Video Game / Kingdom Hearts III
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Kingdom Hearts III is the second Numbered Sequel in Square Enix's long-running Kingdom Hearts franchise and the eleventh in totalnote . It is set to be released sometime in 2018 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" that will wreak apocalyptic destruction upon the universe. 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. Will the light be strong enough to face the darkness when the time for the fated clash arrives?

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, Big Hero 6, Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. will be featured, and the Hercules world will expand to include Mount Olympus and Thebes as opposed to the Coliseum again. Twilight Town will also be returning.

Previews: E3 2013 tech demo, D23 2013 gameplay trailer, E3 2014 teaser, E3 2015 trailer, Jump Festa 2015 trailer,note  E3 2017 trailer,note  D23 2017 trailer, D23 2018 trailer, D23 2018 theme song trailer.

This page will contain unmarked spoilers for previous games.

Kingdom Hearts III provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Rapunzel. Presumably, Kairi and Aqua, at least, will likely be this as well.
  • Adaptation Expansion: A good portion of the Disney worlds feature new story content and areas not seen before in the original films. Big Hero 6 takes place after the film where the Baymax left behind in the portal gets turned into a Heartless. Toy Story takes place in between 2 and 3 and features a new toy store called “Galaxy Toys”. Monsters Inc. takes place after the movie and allows the player to explore the outside of the factory more up close, something that was barely touched upon in the original movies.
  • Adult Fear: Andy goes missing in the Toy Story world. Imagine what his mother must be going through!
  • Alternate Continuity:
    • Averted in the case of the Toy Story world. Word of God places it post-Toy Story 2, but instead of Broad Strokes canon as other worlds based on Disney films have been in the past, this world is the setting of the Toy Story canon.
    • Also averted with the Monsters Inc. world as well, with Sora, Donald and Goofy arriving either on the same day or shortly after the company converted to using laughter instead of scream energy, based on the balloons and banners still decorating the scare floor from the end of the first movie.
  • Ascended Extra: The Disney worlds and characters play much more important roles within the plot than in previous games, which usually have them as an excuse to kick Heartless butt. For example, Sora trains with Hercules to regain his powers after the damage to his heart in the last game made him lose most of them. In the Toy Story world, Young Xehanort invades because he is trying to find a way to create the Organization's thirteenth Soul Jar by researching the unique bonds between the hearts of toys and their owners.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: Averted. Unlike I and II, there is no restriction on how many party members you are allowed to have active. The worlds for Tangled, Toy Story and Monsters Inc all have two Guest Star Party Members, bringing the total count to five.
  • Art Evolution: A given, since this game is taking advantage of the new consoles. The art style may change as development progresses, but so far it appears the game will split the difference between previous games' anime-influenced in-engine graphics and photorealistic full motion videos—too colorful and stylized to be called realistic, but certainly much more detailed than before.
  • Art Shift: According to Nomura, each world uses its own shaders.
  • 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. It's also heavily implied that Aqua, Terra, and Ven will feature.
  • Bag of Spilling: Sora lost all of his abilities due to having his heart shattered in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. To learn how to recover from that, he heads off to Olympus Coliseum to train with Hercules. Sora still laughs the whole issue off.
    Sora: Whatever! Happens all the time!
  • Battle in the Rain: It's raining for at least part of the Rock Titan fight.
  • Big Bad Ensemble:
    • Master Xehanort is the main antagonist of the game, but Maleficent is also making another, more dangerous bid for power in her search for the Book of Prophecies.
    • Xehanort's plan being what it is, he qualifies as an ensemble by himself.
  • Bowled Over: At one point in the D23 Tokyo 2018 trailer, Sora grabs Mike and rolls him like a bowling ball at a group of Heartless, complete with a strike sound effect and said Heartless lined up in ten-pin formation.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • While individual Princesses of Heart have shown up throughout the series, the group as a whole hasn't been important since the first game. Now they're a key part of Xehanort's plans, as he previously disclosed.
