At the end of Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage, we were treated to a cutscene that leads into Kingdom Hearts III, showing Sora alongside his companions Donald and Goofy aboard the Gummi Ship. The Gummi Ship has been your main method of communication between worlds throughout the series but hasn’t been in every entry, so I was curious about its role in Kingdom Hearts III. Today, after the latest big trailer, I chatted with director Tetsuya Nomura and asked him about its inclusion.
“In terms of the Gummi Ship making its return, I can confirm on that, but how it is or what has become of it, we’re not able to reveal it at this point,” Nomura said. “We ask you to stay tuned for more information.”
In previous entries, you could customize the ship and use it to destroy obstacles to reach worlds. In my interview, Nomura also spoke about how the Kingdom Hearts team tries really hard to pay attention to what’s well received by fans. “The staff members on our development team always want to try something new, so even with previously introduced mechanics, they always try to make it their own or tweak it. Even if it is small or minor, we customize it so that it’s for Kingdom Hearts III.”
If that’s any indication, I’m guessing if the Gummi Ship will have some new and improved elements when we see it in Kingdom Hearts III. Sadly, we’ll have to wait to find out more.