Kingdom Hearts 3 will end story arc, but not overall series

Game director Tetsuya Nomura says that upcoming sequel's gameplay will take inspiration from Kingdom Hearts 3D.

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Square Enix game director Tetsuya Nomura has said in an LA Times interview that the current Kingdom Hearts story arc will end with Kingdom Hearts 3.

Players can catch up with the Kingdom Hearts story with the upcoming HD 1.5 Remix later this year.

However, the franchise will continue after the release of the third game. Nomura explained that Kingdom Hearts 3 isn't part of a "trilogy," but added that story elements that were introduced in 2002 will be wrapped up and come to a close.

"There was never a plan [at first]. As a core game, this is finally the third, and 10 years have passed. I couldn't call this a trilogy. There have been so many spinoffs. In Kingdom Hearts 3, the battles that the characters have been fighting for the past 10 years will come to a conclusion. But the series will continue. Only the particular enemy they have been fighting the past 10 years will come to an end," he said.

Nomura hinted that Kingdom Hearts 3 will head in the direction of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance from a gameplay perspective. The game's combat system was an early guide for the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One action role-playing game.

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bored_gamer
bored_gamer

I hope it doesn't use that Command Deck like most handheld Kingdom Hearts had. I want to have chain attacks like Kingdom Hearts II had 

Ravenndainsane
Ravenndainsane

Alright, for all the idiots over here who havent even played atleast 3 of the games or have no wind of kingdom hearts birth by sleep im gonna break it down for ya because those comments are giving me brain cancer.

Xahenort is the main villian:

we fight him with Terra in kh BBS

we fight his heartless (ansem the seeker of darkness) in KH 1 with Sora

then his Nobody (Xemnas) in KH2 with Sora

then we're supposed to fight him for the last time because he reconstructed himself with the destruction of his heartless and nobody plus with the help of the organisations plan to make clones of him.

NOW! maleficent is just a butthurt and doesnt have much to do than to just meddle between the main villian and the heroes.

NINJASMOKER
NINJASMOKER

I'm a big fan of the Kingdom Hearts series on PS2 and long time ago I was hoping for a part 3 to end it all, but then they started making these versions on a crappy DS or 3DS and I gotta say it pissed me off. How come they couldn't put those 3DS titles on PS2 and then PS3 for crying out loud? Because now I'm freakin lost in the story of it all, and now they've decided to created this last one that connects to those on PS4. I mean, REALLY?  

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

Um. Big fan here, but honestly when KH2 dropped and I saw the ending (before the post-credits ending) I was satisfied with KH2 ending the whole thing. Some years later, I'm totally OK with KH3 ending it. For real this time.

wielderoz
wielderoz

umm, why KH 3Ds combat system? i mean, what was wrong with KH 2's combat system? it was always something i really liked about KH, but about KH 3D... didn't they push it a little to the crazy side? the combat system in KH 2 was really simple, AND perfect, but since KH BBS came out the battles went a little "out of control-like"... -_- .


Earth2023
Earth2023

They should just end From KH1 to KH3...then create spin-offs if needed. 

amir_g_m
amir_g_m

Who's the original enemy?

some things were not clear about the story.

At first (KH1) they fight they Heartless. Sora stays indoors while Kairi goes to the island.

at KH2, Sora wakes up out of a coma, and then he tries to find a way back to the world... but we killed Maleficent

so kinda of story is it if they are going to beat the first enemy? the heartless???


some explanations? 


KemistiOMg
KemistiOMg

hope they end Sora's story at 3, so we can play with new keyblader in the future

flameon12346
flameon12346

Why not end the series at 3? They better don't be milking the series.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

KH3 better have one of the most satisfying ending of all KH History. because if they do not leave off with a Bang don't expect me to buy your Milked up Future KH games.. 

