Known for its action-heavy Japanese role-playing game action, the Kingdom Hearts games also thrill audiences with their rapt stories and classic though rarely trite good versus evil plotline. For those gamers who enjoy both a classic narrative and deep gameplay, there are few JRPGs out there that can compete with the Kingdom Hearts series outside of Square Enix’s own marquee titles, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.
For these reasons, it is no wonder that the next Kingdom Heart game is so anticipated and, as for January 19, 2019, is less than a year away, we think this article is the perfect time to get you hyped on what could be the biggest game in the series yet.
The final installment in the Dark Seeker storyline, Kingdom Hearts 3 sees the return of the hero Sora and his companions Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey and Riku as they quest for the seven guardians of light in the hopes of defeating the evil Master Xehanort whose plans to inaugurate a second keyblade war could devastate the world.
Players will encounter characters from Disney, Square, Pixar, and Marvel properties in a true smorgasbord of fan service. The game will also see an expansion of the player’s active party to five total members. Another new feature is the “Attraction Flow” mechanic that utilizes Disney theme parks in what looks like the series take on summons which are decidedly more action heavy than those found in the Final Fantasy universe.
In development since before its announcement at E3 2018, Kingdom Hearts 3 promises to focus on narrative and gameplay first and foremost, presenting a complete package at the debut rather than incrementally developing it through DLC. That said, there is some amount DLC expected for the game though we will have to wait until after its release to see what that might be.
One thing that the devs over at Square Enix are laser-focused on with regard to Kingdom Hearts 3 is the graphical presentation and overall aesthetic of the game. Mixing a polished, polygonal representation with bright, cartoon-like graphics gives the games the feel of a Pixar production without denying Disney’s hand-drawn animation heritage.
While gamers are expecting cameos galore the thing that brings people back to the Kingdom Hearts series is its action, and the latest game promises that and more. Though we’re certain there’s a huge contingent out there waiting with bated breath to see the conclusion of the Dark Seeker saga, a lot of us just can’t wait to see what Tetsuya Nomura has come up for Kingdom Hearts 3. A rare combination in the gaming world, the combined universes of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Square are almost too much to resist and we’re sure that gamers will feel the same way when the game releases in January 2019.