Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the new Star Wars teaser trailer. And probably all the Marvel movies, too. These universes are ridiculously popular, and people have been wondering about what crossovers Disney might present to us. Kingdom Hearts might just be the first place we see it, and it makes the most sense.
Speaking to Kotaku, co-director and game designer of Kingdom Hearts 3 (and the HD remasters 1.5 and 2.5) Tai Yasue explained that nothing was off limits for the upcoming title:
Yeah, I can’t go into specifics, but there’s a LOT of new Disney stuff and we have our plates full. Theres a lot to consider – we’re looking at all of Disney, the new ones as well, they have a lot of pull and draw.
“We have to come up with a world that has a lot of originality. We want variety in our new Kingdom Hearts, so we don’t want too many of one sort of world, that would look the same. For each world there has to be some meaning for it, in the plot; in Birth By Sleep, for instance, in the Cinderella scene, the characters learn something specific by relating to Cinderella. Also, gameplay-wise, is that world something that would make gameplay fun? There’s a lot I can’t say, but there’s so much to consider.
Yasue went on to say that nothing was off the table, but that with so many wonderful concepts it was really hard to choose. So we might not see every Marvel or Star Wars element in the game, but there certainly could be aspects or characters who make an appearance.
I think this is fantastic for the Kingdom Hearts franchise. I will admit to not being the biggest Kingdom Hearts fan, despite my absolute love and adoration for all things Final Fantasy. However, by spicing things up with Marvel and Star Wars characters, it will make the universe more varied and interesting, and also make the game feel more adult, which is an issue with anything Disney since the bad old days of The Black Cauldron.
Last Updated: December 3, 2014