Kingdom Hearts III Video Shows Sora Riding Big Magic Mountain And A Pirate Ship

By Spencer . October 14, 2013 . 11:05pm


Straight from D23 Expo, here’s a new look at Kingdom Hearts III, which incorporates Disney Rides like a spinning pirate ship and a Big Magic Mountain with a rock titan.


Additionally, Riku has been confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III and both he and Sora will have new costumes for the game. Kingdom Hearts III is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


For those that want something to chew on, the commands Sora has in the new video are:

Standard and Two Shoot Blaster






Pirate Ship

Roll Splash

Jump Off


Big Magic Mountain

Raid Ride

Jump Dodge

Get Off

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  • DesmaX


    • LightningFarron19

      Sora: We made too many KH games
      Riku: Now you have to play them all
      Sora & Riku: So all abord the Hype Train! Choo Choo!

      Man, I’m glad I was able to make a Steam Train reference with this!

      • Chaos_Knight

        I’m pretty sure someone is going to make some sort of fanart based on your comment.

        • RichyGaming

          If you insist, dood

    • Ric Vazquez

      *Boards the train*

    • EX+

      Choo chooo!!

  • Ereek

    Forgive me if I’m mistaken, but isn’t that roller coaster based off of Space Mountain, not Magic Mountain? Magic Mountain is a different theme park entirely.

    • Randy Marsh

      It’s based off the Thunder Mountain Railroad ride at Disney parks.

      • Ereek

        I can see that definitely fitting themeatically, what with it being on a mountain. I just thought it looked more like Space Mountain (also Disneyland) because of the darkness and lights.

  • Go2hell66

    Looking Good. still think current gen graphics suit KH better though

    • Zeik56

      Yeah, I kind of agree. I think the HD upgrades are almost perfect from an aesthetic standpoint. This feels a bit too CG. But whatever, still looks nice.

    • Herok♞

      yeah something just felt kinda off when looking at the gameplay

  • Randy Marsh

    Jesus Christ! Twilight Town looks damn amazing!

    I might be going to ahead of myself, but the mountain they’re fighting the Rock Titan on also appears to be Mount Olympus from Hercules. Oh my god, please let this be true, I’m tired of being stuck in that dreadful prison of a coliseum.

    • EX+

      YT isn’t even that good with quality. When you’re playing this game on a 1080p TV in 1080p, it’ll look like a Pixar movie.

    • Guest

      so finally Olympus Coliseum will spread to the city after all 6 games with just “arena”

      • Steven Higgins

        BbS had the town square…

  • Suriel Cruz

    The flames, the sound, the music, the graphics, the effects,
    the environment and that EPIC BOSS BATTLE… GOOD GOD it is in
    development, otherwise, I’ll be here dying of a heart attack.

  • evilkaz

    Those particles! That shading! That Scale!

    • EX+

      This isn’t even the 1080p version. Well, I know what new TV I’m getting for my room.

    • Pinwheel

      Whoever posed those two like that is a genius. (this was also my reaction the stardust crusader’s getting an anime today)

      • Vash bane

        so all the series are getting one now?
        (seeing as part 3 already had a anime and ova series) im almost finished with part 3 *_*

        • Pinwheel

          It just had an OVA series. The entire thing counts as two separate OVAs that make one series.

          But yeah, it’s getting a faithful adaptation this time. It’s not using bad character designs or cutting out like 80% of the content.

          • Vash bane

            really? last month some time I came across episode 25 or so on youtube (which I had no idea existed) I own the ova’s (which ironically came in like 12 parts so im guessing they are considered two movie like ova’s?)

            as you can see ive always been confused about this left is from the series right ova.

            also on topic what if kh became a anime? that would be neat …then again just watching a playthough feels like one lol

            edit:oops just re-read your post TWO separate ova series lol thanks for the clear up welp time to finish the manga

  • TrueDefault

    I hope they will have Brave world!! Or Wall-E!!!

  • Detrimont

    Am i the only one who doesn’t like the graphics, imo, the characters lighting and shading style/colouring dont work with the environment(i like the environments)

    • popo123

      It’s a test render. You can a see lot of stiff animations here and there. The fire animation isn’t complete(doesn’t show effects from the keyblade), transitions between poses are still rough(you can see Sora pause a little between moves) and you can see Sora freeze after he did his special attack in the beginning.

