If your friends are anything like mine, your Facebook feed has been filled with posts about E3, most of them saying “we don’t care unless it involves Kingdom Hearts.” If that’s the case, you don’t even need to read this article, because you’ve already learned from all the frantic posts: Kingdom Hearts III is on the way.
At E3, Square Enix revealed new footage from Kingdom Hearts III, slated for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Previous “main series” Kingdom Hearts games have been released on Playstation consoles, with side games that build the world and the story (Chain of Memories, Dream Drop Distance, etc) released for Nintendo handheld consoles and the PSP. (The fact that there are Kingdom Hearts games for the Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS says a lot about how long the franchise has been going on for, but the fandom is still strong.)
Although no release date is set yet, the game is in development, and we’ve been given this nice new trailer to show us what to expect.
Along with the return of Sora, Donald, and Goofy, and all the other popular characters, we’re introduced to some new ones. There’s talk of the Keyblade War, a new look for Sora, new bosses, several impressive attacks and combos (including one based off the teacups ride, of all things) and a new world based on Tangled.
Still no word on any levels based off Frozen or Big Hero 6, though admittedly Baymax would make a great summon. If there are to be any levels based off the outside properties Disney has acquired, there have been no announcements of those, so don’t get your hopes up for a Lightsaber Keyblade.
But the Kingdom Hearts news doesn’t end there. Square Enix also announced that Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key will be coming to North American Android and iOS devices. Once more, we do not have a release date, but we do have a trailer, showing a tie-in story featuring new Keyblade warriors, as well as Mickey Mouse and several other familiar Disney characters in a cute 2D style, that makes them look like something out of a picture book.
The combat appears to be turn-based, although characters still move around the field as they battle. We also see moves or combos featuring images of existing Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy characters, although how this ties in to the main story is yet unknown.
Although the wait is not over yet, Kingdom Hearts fans will be quite happy with all the news revealed today. The wait continues, but the next chapter is near.