During the D23 Expo event in Japan, Square Enix revealed quite a bit of news regarding their highly anticipated action role-playing game; Kingdom Hearts III.
First off, Square Enix has shared a meaty trailer for the game, showcasing Monsters Inc. as the new world set to appear and revealing new monster costumes for Sora, Donald and Goofy. While no full release date was revealed, the company reassures the game is still slated for a 2018 release.
View the trailer down below:
Alongside this new trailer, Square Enix also unveiled that Utada Hikaru would again return for the third installment with a new song titled “Don’t Think Twice.” You can hear a preview of the song below, as well as get a glimpse of Riku and Mickey’s new outfits!
UPDATE #1: Japanese twitter user and D23 attendee Usamasuku confirmed that there will be open world Gummi Ship gameplay in KH3, complete with a “search” and “battle” function, and described the Gummi Ship’s battles similar to those seen in the Star Wars franchise. The Gummi Ship will also remain customizable as well. (Source)
UPDATE #2: Square Enix has shared more details with regards to the development progress of Kingdom Hearts III (Via Gamespot). Currently, everyone in the Osaka studio is working on the upcoming RPG, with 100 more people from its Tokyo Studio also involved.
Development is split into three sections: Early, middle, and late. There’s about three or so worlds per section, but Square Enix mentions that this doesn’t mean there’s only nine worlds in total for Kingdom Hearts III. Development progress on the early worlds are 90 percent complete, while the middle section worlds are at around 60 percent. While the company didn’t confirm what stage the end section is, director Tetsuya Nomura said it was “something he’s always wanted to do and put into Kingdom Hearts, ever since the days of working on Final Fantasy.” He added, “It is bound to surprise everyone.”
Kingdom Hearts III is currently in development and will release in 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.