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It's been a week since KINGDOM HEARTS III was announced at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo during Sony's press conference, and we are all still trying to soak up all of the new information. Many fans have been awaiting this announcement for some years now and with the release of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] last year, the stage for the next and final installment in the Xehanort Saga had been had finally been set.
The newest issue of Famitsu Weekly (7/4) that has come out today covers all of the new games revealed at E3, as well as a new interview with series director Tetsuya Nomura on KINGDOM HEARTS III and FINAL FANTASY XV. In the interview Nomura discusses that there has been nothing decided on the possibility of Riku and Kairi being playable characters. He also mentions that KH3 is the end of the Xehanort Saga, and briefly discusses the new "Kingdom Shaders" that the team plans to use to make an authentic Disney look for each world.
Nomura tells fans to expect more information on KINGDOM HEARTS III at Tokyo Game Show 2013 in September, and the Japan D23 event being held in October.
Update: Tai Yasue, co-director of KH3D and Re:Chain of Memories, will serve as co-director for KH3. Rie Nishi, producer for KINGDOM HEARTS 1.5 ReMIX, is also coming on as producer for KH3.
Thanks to Zephyr for translating the highlights of the interview!
・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.
Click here for a recap of the information revealed at E3 2013!
Edit: Thanks to ArikaMiz, we can see new renders for Sora, Donald and Goofy!