Kingdom Hearts 3: All new gameplay and screenshots released ahead of E3!

First announced all the way back at E3 2013, Square Enix’s highly-anticipated sequel is finally coming out in 2018. The latest reveal saw the likes of Monsters, Inc, Tangled and Toy Story brought to the world of Kingdom Hearts, and it looks wonderful.

Trusted Reviews has put together all the latest Kingdom Hearts 3 news including details on the release date, gameplay, trailers and more.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer – 6 minutes of new gameplay

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Story

Kingdom Hearts 3 takes place after the events of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, with King Mickey and Riku hunting after the remaining Keyblade wielders. Sora, Donald and Goofy, on the other hand, are busy in pursuit of the Seven Guardians of Light across myriad different worlds. All of this is being done in a passionate attempt to stop Master Xehanort’s evil plan first alluded to in previous games.

Game director Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed that Kingdom Hearts 3 will begin immediately after the ending of Dream Drop Distance, acting as the penultimate chapter in the Dark Seeker Saga. We’d be here all day if we tried to decipher the entire Kingdom Hearts timeline. There have been so many spinoffs, sequels, and side projects at this point it can be difficult to determine where exactly Kingdom Hearts 3 lies in the bigger picture.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 release date – When is it coming out?

Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to launch in 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One. Tetsuya Nomura has said a release date announcement will be coming in June 2018.

Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay – How does it play?

The basic flow of Kingdom Hearts 3 will be very similar to previous games, Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed. In terms of features, it will be reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts 2 with Sora possessing multiple abilities, forms and allies to fight alongside him. Donald and Goofy are your basic companions, with summons and support joining your party depending on the world being explored.

“Drive Forms” from previous games also make a return, allowing Sora to transform into special outfits that possess brand new weapons and traits. Guard Form is the first of these to be revealed, transforming Sora’s keyblade into a beastly shield. Another unnamed form has him wielding a giant hammer, which we’ve only seen in screenshots thus far.

While the moment-to-moment gameplay will seem familiar to seasoned players, Sora’s traversal capabilities have seen some significant improvements. Our spiky-haired hero is now capable of wall running, jumping and clambering upon certain enemies to reach new areas. Small snippets of gameplay have showcased some truly colossal environments, many of which take great advantage of these new movement methods.

When describing Kingdom Hearts 3 to Polygon, Tetsuya Nomura called it a “pretty frantic” experience.

“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.”

Set-pieces known as Attractions will surface in a handful of boss battles. These provide Sora with a means of movement and special attacks unique to that scenario. At a recent preview event we saw a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad-esque train employed to slam into a Titan atop Mount Olympus. It’s fast, flashy and incredibly fun to pull off.

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Luckily, it appears the new gameplay elements won’t have an impact on the admittedly convoluted, yet engrossing narrative.

“When creating a Kingdom Hearts game, we start with a gameplay system that I think would be a fun element, and once we have an idea of what kind of gameplay or system we want in place, we flesh out the story around it, surrounding the basic concept of what kind of fun we’re going to have with this new installment,” Nomura explained.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Worlds – What’s been confirmed?

Kingdom Hearts 3 will introduce a number of original locations alongside a slew of Disney-themed locales. Tangled and Big Hero 6 are two of the properties confirmed thus far, with favourites based on Hercules already scheduled to return in the sequel. Since the release of Kingdom Hearts 2, Disney has acquired Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar. Unfortunately, many of these won’t appear in KH3 due to existing licensing deals, such as the agreement concerning Electronic Arts and Star Wars.

To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of confirmed worlds below:

  • Kingdom of Corona (Tangled)
  • Big Hero 6
  • Mount Olympus
  • Twilight Town
  • Monster’s Inc
  • Mysterious Tower
  • Tangled
  • Toy Story (featuring Wreck it Ralph)

Kingdom Hearts 3 trailers – How does it look?

We’ve compiled a couple of the latest trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3 below:

Toy Story Trailer – 

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