Kingdom Hearts III Shows Sora at His Most Powerful

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Kingdom Hearts III will not only close the story of Sora and friends, it will also feature its upbeat protagonist at his most powerful. Speaking with GameSpot, director Tetsuya Nomura said that the young man we see in the latest trailer has evolved alongside the series' combat mechanics and storyline.

"Another thing you can expect from Kingdom Hearts III is giant, Shadow of the Colossus-style boss battles."

In addition to the new Kingdom Hearts III footage, Square Enix showed off another Kingdom Hearts game: Kingdom Hearts Unchained X (the "X" pronounced "key"), a mobile title that chronologically takes place first in the franchise. Nomura urged those interested in KHIII to play Unchained X first, as it gives a lot of background to a major event discussed and viewed at length throughout the series, the great Keyblade War, in which those who could use Keyblades (like Sora and Riku) took up arms against each other in a cataclysmic battle of light and darkness.

In addition to the narrative link between Unchained X and KHIII, Nomura also said the Sora we see in the new trailer has passed his Keyblade wielder's Mark of Mastery exam--a test he miserably failed at the end of the last KH title, Dream Drop Distance. We now know that he passes.

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One major addition gameplay-wise to Kingdom Hearts III is transforming Keyblades. The new trailer shows Sora's Keyblade becoming a wide gambit of other weapons, from a rocket launcher to dual guns to a flying pegasus creature leading a chariot. Each Keyblade transformation is unlocked by clearing all missions in one of Kingdom Hearts' worlds, and each individual world offers its own unique Keyblade transformation. Nomura said the Pegasus and chariot version, for example, is from the world of Disney's Hercules (which also confirms there is a Hercules world in Kingdom Hearts III).

"The concept of transforming Keyblades was conceived during development on Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix," Nomura explained. "The Lingering Sentiment battle [between Sora and the abandoned Armor of Terra, a hero from Birth by Sleep] featured transforming armor, and the Keyblade itself transforms, and I wanted to recreate that and be able to incorporate that mechanic into Kingdom Hearts III's gameplay. As you train and become a more masterful Keyblade wielder, your style of fighting develops and you are able to transform your Keyblade."

Co-director Tai Yasue added the the game will have a lot of different transformation options, though Square Enix is keeping quiet for now on those not shown in the trailer. It's worth scrutinizing the transformations we've seen thus far; maybe that Keyblade bazooka-lazer is a play on Rocket Raccoon's weapon from Guardians of the Galaxy?

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"Our goal is, because you are able to obtain world-specific Keyblades after you beat certain worlds, the transformations of each Keyblade will be related to the world you visit," Yasue explained. "We've made each transformation unique to the world.”

Another thing you can expect from Kingdom Hearts III is giant, Shadow of the Colossus-style boss battles. There will be fights against smaller enemies, but some of KHIII's bosses will be gargantuan, allowing Sora greater freedom of movement and room to experiment with attacks--including the new theme-park-ride summon attacks.

"When creating a Kingdom Hearts game, we start with a gameplay system that I think would be a fun element," Nomura said of designing gameplay, "and once we have an idea of what kind of gameplay or system we want in place, we flesh out the story around it, surrounding the basic concept of what kind of fun we’re going to have with this new instalment."

He added: "The gameplay mechanic is the skeleton, the root of building the game. As an example of how some concepts come about… the game system in Dream Drop Distance where you switch between Sora and Riku and interchange, that concept fell into place first and then I built the story.”

Kingdom Hearts III still doesn't have a release date. For more details, check out our trailer breakdown below.

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to be honest i duno what the fck is going on in KH story anymore

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I'm not a big fan of how SE keeps changing platforms for the Kingdom hearts games, they had one game that was only on gameboy advance that bridged KH1 & KH2, then one only on DS that gave backstory to KH2, then one on the 3DS which I think is meant to be between KH2 & KH3, and now a mobile game too?

While all of the main games thus far have been on Playstation, makes no sense

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How is it that the old CGI in 2 looks far better than KH3. A game that will never have sequel again. On the PS4. A console that ran The Order 1886.

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@Alexander2cents: You're either talking shit to insult the game or your nostalgia is far too strong, the gameplay looks leaps and bounds all around better than the cgi of 2.

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@putaspongeon: you don't get it. CGI has and will always look perfect. This is 97% true. Not blocked out colors with mild polygon counts. I would never use this in a CGI movie. Not even in a straight to dvd video.

Compare and contrast. Sure the trailer looks great. But look at the 2 guys playing chess at the end. Look at that jagged shroud. And those trannie's 1k hair. That doesn't look better than CGI. You can't get away with it by categorizing it in anime either. You just can't

http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/Gamerazor247/media/tumblr_m7lbp3pBil1qgms01o1_500_zpsd264a72e.gif.html?t=1349828019 This looks so good.

http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/scale_small/0/9170/773537-riku42_2.jpg

http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ZcPRRGLc--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/763684851294812995.jpg This looks good but eh.

