This was a numbered game sequel that was very long in coming. Well over a decade since Disney and Square-Enix brought Kingdom Hearts II to the gaming world, we’re finally edging closer to finding out what happens next on the continuing adventures of the Keyblade Masters against vile Organization XIII.
To hammer home the fact that Kingdom Hearts III is a new installment of the series, many of the various worlds that the party of Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy explore are entirely new and never before visited. We’re now going to list down the new “worlds” they’ll venture into.
- Kingdom of Corona (based on the 2010 animated film Tangled)
- San Fransokyo (based on the 2014 animated film Big Hero 6)
- Andy’s House (based on the Toy Story franchise)
- Monstropolis (based on the Monsters Inc. animated film franchise)
- Arendelle (based on the 2013 animated film Frozen)
There are also areas that have returned from previous installments of Kingdom Hearts, now even bigger and more expanded than ever before.
- Twilight Town – the tutorial hub; has two expansion areas large enough on their own
- Yen Sid’s Tower
- Old Mansion
- Olympus (based on the 1997 animated film Hercules)
- The Caribbean (based on the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise)
Finally, there’s a rumor that one possible area to debut will not be based on a Disney property, but a game by Square-Enix: The World Ends with You, a game created by the developers of the portable spinoff Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.
Shinji Hashimoto, executive producer of Kingdom Hearts for Square-Enix, has also expressed his interest in someday seeing the game-original characters being adapted to Disney Parks, as attractions or character players. Kingdom Hearts III will be released on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January of the following year.