The new Sora figure by Play-Arts-Kai reveals some new story details for Kingdom Hearts 3.
Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Key to Return Hearts
The new Sora figure isn’t set to be released in the west until 2017, but thanks to Twitter user @ArikaMiz we’ve got sneak peek at the figure — along with some interesting flavor text on the back of the box.
— 鼻眼鏡ありか(大正ろまん) (@ArikaMiz) November 4, 2016
For those who can’t read the text, here’s the full transcription:
Kingdom Hearts 3 Story Preview
With the world under the control of a single Master, the final struggle for true peace begins.
Through countless adventures across many worlds in his long battle against the darkness, Sora, once a little boy who only dreamed worlds beyond his island even existed, has grown up to a dashing young man. Now he is realizing that that battle has played out exactly as Master Xehanort had planned, and the second Keyblade War, the final struggle between light and dark, looms ahead. To counter the overwhelming darkness, Sora and his friends must gather the seven guardians of light. His best friend Riku and King Mickey seek out a battle-scarred Keyblade wielder, while Sora, Donald, and Goofy set off on a journey to find “the Key to Return Hearts.” Never-before-featured Disney worlds set the stage for another daring adventure to save the universe!
Chosen by the Keyblade, he is the one whose heart’s light never fails to shine as a beacon of hope.
Sora, the brave hero chosen by the Keyblade, has always had a strong sense of justice. Through his many battles against darkness, he has grown and learned about the world immensely. Drawn to his light, many friends have lent him their support and granted him their powers to counter the darkness: Riku, the childhood friend he grew up with on Destiny Islands; Donald and Goofy, the two comrades with whom he has shared his adventures from the very beginning; and King Mickey, who unfailingly supports Sora with his own mighty strength. As the world becomes enveloped in another battle against darkness, the Keyblade wielder and his friends must rise up against Master Xehanort and thwart his plot to incite another Keyblade War.
Kingdom Hearts 3 Gameplay Tease
While there’s no other new information regarding the upcoming title, the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account teased fans with some new gameplay elements. Specifically, they’re introducing a new Drive form called Guard Form.
— Kingdom Hearts (@KINGDOMHEARTS) October 27, 2016
Based on the image it seems the Guard Form transforms the Keyblade into a shield — similar to that of Goofy. How exactly this form will be played however is still unknown.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is in development for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.