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Kingdom Hearts III Goes Gold, With a New Trailer to Recap the Disney Worlds

Everyone is here in this latest Kingdom Hearts III trailer, which was accompanied by a message from director Tetsuya Nomura that the game has gone gold.

November 20, 2018

Square Enix today announced that Hell has frozen over and pigs can now fly, as the development Kingdom Hearts III has gone gold. Square first announced the action RPG all the way back in E3 2013, and the road towards the release of this game has been absurdly long. With a new trailer to recap all of the Disney characters to appear in this game, the fantasy of a third mainline Kingdom Hearts game has become a little more tangible.

This isn’t the same anime-style trailer we’re used to, with a lack of Utadu Hikaru song (not even any Skrillex), but rather a more Hollywood movie trailer-like presentation—which makes sense, as the trailer is said to be playing in North American theaters. The trailer contains a rousing orchestral score and a narrator summarizing the basic themes of the game’s story.

In case you’ve been out of the loop since the series started in 2002, it’s about the battle between light and darkness. I’d quote Axel and say “Got it memorized?” but I’m already making myself cringe.

As a reminder, the Disney levels of Kingdom Hearts III will include worlds based on Hercules, Tangled, Big Hero 6, Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and Toy Story. Also expect to see Winnie the Pooh’s 100 Acre Wood return, as well as summons from Wreck-It Ralph himself and Ariel from The Little Mermaid. For the most part, several voice actors from these films will return to reprise these roles.

The trailer ends with a glimpse at Master Xehanort and his new Organization XIII—as someone who has closely followed Kingdom Hearts lore for years, I am too embarrassed to admit that most of these trailers have made total sense to me.

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Check out the tweet from director Tetsuya Nomura below, which contains the trailer. You can pre-order Kingdom Hearts III for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One on Amazon before its release on January 29, 2019.

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Chris Compendio

Chris is a writer currently based in the Philadelphia area. They are currently writing for film website Flixist, podcasting for Marvel News Desk, and were an editorial intern for Paste Magazine's gaming section. They graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a creative writing major.

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