By Samantha Castro
Published: February 21st, 2018
Another exciting game trailer for the long-awaited game Kingdom Hearts 3 was released in the United States late February 10th during the 2018 bi-annual Disney fan club expo, D23 Expo Japan.
With every new trailer that is released, the enthusiasm for the game reignites. This trailer is no different. The biggest aspect of the game trailer is the introduction to the Monster’s Inc. world. It’s expected that we’ll see more Pixar worlds introduced to Kingdom Hearts, with Toy Story being the first since Disney acquired Pixar in 2006. We get to see Sora, Donald, and Goofy in their monster forms as well as Sully, Mike, and the adorable Boo. Whoever voice-acted Boo for this trailer did a fantastic job at replicating Boo’s voice from the original film. Additionally, I hope to see a moment of Roz telling the crew that she’s “always watching.”
In terms of gameplay and maps, we see only three areas that are within Monster’s Inc. These areas include the outside of the factory, the actual scare floor, and the storage room of the many doors. It’s unlikely that there will be areas outside the factory since the storyline is based at the factory.
Furthermore, the trailer consists of more in-depth gameplay from the Toy Story world, including a possibly epic boss battle. We see Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Sora get on a toy rocket and ride around a gigantic enemy spaceship. Kingdom Hearts is known for its amazing visuals and unique combat, but this new game brings it to a new level by incorporating more aspects of each world.
In addition, there was more showcasing of the Kingdom of Corona from the movie Tangled. Sora and the crew are fighting alongside Rapunzel as she’s swinging around a tree with her hair. However, her hair is the reason why Corona hasn’t been featured much in the series of trailers premiered. According to ign.com, Square Enix explained that animating Rapunzel’s lengthy hair to move naturally and smooth is one of the difficult aspects of developing Kingdom Hearts 3. During the presentation, they demonstrated their hard work by showing a sequence of her hair gently flowing through the wind and elegantly falling down the staircase.
Next, let’s briefly mention the other characters we see in the trailer: Marluxia and Ventus. In order to avoid spoilers, I won’t talk in depth about who they are. But, it’s important to know that they’re from the other games in the Kingdom Hearts series. This seems to be a reoccurring trend in these trailers.
This trend of featuring past characters, plus the release of a collection of all the past games before they release Kingdom Hearts 3, is definitely a sign that Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the game, wants newcomers and those behind in the Kingdom Hearts storyline to catch up. Even though the Kingdom Hearts storyline is widely known to be extremely complex, it’s recommended that newcomers either play the past games or read up on the storyline.
To summarize, Square Enix never disappoints whenever they release a trailer or a sneak peek at concept art for Kingdom Hearts 3. However, the whole fan-base would agree that this game needs to be released very soon. Will it? No. However, it’s understandable why the game is in development for a long time. If the next thing we see isn’t a release date, then let it be a trailer that features more about the world of Big Hero 6. The only glimpse given was concept art of dark Baymax. If the creators show more of that world, or even introduce another new world, it would satisfy the appetite of the fan base.