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-->''Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it... and dive in.''

''Kingdom Hearts III'' is the second {{Numbered Sequel|s}} in Creator/SquareEnix's long-running ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' franchise. It is set to be released in 2018 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}}'', ''Disney/BigHero6'', and ''Franchise/ToyStory'' will be featured, and the ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' world will expand to include Mount Olympus and Thebes as opposed to the Coliseum again. [[OriginalGeneration Twilight Town]] will also be returning.

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]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaHSpUZgW24 E3 2017 trailer]] [[note]]Premiered very shortly before E3 during the KH Orchestra Tour[[/note]], [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E4y7UK4nqnQ D23 2017 trailer]]

'''This page will contain unmarked spoilers for previous games.'''
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!!''Kingdom Hearts III'' provides examples of:
%%* AllYourPowersCombined:
* AdultFear: Andy goes missing in the ''Toy Story'' world. Imagine what his mother must be going through!
* AlternateContinuity: {{Averted|Trope}} in the case of the ''Toy Story'' world. WordOfGod places it post-''Film/ToyStory2'', but instead of BroadStrokes canon as other worlds based on Disney films have been in the past, this world ''is'' the setting of the Toy Story canon.
* AscendedExtra: The Disney worlds and characters play much more important roles within the plot than in previous games, which usually have them [[ExcusePlot as an excuse to kick Heartless butt]]. For example, Sora trains with Hercules to regain his powers after [[BagOfSpilling after they got spilled in the last game]] from Xehanort having his heart shattered. In the ''Toy Story'' world, Young Xehanort invades because he is trying to find a way to create the Organization's thirteenth SoulJar by researching the unique bonds between the hearts of toys and their owners.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: {{Averted|Trope}}. Unlike ''I'' and ''II'', there is no restriction on how many party members you are allowed to have active. Whoever your GuestStarPartyMember 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.
* 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. It's also heavily implied that Aqua, Terra, and Ven will feature.
* 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!]]
* BattleInTheRain: It's raining for at least part of the Rock Titan fight.
* BigBadEnsemble: 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.
* 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]].
* CoolGun: One of his Keyblade transformations, Dual Arrowguns, is [[DualWielding a pair of these]]. They can further transform into [[{{BFG}} Magic Launcher]].
* 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.
** 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' [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX mysterious black box]].
* TheCorrupter: 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.
* DropTheHammer: Sora's ''Toy Story''-world Keyblade can become a giant hammer called Hyper Hammer, which can further transform into [[ThisIsADrill a drill arm]].
* 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]].
* FallenHero: The original [[Disney/BigHero6 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.
* FisherKingdom: 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 LivingToys that live there.
* GameplayRoulette: Whenever Sora hijacks one of the toy mechs, the game shifts from an ActionRPG into a FirstPersonShooter.
* 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.
** A new Limit attack (or something similar) has Sora throwing Goofy full force at enemies, causing a large explosion.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Disney character 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 ''Franchise/ToyStory'' world.
* 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.
* HumongousMecha: The ''Franchise/ToyStory'' world has giant robot enemies, or at least giant relative to Sora's small size. Sora can hijack the robots to pilot them himself.
* InconsistentDub: Once again, [[SpellLevels 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''.
* 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.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Sora’s Olympus Coliseum Keyblade transformation, Countershield, is this.
* MacroZone: 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 AlienNonInterferenceClause 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.
* 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.
* MythologyGag:
** The premise of the ''Toy Story'' world slightly resembles the plot of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory 1''.
** One of Buzz's attacks is a spin attack with his wings, which was seen in the video game version of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''.
* 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 D23 2017 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]].
* ShownTheirWork: If you thought Square Enix's attention to detail with Disney films was good in other games, it's shown with even greater effect here. World designs look even closer to their films than they did before, and they even involve the original staff of the films in the development process, just to make sure they nail down the atmosphere right.
* 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]].
* SteppingStonesInTheSky: Sora does this with floating debris on Olympus.
* ThisIsADrill: The "Drill Punch" Command Style transforms the Keyblade into a large drill arm. Sora can use it for punching attacks or [[DigAttack dig underground to strike enemies from below]].
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Sora's sole offensive option while riding Big Magic Mountain, Raid Ride.
%%* WallJump: Part of Sora's acrobatics.
* WallRun: The Rock Titan fight has Sora running straight up a completely vertical cliff to reach it.
* WhamLine:
** "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?"
* WhamShot:
** 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''. [[SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound 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!'''
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: A pointed aversion. After his realizations in ''3D'', Sora is determined to bring Roxas back into existence.
* 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.
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