Kingdom Hearts III reveals Monsters Inc. World and Hikaru Utada theme song By Raptorchan on February 10, 2018 at 3:26 AM

During the D23 Expo event in Japan, Square Enix revealed quite a bit of news regarding their highly anticipated action role-playing game; Kingdom Hearts III.

First off, Square Enix has shared a meaty trailer for the game, showcasing Monsters Inc. as the new world set to appear and revealing new monster costumes for Sora, Donald and Goofy. While no full release date was revealed, the company reassures the game is still slated for a 2018 release.

View the trailer down below:

Alongside this new trailer, Square Enix also unveiled that Utada Hikaru would again return for the third installment with a new song titled “Don’t Think Twice.” You can hear a preview of the song below, as well as get a glimpse of Riku and Mickey’s new outfits!

UPDATE #1: Japanese twitter user and D23 attendee Usamasuku confirmed that there will be open world Gummi Ship gameplay in KH3, complete with a “search” and “battle” function, and described the Gummi Ship’s battles similar to those seen in the Star Wars franchise. The Gummi Ship will also remain customizable as well. (Source)

UPDATE #2: Square Enix has shared more details with regards to the development progress of Kingdom Hearts III (Via Gamespot). Currently, everyone in the Osaka studio is working on the upcoming RPG, with 100 more people from its Tokyo Studio also involved.

Development is split into three sections: Early, middle, and late. There’s about three or so worlds per section, but Square Enix mentions that this doesn’t mean there’s only nine worlds in total for Kingdom Hearts III. Development progress on the early worlds are 90 percent complete, while the middle section worlds are at around 60 percent. While the company didn’t confirm what stage the end section is, director Tetsuya Nomura said it was “something he’s always wanted to do and put into Kingdom Hearts, ever since the days of working on Final Fantasy.” He added, “It is bound to surprise everyone.”

Kingdom Hearts III is currently in development and will release in 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

  • Silent_Hill_Eternal

    Hot diggity dog. It’s about damn time.

  • CallMeGod

    All aboard the hype train. Love the song already.

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  • Kyle

    OKAY… that was pretty cool.

  • Jesus Christ

    My dream. My Love. My Kingdom Hearts!

  • Patrick Bateman

    yeah that got me hyped lol that was finally a great trailer.

    “Japanese twitter user and D23 attendee Usamasuku confirmed that there will be open world Gummi Ship gameplay in KH3, complete with a “search” and “battle” function, and described the Gummi Ship’s battles similar to those seen in the Star Wars franchise. The Gummi Ship will also remain customizable as well. ”

    got me hard as fuck too LOL

  • Zero_mask

    no no no no.. is this real? too much happening. Im blown away.. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!

  • This game’s gonna have a damn good finale, I can already tell.

  • Jesiah Grant

    Man goofy in the monsters inc world…burn it with fire haha. God damn this game looks phenomenal.

  • •december

    Listening to Toy Story and Monster Inc. characters in japanese was disorientating. 😐

  • Paulo Sousa

    they didnt reveal release date but if it will be revealed at e3 we can expecte a october or november release window for kingdom hearts 3

  • ChocolateSprinkles

    Did anybody notice, Riku said: “the other me”….who is that? New character perhaps?

  • Randy Marsh

    I get smack on the arm to wake up for this at 4am by my roommate. Got to say, was freaking worth it!

  • paracetamolianknight

    Replica Riku maybe?

  • Vallen

    Would be cool if Noct shows up at some point. Would be even cooler if we get an explarable Insomnia in KH3… also kinda sad lol.

    Lovin’ the Monsters Inc world so much!

  • Randy Marsh

    Yes, yes, yes, we all know Nomura rules, Tabata drools. Nomura is a man who may be slow, but shows us some damn beautiful results.

    I think you need to stop smacking those horses with your cane my friend.

  • Vallen

    Bu..but he does. KH3 which is directed by the “Nomura who is incapable of anything and is a bad director” is already evident to being a much higher quality product than the former.

  • Randy Marsh

    Oh I know, Nomura is a great developer and I think FFXV would have been better with his direction instead Tabata. Especially after seeing all the KH3 trailers, it just hammers it in so much more. But think of the horses you keep hitting with canes! Think of the horses!

  • cloud

    So hes going to bring a final fantasy world to kh3… i bet it will be ff7 world…

  • Marc Balgro

    God love all I have witnessed. From new footage of new worlds on the series plus more party members.

    Really the series is approaching more of Disney/PIXAR and that is by all means welcome by fans.

    Toy Story world pure gold, but awesome adding Monster’s Inc world that probably takes place after the original when Mike fixes Boo’s door and Sully reunites with her, since the scare chamber had balloons when this world instead of supplying power with scares is with laughter. Love the party addition of Sully and Mike.

    For Tangled really great we see Rapunzel and Flynn Rider in action, wondering how Big Hero 6’s world will be. Plus love the Ariel Summon as a body of water, reminded me of FF XV Shiva and Leviathan. Great All Keyblade actions depending of the current worlds your visit. The use of Spirit Dream Eater was cute.

    Return of Marluxia and Vanitas, seems every member of the true Organization 13 will have a role per every world featured in this conclusion of the Dark Seeker Saga.

    On final note regarding Riku, first thing I noticed is that he has been fully redesigned far from his original to look more like Noctis being a big change for the character, plus I wonder if his original voice actor Mamoru Miyano is voicing him or has been replaced since sounded different.

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