KINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, a young boy and unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe.
Through the power of friendship, Sora, Donald and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to overcome tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds.
As most Kingdom Hearts geeks know, Square Enix & Disney have been teasing the launch of this game for quite some time now, especially since concepts of the game began as early as 2006, shortly after the launch of KH2. It wasn’t until E3 2013, after almost a decade in limbo, us KH fans finally found there was hope in Kingdom Hearts. Five and a half long years later and KH3 is almost out, and Monsoon Gaming knows most of you have a couple of questions you’re asking.
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Is KH3 actually coming out soon?
Yes, or at least that’s what the KH team are telling us, KH3 is scheduled to be released on PS4 and XBOX One on 25/01/19 in Japan and 29/01/19 everywhere else, obviously the Japanese always get the stuff first. Lucky.
I know what you’re thinking, should I believe this? They’ve taken sooooo long to launch, change in game engine and all, especially since at D23 in 2017 they announced the game to be released end of 2018. Apparently Square Enix requested the game be released simultaneously between Japan and the rest of the world, and since they didn’t want to move the date up, it resulted that the best time to release the game was end of January. Even though in my opinion I would have loved to play the game over the Christmas Holiday but you do you Nemura!
Which worlds will the game take me to?
As most of you know, Disney acquired Pixar to become an even more powerful and gloriously joyful company than it was previously. With this acquisition comes new fruit to bear with regard to possible worlds for Sora, Donald and Goofy to explore. Till today, meaning 13/11/2018 the confirmed worlds are as follows:
- Corona (Tangled)
- San Fransokyo (Big Hero 6)
- Olympus Coliseum/Mount Olympus (Hercules)
- 100 Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh)
- Mysterious Cloud World (Unsure what, or where this is)
- Port Royal (Pirates of the Caribbean)
- Arendelle (Frozen)
- Andy’s House/Arcade (Toy Story)
- Monstropolis (Monsters, Inc.)
- Twilight Town (KH2)
- Yen Sid’s Tower (KH2)
That all sounds cool and stuff, but, I never really understood the KH Universe, what do I need to know before playing KH3?
I’m going to be totally honest with you, if I was you, and I want to be totally immersed and in line with what will be happening in KH3 I’d grab KH1.5, KH2.5 & KH0.2 and play those and refresh my mind before touching KH3. That’s my opinion, even though Square Enix did mention that out of all the games, you should play KH0.2 as a ‘prologue’ before KH3. Not sure if that’s just a way for you to spend more money on the latest game to boost sales or if it is totally honest, but I kind of trust Square Enix to be frank.
You might think, isn’t KH3’s title a little misleading, since it really isn’t the third game in the series. Well don’t fret my fellow fans, here’s a list of every title, in order of story chronology, not including the remakes, obviously. If you’ve found that you just DO NOT have the time to go through all of these, what you can risk skipping can be found below with a star – * (not recommended):
- Kingdom Hearts X*
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
- Kingdom Hearts
- Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories*
- Kingdom Hearts 0.2 (beginning)
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days*
- Kingdom Hearts II
- Kingdom Hearts: Coded*
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dreams Drop Distance*
- Kingdom Hearts 0.2 (ending)
- Kingdom Hearts III
If you’ve played, or even heard your friend talking about Kingdom Hearts you’ve probably learnt that it is mega-complicated, with an extremely intricate story that many people find difficult to understand. I mean, just by seeing the collection of these games, and their names already merits you a couple of O-Levels to understand their meaning. Walking into KH3 with no preparation might leave your mind in shambles, so I’m briefly going to give you the absolute minimum you need to know to get an understanding of the series:
The whole plot of KH3 is focused on the war for Kingdom Hearts, Xehanort, the main bad guy believes there must be balance between light and dark. To do so, he needs to access Kingdom Hearts (the heart of all worlds) by putting together the 20 pieces of the X-Blade (these pieces are held within 20 different characters).
After Birth by Sleep, Xehanort is split in two – his nobody, Xemnas and his heartless, Ansem. In KH 1 and KH 2, Sora fights both Xemnas and Ansem which results in Xehanort’s resurrection. Since the main bad guy is back, he wants to open that door, the only way to do so is all-out war – 7 lights (good guys) vs 13 darknesses (bad guys).
Seven lights being the keyblade wielders: Sora, Riku, Kairi, Ventus, Terra, Aqua and King Mickey and thirteen darknesses being Organisation 13 – however, since Birth by Sleep; Ventus, Aqua & Terra have disappeared. No doubt, in KH3 we’ll be seeing Sora trying to find them for the ultimate showdown between good and bad.
What’s the wicked new KH theme song?
You knew KH will release an eerie, exciting, Japanese influenced theme song with KH3 that you might put on your Spotify playlist to listen to while on a jog, or in the car like all the other original theme songs of the series. I can tell you from now, singing along to ‘Sanctuary’ at 3AM on the streets of Valletta back in 2005 with some wine in my blood is one memory I will not forget. You also probably though that Utada Hikaru would publish this song in English and Japanese. You were right on both counts, except this time why not include some dub-step in the mix.
In February of 2018, Hikaru unveiled the KH3 theme song: ‘Don’t Think Twice’ in English, and ‘Oath’ in Japanese. Check out ‘Don’t Think Twice’ below:
Now, if you don’t know yet, Skrillex, an apparently massive fan of the KH series approached the team and wanted to do a remix of ‘Don’t Think Twice’. Funnily enough, I guess the KH team said, let’s just create an entirely new song for KH3, and that is where ‘Face Your Fears’ was born, likely to drop right before the game so keep a look-out for any new updates along the way!
Got it, so I now understand the story briefly and the information about the KH universe, any other new components to look forward to in KH3?
Hells to the yeah, apart from the new worlds mentioned above like Big Hero 6, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. Tangled etc. and the new summons like, Wreck-It Ralph & Ariel there a couple of things that we’ve never seen before:
- Keyblade Transformations – Apparently, as seen in the trailers, your keyblade in the game transforms based on which world you’re in.
- Mighty Morphin’ Keyblade Wielders – You know, back in the day you’ve always been restricted to three people in your party, but this time, you’ll have FIVE. Yeah, you read it right, Sora, Goofy, Donald and two Disney characters from each world. Imagine the Trinity Limits with that amount of bad boys in your crew.