Pixar to get their approval on the new story and that there were many rounds of review. Check out a quote by Nomura below:

    "We placed the narrative in Kingdom Hearts some place after Toy Story 2.

    So many rounds of review! I couldn’t believe how many back and forths I had."


    What you can expect from the new Galaxy Toys location was explained by Nomura as well. He says Galaxy Toys will be the primary stage of the Toy Story world where a lot of the action will take place. Nomura also mentions that there'll be multiple floors and each section will have its own personality. He says the narrative in this world is searching for Andy, who's gone missing, and finding out what Organization XIII is doing in the world. A quote by Nomura can be viewed below:

    "Galaxy Toys is going to be your primary stage where a lot of the action is going to be happening in this world.

    Because Sora, Donald, and Goofy are toys and very small, the playing field is going to feel very large. We also have multiple floors and each section has its own personality, so to speak.

    Sora will be looking for members of Organization XIII in the toy store"


    Nomura was hesitant on saying how many hours it would take to complete this world, because your time can vary depending on how you navigate it. It was also mentioned by Nomura that instead of there being many smaller worlds, they are allocating a lot of their resources into making rich gameplay in individual worlds so the player doesn't just breeze through it. He also used the example of the Gigas mechs shown in the trailer to show how the team is putting fun extra things into the worlds. Check out the quote below:

    "Rather than having multiple different little worlds, we wanted to make sure we’re providing rich gameplay in an individual world, so we put in a lot of effort and allocated a lot of resources to create these worlds, and it would be sad for players not to enjoy the world and breeze right through it. Therefore, we made sure that each of the worlds is designed so players can take their time and enjoy the gameplay that’s available.

    You saw some mechs in the middle of the trailer, and you don’t necessarily have to board them in order to fight the enemies in that area, but I mean, mechs! You can ride a mech! You want to ride it, right?"


    After seeing Nomura perk up while discussing the mechs, the Game Informer interviewer asked what inspired them. He replied saying that he wanted to show that nothing's impossible now with the new hardware specs. They couldn't have Sora riding different things before, but now they can. He ended it off by saying that they will be releasing more info as it becomes available. View the full Nomura quote below:

    "I wanted to showcase that there’s nothing that’s impossible at this point.

    Previously, we couldn’t have Sora ride on different things to fight and now we can. We wanted to showcase that with the specs of the current generation hardware, it is possible. We’re hoping there’s a surprise element with each new mechanic that is introduced with Kingdom Hearts III, and we’re going to be revealing more information as they become available."

  6. Tetsuya Nomura discusses the Gummi Ship in Kingdom Hearts III

    Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura talked with the Game Informer staff about Kingdom Hearts III. Specifically, they had asked him about the inclusion of the Gummi Ship in the game. He says it'll be in the game but he cannot yet reveal how it is or what's become of it.

    You can check out the full quote below:

    "In terms of the Gummi Ship making its return, I can confirm on that, but how it is or what has become of it, we’re not able to reveal it at this point.

    We ask you to stay tuned for more information."


    Nomura also expressed that the Kingdom Hearts team tries to pay attention to what's received well by fans and that they always want to try something new and always try to tweak old mechanics for Kingdom Hearts III. You can check out the full quote for this below:

    "The staff members on our development team always want to try something new, so even with previously introduced mechanics, they always try to make it their own or tweak it. Even if it is small or minor, we customize it so that it’s for Kingdom Hearts III."


    UPDATE: During an interview with IGN, Tetsuya Nomura reiterated what he stated in this Game Informer interview about the Gummi Ship in Kingdom Hearts III. View the full quote below:

    "We can confirm that we do have Gummi Ships in Kingdom Hearts III because it is a numbered Kingdom Hearts title. You can expect that to show up, but it has evolved. We can't say how it has evolved, it's a secret, but Gummi Ships will be in Kingdom Hearts III."

  7. Tetsuya Nomura hints that another playable character besides Sora will be available in Kingdom Hearts III

    Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura recently spoke with the IGN staff about Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Expo 2017. While discussing the possibility of Kingdom Hearts III on Nintendo Switch and the rest of the series to go on Xbox, Nomura also discussed if there will be more playable characters in the future. Nomura says that it would be tough to introduce many playable characters, but he intends to have another playable character aside from Sora.

    You can check out the full quote below.

    "So it would be tough to introduce many, multiple playable characters, but there is an intention of adding a playable character aside from Sora. Unfortunately we’re not able to disclose who it is yet, but there will be [another playable character]."


    Furthermore, Nomura discusses the reasoning behind multiple party members at once, confirming that this will be the replacement of D-Link from Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. You can check out the quote below.

    "D-Link, that has been done away with. It was actually a compromise in a previous iteration because we were not able to display multiple characters on that platform in that game. We’re able to depict multiple characters. Up to five people can join, even more, multiple characters can join your party."

