Kingdom Hearts III Featured in Famitsu Weekly (Updated)

Kingdom Hearts III

The latest release of Famitsu Weekly has covered all the fantastic news that was announced at E3 2013 including the long awaited announcement of Kingdom Hearts III.

Famitsu was able to interview Tetsuya Nomura again and some of the details that were mentioned was that first nothing has been decided if Riku or Kairi will be playable characters and that Kingdom Hearts III was the end of the Xehanort Saga. Nomura also again touched on the Kingdom Shaders that his team are planning to use to give a more Disney look with each world.

Nomura has also stated that more Kingdom Hearts III information will appear at Tokyo Game Show in September and Japan’s D23 Expo in October.

So this is finally it. The news we’ve been waiting for is starting to finally come in!

UPDATE: Zephy from KHInsider has translated more information from the article:

・Director: Tetsuya Nomura
・Co Director: Tai Yasue
・Composer: Yoko Shimomura
・Producer: Rie Nishi

・In the story, Sora goes off to find a “key that returns hearts” and travels to various Disney worlds.
・The CG characters that were introduced are: Sora, Donald, and Goofy.

Q & A from Director Tetsuya Nomura

・It is a direct continuation from KINGDOM HEARTS 3D and the selection of new worlds is underway. It is the final battle between Master Xehanort in the last chapter of the Seeker of Darkness saga.

・Other than Sora, will we be able to play as Riku and Kairi?: I can’t say no to the possibility.

・Visuals: We continued to explore on how should a next generation KINGDOM HEARTS should look like and we tried to make the textures to closely resemble those of Disney illustrations. From there, it was updated.

・From numerous attempts by Mr. Nozue, the “KINGDOM SHADER” developed visuals that created those textures.

・Action: In the demo, the moments were a lot more rampant. There will be more adventurous experiences, KINGDOM HEARTS III will utilize three party members, in every world NPCs can also participate in these flashy battles. As one progresses, the AI for friends and foes become different.

・Sora learned the Keyblade’s truer strength during the Mark of Mastery Exam.

・The development team of FINAL FANTASY XV and KINGDOM HEARTS III have a friendly competition between each other. There is also a response to a sneak preview, online compatibility is being considered and please wait for more information in the future. This year, TGS in September and also D23 Expo Japan will be revealing more information.

Update 2: Thanks to ArikaMiz, we have an image from Famitsu Magazine showing Sora, Donald, and Goofy’s KH3 renders:

Source: aibo_ac7, KHInsder, Sokubou @ Hokanko, ArikaMiz

22 Responses to “Kingdom Hearts III Featured in Famitsu Weekly (Updated)”

  1. Pizza Says:

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  2. Ian Manning Says:

    I’d like Sora and Kairi’s relationship to evolve more, those two gave us years of ideas for fanfics & rumors, and a new, original way of expressing their feelings is something I’d like Numora to put in KH3.

  3. Shadow Says:

    Tokyo Game Show starts on September the 19th of this year, not October…

  4. Ryan Walsh Says:

    Let the rumours of the selected Disney worlds begin.

  5. Fred Says:

    I don’t really care about the Disney worlds choices, I trust Nomura for that. I only want a playable Riku and something like kh2′s forms, these (and dual keyblade weilding) were awesome

  6. John Sotomayor Says:

    I actually think you’re more likely to find Sora/Riku fanfics than Sora/Kairi fanfics.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Omgsh they really were able to get that paintbrush look!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    That speaks volumes about Kairi’s role and character development (or lack thereof).

  9. doctorpope181 Says:

    “Nomura has also stated that more Kingdom Hearts III information will appear at Tokyo Game Show in September and Japan’s D23 Expo in October”.


  10. Alejandro Machado R. Says:

    LOVING THE NEW Kingdom Shader!!!

  11. Ian Manning Says:

    I get it, the gay stories, ha ha.

  12. Shadow Says:

    Looks like it was corrected.

  13. John Sotomayor Says:

    On a serious note, I hope for the opposite of what you hope for. I don’t think Sora and Kairi have any kind of exceptional relationship beyond being good childhood friends, same as with Riku. I kinda want them to keep it that way between all three of them.

  14. Platitude Says:

    I think they did a good job at creating an art style for this that looks next-gen but also keeps it cartoony. I’m getting excited, although who knows how long it will take for this to come out? Knowing Square it could be 2015 even.

