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Kingdom Hearts III featured in Game Informer's September 2017 issue

In the latest issue of Game Informer, Kimberley Wallace wrote a feature giving a summary of information of Kingdom Hearts III from interviews held after the Toy Story trailer reveal at D23 Expo 2017.

The feature includes comments made by series director Tetsuya Nomura during his interview with Game Informer published in July. While talking about the Toy Story trailer, Nomura discussed the plot and gameplay of the Toy Story level and the return of Gummi Ships.

The second part of the feature includes unpublished answers from Game Informer’s interview with Nomura, where he expressed the production team’s enthusiasm in using current-generation technology in Kingdom Hearts III.

“With Kingdom Hearts III, I feel like we were able to recreate the world of the original CG film pieces close to its original quality in terms of its graphics and the look of the different worlds. Up until then, we created the worlds so that it looks like it is a stylized Kingdom Hearts world, but now with Kingdom Hearts III, we were able to depict the world of the original film close to its original form as possible.”

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


Nomura talked once again about Athletic Flow, the parkour-like mechanics showcased in Kingdom Hearts III trailers that allows Sora to interact with the environment. He also hinted at the return of Aqua, Terra, Ventus, and Roxas.

“There was some feedback that it [Flowmotion in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance] was too free and hard to manage, maybe because the title was on a handheld device. So I wanted to make it so that there’s the ability to control it properly. It’s basically revamped and introduced as a new mechanic in Kingdom Hearts III. You’ll be utilizing the environment to propel yourself to an area that you’re not normally able to go to, or again, running up the cliff during battle. Those can be expected in each of the different worlds you’ll be traversing through.

“The motivation for Sora and his allies’ journey in Kingdom Hearts III is to help those people who met a tragic ending such as Terra, Ventus, Aqua, and Roxas, and to rescue them from that tragedy. How they relate to the narrative, and if we were to reveal any sort of information about that, it would probably spoil everything.”


You can read more about Atheletic Flow and Roxas’s return in Nomura’s previous interview with IGN.

The first two pages of the article can be previewed below. Thanks to KH13 community member Alexandra Risner for the scans.

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If you would like to read the full feature, you can purchase a digital copy of this issue here.

Have you read the feature yet? What do you make of the world of Toy Story, Athletic Flow, and seeing Roxas and the "Wayfinder trio" again? Let us know in the comments!

Glad to see Nomura mention Terra, Ventus, Aqua and Roxas. I'm so looking forward to their return and what the future holds from them. Hopefully, this extends to Namine and Xion as well, because they also need happy endings. Regardless, KHIII is going to be PACKED with story. Who knew the slightest thing could hype me up!

Thanks for informing us about this, Aquaberry!

 

Ah, Game Informer! I miss being subscribed to this awesome magazine! Kimberly Wallace always makes the best articles in the magazine! Ever since she showed up a few years ago, I have absolutely loved every piece she writes! She's so professional and has a way with words that makes her articles an insane joy to read! So proud that my bae Kimmy did this article for Kingdom Hearts III! :')

 

Ha, and Nomura teasing us again with the return of some big characters! I mean, we all obviously know that the Wayfinder Trio and Roxas are returning, that's a no brainer, but still, just the fact he mentions them still excites me like hell! And I can't wait to see more of how Athletic Flow works! :D

Great to see Flowmotion revamped, and hopefully itll be implemented well this time. It wsnt a handheld issue, it was just not well-executed the first go around.

Thanks for informing us about this, Aquaberry!

 

Ah, Game Informer! I miss being subscribed to this awesome magazine! Kimberly Wallace always makes the best articles in the magazine! Ever since she showed up a few years ago, I have absolutely loved every piece she writes! She's so professional and has a way with words that makes her articles an insane joy to read! So proud that my bae Kimmy did this article for Kingdom Hearts III! :')

 

Ha, and Nomura teasing us again with the return of some big characters! I mean, we all obviously know that the Wayfinder Trio and Roxas are returning, that's a no brainer, but still, just the fact he mentions them still excites me like hell! And I can't wait to see more of how Athletic Flow works! :D

I imagine the new game flow will be something like we have seen in DDD only 10 times bigger 

If Ventus returns, will he remember his time as a Union leader? that's what I'm most intrigued about. Unlike Terra and Aqua, Ventus has more than one circle of friends.

So is regular flowmotion still in?It's just that athletic flow is just a separate mechanic from flowmotion that just makes it easier? I still want to be able to manually scale things..athletic flow just looks too automatic. Unless it's mainly used for places that would make using flowmotion to difficult to manually reach like the floating rubble in Olympus.

he said something else important in the full interview?

So is regular flowmotion still in?It's just that athletic flow is just a separate mechanic from flowmotion that just makes it easier? I still want to be able to manually scale things..athletic flow just looks too automatic. Unless it's mainly used for places that would make using flowmotion to difficult to manually reach like the floating rubble in Olympus.

 

Yes, regular Flowmotion is still in. "Athletic Flow" is just a Flowmotion ability/type of Flowmotion. In English, it's called "Flowchain." You can see it in several KH3 trailers. When Sora shotlocks something, two options show up in the bottom left corner. One of them is "Flowchain" and the other is "Unleash." In the Japanese trailers, the "Flowchain" option says "Athletic Flow" in Japanese. So yeah, Flowmotion's name didn't change. Flowmotion is still Flowmotion. Athletic Flow/Flowchain is just a shotlock Flowmotion ability you can use. It's the one where Sora rapidly spins across multiple enemies/objects.