Sunuva22
Sunuva22

had fun with lots of the games but I really wish they would have ended the series a few years ago play kh dream drop for the 3ds it has a nice synopsis for the rest of the games included in it. Maybe save it before you decide to play KH 3. I haven't even finished it just saving it for a rainy day. KH2 was my favorite and I still remember trying so hard and leveling up so I could beat Sephiroth and his long sword : ) fun stuff

Boat3600
Boat3600

I can't see myself playing KH after this third one. Maybe if there hadn't been so many portable spinoffs, but now the series has become stale. 

colt_a
colt_a

If they continue to make the series on handhelds as well, I won't be playing KH after the third one.


Its really dumb to have to have a GBA, PSP, DS, 3DS and PS2 (and now soon a XB1/PS4) just to get one story arc.


MAKE THEM ALL ON MAIN CONSOLES.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I'm only really interested in these games because of Donald Duck.

Ovirew
Ovirew

The problem is that all I care about is wrapping up the story the first game started.  I don't care about these boring and convoluted typical Japanese plots that they sew into everything with the spin-offs.  I care about Sora, Kairi, Rikku and the Disney characters defeating Xehanort and ending the story they started telling in 2002 or whatever.

I don't really want to be strung along by this series after that because, like many other IPs, they really just turned KH into a big cash-cow and released a bunch of pointless spin-offs that they swear are crucial to the story and this and that, even though they mostly suck.

hellfire141
hellfire141

Here's my concern. And this goes with all companies now in days.
Will the released KH3 be it?
Or will there be a final mix about a year later?!?
I really hate missing out on Japan only exclusives that you have to re-buy again just to play them. I never got the final mix for the first one and luckily now with the 1.5hd remix, I will finally get to play it, but again, I have to buy it all over again to play that content.
If anything, at least make it a dlc.

But even then, I hate dlc. DLC = purposely left out content, IMO.
Don't even get me started with Capcom and their fighters... (never bought any costumes ever!)

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Please not the action cooldown system and "deckbuilding."

That was cool for the spinoffs and all, but just go back to the KH1/2 systems.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Old news. He's been saying this for years now. 

Just let me rescue Terra already. ;(

Parky23
Parky23

after i completed both games all those years ago as a kid i remember searching the net hoping to find legit info for number 3 never found it gave up hope wasnt interested in the spin offs. im sure this is old news but to me its new and its put nothing but a big smile on my 24 year old face :D cant wait

Ducez_III
Ducez_III

This is old news if you've been keeping up with previous KH related interviews. Tetsuya Nomura has already planned out a story for the series that reaches far into the future.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Hopefully after KH3, we won't have to deal with 100 spinoff portable titles before we get another console installment.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I wasn't aware there was a story?!

lil_jon86
lil_jon86

I hope when Mr. Nomura is done with kh3 he would work on birth by sleep volume 2 for the vita.

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

Oh, so there was a story arc?

Gspong2
Gspong2

@NINJASMOKERthey needed the DS 3DS and PSP versions to tie up the story genius if it wasnt for birth by sleep dream drop distance 358/2 days no one would know wdf was going on.The reason These games weren't on the ps2 or ps3 is because tetsuya Namura  wanted his games to be on one system. Most likely he will do remakes on PS4 like he did with 358/2 on PS3 and chain of memories on PS2 and then PS3 with the HD remake

Gspong2
Gspong2

@NINJASMOKER they needed the DS 3DS and PSP versions to tie up the story genius if it wasnt for birth by sleep dream drop distance 358/2 days no one would know wdf was going on.The reason These games weren't on the ps2 or ps3 is because tetsuya Namura  wanted his games to be on one system. Most likely he will do remakes on PS4 like he did with 358/2 on PS3 and chain of memories on PS2 and then PS3 with the HD remake

ironscoug
ironscoug

@NINJASMOKER I know what you mean my friend. No one has the money to keep up with all of that. But, I like to think of all of the handheld spinoffs as "mini-experiments" for KHIII testing out different types of new combat elements and seeing who responds best to what elements and such. I feel the team is now more prepped then they have ever been for KHIII so it may pay off. If you want some help with the story though, I recommend checking out this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlMp8zIJMRE it will help you get caught up... Don't feel bad if you have to watch the Birth by Sleep part 50 times over. That game is where things get freaking confusing real fast. 

