Over ten years in the making, Kingdom Hearts 3 will kick off 2019. While I will pass on the highly anticipated title, I know millions of people have been waiting for over a decade to get their hands on the epic Final Fantasy and Disney crossover adventure. For those fans, this is all that we know so far before the release of one of this new year’s biggest games.
Release date and platforms
Kingdom Hearts 3 will release on Jan. 25 in Japan then later on the 29 in North America. Gamers can play it on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Do you have to play the other titles?
Going into a sequel for a game can be risky. Newcomers might be too lost to enjoy the experience. In an interview, director Tetsuya Nomura has been, “thinking very precisely about how to make sure both those who have been with the series for a long time and those for whom this will be the first KH title will be able to follow along.”
Hopefully, newcomers interested in diving into this unique world can enjoy themselves without playing every other main and side title in the series.
The combat mixes a hack and slash style along with a party system seen in many RPGs. You can have up to five allies who will aid you in battle.
Abilities can be used to help traverse in the world for exploration. Parkour and roaming around will uncover plenty to see and experience when playing.
New additions to the gameplay will give a fresh feel to the latest entry. Under specific conditions during battle, attraction flow will be available, a new superpowered move that summons an iconic ride from one of Disney’s amusement parks to aid you in a fight. Keyblade transformation will have various changes for a unique look and attributes for the right situation. Various forms have been revealed like guard power, and second form, but the details have not been given to what these mean during gameplay.
Plenty of worlds can be explored in Kingdom Hearts 3. Since the release of the second game in 2005, Disney has acquired a lot of companies and properties that will assist Square Enix in developing the world of this series. So far the following areas have been confirmed: Kingdom of Corona from Tangled, San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6, Olympus Coliseum from Hercules, Andy’s room from Toy Story, Monstropolis from Monsters Inc., Kingdom of Arendelle from Frozen, and Port Royal from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Despite a lot being hidden away until launch, plenty of information is out in the world about the upcoming entry into the Kingdom Hearts series. Only a few more weeks until gamers can get their hands on it. How do you feel about it? Are you excited? Comment your thoughts.
Header image via Square Enix/Disney