Kingdom Hearts fans are eagerly awaiting the third main entry in the franchise, but in the meantime Square Enix is releasing Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue, a collection of various titles that serves as a lead-in to the final battle against series arch-villain Xehanort. The most recent trailer for 2.8 showed off several scenes and details of these games, including a new feature allows you to customize the appearance of Aqua, the protagonist for Kingdom Hearts 0.2. According to a recent interview with series creator and director Tetsuya Nomura, this feature may even find its way into Kingdom Hearts III.

Speaking with Dengeki PlayStation in Japan, Nomura revealed that this “character decoration” element was made at the last minute by his staff in order to add “something fun to play around with” in Aqua’s 0.2 title. At present, it sounds like it’s not planned for inclusion in Kingdom Hearts III, but the team is open to adding it based on fan reaction to the feature in 2.8.

Dengeki: The character decoration is the first in the series and is a novel component.

Nomura: I thought that we needed something fun to play around with even in with the game’s jam-packed volume, so the staff devised this at the last minute for me. It really changes the character’s look, so please gather a lot of items and design your own Aqua.

Dengeki: Will you use the decoration feature in [KHIII]?

Nomura: We knew we could insert that feature into the game this time, but whether or not we can with [KHIII]…we have other priorities ahead of us so it depends on time, but we’ll look at the reaction with [KH0.2] and consider it.

No doubt
Kingdom Hearts III has a plethora of brand new features and abilities that require the team’s focus first and foremost, but I’m still hopeful that this decoration element can make it in. From what we’ve seen from the KH2.8 trailer, it looks like it will be a really fun addition that will help endear players to Aqua all the more, and I think it could be a lot of fun to decorate Sora or other characters when KHIII finally arrives.

Would you like to see this sort of customization element in
Kingdom Hearts III? What sort of decorations would you like to throw on Sora in your game? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Dengeki PlayStation (via

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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