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  1. Famitsu publishes additional remarks by Nomura, discussing character design progress, Frozen snowboard challenge, and whether Repliku was an illusion

    Famitsu have recently posted their full interview with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura online! This interview was previously published in the July 5 issue of Famitsu Weekly; however, it was not published in full.

    We have already translated some parts of the interview (which you can read here and here); find the rest below!

    Translations have been provided by KH13 Staff Mio-chan and NihonScribe, and Katie Armstrong and Keytotruth.

    —There was also a scene when they slide on a shield like a sled on the snowy mountain [during the Frozen segment of the recent trailers].

    Nomura: There are battles while sliding down the mountains. In a FFVII snowboard style, you can challenge yourself and aim for a good score once you complete the story of the world.

    —Characters look just like real-life people, but was it difficult to balance their graphics between the photo realistic world and the worlds of KH?

    Nomura: That was a difficult aspect indeed. According to the photo-realistic direction, Sora, Donald, Goofy and Luxord have a model made with special details on them. Jack and the other are still a work in progress, they are yet to be complete.

    —The team troubled themselves to change Luxord’s model, just for the sake of this world?

    Nomura: Once, we tried to put down Luxord’s model used in another world, but it looked really out of place.

    —Every world seem so faithful to their respective work, there is no displeasure while looking at it. I can’t wait to see their appearance in other worlds as soon as possible!

    Nomura: Big Heroes 6 is yet to be shown. Please look forward to it.

    You can read the rest of the interview in full below.

    —You don't have to think hard. Among the Situation Commands that came up, the 'Attraction Flow' amusement park rides were particularly gorgeous, and some even had mini-game elements - it was fun just pulling out those skills.

    Nomura: In this trailer, there's a Monster's, Inc. water slide where that's also true (Note: talking about the fun element). Attraction Flow is different depending on the place, the conditions for 'Firaga' are that you have to be attacking with fire-type [attacks], there are various conditions that have to be met for Situation Commands to be used.
    The Big Hero 6 world hasn't been revealed yet. Please look forward to it.

    —In this PV, there's a scene of skating and sliding around, is this one of the transformations?

    Nomura: It's a Keyblade transformation you get in the Frozen world. [/b]You can slide around anywhere, not just on ice, and set up melee attacks by sliding in at high speeds.[/b]

    —This time around, you can use magic as a means of moving around, you can quickly approach enemies with Chute Rock, right? In this demo, the tempo of moving around felt really good and playful.

    Nomura: We're really conscious of that. In the Pirates of the Caribbean World, if you fly toward a certain enemy with Chute Rock, you'll be able to ride around on that enemy.

    That's a trailer scene, for sure!

    Nomura: Pay attention to the content you brought up; particularly, I think Pirates of the Caribbean has a lot of sights to see. From diving into the sea for a battle and controlling the ship to riding a Heartless for an aerial battle--this world has land and sea and air (Note: he used the term 'Rikukaiku' which is particularly notable given our three heroes names!), and everything is seamlessly connected in the stage of battle. There's ship sailing, exploring an uncharted island - it's a world where you can do anything.

    —By the way, Sora is growing up rapidly, what effect does this have on leveling/training?

    Nomura: It's a legitimate evolution of the conventional level-up and synthesis systems. Although there have been portable games with different leveling systems, KH3 is a main series numbered entry; this entry is packed with play, and there's enough volume that its simple. (Note: I think he's getting at the idea that there's more than enough play time to figure out the leveling, even if it's a little different than the systems we've been playing with lately.)

    —In this trailer, Kairi makes an appearance, gathering Sora, Riku and Kairi together. Could you please tell us about their design?

    Nomura: Sora has less accessories now. Previously, he had a chain hanging alongside very large pockets and belts, which was the point of the design. However, [/b]this time, since he's going to be involved in more dynamic action, I wanted him to have a greater sensation of activeness.[/b]

    —As Sora grows his hair continues to shoot upward.

    Nomura: When Sora was a child his hair flowed downward, then in “KH” and “KHII” his hair stretched out from the sides, but this time his hair forms more in the back. Or better said it starts from the side and folds up in the back (laughs).

    —So it is something like that? (laughs). Riku and Kairi also got fresh haircuts.

    Nomura: Riku understands the process and details of cutting and changing his hairstyle from a long one, but since Kairi appears to not had an image change in a long time it may be fresh for her.

    —What about Riku's and Kairi's [outfits]?

    Nomura: I'm having their "taste" to match Sora's in some parts. Sora gets a red and black color pattern, while Riku gets blue as a base and, added around the shoulder, some yellow tones to differentiate it. As for Kairi, pink was the main color of choice. That's the kind of image in mind when I thought of the logical next step. This time, everyone got their new clothes from Yen Sid, including Mickey, and as expected, the ones who actually made it are the 3 fairies. Thus, I wanted all of them to have something in common. In this case, it's the checkered pattern [plaid].

    —Riku’s Keyblade changed too. The cutting edge of his previous weapon seemed broken.

    Nomura: It broke for a certain reason, and he obtained a new Keyblade from Master Yen Sid.
    I noticed that houses key used a lot of this type of design nowadays, so I took it as a reference.


    —Sora and his friends appearance change this time too, those from the “Monsters, Inc.” world had such a great impact!

    Nomura: These changes are based on Pixar designers’ intentions. We made slight changes at the last minute by ourselves, like enlarge Donald’s white part of his eye, and change the color and size of Goofy’s left and right eyes. We followed this direction with the original work of Halloween Town as well. We initially create a dragon-based design for Sora. We then modified some parts like the color of the body and the borders around the eyes, giving him a cat-like mouth and therefore got closer to a Halloween Town look.

    —It looks like you interacted a lot with Pixar while creating the models for the Toy Story world too.

    Nomura: Yes. Among those circumstances, we also had time to design characters in a pixel art style. It felt like those pixel art became three-dimensional. From there we adjusted its realism, and went to the toy figure-like shape that you know now.

    —Moving on, I'm going to ask you about some key scenes in the trailer. Roxas's resurrection has been touched upon; both Sora and the New Organization XIII seems to wish for his return, right?

    Nomura: Specially Sora, who has a connection with Roxas. However, that's not something I can answer at the moment.

    —Also, about Ienzo, Hayner and the rest, I wonder how they'll cooperate... There's something else I'm wondering about. The word Larxene used "New Seven Hearts".

    Nomura: It's referring to the Seven Princesses of the next generation. It has to do with what Master Xehanort did in KH3D. In case the 7 Guardians of Light don't gather, they would instead use the Seven Princesses... that's the reasoning. Those Seven Princesses are being replaced while Kairi is the only one that keeps being one. As for the remaining 6 candidates, people like Rapunzel, Anna or Elsa are being targeted for that.

    —There's also a lot of mysteries surrounding the resurrection of the New Organization XIII. Vanitas seems to be one of them, why is that?

    Nomura: While the Vanitas appeared in KH3D was an illusion, this time he's real and makes an appearance. Vanitas and the other members have resurrected in
    an unusual way. Some of the members returned to their human forms only to then again turn into Nobodies, while other have resurrected by using other means. For example, Lea and Ienzo who are collaborating with Sora, have just resurrected as human.


    —Lea and Kairi are training together to be able to use the Keyblade. Where does the scene with them in it in the trailer happen?

    Nomura: It's a world you can't go to, but I can say that the place they are in is a new location. Matching the progress of the script I wanted to show their progress one step at a time. Previously, at the Kingdom Hearts concert, there was a speech of Kairi talking about their training together. That speech is also used in a scene inside the game.

    —There was something else that intrigued us on the PV. We saw the current Riku, and a Riku from the past sitting next each other…was that Repliku?

    Nomura: Was it? Maybe it’s an illusion (laughs).


    —Aqua's change of appearance was also a huge shock. Her eyes turned golden and it looked as if she completely fell to darkness.

    Nomura: It seems everyone was even more surprised about it that I expected. That scene happens when Riku and The King end up in a dangerous situation and then Aqua appears in that state. Not only hers, but the mysteries related to a lot of other characters are cleared up, so writing the script for all that was really hard.

    —Some time ago you told us about a Secret Movie being produced. Are there any new developments about that?

    Nomura: We're already making it but it hasn't been finalized yet.

    —The series has progressed a lot since the first title came out. The story has become pretty complicated and the memories about the story have become a little blurry. Also, I think many people have only played the numbered titles. Have you thought of anything to help them catch up?

    Nomura: Well, since there are so many character and relationships within the games, if we stopped every time a new character appears to introduce them, the story wouldn't move on.
    We are making videos summarizing the story of the game into 5 chapters with narrations from Chirithy. They will be released shortly after E3 in our official website. So I hope you watch these videos, play the HD remasters until the release date of KH3. Also, the videos need adjustments for it, but we're looking into adding the videos to the KH3 game.

    —From the production announcement in 2013 until this point, I think that there was a lot of hardships. Like switching game engine from an in-house production to the Unreal Engine 4 for example.

    Nomura: That’s right. However, Unreal Engine 4 has a great amount of libraries and to be able to use them, Epic Games worked hard, so it was easy to do in that sense. Of course, there are merits to make something with your own game engine. In that case, as the development of the game and the expansion of the engine are linked, the range that we mustn't lose of sight become wider. Even though the development period has been extended due to the engine change, I think it’s a good thing that we switched to the Unreal Engine 4.

    —Hikaru Utada who suspended her singer career resumed her activities, the decision to which song would be in KHIII was a huge topic. About the theme song “Chikai”, did you gave any directions?

    Nomura: From here I did not give any concrete order. With the current synopsis, we know that the battle that kept continuing will end in KHIII, and the answers will come out to each character that had various issues, that’s what it (the synopsis) tells you.

    —I'm sure that now that you have announced the release date you are working towards finishing making the game, but can you tell us what's the current state of the development?

    Nomura: It's hard to give you an actual percentage of how complete it is. Right now the game's volume is way too high and space is becoming a problem where's we're running out of it.

    —What's the cause for that?

    Nomura: There are many reasons. One of the bigger ones is that movies take up a lot of space. When you're running a cutscene in real time there's very little data to load but, let's say the previous scene I talked about with Kairi and Lea, it happens in a completely different place, so you'd have to load in all that environment, and since it isn't loaded and it would result in very long loading times between key cutscenes. So, in order to solve that, we make a part of some cutscenes into videos. However, since they have to be in high resolution, they take up a lot of space. That has become a problem beyond our expectations.

    —Speaking about space problems, switching between Japanese and English voice acting is also a problem, right?