    • Jul 17 2017 08:34 PM
    • by Jake
  8. Tetsuya Nomura says a Nintendo Switch version of Kingdom Hearts III is possible after the PS4 and Xbox One versions

    Following the announcements made at D23 2017, including a new Toy Story world and a new, lengthy trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, series director Tetsuya Nomura talked with the staff of IGN. In speaking with IGN, Tetsuya Nomura claims that their main focus is releasing the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Kingdom Hearts III, but that they will consider releasing Kingdom Hearts III for the Nintendo Switch. You can read Nomura's full quote below:

    “The Nintendo Switch is definitely a very interesting piece of hardware, but if we lightly say, ‘Oh yeah, we’ll be on the Nintendo Switch,’ I’m sure people will come back and say, ‘But what about the PS4 and Xbox One? We want them out first. Don’t focus on other platforms ... So for now, we want to focus on what platforms we’ve already announced we’re going to be releasing Kingdom Hearts 3 on. And so after, perhaps, maybe we can start thinking about other possibilities.”


    Nomura also talked about possibly releasing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on the Xbox One, saying that it is in consideration but that there might not be enough interest besides with the Western audience.

    “Just like with the previous answer, if we were to announce yet another non-Kingdom Hearts 3 [project]...people are going to be like, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ So we will want to focus on releasing on the platforms that we have already announced. Do the Western audiences want Kingdom Hearts titles on the Microsoft or Xbox platforms? Japan might say ‘well, we don’t want any more on Xbox.'”


    Would you like to see Kingdom Hearts III on the switch, or Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments!

  9. New Kingdom Hearts III BRING ARTS action figures of Toy Story Sora, Donald, and Goofy announced

    Square Enix Merchandise have announced three brand new Kingdom Hearts III BRING ARTS action figures of Sora, Donald, and Goofy. The figures are of the trio as as their toy versions from the newly announced world of Toy Story. You can view the renders below. Pictures of the actual figures have not been published yet.

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    A release date is yet to be announced.

    Toy Story was just announced as a brand new world in Kingdom Hearts III, which is set to release in 2018. You can watch the Kingdom Hearts III - D23 2017 Toy Story trailer here.

  10. Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Sora figure (Guardian Form) available for pre-order on SENA store; releasing end of September 2017 for $69.99

    The official Square Enix North American online store has updated their site with a brand new Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Sora (Guardian Form) and is now available for pre-order. The Bring Arts figure will cost $69.99 USD and releases at the End of September 2017.

    You can check out the description below for the Bring Arts figure. You can also check out pictures of the Bring Arts. Finally, you can view the new Kingdom Hearts III trailer here.

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    The Guardian Form version of Sora, the protagonist of KINGDOM HEARTS III, is now available in the Bring Arts figure series as an event and online store exclusive item!

    Even though this figure stands at only six inches tall, with detailed paintwork and contrast of colors this figure faithfully recreates Sora’s appearance with high fidelity to the in-game graphics. With a wide range of motion in the articulated joints, you can recreate poses from the game! While it may be small in size, its meticulous finish gives you a feel of the value of the figure.

    The figure also comes with various interchangeable parts, including hand pieces with different poses, facial pieces, and a new, exclusive Keyblade, creating a voluminous set of accessories. With Bring Arts, the world of KINGDOM HEARTS III can be enjoyed in the palm of your hands!

    Figure includes display stand.

    Figure Size (inches): W 2.6” x D 2” x H 6.3”

    [PLEASE NOTE]
    This SDCC-Debuting Square Enix Official Shop Exclusive pre-ordered at the SQUARE ENIX Online Store will be shipped to your provided address, and are not available for onsite pick-up at SDCC 2017.
    Products will not be shipped until end of August 2017.
    Limit two (2) per customer.

    Release: End of September 2017


    UPDATE 1: The Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Sora (Guardian Form) was shown off, and for sale, at SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) 2017! View a couple photos of it there in the gallery with the other images above.

    UPDATE 2: Even more photos have been taken of the Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Sora (Guardian Form) at SDCC 2017. Check them out, provided by @churroz on Twitter, in the gallery above.

    UPDATE 3: The Guardian Form Sora Bring Arts figure was at TGS2017 (Tokyo Game Show 2017) and three new photos of it there have been shown off. One of them was released by the official Square Enix USA Twitter account, while the other two were released by @rikunami13 on Twitter. View these photos in the gallery with the other photos above.

    • Sep 24 2017 06:44 PM
    • by Jake
  11. Kingdom Hearts III releasing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018

    During the D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California, Kingdom Hearts III was given an official release year of 2018, via a new trailer shown at the event.

    This follows last month’s Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra Trailer and the recent reveal at D23 of a trailer and of the new Toy Story world officially confirmed to be playable in Kingdom Hearts III.

    After the game was announced at Sony’s E3 2013 Press Conference, fans have been waiting for a release date and now we can mark our calendars and wait a bit longer!

    Are you guys excited to finally receive a release date? Do you think this is the final release date or do you expect delays? Let us know you think in the comments.

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    UPDATE: Square Enix Holdings have released their Financial Briefing Report for the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 ("1Q FY2018/3"). While discussing their future pipeline in the report, they reiterated, once again, that Kingdom Hearts III has been announced to be releasing in 2018. View the full quote in the screenshot below:

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    • Aug 16 2017 04:58 PM
    • by neil98
  12. New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo 2017

    Beginning on July 14th and continuing through the 16th, D23 Expo is the ultimate Disney fan event where major Disney-owned companies and trademarks make various announcements related to Disney movies, games, etc. to create the ultimate experience for Disney fans.

