'''''Kingdom Hearts III''''' is the third NumberedSequel in Creator/SquareEnix's long running ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' franchise. It is set to be released for the PlayStation4 and XboxOne.

Believing himself to be protecting [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil an even balance between light and darkness]], Master Xehanort sets out to instigate a war between his forces of darkness and the "tyranny of light." To undermine Xehanort's schemes, Sora, Donald, and Goofy reunite to comb the worlds for seven guardians of light and the mysterious Key to Return Hearts, while King Mickey and Riku search for previous Keyblade wielders.

It has been confirmed that worlds based on ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' and ''Disney/BigHero6'' will be featured.

Previews: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3LD-3tHgoU E3 2013 tech demo,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73RuOsertaw D23 2013 gameplay trailer]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q55lmpBjiy8 E3 2014 teaser]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaTjCvUZjck E3 2015 trailer]]

'''This page will contain unmarked spoilers for previous games.'''
!!''Kingdom Hearts III'' provides examples of:
* ArtEvolution: A given, since this game is taking advantage of the new consoles. The art style may change as development progresses, but the E3 2013 trailer maintains the original anime-influenced style (that is, it's closer to the rest of the series' in-engine rendering as opposed to resembling the photo-realistic {{full motion video}}s) but with better shading, more detail, and brighter colors. That said, the tech demo's graphics indicate a small shift from the previous games' anime-styled character designs to a more stylized design that shows some clearer Disney influences.
* ArtShift: According to Nomura, each world uses its own shaders. The new graphics make the game look more like how it did in previous games during the CGI cutscenes.
* AvengersAssemble: On two fronts, if not three. We have [[TrueCompanions Sora, Donald, and Goofy]] fighting together for the first time since ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', their quest to gather the [[LivingMacGuffin Princesses]] [[OnlyThePureOfHeart of]] [[SaveThisPersonSaveTheWorld Heart]], and Riku teaming up with King Mickey to search for the remaining Keybladers of the Light. Numerous details from previous games all but state that Kairi will join them in some Keyblade-wielding capacity, as will Lea, in all probability.
* BagOfSpilling: As with every game in the series that Sora stars in, he will have his stats reduced to zero once again. This time, it will most likely be due to having his heart shattered in ''Dream Drop Distance'' and needing time to recover from that.
* ContinuityNod:
** Sora gains the ability to "ride" on waves of Heartless as a dodge, much like [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Vanitas did on a twister made of Keyblades]].
** Sora has learned how to [[MorphWeapon turn the Keyblade into]] a variety of weapons, akin to [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Terra]] transforming his in the ''II Final Mix'' battle.
** Sora's new outfit is a composite of his previous [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII two]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance designs]].
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: One of Sora's new Attraction Flow attacks is based off of the teacup ride from Disney World.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: The original Baymax that was lost in the other dimension is found and turned into a Heartless.]]
* FinalBattle: WordOfGod has said the game will have this for Xehanort's Saga.
* GrandFinale: ''Kingdom Hearts III'' is set to end the Xehanort "Dark Seeker" Saga, but not the franchise as a whole.
-->'''Creator/TetsuyaNomura:''' "It's the final episode in the 'Dark Seeker' saga that began with the [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI original Kingdom Hearts]], and it'll depict the FinalBattle with Xehanort."
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Seemingly reintegrated. According to [[WordOfGod Nomura]], there is an enemy that is shaped like a vehicle that can be commandeered by the heroes.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The San Fransokyo storyline takes place after the events of ''Disney/BigHero6''. [[spoiler:Xehanort finds the Baymax that sacrificed himself in the void and turns him into a Heartless.]]
* LeParkour: The trailer shows that Sora is able to use a variation on Flowmotion known as [[http://crossmap.christianpost.com/news/kingdom-hearts-3-release-date-new-keyblade-transformations-attraction-flow-still-a-lot-more-to-do-on-kh3-producer-reveals-8333 Attraction Flow]] in this game after learning it in the [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Sleeping Worlds.]]
* LightIsNotGood: Xehanort is trying to forcibly invoke this.
* MinecartMadness: Footage shown at D23 Expo Japan showed Sora fighting the [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Rock Titan]] using a train from [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Big Thunder Mountain]].
* MookMaker: A type of Heartless seen in Tangled's world is a dandelion that loses its fluff to create smaller Heartless.
* MorphWeapon: A new system allows Sora to transform his Keyblade in a similar way the ''Birth By Sleep'' trio (primarily Terra) could. Each Keyblade has its own unique transformation.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The "gameplay" in the E3 2013 trailer is actually a target render--i.e. pre-rendered footage of what the game is intended to look like. The shader technology was not complete enough to show off for actual gameplay.
* NotHelpingYourCase: Xehanort claims that LightIsNotGood but his DarkIsEvil deeds only make the "tyranny of Light" seem preferable.
* RuleOfSeven: The seven Princesses of Heart and the seven guardians of light who will protect them from Xehanort's thirteen Seekers of Darkness.
* SceneryPorn: The peeks at the graphics we've gotten so far are ''gorgeous''. ''Especially'' in the E3 2015 trailer!
* SerialEscalation: In the D23 Expo trailer, Sora gets to use yet ''another'' permutation of his signature [[LimitBreak Strike]] [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Raid]] attack, Raid Ride, as a standard attack to take on the Rock Titan, who is now [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever a boss even larger than]] [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Chernabog]], from a distance (instead of whittling away at weak points at close range as has been the series' tradition).
* ShapeshifterWeapon: [[spoiler:Heartless Baymax]]'s PoweredArmor is made up of microbots.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: The trailer shows the young Xehanort and Eraqus playing a chess-like game; and if you take a close look at the pieces, they have symbols corresponding to different characters.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Sora's sole offensive option while riding Big Magic Mountain, Raid Ride.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** The usual lowest level {{mooks}}, [[TheHeartless Shadows]], come in flying ''torrents'' in this game, forcing Sora to have to dodge them more often and fight dozens at once.
** If nothing else, according to the creators, in this game Sora has passed the Mark of Mastery exam he failed from Dream Drop Distance. His Keyblade now has the same MorphWeapon tricks as his predecessors as well.
* TrilogyCreep: Not counting remakes or special editions, four games have come out between ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''III'' [[note]]''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded coded]]'', ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]]'', ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Dream Drop Distance]]''[[/note]], not to mention that ''Kingdom Hearts II'' was actually the third game in the series. According to WordOfGod, this is not even necessarily the end of the series, just Xehanort's {{arc|Villain}} as BigBad.
* WallJump: Part of Sora's acrobatics.
* WallRun: Another part of Sora's acrobatics.
* WhamLine: "On that land shall Darkness prevail and Light expire. But you knew that, didn't you?"
* WolfpackBoss: A ton of Minotaur-like Heartless from the E3 trailer are summoned by one of their kin blowing a war horn to stampede Sora on Mt. Olympia.
* YouCantFightFate: Young Xehanort believes that the future has "already been written", due to the prophecy about the Keyblade War and the experiences ingrained on him in ''3D''. Eraqus is more optimistic.
-->'''Eraqus:''' Who's to say I can't change it? [...] You might be surprised.\\
'''Xehanort:''' Oh, I hope so.