Kingdom Hearts III will feature various theme park-like attractions rolled into gameplay By Erren Van Duine on October 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

This morning at Disney’s first ever D23 Expo in Japan, Tetsuya Nomura and Shinji Hashimoto took to the Kingdom Hearts Limited Stage to deliver some long awaited news on the series as well as a few surprises.

Following the expected announcement for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX – scheduled to launch on PS3 next year – the pair debuted a new look at Kingdom Hearts III, which has remained in the shadows since its formal announcement at E3.

According to our friends at FF-Reunion, the trailer started off in the familiar world of Traverse Town where Sora is fighting against a load of Heartless before he jumps up and releases a homing fire attack. His Keyblade then changes into something that shoots off a repeated fire barrage. The next scene shifts over to a lit up boat attraction – similar to Peter Pan’s in Disney’s Electric Parade. As the boat sways back and forth, the camera pans to Sora, Goofy and Donald – the latter of which is strapped in by the attraction’s safety bar. This extravagant setup is actually apart of an action called “Roll Splash”

The following scene shows a fight against the Rock Titan, which features the Big Thunder Mountain attraction with extending railroad tracks as it moves along. Instead of simply mashing forward, it seems there is a sort of circular pattern Sora will have to follow around Titan as he attacks it.

While the game is obviously still early in development, Nomura did confirm that the content shown in the video is already the kind of play that is possible. Although this time fans were treated to a look at battles, both Sora and Riku will return for this outing and others including Roxas will be characters to look forward to in the future.

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  • http://www.flavors.me/ericgornicki Eric Gornicki

    No leaked version of the trailer?

  • Erren Van Duine

    No photography allowed.

  • Nokuto

    Do you think the trailer described above will ever be available online? I really want to see it.

  • Erren Van Duine

    Hard to say. Disney are very restrictive.

  • EX+

    Will we still see the clips of this trailer in the Convo with creators Nomura is having?

  • Mateus.E

    well,I heard that many times,and many times there had been leaks,Are they really that efficient?

  • LGFFan

    i saw a comment in a blog mentioning expect ven and all the others too. i feel an absolute mind blowing future inbound. KH2 and the whole last boss battles was like a wet dream but KH3 is going to smash it i just feel it…my body is ready yes.

  • Mateus.E

    Supposedly,Vanitas was mentioned or shown in a flashback.Well,I am betting my house that he is one of the 13 darknesses.One of BBS’s many strongest points,in my opinon,was Vanitas.The guy is a piece of work,and does some awesome boss fights.

  • EX+

    I know. I’d love for Ventus to fight him and kick his sorry ass for payback. Plus he’d look pretty cool and menacing in the new engine.

  • EX+

    I feel it too. Well, that’s Nomura magic for you.

  • Mateus.E

    indeeeeeeed(Xemnas style).Vanitas is quicker then a rabbit.And more squish than a frog.The guy simply does not stay still.When you think you cornered him,just like a frog,he slips right through your hands and counters.And that was on the PSP…imagine how he will be on this game,that has some apects from XV…god,better prepare.

    Hmm,what I am interested about is on what happened with Demyx,Luxord,Marluxia,Larxene.The original org XIII already had 2 clones of Xehanort…And Isa(Saix)was confirmed to have become one too.The other 4 disciples of Ansem the Wise and Lea(Axel)didn’t work.Xemnas talked about “Weakness of trust”,”weakness of will”.Would the first one eliminate Marluxia and Larxene,I wonder.One thing I found odd about KH2 was that Luxord,who apparently had no idea about the true purpose of the organization was one of the last to be finished,after even Xigbar who was Xehanort’s right hand and was (perhaps unlike Saix)clearly aware that his death was not final,considering how lighthearted he was.Xemnas did say that most of the members weren’t fit,but…only one of the 11 became a clone…that is too few.Perhaps two,or three…

  • Sorahearts

    If I saw that trailer then I would know that the game will be epic. But hopefully I really need to see it and that trailer would look cool

  • EX+

    I know. I’ll keep you posted if I find anything.

  • Sorahearts

    I’ll pretty much do the same thing too. But it is glad to know that I have a game to play on next year that will help me wait for KH3 and also FFXV will too

  • Unknown

    apparently this was gameplay footage…

    or was this pre-rendered? too good to be true if it was gameplay

  • EX+

    It was full on gameplay.

  • EX+

    Yeah, Vanitas would make a badass rival to run into throughout the game. I just love hating him. Lol. He’s so fast and hyper active. You’re gonna need to be on the top of your game if you’re playing KH3 I’m betting.
    As for the organization xiii, I think people like Larxene should stay out of the fray. She got killed in Castle Oblivion and really isn’t that interesting..

  • Aly Hesham

    I wonder how much stake does Disney have in KH3? Do they provide financial assistance, marketing or any developmental assistance ?

  • EX+

    Not sure. Apparently, Disney is restrictive with this kind of stuff, so they must have licensing rights. But I just want this trailer to come out by tomorrow. I’ll keep you guys posted.

  • Mateus.E

    Larxene and Marluxia were two noobs who though they could usurp the organization.Marluxia could not even defeat Axel,and Larxene was weaker then him.Two fools,they were,and like fools they died.Demyx was quite loved in KH2,because of that amazingly hard boss battle…Luxord was,well,random. He was fought after Xigbar and Before Saix,two of the clones…

  • James

    Besides Square Enix characters, Disney owns everything about the series. They definitely control the marketing as well. Based off of interviews and what not, they also have a bit of creative control. Not only on the Disney elements, as you would imagine, but on the overall story as well.

    Apparently when Nomura presented them with the initial KH3D ending, Disney just flat out said “No”, and he had to rewrite it. They also provide suggestions for the worlds and cameos that appear.

    I’m sure they provide some sort of financial assistance (since they do want to get money back on it), but from what I gather on the developmental front, they only supervise to make sure the DISNEY characters look, sound, and act as they should.

  • Mateus.E

    Disney,please,don’t get on the way.heh,worst enemy for this game is not time,nor the rabid fans…but Disney and the team.If they make any screwup,well,it could be fatal,since this is the finale for the saga.

  • TheCandyGiraffe

    Disneyland rides and potential Pixar worlds? Words cannot describe how excited I am for this! Tangled and Frozen would blow my mind.

  • Wassim Mokhtar

    My head can’t take it anymore….. First the announcement of Kingdom Hearts 2.5, and now a full description of Kingdom Hearts 3 next footage, and on top of that, its gameplay………..The third strike would be if they show the trailer to the public…… my god…….. somebody hold me……

  • Cloud AC

    Trailer will be released in less than 2 hours. Hype levels increasing! :D

  • Mateus.E

    shoot,will have to sleep now!Goddamn sleep.

  • Anime10121

    That was a separate trailer they played to sum up the KH timeline. Unfortunately Vanitas aint in the KH3 trailer…

  • Hard Truth

    About time we hear some new developments! Trailer was pretty good, definitely shows some cool stuff. Can’t wait to see how it all goes from here.

  • TO

    I would love love love to see Tangled. Dem forests.