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Kingdom Hearts III is set to arrive sometime this year and, when it does, players will visit all sorts of new worlds ripped straight from Disney classics. In fact, the latest trailer for the shows off several of those worlds, with a big focus on Monsters, Inc.
The above trailer was revealed at a recent Disney celebration, D23 Expo Japan 2018. Leading into the event, many folks speculated that Disney and Square Enix would take the opportunity to at least tease some new Kingdom Hearts III goodness. What I don't think anybody expected was a four-minute look at the gameplay and cutscenes, providing the best evidence yet that the game might actually, at long last, finally-finally, arrive this year.
The big draw of the new trailer are the scenes from Monsters, Inc. For those unfamiliar with the series, it features a protagonist who ventures between Disney worlds accompanied by Donald Duck and Goofy, occasionally running into Square Enix's own roster of characters along the way. It's a wild mix, but one that's won over a large number of fans over the years. Where else are you going to get to run around in The Lion King and then have a chat with Cloud?
Word on the street was that Monsters, Inc. would be included this time around but, if memory serves, it hasn't been verified via gameplay until now.
As is typically the case, Sora and his pals take on a look that fits into the game's world, which is why they look like monsters in this latest trailer. Sora himself is some sort of cat-boy, while Donald and Goofy just look like your standard monsters under the bed.
What's really impressive here is the insane number of mechanics we see on display. You've got all of the regular hacking and slashing with a Keyblade, plus several of Sora's new abilities, including summoning Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Disney's spinning Teacup ride. Outside of that, we see all sorts of unique traversal sections, with Sora riding doors through the Monsters, Inc. factory or leaping from location to location with unique animations.
If you're looking to get caught up before the game finally launches, you've got quite a bit of ground to make up. While there are only two numbered entries in Kingdom Hearts so far, there are several side stories and spinoff games that build on the lore. Before KHIII finally launches, hopefully someone will put together a quality breakdown video that makes sense of its absolutely bonkers tale.