Square Enix has dropped a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 in the build-up to the Tokyo Game Show, revealing the inclusion of Disney’s Big Hero 6 franchise for the first time.
For Disney nuts, Big Hero 6 probably ticks a lot of boxes. The animated movie continued Disney’s fine comeback in recent years, featuring a giant inflatable robot called Baymax, who becomes friends with Hiro Hamada. The music is basically as odd as it’s been for the rest of Kingdom Hearts 3’s trailers, but it seems this is part and parcel of the Kingdom Hearts experience. I would love to tell you what the heck is going on but, well, I really don’t know, and I don’t have a spare 30 hours to pore over Kingdom-o-pedia and find out.
From the outside looking in, the entirety of the Kingdom Hearts franchise is totally inscrutable, although it sounds as if it’s still equally as confusing for the JRPG’s ardent fanbase. The impenetrably-complex series began life as a simple Disney and Final Fantasy crossover, gradually spinning an ever more confusing yarn thanks sequels, spin-offs, prequels, remakes, re-releases, spin-offs of spin-offs, and prequels to sequels.
It’s got us concerned as to whether Kingdom hearts III can even become a success out of the already committed fans. Story aside, the game itself needs to be great, and packed with recognisable characters.
Still, the trailer looks decent enough and Kingdom Hearts 3 is sure to take fans to plenty of iconic locations throughout its umpteen-hour length. Can it be a commercial success like Final Fantasy XV though? We’ll have to wait and see.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is out on January 29th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Still no word on a PC release, sadly, although we're still holding out hope the full trilogy makes its way to Steam one day.