Roxas And Ventus Teased For Kingdom Hearts III

By Sato . October 24, 2013 . 3:00pm

In an earlier report on Kingdom Hearts III, we saw new info on Sora’s two new abilities—one that will involve a transforming Keyblade and another called the “Attraction Flow” that incorporates Disney rides. This week’s Famitsu magazine shares a few more details on the game, with quotes from series director Tetsuya Nomura.


During Japan’s first ever D23 Expo for Disney, Square Enix revealed the latest trailer of Kingdom Hearts III. After the showing, Nomura revealed that the Kingdom Hearts franchise had recently surpassed the 20 million milestone of worldwide shipments.


In addition to his works on Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV, Nomura also revealed that he is currently in charge of writing the scenario for Kingdom Hearts X [chi], the browser game where players can create their own Keyblade wielder.


The event also featured a special talk show session with some of the series’ key voice actors, where Miyu Irino, the voice of Sora, shared his joy of having grown up with the character after his start back when he was in middle school.


During the talk show, Nomura was asked whether we’ll be seeing Roxas and Ventus in Kingdom Hearts III, to which he replied by teasing, “I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.”


After talking about their plans to make Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix more polished compared to Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, Nomura also mentioned that are still working on improving the quality of Kingdom Hearts III.


“Although this is our first time showing footage of actual game play, the quality isn’t anywhere near what the staff members consider satisfying, so we’ll continue working hard to improve the quality,” concluded Nomura.


Kingdom Hearts III is currently in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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  • RichyGaming

    “Although this is our first time showing footage of actual game play, the quality isn’t anywhere near what the staff members consider satisfying, so we’ll continue working hard to improve the quality,”
    DA FUUUUUUUQQQQQQ?! That’s some crazy stuff, the characters already look good enough! And I’ve yet to buy KH 1.5 remix. I’ll have to get on that soon.

    • Vexoria

      I’m on board with the staff’s thoughts. It may look great, but quality of gameplay is definitely not satisfying.

      • RichyGaming

        I hope they don’t go too crazy with how much they can do with Sora. I want ridiculously unfair battles and not too much of Sora flying all over the place where heartless can’t touch this.

        • Kornelious

          But Teenagers are practically gods in JRPG’s :)

          • Rayhan PromisedGallery

            that explains why Teenager version of Xehanort is so godlike compared to his older version

        • Vexoria

          I want that though. Not from the start, but by the end, I should be allowed to be OP. Right now though, as awesome as the gameplay looked, it’s quality was clunky and slow due to being a WIP.

          • RichyGaming

            I want that at the end, too. But I was talking about the gameplay in general, not by the time you reach a very high level. I want the game to last long and I want it to be worth the buy since PS4 games are probably going to be around $70 or so. It looks beautiful, but I would rather take a game with enough content to keep me busy if I had to choose between Quality and Quantity. I like flashy moves that look OP and destroy enemies but I’d prefer Sora not to go overboard just for the challenge, even if it’s on beginner mode. They skipped the current gen consoles and are now working on this on a next-gen console. Sounds like they have all kinds of content they can put in. Also with how Tetsuya Nomura said they have more space so it’s possible to put in more heartless so that’s cool too.

          • Vexoria

            You’re on the same point as I am then. We want the game to last long, but when it comes to gameplay it has to be good, and the quality of gameplay so far is nowhere near what the staff members, nor I as a fan, would call satisfying. Though it’s still a WIP, KH2 still has the superior gameplay quality.

          • RichyGaming

            Can I ask what WIP stands for?

          • Vexoria

            Work in progress. That’s why I’m not holding much against.

    • Sergio Briceño

      I think they look marvelous for current gen standards. But they lack that “blow you away” look of the prettier Xbox One and PS4 titles.

      • RichyGaming

        Lawl it blew me away! Can’t wait for the final result. It’s gonna look so crazy

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    i hope the story from Kingdom Hearts X (chi) won’t be that matter to the Xehanort Saga plot. NDS, PSP & 3DS are okay, GBA and Mobile are “wat”, but Browser Game is just ridiculous

    • Ferrick

      it would seriously suck if chi is the intro to next arc

    • Sean ‘Geg’ Reddie

      X (chi) is storyline wise, based on the first keyblade war. So essentially, there should be zero connections.

    • DCBlackbird

      It’s not that essential since it’s a prequel too far back to have an integral connection. It’s that game they keep mentioning because it’s in all the textbooks.

