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New Kingdom Hearts 3 Screen Shot

Kingdom Hearts 3 Screenshot

Square Enix released this new Screenshot at MAGIC 2017

New Kingdom Hearts 3 Screenshot
Sora fighting a Heartless on Thebes

Director Tetsuya Nomura said the following regarding this image:

“This is the first time we show this screenshot of Kingdom Hearts III.  It’s happening in Thebes and they are fighting a new model of the Heartless. The Keyblade turns into a lot of things. Here it is a shield, but it can also be transformed into a chariot. This is called Power Form.” (Gematsu)

Interpretation

This new Kingdom Hearts 3 screenshot reveals a few things. First of all, it reveals a new Heartless model that looks awesome. Also because the enemy Health bar in the top right corner is so small for such a large opponent, it looks like it might be a Heartless with multiple body parts that need to be defeated, or one part that needs to be defeated multiple times.

The Keyblade is also shown as a shield. This has been shown before, so this is just more of a confirmation, and not really a revelation. However before it then turned into the chariot pulled by Pegasus. 

The command menu looks more like the command menu in Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Fragmentary Passage, than previously released screenshots. I think this is because of the “Power Form” that Sora is currently in. His clothes are also Orange-brown instead of the usual red, matching the Command Menu. 

Nomura also said the screenshot is “happening in Thebes”, not “Olympic Coliseum” but “Thebes”. This could mean that the world of Olympic Coliseum could be expanded into a world similar to the one in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. 

Screenshots

Here are some of the previously released Screenshots and pictures of gameplay:

New Kingdom Hearts 3 Info

The director of Kingdom Hearts, Tetsuya Nomura, had an interview recently, and in it he shared some development updates for both Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 7 remake.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3 Info

The site Gematsu translated the interview. The parts relevant to Kingdom Hearts 3 are as follows:

Will you release a complete package including Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue?

“Because the timing is delicate, we won’t be releasing anything like a complete pack this time, but we’re preparing a box that can hold both games, as is often the case with DVDs. Perhaps we can offer it as an e-Store bonus.”

What’s the state of Kingdom Hearts III‘s development?

“While I can’t make a sweeping statement because the development process is different from what we’ve done so far, there are still worlds untouched. Production is progressing on unannounced worlds, in a state that we cannot show them off. In terms of the state of development, there is still some way to go.”

My Interpretation

So, first of all, there won’t be any every-Kingdom-Hearts-game-except-the-third-one-on-one-disc game being released. Which I personally am okay with. I am already going to buy 2.8 and the remakes, so I don’t see a need to have a complete package when they are all available for PS4 on only two discs anyway.

Kingdom Hearts 2.8

Now, the second part is a lot more relevant, important, and in my opinion a lot worse news.  I was really hoping that Kingdom Hearts 3 would be released this year, however this new information is kind of pointing towards a later release date. Still no official release date, but the fact that “there are still worlds untouched” and “there is still some way to go” says to me that there we are still a long ways from the Kingdom Hearts 3 release.

With this new information I would guess that Kingdom Hearts 3 is most likely going to be released next year (2018). I honestly hope that I am wrong, and that it is released last quarter 2017, but we will see.

In the mean time we have Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and 1.5+2.5 to look forward to. And to keep you excited for KH3 here is one of the trailers.

Have a great day!