'Kingdom Hearts III' Director's New Series Key Art Reveals New Outfits For Riku And Kairi
"Kingdom Hearts III" didn't make it to E3 this year, but its director, Tetsuya Nomura, recently posted some series-related key art that reveals new outfits for Riku and Kairi. While unconfirmed, this could be our first look at their costumes for the upcoming game.
The development comes to Design & Trend via the official website for the Japanese browser game, "Kingdom Hearts χ." In celebration of its three year anniversary, Nomura posted a drawing that just might paint a picture of the future.
As seen above, the faction panels feature Sora in his "Kingdom Hearts III" outfit, as well as Riku, Kairi, Chirithy, Skuld, Ephemera and Roxas or Ventus. For the purposes of this analysis, we'll be concentrating on the main trio. Sora's red clothes are pictured front and center, and he's surrounded by his two friends that are wearing very similar costumes. As three guardians fighting on the same team, this would make sense for a "Kingdom Hearts III" design. The aesthetic similarities are too obvious to not discuss at the very least.
That being said, let's take a deeper look at what we see. For Riku, his new costume is a lot more laid back than we've seen him in the past. He's got a trademark black hoodie, but it's also paired with a t-shirt and jeans. For Kairi the changes aren't quite as substantial. She's wearing something that looks fairly close to her "Kingdom Hearts II" garb, but it's augmented by black patterns and a super-cute hood with ears. There's also some evidence to suggest that the length of her hair has shortened from "Kingdom Hearts II" and could be somewhere in between the sequel and the first game.
With these changes, there's plenty to speculate about. Does Riku's casual attire suggest that he'll have a much more tempered attitude this time around? Kairi's distinct hood also bears a striking resemblance to a Foreteller named Ava. The Foretellers are the franchise's earliest keyblade masters. Does she somehow forge a deeper connection with them?
Again, because this art is technically associated with "Kingdom Hearts χ," there is no guarantee that its pictured aesthetic is absolutely the one for "Kingdom Hearts III." Considering Sora is in his confirmed outfit for the third main installment, however, the same could very well be true for the other two. On the other hand, Nomura might just be feeling especially creative.
"Kingdom Hearts III" is in development for PS4 and Xbox One.
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