    During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Los Angeles, a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III was shown. At the end of it, a message was shown confirming that on July 15th, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, a new world and a new trailer would be shown for the game. It was later confirmed that Kingdom Hearts III will be at the "Level Up! The Walt Disney Company's Video Game Showcase" at 1:00 PM PDT at the D23 Expo Arena. Yesterday, July 14, 2017, was the beginning of D23 2017, and today, July 15, 2017, is the day that they have had the new trailer revealed. Just as planned, it was shown at the Level Up! conference.

    The Kingdom Hearts III segment of the panel was last, with the Star Wars and Marvel segments being showcased before. Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura and Square Enix Product Manager Kaori Takasue came on stage and talked about the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -, Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross], Kingdom Hearts III, and, of course, revealed the new world, Toy Story, and the new trailer.

    After the trailer was shown, Pixar Animation Studio story supervisor Jason Katz and Pixar Animation Studios associate creative director Tasha Sounart came onstage to discuss the new Toy Story world. Tasha Sounart helped work on the Toy Story world with the art style, creative direction, and animation. She said one of her favorite things to work on was to help design the toy versions of Sora, Donald, and Goofy, as well as the Toy Story Keyblade. They also confirmed that the Toy Story world will have a brand new story, never before seen in any of the movies, just like the Big Hero 6 world. To close it off, Nomura said there's more announcements coming and expressed his gratitude. Those who attended the panel were given a double-sided Kingdom Hearts III poster (photos courtesy of Churro)!

    Mascots of toy soldiers from the Toy Story film also came on stage and performed an act. And at the end, Buzz and Woody mascots came out.

    You can view "Kingdom Heats III – D23 2017 Toy Story Trailer", as well as the Hercules Excerpt from the trailer, below:



    You can also view the full Level Up! conference here:


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    Official renders of Guard Form Sora and Sora, Donald, and Goofy in their Toy Story forms have been released as well. You can view them in the gallery below:

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    UPDATE: Thanks to the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account, we now know the name of several of Sora's Keyblade transformations. The gun-type transformations we've been seeing in trailers are called the double Arrowguns and the blaster they transform into is called the Magic Launcher. Also, thanks to the new trailer, we now know that the hammer that the Toy Story world Keyblade can transform into is known as the Hyper Hammer.

  13. New Toy Story world for Kingdom Hearts III revealed at D23 Expo 2017

    At today’s Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase at D23 Expo 2017, Square Enix has showcased a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III giving us us a first look at a brand new world set in the Toy Story movie through a trailer.

    The Toy Story world has been showcased for the first time and is now confirmed to appear in Kingdom Hearts III, which is an exciting addition to the Tangled and Big Hero 6 worlds that have been confirmed previously.

    After the trailer was shown, Pixar Animation Studio story supervisor Jason Katz and Pixar Animation Studios associate creative director Tasha Sounart came onstage to discuss the new Toy Story world. Tasha Sounart helped work on the Toy Story world with the art style, creative direction, and animation. She said one of her favorite things to work on was to help design the toy versions of Sora, Donald, and Goofy, as well as the Toy Story Keyblade. They also confirmed that the Toy Story world will have a brand new story, never before seen in any of the movies, just like the Big Hero 6 world. To close it off, Nomura said there's more announcements coming and expressed his gratitude.

    Mascots of toy soldiers from the Toy Story film also came on stage and performed an act. And at the end, Buzz and Woody mascots came out.

    Official renders of Sora, Donald, and Goofy in their Toy Story forms have been released as well. View them in the gallery below:

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    What do you think of Toy Story? What other worlds would you like to see in Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Jul 16 2017 10:12 PM
    • by neil98
  14. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Expo 2017

    Our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California has begun!

    Beginning on July 14th and continuing through the 16th, D23 Expo is the ultimate Disney fan event where major Disney-owned companies and trademarks make various announcements related to Disney movies, games, etc. to create the ultimate experience for Disney fans.

    At the first Orchestra concert in Los Angeles, California, Tetsuya Nomura confirmed that Kingdom Hearts III will make an appearance at D23 Expo 2017 on July 15th. This appearance includes a brand new trailer and a new world announcement. The official D23 website confirms that Kingdom Hearts III will appear during the Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase at 1:00 PM USA PDT inside the D23 Expo Arena.

    During D23 Expo 2015, Square Enix revealed a brand new world featuring the Disney film, Big Hero 6. What will they have in store for us this time? Stay tuned throughout the event to find out what announcements will be made for Kingdom Hearts III!

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    - Kingdom Hearts III confirmed to be at D23 Expo 2017 Anaheim
    - Square Enix confirms a "special surprise" is coming to Kingdom Hearts Union χ%5BCross%5D to celebrate D23 Expo 2017
    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo 2017
    - New Toy Story world for Kingdom Hearts III revealed at D23 Expo 2017
    - D23 Expo 2017: Kingdom Hearts III releasing on PlayStation 4 & Xbox One in 2018
    - New Kingdom Hearts III BRING ARTS action figures of Toy Sora, Donald, and Goofy announced
    - New Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Sora (Guardian Form) available for pre-order on SENA store; releasing End of September 2017 for $69.99
    - Analysis of the Kingdom Hearts III – D23 2017 Toy Story Trailer
    - Kingdom Hearts III will feature in Weekly Famitsu with a Tetsuya Nomura interview and a recap of D23 Expo 2017

