Upcoming Games: Kingdom Hearts 3

Upcoming Games: Kingdom Hearts 3

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After a long, 13-year wait, Square and Disney’s newest and most anticipated game in the Kingdom Hearts series is finally set to launch in 2019.

There are few series’ with the same level of appeal and sense of wonder that Square and Disney’s Kingdom Heart collaboration provides – with a fanbase spanning over sixteen years and encompassing both those who love both the fantastical worlds created by veteran studio Square and fans of Disney’s magical kingdom.

With a launch date announced for January 2019, the hype for the next official entry in the Kingdom Hearts series – which is actually game number seven for the series as a whole – has reached an all-time high, thanks to the polished gameplay, fully-realised demos and stunning graphics on display at this year’s E3.

For fans of either Disney or Square who are new to the Kingdom Hearts series, there might seem like a lot to catch up on – but on the surface, it appears that game director Tetsuya Nomura  has created a game that both satisfies both diehard fans of the series while welcoming a new generation of players with open arms.

So, what are fans most excited about for the release of Kingdom Hearts’ latest instalment? A completely reworked and evolved combat system was on display for E3, with multiple special attacks now available that correspond to the world you’re currently inhabiting, as well as the ability to quickly switch between keyblades to create unique and powerful combo attacks. This is offset with more simplified in-world commands that make shifting from battle to exploration a quick and easy task.

One of the things Kingdom Hearts as a series has always done well is how they appeal to that part of the brain that has a love for nostalgia, introducing us to the worlds of our childhood; from Ariel’s Atlantica to Tarzan’s jungle, Aladdin’s Agrabah to Jack’s Halloween Town.

Kingdom Hearts 3 builds on that love of nostalgia by introducing Pixar into the mix for the first time, including Monsters Inc and Toy Story and other Pixar classics as well as the usual Disney levels and characters. Not only does this offer the game a fresh perspective on the series’ premise, but it also appeals to the younger audience of the series, allowing the creation of a fully realised, Disney-fied universe that doesn’t feel lacking.

Though firmly under the umbrella of the RPG, Kingdom Hearts 3 leans more towards action than any game in the series so far, similarly to Square’s recent efforts with Final Fantasy XV, with some unique and innovative gameplay included in both trailers and demos, such as fighting in giant mechs, scaling huge enemies and more. This variety is sure to add interest to the series for new enthusiasts while staying close enough to the roots of existing games to keep the fans happy.

If you’re on the lookout for a game that provides a sense of childhood nostalgia in combination with stunning visuals and a carefully tweaked combat system, then Kingdom Hearts 3 might just be on your must-buy list. Or if you’re a long time fan of the series who can’t wait to get stuck into that lore, the wait’s almost over.

With the game slated for release on the 29th of January for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we’ll certainly be picking up a copy and immersing ourselves in the world of Disney and Square once again.

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