Both free and paid DLC are on the way.
Director Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed that both free and paid DLC is in the works for Kingdom Hearts 3.
In an interview with Japanese publication Dengeki Online (via Google Translate), Nomura revealed that free DLC would likely come to the game as incremental updates as they are completed, and paid DLC would be larger, and possibly grouped together to be released before the end of 2019. One such free update may include a Critical Mode difficulty level.
Paid DLC would likely expand the story, potentially filling in details on characters that perhaps weren’t fully explored in the main game. [SPOILER WARNING] For example, when asked about the character Xion’s revival, Nomura said it could be described in future DLC [/SPOILER].
Though no specific DLC for Kingdom Hearts 3 has been announced, we revealed what we’d like to see as DLC, which includes Star Wars, Marvel, Final Fantasy characters and more. DLC seems like a no-brainer for Square Enix, as Kingdom Hearts 3 shipped over 5 million copies in its first week, becoming January 2019’s best-selling game.
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