Kingdom Hearts III Graphics Comparison Reveals Massive Improvement From E3 2013 Reveal

The latest Kingdom Hearts III trailer includes exactly the same scene featured in the E3 2013 reveal, showing that five years in development were worth it.

September 18, 2018

Five years have passed since the reveal trailer of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2013, and it feels almost unreal to be just a few months away from the game’s massively-anticipated release.

Interestingly, the new trailer released today has gone full-circle, showing exactly the same scene included in the original reveal, with Sora picking up the keyblade at the beach.

Everything has been massively improved, from shaders to 3D models, textures, and lighting. It truly goes to show just how much work has been poured into this game over the years. Ultimately, good things come to those who wait.

Of course, the engine was also changed from an early implementation of Luminous to Unreal Engine 4.


You can check out a video comparison and a couple of screenshots below. If you want to see more, you can also enjoy the gorgeous box art and new screenshots, the trailer showcased at the PlayStation Lineup Tour in Tokyo, and some recent Xbox One gameplay from E3 2018.

The game will release in the west in a few months on January 29th, 2019, and in Japan just a few days earlier on January 25th for PS4 and Xbox One. In case you didn’t pre-order your copy of the game yet, you can do so right now on Amazon.

Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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