It’s been a long, long, long time coming.
Kingdom Hearts III promises to be the capstone to the Kingdom Hearts franchise, which started in 2002 with Kingdom Hearts (back when Square-Enix was Squaresoft and, er, Enix), followed shortly by Kingdom Hearts II in 2005. The series hasn’t entirely spun its wheels since, with significant plot games like Birth by Sleep and Dream Drop Distance coming out along the way, but, well, fans have been waiting for III for quite some time.
What is Kingdom Hearts? Well, it’s a corporate cross-over game between the properties of Square-Enix and Disney. Initially pitched simply as Final Fantasy-cross-Disney classics, the series has spiralled out into the other properties (such as The World Ends With You and Pixar) that the licensers have control over.
Over time, the series has moved towards a greater focus on its original character stories and the internal mythology of those. If you’re not Mickey Mouse, you’re pretty secondary in importance to Sora, Kairi, or Xehanort.
With the prospect of the end of the series (or, if Tetsuya Nomura’s threats are to be believed, only the end of the Xehanort Saga) in sight in January, I thought it would be worth putting a thread together for it, especially with a new trailer (featuring Skrillex!) dropping today.
One thing I’d say from the jump on spoilers is that I think this topic will be pre-Kingdom Hearts III open-season spoiler territory. I’d recommend checking out the ‘Who’s Diving Back Into Kingdom Hearts III’ topic linked below if you want to discuss earlier installments in the franchise in a non-spoilery environment, but we are going to be out here talking shop about everything.