The Final Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer is Bursting with Lore

The Final Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer is Bursting with Lore

Your Kingdom awaits.

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.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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