It's been over a month since Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced at E3, seven years after the release of last numbered title in the series, Kingdom Hearts 2. Since the announcement, Tetsuya Nomura has revealed more details about the game and the future of the series in recent interviews at Japan Expo 2013.
Unlike the other numbered entries, Kingdom Hearts 3 will be developed by the Osaka Team, responsible for Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. This will be the first numbered title that the Osaka Team will develop, but considering what they did with previous Kingdom Hearts titles, Nomura believes the team is more than capable for the task. Nomura will be serving as a supervisor to the Osaka development team, and has made preparations to insure a smooth development cycle.
Nomura will also be assisted by co-director Tai Yasue and producer Rie Nishi in order to discuss the game's development, and not only that, but Nomura also wants the whole team do come up with ideas for the game, and not just himself. "In fact, the co-director and producer Tai Yasue and Rie Nishi are there. They are key members of the Kingdom Hearts project, so when they need to discuss a lot of different topics with me, they come to Tokyo. This is our usual method of working. But as technology is ever advancing, our new offices in Shinjuku are now equipped with a video conference system. Now, Yasue and Nishi can send me their materials or proposals in advance, which allows me to add my comments or my drawings and show them on camera in our video conferencing. In addition, there is no time difference, so even if we are far apart, it is easy to work."
In Kingdom Hearts I, Kingdom Hearts 2, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, the gameplay revolved around the classic command system, however, in recent titles, this was traded in for the more customizable Command Deck system. When asked about how the gameplay will be in Kingdom Hearts III, Nomura replied by saying that fans should look at Kingdom Hearts 3D for an idea of how Kingdom Hearts III will function, so this means we can expect a bold, fast-paced action that fans have become accustomed to these past few years.
Nomura also talked about Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts III, and said that the reason why there were so few Final Fantasy characters in the latest entries in the series was due to space limitations of the handheld games. Since next generation systems don't have this issue, Nomura said that most likely there will be a lot of Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts III.
Once again, Nomura reaffirmed that Kingdom Hearts 3 won't be the last game in the series, it will only be the end of "Xehanorth Saga". "As a core game, this is finally the third, and 10 years have passed. I couldn't call this a trilogy. There have been so many spinoffs. In Kingdom Hearts 3, the battles that the characters have been fighting for the past 10 years will come to a conclusion. That is the plan. But the series will continue. Only the particular enemy they have been fighting the past 10 years will come to an end. The series that has developed so far as "the Xehanort saga" should end once and for all in KH3. However, I've outlined a tentative plot that takes place afterward, so we could continue onto a new chapter. Sora would remain the main character; that wouldn't change."