A new trailer for the highly anticipated third installment of the Kingdom Hearts series has been released by Square-Enix.
Despite not being present at this year’s E3, Square-Enix did not shy away from making a splash with a game fans have been waiting years for. The trailer was released during the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour concert late Saturday night in Los Angeles:
The trailer is presented in Japanese and features gameplay and combat sequences for Kingdom Hearts III. A variety of worlds were showcased, including some that long time fans of the series will recognize. The trailer begins with main protagonist Sora free-falling into what appears to be The Coliseum, an area inspired by Disney’s Hercules, before seguing into the fast-paced combat the series has become known for along with some new combat moves which seem to be inspired by Hercules and other Greek gods.
A number of familiar faces to the Kingdom Hearts series made an appearance. Notable villains such as Pete, Maleficent, and Hades are featured having a dialogue about a black box. What significance this holds in the game’s plot has yet to be revealed.
Before the end of the trailer, Sora is shown having a dialogue with two infamous villains to the series previous games, Ansem and Xemnas, in which Sora is challenged to “call upon the darkness.” Given the series’ motif has always been about the struggle between light and dark, this is a significant revelation and one that will have fans of the series intrigued and curious for more.
Kingdom Hearts III was first revealed at E3 in June of 2013.
This most recent reveal happens to fall on the anniversary of the initial announcement, marking four years since the project was made public. Word on Kingdom Hearts III’s release has still not yet been confirmed, however, the end of the trailer revealed that another trailer is planned for Disney’s D23 Expo on July 15, 2017.