During E3 2018 and just shortly before the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra – World Tour – begins, Square Enix and Disney have come together to announce that highly anticipated third installment of the KINGDOM HEARTS franchise will launch in January of 2019. Find out more today.
As technology moves on, so do the games. We see them become more graphically impressive, we see details we’ve never seen before, and ultimately – they’re beginning to look like movies. That’s rather true for the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III, which is set to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 29, 2019.
“With the release set for next January, I apologize for having to ask for a little more time than what was previously announced,” said Director, Tetsuya Nomura. “The entire development team is pouring their love for the franchise into KINGDOM HEARTS III and is striving to create a game that all players will enjoy. We are currently at the last stages of development but will work tirelessly until the end to deliver the very best KINGDOM HEARTS game to date.”
Along with the reveals, we got to see a particularly beautiful take on one of Disney and Pixar’s most critically acclaimed movies by the name of Frozen. During the Xbox E3 showcase, we got to see the enchanted world of Arendelle come to life and a very troubled Queen Elsa who has remained isolated from the world. If you missed the trailer, you can view it down below.
“I have been so impressed working with the KINGDOM HEARTS’ team. Their artistic commitment and attention to detail creating the world of our films is truly extraordinary. It’s been a great partnership,” said Roy Conli, Academy Award®-winning producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios.
“In KINGDOM HEARTS III, we are excited that players will have a chance to explore an entirely new adventure set in the world of Frozen,” said Peter Del Vecho, Academy Award®-winning producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios. “It has been such a pleasure to work alongside their creative team to painstakingly recreate the look and feel of our world and watch them bring our beloved Frozen characters to life.”
In addition to the trailer we saw during Microsoft’s conference for Xbox, we also got to see a new bit of story come to life during Sony’s E3 showcase which features familiar faces such as Captain Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swan, Will Turner, and their ragtag crew of pirates with the official Pirates of the Carribean trailer. In the trailer (as seen down below) we get to see some amazing new features ranging from ship battles to boarding battles, which keep true to Disney’s highly acclaimed Pirates of the Carribean franchise.
Along with the trailers, Square Enix and Disney also released an amazing gameplay trailer detailing the return of familiar faces such as Lion King‘s proud king of the jungle, Simba, Woody and Buzz from Toy Story, and plenty more of familiar faces that we’ve come to know and love over Disney’s extensive history of movies, shows, and books. You can see the gameplay trailer down below.
Along with the announcements, Square Enix has also revealed that a digital deluxe edition of Kingdom Hearts IIIis now available through both the Microsoft Store and PlayStation Stores for their respective consoles. You can check the upcoming editions as detailed by Square Enix down below.
Deluxe Edition – $79.99
Exclusive steelbook packaging
Mini art book with concept artwork by Tetsuya Nomura
Collectible KINGDOM HEARTS III pin
Deluxe Edition + Bring Arts Figures – $299.99 – Square Enix Store Exclusive
The KINGDOM HEARTS III Deluxe Edition and Bring Arts Sora, Donald, and Goofy Set bundled separately will be available in limited quantities for $229.99. Fans can now preorder the Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system versions exclusively from the SQUARE ENIX Online Store.
Stay tuned as we’ll keep you updated regarding any news or upcoming changes to Kingdom Hearts III.
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