An Oath to Return

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A bright beam of light about to engulf Shibuya.

"An Oath to Return" is the secret ending of Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind. Unlike previous secret endings in the series, there are two possible endings, with one being considered the "true ending", while the other is a "bad ending".[1] The condition to unlock either ending depends on the outcome of Sora's battle with Yozora in the Secret Episode of Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind.

Synopsis[edit]

I've Been Having These Weird Thoughts Lately[edit]

This information is based on alternate scenes or materials and is not considered canon within the overall plot of the series.
If Yozora wins, Sora stumbles backwards in shock. Yozora apologizes before telling Sora that he doesn't lose. Sora begins to crystalize, with Yozora vowing to save him. A bright beam of light engulfs Shibuya and transports Yozora into the Final World where he stares at the sky.

Yozora then wakes up in a car and muses wistfully. Sora and Yozora both wonder if it was a dream or not. Yozora then states that none of this makes any sense to him.

Like, Is Any of This for Real or Not?[edit]

If Sora wins, Yozora stumbles backwards and begins to fade away into light. He muses that his powers aren't needed yet, but when Sora is confused, Yozora simply tells him not to mind before fading away, with a slight smile on his face. A light then shines, engulfing all of Shibuya and sending Sora back into the Final World.

Yozora wakes up in a car to his driver, who calls him "commander". The driver asks him if "it" is impressive, to which Yozora looks outside the passenger window and reflects silently. Sora and Yozora both wonder if it was a dream or not. Sora then states that none of this makes any sense to him.

An Oath to Return

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Characters in order of appearance[edit]

  • Yozora's driver can be heard waking him up in "Like, Is Any of This for Real or Not?".

Unlock criteria[edit]

In order to unlock "An Oath to Return", the player must finish the Limitcut Episode of Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind before being able to access the Secret Episode, where the player will be able to fight Yozora.

Trivia[edit]

  • When Yozora wakes up in "Like, is Any of This for Real or Not?", it is a shot-for-shot recreation of the opening to the Final Fantasy Versus XIII 2011 trailer. Kingdom Hearts series creator Tetsuya Nomura was originally the head director for Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
  • In "I've Been Having These Weird Thoughts Lately", Sora crystallizes and blooms into crystal shards before vanishing. The effect is evocative of the "Crystal stasis" phenomenon from the Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy compilation, of which Final Fantasy Versus XIII was initially set to be a part of.
  • The name of the cutscene for both endings and Yozora's and Sora's final lines echo Sora's first lines from the opening cinematic of the original Kingdom Hearts.

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"I've Been Having These Weird Thoughts Lately" "Like, Is Any of This for Real or Not?"