With Kingdom Hearts 3 having been out for a little more than a month now, it's safe to presume that many players have already made their way through the majority of the base game and are turning their attention toward post-launch wares. As it so happens, the role-playing game's director, Tetsuya Nomura, recently reiterated that fans will have even more content to come, with both free and paid DLC confirmed as currently being in development.
According to a recent interview, Nomura revealed that free DLC would likely come to Kingdom Hearts 3 by way of piecemeal updates once they become completed. Paid DLC, on the other hand, is going to provide a much larger amount of content, and the RPG's director stated that it would potentially be grouped together for release at some point before 2019 is over. This method of distribution for both free and paid DLC further supports Nomura's statements from several months ago that there will be no Season Pass.
As far as the actual contents are concerned for Kingdom Hearts 3's free DLC, Nomura said a Critical Mode difficulty level could be included, which ought to provide players with a greater challenge. When it comes to the type of content to come in paid DLC, the RPG's director explained that it would be expansion materials which would likely expand upon the story. This narrative-driven content could possibly fill in details on characters that may not have been fully fleshed out in the Square Enix and Disney crossover title's main game.
While many Kingdom Hearts 3 fans will likely be excited to learn that free and paid DLC is on the way, Nomura and his team have yet to provide a concrete release date as to when players should expect the bonus content to drop. Nevertheless, the fact that Square Enix is aiming to have the add-ons out before the end of the year should be an encouraging sign to players that they won't have to wait too long for its arrival.
All things considered, it will be interesting to see what else Nomura and Kingdom Hearts 3's development team will be bringing to the table once the free and paid DLC arrives, especially since there's a wealth of Disney properties that could be used. We definitely know which Disney worlds we want as DLC, but we will have to wait and find out if any of them make the cut.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Source: Dengeki Online (via Google Translate)