Come on guys. This isn't very next gen. This is one of the reasons why I don't nominate KH as the best RPG series of all time. It's bland art style with odd storyline. Not saying I hate it or anything.

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@Alexander2cents: The cgi of kingdom hearts 2 specifically though, it's a dated game.

Also it's current gen.

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@Alexander2cents said:

How is it that the old CGI in 2 looks far better than KH3. A game that will never have sequel again. On the PS4. A console that ran The Order 1886.

I HOPE that that's just due to the way VIDEOS of gameplay look worse than actual gameplay..........but it could just be that the gameplay itself looks worse than the CGI the KH2...and that the CGI in KH3 is the only thing that looks better.....lets keep up hopes for KH4?

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@adam270391: I hope theres a big enough market for it. Not over serious /v/idya.

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I liked it better when Sora was the only one with a Keyblade (Besides Micky..) Kind of made him seem less important to me.

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(the "X" pronounced "key")

In What Language?!

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@bourne2live: Greek, actually. In BBS, Master Xehanort explains the symbol, and irl it's a Greek letter that means "key"

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@bourne2live: It's the symbol for "chi" which looks like an "X" and is pronounced as either "key" or "kye"

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@paradise02 said:

@bourne2live: It's the symbol for "chi" which looks like an "X" and is pronounced as either "key" or "kye"

It can also be spelt "ki", "qi", "qhi" and "khi" all the same pronunciation, though the actual meaning is slightly different depending on which spelling you use.

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Welp, I just got spoiled for the end of KH3D.

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@leimonides said:

I am definitely looking forward to the theme park-ride summons - that looks like it will just be oh so entertaining and satisfying to bring into play. I did love Shadows of the Colossus so that element incorporated into this world is a great idea; its actually pretty easily fitting. That with the ride-summons is going to make for some truly entertaining boss battles. Pretty indifferent to the transforming Keyblade aspect, however.

I generally hate mobile games so i'm a bit disappointed that it has the significance story/universe wise that it does. Not sure if I can truly be bothered to go ahead and play it for the sake of the story/universe elements.....

I feel for ya with the mobile version being significant...I never played the GBA version myself (though I could have) but they re-release it on the ps3 recently.....maybe the mobile one will get a re-release on the ps5? (5 not being a typo)

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All yall going to put kingdom Hearts 3 on ps3 I want to play it so I'm a biggest fen I got all kkingdom Hearts I won't miss it put it on ps3

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@mack2913: That's not going to happen. Time to move on.

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This is my MOST anticipated game for the PS4. I played KH1 and KH2 as a kid and they are the fondest gaming memories I have. They skipped a whole console generation with 3, it's high time they release it.

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"Kingdom Hearts III will not only close the story of Sora and friends," NO it will not. It closes one overarching story. Nomura confirmed years ago that Sora and co. will continue to have adventures.

It sounds nitpicky, but legitimate news sites should at least be able to fact check and it's annoying when they don't.

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Can you romance Minnie or Daisy?

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@czlapaj2: romance? you think this is mass effect? or dragon age?

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Why the hell cant they just release it already?! Been waiting for over 10yrs now FFS! I even dug my ps2 out a cpl weeks ago just so I could play 1&2 over again. I'm ready for this one to be out so I can play it, I haven't played the other ones for the sole reason that it wasn't released on a ps or Xbox console. I'm just not into getting down on the DS. Did I miss that much inbetween??

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@wickedcouture: the other games are pretty much KH3s entire plot setup, as well as providing many gameplay elements this one looms to be expanding on. And with the HD collections, they more or less are on PS3 now. It's for better or worse, very advisable that you play them when you can or at least watch cutscenes on youtube. A lot of the plot elements make those in KH1 and 2 look relatively minor in comparison.

Also, as if it matters, KH2 came out in 2005-6. Noticeably less than 10 years ago.

Tl;DR version: the handheld titles are really important in the grand scheme of things.

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@ajmrowland1: ok then I'll check out the cutscenes..

I get it takes awhile to get the licenses for the charecters, but every time this game starts getting steam it fades into the background for another year or so. Ok so saying over 10yrs is exaggerating.. But it's been about 10yrs since kingdom hearts 2 came out.

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@wickedcouture: You should get 1.5 and 2.5 remix if you get the chance and have a ps3. 6 kingdom hearts games total there. Well 2 of them are made into movies sort of. But that should get you ready story-wise for kh3.

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I would like To know Control Based Designs...or how is it being design. The architecture desing of level must be the same as motherboard chips, same concept should b. verbal emotions. I should Just say Make Each planet like its a pc build.

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Kingdom Hearts!

