Since the release of Kingdom Hearts 2, rumours surrounding its direct sequel have been abound. We’ve seen spin-offs, prequels and sequels that are merely preparing us- and our Kingdom Hearts heroes- for Kingdom Hearts 3, but no Kingdom Hearts 3 itself. We do know it’s development at the very least, but there is no word on what Disney worlds could reappear, and which are set to make their first appearance. In the series so far we’ve seen excellent interpretations of the worlds of Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cinderellla, Tron and Tron: Legacy, and even Pirates of the Caribbean, to name but a few. While the franchise has never been strong in the way of narrative, Square Enix must truly be commended for their handling of the multiple Disney franchises.
In the Kingdom Hearts series, the presence of Sora slightly alters the original story of any given world. So, in classic Kingdom Hearts fashion, I’ve also proposed ideas on how these new worlds might play out like. They’re very much like the originally intended tales, but with a twist.
Here’s 5 Disney worlds I’d like to see in Kingdom Hearts 3.
Why?- Personally, Tangled hit home for me the fact that Disney still has it. While I don’t think they’ll reach the perfectionist heights of Beauty and the Beast ever again, Tangled was a lovely reminder that they can still deliver that classic Disney magic. From a marketing perspective, to add Tangled into Kingdom Hearts 3 would be a win-win situation. It’s not only an original Disney film that only came out in the last 2 years, but it made just over half a billion dollars. Beyond that, it’s set in a classic looking Disney world that, outside of a very typical looking platforming Wii game, hasn’t really been tapped into in the gaming world. Prime material.
Proposed scenario- Sora is the person who releases Rapunzel from her tower, despite not knowing the evil and selfish reasons as to why Mother Gothel kept her there. They bump into Flynn Ryder, and after Mother Gothel uses the Heartless to track down Rapunzel at any cost, Sora, Ryder, and Rapunzel must team up to defeat the Heartless in pursuit.
Why?- Enchanted is an unusual one on our list. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie itself, Enchanted opens up like a classic Disney movie; a beautifully animated 2D feast for the eyes. However, Enchanted puts a spin on things by bringing these classic Disney-type of characters into our world, namely the gritty realism of live action New York City. Enchanted’s brilliance comes into play when the film makers have fun with the idea of these two vastly different worlds colliding. This could be an interesting play on Square Enix’s part, but what’s more is how Sora might be portrayed in the films real life setting. Upon being transported to our real world, the Disney characters are played by real-life actors. Perhaps Sora could even gain a more realistic looking appearance?
Proposed scenario- Sora arrives to the fairytale world of Andalasia and befriends Giselle, an incredibly upbeat, charming young woman, complete with her typical prince charming in the form of Edward. After Queen Narissa transports Giselle to modern day New York City in an attempt to protect her throne, Sora teams up with Prince Edward to find Giselle, all the while battling Heartless along the way.
Why?- As soon as Disney purchased Pixar back in 2006, I wanted a Toy Story world in a Kingdom Hearts title. Not only does the visual style suit the Kingdom Hearts universe somewhat, but adding such a world into Kingdom Hearts 3 would be a no-brainer for Square Enix. Why? Toy Story is probably the most beloved animated trilogy of all time, and together all three films have grossed 1.9 billion dollars. Setting a world inside Andy’s room could be quite interesting in itself too. While Kingdom Hearts has already explored the idea of controlling a small character in a larger world (see Enchanted Dominion in Birth by Sleep, and Wonderland in Kingdom Hearts), its true genius would come into play when interacting with the toys that inhabit his room. Woody, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky; they’d all be there. Furthermore, as different Kingdom Hearts titles explored Disney worlds at different time periods, Square Enix has an entire trilogy of ideas, characters, and stories to draw from.
Proposed scenario- When Sora arrives in Andy’s room, the toys believe him to be a toy himself, as they say new, evil toys have been springing up throughout the house. Of course, they’re not toys, they’re Heartless. In fact, they’re Heartless that are part toy, part Heartless, almost like a Frankenstein creation. Sora, along with Woody and Buzz, must defeat the Heartless throughout the house, and discover their source in this world. What’s the source of these Frankenstein-esque Heartless? Yep, you guessed it- Sid, the twisted child from the original Toy Story who created toys cobbled together from broken parts. The final battle on this world pits Sora, Woody, and Buzz against Sids largest, most malevolent creation.
Why?- With the recent announcement that Lucasfilm has been bought by Disney, and that Star Wars: Episode VII is slated for a 2015 release, technically this could happen. The sheer idea of placing the player within the Star Wars saga is mouthwatering, to say the least. With an endless supply of characters at hand, countless worlds to explore, and 6 feature films to draw inspiration from, this could be a wonderful addition to Kingdom Hearts 3 if it comes to fruition. Squre Enix could even have the player fight both on foot (perhaps even using a lightsaber themed Keyblade), and in space against space-themed Heartless.
Proposed scenario- Sora enters Star Wars world just as the Death Star is nearing completion. However, this world, like all Disney worlds, has been slightly altered due to new outside influences. The Death Star is under construction over the watchful eyes of Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine and Master Xehanort, who has formed an alliance with the Empire. Sora, with his friends in tow, joins the Rebel Alliance in a bid to destroy this new deadly weapon that Xehanort plans to use to destroy many worlds. In Sora’s quest he crosses paths with the likes of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia. The final confrontation is the assault on the Death Star.
Why?- On the 31st of December 2009 Disney purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. While the vast majority of Disney worlds portrayed so far have been quite cartoony, we have seen our heroes venture to more realistic looking worlds. You only need to look as far as to how Pirates of the Caribbean and Tron were rendered in Kingdom Hearts 2, to get an idea on how they might approach something like this. Instead of basing a world on a single, lone Marvel superhero, why not bring them all into the mix? The sheer idea of fighting alongside these characters in a Kingdom Hearts videogame is enough to make any Square Enix/Marvel fan wet their trousers. I say bring it on.
Proposed scenario- Loki, instead of making a deal with the Chitauri like in The Avengers, bargains with Master Xehanort and the Heartless to rule Earth. Sora, armed with his Keyblade, teams up with Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye to confront Loki and Master Xehanort’s army of Heartless. The final battle, much like the film itself, would take place in New York City on a massive scale. Sora would then go head-to-head with Loki himself atop Stark Tower. The Heartless would be defeated, Thor takes Loki back to Asgard, and the Avengers split up as Sora departs our world in a bid to find Master Xehanort.