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Kingdom Hearts 3 UK release date, price and gameplay rumours: When is Kingdom Hearts 3 coming out?

Ashleigh Allsopp | Jan. 28, 2015
When is Kingdom Hearts III coming out? We explore the release date rumours, plus speculation about new worlds such as Frozen and Star Wars, and show you where you can pre-order the game.

"There's a lot of Disney content that's new and coming out and we're considering which ones to use, which would be good from a gameplay perspective," Yasue continued. "This is not an announcement or anything, but personally I enjoyed watching Frozen. It was magical: the stories, the songs, the ice expressions."

Yep, that's right folks: Kingdom Hearts III may well include the widely popular new Disney movie, Frozen. Exciting much?

Kingdom Hearts 3: Gameplay & other rumours

There's not much information about Kingdom Hearts 3's gameplay, but that's not to say we don't know anything.

Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura has said: "The action is 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 flash and exciting," he continued. "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."

Additionally, we know that Sora will gain the ability to change the shape of his Keyblade like Aqua can in Birth By Sleep.

Nomura has also suggested that a multiplayer and/or online mode is possible, though there's no confirmation of that yet.

Nomura says that the game will pick up the story after the events of Dream Drop Distance. "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 Xehnort."

Nomura has spoken a bit about the new visual style of Kingdom Hearts III, as seen in the trailer. "We spent a while figuring out what direction to take Kingdom Heart's visuals in the next generation," he said. "Should we go for a more realistic look like in recent projects, or try something else? Along the way, we remembered that these Kingdom Hearts characters were originally paintbrush art from Disney productions, a texture that was one of our original aims, and that it was time to return to that."

One thing we can gather from watching the announcement trailer is that rides from Disney's theme parks will play a part in the game. In the trailer, you can see a pirate ship and a runaway train being taken advantage of by Sora during battle.

Tai Yasue has said that he's most excited about the technology and the creative stuff in Kingdom Hearts III.

"There's a lot of stuff we have never ever done before," he said. "There's a lot that's the same, but there's a lot that's changed. We're moving from a totally different console to a new console. The technology has evolved; it's very new and everyone is doing a lot of research. And look-wise, it looks amazing as well."

 

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