Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura had plenty to share on the game’s development, worlds, and features, in an interview featured in this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine. [Thanks, Hachima.]
- The reason it was delayed a bit outside of its 2018 release is a result of continued adjustments with parties involved. This was not due to needing more development time.
- The Frozen world takes place during the same time as the movie, and the scene we saw will be developed the same way. It’ll also have “Let It Go.”
- Anna and Elsa don’t join your party, but Marshmallow will lend his powers.
- The Pirates of the Caribbean world is set in the third film (At World’s End). Stuff on the second movie will be available in a synopsis.
- The Ratatouille part is a mini-game. When you succeed the mini-game, you can create meals that increases your status. You’ll collect cooking ingredients for this across various worlds.
- The dance scene on the tower in the Tangled world is also a mini-game in the style of a rhythm game. Most of the mini-games were proposed by staff.
- A secret movie is already in the works, but isn’t finalized yet.
- Square Enix is preparing something to follow the story of the Kingdom Hearts series. There’s a five-part episode series (available in Japanese) narrated by Chirithy to do just that.
- These videos have been made available after E3, but Square Enix is considering adding it as part of Kingdom Hearts III.
- Since Kingdom Hearts III has great volume, there’s the concern that there might not be enough space for it. In order to shorten some of the loading times, Square Enix is working on making some cutscenes into movies, but the volume is much more than expected.
- On that note, switching between Japanese and English voiceovers has proven difficult.
- The Final Mix versions that has added content in the past isn’t being considered this time around. There are plans for updates through DLC, so we’ll get new content like that instead of through a Final Mix.
- As for the DLC, Nomura believes they’ll be in the form of simple downloads rather than the form of a Season Pass.
Kingdom Hearts III releases in Japan and Asia on January 25, 2019 and in North America and Europe in January 29, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can check out more from Tetsuya Nomura’s previous interview here.