    Nomura: That's right. It's not only about the voices, there's also lips sync to worry about and we have to put that in. Up until now, in "Final Mix" titles the English voices were used and as far as I know, many people want to play KHIII that way. Dealing with the exchange of voices is being really hard.

    —In KHIII, will there be a "Final Mix" expansion like there was with previous titles?

    Nomura: It's not under consideration at the moment. We're having space problems after all (sarcastic laugh). We have plans to make updates as DLC, so if we do it, it will be that way and not as "Final Mix". We haven't thought of the details yet, but it won't be things like the DLC keyblades, but things that expand the ways to play the game. The content will be released in packages instead of having a Season Pass. Although now, we are focusing on finishing the main title.

    —There are some questions I have about other titles. How is development looking for the FFVII Remake?

    Nomura: We are weighing the timing of the next informational release. Since moving the project in-house, production has been going smoothly. At this time our scenarios properly leave behind a deep atmosphere.

    —The release date of “The World Ends With You - Final Remix-” was set for September 27th, 2018.

    Nomura: Of course, "Final Remix" has been upgraded not only in the quality of its graphics/images but also in terms of content from the original version. I think that you can also enjoy the added scenarios from "Solo Remix" alongside those who have played past works. In the added scenario, it was revealed that the death god Koko was in various ways behind the story. The girl who appeared in the ending of "Solo Remix" shows up. By the way, this girl came to Shibuya due to certain circumstances… I think you will enjoy playing this game until the release of "KHIII.”

    —Is "Dissidia FF" in the middle of production for the next new character? Though it was said that the first character of the “Dissidia FF” series said to be released was a woman.

    Nomura: When E3 ended, I had to paint that picture for publicity (sarcastic laugh). Regarding casting, I felt that the image of the character changed with the voice and acting, so I was worried. It may seem like an surprising cast once it is announced. As new characters will be announced soon as they are based on the pace of the past, I hope you will look forward to it.

    —Finally, can you tell us about the future of KHIII? For example, will there be any trials or demos like the ones in the Premiere to be distributed to the public?

    Nomura: Since there is a lot of work to distribute and create a demo or a trial, there are no plans for that, but Japanese people will be able to try the game at the Tokyo Game Show. So I hope you get to play it there and keep your expectations high. I'm sorry for making you wait a little longer than expected. We already have a release date, so now we just have to move towards it. We'll just make you wait just a little longer.

    In the light of these new remarks, what are you most excited about in Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments!

  2. Darkness, Light, and more Surprises to Come

    Game Informer has published another article in their August 2018 issue relating to Kingdom Hearts III. In the article, Kimberley Wallace writes about Kingdom Hearts III's influence at E3 and mentions Game Informer's interview with Nomura from their last issue.

    Kimberley also quotes Nomura, stating that...
    "Nomura has said before that we'd be surprised who's on the side of the Light and who's on the side of the Darkness. The E3 Aqua reveal made that even more apparent."



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    Who do you think will be on the side of the Light and who will be on the side of the Darkness? Let us know in the comments below!

  3. [UPDATED] Kingdom Hearts III will be playable at San Diego Comic-Con

    With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, the SDCC Unofficial Blog has reported a Kingdom Hearts III banner appearing on the Hilton Bayfront parking garage along with other Square Enix games.

    An official announcement has yet to be made regarding the presence of a Kingdom Hearts III demo at the event, but information about Square Enix’s lineup should be announced sometime before the event’s commencement on July 19, 2018.

    Posted ImagePhoto via @OutsideComicCon


    The Kingdom Hearts III demo was available to the public at E3, Japan Expo Paris 2018 and Anime Expo 2018.

    UPDATE [Jul 12, 2018]: Square Enix have officially announced that Kingdom Hearts III will be playable at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 taking place on July 19-22! Attendees will be able to battle against the Rock Titan and explore the world of Toy Story.

    You can read excerpts from the press release below.

    SQUARE ENIX UNVEILS ACTION-PACKED LINEUP FOR SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2018

    Demos for DRAGON QUEST XI, KINGDOM HEARTS III and Shadow of the Tomb Raider Available on the Show Floor

    LOS ANGELES (July 12, 2018) – From July 19-22, SQUARE ENIX® will host gameplay demos, giveaways and other activities at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. At Booth #3829 in the San Diego Convention Center, attendees will be able to play DRAGON QUEST® XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age™, KINGDOM HEARTS III, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider™.

    [...]

    Fans can also purchase the latest products from the BRING ARTS, TRADING ARTS and PLAY ARTS KAI lines at the booth and participate in the FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game (“FFTCG”) in Gunslinger style matches to win premium FFTCG Promo Cards. Daily giveaways at the booth while supplies last include:
    DRAGON QUEST XI double-sided posters and “Mark of Light” temporary tattoos
    MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY™ hand fans
    STAR OCEAN®: ANAMNESIS™ buttons

    The full lineup includes:

    [...]

    KINGDOM HEARTS III
    Platform: Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system
    Developer: Square Enix
    ESRB: Rating Pending
    Available: January 29, 2019
    In the upcoming action RPG, KINGDOM HEARTS III, players can join forces with Donald Duck and Goofy for the adventure of a lifetime traveling across worlds based on beloved films like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc., and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6, Tangled, Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean and more. Attendees will be able to experience a boss battle against the Rock Titan from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules and uncover the Toy Box world from Toy Story alongside Woody and Buzz.

    [...]


    Let us know in the comments if you’ll be attending the event and what you’re most excited to see there!

  4. Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition and Deluxe Edition + Bring Arts Figures have been announced

    Two Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition and Bring Arts Figures have been announced via press release!

    You can pre-order it from the North America store here.

    You can pre-order it from the Europe store here.
    Read the press release for this product below.

    KINGDOM HEARTS III COMING TO XBOX ONE AND PLAYSTATION®4 ON JANUARY 29

    New E3 2018 Cinematic Trailer Reveals Beloved Disney World of Frozen

    LOS ANGELES (June 11, 2018) – In advance of the E3 2018, at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra - World Tour -, SQUARE ENIX® and Disney announced that the highly anticipated action RPG, KINGDOM HEARTS IIIwill launch on January 29, 2019.

    “With the release set for next January, I apologize for having to ask for a little more time than what was previously announced” said Director, Tetsuya Nomura. “The entire development team is pouring their love for the franchise into KINGDOM HEARTS III and is striving to create a game that all players will enjoy. We are currently at the last stages of development but will work tirelessly until the end to deliver the very best KINGDOM HEARTS game to date.”

    In addition, SQUARE ENIX showcased the enchanted world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen at the Xbox E3 briefing. The new trailer transports viewers through the familiar frosty landscapes of Arendelle alongside Queen Elsa.

    “I have been so impressed working with the KINGDOM HEARTS’ team. Their artistic commitment and attention to detail creating the world of our films is truly extraordinary. It's been a great partnership,” said Roy Conli, Academy Award®-winning producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios.

    “In KINGDOM HEARTS III, we are excited that players will have a chance to explore an entirely new adventure set in the world of Frozen,” said Peter Del Vecho, Academy Award®-winning producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios. “It has been such a pleasure to work alongside their creative team to painstakingly recreate the look and feel of our world and watch them bring our beloved Frozen characters to life.”


    In addition to the Frozen announcement trailer, Square Enix released an additional gameplay video, showcasing new footage from the previously released Toy Story, Hercules and Tangled areas: https://youtu.be/GWlKEM3m2EE.

    KINGDOM HEARTS III will be available for digital pre-order on Microsoft Store and PlayStation®Store. SQUARE ENIX also revealed the special editions including:

    • Deluxe Edition - $79.99
    • Exclusive steelbook packaging
    • Mini art book with concept artwork by Tetsuya Nomura
    • Collectible KINGDOM HEARTS III pin

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    • Deluxe Edition + Bring Arts Figures - The KINGDOM HEARTS III Deluxe Edition and Bring Arts Sora, Donald, and Goofy Set bundled separately will be available in limited quantities for $229.99. Fans can now preorder the Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system versions exclusively from the SQUARE ENIX Online Store.

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    [UPDATE] June 11: The Square Enix Products Facebook has unveiled new images for the Bring Arts Figures.

    Bring Arts promo 1 Bring Arts promo 2 FREE ITEM117 FREE ITEM118 FREE ITEM119 FREE ITEM120 bring 1 bring 2 bring 3


    What do you think of those two deluxe editions? Will you buy one of them? Let us know in the comments below!

    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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 and Square Enix E3 Showcase trailer!

    Be sure to follow our continuing coverage on the E3 2018 and our live updates on Twitter!

  5. Nomura talks about a Frozen mini-game, Port Royal, Scrooge's restaurant in Twilight Town, world order, Aqua's transformation, Riku Replica, and more with Dengeki PlayStation

    In last week's issue of Dengeki PlayStation, a Kingdom Hearts III feature included an exclusive interview with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura. We previously published a summary of the key points as posted by the blog Hokanko(Alt); please note that the translations from the source material is slightly different from what was reported from the blog.

    You can view the scans below.

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    You can read the full interview below, with translations provided by KH13 News Staff NihonScribe and Mio-chan, and Keytotruth and Katie Armstrong.

    [UPDATE Jul 3, 2018] We have slightly revised our translations thanks to SQEX☆GAL and Keytotruth; we have written the previous translations in blue, and the revised translations in red for your benefit.

    Director’s voice
    Mr. Tetsuya Nomura

    People’s expectations have been increased by the reveal of a long-term release date and two new worlds [KHIII]! We will ask Director Tetsuya Nomura about the highlighted informations in details.


    —Two worlds and a long-term release date have been revealed in the new trailer! First, please tell us more about the first appearance of Frozen in the series.

    Nomura: I planned to put Frozen in the game quite early in the development. It is a such a wonderful movie, I had the opportunity to go to its premiere. It was thE moment when I was thinking of which worlds to add so I decided to put it in the game. I knew that a lot of people asked for this world.

    —What kind of scenario will occur?

    Nomura: The time axis follows the main part of the movie. While Elsa and Anna’s story is in motion, there is a feeling that Sora’s story progresses too. In Frozen’s world, there is a scene where Goofy slides on a shield like a sled, that’s one of the important highlights. It’s a part of the main story, but will also be a mini-game.

    —In the trailer we saw Sora attacking with ice skates-like weapon, what is it?

    Nomura: That’s a Keyblade transformation, you obtain them in the Frozen world.

    —In the frozen world, will characters like Elsa and Olaf join the party?

