Refrain from viewing the following gameplay footage and information if you prefer not to be spoiled of events taken place in Kingdom Hearts III. This is your only warning.
During the Kingdom Hearts III stage event at Tokyo Game Show this year, some new tidbits of information and short video gameplay was revealed, showing off some incredible Keyblade transformations, exciting summons and confirming that Sora will have to face Aqua in the Realm of Darkness.
Below are the videos containing all the gameplay clips that were shown during the event, with the event host Akira Kawashima, co-director Tai Yasue and Japanese voice actors Miyo Irino (Sora) and Megumi Toyoguchi (Aqua) commenting throughout. The clips were captured by the hard working folks over at KHInsider.
Director Tetsuya Nomura was also present, though only in voice, and had the chance to comment on various subjects. Below is a collection of his commentary, as well as his answers during the brief Q&A session that was held at the end of the stage event. Thanks to twitter user Audrey for the translations.
Nomura: (On the subject of old school mini-games in KHIII) Well you see, I wasn’t allowed to play these games when I was a kid so…
MC: So is this like you getting revenge and putting it in your own game?
Irino: I was asked if this was the end of Kingdom Hearts, what is the verdict, Nomura-San?
Nomura: This is not the end of Kingdom Hearts, just the Dark Seeker arc. Sora’s story will continue after this, but first, Kingdom Hearts 3!
MC: Aqua has turned to darkness, yeah?
Nomura: Yeah it’s really too bad she fell to the darkness. I can’t tell much more otherwise it’ll be a spoiler but yeah, it’s quite unfortunate.
MC: Terra, Aqua, and Ventus as well as Xehanort- we want to know their ages.
Nomura: We didn’t really have set ages. Terra is around 20, Aqua is about 18, Ventus is 16, and Xehanort is uh…Young Xehanort is 18-20, Master Xehanort is like 80 or something.
MC: Will there be an online game play option. Nomura?
Nomura: We haven’t included it in KH3, but the idea was talked about during production. We just want to finish KH3 first, then we’ll think about other options.
MC: Will there be a KH3 secret movie?
Nomura: Yes, yes there will be. I don’t want to say spoilers, but it’ll be kind of a different type of presentation, such as a DLC with a secret movie or something…maybe.
After the stage event concluded, co-director Tai Yasue revealed off stream that there are more than ten worlds in Kingdom Hearts III, and what we’ve been shown so far is only 1/3 to 1/4’s of the worlds themselves, implying heavily that there will be quite a lot to explore.
Kingdom Hearts III is scheduled to release in Japan on January 25, 2019 and in North America and Europe on January 29, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.