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Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts III Logo
キングダムハーツIII
Kingudamu Hātsu III
Developer(s) Square Co., Ltd.
Publisher(s) Flag of Japan Square Co., Ltd.
Release date(s) Unknown
Genre RPG
Game modes Single player
Ratings Unknown
Platform(s) PlayStation 4
Xbox One

One of the next installments in the Kingdom Hearts series is currently called Kingdom Hearts III. It was officially revealed at E3 2013 via a trailer, alongside the announcement it would be released for the PlayStation 4[1] and the Xbox One[2].

The story takes place after the events of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. It features an older Sora as the main protagonist who sets forth on a new adventure with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Riku, Kairi, and your other favorite Disney characters in search of the seven guardians of light and the "Key to Return Hearts," to stop Master Xehanort's devious plan.[3] Kingdom Hearts III will harness next generation console technologies to weave together an incredibly stunning universe full of both new and familiar Disney worlds.  This game will conclude the series' "Dark Seeker" saga.[4]

Development

According to Tetsuya Nomura (the director), the development of the game began while he was working on Final Fantasy XV. However, at the time he was too busy working on this title, and said that he would go to work on Kingdom Hearts III when Final Fantasy XV was done.

The game was announced at E3 2013, and the trailer said that it was currently in development. Nomura later said that the trailer was shown too early, stating that the game was too early in production.

The team is currently selecting the game's worlds. Nomura also revealed interest to put Marvel and Star Wars content in the game. ''It would be great if we could add these licenses too," said Nomura. ''But there are a lot of questions and restrictions at Disney, so we can't put everything people want. So it's a hard decision, but we're preparing some surprises for you, so await for more info.''[5]

In June 2014, a short teaser was released at the end of the E3 2014 trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Co-director Tai Yasue revealed that the sequence seen in the teaser was the opening scene for the game. He added that it was created by Nomura who had "a real clear picture of [what] the starting sequence" should be and that the text seen and heard was going to "be a real integral part of the story".[6]

In October 2014, Nomura announced that the development team had switched to Epic Game's Unreal Engine 4 due to a "variety of reasons". He also stated that the team had the full support of Epic, and that the change would not hinder the game's development. According to Kotaku and IGN, it was noted that it had been assumed that Square Enix had been using its in-house Luminous Engine to develop the game.[7][8]

Video

E3 2013 Trailer
D23 Expo Japan Trailer
Teaser at the end of the KH HD 2.5 ReMIX Trailer

Gallery

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