Right after it was announced that Walt Disney Company officially bought a $52.4 million stake in 21st Century Fox, Kingdom Hearts fans were online speculating about what this could mean for the video game series. Many gamers hope that Sora, Donald, and Goofy will travel to worlds based on 21st Century Fox franchises in the near future.
A few popular suggestions for 21st Century Fox-themed worlds in Kingdom Hearts include The Simpsons, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. Some fans even suggested edgier franchises like Family Guy, Deadpool,and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
It’s still way too early to tell whether or not Square Enix/Disney is even thinking about putting a few references to these popular shows in a Kingdom Hearts title. Most video game experts don’t believe, however, that Square Enix will incorporate any 21st Century Fox areas into Kingdom Hearts III.
Most posts on social media regarding 21st Century Fox worlds in Kingdom Hearts III were humorous in nature. There are millions of Kingdom Hearts fans, however, that are serious about new worlds from some of Disney’s other recent acquisitions.
Disney purchased Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm shortly after Kingdom Heart II was released in 2006. That certainly gave designers at Square Enix plenty of time to consider incorporating these franchises into Kingdom Hearts III.
While there’s no confirmation on any Marvel or Lucasfilm inspired worlds, Disney confirmed that there will be a Toy Story level in Kingdom Hearts III. Disney released an ad showing Sora, Donald, and Goofy in Andy’s room at the 2017 D23 event. This ad already has 5 million views on YouTube.
A few other new worlds that are confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III include Tangled and Big Hero 6. It has also been confirmed that Kingdom Hearts III will include classic worlds such as Mt. Olympus from Hercules, Twilight Town, and Mysterious Tower.
The other big reveal at the D23 2017 event this year was Kingdom Hearts III will be released sometime in 2018. There’s no word yet on an official release date.
Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura said the main reason it has taken so long to release this game has to do with the switch to Unreal Engine 4. The switch to this platform was made in the first year of Kingdom Hearts III’s development and was out of Nomura’s control.