    Nomura: Unfortunately Elsa will not join you. Instead, there are scenes where Marshmallow (the ice monster) will lend its strength.

    —Following this, about Pirates of the Caribbean, the impact that the graphics had was mind-blowing!

    Nomura: Speaking of desire, I wanted to make a breakthrough in term of graphics. In this world Sora, his friends and even Luxord are made of realistic graphics according to their surroundings.

    —The pirate appearance on Sora gives him a fresh look.

    Nomura: That was something that I really wanted to do. I always thought of putting pirate clothes on Sora if I ever made a sequel of the Pirates of the Caribean world.

    —Why did you decided to put Pirates of Caribbean in KH2 in the first place?


    Nomura: It’s just because I wanted to have one live action film in the game. While looking into which world would be best, I looked through the documents the staff made with suggestions. Many of them had controls for a pirate ship from Pirates of the Caribbean and I felt that that would be wonderful to have. With the ship you can have battles on the sea and mid-air, so in that one world you have battles in all types of terrains: sea, land and air. Of course the city of Port Royal is in there as well.

    —The world is based on the third movie, At World’s End, right?

    Nomura: Exactly. As most people who have seen the movie, they know that the third one is actually a sequel to the second one. In KHII, we used the first movie as a base for the world, and the logical step would have been to use the second one for KHIII, but I didn’t want to end the world with the story halfway done, so we decided it would be best to base it on the third movie. However, we wrote the script so you will still get what happens during the second movie.

    —Having battles on top of the ships and using them to attack really made it feel like you have
    a lot of ways to play in this world.


    Nomura: As I previously stated, all the elements such as the land, sea, and sky were included, so the amount of gimmicks in the world is quite large. The Pirates of the Caribbean world was made relatively freely, so there are plenty of elements to play around. Also, the Keyblade of this world transforms into a spear and a flag.

    —In this footage, are we given a gist of the Disney worlds that have been announced?

    Nomura: The only world we still have to show from our announcements is Big Hero 6. Our timeline has it set to announced in the next video I think.

    —In terms of Disney works, other elements shown for the first time were Wreck-It Ralph, and Remy’s Delicious Restaurant (Note: They mean Ratatouille).

    Nomura: Wreck-It Ralph is a type of Link command within battle that was revealed the other day I think. “Remy’s Delicious Restaurant” was revealed for the first time in this video and is a mini-game. In Twilight Town there is a new restaurant that Scrooge opens, where Sora cooks with Remy with the ingredients he gathers from various worlds for recipes.

    —In May you held an event overseas that allowed people to play this. How were their reactions?

    Nomura: I invited people from the media and influencers who report information, but the enthusiasm for KHIII was amazing. Because I was able to go for a couple of hours at that event, those who participated were playing the two modes I edited carefully.

    —In this demo we were able to play in the worlds of Hercules and Toy Story, but why
    did you choose these two?

    Nomura: That was a request from the Osaka team. Because those two worlds could be played in a state of quality that was the closest to that of the finished product.

    —Was there feedback that added to elements being put into the finished product?

    Nomura: There are a couple of things, but for example, the camera surroundings were adjusted further. KHIII has too much mobility for the character, which makes it hard for the camera to catch up with the movement, but this is an important point so I will keep checking on this until the last minute.

    —Actually I got a chance to play the game, and not only was I surprised by the gameplay content, but also the quality of the graphics. Certainly, when watching the event scenes of the world of Toy Story, one can mistake them for the Disney/Pixar movie itself.

    Nomura: I'm happy to hear you say this. This time it was difficult because we didn’t use any of our past work - it was all built from scratch. Not just with Toy Story, but also all of the worlds that have been announced were worked on to implement quality graphics, so please look forward to it.

    —Were the contents packed into the Toy Story world within this demo roughly what we
    can expect in the release version?

    Nomura: That's right. I think that there are a variety of battle systems, but it was designed to be experienced by a single person.

    —By the way, is the difficulty level of this demo akin to standard mode in the final version?

    Nomura: Since I wanted to test the gameplay from the other day as much as possible before moving ahead, I set the difficulty level at a place that was less challenging compared to standard mode in order to effectively defeat enemies. It is easier to compared to the standard mode, but it is not to be confused with beginner mode. Though I wanted to test various attacks consecutively in the trial, the enemy would be defeated in an instant, but in the standard mode of the released version, during that time I've been discussing increasing the placement of enemies.

    —Though aspects of character's development have not been revealed in detail yet, basically up to now one raises the level of the character and becomes stronger by remembering abilities; up to now this structure has remained the same, yes?

    Nomura: That is in the same vein as KHI and KHII. The process of mastering and strengthening magic also follows in the same footsteps of the numbered titles.

    —In the new trailer, we were also able to check out the Gummi Ship scenes, which seems
    to be quite enjoyable.

    Nomura: About the Gummi Ships, we’ve got the creator of Einhänder (a side-scrolling shooter released in 1997) making it, and I liked it, so I myself am looking forward to seeing it completed. There are battle modes and free movement modes, I call it “Open World Gummi Ship”. As there’s always been, there’s the ability to customize your Gummi Ship, please wait for more information.

    —In KH3, it seems we come and go from worlds with the Gummi Ship, have you decided on the order for the worlds to be visited?

    (First translation)
    Nomura: This is also the same as before; the order of the worlds is determined to some extent by the difficulty level and stage* of the game. There was basically no ‘numbering’ to the worlds** you need to visit this time. Up to now, the worlds are prepared with so-called ‘degrees of freedom’, but since most of the players go to all the worlds, it doesn’t mean much.

    (Note:
    *
    In the first sentence, the term he used was closer to ‘the order is determined somewhat by the stage’, which is kind of ambiguous in English, but the Japanese implies progressing difficulty. I’ve tried to clarify, since he says it’s similar to past mainline numbered games.
    **The term 'numbering' could also be referring to the fact that KH3 is a numbered title.
    )

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    Nomura: Just as it’s been up until now, the order of worlds you can access is determined to some degree in stages*. This time there virtually isn’t any world that you can skip**. In previous titles, we prepared the worlds to allow the player a certain degree of freedom to do as they please, but nearly everyone goes to all the worlds anyways, so it’s sort of pointless.

    (Notes:
    *If you think in terms of how the worlds worked in previous games, I think you can make the sense of it like this: You start, you have a few worlds, you beat them and then a few more become available, so in that sense the worlds unfold in stages.
    **
    For eg. if Tarzan and Alice in Wonderland worlds are both available to you, but you should go to Tarzan first to make sense storyline wise, then Tarzan would be #1 and Alice would be #2. Nomura is saying there isn't any of that kind of numbering in KH3.)
    —How do you feel about online elements?

    Nomura: There’s nothing right now, but I’m considering some things. There are some plans.

    —For the fans it will be a long wait before its release; is there any plan of revealing things like the demo we saw at the E3?

    Nomura: I have been asked this quite often, but releasing a trial version, that would be quite another story. Compared to the demo that you can play in a limited place, if we release a trial version widely to players, it will require a specific process and cost. So when you ask "Can you release a demo in events but not a trial version to players?", we unfortunately cannot afford to hand over a trial version.

    —This time in the trailer, Larxene and Marluxia make their appearance once again. Are they members of the True Organization XIII?

    Nomura: Well, putting all together the information that you already know, couldn’t you say that the members of the True Organization have come a long way too? So far, they have been introduced in a Disney world, and the main part of the story is still in a state in which only pieces are shown. I am planning to reveal information little by little in future announcements.

    —There is a scene in which Aqua seemed to have fallen into darkness, what can you say
    about it?

    Nomura: Aqua did her best so far in the Realm of Darkness, but a certain event occurred...

    —It appears that characters like Kairi, Lea, and Riku Replica are here too.

    Nomura: This is the first appearance of Kairi in KHIII. Her hair is shorter, and she got new clothes too. The place where Kairi and Lea are training is not accessible to the player. Regarding the person who seems to be Riku Replica, I hope that he will be expected in future developments, including the moment when Riku says "the other me."

    —If you are also playing Kingdom Hearts Union Cross, you will be very concerned by
    Marluxia’s presence, right?

    Nomura: I think you will understand if you play both games.

    —It seems that it will be the culmination of the series, given the large number of characters
    appearing.


    Nomura: Since “everyone's story gets settled” is one of the theses of KHIII, the number of characters who appear is enormous.

    —I think that Utada Hikaru’s new theme song is also an important point.

    Nomura: This time around, Utada-san’s productivity combined with her songwriting progress, and she was able to produce the song very early. She may have received the energy of KH fans from around the world. (Note: The term for ‘energy’ was literally ‘calories, heat’. However. ‘taking heat’ is a negative phrase in English, so I changed it to ‘energy’ to better communicate his intention.)

    —Nomura-san, were there any orders/requests from you about the song?

    Nomura: I sent something briefly explaining the series so far and the contents of KHIII and left it up to her after that.

    —Combined with the release of KHIII, there will be a special PS4 Pro All-In-One package that will be released.

    Nomura: The PS4 Pro has been in production for a while now, and we had to go over it over and over again to get the right color. When you actually pick it up, it’s got a special leather-like process. The controller also has a shiny finish, there’s a design on the touchpad part, and the buttons are monochrome. There’s not much so far, but I think it has a type. (Note: I might say ‘it has a style’ but he literally said ‘type’.)

    —Please give a message to everyone looking forward to KH3.


    Nomura: Sorry to keep you waiting a bit for the schedule, but the release date has been decided. Please keep playing past games and projects like the “KH Union Cross” app to prepare until we reached the release date. As a matter of fact, we are heading towards the possibility of reaching past full capacity, and due to this we are also thinking about online components, so we are planning for future online connections.

    —And lastly, how is progress on the FFVII Remake?

    Nomura: Though there has been suspense and misinformation concerning this, development on this is progressing smoothly and there's a lot of increasing depth. It is not that we are hiding information on the state of FFVII Remake; it is that our company is prioritizing the release of our title series KHIII. We are looking into the timing of our next information disclosure, so please wait a little more.


    Let us know your views and thoughts on this interview in the comments!

  6. Nomura comments on combat strategies, Keyblade transformations, and new Link Commands in Famitsu's latest issue

    The latest Famitsu issue that released on June 21, 2018 featured an interview with the director and creator of the Kingdom Hearts saga, Tetsuya Nomura. Nomura also talked about additions to the combat system as well as his thought process behind various Keyblade transformations and character links! This portion of the interview is now fully translated thanks to our member NihonScribe and @Keytotruth, which you can check out below:

    Golden Text Block: Lea, who has a strong connection with Roxas, starts training how to use the Keyblade with Kairi. Does he think of passing peaceful days with his best friend at the clock tower as he views the sunset?