  • Hooboy. Imagine if Ventus and Roxas meet and see each other.

    • Detrimont

      i’m imagining what the abridged version of that cutscene would be

    • That would be dope! But then again…..

      Yeah, it would be awesome!

  • Lighting Tyro

    Have they said what they plan on improving for 2.5 compared to 1.5 yet? I can’t find any specifics.

    • Potionzmaster

      I can only think of improving models and textures. The shot of Terra, Aqua and Ven in BBS already showed an updated Terra model (his right shoulder and arm, more specifically), and redone textures (especially on Aqua).

      • MrRobbyM

        Just throwing this out there, SE released some screenshots for 1.5 that showed some updated models and what not but they ended up being the same, old models in the game. So I wouldn’t rely too much on any screenshots they release.

        • Potionzmaster

          True, but the thing I was referring to is an actual scene in the trailer.

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      probably they will implement second analog stick in BBS. That game camera is so annoying in Mysterious figure battle

  • Vash bane

    o3o the characters already look awesome.

  • Sardorim

    I eagerly await news on Kairi and Aqua.

    Especially Kairi. It’s now her time to shine! Don’t let us down!

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Aqua is the one I want most

      • DCBlackbird

        Aqua is so magnificent that I view her on a much higher pedestal than Sora.

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Because she’s awesome.

      • leingod

        Your comment made me rage. Rage at SE for not releasing BBS on PSN… how I’d love to play it on Vita…

  • Ecchi Pantsu

    B..but I wan’t to see Xion again T^T

    • chroma816

      I don’t. I hated her so goddamn much

      >inb4 Axel/Roxas fanboy
      I’m not one.

      • Ixbran

        Being a Hater is far worse.

        • chroma816

          Hating a character does not mean I’m a “hater” – I don’t trek far and wide to destroy anyone who doesn’t like her. I just stated it in a relevant post. I disliked the game in general, and her character was part of that reason. Besides that, I basically ignore her and continue on with the rest of the series.

      • Look at all the dislikes! LOOK AT IT!!!

        • chroma816

          As if I care about dislikes.

      • Lolita

        You hate her but for what reason if you don’t mind me asking?

        • chroma816

          I’ll quickly bullet the points. Over are the days I’d spend on KH forums debating this.

          >Mary Sue/Black Hole Sue (super duper special, wields a keyblade but isn’t even a “person”, nor is she a special Nobody. Also, the characters and story all center on her despite an actual overarching plot)
          >Irrelevant (no, retconning her existence in and then taking her out because “memories” does not solve this issue. What we knew of Roxas’ time in the Org. did not even hint towards some new member. He was the new guy)
          >Added out of nowhere
          >Bland character personality and design
          >Basically a self-insert for the same people who like Bella as a character in Twilight (they serve the same purpose)
          >Part of a lackluster, fanfiction-tier story (I used to read KH FF and she was just about the same as every shitty OC)
          >Utterly useless.

          • I saw the whole mary sue reason coming from a mile away. So predictable.

          • chroma816

            That’s a very good counter-argument.

            She was instantly doted on by the “good” members of the team, hated by the “bad” members (who actually created her), had most of the plot center around her, fell into the arms of the main characters about 3 times, and then *died* in a sad, sparkly way. But wait, no, she’s not dead! Future games can now center around her again!

          • Ixbran

            you really didn’t pay all that much attention to the story of KHDays, at all, did you?

            = – =

            your ignorance is making my head hurt

          • chroma816

            Ah, but I did. How am I wrong? It’s easy to claim things but you seemingly have no reasons why.

          • Lolita

            I’ve only watched 358/2 Days from KH 1.5 HD and I never played the game before because I don’t play any hand-held games anymore. I guess I sort of understand what you’re saying about your reasons and kind of agree somewhat. It seems that people hate Xion because she’s automatically “special”? I think that shouldn’t be so surprising because she has a connection to Sora and of course, we all know Sora is special. Though that’s only my assumption at the moment.

            The only games I’ve played in the series so far is KH1, KH2, and also tried out KH 1.5 for nostalgic reasons but most importantly to keep up with the story. Chain of memories and 358/2 Days that were included in KH 1.5 helped with that definitely. I like Xion because I like her character design and her “personality”. Though I think we should consider that she’s just a puppet and it could be the reason why some people consider her personality to be bland. These are just my opinions.

