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Kingdom Hearts III

Since KHIII was finally announced yesterday:cactuardance:(I would provide a link, but I can't since I'm on my 3DS and can't copy/paste), I figured we should have a topic for it. Is anyone else excited about this? What do you hope for in KH3? What's a good 3rd question for me to ask?:monster:


i witnessed the complete breakdown of full grown adults on the internet. grown ass men were crying and singing hikari. it was great.


AI Researcher
i heard about kh3 from a guy who i didn't know was interested in it today

and my estimation of that person went up a little bit that day


Chloe Frazer
The question still remains when is the game coming out? I fear we won't see it out for 4 more years.


Pilot of the Sephiroth_Zero
That damn sephiroth woman
It's been a long time since I stop caring about KH. But it's a good sign. Maybe SE will finally start giving their costumers what they want.
Jesse McCree. I feel like a New Man
Wait till they make the announcement. I want to see how far they choose to be badasses and actually release their shit in time unlike during the Wada era. With this new CEO pressuring them, I hope they can actually pull up their socks and stop fooling around with handhelds like children and make it for consoles like real men.


Joe, Arcana
Come now. Squeeenix may have delayed Final Fantasy XIII-Versus for far too long but they've not built a reputation of delaying everything. Their announcements of the sequels to FFXIII have been followed shortly by the games themselves.

The only thing that took longer than hoped is the FFX-hd remaster but the news of that came coupled with the announcement that FFX-2 would be coming with it.


Pro Adventurer
Benoist; Captain Highwind
Sora Has To Search For Seven Guardians Of Light In Kingdom Hearts III

Both Sora and Riku are fighting to stop Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts III. The series’ supervillain wants to start a war against the tyranny of light, which Xehanort believes will restore equilibrium of light and darkness.

Sora, Donald, and Goofy set out to search for the Seven Guardians of Light and the Key to Return Hearts. Meanwhile, Riku and Mickey are on a different quest looking for previous Keyblade wielders.

Square Enix wouldn’t confirm which worlds will be in Kingdom Hearts, but a representative from Disney said the game will feature worlds unseen in the franchise. I asked Shinji Hashimoto if Pixar worlds would be in the game and he said he couldn’t comment on the topic at this time.
I wonder if it will have Final Fantasy characters in it again.
Interview said they will. I'll copypasta it here

Tetsuya Nomura was just being interviewed in the Square Enix Presents Live broadcast, about everything regarding about the KH series, including KINGDOM HEARTS III for the PS4 and Xbox One, along with other titles. We wrote a summary of what transpired:

First he was asked about the origins of the 'Kingdom Hearts' name and the series. Nomura explained (via translator) that the origins of the name lies in that they wanted to name it something close to the Animal 'Kingdom', but obviously that wasn't possible so they eventually decided to put in the name 'Heart' in the title and that's how they got the name 'KINGDOM HEARTS' for the whole series.

Then Nomura was asked about the HD remaster. He replied that the original data for the first KINGDOM HEARTS title was lost, so they had to resort to recreating a lot of its assets, based on scraps of information they could find. It was hard work, according to Nomura, but the final product turned out good enough in his mind.

Nomura continued about FINAL MIX and his intentions towards bringing it to the rest of the world. Eventually he could do so, but he didn't want to make too many titles on their own, so including at least two titles and a 'movie' in one package was, according to him, a good idea.

Then Nomura was asked about his favorite character in the series, and surprisingly he responded with Master Xehanort and his various incarnations, mentioning Ansem Seeker of Darkness from KH1 as his special favorite.

Asked about worlds in the KH series, Nomura mentioned Jungle Book and that they have numerous times tried to implement it in a number of games, but each time it gets cut, much to his dismay.

Regarding the worlds in KH3, Nomura wishes to have some "stable" worlds for story purposes, along with some surprising ones. He actually wants to implement a number of surprising worlds this time to KH3, so we should definitely anticipate them.

Next he's asked about the battle system in the game. He said that the KH1 and KH2 battle systems are "core" battle-systems, so he would like to evolve the KH3 battle system based on that. The battle systems in the "spin-off" titles might be lightly implemented as well, but we'll have to wait and see.

