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Kingdom Hearts III appears in June 20 issue of Famitsu

Kingdom Hearts III30 June 2013 by DChiuch

The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly, releasing on June 20, 2013, has contained an article on Kingdom Hearts III. The article summarizes the information from E3 2013, and contains an interview with series director Tetsuya Nomura, where he discusses details about the game. The majority of this issue was published on Famitsu.com last week, and thanks to goldpanner for translations, you can read this interview here.

aibo_ac7 and hokanko-alt have reported on some possible new information from the issue, and we will have definite translations of this up soon.

Update 1: goldpanner has done a full translation of the new details from the issue, and this translation can be read below. With a big thanks to her, enjoy!

Q&A With KH3 Director Tetsuya Nomura

---Outline
* Release date TBA
* Price TBA

* Director: Tetsuya Nomura
* Co. Director: Tai Yasue
* Composer: Yoko Shimomura
* Producer: Rie Nishi

* The plot consists of Sora and the gang doing their thing on various Disney Worlds in order to find the key to restore hearts
* CG renders of Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy are introduced
~

---Q&A
* It will continue on from KH3D, and the selection of new worlds is under way. There will be a final showdown with Xehanort as this is the last chapter of the Dark Seeker Chronicles.
* Will we be able to control characters other than Sora, such as Riku or Kairi etc? He wouldn't say that the possibility is zero.
* About the visuals: They are still exploring how KH ought to look on next gen, but as the characters of KH were designed to evoke the feeling of the brush painting in the works of Disney, they're going back to that as the starting point. After a few tests on the request of Mr Nozue, they came up with visuals that among the developers they are calling the 'Kingdom Shader'.
* The action: There is a demo version that works on real consoles, and it's an absolute storm. Going even beyond 'bold action', in KHIII you will have a three person party but depending on the world NPCs will also join in fighting. Basically they're developing some very flashy action. Enemy AI has also changed considerably, and they are going for coordinated action that you can pull with enemies and allies alike.
* In these testing stages they already have Sora transforming his Keyblade
* The FFXV and KHIII development teams cause each other to improve as they work. Even at the private conference there was a response, developments unseen in the KH series so far eg. online elements are under investigation, he wants you to look forward to upcoming news. This year in Japan they will be exhibiting at Tokyo Game Show and at Disney's D23 Expo Japan event in October, so expect more information to come out around then.

Update 2: ArikaMiz has uploaded a photo from the article, showing an all-new render of Sora, Donald and Goofy for Kingdom Hearts III. You can see this below.

Update 3: TrueGaming has uploaded scans of the article. You can view them below, in our gallery.

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Jeremy Flaherty, Jul 06 2013 07:15 AM

Keyblade transforming? That sounds like the keychains... hmmm... What if you can change keychains on the fly!?!?!?

Isamu_Kuno, Jul 03 2013 04:09 AM

* In these testing stages they already have Sora transforming his Keyblade

 Sora can transform his Keyblade? What does it mean? Keyblade Rider? 

 Every piece of news is just exciting me more and more about KH3! It could be that Sora may have an ability to summon Dream Eaters but that is just a wild guess. I really cannot wait for all this dynamic Keyblade action since we mostly played with it in its base form. 

Thing is, Sora has been "transforming" is Keyblade from the beginning, with Keychains. Never take a direct answer from Nomura at face value, chances are it isn't what you think.

Is it me or do Sora's feet look somewhat natural size. heh 

That's because he's finally grown enough that his body has matched up with the size of his feet.

Actually, it was never really Soras feet that were over-sized, it was just his shoes. Same goes for Riku and Kairi. And they still look big to me.

SkyKeybladeHero, Jul 02 2013 12:53 PM

I want to know if we can play other characters than Sora though....

Nomura seems to be really considering that idea. I think we surely will be able to.

 

And the majority of the games let us play with many characters, so that's it.

Lie Ren, Jul 02 2013 12:50 PM

IT almost sounds as if Flow-motion might come back, but more balance...

Hazimie, Jul 02 2013 09:34 AM

I want to know if we can play other characters than Sora though....

RikuFangirl2008, Jul 02 2013 09:11 AM

Yeah the Meow Wow. :3 I want to know if its coming back.

baptiscool19, Jul 02 2013 09:06 AM

And development is being handled by the Osaka team responsible for KH Birth by Sleep, KH3D and KH -1.5 HD ReMIX-?

 

Nomura: The base is the Osaka team. With (Mr Tai) Yasue as Co. Director, they are working in conjunction with the Tokyo Kingdom Hearts staff.



So the Tokyo Kingdom Hearts team is developing it too  ? YES YES YES ! all my doubts about KH3 are erased.

 

http://i.imgur.com/mtz36k2.gif

Zanzetsuken, Jul 02 2013 04:42 AM

Every piece of news is just exciting me more and more about KH3! It could be that Sora may have an ability to summon Dream Eaters but that is just a wild guess. I really cannot wait for all this dynamic Keyblade action since we mostly played with it in its base form.

Ultima Spark, Jul 02 2013 02:14 AM

---We apologise for what might be an overly-specific question, but, what happened to Meow Wow.......


Nomura: ......What indeed (laughs). The last part of KH3D was meant to be tentative foreshadowing.*

 

The Dream Eaters are going to appear again?! Okay, now I'm seriously thinking they're going to bring all the major types of enemies together...

SkyKeybladeHero, Jul 01 2013 09:46 AM

Sora can transform his Keyblade? What does it mean? Keyblade Rider?