      • Detrimont

        well, the environments have definitely improved from the teaser, but the character models are still the same, and i just dont think they fit

        • Sean ‘Geg’ Reddie

          They’re ‘getting new costumes’ so of course these are just test models. The game was only announced in June and (probably) hasn’t been in development for about 4-5 months.

    • Steven Higgins

      But the whole point of Kingdom Shader is to make them fit better within each worlds environment.

  • Rayshawn Davis

    Seeing this beautiful presentation…My feels….I have formed a keyblade of feels with a drive form of hype! This game just keeps getting better and better with every showing. OwO

  • roockie112

    It looks soo beautiful I had to rewatch the trailer

    • colorblindnightmare

      I think I’ve watched this about 20 times now.

  • The last page of the Xehanort Saga is taking a step up in everything. This is just the WIP demo, and I am so far impressed with the notable visual improvement since the PS2 KH games era.

  • Arcana Wiz

    too much awesome…. my mind….. i dont know even what to write, it is just so much… hype.

  • MogCakes

    I really hope we can control the train

  • Prinnydoom

    Am I the only one who was put off by “Ride magic” dont get me wrong the influence disney has over KH is fine and all but………..i dunno i am not a fan. Game looks great otherwise. Really looking forward to it.

    • Anime10121

      Those are summon magic, you can tell by the change in the command menu. I dont care much for it either, but it LOOKS simply fantastic. I’ll just ignore summon magic pretty much like I did in previous games except for the 1 boss or so that requires it.

  • Demeanor

    Cool stuff, but the silent protagonist thing is just not right for Sora XD jk, jk.
    Can’t wait to see more of their abilities! That simple Fire was amazing!

  • LBattle0819


  • HerosLight
    • Guest

      I think that’s pretty much a given at this point when it comes to SE’s games, lol.

  • Nitraion

    looks like A KH game lol
    now with hype train as weapon…..

    • HerosLight
      • RichyGaming

        Wow how do you shade like that? I don’t even know HOW to shade. That’s such an awesome picture.

        • HerosLight

          I actually found this picture :p

          • RichyGaming

            Wow, dem people be drawing quick

      • 4shiki

        Do you have a source for this? The art style looks kind of familiar but I can’t remember the artist’s name…sad…

  • brian

    0:34 wow, that big enemy was still alive.

  • Heropon

    Honestly , KH 3 trailer look better than FFXV

    • Anime10121

      Makes sense though, Versus XIII XV from its start was made first so that they could use it as a learning experience to make KH3

      • Anon-non

        But aren’t they developed by different teams?

        • Ferrick

          nope, same team iirc

          • Norris

            It’s different team. KH3 is made by Osaka team who made BBS and 3D. FFXV is made by KH1 and KH2 team, mixed with the team that made FFVII, CC:FFVII, Type-0, etc.

        • Anime10121

          They are being developed by different teams, but both teams are headed by the same director (Nomura) and have been sending information back and forth in tandem to make sure both titles end up as awesome as they can be. Besides, the XV team is made up of what used to be the “core” KH folks, so I’m sure that they are still kinda “mentoring” the Osaka team on making a console KH title.

  • Heropon


  • Anime10121

    Welp I’m dead, someone cast Curaga on me when this game releases :D

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      Inuart will bring you into Seed of Ressurection

      • Anime10121

        Oh dont even get me STARTED on Drakengard :P

        SE are harbingers of LUV <3

  • Tiduas

    You can clearly see this is from an early build of the game, one build that still manages to look very good! There are some flaws here and there in animation, the special parts with the train and boat looking quite dull gameplay wise to be honest (even if they looked cool).

    But they are still showing what they’re working with instead of waiting another year to give us anything, so I’m only happy that we get to see what’s going on behind the curtain this time (Yeah I’m looking at you FF XIII Versus). Let’s hope they keep it up :)

  • harmonyworld

    I’m drenched in my own cum
    Alright, I’m sold already square, I’ve been waiting a looooong time for this!
    Just hurry please, I can’t spare anymore fluids!

  • Missingkeys

    Wait 0:29…Sora uses guns?! And double wields them to use magic? Can use more than one keyblade without transforming? Keyblade transforms for you to do more stuff?
    All aboard the hype train!

  • Алексей Гришин

    0:52 – KH3 just transformed into God of War 3.

