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Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date, Deluxe Edition, E3 2018 Gameplay, Worlds, Final Fantasy, Stars Wars Characters - Everything We Know

Kingdom Hearts 3 might be a little way off yet, but we've compiled all the information we have on the game, including which new characters and worlds we could see and the Kingdom Hearts 3 release date.

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We've been anticipating Kingdom Hearts 3 for a long time now, and the game is finally on the horizon with a confirmed release date. In this complete Kingdom Hearts 3 everything we know guide, we'll be walking you through all the concrete details you need to know about the game, including the final Kingdom Hearts 3 release date, a full list of Kingdom Hearts 3 characters, on top of all the information we've managed to glean from the Kingdom Hearts 3 E3 2018 gameplay footage.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Essential Information:

  • Release Date: January 29, 2019
  • Price: TBC, likely fully priced $59.99
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix:
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Genre: Action, Role-Playing

Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date

For a long time we had pretty much no idea when Kingdom Hearts 3 would eventually release. It was first shown off alongside the redesigned Final Fantasy XV at E3 2013, and while FFXV released last year, Kingdom Hearts 3 appeared to still be in limbo.

Easing concerns somewhat, 2018 was given as a Kingdom Hearts 3 release date at the 2017 Disney D23 Expo in California, with the brand new trailer featured just below being shown off to the audience.

At the 2018 D23 Expo another trailer was shown off, confirming the inclusion of a Monsters Inc world that had been leaked in December 2017. A 2018 release date was confirmed once again, but no exact date was given.

Later in April 2018, a pre-order listing from Target appeared to claim that Kingdom Hearts 3 would be released on November 1, 2018. However it should be noted that November 1 is a Tuesday, and so it looks incredibly likely that the release date revealed by Target was in fact a placeholder for Kingdom Hearts 3.

Unfortunately, the Kingdom Hearts 3 release date was once again delayed, to 2019. The current release date for Kingdom Hearts 3, which we hope is the final one, is all set for January 29, 2019.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Special Edition

Kingdom Hearts 3 has been a long time coming, and Square Enix knows this. In the Kingdom Hearts 3: All-in-One edition, which retails for $99.99, you get:

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUE
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 +2.5 REMIX
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 IMPOSSIBLE ODDS DYNAMIC THEME

This package will be releasing on January 29, 2019, the same day that Kingdom Hearts 3 releases worldwide. Then there's also the Kingdom Hearts 3 Deluxe Edition, which retails for the whopping price tag of $229.99, and includes:

  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Steelbook Case
  • Artbook
  • Collectible Pin
  • Sora Bring Arts Figure
  • Goofy Big Arts Figure
  • Donald Duck Big Arts Figure

Kingdom Hearts 3 Hands-on Preview

Earlier this year, we attended the Kingdom Hearts 3 premiere event in LA. We played through the Olympus area, as well as the Toy Story world, and to find out what we made of it, head over to our full Kingdom Hearts 3 preview.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Worlds

Kingdom Hearts is a crossover series, blending the worlds of Disney and Final Fantasy into one, and the player will take on the role of Sora, alongside allies like Donald and Goofy. The group of heroes travel across various worlds, visiting various characters and interacting with them in personal quests and adventures.

The worlds listed below can be entered and explored in Kingdom Hearts 3, and plenty of Disney characters from the likes of Tangled and Big Hero 6 will feature in the game.

  • Kingdom of Corona
  • Big Hero 6
  • Mount Olympus
  • Twilight Town
  • Mysterious Tower
  • Toy Story
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Frozen
  • Wreck-It-Ralph

The world of Toy Story in Kingdom Hearts 3 was only just confirmed at the D23 Expo 2017, when a trailer for the game showed Sora and his party entering Andy's bedroom, where the Toy Story films traditionally take place. We then met Woody and Buzz, along with other Toy Story characters like Hamm and Rex, all of which will be featured in Kingdom Hearts 3 when it eventually releases in 2018.

It should be noted that, while Disney has acquired the licenses to franchises like Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar, many of these won’t be appearing in Kingdom Hearts 3, due to existing licensing deals, such as EA being given the licensing deal for Star Wars with Star Wars Battlefront.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will revolve around 3-person parties, but other characters can join in the fight in various worlds, so we could see Rapunzel joining our heroes in the Kingdom of Corona. The traversal abilities of our protagonist Sora have also been overhauled, allowing to climb over obstacles in the environment in order to reach and unlock new areas in each world.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Frozen World

In the gameplay video just below, the brand new Frozen world was revealed for Kingdom Hearts 3 during the Microsoft E3 2018 presentation. In the trailer you can see Elsa, Ana, Sven, Olaf, and all the other characters we know from Frozen, all interacting with Sora and co.

This was far from the only world to be revealed for Kingdom Hearts 3 during the week of E3 2018, as the Pirates of the Caribbean World trailer was released soon after. The gameplay footage shows Jack Sparrow roaming around the high seas with Sora, Goofy, and Donald Duck, fighting in naval combat and boarding other ships.

Kingdom Hearts 3 New Monsters Leaked

In late December 2017, an unconfirmed leak from Kingdom Hearts Insider claimed to reveal several new monsters for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3. You can see a few screenshots from the leak below, which Kingdom Hearts Insider states are supposedly from a much older build of the game.

The leaked screenshots show Mike, Sully, and Boo from Monsters Inc., but also show the new Door Vault location. Whether these new screens are all factually accurate, we'll have to wait and see.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Wreck-It-Ralph Leak

The latest leak for Kingdom Hearts 3 came about on May 17, when the image below featuring Wreck-It-Ralph released through Reddit.

However this was actually confirmed to be real merely a day later, as Wreck-It-Ralph was revealed through preview coverage of Kingdom Hearts 3. To see what we made of the game as we finally got to go hands-on with it, head over to our Kingdom Hearts 3 preview.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Star Wars and Avengers Characters

If you were hoping for some Stars Wars or Avengers characters to make their debut in Kingdom Hearts in the third main game, you're all out of luck. According to a recent interview with Tetsuya Nomura, as translated by Gematsu, the chances of either Star Wars or Avengers characters appearing in a Kingdom Hearts 3 game are extremely low, because they're not original Disney creations. Although we see characters from other franchises like Big Hero 6 and Pirates of the Caribbean, these characters are solely the creations of Disney, whereas the company only purchased the rights to Star Wars and Avengers after the fact.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Soundtrack

While we know that Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura will be back for the third main installment in the series, Japanese DJ DJ PHI from SERGE recently announced to his fans that he'd been placed in charge of remixing certain battle themes for Kingdom Hearts 3.

We don't actually know if this is all true, as Square Enix has yet to confirm DJ PHI from SERGE's involvement in Kingdom Hearts 3, and we also don't know what tracks he'll be mixing up for which worlds within the game.

For now, this is all the information for Kingdom Hearts 3 that we have to go on, as although a release window of 2019 was recently given for the game after a tumultuous development period, we'll keep our ears peeled for any additional information that breaks about the game.

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