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Kingdom Hearts III is the second Numbered Sequel in Square Enix's long-running Kingdom Hearts franchise. It was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 29th January, 2019. Believing himself to be protecting an even balance between light and darkness, Master Xehanort sets out to instigate a war between his forces of darkness and the "tyranny of light" that will wreak apocalyptic destruction upon the universe. To undermine Xehanort's schemes, Sora, Donald, and Goofy reunite to comb the worlds for seven guardians of light and the mysterious Key to Return Hearts, while King Mickey and Riku search for previous Keyblade wielders. Will the light be strong enough to face the darkness when the time for the fated clash arrives? Reportedly, this game will be the end of the "Dark Seeker" storyline, but not of the Kingdom Hearts series as a whole. It has been confirmed that new worlds based on Tangled and Big Hero 6 will be featured as well as a new world based on Hercules. Previews: E3 2013 tech demo, D23 2013 gameplay trailer, E3 2014 teaser, E3 2015 trailer, Jump Festa 2015 trailer. The last one is included with a trailer for 2.8, from the D23 Expo. This page will contain unmarked spoilers for previous games.
- Art Evolution: A given, since this game is taking advantage of the new consoles. The art style may change as development progresses, but so far it appears the game will split the difference between previous games' anime-influenced in-engine graphics and photorealistic full motion videos—too colorful and stylized to be called realistic, but certainly much more detailed than before.
- Art Shift: According to Nomura, each world uses its own shaders. The new graphics make the game look more like how it did in previous games during the CGI cutscenes.
- Avengers Assemble: On two fronts, if not three. We have Sora, Donald, and Goofy fighting together for the first time since Kingdom Hearts II, their quest to gather the Princesses of Heart, and Riku teaming up with King Mickey to search for the remaining Keybladers of the Light. Numerous details from previous games all but state that Kairi will join them in some Keyblade-wielding capacity, as will Lea, in all probability.
- Bag of Spilling: As with every game in the series that Sora stars in, he will have his stats reduced to zero once again.
- The Bus Came Back: While individual Princesses of Heart have shown up throughout the series, the group as a whole hasn't been important since the first game. Now they're a key part of Xehanort's plans, as he previously disclosed.
- Continuity Nod: Sora gains the ability to "ride" on waves of Heartless as a dodge, much like Vanitas did on a twister made of Keyblades.
- Dual Boss: Since Sora has grown stronger since his last adventure, instead of fighting one of the new Organization XIII member at a time, he instead has to fight multiple members at once.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: One Attraction Flow attack is based on the Mad Tea Party teacup ride.
- Face Heel Turn: The original Baymax that was lost in the other dimension is found and turned into a Heartless.
- Final Battle: Word Of God has said the game will have this for Xehanort's Saga.
- Grand Finale: Kingdom Hearts III is set to end the Xehanort "Dark Seeker" Saga, but not the franchise as a whole.
Tetsuya Nomura: "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 Xehanort."
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Seemingly reintegrated. According to Nomura, there is an enemy that is shaped like a vehicle that can be commandeered by the heroes.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Xehanort's many Jumping Off the Slippery Slope actions in trying to undo a perceived imbalance of Light are only causing a significantly greater imbalance of Darkness instead.
- Le Parkour: The trailer shows that Sora is able to use a variation on Flowmotion known as Attraction Flow in this game after learning it in the Sleeping Worlds.
- Late Arrival Spoiler : The San Fransokyo storyline takes place after the events of Big Hero 6. Xehanort finds the Baymax that sacrificed himself in the void and turns him into a Heartless..
- Light Is Not Good: Xehanort is trying to forcibly invoke this.
- Minecart Madness: Footage shown at D23 Expo Japan shows Sora fighting the Rock Titan using a train from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
- Mook Maker: A type of Heartless seen in Tangled's world is a dandelion that loses its fluff to create smaller Heartless.
- Morph Weapon: A new system allows Sora to transform his Keyblade in a similar way the Birth by Sleep trio (primarily Terra) could. Each Keyblade has its own unique transformation.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The "gameplay" in the E3 2013 trailer is actually a target render—i.e. pre-rendered footage of what the game is intended to look like. The shader technology was not complete enough to show off for actual gameplay.
- Rule of Seven: The seven Princesses of Heart and the seven guardians of light who will protect them from Xehanort's thirteen Seekers of Darkness.
- Scenery Porn: The peeks at the graphics we've gotten so far are gorgeous. Especially in the E3 2015 trailer!
- Serial Escalation: In the D23 Expo trailer, Sora gets to use yet another permutation of his signature Strike Raid attack, Raid Ride, as a standard attack to take on the Rock Titan, who is now a boss even larger than Chernabog, from a distance (instead of whittling away at weak points at close range as has been the series' tradition).
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Heartless Baymax's Powered Armor is made up of microbots.
- Smart People Play Chess: The trailer shows a young Xehanort and Eraqus playing a chess-like game; and if you take a close look at the pieces, they have symbols corresponding to different characters — ones whom they've yet to meet at that point in time.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Sora's sole offensive option while riding Big Magic Mountain, Raid Ride.
- Wall Jump: Part of Sora's acrobatics.
- Wall Run: Same as above..
- Wham Line: "On that land shall Darkness prevail and Light expire. The future... it's already been written."
- Wham Shot: A meta example. During the E3 2013 announcement trailer, many fans assumed it was another trailer for 1.5 HD Remix based on the opening montage of the previous games in the series. Then we see Sora holding Eraqus' Keyblade in PS4 graphics followed by the game's logo...
- It was such a Wham Shot that, when you see online reaction videos, players are openly crying in joy. The uplifting and quite honestly beautiful music in the background certainly helps.
- Wolfpack Boss: A ton of Minotaur-like Heartless from the E3 trailer are summoned by one of their kin blowing a war horn to stampede Sora on Mt. Olympia.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Young Xehanort believes that the future has "already been written," due to the prophecy about the Keyblade War and the experiences ingrained on him in 3D. Eraqus is more optimistic.
Eraqus: "Who's to say I can't change it? [...] You might be surprised."