During this year’s E3, Square Enix unveiled a great deal about Kingdom Hearts III, including a new Frozen-themed world and the return of a Pirates of the Caribbean area. Recently, series creator and director Tetsuya Nomura expanded on what players can expect from those reveals, as well as how DLC will be incorporated into Sora’s next journey.
In the latest issue of the Japanese publication Famitsu (via Siliconera), Nomura revealed there won’t be a Final Mix version of Kingdom Hearts III. Instead, players will get more content in the future through DLC. While he didn’t specify what type of content will be released, he believes it will come in singular downloads and not through a season pass. Interestingly, despite the latest entry in the franchise launching exclusively on PlayStation 4, Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage, it did not include DLC, which would make Kingdom Hearts III the first entry to use the system.
For those unfamiliar with the Kingdom Hearts series, many of its previous entries have received expanded versions known as a Final Mix edition. In them, players found new content not seen in the original releases of the games. For example, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix included a new difficulty mode, additional cutscenes, the Limit Drive Form, two bonus Keyblades, collectibles, and 20 extra boss fights against Organization XIII.
Nomura also revealed the Frozen world’s story will follow the Disney film, with Elsa even singing “Let It Go” at some point. As for Pirates of the Caribbean, the Kingdom Hearts III version will follow the events of the third film. Also, the Tangled dancing scene and Ratatouille cooking segment from the recent E3 trailers were showing off two new minigames.
Nomura has teased the possibility of DLC in the past, with one idea being a costume customization system, similar to the one players used for Aqua in A Fragmentary Passage. Players could also see new worlds or bosses added at some point, but we’re still pretty far off from speculating too much about that. Sadly, the developer recently announced the game was pushed back to an early 2019 release.
Kingdom Hearts III is set to launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 29th, 2019.