At PlayStation’s E3 Showcase, an all-new trailer revealed Pirates of the Caribbean making a stunningly beautiful (for real—check out all the clothing textures!) return to Kingdom Hearts. Captain Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann, Will Turner, Hector Barbossa, Tia Dalma, and Joshamee Gibbs are all rendered in photorealistic detail. Of course, Sora, Donald, and Goofy arrive in the world dressed in their appropriate pirate costumes.
I know, I know, itsbeen84years.gif. But it happened! People outside Square Enix have actually played the third mainline entry in the long, long-running Kingdom Hearts series. And I’m one of them!
Kingdom Hearts has touched countless lives across numerous games since the first title in 2002 — KH3 is only the series’ third mainline title — impressive for a collaboration that stemmed from a casual elevator chat between executives (Square Enix’s Shinji Hashimoto among them).
Tetsuya Nomura, director of Kingdom Hearts 3, said in a presentation preceding yesterday’s hands-on session that the theme of this game is “resolution” — specifically, that of the ongoing battle against main series antagonist Xehanort. He also alluded to a darker overall theme than we saw in earlier titles, foreshadowed in events that take place in the mobile game Kingdom Hearts Union Cross.
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