Everything we know so far about ‘Kingdom Hearts III’

Everything you should know about 'Kingdom Hearts 3' before it comes out

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In plain sight

If you’re looking to get caught up on the Kingdom Hearts series’ massive amount of lore and narrative before Kingdom Hearts 3 releases, you may want to pick up HD 1.5 ReMix, HD 2.5 ReMix, and HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue — or at least their boxes.

In an interview originally translated by fan site KH13, director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that there are two separate “secrets” hidden among the three games’ box art. Protagonist Sora, seen in the center of all three pictures, is sitting in HD 1.5 ReMix, standing in HD 2.5 ReMix, and finally walking forward in HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. In addition, the time of day changes between the three games — dusk, then night, and finally dawn.

“Those illustrations have a message regarding the final chapter,” said Nomura in the interview.

It isn’t clear what this secret message actually conveys, but all signs point to it focusing directly on Sora, and not his cast of allies. Only Sora remains in the same position in each cover (Goofy, for example, is on the right in the first two before moving to the left in the third), and Nomura reminded fans of the other meaning for Sora’s name — “sky” — which seems to have special importance.

One particular fan on the interview’s page puts forward his own theory, saying that in the final Kingdom Hearts 3 cover art, Sora will be “running for cover” as he anticipates his final battle. He also speculates that the sky behind the characters will be bright, reflecting a “ray of hope” the friends still believe in.

DLC worlds, maybe?

In the July 2017 GameSpot interview, Nomura said he expects all of the game’s worlds to be revealed before launch, including the presumed bevy of unannounced worlds. However, he added, “Nowadays games can add content on after the fact through DLC content, so there’s no need to hide any worlds.”

To be clear, Nomura didn’t confirm that Kingdom Hearts 3 will feature post-launch DLC. “Nothing is set in stone, and I’m afraid we can’t go into details, but I have told the team: Just be prepared to be able to accommodate for something like that,” Nomura said.

Kingdom Hearts 3, however, will not have a season pass. Unlike many modern AAA games, Kingdom Hearts 3 won’t have microtransactions.

Release date and editions

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Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch January 29, 2019, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will have three different editions at launch. If you pre-order the standard edition from Amazon, you’ll receive the Dawn Till Dusk Keyblade. Pre-ordering from the PlayStation Store nets you a dynamic KH3 PS4 theme, while a GameStop pre-order gets you a fabric poster.

The Deluxe Edition ($80) includes an artbook, collectible pin, and steelbook case. Again, pre-ordering from Amazon gets you the exclusive Keyblade DLC.

Exclusively available from Square Enix (and currently sold out), the Deluxe Edition + Figures ($230) comes with all of the Deluxe Edition content plus Sora, Donald, and Goofy figurines based on their costumes seen in the Toy Story world.

Sony is releasing a limited edition Kingdom Hearts 3 PS4 Pro on launch day. Sadly, it sold out rather quickly and will likely only be available with a big markup through re-sellers.

Though it won’t be available at launch, a Nintendo Switch version may be a possibility. In an interview with IGN, game director Tetsuya Nomura claimed that his team may consider bringing Kingdom Hearts 3 to other platforms, but only after it launches on PS4 and Xbox One.

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