What we know about Kingdom Hearts 3
Fusing the worlds of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy games with Disney’s stable of beloved, animated characters in an action-RPG, Kingdom Hearts was one of the most surprising hits of the PlayStation 2. While Kingdom Hearts 3 is slated to be released this year, very little has been shared of the game outside of the few press events Square Enix has held for the title. According to the latest video gaming news, the release date for Kingdom Hearts 3 has been set for the end of the year!
Though Square Enix has released many spin-off titles across several platforms, none of them furthered the main Sora storyline told across Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 and instead explored side characters and stories.
The Japanese-language trailer drops series protagonist Sora into the midst of a squadron of armored Heartless (the series’ central enemies), where he proceeds to make short work of the lot employing stylish spin-leap. In general the action RPG gameplay will be familiar to fans of the series as an evolution of the action in Kingdom Hearts II. Hovering flip-strikes and magical powers that leave devastation in their wake. Then, it fades into another scene where Sora, Donald and Goofy are on a “Big Magic Mountain” train ride going around the Rock Titan, the camera closes in on Sora then out as Sora attacks the Titan a couple of times before jumping on top of the Titan’s hand and landing back onto his seat.
Kingdom Hearts 3 looks like the action RPG gameplay won’t change too much from previous titles in the franchise, most likely drawing from and improving on that of Kingdom Hearts 2 and perhaps integrating particularly successful elements from the handheld titles.
In terms of features, it will be reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts 2 with Sora possessing multiple abilities, forms and allies to fight alongside him. Protagonist Sora’s iconic keyblades make a return, with the added ability of dramatic transformations in battle.
Kingdom Hearts 3 will make full use of next generation console technologies to showcase a stunning universe packed full of worlds based on Disney properties. The game will feature new and familiar worlds based on Disney properties, as well as the inclusion of familiar Disney characters. While the moment-to-moment gameplay will seem familiar to seasoned players, Sora’s traversal capabilities have seen some significant improvements.
As revealed at D23 2017, Square Enix teamed up with Pixar to recreate the world of Toy Story, marking the first time that Pixar film has made an appearance in the franchise. D23 revealed that the story of this world will take place after the movie, involving the model of Baymax left in the portal at the end of the movie will be manipulated by Darkness, and concept art of Sora riding Baymax was also shown, with Dark Baymax flying alongside them, the three of them seemingly engaged in combat.
Although Nomura said at E3 in his interview that the trailer at D23 was released too early, in my opinion, Kingdom Hearts 3 cannot come soon enough and I am excited to play the game myself. Time to get a new PS4 PRO, I think. It’s going to be fantastic and can’t wait to see Sora Donald Goofy and more!