Kingdom Hearts 3's Director Teases Changes When "Critical Mode" Comes Out Tomorrow

Kingdom Hearts 3's Director Teases Changes When "Critical Mode" Comes Out Tomorrow

Critical Mode is coming to Kingdom Hearts 3 tomorrow for free.

Kingdom Hearts 3's Critical Mode difficulty is dropping tomorrow as part of a free update and director Tetsuya Nomura personally delivered the news on Twitter. There's no specific launch time other than that the mode is coming in with tomorrow's update for Kingdom Hearts 3 in Pacific Time.

In a tweet to fans, Nomura announced that, "Kingdom Hearts 3's long-awaited Critical Mode is available as a free update tomorrow (PT). We've changed things up from the previous games, so I hope you enjoy."

Critical Mode was introduced into the Kingdom Hearts series with Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix as an additional difficulty setting. In the past, Critical Mode was essentially an ultra-hard difficulty mode, tougher than the "Proud Mode" difficulty. But at GDC we spoke with Kingdom Hearts 3 co-director Tai Yasue who suggested that Kingdom Hearts 3's Critical Mode could be a little different.

"We really want to adjust things, add things as well to make it more technical and more offensive," said Yasue. "I think you're going to see new types of ways of playing the game. It's not just difficult and we also wanted to assure it lets our players clear it even if you're playing in level one."

Nomura's own tweets suggests that tomorrow's free Critical Mode update isn't just a ramped up difficulty. Whether the changes he's referring to in his tweets are the ones Yasue told us about back at GDC remains to be seen.

You can read our Kingdom Hearts 3 guide for our walkthrough, or check out our Kingdom Hearts 3 spoilers FAQ for info on Kingdom Hearts 3's end game.

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