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Kingdom Hearts III will pick up after Kingdom Hearts 3D photo
Kingdom Hearts III will pick up after Kingdom Hearts 3D
by Chris Carter

It looks like more details are coming in for Kingdom Hearts III, and things are actually looking pretty good. Although it can be expected, through a Famitsu Weekly interview it is now confirmed that the game will continue after the cliffhanger in Kingdom Hearts 3D, and will feature the "final battle [with] Master Xehanort," which the core entries have been leading up to this entire time. In short, although it doesn't preclude future Kingdom Hearts games, Kingdom Hearts III is not going to be a gaiden. and will finally bring an end to the saga that started all the way back in 2002.

Other bits of the interview include hinting at a playable Riku and Kairi, updated visuals to keep the game more in-line with Disney illustrations, an improved AI system, and a more badass Sora (now that he's gone through the Mark of Mastery Exam). More info will be revealed this October at TGS and at the D23 Expo in Japan.

If you need a recap of the franchise's story thus far, or just want to jump right into Kingdom Hearts III when it comes out, check out the "Kingdom Hearts story made easy" portion of my KH retrospective, at the bottom. It's actually not that convoluted when you take out all the side stories and "hearts darkness darkness hearts" dialog.

Kingdom Hearts III [KH Insider]

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HD Happiness: Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy X photo
HD Happiness: Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy X
by Dale North

I keep saying that I'm tired of all of the HD-upgraded game collections coming to market for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but I'm still okay with the two that Square Enix have slated for this year. Both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix and Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD contain games that any RPG fan would happily put at the top of their to-be-replayed list, but an HD upgrade to the titles within would make the replay experience even sweeter.

While no self-respecting RPG fan out there would have missed these titles, these re-releases give younger gamers a chance to play them on current systems, and that's a great thing.

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12:10 PM on 06.11.2013

Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 3 go Xbox One worldwide

Based on Sony's E3 press conference last night, it was easy to assume that Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 were PS4 exclusives. Good news, Xbone One fans! Both games are coming to the Xbox One worldwide, as confirmed by...

Jonathan Holmes

10:52 AM on 06.11.2013

Hhhhnnnngggggg

Oh god. Even the glare-y posters have me freaking out.

Dale North

9:19 PM on 06.10.2013

Kingdom Hearts III is finally announced!

It looks like Square Enix is tired of endlessly linking letters, numbers, and symbols together for titles, as Kingdom Hearts III has finally been announced for the PlayStation 4. The series has been polarizing for some throug...

Chris Carter





2:45 PM on 05.16.2013

Kingdom Hearts 3D is only $10 at Best Buy today

I don't know what it is about Square Enix games, but they always feel like they cost too damn much. This is especially true of the handheld titles -- I refused to pick up Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy for $39.99, waiting instead...

Tony Ponce

4:30 PM on 05.07.2013

Kingdom Hearts HD comes to PS3 on September 10

Publisher Square Enix revealed today that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX will arrive on PlayStation 3 on September 10, filling the need for Kingdom Hearts and awesomely bad game titles in one swoop. Pre-orders will be treated to...

Allistair Pinsof

8:30 AM on 04.16.2013

Blacksmith forges a real Kingdom Hearts Keyblade

Man At Arms is the perfect Internet show. A guy builds weapons from TV shows, games, and whatever else based on user comments. Then after he builds it, he goes and smashes a bunch of stuff up with the newly created weapon. I love it! This latest episode sees the master blacksmith recreating the Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts. The next episode looks to be teasing the sword from Minecraft.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:30 PM on 03.28.2013

Luigi's Mansion 2 tops Japanese charts, Vita sales strong

Weegee number one! The leaner, greener Mario brother is enjoying his time in the spotlight this week, as Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon edges out One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 for the top spot in Japan with 280,151 copies sol...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 03.23.2013

PAX: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX is more than a pretty face

A new lick of paint, a hearty dose of nostalgia, and not much else; these are the things fans have come to expect from high-definition re-releases of classic games. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is a little diffe...

Kyle MacGregor

3:45 PM on 03.21.2013

A nice, long look at Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX

The newest trailer from Square Enix for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX hits just before PAX East begins this week. It gives you a nice, long look at the remastered games, complete with samples of voice work. Let Hikaru Utada si...

Dale North

8:16 AM on 02.25.2013

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX comes to PS3 this fall

We knew this was coming, but now we finally have official word from Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is coming to North America, landing on PS3 this Fall. Of course, the main draw here is the HD upgrade, but there are...

Dale North

1:15 PM on 02.20.2013

Free-to-play Kingdom Hearts browser game called X[chi]

According to the official Kingdom Hearts blog, Message from the Kingdom, the free-to-play spinoff that had previously been referred to as Kingdom Hearts PC has been given an official name: Kingdom Hearts X. It isn't the ...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 AM on 01.25.2013

New info on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix surfaces

Recently, we found out about the probable US release of the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. Now, we're getting a few more details on what the package actually entails. What we know is that Jesse McCartney was recording new dialo...

Chris Carter

6:15 PM on 01.24.2013

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD confirmed by voice actor?

Today it looks like the localization for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix was leaked there by actor Jesse McCartney. Maybe. Don't get too excited yet. McCartney plays Roxas in the localized KH games, and today he dropped an image ...

Dale North



Gallery: New Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix screens photo
Gallery: New Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix screens
by Dale North

New Japanese screenshots of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix really show off the work Square Enix has done for the characters in the game. In this massive gallery we have shared below you'll find several character closeups that give you a good look at how much better Kingdom Hearts can look on the PS3. Nice shading, sharp edges, punchy colors -- it looks like a Disney production.

The scenery and background objects don't look near as nice, though. 

We recently told you that HD Remix is coming to Japan on March 14. I'll remain hopeful for a localization. 

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