  • I am excite. =)

    • Anime10121

      I’m actually on the hype train! Right behind Goofy :D

  • Neutron15

    target render oh well, but I am excited

    • Anime10121

      Nope, not a target render. They said the bits in the trailer are actually in playable form :D

      • Neutron15

        a target render in playable form that is, like the first monster hunter 4 trailer

        • Anime10121

          Oh, well I can say with about 95% certainty, its most definitely that. We wont see things REALLY start shaping up until they get to the point where they’re confident enough to put out a story trailer with gameplay. Thats usually when you start really seeing the game come together :)

  • Shady Shariest

    Even in this early stage KH III seems to be one of the most significant (Hard to spell) games on the horizon.

    And i am now at peace, as it seems that it will live up to the expectations i might have for KH :3

  • Alexander Aubert

    big magic mountain, sounds like a ride in disney land

    • Anime10121

      It is :P

      • Ferrick

        isn’t it splash mountain though ? XD

        • Anime10121

          I dunno, never been to Disney land, but they are based upon the rides/parades :P

        • Alexander Aubert

          i think it’s thunder mountain?

  • Guest

    Sorry to be a pessimist guys, but…it looks so bland and boring. I feel devastated ;_;

    • Lloyd Christmas

      Well the game won’t be out for another 4-5 years so they’ve got plenty of time to polish it. Besides, this is more or less a prototype and is in no shape indicative of the final product. It even says it in the beginning of the video.

    • Steven Higgins

      You do realize that this is a EXTREMLY early stage of development, right? So early in fact that they probably shouldn’t even be releasing it yet (Glad they are though) This isn’t meant to be a true game-play trailer, It’s a more like a concept trailer or even a tech demo (Except the game actually exist, Unlike FFVII HD and Agni’s Philosophy) Given all that I think it’s inedible what they’re able to do at this early stage.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’m still confused as to why this is only being made for next-gen consoles, since the graphics don’t look like anything that current tech can’t handle.

    I mean, I really want to be able to play this, but I have no interest in getting consoles that I can’t even play my current game library on.

    • Anime10121

      One word, scale. PS3/360 could not handle the scale seen so far in the rock titan fight, all while handling the graphical fidelity of the art style. You have a few exclusives like Monolith Soft’s X for Wii U that seems to be working miracles, but I can guarantee you cant name me another RPG that’ll do what either KH3 or XV look to be doing without having a bagillion bugs.

      On your second point though, arent THIS gen’s consoles incompatible with last gen software too?

      • EX+

        Exactly. This isn’t even the 1080p version of the trailer. But even then, YT isn’t good with quality.

    • DesmaX

      Well, current-gen is dying, so it makes more sense to move these projects that will take a long time to next-gen.

      And, seriously, this is still pretty early in development, there’s quite a lot to improve everywhere


      Line @Anime10121:disqus said. The current gen consoles can not handle the scale beign used in this game. they would need to remove or change the style of the fight with the Titan.
      edit: Also take note that this isn’t the final models of the character since Nomura said the characters are going to have new costumes. there’s alot of work to do in the graphics department (new characters models, work in the animation (look at that fire animation in the keyblade and sora freezing after the special attacks)

  • Happy Gamer

    Stylistically, I saw almost no difference from the ps2 era, which is to say what an amazing job they did then! They always had that part locked down. With better hardware we can now add more mechanics, stuff like the pirate ship above, and hopefully, fuller, rich and immersive worlds and no more 50 miles of emptiness. <—seriously my only gripe with KH series.


      people in Olympus Colloseum!!

      • Anime10121

        D: But then you wont be able to use the stands to jump, glide, and attack the ice titans face for easy damage :P


          nah. we will be able to do all that. the people will think “WOW THIS BETTER THAN COLLOSSEUM WRESTLING”

      • Rayhan PromisedGallery

        no, we need people on Hunchback’ of Notre Dame’s Sanctuary first


          and in the agrabah streets

  • sd28

    not digging the combat as it looks like kingdom heats 2 and not birth by sleep/ 3d’s better combat systems


    Now i want that they add the others Titan of Hercules as bosses. Hercules and Mulan are my favourites Disney franchises so I hope we get a return of Mulan world.
    I think i’ll replay BBS and II now.

    • Steven Higgins

      NUUUUU! No Land of Dragons! The sequel was just gawd awful. even worse than most Disney sequels and that’s really saying something.

      • Ixbran

        i dont know, i felt Mulan II was rather touching. In fact in an Interview with Mulans voice actor, Ming Na, she said her mother cried during the scene where shang supposedly dies. and stated she was confused because she was crying over a cartoon, demanding to know why she was crying.

        also the romance between the princesses and the guards was adorable.

