So the D23 Expo happened today… and OH MY GOD KINGDOM HEARTS 3 IS FEATURING A TOY STORY WORLD AND IS SET FOR 2018 OH MY GOD I AM LOSING MY MIND.
Take a breath, take a breath… okay, now, let’s get this in order.
The event was earlier today, hosted by Jacksepticeye and Strawurry17 (I love both of them, lemme just say.), and they featured primarily three games (With some Virtual and Augmented Reality, and other projects sprinkled throughout): Star Wars Battlefront 2; Marvel Spiderman; and, of course, Kingdom Hearts 3.
They saved best for last, and the Kingdom Hearts 3 section began with the trailer we saw a few weeks back featuring more of the Olympus Coliseum world. After, we heard more from Tetsuya Nomura himself, then rolled into a brand new trailer.
It starts off with some more new footage of Olympus Coliseum, and it looks like we’ll definitely be exploring the full world now rather than just the actual coliseum or the Underworld. We’ll be seeing the city of Thebes as well as Mount Olympus, home of the Greek Gods. Nothing new, but it’s nice to see. I’ve been waiting for this Disney film to get more content in the series. And it’s the perfect starting point for returning players before sending us into all-new worlds (Nostalgia is one hell of a drug.).
But then… that’s when it goes cray cray.
No one was sure what the new world was gonna be. Most were thinking Frozen, and I was hoping for Moana, or maybe even Zootopia. But instead, it turns out it’s based on the PIXAR classic Toy Story.
Fans have been hoping for a PIXAR world to be featured in the Kingdom Hearts series, especially Toy Story, so this has been a long time coming. But I was in shock from how amazing it looks. Woody, Buzz, and Rex look like they were ripped right from the actual animated films (Not surprising, seeing as how Disney and PIXAR seem to be working very closely with Square ENIX on Kingdom Hearts 3.).
Sora, Donald, and Goofy even get new toy designs for this specific world, and they look great. And it’s amazing to see the neighborhood and Galaxy Toy Story. I can’t wait to get my hands on this and experience it firsthand. And we also got the new Keyblade Styles (Situation Commands.) Hyper Hammer and Drill Punch.
Not only that, but it looks like we’ll be able to have more than two party members beside Sora in the group at a time, and we can have up to two (From what we know.) guests from specific worlds. So. Good.
And, of course, Sora can take over one of the toy soldiers to enter a sort of first person shooter mode. Because why the hell wouldn’t he? If there’s more to interact with in all the different worlds similar to the first Kingdom Hearts, then I am totally on board (And while we’re at it, since we’re bringing back Tech Points, can we please bring back Experience Points from bosses? Please?).
My one complaint is… Young Xehanort. Good gods, he looked horrifying. I know they’ll fix it in the final version of the game, as Kingdom Hearts 3’s still in development, but dear lords: the hell is wrong with his face?
But oh my god… it’s coming out in 2018. Please, Square ENIX, don’t push this back unless it’s to keep the game from being rushed. I’m so pumped. So. Pumped. And then add the new Weiss Trailer for RWBY Volume 5 coming out Monday… the next two years are gonna f***in’ rock.
In other news, I’m currently writing an urban fantasy new adult book entitled De Cineribus. I’m still in the first draft phase of it, but if you’re interested, then I’ve got a page set up to give you a rundown of the synopsis as well as a look into the world and the characters, and I’ve posted the first chapter here on my blog. All for you. Aren’t I considerate? Please say yes.
Til next time, happy nerding!