There's no turning back now, Kingdom Hearts fans. The release trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 is here. What a long, strange road it's been.
The trailer is seemingly a two-in-one. The first half of the trailer shows Sora frolicking amongst characters from the Disney franchises confirmed for a Kingdom Hearts 3 appearance, including Toy Story, Big Hero 6, Tangled, Frozen, and more. The second half of the trailer focuses on story exposition. That's where it loses me as a non-fan, though even I admit the story for Kingdom Hearts 3 seems cool in that loveable nonsense-anime way. If nothing else, the battle system looks like it's a riot to play with.
Oh, and in case you forgot, the theme for Kingdom Hearts 3—titled Face My Fears—is a dual effort between Skrillex and Hikaru Utada. You can hear it in the first half of the trailer, and it's not terrible. A little discordant, maybe, but Kingdom Hearts 3 is all about corruption in the midst of love and order, right? It's appropriate.
Kingdom Hearts 3 arrives on January 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It's been so long since the second game, even dedicated fans might have a hard time recalling where we are in the story. You might want to grab the Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far collection and give it a whirl over the holiday break. It is also in your best interest to keep up with our Kingdom Hearts 3 guide. Pretend I said "It's in your best interest" with the sneering voice of a Disney villain.