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Kingdom Hearts III Announced for 2018 Release, Toy Story Revealed as New World

| By: Handoko Lun

As had been teased in the orchestra trailer last month, Square Enix fulfilled their promise to give out another trailer of Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Expo. The new trailer shows a quick look at Olympus Coliseum and also introduced the world of Toy Story into the franchise.

Similar to when Sora entered the world of The Lion King and became a cub, Sora, Donald, and Goofy becomes a toy in the world of Toy Story. With the help of Woody and Buzz, they look for the missing Andy and the other toys, who have been taken a way by a man in the black hood.

Kingdom Hearts III is expected to release in 2018, as shown at the end of the trailer above. Let’s just hope that there won’t be any delay to that.

Today SQUARE ENIX® and Disney unveiled a new KINGDOM HEARTS III trailer that shines a spotlight on the first world in the KINGDOM HEARTS series to be based on a Disney•Pixar film, “Toy Story.” Director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series, Tetsuya Nomura, premiered the trailer during The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

The new trailer follows Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy to Andy’s room as they join Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex and Sarge’s investigation into the disappearance of their fellow toys and Andy, and the emergence of the Heartless enemies in their world. Featuring an original storyline, fans will get a first look at the dynamic trio’s “Toy Story”-themed looks, all-new toys, such as the Gigas, and special Keyblades that transform and give Sora unique attacks to unleash on Heartless enemies.

“At long last, we are excited to open up the KINGDOM HEARTS universe to include the world of Disney•Pixar’s ‘Toy Story,’” said Tetsuya Nomura, Director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. “I’m sure fans have been anticipating the inclusion of this world for many years. The narrative will be an original story exclusive to KINGDOM HEARTS III, and the gameplay will feel characteristic of the ‘Toy Story’ style and aesthetic. Please stay tuned for more details to be revealed soon.”

“Featuring a brand new storyline that brings together beloved ‘Toy Story’ friends with the heroes of KINGDOM HEARTS, the ‘Toy Story’ world in KINGDOM HEARTS III successfully mirrors the level of quality that we strive to achieve with every Pixar film,” said Jason Katz, Story Supervisor, Pixar Animation Studios. “KINGDOM HEARTS III will undoubtedly be an experience that fans will not want to miss.”

Kingdom Hearts III screenshots (click to enlarge)

To celebrate this huge update, Square Enix will be distributing a new Sora medal for Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] players. To get the medal, all you have to do is simply by logging into the game within July 16 – August 16.

Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] - Kingdom Hearts III - Medal - Sora

To celebrate D23 and the release of the new trailer, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] (for iOS and Android devices) will offer a powerful “KINGDOM HEARTS III Sora [EX]” Medal. This is the first time a character medal from KINGDOM HEARTS III has been added to the game. For one month (July 16 through August 16), all players can receive the never-before-seen medal by simply logging-into the game.

Kingdom Hearts III is scheduled to release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in 2018.

 

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