    Nomura: I think it's becoming pretty fun even just running around. In battle, depending on the actions Sora takes, something called Situational Commands will appear on the left side of the screen. But they don't just stay there, they all have a time limit and they pile up, so it's up to the player to choose at what timing and what order to use them in to create a strategy. This is a system that I really wanted to implement this time.

    ——There are around 5 commands one can use, however, there is a time limit in which case if you don’t use it or unable to use it, it creates a dangerous situation.
    Nomura: Of course, with the fast button prompts, you can quickly use it. Once one gets used to the different accessible skills, you can choose thinking, “from here let’s use this skill,” which is good. Even if you're bad at doing the actions, you will be fine whether you choose to use the skill or not.


    ——So there's no need to think of the hard way to do it. Among the situation commands there are amusement park-like things you can ride through “Attraction Flow” that are gorgeous, and with the mini-games also implemented there are a lot of fun things to explore.
    Nomura: Attraction flow changes depending on the place, and with abilities like “Firaga,” becoming “Firera,” you become more efficient and various situation commands become more available.


    ——Players are now able to carry three keyblades, moreover they can retain their transformations. Was this done also with the thought of choice in mind?
    Nomura: Yes. Besides just making a new personal system for the keyblade, we wanted people to enjoy playing even when they didn't want to use a keyblade while giving accomplished players more ways to stand up to the challenge and increase their effectiveness. We prepared for various options when backed into a tight situation weighed with the management of the different forms.


    ——With the strength of transformations such as the hammer and yo-yo forms, there is a definite impact if these forms don't stick.
    Nomura: I'm glad you feel like this. With each form, players can definitely enjoy doing different actions. Incidentally, there are a few that don't have a transformation and utilize a special power. For example, Sora’s “Kingdom Key,” which allows him to use abilities he learned in past installments.


    ——There are also Links such as the new reveal of Ralph from “Wreck it Ralph” that have been showcased.
    Nomura: The Link was originally going to be different, and our name for the ability kept changing as the forms changed. We chose “Link” for when the player form changes with the powers borrowed from a Disney character. Though it was puzzling thinking of links along with Ralph, the point is that [KHIII]’s links reveal Disney characters and new skills that one doesn't just play but can also watch.


    ——Is this the same case for the other link revealed, Meow Wow?
    Nomura: Yes. You fight as you watch Sora travel with him, bouncing throughout the frame. Something similar to that (laughs). Really, we wanted to try a “summon” with KH3D’s [Dream Drop Distance] (also known as KH3D) dream eaters of all types, with all the names in the system, Meow Wow remained.


    ——Utilizing all the types of Dream Eaters?
    Nomura: Yes. I intended to add a lot, but when the staff saw all the things I wanted to include, they said it was “impossible.” With that, I tried to see if I could fill up the Meow Wow link with as many dream eaters as I could.

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    Along with Sora's growth, his hair has been becoming more spiky. "When he was a child his hair was facing more downwards and although in KHI and KHII it became more spiky, this time, the spikiness goes more towards the back of the head. It's kinda like it's going more towards the sides. (laughs)" stated Nomura. Is Sora’s hair also evolving alongside his abilities?

    What do you think of the new gameplay mechanics and strategy involved in Kingdom Hearts III's combat? Let us know in the comments below!

    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!

  7. "Chikai" sheet music available for pre-order for ¥648 on Amazon Japan, releasing July 31, 2018

    The sheet music for Utada Hikaru's "Chikai", the theme song for Kingdom Hearts III, is now available for pre-order at Amazon Japan! The sheet music for the piano solo and piano-vocal scores can be pre-ordered for 648 yen, and will be released on July 31, 2018. Amazon Japan also offers delivery to some locations outside of Japan, including the United Kingdom and the United States.

    The full version of Chikai was released with Utada Hikaru's 7th studio album, Hatsukoi. The English version, "Don't Think Twice", has been featured in various trailers for Kingdom Hearts III but hasn't been released in full yet.

    Are you looking forward to get your hands on the sheet music or listen to someone play it? Let us know in the comments!

  8. Dengeki PlayStation to feature Kingdom Hearts III: Nomura comments on Big Hero 6 world and Gummi Ship customization to be shown and talked about next, online element in the works, and more

    The blog Hokanko(Alt) has published a summary of the interview that Dengeki PlayStation has had with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura. This interview is to be published on the next issue of the magazine, which will release on June 28 (JST).

    Below is the full summary as peovided by the blog. Translations are thanks to @Keytotruth.

    • Frozen was planned to be a world pretty early in development.
    • It follows the movie pretty closely, and Sora's story proceeds as Elsa's and Anna's move on.
    • The Keyblade from the world of Frozen transforms you so you have shoes for skating.
    • Elsa and everyone else don't join your team, but Marshmallow will offer your his help.
    • For Pirates of the Caribbean, Nomura wanted to experiment with different graphics.
    • Sora in a pirate suit is something Nomura really wanted to do.
    • This world made it in because he wanted at least one live action film to be in the game.
    • While the story does take place during the third movie, there are also elements from the second one.
    • There are a lot of gimmicks since you can move through land, sea and air. The Keyblade becomes a lance and a flag.
    • Nomura thinks they'll be able to show the world of Big Hero 6 next time.
    • Sugar Rush will be a Link Command as they announced. Also, there's the minigame called "Remy's Delicious Restaurant".
    • The reason why they showed the worlds of Hercules and Toy Story in the media/E3 demo was because they are the ones closest to completion.
    • Some impressions that theythey rece about the trial were about the camera. They are going to work on that until the last day.
    • This time [for this game], making everything from scratch was really tough.
    • The difficulty for the demodwas slightly easier than "Standard mode", but a little bit harder than "Beginner mode".
    • The powering up of each character is something similar to how they powered up from KH1 to KH2.
    • The director and staff from Einhänder are the ones working on the Gummi Ship portion. Nomura really liked their work, so he's looking forward to the finished product.
    • There is a Combat specialized mode and an exploration mode. You could say it's an open world Gummi Ship.
    • They will talk about Gummi Ship customization the next time.
    • The order you visit worlds in is decided up to a certain degree.
    • This time, there is no such thing as skippable worlds. This is because most people didn't see all of them in the previous games.
    • Right now there are no online capabilities, but they're thinking of adding something.
    • At this moment they're not looking into making any demo.
    • Information related to the New Organization XIII will be revealed as we move towards the release.
    • After some incident Aqua... (Note: This part is ambiguous, but it might mean that we see Aqua as she is in the trailers after a certain incident.)
    • If you play both KHIII and Union Cross, Nomura thinks you'll end up understanding Marluxia.
    • Since this will be the time for "everyone to settle things up", many characters from the series will make appearance.
    • They got the new song from Utada Hikaru really early on.
    • After giving her an explanation about the series and its contents, she made the song herself.
    • The special edition PS4 Pro was decided very early on. In order to find the ideal color, it was redone many times.
    • It will be covered with leather.
    • The controller will also be a new type with flashing lights on top of the touchpad with a custom design.
    • Nomura would like you to play the previous KH games and KHUx as you wait.
    • There's also the problem where we might be running out of space, so Nomura would like you to get connected to the internet in case they distribute online content.
    • KHIII's release is being prioritised over the promotion of FFVII Remake.
    Stay up to date with KH13.com as we will be covering Dengeki PlayStation’s Kingdom Hearts III feature tomorrow!

    UPDATE [Jun 27, 2018]: Dengeki PlayStation Vol. 665 has released and includes an 8-pages Kingdom Hearts III feature! You can take a look at the scans below.

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    UPDATE [Jul 2, 2018]: Full translation of the Nomura interview is now available here! Please note that the original translations might differ from the ones above that have been reported by Hokanko(Alt).


    We will be translating the full interview with Nomura found in this issue, so keep an eye on our website and follow us on Twitter for updates!

  9. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018

    Welcome to our live coverage for E3 2018! The conferences will be held during the business days and will be open to the public from June 12th to the 14th.

    Square Enix will host their showcase on Monday, June 11th at 10:00 AM PDT [1:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM GMT], and will be shown exclusively online on Square Enix's Youtube, Twitch, Mixer, Twitter, and Facebook. Also, our news team members Raxaimus and Toominator will be present at the event!

    This will be more likely the chance for a release date announcement and a whole lot of other stuff to come out, so don’t forget to keep following our Coverage Article here on KH13.com and on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr). Stay tuned!

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    Japan: January 25, 2019

    Worldwide: January 29, 2019



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    - Frozen confirmed as a world for Kingdom Hearts III

    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer at Microsoft’s E3 2018 Presentation featuring new worlds, characters, summons, and more

    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at the Square Enix E3 Showcase

    - Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition and Deluxe Edition + Bring Arts Figures have been announced

    - Promotional pictures including Sora, Donald, and Goofy's recent renders shown off on Microsoft, PlayStation, and Kingdom Hearts websites

    - Square Enix Presents 2018 Confirmed. Three Day Livestream To Have Kingdom Hearts Content

    - New Kingdom Hearts III Trailer at the Sony E3 Showcase 2018

    - Limited Kingdom Hearts III Playstation 4 Pro Revealed at Sony E3 Showcase

    - Kairi's Kingdom Hearts III Design Revealed

    - Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package digital bundle available for pre-order at the Japan and US PlayStation Store for $99.99

    - Kingdom Hearts III will be featured on Playstation Live at E3 2018 on Tuesday

    - Pirates of the Caribbean returning for Kingdom Hearts III

    - New Kingdom Hearts III renders revealed, including Sora, Donald, and Goofy in their pirate outfits

    - Game Informer interviews Nomura about DLC, Ratatouille, and big reveals

    - All-in-One Kingdom Hearts Bundle Announced at the Sony Press Conference 2018

    - Nomura says Kingdom Hearts III's delay was an attempt to release the game "as simultaneously as possible"

    - Gameplay of Big Hero 6 in Kingdom Hearts III is complete; cutscenes are not completed yet

    - No DLC planned after Kingdom Hearts III's release yet, but outfit customization could be considered; Microsoft not yet approached about Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 and 2.8 on Xbox One

    - Nomura says Kingdom Hearts doesn't need as much from Final Fantasy characters as it did before

    - Kingdom Hearts III might release with only Japanese and English dubs according to IGN France

