Kingdom Hearts 3 Opening Theme “Face My Fears” Out on January 18, 2019

Square Enix and Disney has confirmed a collaboration between Hikaru Utada and Skrillex for Kingdom Hearts 3 opening theme song titled “Face My Fears”. The opening theme will be coming out on January 18, 2019, along side “Don’t Think Twice”.

Poo Bear is also attached to the collaboration as the producer for the opening theme song.

Via Press Release

Skrillex, a long-time and self-professed fan of the KINGDOM HEARTS series, originally intended to remix the previously revealed Hikaru Utada track, Don’t Think Twice. However, owing to the pair’s friendship, this developed into the new and original collaboration, Face My Fears, to celebrate the game’s release.

Set to be released alongside Don’t Think Twice on January 18, the opening theme song, Face My Fears, has also been produced in collaboration with Poo Bear, the acclaimed record producer who previously produced Justin Bieber’s multi-platinum selling single, What Do You Mean?

Coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Kingdom Hearts 3 is launching on January 25 in Japan and on January 29 in North America and Europe.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Unveils New TGS Screenshots & Character Art

Square Enix has released new screenshots from the Kingdom Hearts 3 extended Tokyo Game Show 2018 trailer and character art of the remaining Big Hero 6 characters.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to release in Japan on January 25 and in North America and Europe on January 29 to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

TGS Screenshots:
BIg Hero 6 Character Art:

Square Enix Unveils English Disney Character Voice Cast For Kingdom Hearts 3

Square Enix has announced the English voice cast for the Disney characters who will be appearing in Kingdom Hearts 3. Alongside that, they confirmed Haley Joel Osment will return to reprise his role in the upcoming entry in the series.

  • Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast) as Olaf from Frozen
  • Kristen Bell (Frozen, Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as Anna from Frozen
  • Idina Menzel (Frozen, Enchanted, Rent) as Elsa from Frozen
  • Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Mindhunter, American Sniper) as Kristoff from Frozen
  • Zachary Levi (Tangled, Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) as Flynn Rider from Tangled
  • Donna Murphy (Tangled, Center Stage) as Mother Gothel from Tangled
  • John Ratzenberger (Toy Story, Cheers, The Incredibles, Coco) as Hamm from Toy Story
  • Wallace Shawn (Toy Story, The Princess Bride, The Good Wife) as Rex from Toy Story
  • Tate Donovan (Hercules, The O.C., Argo) as Hercules from Hercules
  • Kevin R. McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean Series) as Gibbs from the Pirates of the Caribbean series
  • Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck
  • Bill Farmer as Goofy
  • Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, A.I.) will reprise his role in KINGDOM HEARTS as Sora, the pure-hearted protagonist. Many more talented actors will also be lending their voices to KINGDOM HEARTS III, making it the most star-studded game of the franchise yet.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan on January 25th, and in North America and Europe on January 29th.

Kingdom Hearts 3 TGS 2018 “Toy Box” & “Arendelle” Worlds Live Gameplay

Square Enix held a second Tokyo Game Show presentation for Kingdom Hearts 3 at the PlayStation Live Show Stream.

Although co-director Tai Yasue has shown the same slides as yesterday’s presentation at the beginning, guest Kanata Hongo and the MC played the extended gameplay in the Toy Box world and, for the first time, in Frozen’s Arendelle world.

Galaxy Toy Store and “Mysterious Onyx” boss fight in Toy Box world
“Trinity Sled” and combat gameplay in Arendelle world

Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch in Japan first on January 25, 2019, and later in North America and Europe on January 29 to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Kingdom Hearts 3 – TGS 2018 Stage Show Reveals New Gameplay & Information

Today, Square Enix held a stage presentation for Kingdom Hearts 3 at Tokyo Game Show 2018. The stage show featured numerous gameplay clips of Sora fighting, “summon” links, mini-games, and more. If you don’t want to see the Sora and Aqua clip, we suggest that you don’t scroll down to the very bottom of the page to see it.

During the show, director Tetsuya Nomura and co-director Tai Yasue answered a couple interesting questions that fans were wondering. When asked if this will be the final Kingdom Hearts game, Nomura said that this isn’t the end of the series, though it will be the conclusion of the Xehanort Saga.