          • chroma816

            See, that was a well though out response, even if I don’t agree.

            People, “haters” if you want to call us that, dislike her not because she’s special in terms of the ‘verse that is KH (which she is, due to her Sora connection as you mentioned), but rather, because she’s written like a “super special, super ‘unique’ character”. As if some Fanfiction author got their hands on the game, she’s the type of character who commands all attention from the characters and draws it away from any overarching plot or character growth that isn’t centered around her.

            As for her look – I find it to be bland. In a series with such interesting and unique character designs, she’s literally just a girl with black hair. My more cynical agree-ers point this out as a marketing strategy, a way to get more girls to buy the game and they would use Xion almost as a self-insert (like Bella in Twilight). As for her personality – she had one?

          • Lolita

            I don’t disagree that her character design looks bland. She looks like someone that could resemble a normal person in real life, though, that’s probably one reason for me why I think her design isn’t so bad. However that doesn’t mean I hate the other character designs. One of the biggest attractions to me is the character design in Japanese game/anime/etc.

            Anyways, I suppose Xion doesn’t seem like she has a personality perhaps due to her being a puppet and all. That’s what I think and I’m not sure if that’s true but it makes sense… so whatever lol. She’s only shown up in 358/2 Days and DDD so maybe more might be revealed about her in KH3 if she does appear.

    • Sardorim

      I want Xion back too. She also had adorable moments with Riku.

  • Samsara09

    Well,mentioning Ventus is just like mentioning that Sora,Riku,Mickey or Kairi will appear on this game.That he will make a physical appearance in this game and have a central role…those are almost outright said in DDD…but,well,the same I can’t say to Roxas or XIon,though.They could be released by the ending,who knows.I hope they play a good part on this game too…or get their chance to beat Xemnas themselves for what he did to them on 358/2.

    • Yeah, I think they’ll make an apearance. I mean, after what was revealed in BBS and KH3D, I believe Nomura’s got something cooked up. We’ll see.

  • AkiraScare

    Just teasing Ventus and Roxas… :( might as well bring the whole Crew (^_^) and let them have customizable outfits… i bet his game is comming out for PS5 not PS4 just like FFXV (TT_TT)

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    It makes sense if Roxas and Ven are the other playable since they are the ones who play more like Sora.

    • DivineGrim

      -SPOILER ALERT-Roxas and Ventus are literally the exact same person at different times and in a different type of body. The only difference between the two is Roxas is a nobody and wields his keyblade regularly. Ventus on the other hand was a full being himself and wielded his keyblade backwards. Ventus’s body was destroyed and his heart lived on inside Sora’s body/heart. That’s why Roxas looks identical to Ventus and is also why sora is able to wield two keyblades at once, hence xion. Xion is actually kairi’s heart( or more so the memories of sora with kairi) with sora’s extra keyblade wielding ability in an artificial body made by the organization. Phew.

  • DCBlackbird

    I’m cool with that. Not as main characters though. No offense to the fans, but I’m one of the fans that does not see Roxas as his own person. I always assumed he was just Ventus suffering from eternal sunshine of the spotless mind syndrome, but slowly recovering and reacting everything as if he were ventus.

    • XiaomuArisu

      Its confiment that Roxas is his own Person

      • DCBlackbird

        Allow me to rephrase. He is his own being in terms of being capable of sentient thought, but he isn’t metaphysically present in the reality of Kingdom Hearts. I’m not saying he shouldn’t exist. He essentially is Ventus if he grew up in the Organization. His life was temporary and I feel it is how it should be. Just my subjective opinion….. with no weight on anything at all…

    • Tg

      Roxas is Sora’s Nobody. Not Ven’s. If Ven’s heart left Sora, Roxas would look like Sora.

  • Shady Shariest

    Uhmm… Yeah… We will see a flashback-cutscene with Roxas and Ventus on their representative times…
    Or a mini-game.

    • Anime10121

      They’ll have far more relevance than that, even Roxas/Xion, after what Ansem said in DDD, I can pretty much guarantee they will DEFINITELY be brought back, and with their own hearts to boot.