    - Nomura talks vertical gameplay, Disney Attractions, and Roxas in Kingdom Hearts III

    - Kingdom Hearts III Now Available for Digital Pre-order on the PS4 and Xbox Store

    - Star Wars and Marvel characters unlikely to appear in Kingdom Hearts III as they are not Disney originals

    - Tetsuya Nomura's take on whether Kingdom Hearts III is the End of Sora's Story

    - Tetsuya Nomura is putting equal efforts in both Kingdom Hearts III and FFVII Remake

    - Nomura hints to Aqua's possible rescue and Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts III; talks about original worlds' playability and the new Princesses of Heart

    - Nomura confirms a recap video is going to be both released this month and in Kingdom Hearts III

    - Analysis: Kingdom Hearts III E3 2018 Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer

    - Nomura empathizes more with Xehanort than Sora and has difficulty keeping track of the many characters, but is confident that Kingdom Hearts III "is a good game"

    - Nomura talks about "Let It Go", the gameplay of Arendelle and The Caribbean, the new Princesses of Heart and Situation Commands in Kingdom Hearts III

    - Kingdom Hearts III demo is not planned for public release, but will be available at Tokyo Game Show 2018

    - Amazon Japan exclusive PS4 theme available for pre-order

    - Exclusive Fabric Poster pre-order bonus available at GameStop

    - Famitsu to feature Kingdom Hearts III: Nomura comments on secret movie, capacity storage, Final Mix, and more

    Updates

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    Pre-E3
    May 25th: Kingdom Hearts III Demo to be available at E3 2018!
    June 11th - 02:40 PM PDT: Josh Gad has confirmed he will be reprising his role as Olaf in Kingdom Hearts III!

    Sunday: Microsoft Conference
    June 10th - 2:30 PM PDT: Kingdom Hearts III Trailer released!
    June 10th - 2:35 PM PDT: Frozen has been confirmed as a world for Kingdom Hearts III!

    Sunday: Youtube Live at E3
    June 10th - 4:00 PM PDT: The section of Youtube Live at E3 featuring Kingdom Hearts III will be starting at 4:00 PM PDT!
    June 10th - 4:01 PM PDT: Senior Marketing Manager for Kingdom Hearts speaking with Geoff Keighley!
    June 10th - 4:03 PM PDT: There could... potentially... be more Kingdom Hearts III news at tomorrow's conference!
    June 10th - 4:05 PM PDT: Nomura is very methodical on how he wants to deliver the worlds announcements, he just knows a 6th senseon giving the audience what they want.
    June 10th - 4:07 PM PDT The English voice acting is incredible Geoff Keigley says. Brendan: Haley Joel Osment is continuing his journey with Sora.
    June 10th - 4:08 PM PDT Nomura is coming to E3! He will be "popping around"!
    June 10th - 4:10 PM PDT They discussed recent trailers, and the Toy Box and Olympus Coliseum demos that will be playable at the SE booth at E3!
    June 10th - 4:10 PM PDT This concludes Kingdom Hearts III at Youtube Live at E3. We will see you Monday for continued live coverage of Kingdom Hearts III during the Square Enix Press Conference starting at 10:00 AM PDT!

    Monday: Square Enix E3 Showcase 2018
    June 11th - 10:00 AM PDT: The Square Enix E3 Showcase 2018 just begun!
    June 11th - 10:02 AM PDT: The SE Showcase has begun with Matsuda introducing!
    June 11th - 10:25 AM PDT: Kingdom Hearts III has finally appeared!
    June 11th - 10:29 AM PDT: More gameplay footage and cutscenes have been released!
    June 11th - 10:31 AM PDT: Kairi, Axel, and the Twilight Gang appear in the Showcase Trailer!
    June 11th - 10:36 AM PDT: The Showcase Trailer has been uploaded to Youtube!
    June 11th - 10:53 AM PDT: The Showcase Trailer is a mash-up of the Orchestra and first E3 trailer
    June 11th - 11:19 AM PDT: Remy from Ratatouille appears in the Showcase Trailer!
    June 11th - 11:31 AM PDT: Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition and Deluxe Edition + Bring Arts Figures have been announced!
    June 11th - 12:08 PM PDT: Square Enix gets ready for IGN Live E3 2018
    June 11th - 12:10 PM PDT: Square Enix and IGN discuss KH3 on IGN Live E3 2018
    June 11th - 12:11 PM PDT: Square Enix trying to engage new fans via Xbox One release
    June 11th - 12:13 PM PDT: Sora is now more dynamic and agile due to experimentation from the handhelds!
    June 11th - 12:16 PM PDT: The Kingdom Hearts III segment of IGN Live E3 2018 has concluded!
    June 11th - 12:48 PM PDT: Ratatouille segment of the Showcase Trailer confirmed to be a mini-game
    June 11th - 1:00 PM PDT: Square Enix Store NA has opened pre-orders for keychains of Sora's and Riku's new Keyblades!
    June 11th - 1:12 PM PDT: New promotional pictures featuring Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Riku uploaded to Microsoft and Playstation websites!
    June 11th - 1:23 PM PDT: The Kingdom Hearts has uploaded the Showcase Trailer!
    June 11th - 1:25 PM PDT: Famitsu confirms Ratatouille mini-game!
    June 11th - 1:48 PM PDT: The Kingdom Hearts website has updated their header with new renders of Sora, Donald, and Goofy
    June 11th - 1:55 PM PDT: Roy Conli from Disney Animation praises the KH Team on their work!
    June 11th - 2:03 PM PDT: Peter Del Vecho (Frozen Producer) talks about Kingdom Hearts III
    June 11th - 3:02 PM PDT: Square Enix Presents schedule released. Kingdom Hearts to be talked about on Day 3
    June 11th - 3:19 PM PDT: Additional photos of the Bring Arts Figures in the Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition released!

    Monday: Sony Playstation Showcase 2018
    June 11 - 6:00 PM PDT: Sony Playstation Showcase has begun!
    June 11 - 6:57 PM PDT: Pirates of the Caribbean shown as a new world in KH3!
    June 11 - 7:00 PM PDT: Kingdom Hearts All-in-One Package Announced!
    June 11 - 7:01 PM PDT: A limited edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro announced!
    June 11 - 7:05 PM PDT: E3 2018 Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer uploaded onto Youtube!
    June 11 - 7:13 PM PDT: The Playstation E3 Showcase concluded!

    Tuesday: Nintendo Direct at E3 2018
    June 11 - 9:00 AM PDT: @Churroz found a Kingdom Hearts III banner at E3!
    June 11 - 9:00 AM PDT: Nintendo Direct at E3 2018 should be starting!

    Tuesday: E3 Show Floor Day 1
    June 11 - 9:11 AM PDT: KH13 Staff Raximus and Toominator entered the show floor!
    June 11 - 12:14 PM PDT: E3 Demo shows noticeable improvements over the Premier Event Demo
    June 11 - 12:18 PM PDT: The KH3 Demo area has an amazing theme!
    June 11 - 12:23 PM PDT: Attractions and Transformations appear less often in the E3 Demo!
    June 11 - 12:32 PM PDT: KH13 Staff Raximus and Toominator tweet about KH3's presence in E3!
    June 11 - 12:33 PM PDT: Young Xehanort comparisons from D23 2017 to E3 2018!

    Tuesday: PlayStation Live at E3 2018
    June 11 - 2:15 PM PDT: The Kingdom Hearts III feature at PlayStation Live should be starting!
    June 11 - 2:19 PM PDT: The KH3 Developer Interview at PlayStation Live has started!
    June 11 - 2:20 PM PDT: KH3's title is considered the epilogue of the Dark Seeker Saga!
    June 11 - 2:21 PM PDT: Olympus gameplay is being shown!
    June 11 - 2:22 PM PDT: The All-in-One Package is being talked, as well as its pre-order bonuses!
    June 11 - 2:23 PM PDT: The new worlds are being discussed!
    June 11 - 2:25 PM PDT: Attractions and how to use them in KH3 are discussed!
    June 11 - 2:25 PM PDT: Press left and right to switch between three Keyblades!
    June 11 - 2:27 PM PDT: Donald and Goofy's AI has been improved!
    June 11 - 2:27 PM PDT: A quote on how Toybox looks the Toy Story movies!
    June 11 - 2:29 PM PDT: The passionate Kingdom Hearts fanbase is acknowledged!
    June 11 - 2:29 PM PDT: The KH3 booth at E3 has a photo op with a real Kingdom Key!
    June 11 - 2:30 PM PDT: The KH3 section of Playstation Live has ended!

    Tuesday: E3 Show Floor Day 1 (Cont.)
    June 13 - 2:36 PM PDT: KH3 has already won Momocon E3 Choice 2018 Game Award, and nominated by IGN for Best of E3 and is also a candidate for Unreal E3 Awards 2018!
    June 13 - 2:56 PM PDT: Takeo Kujiraoka (Dissidia Final Fantasy director) and Ichirou Hazama (producer) have stated: “KH3 is terrific!"
    June 13 - 8:17 PM PDT: GameInformer interviewed Nomura about potential DLC in KH3
    June 13: More features are coming to gummi ships in Kingdom Hearts III!

    Thursday: E3 Show Floor Day 2
    June 14: The Kingdom Hearts III Live Demo has begun!
    June 14: Right now, they are replaying the Frozen Trailer shown at Xbox's Press Conference
    June 14: Strawberry17 is one of the guests on stage
    June 14: They are talking about the release date, which was announced during the KHO and the Xbox conference.
    June 14: Right now they are talking about how the Kingdom Hearts team read and watch the reactions from the fans.
    June 14: The Kingdom Hearts III Premium Demo is being shown now. They are showing off the Tox Box. Cutscenes are also being shown.
    June 14: The opening scene of the Toy Box is now being shown.
    June 14: Rex is obviously the fanboy of the group.
    June 14: The demo is continuing outside of Andy's house.
    June 14: Young Xehanort has appeared in Galaxy Toys.
    June 14: They are now showing off the Gigas battle with instructions.
    June 14: The Olympus section is now being shown.
    June 14: Meow Wow summon is now being shown.
    June 14: "Look out!" Big Magic Mountain Attraction Flow being shown now.
    June 14: Some of the questions that were being asked in the Twitch comments were informations about the PS4 Pro Limited Edition and a public edition. Sadly, none could be answered at this time.
    June 14: When asked about a soundtrack: "It's a secret."
    June 14: The Kingdom Hearts III Live Demo has ended.