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    - Tetsuya Nomura says a Nintendo Switch version of Kingdom Hearts III is possible after the PS4 and Xbox One versions
    - Tetsuya Nomura hints that another playable character besides Sora will be available in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses the Gummi Ship in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses the Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses a "higher tier of magic" in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses a new mechanic "Athletic Flow", Summons, and Keyblade transformations in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura explains why Kingdom Hearts III has taken so long; also says they'll likely reveal all worlds before release
    - Tetsuya Nomura is “confident” about 2018 release, and is not changing his original plans for Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses Attraction Flow in Kingdom Hearts III; says it'll be a surprise depending on the area
    - Less Disney worlds in KH3 than KH2, but with more content; Big Hero 6 world development going well and next info is on its way; Toy Story world canon to the Toy Story timeline
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses Maleficient's role in Kingdom Hearts III, the possibility of Roxas's return, and more with IGN
    - Every character's story will be settled in Kingdom Hearts III; the world Young Xehanort and Eraqus are at is an original world; Kingdom Hearts Union χ%5BCross%5D 5th Union leader reveal in early August
    - Famitsu features Kingdom Hearts III with exclusive interview with Tetsuya Nomura discussing development and promotion of the game, Toy Story, and more
    - Tetsuya Nomura answers fan questions about Kingdom Hearts III; discusses Square Enix characters, secret bosses, CGI movie, and more
    - Tetsuya Nomura reveals new Kingdom Hearts III details in Dengeki Online interview; discusses tutorial stage, toy robots, and Keyblade transformations

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    8:00 AM (USA PDT) - Exclusive Kingdom Hearts III posters will be given out to D23 attendees!
    8:06 AM (USA PDT) - D23 Expo is already packed with dedicated fans waiting for today's presentations!
    10:54 AM (USA PDT) - People are starting to line up. Only 2 hours to go!
    11:00 AM (USA PDT) - It's starting!
    11:01 AM (USA PDT) - Starting off with a sizzle reel!
    11:02 AM (USA PDT) - Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of Disney Consumer Products is now on stage!
    11:09 AM (USA PDT) - Kingdom Hearts III news will be last in the panel!
    11:51 AM (USA PDT) - Orchestra trailer playing now
    11:52 AM (USA PDT) - Testsuya Nomura is on the stage now!
    11:57 AM (USA PDT) - New trailer is being shown!
    11:58 AM (USA PDT) - Toy Story is the new world in Kingdom Hearts III!
    12:02 PM (USA PDT) - Finally! Kingdom Hearts III will release in 2018!
    12:04 PM (USA PDT) - A special Kingdom Hearts III Sora medal has been distributed to players of Kingdom Hearts Union Cross!

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    • Jul 23 2017 09:41 PM
    • by Leamax
  15. GameStop website lists Kingdom Hearts III as available for pre-order, with placeholder release date

    GameStop have posted two Kingdom Hearts III pre-order listings on their website. According to their listings, Kingdom Hearts III is being sold for the PlayStation 4 as well as the Xbox One for $59.99 USD. The game has no description available and has a placeholder date of 12/31/2019 (please note that this date is merely a placeholder at this point in time). As the game gets more concrete information, GameStop will update these listings to match.

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    Will you be pre-ordering Kingdom Hearts III from GameStop? Let us know in the comments below!

  16. Tetsuya Nomura and Yoko Shimomura comment in Famitsu; full production of Kingdom Hearts III music begins after the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - ends

    A new Famitsu article has recently been released, featuring comments from Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura and Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura after the latest, and last, Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - concert. Famitsu also released a multitude of photos from the last Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Osaka, Japan.

    Below, you can view translations for the article. We will be updating it soon to provide translations for the whole article.

    - World Tour which started from March finally concludes

    - Orchestra and recitation plays while showing pictures of the KH world at the end of the orchestra ( not sure if they were talking about new KHIII screenshots ? )

    - When the second part of "Passion - instrumental version" ends, the concert will only play encore songs

    - Nomura said next week announcement will be normal, but the announcement will make fans happy at least.

    - Full production of Kingdom Hearts III music starts immediately after the world tour end

    - KINGDOM HEARTS Concert - First Breath - Album will be released on July 26th


    View the images of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Osaka, provided by Famitsu, below:

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  17. D23 segment "Level Up!" featuring Kingdom Hearts III will be livestreamed

    Oh My Disney has announced the livestream schedule for D23 2017! Included on this list is Level Up! The Walt Disney Company's Video Game Showcase, the conference where the new Kingdom Hearts III trailer and new world will be revealed. The livestream will begin on Saturday, July 15th at 1:00 PM PDT and will stream on Facebook (This is Polaris) and on Twitch (jacksepticeye).

    Don't forget to tune into our live coverage of Level Up! at D23 Expo!

    UPDATE 1: The Level Up! conference at D23 Expo 2017 will also be livestreamed on YouTube (Strawburry17), and on the official D23 website, as well as the official D23 YouTube and Facebook channels.

    UPDATE 2: A tweet by series director Tetsuya Nomura states that the conference will also be streamed on the Square Enix Twitch channel and Disney Games Facebook page.

    The full list of streaming platforms for the D23 Level Up! conference is as follows:

    Official D23 website

    Twitch
    Square Enix
    jacksepticeye

    Facebook
    Disney D23
    This is Polaris
    Disney Games

    Youtube
    DisneyD23
    Strawburry17


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    • Jul 16 2017 10:22 PM
    • by Leamax
  18. Tetsuya Nomura says that they raised expectations high for the D23 2017 Kingdom Hearts III news, and it will be "normal" info

    During the final Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Osaka, Japan, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura stated that they raised expectations high for the new Kingdom Hearts III information and news being revealed at D23 2017. He makes sure to note that it will be "normal" Kingdom Hearts III news, and he would like people to spread this word instead of raising the bar in order to not cause any trouble.

