During the Japanese D23 Expo in Tokyo, Square Enix released two new trailers for the highly-anticipated Kingdom Hearts III.
The first trailer reveals that Monsters Inc. will be one of the Disney worlds players will get to experience in Kingdom Hearts III. Similar to what happens when they visit the Toy Story story, the appearance of Sora, Donald and Goffy will change when they are in the Monsters Inc. world, with trio looking like monsters just like Mike and Sully.
This trailer also showed a few more glimpses of the Toy Story and Tangled worlds, where we not only got to see Rapunzel and Flynn Rider for the first time, but also got confirmation that Ariel will be a summon. Finally, the trailer also reveals that Vanitas and Marluxia will be returning in Kingdom Hearts III.
The second trailer for Kingdom Hearts III reveals the theme song for Kingdom Hearts III, which is sung by Hikaru Utada, and it is called "Don’t Think Twice". Towards the end of this trailer, we also get a small cutscene with Riku and Mickey.
After the show, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, revealed more details about the game. It had already been confirmed that Gummi Ships would be returning in Kingdom Hearts III, but we now know that these sections of the game will be split into two phases. There's an exploration phase, which was likened to being more open-world, and there's a combat phase, which has been increased in scale, with more enemies than ever before.
Over 100 people are currently working on Kingdom Hearts III, with development being split into three sections: early, middle, and late. There's around three worlds per section, but Nomura noted that this doesn't mean that Kingdom Hearts III will only have nine worlds. The early phase worlds are 90% complete, while middle section worlds are at around 60-70% percent. Although Nomura didn't give any hints on how the development is going for the end section, he did say it is "something he's always wanted to do and put into Kingdom Hearts, ever since the days of working on Final Fantasy," and he's confidant that it will surprise everyone.
Kingdom Hearts III releases later this year on PS4 and Xbox One.