Right now is a very exciting time to be a Kingdom Hearts fan. With Kingdom Hearts III coming out this year (provided that there are no more delays), fans are getting more and more worked up with theories and rumours about what this upcoming latest instalment in the Kingdom Hearts series will contain. Well, as it turns out, there has been an interesting development…
There have been some supposed leaks recently, with their contents including announcement details, trailer details, and even some more new worlds for players to explore. As such, here at PixelTome we thought we would discuss these rumours and share them with you all. Please take all of the following notes with an extra pinch of salt, as none of this is either official, nor confirmed – but do be warned, should these details be real, the following may thus contain spoilers…!
First of all, let’s talk about the release date. As shown at the end of the Toy Story trailer for Kingdom Hearts III shown at D23 last year (above), the game has a planned release window of this year, 2018. But when will it be releasing? According to the aforementioned leaks, we can expect the game to drop in Q3 of this year, which makes sense as it is the beginning of the lead up to Christmas. No exact release date has been mentioned, but it is apparently going to be revealed at the D23 conference this year – meaning we all know what will going on plenty of Kingdom Hearts fans’ Christmas lists.
The leaks also mention some of the worlds that will be in the game. Of course, Tangled, Toy Story and Big Hero 6 have been confirmed for a while now, but what about other worlds? Well, these leaks give the first of these new worlds as being based on Monsters Inc. There have been several images floating around the web for a while now, with many people calling them out as fake, but these images do appear to show a Monsters Inc. world in a development stage. We’ve provided the images below, so you can make up your own minds about them. In total 13 screenshots were provided as part of these supposed leaks, including the ones below, and they first appeared on the KHInsider forums.
Next up we have a world that may split the fans down the middle: the world of Frozen, or more specifically, the kingdom of Arendelle. Honestly, this will not surprise anyone if it is true. Just look at how popular that film is, especially when it comes to the songs within (there was a time I would want to rip my own ears off if I had to hear one more little girl sing, “Let it go! Let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore!”). The question is, how will this world, if it is indeed in Kingdom Hearts III, work storyline wise? May the heavens above forbid we get a repeat of Atlantica from Kingdom Hearts II… Apparently, we can expect to see information on the world of Frozen in Kingdom Hearts III at E3.
The final world mentioned is that of Shibuya. Now, this is the interesting one. The rumour of Shibuya may confuse some, as it is not from a Disney IP. Nope. It’s from Square Enix’s The World Ends With You. A lot of people have been calling bull on this one, but considering that a) the TWEWY characters appeared in Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance (as seen below), and b) a TWEWY remake just got announced for the Nintendo Switch, this could, in fact, be a very real possibility. I know many people, including myself, who will be very excited if this becomes reality.
There are a few more small details to discuss. Rather than go into detail on each and every one, here is a quick summary for you:
- The D23 trailer is to show flashbacks with Eraqus, Xehanort, and their master, Yen Sid. The game begins with a playable Eraqus.
- The trailer will also show the present, with Sora and the gang visiting Monstropolis.
- The new attraction-flow will be shown, based on a Monsters Inc. car (Mike’s car?)
- Riku, Kairi, Roxas, and Ventus will feature in the trailer.
- Several Final Fantasy characters are to be shown (in order of appearance in the franchise: Terra, Setzer, Aerith, Cloud, Tifa, Sephiroth, Yuffie, Cid (VII’s Cid of course), Squall (Leon), Selphie, Rinoa, Zidane, Vivi, Tidus, Auron, Wakka, Yuna, Rikku, Paine, Lightning, Serah, Noctis, Ignis, Gladiolus, and Prompto).
So what do you guys think of these supposed leaks? Personally, I feel like there may be some credit to them. The biggest issue for me though is the Final Fantasy cameos. Why would Tidus, Wakka, and Selphie, who all appeared briefly at the start of Kingdom Hearts, and in Selphie’s case, Kingdom Hearts II, appear again in Kingdom Hearts III? Are they simply cutscene fodder again? That, plus Auron supposedly passed over, according to Kingdom Hearts II‘s epilogue in which he turns into pyreflies, a sign that he has been ‘sent to the Farplane’ like in Final Fantasy X.
The good news is, we have little time before we find out just how true these rumours are. The so-called leaks ‘predict’ a trailer should be dropping sometime next month. Until then, we’ll just have to wait patiently. We’ve already waited 13 years, if you don’t include the side games (all of which are very important to the story by the way), so what’s a little more time going to do to us?