The “Kingdom Hearts” franchise is one of the best-selling RPGs on the market, and “Kingdom Hearts III” is shaping up to be one of the best ever. The new title, which is a collaboration of Disney Interactive and Square Enix, will be the latest installment to a franchise that began back in 2002. Recently, the series celebrated its 15th anniversary, and has sold over 24 million units worldwide.
This weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney unveiled a new “Kingdom Hearts III” trailer, which will feature characters from the Disney Pixar film “Toy Story.” Director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tetsuya Nomura, premiered the trailer during The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
The new trailer follows Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy to Andy’s room as they join Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex and Sarge’s investigation into the disappearance of their fellow toys and Andy, and the emergence of the Heartless enemies in their world. Featuring an original storyline, fans will get a first look at the dynamic trio’s “Toy Story”-themed looks, all-new toys, such as the Gigas, and special Keyblades that transform and give Sora unique attacks to unleash on Heartless enemies.
“At long last, we are excited to open up the Kingdom Hearts universe to include the world of Disney-Pixar’s ‘Toy Story,’” said Tetsuya Nomura, Director of the Kingdom Hearts series. “I’m sure fans have been anticipating the inclusion of this world for many years. The narrative will be an original story exclusive to KINGDOM HEARTS III, and the gameplay will feel characteristic of the ‘Toy Story’ style and aesthetic. Please stay tuned for more details to be revealed soon.”
“Featuring a brand new storyline that brings together beloved ‘Toy Story’ friends with the heroes of Kingdom Hearts, the ‘Toy Story’ world in Kingdom Hearts III successfully mirrors the level of quality that we strive to achieve with every Pixar film,” said Jason Katz, Story Supervisor, Pixar Animation Studios. “KINGDOM HEARTS III will undoubtedly be an experience that fans will not want to miss.”
In Kingdom Hearts III, players will continue their magical adventures across beloved Disney worlds, like the futuristic San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6, the Kingdom of Corona from Tangled, Olympus from Hercules, and more.
Kingdom Hearts III ($59 at Amazon) will be available for the Xbox One, and the PS4.