Kingdom Hearts III
|Kingdom Hearts III|
|Developer(s)||Square Enix 1st Production Department|
|Distributor(s)||Disney Interactive Studios|
|Release date(s)||December 31 2016|
Kingdom Hearts III is an upcoming action role-playing video game that will be developed by Square Enix 1st Production Department and published by Square Enix. The game will be the eighth game in the Kingdom Hearts video game series. It will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Kingdom Hearts III will be the first game in the series to be released on a Microsoft platform as it was only released on both Sony and Nintendo systems.
Development[change | change source]
After years of rumors and speculation, the game was confirmed to be in development at E3 2013. Director Tetsuya Nomura said that the game will finish the "Xehanort Saga" but that it would not be the final game in the series.
During a June 2013 interview with Famitsu, Nomura discussed the visuals that were seen in the teaser trailer. He said that they tried to remember that the "Kingdom Hearts characters were originally paintbrush art from Disney productions, a texture that was one of our original aims, and that it was time to return to that. So [chief creative director Takeshi] Nozue went through a series of tests, and the results are the visuals that we refer to in the team as the Kingdom Shader. It may look like a pretty drastic change, but I see it as a rich evolution of everything we've shown you up to now."
In September 2013, producer Shinji Hashimoto said that since both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV are being directed by Nomura, there would be a big gap between the release of the two games, "as [they] want each game to be perfect in terms of quality." Hashimoto also repeated Nomura's statements about the game's announcement at E3 2013, and said that "the company thought it was about time it addressed speculation about the long-awaited conclusion to the trilogy."
In October 2013, Teruzane Utada, the father of singer Hikaru Utada, said that Hikaru would once again be involved in the theme song, as she did with Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. He later stated that it is still undecided on their involvement. In January 2014, actor Haley Joel Osment, the English voice of Sora in the series, said that he was in talks with the development team after the announcement and said that since dialogue was one of the last parts of the process, he believed he would not begin recording until mid-2014 at the earliest.
References[change | change source]
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- "Kingdom Hearts 3 coming to PS4". Polygon. http://www.polygon.com/2013/6/10/4416822/kingdom-hearts-3-ps4. Retrieved 2013-12-8.
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- "Kingdom Hearts 3 detailed by game director Tetsuya Nomura". Polygon. http://www.polygon.com/2013/6/19/4444394/kingdom-hearts-3-detailed-by-game-director-tetsuya-nomura. Retrieved 2015-6-19.
- "Expect a Wait Between Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV". IGN. http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/09/10/expect-a-wait-between-kingdom-hearts-iii-and-final-fantasy-xv. Retrieved 2015-6-19.
- "Hikaru Utada Returns for Kingdom Hearts 3 Theme Song [Update: Involvement "Undecided""]. GameTrailers. http://www.gametrailers.com/news-post/63828/hikaru-utada-returns-for-kingdom-hearts-3-theme-song. Retrieved 2015-6-19.
- "'Spoils of Babylon': Haley Joel Osment recalls taxidermy crows, teases 'Kingdom Hearts 3'". Zap2it. http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/spoils_of_babylon_haley_joel_osment_recalls_taxidermy_crows_teases_kingdom_hearts_3-2014-01. Retrieved 2015-6-19.