June 27, 2022

Kingdom Hearts 3 Final Battle Trailer Confirms Second Playable Character

Since Tetsuya Nomura hinted about the possibility years ago, fans have speculated about whether Kingdom Hearts 3 will have another playable character beyond Sora.

Now, the sequel’s latest trailer has confirmed that is the case, and who this second character is.

Spoilers for Kingdom Hearts 3 follow!

Turn back if you haven’t watched the latest trailer for the game and don’t want to know anymore. You’ve been warned.

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During the Kingdom Hearts 3 Final Battle trailer, gameplay of Riku as a player-controlled character is shown at around the 1:06 mark as you see the popular character fighting a horde of heartless.

Not the first time Riku is a playable character

This isn’t the first time Sora’s childhood friend has been playable in the series — notably, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, originally released for the GBA and then remade for the PS2, included a storyline featuring a playable Riku.

As well as the 3DS exclusive Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, where he was the joint main character with series present hero Sora, as they undertake the Mark of Mastery exam

Nomura previously spoke with IGN in 2017 about the possibility of KH3 having a second, playable character.

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Exciting New Worlds for the Series

The Final Battle trailer is also packed with brand new looks at KH3, including worlds we’ve seen before, like Frozen’s Arendelle and Big Hero 6’s San Fransokyo, as well as new locations clearly connected to the series lore.

The second half of the trailer goes all-in on that lore, teasing many sequences and characters that seem to tie up the many disparate-yet-connected threads of the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

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While this new, official look at the game is exciting for fans, unfortunately seemingly leaked copies of the game have led to spoiler-filled videos and posts online.

Nomura addressed the leak in a statement, urging fans to be vigilant about potential spoilers, while also acknowledging that certain parts of the game have yet to be included. Kingdom Hearts 3 finished development back in November, however.

Sourced from: https://uk.ign.com/

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