Nomura was then asked about potential FINAL FANTASY characters, and whether we might be able to play as King Mickey. He answered that KH3 will most likely include FF characters again, since they were absent in previous entries. Regarding Mickey, he will take it under consideration, though he wanted to clarify that Sora will of course be the main character.

Then he was asked about multiplayer in KH3, and Nomura said that next gen hardware had good online functions, so he will take that under consideration, but we will learn more at a later time.

Regarding summoning characters, Nomura said that in previous KH titles, we could summon Disney characters, but this will be different in KH3. He didn't say more on this subject though.

About the Organization and nobodies, we will definitely see more of the Organization, since Master Xehanort is behind it, but this will not necessarily be the end of nobodies. Meaning that we will see more of them in the future.

He was then asked if we would see the actual Kingdom Hearts in KH3, and he answered: "I think it will appear". Interesting.

Then suddenly Nomura said he remembered what he wanted to add, in regards to the worlds in KH3. For KINGDOM HEARTS III, if you noticed in the trailer, there are high quality shaders being used and the description of characters has changed. The textures for models have thus changed in order to make them better realized for the next generation hardware. In KINGDOM HEARTS III, they will change the shaders depending on the worlds.

The interview then continues about FINAL FANTASY XV, but as Nomura finished discussing XV, he said that when making both KH3 and XV, he's focusing on developing with DirectX 11 in mind, and not necessarily for a single platform.
I keep wondering this: How does Square keep losing data?
They said it was lost for FFVII, and now KH. I don't know; it all seems strange, don't you think?

The different shaders for different worlds actually sounds really interesting. I'm sure it's something not many people will deem important, but it will probably be a very good "atmosphere-maker". I like it.


They just don't keep all the development stuff long after a game has been released. It seems they've been salvaging what they do have as well as rebuilding engines from the game discs.


Ready for the mosh pit, shaka brah
Yeah I think it's common for developers to not necessarily keep their stuff around forever or at least not archive it properly.

The developers of the Silent Hill HD Collection used source code from Konami, but it was not actually the final version (so it had bugs that the PS2 games had already ironed out for the release). Bluepoint Games develop HD collections from just getting a retail disc and reverse engineering it. :monster:


It's a shame, because if they had the source material I imagine it'd be a lot easier just to leave everything uncompressed and sort through what needs to be updated that way. There'd be a lot less to do :monster:
Well, if I directed a gaming company, I would make a point to keep everything neatly archived. It's actually not so hard, not time nor space-consuming... And if you ever want to re-use anything, it saves you a lot of trouble, right?

Long story short; I used to design bikes for a bike racing game, and I archived every single thing I ever used; from finished products to test elements (3D and textures) and items. Because you never know when you might need something. And I was still using those until last year. I now am finished with that business, but it's still archived and available in my computer! Maybe I'm just a fanatic of archiving old stuff.


AI Researcher
inadequate back ups, i guess. it has been 10 years. konami lost data for silent hill 2 while still making it, iirc.

i mean, what other people said. why do i never check for extra pages.

i suppose people didn't assume that they would be remaking/remastering games back then.
I'm glad he's bringing back the FF characters. I especially want to see moar of Cloud, Tifa, and Sephiroth, since Tifa and Sephiroth being the physical embodiments of his light and darkness, respectively, raises a lot of questions that I'm hoping KH3 will answer.


Waiting for something
I'm super excited for this and so glad they announced it, one thing I've noticed so far though is no mention of Kairi and I really hope she gets included in this one as not just the "cheerleader" for Sora and Riku but actually gets an action role
it was hinted at in the end of KH3D that she would have a bigger role and start using a keyblade so hopefully that's well under way by KH3
. I think Kairi gets a raw deal a lot of the time and I think it's partly because of the role she plays but I want to see her be able to do the things that Sora and Riku get to do this time around.

As for FF characters, I'd be really excited if they included the likes of Cecil in there, he'd be a pretty cool one in there considering he's taken on the role of the Dark Knight and Paladin, it'd be interesting if there was some sort of confrontation with him about whether he wants to fight for the light or darkness.

I also want the appearance of a couple of FFVI characters in there too.

I think I'm definitely more excited about KH3 than anything else at the moment.
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