  15. Ian Manning Says:

    I won’t argue with you, I would just like Sora to receive the same treatment as the Disney heroes and find true love. Besides, the message of friendship was already portrayed about 7 times. Either Kairi get’s Sora or people can keep doing the gay-guy fanfictions/fake comics for another 10 years.

  16. John Sotomayor Says:

    Who’s arguing? I just want to have a discussion. =)

    I reasonably understand that Disney, while being a very progressive company, is probably still not ready to feature a gay romance. Square Enix is also likely not going to want to do this, as Japan still has its own issues with homophobia. So realistically, I don’t think any of this is going to actually happen.

    But purely based on the story itself, I honestly think that if you want Sora to find “true love,” it’s more likely to be with Riku than Kairi. They’re depicted as being closer than Sora and Kairi ever were. See also in KH2 when Sora is reunited with Kairi vs. his reunion with Riku: both reunions are happy, and Sora does hug Kairi if I recall, but Sora’s reunion with Riku involves Sora dropping to his knees, grabbing Riku’s hand, and literally crying (with tears and all) about how he had been searching for Riku. For most of the first KH, Riku’s actions were determined by jealousy over Sora’s new friendships, and I think Kairi was used as a tool on the surface for explaining Riku’s actions.

    Basically, I think people only want Sora and Kairi to be in a romantic relationship because Kairi is “the girl” of the trio, and Sora is the main character of the series itself. I feel like people like to ignore the potential evidence for other relationships as well as the fact that KH really isn’t romance-heavy at all in favor of a tried-and-true, cliché storytelling mode.

    Like I said, realistically I only expect the three of them to remain good friends throughout the series. =) You said “the message of friendship was already portrayed about 7 times.” Well, guess what? That means it’s a motif and/or thematic element of the KH series. Romance hasn’t been a big part of KH, so if you’re suddenly expecting it in KH3, I think there’s a chance you’ll be disappointed.

    I’ll reiterate once again that I really think Sora, Riku, and Kairi are meant to be platonic friends. But based on the story so far and the characters’ relationships with one another, and of course as a gay guy myself, I think there’s far more evidence for Sora and Riku than Sora and Kairi.

    Additionally, as a feminist, I would like to see Kairi, who has already been depicted as a damsel in distress, be developed in a way that doesn’t depend on whether or not she gets with a guy. I feel that if they were to commit to the romance route with Kairi and Sora, that would consume the entirety of Kairi’s character. Instead, the secret ending of Dream Drop Distance implies that Kairi’s role is going to be more important in other ways, which I’m excited for. =)

    Of course, I could totally be wrong. Anything’s possible.

  17. Ian Manning Says:

    …anything’s possible…that’s very true.

  18. Brian Douglas Macleod Says:

    Sora imagined dancing with Kairi in Halloween town, in what was quite obviously a romantic daydream. Just listen to Donald and Goofy’s dialogue to him in that scene. But there are a lot of really strong moments between a lot of the male characters.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    I think Japan is more liberal to homosexual relationships than any other country judging from the art produced: games with homosexual relationships (yuri etc) and mangas too, animes are full with implied or revealed love between girls (see noir, el cazador, I dont remember more examples atm)

  20. John Sotomayor Says:

    This is actually a common misconception. There is lots of Japanese anime and manga featuring homosexuality, but in the “real world,” Japan still has a long way to go. In Japan, marriage is a very significant thing. People are expected to land a good job at a young age, marry someone of the opposite sex, and have kids/start a family. Being gay obviously doesn’t make these things impossible, but in Japan, love between two people of the same sex is commonly seen as immature (or rather, the two people themselves haven’t grown up enough to find love with someone who can give them children and start a family). Basically, in Japan, homophobia doesn’t take the form it takes here in the west. It’s less vitriolic and more like, “Oh so they’re two men or two women in love? That’s so silly of them, I guess they never got past that phase.”

    Obviously things are a bit better now than they used to be =) and the gay scene in Japan is constantly growing. I’m sure they have been helped by creators such as Naoko Takeuchi (Sailor Moon), Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena), and others. But as always, there’s still a long way to go.

    In Japan, there’s a saying: “the nail that sticks out is the first one to get hammered down.” Sticking out and being different isn’t heavily encouraged in Japan, which has anthropological/cultural roots in “saving face,” family/marriage arrangements, and even creation myths. That’s kinda putting it in broad terms, but there ya go.

  21. John Sotomayor Says:

    Good point, that scene slipped my mind. I did think it felt oddly misplaced, though…

  22. Anonymous Says:

    Oh I see, thanks for all that info :)

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