Yesterday during the D23 Expo Level Up! livestream, Square Enix launched a Kingdom Hearts III bomb, revealing the game has a Toy Story World and will come out sooner than most of us thought. Since then, Tetsuya Nomura has dropped a few more tidbits, including his thoughts about a Nintendo Switch version of the game, and information about a second playable character.
Kingdom Hearts games are, of course, packed with beloved Disney icons, but typically, main character Sora is the only character you actually play with. Well, that won’t be the case in Kingdom Hearts III, as they game will have a duo of playable characters.
"So, it would be tough to introduce many, multiple playable characters, but there is an intention of adding a playable character aside from Sora. Unfortunately, we’re not able to disclose who it is yet, but there will be another playable character."
So, who could it be? Don’t expect anyone Disney-related – Kingdom Hearts games only let you directly play as the series’ original characters. Past KH games have let you play as Sora’s buddy and fellow Keyblade master Riku, as well as Sora’s Nobody, Roxas. The last Kingdom Hearts III trailer teased Roxas is coming back, so he’s a likely candidate, but KH fans certainly love them some Riku. We’ll just have to wait to find out.
Speaking of characters, Nomura also discussed why you can now have more than two support characters with you in battle. The reason is pretty simple…
“It was actually a compromise in a previous [Kingdom Hearts iterations] because we were not able to display multiple characters. We’re now able to depict multiple characters. Up to five people can join, even more, multiple characters can join your party."