In the more than a decade since Kingdom Hearts II was released, Disney has been an incredibly busy company. Alongside reasserting themselves in the world of animated movies with a string of hits, they have also built up one of the most impressive portfolios in film history. Acquiring Pixar in 2006, Marvel in 2009, and Lucasfilm in 2012 has proven incredibly lucrative for the House of Mouse, and begs the question: what exactly will we see in Kingdom Hearts III?
As we edge toward E3 and a season of gaming trade shows, there is potential for more news about the highly anticipated title. We already know that Tangled’s Kingdom of Corona, Big Hero 6’s San Fransokyo, and Mount Olympus from Hercules will all be appearing. But where else can Sora, Donald, and Goofy travel to in their next adventure? Let’s count down some of the most exciting places Square Enix and Disney could include in Kingdom Hearts III (KH3). It’s time for some rampant speculation!
While the world has seemingly grown tired of the constant barrage of Let It Go, the popularity of Frozen cannot be underestimated. The combination of new princesses, beautiful environments, and charming characters makes this one an almost certain lock for KH3. If for no other reason, animating so much snow and ice would give the team at Square the ability to show off their technical prowess.
Elsa is the perfect character to have succumbed to the influence of the Heartless, turning her back on friends and family to live in seclusion. Helping Anna and Kristoff reach the ice castle, complete with a battle against Elsa’s giant snow guardian and meeting Olaf are sure to deliver on comedy. Perhaps this could also be that rare Kingdom Hearts level that ends without a boss fight to preserve the film’s ending where sisterly love wins the day.
Inside Out was Pixar’s grand return to form that combined the power of imagination with psychology and an enthralling tale. Being transported inside Riley’s mind offers the chance for a world of nearly limitless possibilities. Exploring the mind would not only be entertaining, but also educational, much as it was in the original film.
Like Elsa, Riley is a prime candidate for the influence of the Heartless as she undergoes the upheaval of moving house. Emotionally themed Heartless based on how Riley is feeling at certain points in the story would no doubt switch up enemy designs. Hopefully we can Square steer clear of the memory dump. I don’t know if I could endure seeing that particular moment recreated with Sora there to witness it.
Of all the Disney properties featured in a Kingdom Hearts game thus far, it seems odd that Robin Hood has yet to make its appearance. Exploring Sherwood Forest and the surrounding areas, and freeing the peasantry from the tyranny of Prince John, this is a classic story that fits right in with the Kingdom Hearts formula. There is also an against-the-odds romance that may give Sora some time to reflect on his relationship with Kairi.
There are a great many set pieces in the film, the most notable of which are the archery contest and the climactic raid on Prince John’s treasury. I can see a scene quite clearly in my head of Robin and Little John cobbling together a disguise for Sora so that he can participate in the archery contest. Sneaking into the castle would provide a change of pace, introducing a stealth section to the game. Perhaps most importantly, a Robin Hood level would also need to have a folk music soundtrack to accompany a walk through the forest.
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