  19. Kingdom Hearts III to be featured at the "Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase" at D23 Expo 2017 at 1:00 PM PDT on July 15, 2017

    The D23 Expo Team has published an update regarding its schedule for the D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California. The update reveals that Kingdom Hearts III will be featured on its "Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase" segment at 1:00 PM PDT on July 15, 2017.

    A description of the segment follows:

    Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase (1 p.m., D23 Expo Arena)—

    Experience never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, special guests, and other unforgettable surprises from across the Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel games portfolios in this must-see showcase. Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, DCPI, will kick off the presentation, which will feature many show-stopping moments including announcements from Marvel, and more information about highly anticipated games, Star Wars Battlefront II™ from Electronic Arts, KINGDOM HEARTS III from Disney and Square Enix, and more.


    The Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra trailer had previously revealed that a new world announcement and a new trailer is upcoming on that day at the D23 Expo.

    On the second showing of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -, director Tetsuya Nomura also stated that the announcements to be made on Kingdom Hearts III at the D23 Expo 2017 will make fans even happier than they were when the Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra trailer was revealed.

  20. The D23 Expo 2017 event schedule has been released but is not final

    Earlier today, the D23 Expo site was updated to include the activity schedule for the three-day event. The most recent Kingdom Hearts III trailer confirms that the game will appear at D23 with a new world announcement in addition to a new trailer on July 15th, 2017, but the current schedule released on the D23 website does not list a Kingdom Hearts event on July 15th. There is a note made on the page claiming that the schedule is not final and is schedule to change. You can view the schedule by clicking on the image below:

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  21. Analysis of the Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra 2017 trailer

    June 10th, 2017 was a monumental day for the Kingdom Hearts community, due to the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - holding its first show in the United States on this date. According to many who attended this performance, this experience was "once in a lifetime", and as a fellow attendee, this particular sentiment is definitely shared by the writer of this article.

    A surprise appearance by series director Tetsuya Nomura and the unveiling of a brand new Kingdom Hearts III trailer, the two largest contributors to fans' enthusiasm, served as the perfect conclusion to this event. This trailer captured fans' hearts and pushed the excitement for the game to never-before-seen heights, to the point where "Kingdom Hearts III" and "Sora" became trending topics on Twitter. Today, however, we would like to peel away the initial burst of emotion and analyze every aspect of this trailer, in order to find out as much as we can about both the gameplay and story developments of Kingdom Hearts III.

    Throughout this trailer, the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - version of "Wave of Darkness" is played. Furthermore, if you happened to attend this orchestra event in-person on any of the dates that this trailer was shown, the song was played live by the orchestra!

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    The trailer begins with a quote; "Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it...and dive in." The first gameplay segment thereafter is reminiscent of the Dive sections of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance. Sora, appearing in his new outfit, is falling toward Olympus Coliseum. As he is about to land, he uses an area of effect attack against the surrounding Heartless. This Dive-esque sequence seems to be seamlessly integrated into the overall world layout, considering that we saw Sora jumping from an alarmingly tall mountain in the E3 2015 trailer. However, considering the quote at the beginning of this trailer, this gameplay element may also be a way of entering each world.

    Throughout the Olympus Coliseum portions of this trailer, the bottom right corner of the screen that a four-person party is available. In this instance, Sora, Donald, and Goofy are joined by Hercules. In previous Kingdom Hearts games, a three-person party was the standard, and the capability for guest characters was restricted to certain encounters and boss battles, but it seems to now be a regular feature.

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    As we see Sora battling the aforementioned group of Heartless, a new command, "Counter Shield" appears above the command menu, in a style identical to that of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-. Activating this Style Change puts Sora into the Counter Shield Command Style, where his outfit becomes the new Guard Form (visually reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts II's Master Form) and his Keyblade takes the form of a shield. Counter Shield uses a large area-of-effect attack as it activates, uses shield bashes as its basic attacks, and can perform a flurry of punches with giant magical fists as a special attack. This is likely a combo finisher, as the "Finish" command is not used.

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    During this segment, we also get a glimpse at the fact that two Shotlock options will be available for each Command Style, referred to as Unleash and Flowchain. Unleash seems to be the traditional Shotlock variety, consisting of a powerful attack, while Flowchain appears to be the Flowmotion-esque Shotlock seen in the E3 2016 trailer. Counter Shield's particular Unleash Shotlock consists of Sora calling down a ball of energy from the sky, and once it impacts the shield, it unleashes a devastating shower of sparks as an area-of-effect attack.

    In the following gameplay segment, we see Sora in another Command Style called "Second Form", which seems to be tied to the Kingdom Key, and is heavily based on Sora's older abilities seen in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. Perhaps this is the successor to the much-beloved Limit Form from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix? In this form, combo finishers such as Magnet Burst make a return, and some combo finishers seem to have a slightly more cinematic tone, as the camera zooms in a small amount when Sora uses Magnet Burst.

