Japanese video game developer Square Enix announced on their US Twitter feed that Kingdom Hearts III will be playable at this year’s E3 Expo.
In Square Enix’s tweet, the company first thanked gamers who visited the Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Event and then revealed that the game will be playable at Square Enix’s official E3 booth. Square Enix has yet to confirm, however, which levels fans will get to test out.
Over the past few months, Square Enix has been ramping up their advertisements for this long-awaited game. Video game analysts believe these new ads indicate Square Enix will hold true to its promise to release Kingdom Hearts III in 2018.
Although a great deal is still unknown about this Disney-themed RPG, many new worlds have been confirmed. For example, Kingdom Hearts III will definitely feature levels inspired by Disney films such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Big Hero 6. It’s also been hinted that there might be worlds based off of Disney’s Jungle Book and/or Frozen.
As in Kingdom Hearts I and II, gamers will play from the perspective of Sora and tag along with Donald Duck and Goofy. A few new gameplay features gamers can expect in this new title include stronger enemy AI, teams of five characters, and the ability to summon iconic rides from Walt Disney Company’s theme parks.
Of course, not everything will be new about Kingdom Hearts III. A few features that were carried over from the original titles include the Gummi Ship rides, Disney character summons, and worlds like Mount Olympus.
Square Enix will hold at least one press conference on Kingdom Hearts III before the E3 Expo opens. Although it’s not certain what they’ll discuss, Kingdom Hearts III’s director Tetsuya Nomura hinted that Square Enix will announce an official release date at this event.
In addition to a release date, many fans are curious whether Kingdom Hearts III will feature worlds from Lucasfilm or Marvel. Fans would also like to know which Final Fantasy characters will appear in the new Kingdom Hearts title.
The 2018 E3 Expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center between June 12th and 14th.