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Kingdom Hearts 3 visuals due out by year's end

Tetsuya Nomura sat down with Famitsu and, among other things, talked about that mysterious trailer unlockable at the end of Kingdom Hearts 2. You know, with the apparently more "Square-Enix" take on the franchise? Those knights seriously look straight out of the designs from Final Fantasy IV. We know that Kingdom Hearts 3 exists, but up until now we've had no idea what to even look for.

Nomura admitted that there are plans to give some visuals of the next KH before the end of 2007. You can speculate that the Tokyo Game Show will reveal a trailer, images, or just some printed information. Not much else to say, but feel free to toss in your theories or ideas here. I had a really good one, but... it's been a while and I've forgotten what it is.

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1. I don't think Kingdom Hearts will come out for next-gen systems; Disney has made an exclusive Wii studio, and it would be very cheap for Square-Enix to simply port the PS2 engine; not to mention that the Wii-controller is a perfect fit for the keyblade. Besides, how much more graphical improvement can a Cel-shaded title get?

Then again who knows, if it does, it would most definitely be PS3, which would be awesome if it takes advantage of the Blu-ray space for decompressed content to unload the charge of the Cell and RSX for lush visuals, physics and AI and virtually unlimited content, and HDD to reduce load times.

Posted at 4:56PM on Feb 13th 2007 by bootsielon

2. Oh, and Kingdom Hearts probably appeals mostly to consumers that aren't willing to spend more than 300 bucks for a console.

Posted at 4:58PM on Feb 13th 2007 by bootsielon

3. would love to see square enix put this on the wii or the 360

Posted at 5:53PM on Feb 13th 2007 by scott

4. I highly doubt this will be on any other system other than the PS3. There were 2 versions that were exclusive to the PS2 and the xbox, xbox360 and the GC existed.

I honestly can't wait to see this on ps3 and trust me, people who paid 600 for a system will cream for KH3

Posted at 6:08PM on Feb 13th 2007 by jahcure

5. #1 - I wasn't aware Kingdom Hearts was cell shaded.

#2 - Believe me they will. By the time it comes out it won't be alot over 300 bucks anyway, probably very close to that estimate.

I want this game on ps3 but i am aware of the benefits KH3 could have if it was on the wii (cheaper production, big install base in Japan, more profit) but i think elsewhere Kingdom Hearts biggest fanbase are the Playstation users. So there's that to take into account as well.

Posted at 7:01PM on Feb 13th 2007 by Naaiif

6. As dedicated as Square-enix is to Sony and disney is to Blu-ray, I doubt this will appear on the Wii or 360. Then again, weirder things have happened

Posted at 7:41PM on Feb 13th 2007 by Tyler

7. #5 - wow kingdom hearts' biggest fanbase is playstation users? What gave you that idea? is it the fact that it's ONLY been on ps2 (aside from the single GBA title). Of course it's going to be their bigger user base. Lets make some more obvious statements, such as I think halo's bigger user base is xbox players

Posted at 9:22PM on Feb 13th 2007 by scott

8. "As dedicated as Square-enix is to Sony and disney is to Blu-ray,"

Not Quite, Disney MOVIES are deticated to BLuRay while Disney GAMES are dedicated for Nintendo Systems.
KH can only exist IF Disney allows Square to Create it.

Oh the other hand Disney can pull off a huge suprise and put it on the DS or PSP (God DQIX was a HUGE suprise)

Posted at 10:32PM on Feb 13th 2007 by Aeron

9. Scott:

FPS' user base is the Xbox. lol

Anyway, Naaiif, I don't think "they" will. Kingdom hearts came out in 2003; by then, PS2 was at the most 199+Tax. KH2 in 2006, when PS2 was 149 (or 129 already?). So no, I don't think they'll buy a 600 console solely for Kingdom Hearts, even if it is THAT good (and it is).

Tyler: If square enix is so dedicated to Sony, why do they prefer nintendo's portables over the PSP? And if Disney supports Blu-ray so much, then why do they have some patents in iHD (which they would have liked to have in Blu-ray), and why do they have a studio dedicated SOLELY for Wii games? It's a new studio.

I really wouldn't be surprised if KH3 was a Wii game. It makes too much sense: Install base, price, engine, controller, target demographic, profit, disney's studio and Square-Enix giving more love to Nintendo now than they did 5 years ago.

PS3 fans, don't fret, though. I'm only saying it's very likely, but PS3 still has hopes for KH3. After all, PS3 will also lure some casuals with money for high definition entertainment, or for the Sony brand, or for innovative games available (eyedentify, singstar, guitar hero). Also, they said "Kingdom Hearts 3 visuals due out by year's end", implying NEW visuals. Could this be a new PS3 game?

And again, more speculation could lead me to think that there will be a Wii version with a different storyline, or a wii version with the same storyline, worse graphics, but wiimote enhanced.

The last thing I expect is this title coming out on Xbox 360 (much less as an exclusive), but I also wouldn't be surprised if it is a cross-platform with PS3, given the high development costs, and the divided install bases unlike last-gen.

Posted at 10:45PM on Feb 13th 2007 by bootsielon

10. bootsielon

I direct you to a previous post,

Squeenix lately seems to like re-making thier games on portables, saying they prefer DS over PSP isnt exactly true though, seeing how they're also remaking FF1 and 2 as well as FFT(eagerly awaiting)

Regardless, it's besides the point, seeing how we're not talking about a game that is going to be targeted to a handheld. Also, by the time KH comes out S-E expects the PS3 market to be "taking off" to quote the link i encluded.

To be honest, I never really got into the series lol but it'll be good news for the PS3 anyway, cheers

Posted at 3:56AM on Feb 14th 2007 by Tyler

11. Anyone got a YouTube video of the video mentioned above? I haven't finished KH2 yet, but would LOVE to see this movie! (is it anything like Deep Dive?)

Posted at 4:12AM on Feb 14th 2007 by krisinjapan

12. @ krisinjapan

The line in the picture, "This time... I'll fight" leads me to believe that the picture is of Deep Dive.

However, the KH3 preview can be found here:

Posted at 4:21PM on Feb 14th 2007 by CubeGuy

13. Tyler:

Square-Enix is publishing Spin-offs and remakes on PSP. On the other hand, they published the latest game of their most important franchise (or second most) on the DS. Besides, just because Square thinks PS3 will take off in 2008 doesn't mean they will put KH3 on it. That only means that for them, it makes sense to still publish FFXIII and Versus on PS3.

KH still makes more sense, at least to me, to be published on Wii, than on PS3. I'm not ensuring anything, I'd love for it to be on PS3 more than anything, I'm just being realistic though.

Posted at 7:32PM on Feb 15th 2007 by bootsielon

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