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.
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.