The Keyblade started out as a simple weapon in the first Kingdom Hearts. In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, we saw it take the shape of a vehicle. In Kingdom Hearts III’s latest trailer, we saw it turn into a gun, and according to series creator Tetsuya Nomura’s latest Famitsu magazine interview, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Back in October, we got to see the latest footage of Kingdom Hearts III, that showed some of the game’s new features. Famitsu asks Nomura about his thoughts on its reaction.
“It seems like everyone was happy, so I’m glad about that,” says Nomura. “However, while we know how far we’ve come from a development point of view, what we showed still has ‘ways to go’.”
The latest trailer showed actions that utilized attraction park objects. Famitsu asks if we’ll be seeing other gimmicks, similar to the ones Square have revealed already.
“The ‘Attraction Flow,’ allows you to choose moves according to different places and enemies, and especially so during boss fights where you’ll be able to pull off unique moves,” answers Nomura. “This is an evolution of Kingdom Hearts 3D’s Flowmotion, and will be one of Kingdom Hearts III’s main systems.”
On the subject of new systems, Famitsu brings up the Keyblade transformation we got to see in the trailer.
“In the trailer, we saw it transform into the shape of a gun, but there are also some other unbelievable transformations,” says Nomura. He adds with a laugh, “The other day, when we were checking it out, the staff member said ‘it turns into ____’ and I impulsively replied with, ‘Are you serious?’”
Famitsu jokes that the Keyblade no longer seems to be just a weapon anymore, as we’ve seen it used as a vehicle in Birth by Sleep.
“According to suggestions from the planning side, it’ll likely be used as some sort of gimmick. The Keyblade has infinite possibilies,” answers Nomura with a laugh.
We recently found out that Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix are currently being developed simultaneously by the Osaka team. During the interview, Nomura also reveals that at the moment, he is working on Kingdom Hearts III’s scenario, and has been keeping himself quite busy with all the writing and editing.
Kingdom Hearts III is currently in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.