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Kingdom Hearts 3: Brace for Heartbreak

/ Jul 15th, 2013 3 Comments

Kingdom Hearts 3

[adsense250itp]Kingdom Hearts 3 has finally been set in motion to once and for all crush our hearts in the final installment of the “Xenanhort Saga”, but not necessarily the Kingdom Hearts series. The popular mash-up between Disney and Square Enix sported a very brief teaser video at this year’s E3 much to the delight of fans of the series. While only rumors have been spoken of in hushed tones so far, the games creator Tetsuya Nomura has let slip a couple possibilities for the new installment, but as usual with the early stages of a game, nothing is set in stone.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3

What can be confirmed regarding Kingdom Hearts 3 is that Sora will return yet again as the main protagonist (with hints at Riku and Kairi being playable characters within the game from Mr. Nomura). Also the return of Sora’s sidekicks Donald and Goofy to offer comic relief as well as provide a party system atmosphere to Kingdom Hearts 3 as it continues its third-person RPG format. Menu-combat will be returning as the standard form of not only combat, but world interaction, which should please fans who give the series acclaim for its fast-paced gameplay with an accessible control scheme. The brief teaser, while showing the return of these foundation elements to the game, also hints at a few surprises in store for the players.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3

The teaser trailer begins by showing moments from all of the previous iterations of the series, as well as, listing off the previous titles. We then see Sora picking up a somewhat familiar keyblade (at least to the more hardcore fans of the series) and then get a brief snippet of Sora fighting off a rather swarm-like mob of heartless. This brief video hints at a showdown between Sora and the original keyblade master (noted by the previously mentioned keyblade Sora picks up). The teaser shows combat having the capability to work more like a highly interactive cut scene as opposed to a button-mashing free-for-all. Kingdom Hearts 3 is shaping up to be a new beast entirely while improving upon the old mechanics to create a smoother ride for the player to allow maximum enjoyment of the game’s gameplay and storyline.

Speaking of those storylines, the big question remains as to what the exact plot of this installment will be. Some of the plot has been revealed by Square Enix and Nomura, who stated it will revolve around Sora restoring the heart’s of characters across the world, while also seeking a legendary group of seven “guardians of light”. All of this leads to a showdown with Master Xenanhort, the revealed puppet-master of the events in the previous Kingdom Hearts games. Kingdom Hearts 3 as previously mentioned is the presumed final installment in the saga, but not necessarily the final Kingdom Hearts game we will see, as Nomura has mentioned in interviews following the teaser trailer at E3 that he would like to explore other plotlines in the universe.

Finally the major change regarding Kingdom Hearts 3 is that it will not be a Sony exclusive and will reside on both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. This major change-up will be an interesting one to follow as numbers roll in to see which consoles sells more copies of the game itself. The difficulty of the games would suggest that most will simply stick to what they know, as opposed to learning a new control scheme on the Xbox One version of Kingdom Hearts 3. Then with the announcement for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 (Which is an HD remake of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days), the possibility of all of the handheld games coming to a Sony console seems highly likely, which only solidifies the Playstation controller as the dominate for Kingdom Heart fans. Regardless of which system fans (and newcomers) will be picking up Kingdom Hearts 3 on, people are without a doubt looking forward to sobbing their eyes out during cut scenes.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.

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  • Ryumoau

    i’m really excited for this final installment, though i’m more interested for the Disney factor than the Square Enix rpg storytelling.

    Ii’m hoping Disney Infinity may give me what i always wanted which is to explore the different disney universes, without the cliche jrpg tropes KH has made me suffer through at times.

  • Ducked

    That keyblade shown that Sora picked up was Master Eraqus’s keyblade. It made it obvious that Sora is going to unlock the room in Castle Oblivion and wake up Ventus, even though Aqua said she’d do it.

    I’m hoping Ventus, Riku, and Aqua will be playable characters. I’m hoping to see Oz the Great and Powerful and The Jungle book come to the game.

  • SoraRoxasVen

    this isn’t going to be the final instalment in the whole series there will be a kingdom hearts 4

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