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    Returning to the default Kingdom Hearts III outfit, Sora and Goofy activate a Limit, during which Sora jumps onto Goofy's raised shield, the two launch like a rocket, and Sora throws Goofy into a swarm of Heartless below, dealing massive damage to each enemy in the impact radius.

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    In the trailer's first story segment, Maleficent and Pete exit a corridor of darkness into Olympus Coliseum, with Pete greeting Hades menacingly. When Hades tries to make the duo leave, Maleficent says that she is merely looking for information, specifically the location of a distinctive black box. The scene ends before Hades can answer the question in detail. When taking into account the events of the secret ending to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], Maleficent seems to have found Daybreak Town and has learned about the Master of Masters and the mysterious box he possessed in Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.

    The next gameplay segment has often been described as immersive, tense, and gripping. Sora is seen running along a mountain path in the middle of a storm, preparing to confront the Rock Titan. The Titan hurls a boulder in Sora's direction, narrowly missing himdamaging the path in the process. This segment then concludes with Sora using magic against two groups of Heartless. This demonstration of magic continues into the next segment, with Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga, and Aeroga all being showcased.

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    At this point, several different Situation Commands are available to Sora. These commands consist of level 4 magic, with the specific spells being Firaza, Blizzaza, Thundaza, and Aeroza. They appear to have decided to change the "-ja" suffix at the end of the level 4 spells from Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- into a "-za" suffix for Kingdom Hearts III's tier 4 spells. Both the tier 4 spells of the Japanese versions of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- and Kingdom Hearts III translate to the same thing, so it's unknown why they decided to make the names different in the English versions of the two games. Counter Shield is also shown to have an ability reminiscent of Ventus' Faith command in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.

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    Next, the Kingdom Key's Style Change, "Second Form", is shown yet again. As mentioned previously, the abilities of this Command Style seem to draw from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix's Limit Form, with abilities such as Stun Impact and an aerial version of Sonic Blade being used. However, it is worth noting that one of the melee combos seems to have entirely new animations, suggesting that this form may be a hybrid between old and new techniques. This segment concludes by showing a brief clip of Flowmotion, as Sora makes his way up a slope using a rail.

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    The following segment showcases the Rock Titan boss fight. Sora is shown running up a cliff, similar to a brief clip seen in the E3 2015 trailer. Sora is mostly kept from attacking the Rock Titan due to its stomps making the top of the cliff hazardous. However, with quick use of Flowmotion, a few melee attacks are possible.

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    The trailer's final sequence shows Sora, Donald, and Goofy confronting Xemnas and Ansem, Seeker of Darkness near Twilight Town's mansion. Xemnas asks Sora how he expects to bring Roxas back when he should never have existed. The only way to accomplish this seemingly impossible task, according to Xemnas, is for Sora to call upon the darkness and presumably make himself vulnerable to Xehanort's schemes. While Donald and Goofy remain ready to fight, Sora's response is to drop his guard and assume a neutral yet confused stance. Could he be considering the option presented to him?

    The trailer concludes with a note detailing that Kingdom Hearts III will appear at D23 Expo 2017 on July 15th, 2017, complete with a new world announcement and a new trailer. Additionally, given Tetsuya Nomura's comments at the orchestra concert on June 11th, 2017, there is a possibility that he will reveal the game's "final information" at this expo, in his own words.

    Speaking entirely subjectively, I think that this trailer was absolutely incredible! The music complimented each scene flawlessly, and many scenes were very gripping in their own right! The inclusion of Second Form appeals to my borderline obsessive love for Limit Form, and that Dive sequence looks quite fun! Finally and perhaps most importantly to me, both of the story elements serve to only make me more excited to see the story unfold! I can't wait to see what Nomura will be revealing next month!

    What was your favorite part of the trailer? Did you notice anything we missed in our analysis? Let us know in the comments below!

  22. Game Informer interviewed Yoko Shimomura about Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -, her career, and Kingdom Hearts III

    Kimberley Wallace from Game Informer recently interviewed Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura during her visit to Los Angeles for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - concerts. During this interview, Yoko talked about her career, touching on some of her favorite pieces and moments during the time spent with Kingdom Hearts, the World Tour, and a possible hint of what's to come for Kingdom Hearts III.

    You can check out the full interview below:

    Kingdom Hearts recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. What has the series has meant to you, and what impact has it had on you as a musician?

    Kingdom Hearts was the first franchise that I’ve actually worked on that’s a series. Up until then, I was never able to handle a full-on series, so it is definitely very memorable in that aspect. In terms of its impact on me as a composer, there are many different Disney worlds inside the game and so many memorable songs within the Disney world. I wanted to make sure I was living up to that expectation, [creating] something that wouldn’t pale in comparison, while also being mindful of the [unique] aspect of Kingdom Hearts and combining it with the world that Disney music already has. Adding the original spin to it gives me the purpose. [It's] a sense of accomplishment to able to work on those songs, and they give me new challenges to take on. So it has definitely helped with my own growth. It’s a very inspirational series.

    You’ve been in the business a long time now, nearing three decades. How has the process changed over time for game music?

    When asked if the process has changed or evolved over time – because my stance toward composing has been stable – mentally I feel the stance hasn’t changed so much. So I can’t say for sure when asked if there’s been a change or evolution. But physically speaking, technology advances and my PC gets better and I get to upgrade my equipment. Things have become very convenient over time. And so, there are areas where I can borrow that newer technology and do what I wanted to do in further detail.