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  10. Keychains of Sora's new Keyblade "Shooting Star" and Riku's new Keyblade "Braveheart" now available for pre-order for $17.99 at the Square Enix Store NA; releasing January 2019

    Square Enix Store North America has opened pre-orders for Sora's new "Shooting Star" Keyblade and Riku's new "Braveheart" Keyblade keychains. Both keychains are available for $17.99 and are slated to release in January 2019. An exact day has not been specified. No word on a European release as of this writing.

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    Are you interested in the keychains? What other KH3 merchandise are you excited for or want? Let us know in the comments below!

    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!

    Follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018, and keep an eye on our Twitter for live updates!

  11. Limited Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 Pro Revealed at Sony E3 Showcase

    At the live Sony E3 showcase, a limited Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 Pro was revealed! It will come as a bundle including a copy of the game.
    Pre-orders are open for 58,082 yen fans for Japan via a lottery system. It will release in Japan on January 25, 2019.

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    The product bundle will include:

    • PlayStation® 4 Pro (HDD 1 TB) × 1 * Original design
    • Wireless controller (DUALSHOCK® 4) × 1 * Original design
    • Software for PS4® "Kingdom Hearts III" Blu-ray Disc ™ version × 1
    • LIMITED EDITION Theme for original PS 4® * 4 * 5 × 1
    • Additional content usable in the game Weapons (Keyblade) ※ 3 ※ 4 ※ 5 × 1
    • PlayStation®Plus 1 month free trial product code ※ 5 ※ 6 × 1
    • Mono headset × 1
    • Power cord × 1
    • HDMI® cable × 1
    • USB cable × 1
    • Manual


    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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 the Pirates of the Caribbean trailer!

    Check out our coverage for Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 and keep an eye on our Twitter for our live updates!

  12. Kairi's Kingdom Hearts III Design Revealed

    With the release of the latest Kingdom Hearts III trailer on Sony's Playstation E3 showcase, Kairi's Kingdom Hearts III design has been officially revealed!

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    The official Kingdom Hearts III website has provided a render of Kairi's design:

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    The release of avatar boards based on Kairi and Sora's Kingdom Hearts III designs offers another look at Kairi's new design:

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    In both the International and Japanese versions of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross], players can obtain these boards for 2500 Jewels each until June 22nd at 23:59 PT for the international version and June 25th at 23:59 JST for the Japanese version.

    Further details of today's update for the international version of Union χ[cross] can be viewed here.

    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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 the Pirates of the Caribbean trailer!

    Check out our coverage for Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 and keep an eye on our Twitter for our live updates!

  13. Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package digital bundle available for pre-order at the Japan and US PlayStation Store for $99.99

    A Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package is now available to pre-order for $99.99 at the US PlayStation Store! The digital bundle will include all the PlayStation 4 rleases for Kingdom Hearts with a Kingdom Hearts III theme and Keyblade; it will release on January 29, 2019.

    UPDATE [Jun 11, 2018]: This bundle is also available to pre-order at the Japan PlayStation Store for 16,848 yen, releasing January 25, 2019.

    A full description follows:

    Digital Pre-order Details:
    Pre-order and receive a bonus after checking out:

    • KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUE
    • KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 +2.5 REMIX
    • KINGDOM HEARTS III IMPOSSIBLE ODDS DYNAMIC THEME
    Pre-order now to secure KINGDOM HEARTS III, KINGDOM HEARTS III Impossible Odds Theme (exclusive) and PS4™ Custom Keyblade! Your journey starts now with instant access to KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

    Play on 01/29/2019 12am Eastern Time

    CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE EXCEPT WHERE REQUIRED BY LAW.

    In an effort to stop another Keyblade war, Sora, Donald and Goofy set off on a new journey to fend off the encroaching darkness.

    The story of KINGDOM HEARTS unfolds across many Disney worlds, featuring many famous Disney characters. In the final instalment in the Xehanort saga, KINGDOM HEARTS III, all-new awe-inspiring Pixar worlds are added into the mix.




    KINGDOM HEARTS All-in-One Package includes:

    • KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX (Instant Access)
    • KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Instant Access)
    • KINGDOM HEARTS III
    • KINGDOM HEARTS III Impossible Odds Theme (exclusive)
    • PS4™ Custom Keyblade for KINGDOM HEARTS III




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    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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 the Pirates of the Caribbean trailer!

    Check out our coverage for Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 and keep an eye on our Twitter for our live updates!

  14. Kingdom Hearts III will be featured on Playstation Live at E3 2018 on Tuesday

    PlayStation has revealed their lineup for PlayStation Live at E3 2018. Kingdom Hearts III will be featured on Tuesday, June 12th at 2:15 PM PDT. You can watch it on live.playstation.com.

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    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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 the Pirates of the Caribbean trailer!

    Check out our coverage for Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 and keep an eye on our Twitter for our live updates!

    • Jul 02 2018 05:21 PM
    • by Leamax
  15. Pirates of the Caribbean as a returning world in Kingdom Hearts III, showcased in new trailer during Sony PlayStation's E3 2018 Showcase

    In the latest Kingdom Hearts III trailer from the Sony Playstation Showcase, it was revealed Pirates of the Caribbean will be making a return to the series.

    The trailer revealed Sora, Donald, and Goofy's new pirate outfits along with Sora's new Keyblade. Also in the trailer was many of the characters from the films including Captain Jack Sparrow, William Turner, Elizabeth Swann, and more. A returning Organization XIII members return to this world, Luxord, asking for the box that Luxu was dragging in Kingdom Hearts x Back Cover. Some gameplay was shown including deep sea diving and ship battles.

    Check out the trailer below!


    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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 and Square Enix E3 Showcase trailer!

    What do you think of Pirates of the Caribbean returning for Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below!

    Check out our coverage for Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 and keep an eye on our Twitter for our live updates!

    • Jul 02 2018 05:16 PM
    • by Leamax
  16. New Kingdom Hearts III renders revealed, including Sora, Donald, and Goofy in their pirate outfits

    New Kingdom Hearts III renders have been released through the Square Enix Press website following the Pirates of the Caribbean trailer's release.

    Renders for new Disney characters like Elsa, Anna, Captain Jack Sparrow, were included. These new renders also give us a look at Sora, Donald and Goofy in all of their new pirate outfits. The high quality renders give us a much better look at the characters and how detailed they will be.

    You can view all of the new renders in the gallery below.

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    What do you think of these new renders? Let us know in the comments!
    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!
    Follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 here, and our live updates on our Twitter!

  17. Game Informer interviews Nomura about DLC, Ratatouille, big reveals, and more

    In a recent interview with Game Informer's Kimberly Wallace, Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura discusses the idea for DLC along with Ratatouille and the recent Aqua reveal.

    You can read snippets from the interview below.

    When asked about Final Fantasy character appeaing in Kingdom Hearts III trailers
    Nomura: “I can’t really talk about any of the characters that have not been announced or shown yet, but just looking at Kingdom Hearts 1 compared to when that was released, there’s so many different titles with Final Fantasy characters or where all of these characters come together. I don’t feel that much of necessity of bringing these characters together like I did before. However, if you could look forward to information in the future, that would be great.”

    When asked about his reaction to Aqua's reveal
    Nomura: “We had that scene with Aqua in that announcement of Frozen, and I was actually just surprised that there was the same or more buzz surrounding Aqua because Frozen was supposed to be the big reveal. I was just surprised when people were surprised she had fallen to the darkness. I, of course, know the entirety of the storyline, so in fact, there are more surprises and some even bigger than that. I just wonder if everyone will be okay.”

    When asked about the Gummi ship levels
    Nomura: "We will have new features with the Gummi Ship, we just haven’t disclosed yet. What you saw yesterday, we just wanted to confirmed it exists."

    When asked about playing as a second character
    Nomura: "There will be some times in the game where you’re able to control characters other than Sora, but I just won’t say which character at this moment."


    Nomura gave some clarification about Ratatouille, stating that it's a "mini-game". The object is to find ingredients hidden throughout the game and bring them back to Remy to make a full-cooked meal. If the player succeeds, they will receive a temporary status upgrade; otherwise, nothing happens.

    He added that there will be a lot of mini-games in Kingdom Hearts III.

    Nomura also discussed the possibility for DLC for Kingdom Hearts III.

    “I do want to look into potentially releasing DLC after [launch], but nothing have been solidified or decided on what we want to do or what we will do. I don’t think I’ll ever really release a season pass of sorts either, because I’m not fond of that model.
    I want people to continue to enjoy playing Kingdom Hearts III after release. I actually also think that not many bigger titles nowadays release and just leave it at that. don’t want to follow along with them, but I want to create something that the fans will enjoy even after release.

    [In regards to DLC after KHIII's release] I have no idea what it would be or might be. Nothing has been decided."


    Nomura was also asked about the remaining worlds that yet to be announced in Kingdom Hearts III.

    He gave reassurance that Big Hero 6 is still coming, even though no gameplay footage has been shown yet.

    He also confirmed that some original worlds from previous games will return along with new ones.

    "We don’t have many left [to announce], but we do have some [worlds] left, including our original worlds."


    He also talked about the Pirates of the Caribbean world return to Kingdom Hearts III, and mentioned the interesting gameplay elements it will bringing forward to the players, such as ship battles and underwater excursions.

    “For Kingdom Hearts III, I wanted to do at least one live-action movie. That’s because this is our first full-volume title on the current generation console, so I wanted to test our limits in how real we can make it.”


    What do you think of this interview? What DLCs do you want for Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below!

    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!
    Follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 here, and our live updates on our Twitter!

    • Jul 02 2018 05:13 PM
    • by Leamax
  18. All-in-One Kingdom Hearts Bundle Announced at the Sony Press Conference 2018

    Kingdom Hearts All-in-One Bundle was announced at the 2018 E3 Sony Press Conference. The bundle will include:

    • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
    • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
    • Kingdom Hearts III (available Jan. 29, 2019)
    The bundle is a PS4 exclusive and available now for pre-order for 99.99 USD. If pre-ordered now, 1.5 + 2.5, and 2.8 will be available instantly. The pre-order will include the Kingdom Hearts III Impossible Odds Theme and a custom PS4 DLC Keyblade for Kingdom Hearts III.

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    Japan is also receiving a physical version of the bundle that includes pre-order bonuses that depend on which retailer they are bought from.
    • Seven Net Shopping: Exclusive Keyblade Kingdom Hearts III Rubber Strap Sora
    • Amazon Japan: A Original PS4 Theme
    • Square Enix e-STORE: Original Steelbook Case

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    Are you pre-ordering the bundle? Let us know in the comments below!
    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!

