Kingdom Hearts 3 will feature less Disney worlds than its predecessor, though its environments will be of a much larger scale, game director Tetsuya Nomura has revealed.
Speaking during an interview (via NeoGAF) with Famitsu magazine, Nomura-san also revealed more details on the planned Toy Story world featured in the highly anticipated Disney-RPG. For starters, he’s been gunning for including a world based on Pixar’s much-loved franchise since Kingdom Hearts 2, and confirmed the events depicted in the game will take place after Toy Story 2.
Crucially, the events that transpired in Kingdom Hearts 3’s Toy Story world are canon to the franchise, so it won’t be set in a parallel universe.
Elsewhere, Nomura said that Kingdom Hearts 3’s Big Hero 6 world is coming along well, although we won’t be getting any info until a later date. He did promise that the game will feature a ‘deep’ story however and that we can expect to see many characters show up in the sequel.
Kingdom Hearts 3 release date confirmed for 2018
Speaking at the Disney D23 event over the weekend, Square Enix finally confirmed a 2018 launch window for Kingdom Hearts 3, over four years since the game’s initial announcement. Nomura would later confirm why the game has taken so long during a chat with GameSpot, revealing Square’s decision to change game engines mid-development caused a number of setbacks.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is currently in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, although the team has hinted that a Nintendo Switch version may happen at some point. Right now it’s unknown if the game will be out before Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which Nomura is working on concurrently with Kingdom Hearts 3.