    What are some of your favorite memories from working on Kingdom Hearts?

    This may have been something I mentioned prior, but “Lazy Afternoon” – I just never got that song to a point where Mr. Nomura would give me the final approval. He kept saying there’s a not enough melancholy or a longing for – that sort of emotional aspect of it. So I actually stood on my patio and just stared at the sunset and took it in and tried to bring out that nostalgic melancholy kind of feel and finally was able to come up with the song.

    When composing music for Disney worlds, how much inspiration do you draw from the original scores?

    Of course, there are times I listen to the original music that goes with whichever world we’re depicting and I would think about, ‘Oh yeah, this kind of song would match this kind of scene’ and reference some of the original songs for the world. But even if a particular song matches within the same realm, you also have to have your battle music, so that’s not necessarily a song that’s prepared in the Disney works. So it might not be a 1:1 reference; it might be a little difficult to find a direct reference for those songs. In that case, I take not the song itself, but think, ‘What does the world entail?’ I make sure it matches the world we’re depicting in the game. I know that's vague, but I listen to the original and imagine and expand from there.

    Don't think hard about this. Pick three of your favorite songs/themes/melodies from the Kingdom Hearts series.

    This has been asked by many people before, but all my songs are like my children. I love them all. It’s like trying to pick three children – these three are cute, but the rest are not. It is so hard for me to do. If it would be okay, I’d like to say all of my songs are very important and I love all of my songs.

    Pieces like "Dive into the Heart" and "Organization XIII" are much heavier and dramatic in tone than ones like "Traverse Town." Is it challenging to find the right balance of emotion for these scores?

    It actually isn’t a matter of wanting to intentionally create something that’s completely different. There’s also the consideration of what type of theme fits the stage best. That feeling is at the core of how I approach those songs. For example, with “Traverse Town” as you have mentioned, that’s something that you’ll be listening to over and over again. Having something that’s sad and somber playing over and over again might seem a little weird, so there was a slight intention of wanting to have something more lighthearted for that area. It’s not something that’s deliberate like, ‘I want to make a heavy song for this area.’ It’s more, ‘What does this stage entail? How does it feel like to me? And what kind of music fits it the best?’

    Between all your major projects, such as the Kingdom Hearts games and Final Fantasy XV, you have also produced new music for many Kingdom Hearts compilation titles (2.8 with the 0.2 chapter, for example). How do you keep all these worlds and characters separated in your mind to write for each project?

    This kind of relates to what we just talked about with finding a song that fits each particular area with Kingdom Hearts. It’s similar thinking for different games as well. Each game has its own world and its own lore, and so when I’m writing songs for a particular game, I would just fill my head with the lore and the world of the game. It’s not about ‘This is a different game, so I will make a different song.’ It’s not about separating or compartmentalizing, but it’s Kingdom Hearts has its own world and Final Fantasy has its own world, so when I’m creating songs for either one of those titles it just came naturally when I’m immersed in that world. I’m hoping that I was able to accomplish that through the music.

    Very few franchises get their own exclusive concert series. Your colleague Uematsu-san has had the honor with the "Distant Worlds" series, for example. Now, you have your own with the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour. What are your feelings about this, and how much did you contribute to the process?

    To answer your first question about how I’m feeling... I’m simply happy about this whole thing happening. At first, I was only thinking with the mindset of, ‘Oh, if I can only do one or two concerts in Japan that would be nice.’ Now we have the series and it’s a world tour! I’m just blown away. I’m just surprised and having so many people come to see the concert just makes me so happy. In terms of how much I contributed, there were certain elements I wanted to incorporate in this concert series, including the songs and the setlist. I made the first proposal of the setlist and I wanted to make sure it had a sense of drama – that the listeners would go in there as if they were enjoying this one big video game from start to finish. I wanted to have a story and have an ending, so I really wanted to bring that out. I’m hoping we executed that. In terms of the different songs that were included in the setlist, I did all the supervising. I feel like I have been a major part of the process.

    Do you plan on attending all the shows? How exciting is it to see all the different fans around the world come together for Kingdom Hearts music?

    Yes, I have been attending all the concerts and do plan to attend all the future planned ones. In terms of the fan reaction, it’s just beyond what I could imagine. When I enter the stage and the applause erupts, that is just wonderful. There have been opportunities to meet-and-greet with the fans and people have just been wonderful. They’re so passionate about their love for Kingdom Hearts and they would rave about the music. Some people were just shaking and they’re about to cry, handing over their CD to be autographed. It’s just way over expectation. I’m just floored to see so many people just so passionate about Kingdom Hearts music and just thinking about that fills my heart as well.

    The Kingdom Hearts fan base is very dedicated and passionate. The music is very important to that experience. Does that put pressure on you, or does the importance of the music to them motivate you?

    If I say no that would be a lie, but I don’t want to be restricted or in fear from that pressure because that would restrict me from producing music naturally. I try not to focus too much on the sense of pressure. In terms of how I make sure I’m responding to the fans’ expectations, I definitely don’t want to betray their trust, especially with this concert series. I don’t want this to be something where the fans come in and are like, “This is not what I expected!’ As a creator, I love to make music, but I don’t want it to just be my personal view. I want to make sure I am looking at this from the fans’ perspective, making sure the fans are enjoying what they’re listening to. That’s not just the approach I take for the concert series, but also any songs that are arranged or rearranged for different installments within the game. Same goes for new songs. I do my best to keep that in mind.