    Check out our coverage for Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 and keep an eye on our Twitter for our live updates!

  19. Nomura says Kingdom Hearts III's delay was an attempt to release the game "as simultaneously as possible"

    In an interview with IGN, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura explained that the decision behind delaying Kingdom Hearts III's release to 2019 had to do with an attempt to shorten the gap between the Japanese and Western releases while being mindful of its marketing.

    "The timing of release that we were actually looking at, we were told by many people, including hardware manufacturers, marketing teams, sales teams that it just wasn't a good timing in the year."


    Nomura explained that they had to consider holiday lengths and how stores behaved in different regions.

    "...For Kingdom Hearts 3, the [Square Enix] western offices had requested to release the game as simultaneously as much as possible between Japan and America, so we were no longer able to just think about Japanese issues and retail situations."


    Nevertheless, Nomura and the team still attempted to avoid a delay, but found out they were just not in the position to.

    "We of course considered maybe speeding up development to release earlier than when we were told wasn't good, but the development team said that 'No, we just couldn't do that. We could delay it, but we couldn't make it any sooner.'"


    Despite the delay, Nomura pointed to the advantage of having a little more time to refine the game before its release.

    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!

    Follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018, and our live updates on Twitter!

  20. Gameplay of Big Hero 6 in Kingdom Hearts III is complete; cutscenes are not completed yet

    When speaking to IGN about Kingdom Hearts III's delay, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura also spoke about the world of Big Hero 6 and why Square Enix have not yet released any footage of San Fransokyo.

    "...We pretty much have finished creating all the gameplay within that world, but we're just not finished with the cutscenes yet."


    Kingdom Hearts III will release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25, 2019 in Japan, and January 29, 2019 to the rest of the world.

    Are you expecting future footage of Big Hero 6 in Kingdom Hearts III before the game's release, or would you rather have more world announcements? Let us know in the comments!

    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!

    Follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018, and our live updates on Twitter!

  21. No DLC planned after Kingdom Hearts III's release yet, but outfit customization could be considered; Microsoft not yet approached about Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 and 2.8 on Xbox One

    Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura recently spoke to IGN about topics such as Kingdom Hearts III's delay and the development of the Big Hero 6 world.

    Similar what he said to GameInformer about DLC in Kingdom Hearts III, he also said he would like to add something to make fans play it a bit longer.

    "In this day and age, most major titles do have some kind of content releases after their release. So since I considered Kingdom Hearts 3 to be one of those major titles, I do want to have something to add to your enjoyment of Kingdom Hearts 3, so maybe you could continue to play a little longer than release, but we haven't really thought of anything in detail yet."


    One possible DLC Nomura pointed to was the customizable outfit mechanic that was present in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-.

    "We don't have any customizability that you did have in 0.2 in Kingdom Hearts 3...The development team does need some kind of extra time on their hands to be able to do something like that. Because we are so busy trying to complete Kingdom Hearts 3, we just don't have any time to do that right now. But I think there is potential to maybe do something like that after release."


    In regards to the possibility of bringing the Kingdom Hearts HD ReMIXes to Xbox One, Nomura stated:

    "We obviously would need to discuss with Microsoft if we are to do this or not, but we haven't even started the conversation yet. So just not at this moment."


    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!

    Follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 here, and our live updates on our Twitter!

  22. Nomura talks vertical gameplay, Disney Attractions, and Roxas in Kingdom Hearts III

    In an article written by Engadget's Nick Summers, he reviewed his experience of playing Kingdom Hearts III and connecting his commentary with remarks made by Tetsuya Nomura, Kingdom Hearts series director, at E3 2018.
    For instance, Nomura commented on expanding the gameplay dynamics of Kingdom Hearts III to add more verticality to it.

    "There are a lot of open world games. I think a lot of them just focus on trying to go bigger and bigger in a horizontal map. But when I thought about having dynamic actions, I felt that verticality should be very important to these types of games."


    He also talked about the reason behind adding Attractions to Kingdom Hearts III.

    "Disney theme parks are a place that everyone gets excited [about] once they step right in. It doesn't matter if you're young or old, and [many people] will have some kind of fun memory from one of those theme parks. I just wanted to recreate that in the game. I also wanted some kind of move in the game that was fun just by looking at it."


    While admiring just how close the world of Toy Box seemed to be to the real one created by Pixar, Summers added in a comment Nomura made about how the development team has tried to achieve the sense of stepping right into a movie with the worlds in Kingdom Hearts III.

    "And I think that's a really close to the concept that we originally had for Kingdom Hearts - which is to just immerse yourself and enter the world of Disney films. I think we were able to achieve that kind of goal that we had in mind when we first set out with the series."


    Nomura also acknowledged Roxas, whose character has been often brought up in Kingdom Hearts III trailers in the scene with Xemnas and Ansem (Seeker of Darkness) in Twilight Town, both in the past and recently, and in the Square Enix E3 Showcase 2013 Trailer when Ienzo explains that Roxas's full data was needed to complete the data version of Twilight Town. Nomura said:

    "Roxas is the utmost secret for Kingdom Hearts III. He's the top secret actually for Kingdom Hearts III so I really can't say anything about him."


    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!

    Follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018, and keep an eye on our Twitter for live updates!

  23. Tetsuya Nomura's take on whether Kingdom Hearts III is the End of Sora's Story

    As revealed by Jonathon Thornbush today in an IGN article, Tetsuya Nomura states that dark things are in store for the heroes in Kingdom Hearts III.

    Nomura talked about the story's progress in an interview for IGN at E3, offering this comment in regards to whether this new entry would be the end of Sora's story.

    "I do consider Kingdom Hearts to be Sora's story. But if I go into any more details, I think I'll be spoiling the game for everyone, so I just want to leave it at that," Nomura said.


    The article continues, mentioning the other various games in the series. With the theme of the latest game being, "resolution," according to Nomura, it looks like the fans of the series will be able to look forward to an ending that's full of surprises.

    "There are going to be a lot of shocking scenes, especially toward the end of the game," [Nomura] said. "So I think you would definitely need to brace yourselves for them."


    Many are hoping that, when it comes to the main characters, such as Sora, Riku, and Kairi, that their stories reach a satisfying conclusion. Nomura had this to say about the nature of friendships and how he wants to replicate the reality of those dynamics in Kingdom Hearts III.

    "Kingdom Hearts is not too realistic, but I do want my players to grasp a sense of reality from it as well," Nomura said. "For example, I'm sure you had friends when you were young, a good group of friends, but as you grow older things change and it doesn't always stay the same. I think all I can say is please play to the very end and see what happens. But I think Kingdom Hearts 3 does depict how each character feels about each other in this new story line."


    What do you think this means for the ending of Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below!

    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!

    Follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 here, and our live updates on our Twitter!

  24. Nomura hints to Aqua's possible rescue and Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts III; talks about original worlds' playability and the new Princesses of Heart

    During E3 2018, Tetsuya Nomura, the Kingdom Hearts saga director and creator, had the chance to be interviewed by GNN.com on the new chapter of the saga, Kingdom Hearts III.

    You can check below for the fully translated interview (thanks greatly to @Protoplasm_png, and our KHUχ Team Leader faemarch):

    Q: The Kingdom Hearts series had already reached its third main instalment; will Sora's story end here?

    Nomura: Sora's story will not end here; however, this part of the story that lasted 15 years since the first instalment (KH1) that involves the fight against Xehanort will be wrapped up in KH3.
    Q: Kingdom Hearts III had been in production for a very long time. May I know the reason behind it?

    Nomura: There are two main reasons. After the production had begun for about a year, the officials requested a change of the game engine, hence we had to start from scratch. That is one of the reasons. Another reason being there were some internal changes with the team working on the game, therefore we were unable to meet the original [intended] date of release for KH3. (Note: You can read Nomura's comments on this matter in this interview as well.)

    Q: Towards the end of the new trailer, Aqua had appeared. Does that mean the other two characters from ‘Birth By Sleep’, Terra and Ventus, will make their appearance as well?

    Nomura: Generally speaking, in KH3 most of the main characters from all previous instalments will make their appearance.

    Q: In the trailer it appears that Aqua has signs of being affected by the darkness. Fans are very concerned about it.

    Nomura: As of now we cannot reveal the reason why Aqua is now in that state. However, that does not mean there are no chances of rescuing her, for that part it depends on the hard work of the players.

    Q: There are many vehicles in the new trailer, will there be more in the game?

    Nomura: In KH3, Sora has many special attacks, and the transport systems are one of them. It’s just like games with theme park setting, they will always have that element. The transports are mainly for ‘attacking’ and not ‘transporting’. Different worlds will have different transport systems, for example in ‘Toy Story’ world there are robots for the player to ride on. However, in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, the pirate ship’s sole function is just transporting the player. (Note: This seems to contradict our traslations of Nomura's previous statement about the Black Pearl; also, in the trailer you can use the ship during ship battles.)

    Q: Until now only a lot of Disney characters had showed up- Will there be any appearance of new ‘Final Fantasy’ characters?

    Nomura: About the characters that have not showed up in the trailer, for now I cannot answer... The characters from ‘Final Fantasy’ require special care, as the characters are very unique. Hence it is difficult to portray how FF characters will communicate with the other characters in the game. However, please look forward to how the FF characters show up in the game.

    Q: ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Marvel’ are under Disney branding now, so will the characters from those franchise appear in KH3?

    Nomura: They are under Disney, but they are not Disney’s original work, therefore they will not make any appearances.

    Q: Characters from ‘Frozen’ were announced in the recent trailer. What kind of role will they play?

    Nomura: I believe that the appearance of ‘Frozen’ in KH3 had mad many fans happy as ‘Frozen’ is quite demanded among the fans. However, due to the popularity of ‘Frozen’, there are many factors/details which we have to take extra care of. The plot will be roughly the same as the movie as adding original KH elements into the ‘Frozen’ world would be difficult. We will be using the original world/story in ‘Frozen’, and add a little element from KH. Although we cannot talk about the gameplay, but basically the original parts could be in some mini-games, such as stepping on a high-flying shield and sledding across the snow [with it], etc.
    Q: In KH3 how many original worlds will show up?

    Nomura: There are two categories for original worlds, which are ‘those that players can go to’ and ‘those that players cannot visit’. In this trailer, the place where Axel (Note: Lea...?) and Kairi spoke is a place where the players cannot go/explore. For original worlds... There are places where it will only appear for a while... Actually, there are many that will be showing up. Seems like I cannot reveal too much now.