WhataRecch
WhataRecch

@wielderoz  Well maybe because the series has evolved to finally having some depth and variety. Good riddance to the days of an "RPG" where there's literally nothing interesting to do. You and 3 other people may like the simple as a coloring book "mash x  to win" combat. The rest prefer actual substance.

Ravenndainsane
Ravenndainsane

@amir_g_m first of all the main villian throughout the ENTIRE series was Xehanort, His heartless (ansem the seeker of darkness) and his Nobody (Xemnas; first member and leader of the organisation)

fucking hell are you even paying attention to what your playing?

bahamut1283
bahamut1283

@KemistiOMg Supposedly the Xehanort saga will end but Nomura has stated that Sora's story will not.

Gspong2
Gspong2

@colt_a Or if you just wanna know the story and save yourself some cash like I did go to the wiki page and watch some youtube vids they explain the story and if you wanna see if the game is worth buying a new console watch someone play the game theres vids of every cutscene and all the gameplay from all of the games personally after I knew the story completely from all of that I figured Id just wait and buy a PS4 for 2 reasons. 1 for KH3 of course and 2 cuz I planned on buying a next gen console anyway, why buy old consoles for one game? after the new stuff comes out good luck trying to get any value out of that.

Drilbit777
Drilbit777

@colt_a You could just get a PS3 and you'll save on buying KH 1,2, Chain Of memories( Ps2 remake is way better) KH BBS, KH 358/2 days(If you only care about the cutscenes) with the HD collections. The only downside is buying a 3DS for KH 3D and PS4 for KH 3.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

@colt_a its not dumb, its called business. they made plenty of money on handhelds and i imagine is much cheaper to develop for

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@Ovirew Too bad, because they ARE crucial to the story. I'd like to watch your confused face trying to figure out what happened when trying to play KH3.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@hellfire141 That's another thing.  They release 'updated' versions of the games to make EVEN MORE money.  It's really just about the money.  The added content probably isn't that notable anyway.

Drilbit777
Drilbit777

@Thanatos2k You and I have the same ideas. I miss having teammates in the KH portables like with the main titles. Hopefully they just stick with the KH 1/2 battle system and just build on it like KH 2 did with the first one. As much I like the BBS battle system, they should stick to the old battle system for the main games.

flameon12346
flameon12346

@WTA2k5 It in the middle I think. I almost finish Kingdom Hearts 1 but finish Kingdom Heats 2. I haven't played Kingdom Hearts in a long time so I forgot what the stroy really about.

Stebsis
Stebsis

@Drilbit777 @colt_a You can play the DS games on 3DS. And DDD has great summaries of each KH game before it to explain all the important stuff, I haven't played other handheld ones other than that and I understood the story... as much as I could after they started raping it after 1 :D

Ovirew
Ovirew

@Bellum_Sacrum Then it is ridiculously stupid for the writers of these games to expect us to follow a story that started on one system but skipped around to a bunch of other systems before its third iteration. 

Gspong2
Gspong2

@Drilbit777 @Thanatos2k  Dude I totally agree KH3 NEEDS team battle with all the keyblade masters together this game would be so badass if you could have a team of sora riku and kairi or Ventus (if he wakes up) aqua (if she leaves the real of darkness) and Lea and even king mickey would be fun to play as (completely not like in KH2) and there were so many times in Dream drop distance and chain of memories were a reaction command woulda just been awsome

Ovirew
Ovirew

@cryingdevil63 @SavoyPrime I think the spin-offs take the really, really long and scenic route to telling us those fine details.  ...And we get them in the main games then, anyway.


SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

@cryingdevil63 I know they do, but for those who aren't into the portable scene, it's been ridiculous that we have had to wait this long for the game to come back to its roots. Thank goodness for GameTrailer's KH Timeline.