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Kingdom Hearts 3 designer on new Keyblade forms and rollercoasters

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Keyblades in Kingdom Hearts 3 will transform into different types of weapons depending on the kind of Keyblade, designer Tetsuya Nomura said in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu.

Nomura said the latest trailer for the title showcases these new abilities. The Keyblade Transformation ability used in the new footage shows Sora's iconic weapon turn into a pair of guns, which he uses to take down a horde of enemy Heartless.

Keyblade Transformation varies from Keyblade to Keyblade; each Kingdom Hearts game has featured around a dozen different blades for players to equip, suggesting that there will be a good number of weapon variants in Kingdom Hearts 3. Nomura noted that "battle style" will also change depending on what form the Keyblade takes.

Another new ability for Kingdom Hearts 3 is Attraction Flow, an "evolution" of the Free Flow mechanic from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance that allowed players more fluidity of movement during combat. This upgraded version of the mechanic folds in the use of Disney theme park rides, two of which are shown in the trailer: a pirate ship and a train. Attraction Flow will allow Sora and his companions to ride on theme park rides while attacking enemies. The attraction used to attack will also vary between enemies and locations, Nomura said.

Nomura added that Kingdom Hearts 3 is still in the early stages of development, and this is currently all the information that can be shared on the title.

"This is the first gameplay footage of Kingdom Hearts 3 that we've released, but [the game] is still nowhere near a state that the staff is satisfied with, so we're going to continue to strive to improve the quality," he said.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.