    For people who can’t make it to the show, has there been any discussion about putting out a live CD or Blu-Ray of the performance?

    A live concert CD has not been created yet, but in advance of the concert series, we do have an orchestra arrangement CD. Now, this is not all the songs that are being performed at the concert series, but an excerpt of some of the songs. So we do have a CD for those who are not able to attend our concert. In terms of recording it into any sort of media, when we’re thinking of capturing images or sound from live performances, we also have to consider if we want to include live footage. There may be some hurdles to overcome in terms of the logistics of getting that put together. But, if there is a very high demand for it, if there are a lot of voices that we hear from our fans, if it is something we can overcome and make clear, [it's possible]. I didn’t imagine there was going to be a CD with the orchestral arrangement, but this is proof that if we work at it hard enough we can execute something like that. If there is a demand from our fans, we will consider it.

    I have to ask. How is work going on Kingdom Hearts III? How does it feel to finally be working on that game after all this time?

    I actually recently saw some reference materials and I am very excited for this project. And yes, everybody is aware this is our first numbered title in a while, and so again I’d be lying if I say there is no pressure, but I’m more excited. My excitement goes beyond that sense of pressure. I’m hoping that just like the finished product of the game, the music is going to be something that people will listen to and feel that it’s wonderful. I can’t wait until we’re able to make the announcement, so I ask for your additional patience and understanding as we get ready to be able to make any further announcements.


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    • Jul 16 2017 10:36 PM
    • by Leamax
  23. Tetsuya Nomura to provide "final information" on Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Expo 2017

    Tonight at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in LA, the Kingdom Hearts series' director Tetsuya Nomura has made another appearance. As translated by the official concert interpreter, Nomura tells fans that he will return in a month for D23 Expo 2017 on July 15, 2017, with "final information" on Kingdom Hearts III. We do not yet know the content of this final information, but we do know that at D23 Expo 2017 we will see a new world reveal as well as a new trailer, as was announced in the most recent Kingdom Hearts III trailer from yesterday's LA concert.

    UPDATE 1: At yesterdays Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in LA, Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura made his third appearance. According to @SkywardWing on Twitter, who was at the concert, Nomura tells fans that, as translated by the official concert interpreter, "If this month's announcements made you happy, next month's will make you even happier." He is referring to the upcoming news and trailer at next month's D23 Expo 2017 on July 15th.

    UPDATE 2: During the final Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Osaka, Japan, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura stated that they raised expectations high for the new Kingdom Hearts III information and news being revealed at D23 2017. He makes sure to note that it will be "normal" Kingdom Hearts III news, and he would like people to spread this word.

  24. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts at E3 2017

    Welcome to KH13.com's live coverage of Kingdom Hearts at E3 2017! E3 is the biggest annual international trade fair for the video game industry, with opportunities by companies such as Square Enix to showcase upcoming technologies in the interactive entertainment industry. It will take place on June 13-15 this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the public, with business days stretching from June 10-12.

    This year, staff members Raxaimus (@RaxaimusKH13) and Toominator (@ToominatorKH13) will be representing KH13.com on the show floor! The News Team will be doing live updates on any information pertinent to Kingdom Hearts, so please feel free to keep yourself updated with our coverage here on KH13 and on our social media channels!

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    Pre-show
    (June 10, 2017 - 10:36 PM PDT) A new Kingdom Hearts III trailer was shown at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - premiere in Los Angeles!
    (June 11. 2017 - 1:22 PM PDT) Tetsuya Nomura interviewed with Famitsu.
    (June 12, 2017 - 7:16 PM PDT) Unfortunately, Kingdom Hearts III did not make an appearance at either the Microsoft or Sony press conferences.

    Day 1 Public
    (June 13, 2017 - 12.03 PM PDT) Kingdom Hearts II Limit Form Sora has been spotted at E3!
    (June 13, 2017 - 1:58 PM PDT) Kingdom Hearts III's orchestra trailer has appeared in Square Enix's 'Square Enix Presents' E3 trailer line-up!
    (June 13, 2017 - 2:44 PM PDT) Kingdom Hearts III's orchestra trailer has been spotted at Square Enix's E3 booth!
    (June 13, 2017 - 2:44 PM PDT) Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue wall scrolls are available to purchase at Square Enix's booth!

    Day 2 Public
    (June 14, 2017 - 7:15 AM PDT) Raxaimus went to the Square Enix Booth yesterday and found some Kingdom Hearts merchandise for sale, many of them at discounted prices!

    Day 3 Public
    (June 15, 2017 - 7:00 PM PDT) This concludes our E3 coverage. Please join us on July 14-16 for coverage at D23 Anaheim!

  25. Kingdom Hearts III confirmed to be at D23 Expo 2017 Anaheim

    During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -, a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III was shown. At the end of it, a message was shown confirming that on July 15th, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, a new world and a new trailer would be shown for the game.

    Be sure to keep an eye at our website as we will update with anything new shown in the following days!

    UPDATE: Kingdom Hearts III will be at the "Level Up! The Walt Disney Company's Video Game Showcase" at 1:00 PM PDT at the D23 Expo Arena.

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    • Jul 16 2017 10:48 PM
    • by neil98