This weekend, following the Los Angeles performance of the Kingdom Hearts world wide orchestra tour, Square-Enix provided us with the most recent trailer of the highly anticipated next entry in the Kingdom Hearts series. This is what we’ve been waiting for. Providing the most in depth glimpse of the game to date, this tailer displays just how polished, expansive, and evolved this beloved series is becoming. This is Kingdom Hearts 3.
Everything Has Led to Kingdom Hearts 3
Opening up to a scene of Sora falling onto mount Olympus, were almost reminded of the “Dive” mechanic used to enter new worlds in Dream Drop Distance. He crashes to the ground and the battle begins. Immediately the evolution of the games combat system is apparent. Within seconds of striking the first Heartless our always trusty Keyblade transforms into Hercules inspired shield but Sora is in no way on the defensive. Flowmotion, powerful finishers, and party limit attacks are all back and boy are they beautiful.
After a brief display of a mount Olympus fray, we cut to dialogue between a few characters familiar to any fan of Disney and the series alike. Pete, Maleficent, and Hades look stunning yet unchanged under the Unreal engine 3 powering the game. Their conversation hints at series lore explored within the most recent remaster collection revealing just how comprehensive this story conclusion is going to be.
Now back to the action. Good lord, Kingdom Hearts 3 looks beautiful. Rain has never been so real and fire has never flurried quite like this. The attention to detail teems throughout everything we see in this trailer. From the shine off the wet mountainside to the lingering sparks of a quick blast of thunder. This game stuns!
Our trailer ends with Sora and company in a very familiar location with main series villains Xemnas and Ansem. Their mention of the possible return of a series favorite can only have us hope to see his face again. Square promises another trailer at D23 expo only July 15th with the reveal of a new world. We can only imagine what we’ll see next.