Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura has stated that DLC is currently in the works.
It has been one month since the launch of Kingdom Hearts III. The game was anticipated, to say the least, bringing everything that preceded it to a culmination. The fight against Organization XIII hits its climax, all the while Sora visits fan-favorite Disney worlds, such as Frozen and Toy Story universes. Fans who have completed the title can look forward to putting the disc back in, though, because DLC is on the way.
In an interview with Dengeki Online (as translated by GearDuke), Nomura talked about future plans for the game. "I am currently working on DLC for the game so I don’t feel like I’m finished with it yet," said Nomura.
Nomura went on to say that he and the Kingdom Hearts team hope to have DLC ready this year. In addition to that, he stated that there will be free and paid DLC down the road. There will also be no "Final Mix" release for Kingdom Hearts III, as new content will come in the form of DLC instead.
The term "Final Mix" will be familiar to Kingdom Hearts players. In essence, Final Mix serves as an expanded version of a given title. Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, and Birth by Sleep were given the Final Mix treatment as re-releases in Japan. These releases were given new content, such as new cutscenes, alternate colored bosses, and other things. (For example, the purple colored Guard Armor in the first Kingdom Hearts was given a different color palette in Final Mix.) Although these Final Mixes were exclusive to Japan at first, they were brought over to the West in the form of HD Collections for PS3 and PS4.
Like previous games in the series, Kingdom Hearts III is a lengthy title. According to the popular site HowLongtoBeat, the average playtime for the main campaign averages to almost 30 hours. DLC content will expand that playtime even more. This is definitely a good thing for fans since it's exciting to consider what kind of things DLC will introduce or expand on. (According to Nomura, it's possible that he might use DLC to explain how a certain character is alive.) At the very least, we can expect Critical Mode, Kingdom Heart's version of the hardest game difficulty.
Kingdom Hearts III is currently available for PS4 and Xbox One.