As expected from a title in the Kingdom Hearts series, the upcoming entry will contain a secret ending, which Nomura did not give any details due to spoilers. He did mentioned that they are trying to do something different, and are thinking of making a DLC that has a secret ending of some kind.

Regarding online elements, Nomura said that they do not plan to add any until after the completion of the game. The focus was to finish developing the core-game before deciding if they intend to add online features.

After the show concluded, Tai Yasue told fans that the game will feature over 10 worlds. The demos only showcased roughly 1/4 or 1/3 of the overall size of each world (via @aibo_ac7/).

Kingdom Hearts 3 will feature over twenty mini-games. One of them shows Sora cooking with Remy assisting him.

For those wondering how old Ventus, Aqua, Tera and Xehanort were in Birth By Sleep, we finally got an official answer to that.

  • Ventus – 16 years Old.
  • Aqua – About 18 years Old.
  • Terra – Around 20 years old.
  • Young Xehanort – 18-20 years old.
  • Xehanort – 80 years or something (Everyone laughed)

Next year, A collaboration event between Square Enix and Tokyo Skytree will be held. The “Tower of Light and Darkness” will begin from January 8, 2019 and conclude on March 3rd. It will be Kingdom Hearts 3-themed, with decorations being placed around the area, and merchandise to be sold at the cafe.

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Towards the end, Square Enix announced new Kingdom Hearts merchandise such as a Sora and King Mickey figure by Bandai, clothing line by Supergroupies, and more.

 

 

 

 

Six minutes of Kingdom Hearts 3 Gameplay

Sora & Aqua clip

Kingdom Hearts 3 LE PlayStation 4 Console Announced

Square Enix and PlayStation announces a Kingdom Hearts 3-Limited Edition PlayStation 4 console during Tokyo Game Show. The limited edition console will be shipping in Japan in limited quantity on January 25, 2019.

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The Kingdom Hearts 3-Limited Edition PlayStation 4 will be be available in 500GB (33,980 JPY) and 1TB (38,980 JPY). It comes with a Kingdom Hearts 3-themed top cover, a Kingdom Hearts 3 original PlayStation 4 theme, Jet-black DualShock 4 wireless controller, headset, power cord, HDMI cable, and USB cable. However, a copy of Kingdom Hearts 3 will not be included.

Pre-orders are now open for Kingdom Hearts 3-Limited Edition PlayStation 4 console.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Extended TGS 2018 Trailer; Boxart revealed & Screenshots Released

Square Enix has released an extended Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer ahead of Tokyo Game Show 2018. Alongside that, the developer also shared a look at the official game’s boxart, designed by Tetsuya Noura.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan on January 25th, and in North America, Europe and Australia on January 29th.

Big Hero 6 Extended Trailer

Key-art by Tetsuya Nomura

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Official boxart

 

Screenshots

Renders

 

 

Kingdom Hearts 3 – Big Hero 6 Trailer Reveal

During the SIEJA PlayStation Lineup live tour, Square Enix unveiled the Kingdom Hearts 3 ‘Big Hero 6′ trailer. The short trailer features the character from Big Hero 6, Organization members, and more.

Update: Tetsuya Nomura confirmed on the official game’s Twitter, that an extended trailer with new content not seen yet, will air online on September 18th.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25th in Japan, and in North America and Europe on January 29th.

Square Enix Live Stage Initial TGS 2018 Line-up Includes Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy XIV & More

Square Enix has revealed their initial live stage lineup for Tokyo Game Show 2018. The list currently includes Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy XIV, and Dragon Quest X. More information and titles will be added come closer to the timing of the event.

Tokyo Games Show 2018 runs from September 20th and concludes on September 23rd. Square Enix will hold their live streams on both public pubic days.

