With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’ Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!
2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, we’re talking about one of the year’s biggest games, Kingdom Hearts 3.
Title: Kingdom Hearts 3
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: January 29, 2019
What is it?
Kingdom Hearts 3 is the highly anticipated sequel to the popular action RPG franchise from Square Enix. Starting with the original game released in 2002 for PlayStation 2, Kingdom Hearts followed protagonist Sora, as he used the Keyblade, a weapon of great magic, to try and defeat the Heartless, a force of darkness trying to overtake the universe. What set Kingdom Hearts apart from other RPGs was the fact that it combined Final Fantasy, arguably Square Enix’s most prolific property, and various worlds from Disney. It’s a game that sounds farfetched on paper but is executed beautifully. While there have been many spinoffs, Kingdom Hearts 3 is the final chapter in Sora’s storyline. Interestingly enough, Kingdom Hearts 3 is the first game in the series to find its way to Xbox.
What could go right?
Kingdom Hearts 3 has a lot going for it. A majority of the franchise has been well-received. The gameplay is intuitive, the story is engaging, the characters are memorable, and the world is imaginative. It’s a top-notch action RPG franchise that has a lot of people pumped. Being able to go to new worlds inspired by Toy Story, Frozen, and Big Hero 6 is exciting. The many surprises that Square Enix has planned for fans make the wait excruciating. Between the new summons, more intense gameplay, and the promise of a conclusion, almost two decades in the making, Kingdom Hearts 3 is shaping up to be an unforgettable experience.
What could go wrong?
Honestly, quite a bit. Look, Kingdom Hearts 3 is a game that fans have been anxiously waiting for. With the anticipation, there is also a lot of hype. Sometimes, games don’t live up to the expectations that people set for themselves. Kingdom Hearts 3 is the kind of game that might end up being a letdown. Think of other games that had long development cycles; Duke Nukem Forever and Alien Colonel Marines come to mind. We’re not saying that Kingdom Hearts 3 will be terrible, but there’s a chance that the hype and final product don’t see eye to eye. There isn’t much that the team can change to really shake up the formula. So the only things that can really hurt Kingdom Hearts 3 are the story not being up to par with the rest of the franchise, and Xbox One owners feeling lost because the finale is the first game in the franchise on the console.
That’s what we think about Kingdom Hearts 3. Have you played any games in the franchise before? If so, will you be getting the game on Xbox One or PlayStation 4? If you never played a game in the series, will you be picking up the conclusion to the long-running franchise as your introduction to the Kingdom Hearts universe? Leave a comment below.
Andrew Gonzalez is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Xbox Enthusiast. When not writing about Xbox, he’s usually reading comics, talking about Taylor Swift, and dreaming of the perfect Jet Force Gemini Reboot. You can follow him on Twitter. @AJGVulture89