The Kingdom Hearts 3 gummi ship segments are apparently going to be handled by the same team that was behind the 1997 Square Enix side-scroller Einhänder, according to Tetsuya Nomura. A big fan of Einhänder, Nomura also said that there were a lot of changes made to the Gummi Ship in game.
The Gummi Ship is the main way that Sora, Donald, and Goofy make their way from one world to another, briefly turning an action RPG into a shoot-’em-up as Heartless ships try to stop you. The mechanic has gotten more elaborate with each game, and now it seems like it’s going to get even crazier.
We saw a bit of Kingdom Hearts 3 gummi ship gameplay in the E3 2018 trailer for the game, but now we’ve got some information from Tetsuya Nomura himself. To start off with, gummi ship customization will be returning, meaning that you can customize your ship any way you want, even if you decide to take the Awkward Zombie route and make it entirely out of guns.
The gummi ships will also have two different modes, one being a battle mode and the other being a free-roaming exploration mode, essentially making you able to move however you want during your trips from one world to another. As you could see in the trailer though, you’ll still have to fight Heartless ships along the way.
Tetsuya Nomura also gave us a bit more information on the game as a whole. There won’t be any optional worldsfor starters, as most players visit them all anyway. So no more looking for Monstro in the void between worlds and things like that. The order that you’ll visit worlds in has also been decided, and we’ll also be learning more about Organization 13.
Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 on January 18 of 2019, so we still have a while to wait until we can finally figure out how the series ends.