Following the reveal at the “Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase” panel at D23 Expo in Anaheim, Square Enix followed up with a press release including new assets for Kingdom Hearts III.
We get quite a few brand new (and really beautiful) screenshots, character models for the main protagonists, and an excerpt trailer featuring the Hercules world.
The press release also included a comment by Director Tetsuya Nomura himself. Incidentally, he promises more details “to be revealed soon” on the game.
“At long last, we are excited to open up the Kingdom Hearts universe to include the world of Disney•Pixar’s ‘Toy Story. I’m sure fans have been anticipating the inclusion of this world for many years. The narrative will be an original story exclusive to Kingdom Hearts III, and the gameplay will feel characteristic of the ‘Toy Story’ style and aesthetic. Please stay tuned for more details to be revealed soon.”
Pixar Animation Studios Story Supervisor Jason Katz also commented on the new storyline that is being created for the Toy Story world.
“Featuring a brand new storyline that brings together beloved ‘Toy Story’ friends with the heroes of Kingdom Hearts, the ‘Toy Story’ world in Kingdom Hearts III successfully mirrors the level of quality that we strive to achieve with every Pixar film. Kingdom Hearts III will undoubtedly be an experience that fans will not want to miss.”
As a final bonus, we learn that a powerful “Kingdom Hearts III Sora [EX]” Medal will be provided as a celebratory gift in Kingdom Hearts Union χ for iOS and Android. You can grab it until August 16th simply by logging into the game.
You can check all the assets out below, and if you want to see more, you can also enjoy the main trailer revealed today, featuring the brand-new Toy Story world. Another trailer was also shown at a concert in Los Angeles during E3.
Kingdom Hearts III will be released in 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One.