Kiri & Reku Playbale!! different styles....Kairi Mage...Riku Warrior...Sora Healer! and untameable bit unstable...not at his primals yet...I imagine Two More Fuking Years...I have been Delayed $. Not actual...but that just means more Fuking Souls for me to clear of my favorite World...The Tournament Round hahahhaha work together to form the Shield.

A fuking Areana: Now NONE of the Old Battles but all the enemies rite?...Its fuking Done Natural Evelution..Loving Herculies! the mythical Beast Terror hahhahaha keeping that. Guard Pegusas!! he can fuking fly with him as a beast. kiris Vileness must be unlocked through her locked creature...wich is an Immortal accessory unlocked based on a full completion of the Planed. Hercules is not human by the way hahahah I cant Sense him yet. I Think Kanyes Bloodline Im not sure. Jayz still remains Immortal with Eminem & 50. The One Before them did curry the Tourch...Nobody listend, but the dude could set the mood. People keep stealing 50s Fuking Style@ in a war not verbal but distant. Imagine transformable Weapons compatable to sync with their killing methods You See ME. Not made of metariels but the dead! Whtever the dead may b. Only in game tho....We dont kill. Defense(Protect). Only Pure Souls can understand Know That!! Imagine Soras Armor of shield....clear rim covering feet up til head....Clear (Tetsuya Nomura) No Sea World not in the game But lots of Wet lands and Jungle if that makes sense different moods not scenes. Nothing is in the Tomb the fuking idiots are runnig in Circle. The Tomb is the Heart! Its how the Dead are Burried. Always Pay the respect ( My friend Fahim taught me that over a long discussion, I listened. Lots of Airborn Creatures....to much to explain in writing. It Seems nothing wants to be left of this planet but know this we cannot leave Primal Planets Yet. Summon Your fuking wings, Protect The Fuking Guardians All of it will Happen with physycal wings. That is why Kairi is a mage. I imagine new gen bulls in mother lands. One must Travel Thru the core to Reach The Top. The one in come must be set free. All of us!

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@rajahaider: You high as **** dude.

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Who still keeps up with this game? What is this now Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Blank 356/2 Days Remix Chain of Memories Coded 3D Dream Drop Distance HD Remix 1.5 HD Remix 2 Final Remix 3? Who the hell knows what's going on in this jumbled garbage?

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@W4rl0ck: KH 1 and 2 got a lot of plot holes in them if you think about it like how are sora, riku and kiri chosen. the history of the 7 pure hearts. the kingdom hearts (big heart-moon) itself, the organization, how come the organization is already half by the time of kh2, how did xehanort became so messed up, 14th member of the organization 13, things like that. the other release on other platforms provided a lot of explanation and its simple to follow. even if you can't play everything since its not for everyone to own every platform (like me) just to follow kingdom hearts storyline, vids are everywhere. just watch them and put the pieces together. its quite simple.

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@W4rl0ck: It's not really so jumbled after DDD. In fact, the individual stories themselves were always pretty easy to keep up with. The connections between games are more complex.

This would be the 8th game.

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@W4rl0ck: that's what I'm saying!! I loved 1&2 and then it got ridiculous. And it was on a DS and I didn't feel that did the game the same justice as on the ps2. I hope they make it in the same style as the 1st 2 cuz I haven't played any of the others

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@wickedcouture: they made Birth By Sleep and Dream Drop Distance, the two most important games plot-wise so far(arguably.more than 1 and 2 in some areas) largely in the style of 1 and 2, and they're not gonna change the formula for this one.

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@W4rl0ck: well if you actually played them its honestly quite simple, unless you just don't want to understand

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I'm sure we're not seeing this for a WHILE. That along with the remake of FFVII.

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@sjawz3288: FFVII-R is expected to be done in 2017 for the 20th anniversary. They're gonna show more footage this winter.

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So basicly Keyblade Transformations replace the variety of keys, meaning you will have 1 key , and you will be able to transform it. And instead of an Ultima Weapon, you will be crafting an Ultima Transformation...

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@jgploseq: Funny how people like you assume something without it even being mentioned. There will be for sure a lot of different keyblades along with the many transformations.

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@he4rtl3ss: Actually it says that by completing all missions in a world you are awarded with new transformations.

If there are hidden , and optional missions then Extra Keyblades have a reason to appear ( since ussualy Keyblades where awarded when you had completed the story part of a World, or a chapter of it...)

I am just making up theories here, I don't assume things...

Also I wouldn't like Oblivion, Oathkeeper, Lions heart and Ultimate not to be in the game...

EDIT: I just rewatched the trailer.
As it seems there is indeed a number of Keyblades I noticed he held Starseeker, and some other ones I don't know...

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@he4rtl3ss: But, didn't you just assume as well?

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@NiteX: he's actually "presuming".

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@NiteX: But my "assumption" was like saying that there will be a new iPhone this year.

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