Sephiroth may not be in Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III may be the first numbered game in the series that doesn't have Sephiroth as a secret boss, according to the game's director. In an interview with Mirror.uk, Nomura revealed that the development team has not yet made a decision on whether to include him or not. Here is what he had to say:

"In terms of the secret boss, we can’t say anything at this time, but in terms of Sephiroth specifically, my development team are worried that we’ve had him come back so many times, so they’re maybe worried it might be redundant at this point. We’re still deliberating on it.”

Personally, I think they should put him in. It has been more than 10 years since we last got to fight against him in Kingdom Hearts II, and the new battle system will make the fight fresh even if it is against the same person. 

More Kingdom Hearts III Details

Nomura sat down with Famitsu magazine this week to talk more about Kingdom Hearts III. Here are the new details he revealed:

  • Toy Story world is something Nomura wanted to put since KH2. So he said Toy Story is a must for KH3 and kept on negotiating.
  • The Toy Story world takes place after Toy Story 2. It's not a parallel world from the movie. the incident that happens in KH3 is canon story in Toy Story movie universe.
  • Piloting mech was something Nomura told the staff from the beginning. Other floors in the toy store will have different gimmicks.
  • Big Hero 6 world is also coming along well, but info will be at later date
  • The number of Disney worlds is smaller than KH2, but the density of each world is bigger so you have much more play in the worlds.
  • There are lots of characters and the story is deep
  • The combat always have options for you to choose from. You assemble your battle by choosing which option to use and which one to drop, as well as the order you use your combo will give some strategic fun to the combat.
  • Party formation has new system which will be revealed later.

Nomura reveals more about Keyblade transformations in Kingdom Hearts III

In an interview at D23, Tetsuya Nomura talked a little bit more about keyblades in Kingdom Hearts III. Here is what he had to say:

“First and foremost, each keyblade will have its own form that it can transform into, and it’s different per keyblade. There are at least two different forms it can take. For example, in Toy Story, you saw the giant hammer and then the drill. Another one was at the beginning of the trailer where you saw Sora shoot arrows and it turned into a bazooka, so there are two different forms. It also has multiple layers in terms of transforming; you start out with your first phase of transformation, and if you successfully connect your combos, the next transformation will happen.”

Don't Expect a Kingdom Hearts III release this year

At a recent investors meeting, Square Enix used the above image. As you can see, Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII remake are in the fiscal year 2018 category, and do not have a release date. 

This is something that was pretty obviously expected, but it doesn't make me any less sad.

Lgndary Thoughts - The Top Five Worlds I Want In Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III has been officially announced by Square Enix, but that doesn't mean we are getting it anytime soon. And because this is Square Enix we're talking about, it could be some time before we actually get our hands on the game. To help with the wait, I have compiled a list of the top five worlds I would personally like to see in Kingdom Hearts III, and why I think they should be included. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

#5 - Lilo and Stitch 

I know Lilo and Stitch have actually been featured in Kingdom Hearts before, well... minus the Lilo part. Birth by Sleep did have a Deep Space world, but I think it’s finally time we make our way to Hawaii. Having said that, I do recognize that it might be difficult to implement Hawaii. Since it is a real place that people can visit today, it could be hard to make it interesting for players. But  the characters of Lilo and Stitch are great, and the Deep Space world did not do the movie justice.

#4 - The Emperors New Groove.

To be honest, I'm actually kind of surprised this hasn't been in Kingdom Hearts yet. The Emperors New Groove is one of the funniest Disney movies out there, and the world is a perfect fit. There are different types of settings that could be visited, like the city or the jungle. And best of all, Square could include animal transformation elements. Sora and the gang are already known to turn into animals in other worlds, and that could be taken to the next level with The Emperors New Groove. 

#3 - Pocahontas.

Pocahontas is actually my second favorite Disney movie, and I’m shocked that it hasn't made an appearance in Kingdom Hearts either. Well, that isn't entirely true. The movie does deal with some pretty sensitive themes, and I can see how it would be difficult to implement those into a light-hearted game like Kingdom Hearts. But I still believe it could be done. Maybe the Native Americans and Englishmen can unite against the heartless, that would send a good message. Right?

#2 - Treasure Planet

First off, shame on you America! $38 million at the box office? Treasure Planet is a masterpiece, and it didn't deserve what it got!

And Treasure Planet being a masterpiece is a big reason why it should be a featured world in Kingdom Hearts III. The world and lore are also perfect for Kingdom Hearts. All of the characters are unique, and unlike anything seen in the series so far, such as aliens and robots. Plus, could you image Sora solar surfing? It would be so awesome! How could they not do it?!

#1 - Mary Poppins

Speaking of unique worlds, Mary Poppins would be an excellent one to feature in Kingdom Hearts. And just to be clear, Kingdom Hearts II did have a Pirates of the Caribbean world. So live action films are not off limits. Mary Poppins would work a lot better since a significant portion of the film takes place in a cartoon. They might encounter some issues due to the fact that there isn't really a villain in Mary Poppins, but that hasn't stopped Square Enix before!

Bonus! Bedknobs and Broomsticks

I didn’t include this in the main list because the concept behind it would be similar to Mary Poppins. But I actually like Bedknobs and Broomsticks more, and think it would be a really great, and creative addition to Kingdom Hearts. There are challenges of course, mainly that the film takes place during war time, but there are plenty of reasons to give it a shot. Traveling to different worlds with Miss Price, fighting alongside magicked suits of armor, it would be great! And as a bonus, it wouldn't be any trouble at all getting Angela Lansbury to provide the voice of Miss Price, as they already have her to voice Mrs. Potts!


Square Enix never released a Kingdom Hearts game for the PS3, and that means the series will be taking a much larger technological leap than any previous game ever has. Due to this, I believe there are so many more possibilities to what players should be able to do in different worlds, and I certainly hope that Square takes advantage of that and pushes for more creative and unexpected destinations for Sora and his friends. 

Now it's your turn! Be sure to visit the comments below and tell me what five worlds you'd like to see in Kingdom Hearts III the most!