      • Shady Shariest

        Oh, i haven’t played DDD… Not a Nintendo player…

        • Anime10121

          Well, I’m not much of a fan of Nintendo’s first party stable either (besides maybe a handful of titles), but they do tend to get some amazing third party games on their handhelds! While I’d reckon waiting on the Wii U for a bit, I wholeheartedly recommend the 3DS, as it has some pretty amazing third party games :)

          • Shady Shariest

            Yeah, i am planning on getting one after Vita…

  • TheExile285

    I will frickin lose it if Roxas is playable

    • EX+

      Right back at you. I think he NEEDS to be playable. He needs to kick someone’s ass.

  • I have a feeling we’ll see Ventus and Roxas. After what happened in ALL KH games, including KH3D, I think we’ll finally see everything conclude. But the question: HOW? I mean… man, there’s a lot of complicated things already.

    Well, we’ll see what Nomura’s got cooked up. If KH3 is TRULY the end of Xehanort’s saga, then I’m sure he knows how to end it in style. Definitely looking forward to it!

    Until then… I think I’ll go get 1.5 and 2.5 Remix. Fine, I don’t mind replaying ALL of them. I play all of them, but Final Mix versions and that Re:Chain version? Nope, not yet.

    • EX+

      I can think of a few ways that Ven will wake up. You know when Sora was in Twilight Town? Maybe he’s looking for the WIND.

      • That could work. Or, maybe if they can get Aqua, she’ll be able to lead Sora and the others to Ventus.

        Well, we’ll see how it goes when KH3 is out. I’m excited!

  • Ixbran

    what I would love is even if their not playable in the story mode, if the game has multiplayer akin to KHDays, then they could become playable exclusively in the games multiplayer. I would love that! <3

    • Ninastars

      Mission Mode was so great. I thought they mentioned they’d want KH3 to have multiplayer a while back so adding an updated version of it in would be amazing.

      • Ixbran

        What I would love is making it so Soras party members, all of them, can be playable in the games multiplayer mode. That would give players a chance to not only fight along side their favorite Disney character from the films, but also play as them.

        I would also love to see the originals of each org member play a part. make it so characters like Even, Dilan, Einzo, and Isa be playable. It would be so fun getting to go online and play with others, never knowing what team of players you might end up forming.

  • Arz

    okay but will we finally see Cloud and Sephiroth settle their jimmies?

  • enorka miho

    Please do not forget Terra and Aqua!!!!

    • EX+

      I think that Xion, Terra, Aqua, Roxas and Ventus will return.

      At the end of DDD, Ansem talks about Sora having the power to return the hearts of those that were lost?
      ‘Even an empty puppet’ refers to Xion, since she was always called a puppet by the organisation.
      ‘If they fell into darkness or were trapped their’ referring to Terra because he fell into the depths of the darkness because of Xehanort, leading to his eventual downfall. ‘or were trapped there’ refers to Aqua, as she was trapped in the darkness at the end of BBS.
      ‘Who sleep in the darkness of Sora’s Heart,’ referring to Roxas, as he claimed to be a denizen of the dark.
      And finally ‘or were welcomed to the warmth of it’ referring to Ventus as Sora helped him twice.

  • EX+

    KH3 is gonna be awesome. Imagine if you could have customizable outfits (or multiple choices) for Roxas and Ventus (Sora and the others as well). I think Roxas and Ven should meet each other. It’d be so badass to see them kick Vanitas’ ass for payback.

    • ShadowDivz

      Slutty clothed Kairi.
      Slutty clothed Namine.

      That is all.

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh, didn’t know Nomura was that involved with Chi. Guess he really wants his fingers in every Kingdom Hearts related pie, doesn’t he?

  • Myleage

    I wanna hear the theme song. #RNS

  • Warboss Aohd

    …….pretty sure we all knew dey were gonna be in it.

  • justXaXnobody

    For people who have played all the games and pay attention to all the little bits of detail, it should be obvious that Roxas and Ventus (and even Xion) will be in the next game.

  • Aaron Stark

    Call me a cynic but this whole article was a bit of a waste. It’s a close to the Xehanort saga. it’d be stupid of Nomura not to have some facetime with Roxas and Ventus as they are rather key to the story arc. Same goes with Aqua as she is necessary for finding Ventus in what is now Castle Oblivion. I mean even DDD if you played it or watched a “Let’s Play”, and very obviously the trailer to KH3 itself all hints and finding those who initiated this whole conflict in the first place. Those people being Ventus, Aqua and Terra. Now I’ll enjoy seeing Aqua, Ventus, and Terra. I mean thanks to the journalist for the article to open up more discussion on KH3, but it’s not really news.

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