With Kingdom Hearts III poised to be one of next year’s biggest releases, there’s a high chance many players that aren’t familiar with the long-running series will get their first taste with the upcoming RPG. Since the intricate plot will likely leave newcomers scratching their heads, the development team has planned for a way to make it less daunting.
In an interview with VG24/7, series director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that “several elements” will be included in Kingdom Hearts III to give players new to the franchise an overall understanding of the series’ plot.
“We have included several elements in Kingdom Hearts III to explain the story and get newcomers up to speed with the minimum required level of understanding, including a series of videos to explain the story so far at the start of the game,” Nomura said. “I would be delighted if people who played Kingdom Hearts III took an interest in the series overall and went back to play the previous games as well.”
Since the franchise has been around for 16 years, it seems right for the development team to think about those that know nothing about Keyblades, Nobodies, and Xehanort’s master plan. Square Enix has included helpful summaries of the overall plot in previous entries, but it’s unclear how Kingdom Hearts III‘s narrative breakdowns will work.
For example, in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream, Drop, Distance, players were able to access comprehensive explanations of each previous game’s plot in a feature called Chronicles. While it required a great deal of reading, the summaries at least gave new players a chance to understand everything that led to Sora and Riku’s Mark of Mastery exam. From Nomura’s comment, it seems players will watch videos to get caught up in Kingdom Hearts III, which could end up being compilations of the major cutscenes from the more essential entries in the franchise. Of course, fans will just have to wait and see what the development team has created.
Kingdom Hearts III will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 29th, 2019.