While enthusiasm is still running high for Kingdom Hearts 3 coming out of Square Enix’s E3 2015 Press Conference and all the info it revealved, an equal amount of questions have surfaced as well. Since Square only showed brief snippets of gameplay it’s hard to know where to begin, but many are curious as to the nature of the game’s story and how it will fit in with Kingdom Hearts lore.
Luckily, now that Kingdom Hearts 3 is out of the bag, Director Tetsuya Nomura has been out and about sharing new details about his upcoming sequel, as well as the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. For Kingdom Hearts 3, the details have been fairly nebulous, but we do know that Disney’s Tangled will be among the new worlds featured in the game, as well as Hercules.
Outside of that, though, we know very little about the Kingdom Hearts 3 worlds, although Nomura does say that they will be “mostly new.” The prior Kingdom Hearts games have featured quite the bounty of Disney worlds, so it will be interesting to see where Square Enix goes for this third sequel. In fact, if Tangled is on the docket it’s safe to assume that Disney and Square are likely also having conversations about Frozen and Star Wars, but nothing has been announced just yet.
In addition to talk of new worlds for Kingdom Hearts 3, Nomura also gave some clarification regarding the gameplay. By and large it sounds like the sequel will feature combat similar to that featured in the prior mainline games, and not any of the mobile spin-offs. More specifically, Nomura explains that players will have access to basic commands like ‘Attack’ and ‘Magic,’ the two main pillars of Kingdom Hearts’ combat.
Sora will have access to new platforming abilities, though, which are said to include wall running and wall jumping. We see a bit of that in the Kingdom Hearts 3 E3 trailer, but it’s unclear how much control the player has over Sora’s movements. At the very least, it sounds like Sora will be a lot more agile this time around.
And finally, it wouldn’t be a Kingdom Hearts 3 interview without some story teases, which Nomura was surprisingly willing to provide. He confirms prior suspicions that the sequel will conclude Xehanort’s story, but the Director would not say who those two figures in the gameplay footage are.
Moreover, although Kingdom Hearts 3 is the end for Xehanort’s story it is not the end of the franchise. According to Nomura, there are more roads to explore in this universe, and ending things neat and tidy didn’t seem like the right thing to do.
For such a brief interview, Nomura certainly knows how to leave fans wanting more. But rest assured, Kingdom Hearts 3’s development is on track and more details should surface in November, during D23 Japan.
What Disney worlds would you like to see in Kingdom Hearts 3? How do you see Square Enix concluding the story?