Luke Skywalker or Iron Man in Kingdom Hearts 3? "It would be great if we could add those licenses," says creator
With Disney's big name acquisitions in the last few years; Marvel, Pixas, LucasArts just to name a few, it spells out great potential for the next addition in the series team up between Disney and Square Enix, Kingdom Hearts 3. Creator Tetsuya Nomura agrees that having Star Wars and Marvel characters would indeed "be great."
But before you get your hopes up about Sora, Donald, and Mickey adding an ewok to their trio before they go stop Dr. Doom from kidnapping Buzz Lightyear (sounds familiar), Nomura isn't too sure about the liklihood of being able to include characters from other Disney properties, i.e, Marvel, LucasArts, and Pixar.
In an interview with Finaland at the Japan Expo in France, Nomura said "there are lots of rules and restrictions by Disney so we can't actually put in everything people want."
Nomura and Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase had hopes of trying to include Star Wars characters even before Disney made their billion-dollar purchase earlier this year.
"We've been talking about Star Wars itself since it became Disney's content recently. When I heard the news I was like wow, wow'. Obviously it's gonna be great if we could add it," he said.
Nomura didn't get into the specifics of Disney's aformentioned rules and regulations, and what or who the team could get away with as far as character additions, but he did say that fans are still in for a treat: "we're gonna prepare some surprises for you so, just wait for the information."
Kingdom Hearts 3 was formally announced at this year's E3, but not much information was provided, just a brief trailer. Since then, we've learned that story wise, the game will pick up right where Nintendo 3DS exclusive Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance concluded.
"It's the final episode in the 'Dark Seeker' saga that ban with the original KHand it'll depict the final battle with Xehanort," said Nomura to Famitsu magazine.
Gameplay is set to match new visuals by making battles more grand, improving AI, and implementing new features.
"KH3 has three-person parties, but NPCs[Non Playable Characters] and other characters join the fight in each individual world, and the resulting action is really flashy and exciting," explained Nomura. "The enemy AI is a lot more intricate, too, and I think the gameplay will reflect that new dynamic balance. For example, there's a foe that's shaped like a vehicle and Sora may jump on it and fly around; that's already implemented."
Kingdom Hearts 3 doesn't have an exact release date, but is expected to hit both Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One sometime in 2014.