No 'Final Fantasy' Worlds Coming To 'Kingdom Hearts III'; Focus On Original And Disney Worlds

By V Doctor , Updated Jun 17, 2016 10:18 AM EDT
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Fans are already looking forward to the big launch of “Kingdom Hearts III.” Recently, news surfaced that there will be no familiar worlds from the Final Fantasy series, and that the upcoming game will feature new and Disney worlds instead.

Tai-Yasu, co-director of “Kingdom Hearts III” shared some details about the environments to expect in the new action crossover role-playing game (RPG).

Siliconera reported that according to Yasue, they will not add any Final Fantasy worlds. Several original Kingdom Hearts worlds like Hollow Bastion and Traverse Town featured Final Fantasy characters, but they will not be focusing on these. Instead, they are creating on original worlds and Disney worlds.

He explained that they used Disney worlds because these are easy to recognize and have become very popular among fans through the shows and movies. He described the settings as also very unique and distinct. They wanted variety, so they opted for the new and Disney worlds so that they will not have so much of the same thing in “Kingdom Hearts III.”

GameSpot revealed that in previous Kingdom Hearts games, the main protagonist Sora and an ally travel to and explore familiar worlds from Disney films and shows. Each world has various challenges, boss fights, as well as characters from classic Disney cartoons. In the past, the games showcased characters, features and settings from famous titles like “The Little Mermaid,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Beauty and the Beast,” among others.

For “Kingdom Hearts III,” game developer Square Enix decided to focus more on Disney and original worlds and deviate from the locations in the Final Fantasy series for a change. Yasue continued that they choose worlds for the RPG games based on the gameplay concepts that they wanted to execute. They choose Disney Worlds according to certain styles of gameplay.

Polygon noted that “Kingdom Hearts 2.8” Final Chapter Prologue is already nearing its launch. So far, the series consists of 14 games but Yasue said that even newcomers can enjoy the titles and storyline without having to play all the previous releases.

He stated that the RPG’s focus on action and use of Disney characters are among the main reasons why the series has become so popular among fans. “Kingdom Hearts III” will bring everything to a conclusion according to Yasue and will close the current Dark Seeker saga.

“Kingdom Hearts III” is currently in progress and is expected to release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One early in 2017.

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