    • Marluxia and Vanitas have also returned. Also counts as Back from the Dead since they died in Chain of Memories and Birth by Sleep respectively.
  • Cool Gun: One of his Keyblade transformations, Dual Arrowguns, is a pair of these. They can further transform into Magic Launcher.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Sora seems to be on the verge of becoming a living one, made out of some of the best moves in the KH universe.
    • Drive Forms are back, with currently two new forms being confirmed, called Guard Form and Power Form respectively.
    • The E3 2017 Orchestra trailer showed off another new form called Second Form, which not only gives Sora his Kingdom Hearts II color scheme, but also seems to grant him his abilities from both I and II. Case in point, he seems to bring back Magnet Burst and Aerial Finish from II, but has Stun Impact, Sonic Blade, and Ars Arcanum from I.
    • Hades isn't pleased to see Maleficent and Pete again, namely after Maleficent's plan in the original game fell apart spectacularly (which led to Hades basically abandoning the villains anyway), and after growing deeply annoyed by Pete's incompetence in II.
    • Maleficent is on the hunt for the Master of Masters' mysterious black box.
    • When Marluxia encounters Sora, Donald and Goofy in the Tangled world, none of them remember him since Namine had wiped their memories of the events in Chain of Memories.
  • The Corrupter: Xemnas seems to continue in this role after having previously assumed it in 3D, urging Sora to give into the darkness in order to bring Roxas back into existence.
  • Drop the Hammer: Sora's Toy Story-world Keyblade can become a giant hammer called Hyper Hammer, which can further transform into a drill arm.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Meta-level. The Demon Tide appeared in the target render reveal trailer before being officially introduced in 0.2.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: One Attraction Flow attack is based on the Mad Tea Party teacup ride.
  • Fallen Hero: The original Baymax that was lost in the other dimension has been found. He's become a Heartless. Gee, thanks a lot Xehanort!
  • Final Battle: Word of God has said the game will have this for Xehanort's Saga.
  • Fisher Kingdom: As per usual of the series, certain worlds change the appearances of the main trio to match with the setting. The Toy Story world has them become action figures to blend in with the Living Toys that live there. Likewise, they turn into monsters when in Monstropolis.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: In the Tangled world, Flynn uses a frying pan as his weapon of choice.
  • Gameplay Roulette: Whenever Sora hijacks one of the toy mechs, the game shifts from an Action RPG into a First-Person Shooter.
  • Ghost Memory: When Sora sees Vanitas, he immediately calls out his name but doesn't know why, yet touches his heart as if on reflex. Vanitas knows very well Ventus is inside Sora's heart, which is the reason for this.
  • 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.
    • A new Limit attack (or something similar) has Sora throwing Goofy full force at enemies, causing a large explosion.
    • When Mike is in the party, Sora can toss him like a bowling ball at enemies.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Disney characters can once again team up with Sora and co. - and this time, you can have two at once!
    • Olympus: Hercules.
    • Tangled: Rapunzel and Flynn / Eugene.
    • Toy Story: Woody and Buzz.
    • Monsters Inc.: Mike and Sulley.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Xehanort's many Jumping Off the Slippery Slope actions in trying to undo a perceived imbalance of Light are only causing a significantly greater imbalance of Darkness instead.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Toy Story world has giant robot enemies, or at least giant relative to Sora's small size. Sora can hijack the robots to pilot them himself.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Once again, fourth tier spells have the suffix changed in the English dub, going back to "-za" from Dream Drop Distance instead of "-ja" from 0.2 Birth by Sleep.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Sora still has no memories of Castle Oblivion, which is why he has no idea who Marluxia is when they meet.
  • 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.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Sora’s Olympus Coliseum Keyblade transformation, Countershield, is this.
  • Macro Zone: Sora, Donald, and Goofy are transformed into action figures in the Toy Story world, shrinking down to be the same size as the rest of the main Toy Story cast. Thus, even Andy's small bedroom is intimidating in size. Young Xehanort, worryingly, appears to be his normal size...