September 22nd (Stage Event)

  • 11:20 AM – 12:30 PM – Dragon Quest X TV at Tokyo Game Show 2018 Special
  • 12:50 PM – 1:40 PM – Kingdom Hearts 3 Tokyo Game Show 2018 Stage
  • 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM – Dragon Quest Builders 2 School Extracurricular Lesson
  • 3:10 PM – 4:00 PM – Project Tokyo Dolls Presents Yamadada at Tokyo Game Show 2018

September 23rd (Stage Event)

  • 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM – Million Arthur series stage
  • 12:40 PM – 1:30 PM – Dragon Quest Builders 2 Paradise Agency
  • 1:50 PM – 2:50 PM – Final Fantasy XIV: Yoshi-P in Makuhari
  • 3:10 PM – 4:00 PM – This World Ends With You: Final Remix Tokyo Game Show Special Stage

September 22nd (Studio)

  • 10:00 AM – 10:10 – Opening
  • 10:20 AM – 11:05 AM – TBA
  • 11:20 AM – 12:05 PM – TBA
  • 12:20 PM – 1:05 PM – Final Fantasy : Record Keeper Official Tokyo Game Show Broadcast
  • 1:20 PM – 2:05 PM – TBA
  • 2:20 PM – 3:30 PM – Let’s Play with Square Enix President Matsuda: Just Cause 4 & Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Ending

September 23rd (Studio)

  • 10:00 AM – 10:15 – Opening
  • 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM – Left Alive Tokyo Game Show 2018 Special
  • 11:35 AM – 12:20 PM – TBA
  • 12:40 PM – 1:35 PM – Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Official Tokyo Game Show Broadcast
  • 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM – Mobius Final Fantasy Tokyo Game Show 2018 Special
  • 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM – The Quiet Man Live at Makuhari
  • 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Closing

Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan on January 25th, and in North America and Europe on January 29th.

Final Fantasy XIV is an MMO that is currently out for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Dragon Quest X is also an MMO that was released for Wii, Wii U, 3DS, Nintendo Switch, smartphones, PlayStation 4, and PC, though the game was no localized in the West.

UPDATE [September 6]: live streaming schedule

Nomura on Collaborating With Disney in Kingdom Hearts 3

Director Tetsuya Nomura was candid in an interview with US Gamer about his collaboration with Disney and which Disney franchise was difficult to adapt in Kingdom Hearts 3.

Nomura has about 15 years of collaboration with Disney since he and his team started working on the first Kingdom Hearts. Many things has changed, particularly when Disney had acquired new properties, such as Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, to their portfolio.

At first, Disney didn’t want to Square Enix to put a Pixar world in Kingdom Hearts for unknown reasons [Nomura has wanted a Pixar world for a long time]. But Nomura believed the situation had changed that Square Enix and Disney was able to negotiate successfully, and Disney finally agreed to allow Pixar in Kingdom Hearts 3.

To receive approvals and feedback from Disney, Nomura recounted how difficult it has gotten.

 I can say that it has actually been increasingly difficult to get approvals from Disney. That’s mainly because in the past Kingdom Hearts titles, the creator wasn’t around anymore or the team that used to create those titles wasn’t there anymore. There was just this one person that we would just have to go to and they would approve it and we’d be fine and good to go. But because we’ve been featuring recent titles, they still have existing teams for existing creators that are still working in Disney and still working on a certain title.

To make things for more difficult for Nomura and his team to handle the newer Disney franchises, each Disney creator/creative team has different set of rules and guideline to follow and to work with. Something Nomura didn’t have to worry about back then.

For Pixar world, the desires that [the Monsters Inc. and Toy Story teams] had for their titles were really strong. We had a lot of guidelines to abide by in terms of how they appear. Comparing the two worlds, Monsters Inc. had more guidelines that we had to follow, and were a little more clear cut in the details. The coloration, for example, or whether a character only had one eye. When we took a look at those guidelines and figured out what we had to do, we felt that Donald should look this way and then Goofy should look this way. We also had a lot of input from the Pixar team that worked on Monsters Inc. We did pretty much follow their guidelines as well as their feedback for those characters.

Out of all the newer Disney franchises, Nomura was very honest that Frozen has the most guidelines than Monsters Inc. and Toy Story.

It has been about 12 years since Kingdom Hearts 2 was released, and the wait for the final installment of the Dark Seeker Saga is almost over. Kingdom Hearts 3 is releasing on January 25th in Japan and January 29th in the West to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.