    Q: In the trailer, ‘Wreck it Ralph’ is being shown as a summon, are there any chances of it having its own world?

    Nomura: For the worlds that have not been revealed so far, I cannot provide a solid answer.

    Q: In the previous games, the seven princesses that represents light have a big role in the plot. In this trailer, the ‘New Seven Hearts’ is being mentioned, but no gender is specified. Is it possible that there will be any male characters?

    Nomura: ...There isn’t. Because there are many factors to considerate, there are no males.


    What were your impressions of this interview?

    Kingdom Hearts III releases on 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!

  25. Analysis: Kingdom Hearts III E3 2018 Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer

    A brand new Kingdom Hearts III trailer debuted at Sony’s E3 Conference last night, and much like the others it was stuffed to the brim with brand new information! Let’s take a look.

    Our first shot from the trailer is the same as the other recent E3 ones with the quote: “The light is gathering together hearts driven by one oath, one purpose.” It previously seemed like Kingdom Hearts III was going to be using the “Don’t assume your dreams are just fantasy” quote, but the appearance of this seems to indicate these are just for the trailers.

    The first true bit of footage shows Sora, Donald and Goofy rendered in a much more realistic fashion and all sporting brand new looks. Sora looks very much like Captain Jack with a conventional pirate outfit, whilst Donald and Goofy wear shiphand uniforms complete with bandanas.

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    All three are extremely detailed, with Sora’s outfit in particular featuring lots of little touches like a crown emblem stitched into his hat and a cute gold tooth. He’s also sporting bare hands, which is extremely rare for him! Donald and Goofy both have realistic ruffles and fur, as well as realistic eyes which stands out quite nicely. It’s clear the development team is going for less of a stark contrast between character designs like it was in Kingdom Hearts II.

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    Another cute detail comes from Sora singing “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me)” which was featured in both the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and film series. Speaking of music, the song we hear in the background is a brand new piece produced by Takeharu Ishimoto, which he later tweeted about. The track sounds very in line with both Kingdom Hearts and Pirates!

    The next scene in the trailer introduces us to the Pirates of the Caribbean cast, as well as confirming that the game will take place during the third movie, At World's End. All of the character models in the Pirate universe look absolutely amazing, especially considering they’re all live action. Tetsuya Nomura commented on this in an interview saying that they purposefully wanted to test the power of the new generation and try doing a live action movie. Mission accomplished!

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    We finally get to see some gameplay from the Pirates world and it seems to incorporate a lot of ship combat, similarly to a game like Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. The HUD has changed to represent the ship being controlled, with a meter showing the ships’ health and speed taking over Sora. We also get to see that situation commands will still be present when using the ship, as evidenced by the appearance of “Tidal Wave” and “Raging Cannons”, which look like upgrading versions of the regular commands, Water Wave and Cannons.

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    Another interesting aspect shown from this trailer is the enemy health bars. Both the boss and the ships that Sora fights against are shown with a huge amount of health, which implies that we’ll be playing in the Pirates world a bit later in the game.

    We now see Sora boarding the ship using Flowmotion, which is unclear if the player gets a choice to get it started. This is where we get our first look at the Pirates of the Caribbean Keyblade, which is designed after a ship wheel and with a skull keychain as well as emitting aztec coins when hitting enemies. The detail in Sora's Keyblade is best seen in his character render.

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    We then see Sora using it’s first Keyblade transformation, High Wind. We know that this Keyblade is a power form as Sora’s bandana changes colour from blue to red when using it. This transformation seems to rely on area of effect attacks and crowd control, which is especially evident when it transforms further into the Storm Flag. The power form motif is even more obvious here with the red flag. Storm Flag looks similar to High Wind, but with a bigger focus on air attacks, with Sora’s dive attack reminding me of the Jump reaction command when fighting Xaldin in Kingdom Hearts II.

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    Sora is then showing his ability to run up walls before attacking a Heartless that looks extremely reminiscent of the Powerwild Heartless found in Deep Jungle. The white sheen that appears on walls that can be run up still appears here. We then dive in (sorry) to some underwater gameplay for the first time. We see Sora spinning his Keyblade in the water to move and we also get to see some combat, which looks like it’ll utilise combos underwater, although whether or not they’re the same as the ones on solid ground isn’t very clear. We also get to see some new jellyfish Heartless, although with the return of the Powerwild Heartless they could be from Atlantica in the first game.

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    The next clip shows Sora swimming up, before a sneaky trailer cut puts him in the middle of a battle. We can tell a cut is used here as when Sora emerges from the water his Health bar changes and he loses Donald and Goofy. This battle appears to also have the goal of protecting the Black Pearl, which is now shown with a health bar of its own. Sora uses his Shotlock Flowchain to start riding a Heartless, which he then uses to get close to the boss (which also has a lot of health bars). The mix of aerial, water and land combat seems to be the theme for the Pirates world. Sora then attacks the boss when attached to him, using barrier in between attacks to protect himself. The appearance of barrier, which is typically Aqua’s protection method, might imply that Sora has encountered her, or simply learnt her technique. The gameplay section ends with Sora using his Flowmotion-like ability to ride on a rainbow road that has been created by the boss Heartless.

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    As has been the case with previous Kingdom Hearts III trailers, after the gameplay we get to see a good look at the story towards the end of the trailer. The first scene features Luxord, now a vessel for Xehanort, talking to Sora, Donald, Goofy and Jack Sparrow aboard the Black Pearl. Jack’s mention of the Pirate code is a direct reference to the second game, where he said the exact same thing about Luxord, which is a nice little callback. Luxord specifically mentions a black box, which Jack seems confused about, which tells us that it’s not just Maleficent and Pete looking for Back Cover’s Black Box. Is Luxord looking for it for his own gain or does Xehanort truly want it? We previously thought it was just Maleficent looking for the item, but it could have even bigger implications if Luxord is to be believed.

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    The next scene shows Sora, Donald and Goofy about to be attacked by the three Titans atop Mount Olympus. The fact that Sora is still in his Kingdom Hearts II outfit implies this is near the end of the visit to the world, and that this could be leading to the end boss battle. Hercules shows up just in time to join the party and help fight the Titans. We also hear Hades’ voice for the first time in English and he is indeed still voiced by James Woods.

    The next scene shows a Vic the Visitor UFO kidnapping the three Aliens in the Toy Box world, whilst Sora, Buzz and Woody cry out for them to stop. This could be leading to a boss battle of sorts, but it could also be an indication to the ‘new seven hearts’ (more on that later). Elsa is seen building her ice castle and the Rapunzel is seen dancing around in Corona’s plaza after getting her hair done in two quick scenes. Curiously we still don’t hear Rapunzel speak, which could be because the English voice work isn’t quite done yet, as she does speak in the Japanese trailer.

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    Vanitas appears in the world of Monsters, Inc and we get to hear his voice performance by Haley Joel Osment for the first time. He sounds just like he did in Birth By Sleep, which is definitely a good thing. He talks about how “the Unversed collected enough screams and sadness from those children”, which could mean that during the events of the first Monsters, Inc film, the Unversed were collecting the negative emotions that the Monster’s were producing which would be a nice way of connecting the first film to the Kingdom Hearts universe. Mike then reacts accordingly, with Carlos Alazraqui’s voice performance being heard for the first time.
    We then see Larxene again who drops one of the bigger story bombshells of the trailer. Sora accuses Larxene of following Elsa who claims “Maybe she’s one of the seven pure lights we need. The new seven hearts.”. Dream Drop Distance told us that if the seven lights can’t be gathered then the seven princesses will be gathered in their place. This shows that there are now seven new hearts, and they’re not linked to being a princess or not, just a pure-hearted individual. This could be why the green Aliens from Toy Story were abducted before, and it could be why the Organisation is after characters like Elsa and Rapunzel. This is exciting for a few reasons, but the idea of each world actually taking damage like they did in the first game certainly fits the idea of this story being dark. With the removal of Aqua as one of the seven hearts of light, it would make sense for the Organisation to be chasing the seven pure lights instead to fulfill the prophecy.

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    Ansem and Xehanort and then seen outside Twilight Town’s mansion, telling Sora to “set your heart free”, providing him with what looks like a dark portal. Is this the way that Roxas returns, through Sora unlocking the dark? We don’t get enough detail, but with Sora’s commitment to bringing Roxas back being a central theme for Kingdom Hearts III, we might just see him do it. Xigbar (with his hair going silver now) is then seen telling Sora that his reward “might be right around the corner”. Since Sora is clearly still in Olympus, he could be referring to the power-up he seemingly receives after getting his strength back, but he’s likely hinting at something much darker.

    One of the highlights of the trailer is getting to see our first look at Lea and Kairi and both of them look absolutely incredible in HD! Lea is still wearing his Organisation coat, but that’s hopefully something that’ll change later in the game. Kairi is shown in her brand new outfit that was seen previously through a Unchained X datamine, but she’s also shown here with a much shorter haircut, reminiscent of her original Kingdom Hearts look. Where in the world they are is a complete mystery, but it can be presumed they’re training still or have just finished. Nomura has also said that where they are is a location we can’t visit in the game, so it’s probably not important. Humorously, Kairi also refers to Lea as Axel again which doesn’t seem to bother him as much anymore, which might mean he’s just got used to the name. It’s a cute reference to Dream Drop Distance, even if it probably doesn’t mean much.

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    The trailer ends on one more bombshell by having Riku sat on Destiny Island talking to Riku Replica from Chain of Memories. Although he was presumed dead after the end of Chain of Memories, he’s seen here perfectly alive and well sitting on the beach. This means that Riku was almost definitely referring to him when he said, “In case the other me needs it” after leaving his broken Way to the Dawn Keyblade in the Realm of Darkness. How he’s come back to life is very uncertain, but it does make a good case for Roxas’ return too. Riku Replica is made up of data yet is clearly back here, and in a previous trailer Roxas’ data was discussed and said that it needed to be collected. This could be a big hint to how Roxas is (hopefully) brought back.

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    Another interesting detail from the trailer is that the Japanese version is labelled as "vol. 3" which is almost presenting them in a story like fashion. The Japanese trailer also shows Marluxia, and this time his eye's are yellow which indicates that he's been turned into a Xehanort Vessel too. Why this wasn't included in the first trailer is unknown, but it really shows the extent of Xehanort's plan.

    Overall this was a pretty great trailer that told us a lot of new information about Kingdom Hearts III, especially in regards to the story. Watch the newest trailer here and catch with our coverage of the E3 2018 here.

    Did you see anything that I missed? Let us know in the comments below!