Back in 2005, Square Enix released “Kingdom Hearts II” for the PlayStation 2. Since then, we’ve gotten spinoffs, smartphone games, prequels, and even high-def remasters – but never a proper, numbered sequel.
That all changes on January 29, 2019, when “Kingdom Hearts III” finally releases for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Square Enix used this week’s E3 conference to announce not only that release date, but also a deeper look on this long-awaited game.
If you’ve never played a “Kingdom Hearts” game before, here’s the extremely short version.
You, as teenage hero Sora, travel from world to world, fighting the forces of capital-D Darkness. The twist is that each of those worlds takes you inside a Disney blockbuster: At E3, Square Enix showed off worlds inspired by “Frozen,” “Tangled,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and Pixar classics “Toy Story” and “Monsters Inc.”
In your quest, you’ll enlist the help of characters from the Final Fantasy game series, as well as Disney characters past and present. Indeed, Sora always has Donald Duck and Goofy at his side, plus a rotating selection of Final Fantasy and Disney characters to round out the adventuring party.
But enough about that. Here’s what we learned about “Kingdom Hearts III” at E3 this week: