Kingdom Hearts 3 will have “far bigger” worlds than other games in the franchise.
“While the world may not be comparable to massively open-world titles, it’s far bigger than previous Kingdom Hearts titles,” he said. “In previous games, you’d run to the end of an area and it would go dark before transitioning to the next stage — now it’s become seamless.”
Real-time actions will also affect the landscape, said Nomura, using the tornado spell as an example. It “will swirl the blades of grass surrounding it.”
Battle controls will be similar to Kingdom Hearts, but the team is currently considering ways to use the DualShock 4’s touchpanel in some capacity.
The team is also has quite a few ideas on how to extend the games longevity with an online component.
While Nomura said online is part of his “wish list,” he doesn’t want the functionality to be “tacked on”. Plus, the team hasn’t reach a point in development to where it can test any ideas pertaining to online.