The released trailer showed a beautifully rendered Sora, with a new Keyblade which is possibly Eraqus’s Keyblade along with some new combat as well. Sora’s new acrobatic abilities and intriguing new attack methods were briefly showcased in the brief gameplay segment.
Fans who were delighted to see their patience pay off heaved a major sigh of relief. On October 2013, while discussing the visual style of Kingdom Hearts 3, Tetsuya Nomura said, “We don’t have an official name for it, but we have something called the ‘Kingdom Shader.’ We showed it in the E3 trailer, but it’s our attempt to ‘Express Disney’s 2D brushwork in 3D.’
When deciding on the graphical direction for Kingdom Hearts III, we talked with [Square Enix’s Takeshi] Nozue and the rest of Square Enix’s visual development department, Visual Works, and had them prepare several different styles.
Some were in a ‘brushwork-like style’ and they were developed into what you saw at E3. We have a development base where Visual Works makes a pre-rendered movie that we convert into a real-time render.”
Are you happy that Cloud and Goofy will be returning in Kingdom Hearts 3? Do you think any more characters will return? Stay tuned for further updates!