New Information and Clarification from the Ultimania Interview

New Information and Clarification from the Ultimania Interview

Our blog post titles will have to be a bit vague from here on out to avoid spoiling anything from Kingdom Hearts III through the title alone. For today’s post, let’s take a look at the Scenario Mysteries interview found in the Kingdom Hearts III Ultimania, translated here, for some additional context and clarification.

From here on, this post will include unmarked Kingdom Hearts III spoilers.

One of the most interesting pieces of new information comes at the very beginning, where Nomura says Sora’s “they can take your world” dialogue at the start of Kingdom Hearts III reflects his mental stage after the end of the game.

The time travel clarification is also an important one. I left Kingdom Hearts III wondering how Sora managed to do a full reset on the timeline of events in the Keyblade Graveyard, since it didn’t seem to fit the normal rules of time travel. According to Nomura, that was the power of waking.

“The power of awakening is essentially “the power to put sleeping hearts back the way they were.” But the impact of forcing his friends’ fading hearts back the way they were rewrote reality, and created a singularity. The rewrite caused the chronology in which they were destroyed to have “never happened.””

Nomura also implied that Master Xehanort knew Ventus was from the Keyblade War era, and that he might eventually show how they met.

Now, in our post-KH3 theory round-up, I stated that Master Xehanort and Terra returned separately and presented two possibilities as to how Terra was “norted” again. However, neither of those is true, according to the Ultimania. Instead, Terra’s heart was unable to return to his body, and Terra-Xehanort’s heart from the past used Terra’s restored body as a vessel.

This raises a few questions about Terra’s existence in the ending, so we’ll probably revisit this at some point.

Interestingly, Nomura confirmed that the twelve Seekers of Darkness present during Dream Drop Distance were:

  • Master Xehanort
  • Ansem
  • Xemnas
  • Young Xehanort
  • Terra-Xehanort
  • Xigbar
  • Saix
  • Vanitas
  • Marluxia
  • Larxene
  • Luxord
  • Dark Riku

…which also raises some questions, but he clearly says Vexen, Demyx, and Xion were the three not yet present at the time.

The interview also clarifies that Master Xehanort believed the world needs to be reset, that the card Luxord gave Sora will play a role later, and that Sora knows the name of the person the Nameless Star is waiting for.

Nomura also touched on the idea of making a Xehanort game to show how he ended up turning evil. Kingdom Hearts III left me wanting to see those events more than ever, so even if the idea is “shelved for now,” I hope it’s un-shelved soon.

Don’t forget to read the full Ultimania interview and share your thoughts on Nomura’s answers.

Tags: seekers of darkness, terra-xehanort
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