We’ve seen a few trailers and such for the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III over the past four plus years.
But lately new peeks at the game have been arriving more frequently as a release seems to finally be on the horizon. We saw a trailer not too long ago at E3 2017, and a little bit after that came a trailer introducing a new Toy Story world (which I missed at the time). Now another Pixar world, Monsters, Inc., has been introduced in another new trailer shared during the recent D23 Expo Japan 2018.
You can check out the Monsters, Inc. trailer below, as well as the Toy Story trailer for those like me who missed it, and also a newly released Kingdom Hearts III theme song trailer.
Here’s the full announcement:
This past weekend at D23 Expo Japan 2018, a special event for Disney fans created by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, held at Tokyo Disney Resort®, SQUARE ENIX® and Disney thrilled fans with the announcement of a new Disney•Pixar film based world, Monsters, Inc., in KINGDOM HEARTS III. Two new trailers, revealed during the Expo, 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.
SQUARE ENIX also revealed new cutscenes and gameplay from the Toy Story-inspired world, Disney princess Rapunzel (Tangled) as a party member, 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.”
The “mysterious exchange” mentioned in the final paragraph happens at the end of the theme song trailer. I’m not all that familiar with the series so it could make sense to some, but if not perhaps it’s a tease for some sort of multiplayer mode?
Kingdom Hearts III will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in 2018, assuming it doesn’t require any more delays.
NOTE: As stated in the first trailer, the game will eventually be translated to English. I’m assuming some or all of the actors associated with these Pixar characters will also be voicing them here, but that hasn’t been recorded/added just yet.
Originally aired at Disney’s D23 Expo Japan 2018 Tokyo, this trailer reveals that Sora, Donald, and Goofy will be adventuring in the Monsters, Inc. world! Check out Sora, Donald, and Goofy’s monster forms, powerful new Keyblade attacks, and the return of past friends and foes!
International superstar Hikaru Utada is back with a brand new theme song for KINGDOM HEARTS III, “Don’t Think Twice”!
“Don’t assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it…and dive in.”
New friends, Toy Story-themed looks, and Keyblade transformations are also revealed as KINGDOM HEARTS goes to infinity…and beyond!