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Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date & News: How New Gameplay Works

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date & News: How New Gameplay Works

Kingdom Hearts fans behold, more news on the much-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3. This time, we look at the revamped gameplay of the new title. It appears the game will feature more variety than has ever been featured in any title in the franchise.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is the hotly-anticipated game in the main trilogy of the series. This finally puts a close to the “Dark Seeker” saga. The entire series focuses on the teamwork between Square Enix and Disney characters to save their worlds.

The critical acclaim of the series to both fans of Final Fantasy and Disney stories have made the titles a success. This also explains the much-needed attention Kingdom Hearts 3 is getting from fans. Nevertheless, game director Tetsuya Nomura reveals more about the title.

Kingdom Hearts 3: End of an Era

According to PlayStation Universe, an interview with Famitsu allowed Nomura to clarify details of the game. This is especially with the case of the game’s battle system. Kingdom Hearts is known for its dynamic combat, allowing characters to zoom into the battlefield with ease.

Nomura confirmed the existence of Situation Commands. This gives players an array of options to tackle the opponents they encounter. The option removes the straightforward, nonsensical spamming of controls. This also allows players to strategically plan their fights.

For instance, Shotlocks allow Sora to lock on different targets. Targeting multiple targets will allow him to fly between them and attack them one at a time, with little to no effort. This allows players to relish the speedy combat offered in the series.

Story So Far

Kingdom Hearts tells the story of a group of friends that were destined to be Keyblade Masters. They are warriors of light that are destined to wield the Keyblade. This is a weapon that opens to dozens of other worlds around them. This introduced our protagonists, Sora, Riku, Kairi, Goofy, and Donald, on an adventure that spans both Final Fantasy and Disney universes.

What initially appeared as a childhood spectacle quickly evolved into a serious story. King Mickey appears to be the last line of defense against threats such as the Heartless and Nobodies. The games of the series also explored the lore around the Keyblade, and that not everything is what they seem.

KH 3 is the last game in what is known as the Dark Seeker saga. This explores the Keyblade War and the origin of worlds. Players still don’t know whether this is the last game in the franchise. However, this can also open to a possibility of an extended arc.

The game was officially announced during Sony’s E3 2013 presentation, along with Final Fantasy 15. The hit sequel is currently in development for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Sadly, the release date for the game is still unknown. However, according to Gaming Bolt, sources point that KH 3 and the Final Fantasy 7 Remake may be a long way from reality.

Still, fans can grab Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter for the PlayStation 4 on January 24. They can also wait for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 HD for the same console in March. Given that this year is also the series’ 15th Anniversary, more surprises may come along.

Also read: Final Fantasy 15 Guide To All Easter Eggs & References In The Game

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