  • Masquerade: Though the series abandoned Alien Non-Interference Clause as early as the first world Sora, Donald, and Goofy ever visited together, Donald still cites the need to protect the world order as the reason they've been turned into small toys in the Toy Story world.
  • Minecart Madness: Footage shown at D23 Expo Japan shows Sora fighting the Rock Titan using a train from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • 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 to the Birth by Sleep trio (primarily Terra) could. While their transformations were all based on one or two keychains, here every Keyblade has its own unique transformation.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The premise of the Toy Story world slightly resembles the plot of Toy Story 2, where the toys leave Andy's house and travel to a toy store.
    • Woody sends the Green Army Men on a recon mission just like in Toy Story 1.
    • One of Buzz's attacks is a spin attack with his wings, which was seen in the video game version of Toy Story 2.
    • Sora can do a Combination Attack with Woody and Buzz which involves them riding the rocket from the climax of the first Toy Story.
    • Boo hasn't stopped repeating "Mike Wazowski!" and the name even gets extended to Donald, since both characters only have one eye.
    • One of Rapunzel's attacks is her swinging around a tree, a reference to a scene in Tangled where she enjoys her newfound freedom after leaving her tower.
    • Flynn uses a frying pan as his Weapon of Choice in the Tangled world. This is a reference to when he managed to hold off a group of swordsmen with one, then remarked "I have got to get me one of these!"
    • At one point, Sora grabs Mike and rolls him like a bowling ball at a group of Heartless. This is probably a nod to Mike joking at the end of Monsters Inc. that he was good at dodgeball because he was the ball.
    • Classic Mickey shorts return to the series in the form of Game & Watch style mini-games. Mickey Mouse was one of the handful of licensed characters to be featured in the line.
    • Like in Monsters, Inc., you have to rely on Boo’s laughter in order to power the door vault.
    • Ariel as a Summon is made of Seafoam.
  • 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 the "overabundance" of Light Is Not Good, but his Dark Is Evil deeds only make the "tyranny of Light" seem preferable.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Sora's form in Monstropolis is based on a Werecat.
  • Prehensile Hair: Rapunzel, who channels Milia Rage and uses her locks like a whip.
  • 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 D23 2017 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).
  • Wall Run: The Rock Titan fight has Sora running straight up a completely vertical cliff to reach it.
  • Wham Line:
    • "On that land shall Darkness prevail and Light expire. The future... it's already been written."
    • Said by Xemnas, "Sora, are you finally going to call upon the darkness?"
    • From the D23 trailer, an extremely meta one and quite possibly the most exciting line regarding the game so far (especially in the wake of worrying rumors about long delays):
    Coming 2018
    • Riku leaves his Keyblade in the Realm of Darkness, “In case the other me needs it.”
  • Wham Shot:
    • A meta example: During the E3 2013 announcement trailer, many fans assumed it was another trailer for HD 1.5 Remix based on the opening montage of the previous games in the series. Then we saw Sora wearing his KH2 outfit holding Eraqus' Keyblade in PS4 quality graphics followed by the game's logo... It was such a wham shot that, when you see online reaction videos, players are openly crying in joy. The uplifting and quite honestly beautiful music in the background certainly helped.
    • Another meta example: The 2017 D23 Expo trailer contained not one, but two wham shots! The first being the reveal of a Toy Story world, and the second being the reveal of the game's official release year!
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: A pointed aversion. After his realizations in 3D, Sora is determined to bring Roxas back into existence.
  • 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. Olympus.
  • Wolverine Claws: Sora's Monsters Inc. Keyblade can transform into Quick Claws, which can then become Quick Yo-Yo's.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Riku's Keyblade gets its tip broken off somehow, rendering it least, to him. He leaves it on the beach in the Realm of Darkness for "the other me."
  • 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