''Kingdom Hearts III'' is the second {{Numbered Sequel|s}} in Creator/SquareEnix's long-running ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' franchise. It is set to be released for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and UsefulNotes/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" 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 ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' and ''Disney/BigHero6'' will be featured, and the ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' world will expand to include Mount Olympus as opposed to the Coliseum again.

Previews: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3LD-3tHgoU E3 2013 tech demo]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73RuOsertaw D23 2013 gameplay trailer]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q55lmpBjiy8 E3 2014 teaser]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaTjCvUZjck E3 2015 trailer]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfw_r1UCPs0 Jump Festa 2015 trailer]] [[note]]Included with a trailer for ''2.8'', from the D23 Expo.[[/note]]

'''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 so far it appears the game will split the difference between previous games' anime-influenced in-engine graphics and photorealistic {{full motion video}}s--too colorful and stylized to be called realistic, but certainly much more detailed than before.
* 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 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.
* BagOfSpilling: Sora lost all of his abilities due to having his heart shattered in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''. 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! [[LampshadeHanging Happens all the time!]]
* TheBusCameBack: While individual Princesses of Heart have shown up throughout the series, the group as a whole hasn't been important since [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first game]]. Now they're a key part of Xehanort's plans, [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance as he previously disclosed]].
* ContinuityNod: 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 [[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'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 [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII two]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance designs]].
** [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Drive Forms]] are back, with currently two new forms being confirmed, called Guard Form and Power Form respectively.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Meta-level. The Demon Tide appeared in the target render reveal trailer before being officially introduced in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage 0.2]]''.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: One Attraction Flow attack is based on the [[Disney/AliceInWonderland Mad Tea Party]] [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks teacup ride]].
* 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.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Xehanort's many JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope actions in trying to undo a perceived imbalance of Light are only causing a significantly greater imbalance of Darkness instead.
* 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 shows Sora fighting the [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Rock Titan]] using a train from Ride/BigThunderMountainRailroad.
* 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 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.
* 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 the "overabundance" of 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|IsUnlucky}} 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 [[{{Nanomachines}} microbots]].
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: The trailer shows a young Xehanort and Eraqus [[CosmicChessGame playing a chess-like game]]; and [[FreezeFrameBonus if you take a close look at the pieces]], they have symbols corresponding to different characters—[[TimeyWimeyBall ones whom they've yet to meet at that point in time]].
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Sora's sole offensive option while riding Big Magic Mountain, Raid Ride.
* WallJump: Part of Sora's acrobatics.
* WallRun: Another part of Sora's acrobatics.
* WhamLine: "On that land shall Darkness prevail and Light expire. The future... it's already been written."
* WhamShot: A meta example. 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 followed by the game's logo... It was such a WhamShot that, when you see online reaction videos, players are ''openly crying in joy''. [[SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound The uplifting and quite honestly beautiful music in the background certainly helps.]]
* 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. Olympus.
* YouCantFightFate: [[TheFatalist Young Xehanort]] believes that the future has "already been written," due to [[BecauseDestinySaysSo the prophecy about the Keyblade War]] and [[StableTimeLoop the experiences ingrained on him]] in ''3D''. [[ScrewDestiny Eraqus is more optimistic.]]
-->'''Eraqus:''' "Who's to say I can't change it? [...] You might be surprised."\\
'''Xehanort:''' "Oh, I hope so."