        • Steven Higgins

          Maybe I’ll admit it has been a long tome since I’ve seen it, but Kingdom Hearts, while having a great story (esp the first. that one really had the Disney story telling vibe) is also an action game as well as an rpg. KH always has to water down the Disney stories for time so the story you love so much would have to be severely diluted and I can’t even remember if there was an actual villain in that one. The action is what the first Mulan had that the second lacks and why it would be a disappointing world to return to. Because KH Mulan II wouldn’t be as deep or touching and the actual movie.

  • Jeffrey Thrash

    Wow, considering how Square Enix emphasized that the game had a long ways to go before release, I was not even expecting a work-in-progress video this year. Nice!

  • Sardorim

    Ca’nt wait to see the rest of the case in the new system style.

    Though will we have playable segments as Riku, Kairi, Aqua, and Lea?

    Say yes, please.

  • lol at 1:10. Donald is enjoying the ride.

  • Karin Shita

    It’s…. so beautiful… QAQ

    I’m kind of glad they’re not using the command deck, to be honest. v_v

  • Toankun

    It looks SOOOO……GORGEOUS

  • MrRobbyM

    This footage doesn’t really tell us too much other than it being in VERY early stages of development.The final game will probably look much different.

  • Chaos_Knight

    Anyone notice the path to the Old Mansion is now sealed off. I wonder why…

  • Ronldbx6

    It’s here and I still can’t believe it. Art style is definitely interesting but I don’t know what to think yet.

  • TheExile285

    Anyone else notice the avatars and how hey node ridiculously?

    Game looks good though.

  • Guest

    As someone who has never played KH nor paid much attention to it, even I find this trailer incredible. I might just pick up KH 1.5 and 2.5 in order to prepare for KH3! No wonder the fans were so excited at E3!

  • Machineguntommy

    Nitpicking I know but shouldn’t it be Big Thunder Mountain? At least that’s what it’s called in Disney World. Maybe it’s called Big Magic Mountain in Tokyo Disneyland.

  • .:Raphællius:.

    Donald Duck “Whoa!! we are fighting a giant golem, I’m scared as hell!”
    Goofy “You’re sure not showing it.”

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    Still feels like Kingdom Hearts II test in HD. Even the first combo was KHII. I wonder how many new things they still have to show

    • Anime10121

      True, his basic Keyblade strikes look like they were ripped right outta KH2, but then again, its early, so for me at least, it’ll suffice :P

      (Though I honestly wouldn’t even be mad if they kept his basic combo the same, at least its MUCH better than that same old KH1 attack animation that was used in every other game in the franchise :/)

      • EX+

        I hope they give us multiple combos to choose from.

  • I really liked Sora’s KHII costume though. o_o I wonder what the changes are.

  • AkiraScare

    1.5 hd cameout on 2013 2.5hd is comming out in 2014 will Kh3 come out in 2016?!!!

  • Ban The Jackass

    This looks amazing! I can see more details added in, and look how great the battle against the titan is! :D Excited I am! Sank you Squarenix!

  • Göran Isacson

    Oooh, Sora learned Keyshaping! (That is to say that thing that the Lingering Sentiment and Terra could do where he molded his Keyblade into other forms, that is the name I gave it, you may mock me for being a horrible nerd now).

    I wonder how they will play it though. Will he have a distinct set of forms that every keyblade will transform into? Or will each Keyblade perhaps have a set form to transform into with specific abilities, like this Two Star Shooter can turn into a set of dual guns? Also man, I wonder if Two Star Shooter is the Kingdom Key’s other shape, or Mickey/Yen Sids star-keyblade…

  • Vash bane

    of course they would end it with sora and c crew jumping face first… from that little vid I have to ask… why isn’t he a blade maste yet XD?

  • mike dickson

    oh my god soras on the hype train don’t worry ill join u soon enough ps4 i want u

  • chroma816

    Those visuals are brilliant and the music is great, as expected.

  • 4shiki

    I don’t know you guys, but I’m excited as hell to know both Donald and Goofy will be back as Sora’s partners. They were great in KHI and KHII and I loved their interactions with Sora!

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Yay, new clothes! ^^

  • Patrick

    So his keyblade he has equipped becomes twin guns? Hell yea! Can’t wait for this to come out

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