There are always new characters and worlds to discover in each new “Kingdom Hearts” game, and fans get pretty excited when they learn which Disney characters and settings have been chosen for each new title. Over the weekend during the D23 Expo event in Japan, Square Enix and Disney surprised fans with the announcement of a new Disney•Pixar film-based world, Monsters, Inc., which fans will explore in “Kingdom Hearts III”. Square Enix brought two new trailers to the event, and they take viewers deep into the frights and delights of the animated classic as Sora, Donald, and Goofy transform into monsters to blend into the Monstropolis cityscape.
During their epic adventure, Sora and his companions join forces with Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, with a special appearance by Boo. Fright team all-stars Mike and Sulley lend their scaring talents and special combination attacks against their enemies, and Boo is expected to be as adorable as ever. The publisher also revealed new cutscenes and gameplay from the Toy Story-inspired world, the inclusion of Disney princess Rapunzel (Tangled) as a party member, a flashy Keyblade transformations, a link system featuring Ariel (The Little Mermaid), and the return of Dream Eater Meow Wow as well as Kingdom Hearts villains Marluxia and Vanitas.
Fans were also treated to a second trailer teasing a mysterious exchange between Riku and King Mickey and the announcement of a new theme song by international sensation and series veteran singer Hikaru Utada, titled “Don’t Think Twice.”
As for the actual game, Kingdom Hearts III will be available on Xbox One and PS4 in 2018. If you’re new to the series, Kingdom Hearts is a role-playing games created through the collaboration of Disney and Square Enix. Since the first Kingdom Hearts was released in March 2002 for the PS2 the series has expanded with several additional entries. The series celebrated its 15th anniversary on March 2017, and has shipped over 22 million units worldwide. The game is already available for pre-order ($59 on Amazon) and other online retailers.