Fans who were disappointed by a lack of content in Kingdom Hearts III have a spark of hope to look forward to. The game is set to receive at least two different pieces of DLC.
DLC is something fairly new for the Kingdom Hearts series. Past titles did get extra content, but in the form of “Final Mix” versions—remasters on a new console generation that spruced up graphics and added extra cutscenes and fights. Now, series director Tetsuya Nomura has revealed that Kingdom Hearts III won’t be be getting a Final Mix re-release, but will instead be updated directly.
Speaking to Japanese outlet Dengeki Online (via ResetEra), Nomura revealed that the first part of the DLC will be free, and will roll out over time for all players. The second will be paid, and will include “several elements all in one batch.”
One of these updates will add a critical mode to the game, which is one of the most-asked-for features fans have been missing. Many fans have complained that the base game felt too easy, especially with the wide array of gimmicks and powers the game gives to Sora, and the lack of a challenge mode has been sorely felt. Nomura revealed that the mode that’s on its way will “not just be mixing around damage numbers,” but something truly more difficult.
Nomura didn’t reveal much else about what fans can expect to see, but fans have their own list of things they’d like to see. More keyblades, more difficult content, and more boss fights have all been commonly requested features, especially since Kingdom Hearts III is lacking some of the iconic weapons from past games, any kind of Coliseum mode, and a Sephiroth fight (almost a staple in the series at this point). Fans likely wouldn’t be opposed to seeing the game’s story get fleshed out a bit more, either.
The free DLC will roll out starting with “whatever [the dev team] finishes first.” The paid DLC will bundle together several features, so will take a little longer, but Nomura expects it to be available before the end of the year. We’l keep an eye out for any future updates.