Video Game / Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts III
Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it... and dive in.
is the second Numbered Sequel
in Square Enix
's long-running Kingdom Hearts
franchise and the eleventh in total (it makes SOME sense in context!
) It is set to be released 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
, and Toy Story
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 trailerThis page will contain unmarked spoilers for previous games.
Kingdom Hearts III provides examples of:
- 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.
- 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. Whoever your Guest-Star Party Member is will fight alongside Sora, Donald, and Goofy, with the Toy Story world giving you Woody and Buzz for a total party count of 5.
- 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. 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sora gains the ability to "ride" on waves of Heartless as a dodge, much like Vanitas did on a twister made of Keyblades.
- Sora has learned how to turn the Keyblade into a variety of weapons, akin to Terra's Ultima Cannon.
- Sora also seems to have mastered the Shotlock command previously used by the Birth by Sleep trio.
- Sora's new outfit is a composite of his previous two designs.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gameplay Roulette: Whenever Sora hijacks one of the toy mechs, the game shifts from an Action RPG into a First-Person Shooter.
- Grand Finale: Kingdom Hearts III is set to end the Xehanort "Dark Seeker" Saga, but not the franchise as a whole.
- 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.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Disney characters can once again team up with Sora and co. temporarily. Hercules is confirmed to be a party member in Olympus Coliseum, while Buzz and Woody both join in the Toy Story world.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).