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'''''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.

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 A teaser for KHIII was shown during the Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- E3 2014 trailer]]

Due to its nature as a [[GrandFinale Saga Finale]], '''expect unmarked spoilers''' about prior entries in the series.
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!!''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.
* [[BackForTheFinale Back For The Saga Finale]]: After spending about a decade on the sidelines, Donald and Goofy will be a part of the main cast once again. The Rock Titan will also return, last seen in a cameo in ''II''.
* 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]].
** Going by the D23 trailer, Sora has apparently learned how to [[MorphWeapon turn the Keyblade into]] [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded guns]], akin to [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Terra]] using his as a {{BFG}}.
* 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.
* 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]].
* MorphWeapon: Like the Keybladers of old, Sora has learned how to do this, including a GunsAkimbo FireBreathingWeapon.
* 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.
* SceneryPorn: The peeks at the graphics we've gotten so far are ''gorgeous''.
* SerialEscalation: In one of the gameplay trailers, Sora appears to be using [[LimitBreak Strike]] [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Raid]] as a standard attack to take on an [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever enemy the size of]] [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Chernabog]] from a distance (instead of whittling away at weak points at close range as has been the series' tradition).
* 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.
* 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.
* WhamLine: "On that land shall Darkness prevail and Light expire. But you knew that, didn't you?"
* WhamShot: During the E3 2013 announcement trailer, many fans assumed it was another trailer for ''1.5 HD Remix'' based on the opening montage of the previous games in the series. Then we see Sora holding Eraqus' Keyblade in [=PS4=] graphics.
** It was such a WhamShot that, when you see online reaction videos, players are ''openly crying in joy.'' The [[MostWonderfulSound uplifting and quite honestly beautiful music in the background certainly helps.]]
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