Kingdom Hearts 3 Director Tetsuya Nomura was unwilling to commit to any post-launch DLC worlds, but admitted the development team is preparing the game for that possibility.
DLC is a relatively new concept to the Kingdom Hearts franchise. After all, Kingdom Hearts 2 was released all the way back in 2005 for the PlayStation 2, prior to the industry shift towards standardized DLC. Kingdom Hearts 3, though, is certain to follow in the footsteps of other recent Square Enix games like Final Fantasy 15, releasing plenty of substantial post-launch content.
But the concept of whole Kingdom Hearts worlds released as DLC is a crazy one. Each world in past Kingdom Hearts games were almost like a game in and of itself, building a whole Disney universe into a single adventure. Releasing them as individual DLC packages is an ambitious idea, as if different Disney properties could be treated like fighting game characters being added to a roster. Just imagine Kingdom Hearts fans launching campaigns to get their favorite franchises added to the game.
Yet, as Nomura says, new Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC worlds aren’t for certain. The Square Enix team is just readying the game to be able to handle that kind of DLC if it’s decided to be something worth doing. Though considering Nomura’s now let slip that it’s a possibility, the fan outcry for Kingdom Hearts worlds as DLC is likely to be persuasive.
“Nothing is set in stone, and I’m afraid we can’t go into details, but I have told the team: Just be prepared to be able to accommodate for something like that. We can’t suddenly develop a system where we’re accommodating for downloadable content. So it’s not confirming or denying either way, but just so that the development team will be prepared, I have informed them of making the preparations.”
The question about potential DLC worlds spun out of a response regarding any worlds Nomura was planning to keep hidden through launch. Nomura answered in the negative, promising to reveal all of the worlds prior to the game’s release. Note how Nomura went rather out of his way to bring up DLC worlds:
“I don’t think we’ll be keeping any worlds secret until the game is released. I think we will be introducing them leading up to launch. Nowadays games can add content on after the fact through DLC content, so there’s no need to hide any worlds.”
D23 saw Nomura let slip several fun details about Kingdom Hearts 3 that may have been better to save for more official announcements. That includes details on keyblade transformations, the Gummi Ship, and potentially multiple playable protagonists. When all anyone was expecting was a new trailer with a new world, Nomura certainly over-delivered. The game is still likely over a year away, but he just can’t help being excited to share more news.
Kingdom Hearts 3 launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018.