Kingdom Hearts 3 News at D23

Warning: This news piece contains spoilers for the Kingdom Hearts series.
A few months ago, Disney and Square Enix surprised the internet by showing a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3. The trailer was played at the end of the Kingdom Hearts World Tour, a show where popular music from the Kingdom Hearts franchise was played by a professional orchestra.
This week, at D23, Disney and Square Enix showed off a new trailer and revealed more news.
Kingdom Hearts is the brainchild of the American entertainment company Disney and the Japanese video game studio Square Enix. The original game came out for the PlayStation 2 in 2002. Since its inception, the series has grown to have a library of 8 games stretching across several different platforms.
Kingdom Hearts focuses mainly on a boy named Sora, and his friends Riku and Kairi. Throughout the series, Sora travels from Disney world to Disney world with the help of popular Disney characters Donald and Goofy. In doing so, Sora faces off against creatures of darkness known as the heartless using a weapon known as the Keyblade.
As the series evolved, so did the story, involving more Disney worlds, new enemies called the Nobodies, and eventually the main antagonist of the series. Kingdom Hearts 3 is expected to pick up where the story left off, and serve as the final confrontation between Sora and the main antagonist.
The trailer revealed a new world for the game. Tetsuya Nomura, the lead developer for the game, attended D23 to talk about Kingdom Hearts 3. Previous trailers for the game have confirmed that the worlds from Disney’s Hercules, Tangled and Big Hero 6 will be in the game.
The big reveal at D23 is that for the first time in the series history, one of the worlds will be a Pixar world: the Toy Story world. Sora teams up with Woody and Buzz and travels through the neighborhood to solve the mystery of their missing friends.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is currently in development. The trailer also revealed that Kingdom Hearts 3 will release in 2018.

Simon Jones

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