Speaking with Famitsu (Polygon), Nomura revealed a number of gameplay and story details about the latest entry in the Kingdom Hearts series. The plot, first off, will continue after Kingdom Hearts’ latest entry: Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (3DS). According to Tetsuya Nomura, “We’re proceeding along with which worlds we’ll be selecting for the game. It’s the final episode in the ‘Dark Seeker’ saga that began with the original Kingdom Hearts, and it’ll depict the final battle with Xehanort.”
For those of you who have seen the trailer, Nomura said it was tough to choose what type of graphical setting they were looking for in Kingdom Hearts and in next-gen consoles, but ultimately what was shown is how they are aiming it to be portrayed. He calls his art/graphic team the Kingdom Hearts Shader and expects the game to look even better than what was shown during E3.
For gameplay, Nomura revealed, “The action’s pretty frantic. The really bold action we’ve always had is getting even crazier. Kingdom Hearts III has three-person parties, but NPCs and other characters join the fight in each individual world, and the resulting action is really flashy and exciting. The enemy AI is a lot more intricate, too, and I think the gameplay will reflect that new dynamic balance. For example, there’s a foe that’s shaped like a vehicle, and Sora may jump on it and fly around; that’s already implemented.”
While KH3 is early in development, do not rule it out making an appearance at Tokyo Game Show or another conference in the future. Right now, Nomura said his focus is on finishing the final touches of Final Fantasy XV and KH3 can be ready in a year or two.
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