Kingdom Hearts fans lucky enough to attend the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra concert in Los Angeles were treated to not only an in-person greeting from series creator Tetsuya Nomura but also saw the live reveal trailer of new gameplay footage from the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III. An additional treat was shared at the end of the trailer revealing more footage would be seen at the D23 convention in July, and according to Nomura fans will not be disappointed.
In an interview with Famitsu, Nomura teased new details on what fans can expect from the new footage, including the reveal there will be two trailers with slight differences. The upcoming trailer “will have a Japanese version and a North American version but the battle scenes were from an actual gameplay footage, so we couldn’t make them exactly the same,” said Nomura. “It will look the same, but if you compare them, you will be able to see the differences. So I would like the core fans to look at both trailers.” Typically, the gameplay trailers from the series are the same across every language, which makes this decision to include slight differences strange but intriguing.
The orchestra trailer was surprisingly packed with content focused on the Hercules world, with Sora taking on Heartless on Mount Olympus and using flowmotion to go head on with the Rock Titan. Cameos from Maleficent, Pete, and Hades teased the black box mystery that began in Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover will play a pivotal role in the story, while Xemnas and Xehanort’s Heartless mocked Sora for wanting to revive Roxas. If that wasn’t enough, Nomura revealed the D23 trailer will include more than what we saw recently. “The editing of the D23 trailer is being finalized right now, but I think that not only it will be longer than the orchestra trailer, it will also show some new elements that should meet everyone’s expectations,” he said.
We know a new world will be announced during the upcoming trailer, but Nomura’s statement about “new elements” that will “meet everyone’s expectations” could mean a release date. While that may sound like an extreme long shot, Nomura has made it clear a new Kingdom Hearts game will release every year leading into Kingdom Hearts III, which means it should be next year’s entry in the series. Additionally, many announced titles from E3 will arrive in 2018, so it wouldn’t be unheard of to have a solid 2018 date announced for the end of the Xehanort Saga.
Fans can expect to hear more and see the new footage during D23, which runs from July 14th to the 16th at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Source: Game Rant