Finally, some Kingdom Hearts III news! The Disney-Square Enix crossover series of video games has gone a long time without a new numbered entry, and there hasn’t been too much said about the game since it was announced in 2013. Well, E3 2017 is just getting started, but Square Enix decided to go elsewhere in Los Angeles to make news about the upcoming game. During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour concert last night, they surprised the audience with a new gameplay trailer for the long-awaited game, showing the return of Disney and Square Enix villains alike to face off against Sora, Goofy, and Donald.
The trailer, which was later uploaded in Japanese to YouTube, mostly shows combat gameplay, which, as it always is for Kingdom Hearts games, is super flashy and hard to follow when you’re watching it and not playing it. There are some story beats — Maleficent and Hades have a chat and Xemnas points menacingly at Sora — but the combat mostly dominates. It doesn’t reveal too much more than previous trailers have, so this is more of a reminder that yes, the game is still being made, and that it will be released someday.
The trailer virtually guarantees that Kingdom Hearts III won’t show up at E3 itself. Not only do they probably not have much more to show right now, the trailer itself reveals that the next major announcement won’t come until D23, the giant Disney fan expo, on July 15. At that time, Square Enix will announce a new world and drop another new trailer.
No clue what the world might be, but hey, a lot of time has passed since Kingdom Hearts II came out (the bevy of oddly named handheld games aside) in 2005. Since then, Disney has made Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Moana, and that’s not even counting Pixar movies like Brave and WALL-E. Oh, and there was that whole thing where Disney bought Marvel and Lucasfilm. So, Square Enix has some work to do, is what we’re saying.
So far, Big Hero 6 and Tangled have been confirmed. As much as we’d love to see Darth Vader show up alongside Mickey Mouse, that’s the most unlikely possibility — EA has an existing 10-year licensing deal with Lucasfilm that remained in place after Disney bought the latter. Marvel characters mixing it up with Disney and Square Enix characters is probably unlikely too, although they might be able to pull off just adding a single Marvel world to the game.
We’re not even going to hazard a guess as to when this game will come out, and it’s probably too much to hope that Square Enix will announce a release date at D23. We do know that when it does come out, it’ll be for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One/Windows 10.
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