Video Game: Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III is the third Numbered Sequel in Square Enix's long-running Kingdom Hearts franchise. It is set to be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Believing himself to be protecting 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.

Reportedly, this game will be the end of the "Dark Seeker" storyline, but not of the Kingdom Hearts series as a whole.

It has been confirmed that new worlds based on Tangled and Big Hero 6 will be featured as well as a new world based on Hercules note .

Previews: E3 2013 tech demo, D23 2013 gameplay trailer, E3 2014 teaser, E3 2015 trailer

This page will contain unmarked spoilers for previous games.

Kingdom Hearts III provides examples of:

  • Art Evolution: 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 videos) 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.
  • Art Shift: 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.
  • Avengers Assemble: On two fronts, if not three. We have Sora, Donald, and Goofy fighting together for the first time since Kingdom Hearts II, their quest to gather the Princesses of 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.
  • Bag of Spilling: 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.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: One of Sora's new Attraction Flow attacks is based off of the teacup ride from Disney World.
  • Face-Heel Turn: The original Baymax that was lost in the other dimension is found and turned into a Heartless.
  • Final Battle: Word of God has said the game will have this for Xehanort's Saga.
  • Grand Finale: Kingdom Hearts III is set to end the Xehanort "Dark Seeker" Saga, but not the franchise as a whole.
    Tetsuya Nomura: "It's the final episode in the 'Dark Seeker' saga that began with the original Kingdom Hearts, and it'll depict the Final Battle with Xehanort."
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Seemingly reintegrated. According to Nomura, there is an enemy that is shaped like a vehicle that can be commandeered by the heroes.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The San Fransokyo storyline takes place after the events of Big Hero 6. Xehanort finds the Baymax that sacrificed himself in the void and turns him into a Heartless.
  • Le Parkour: The trailer shows that Sora is able to use a variation on Flowmotion known as Attraction Flow in this game after learning it in the Sleeping Worlds.
  • Light Is Not Good: Xehanort is trying to forcibly invoke this.
  • Minecart Madness: Footage shown at D23 Expo Japan showed Sora fighting the Rock Titan using a train from Big Thunder Mountain.
  • Mook Maker: A type of Heartless seen in Tangled's world is a dandelion that loses its fluff to create smaller Heartless.
  • Morph Weapon: 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.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: 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.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Xehanort claims that Light Is Not Good but his Dark Is Evil deeds only make the "tyranny of Light" seem preferable.
  • Rule of Seven: The seven Princesses of Heart and the seven guardians of light who will protect them from Xehanort's thirteen Seekers of Darkness.
  • Scenery Porn: The peeks at the graphics we've gotten so far are gorgeous. Especially in the E3 2015 trailer!
  • Serial Escalation: In the D23 Expo trailer, Sora gets to use yet another permutation of his signature Strike Raid attack, Raid Ride, as a standard attack to take on the Rock Titan, who is now a boss even larger than Chernabog, from a distance (instead of whittling away at weak points at close range as has been the series' tradition).
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: Heartless Baymax's Powered Armor is made up of microbots.
  • Smart People Play Chess: 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.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Sora's sole offensive option while riding Big Magic Mountain, Raid Ride.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • The usual lowest level mooks, 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 Morph Weapon tricks as his predecessors as well.
  • Trilogy Creep: Not counting remakes or special editions, four games have come out between Kingdom Hearts II and III note , not to mention that Kingdom Hearts II was actually the third game in the series. According to Word of God, this is not even necessarily the end of the series, just Xehanort's arc as Big Bad.
  • Wall Jump: Part of Sora's acrobatics.
  • Wall Run: Another part of Sora's acrobatics.
  • Wham Line: "On that land shall Darkness prevail and Light expire. The's already been written."
  • Wolfpack Boss: 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.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Kingdom Hearts 3