Ever since Kingdom Hearts was launched again in 2002, followers have wished components and characters from the franchise to crossover into Disney Parks — the collection is all about crossovers in any case. Not surprisingly, Kingdom Hearts government producer Shinji Hashimoto feels the identical means, and would like to see the franchise featured within the theme parks.
Based on KHInsider, who translated the latest Sq. Enix Annual Shareholders Assembly, Shinji Hashimoto expressed his robust want to see a collaboration with Disney Parks throughout a Q&A session on the occasion.
After being requested if there was a chance of Kingdom Hearts being included in a future Disney Parks growth, Hashimoto mentioned, “As a Japanese particular person, it’s been nothing wanting a dream to have the ability to play one thing developed by a Japanese creator with Disney, particularly the identical Disney that owns such properties like Frozen and Star Wars.”
Noting the rising reputation of the franchise, he even recommended he would possibly carry it as much as Disney, believing it could definitely help within the development of the parks. “Since Disney has an more and more excessive regard for [Kingdom Hearts], I’d like to achieve out to them and focus on this additional. Gross sales inside Disneyland will definitely contribute to the expansion of the client base,” Hashimoto mentioned.
It could not be a stretch to imagine that Disney has already been considering a collaboration. Final yr, Donald Duck and Goofy, dressed of their Kingdom Hearts apparel, made an appearance at a cast appreciation party on the EPCOT park. This makes it clear that Disney is prepared and capable of carry the collection to its parks, now it’s only a query of whether or not the corporate desires to include it absolutely, outdoors of particular occasions. Maybe followers might even see a little bit of cross-promotion contained in the parks as we close to the discharge of Kingdom Hearts three early subsequent yr.
Talking of the sequel, throughout a latest interview, director Tetsuya Nomura mentioned that he want to showcase the Massive Hero 6 world quickly. It was introduced that Massive Hero 6 can be part of Kingdom Hearts three on the 2015 D23 Expo, however nothing on the world has been seen or talked about since. Many thought it could make an look at E3 2018, the place a couple of of the included worlds had been launched, however Massive Hero 6 was a no-show. The following D23 Expo isn’t till 2019, however there are nonetheless loads of conventions and gaming trade occasions coming later this yr, in order that might be the second that audiences get a peek at this new world.
As for what comes after Kingdom Hearts three, there’s a good likelihood the collection will proceed in some trend, whether or not by way of extra sequels or spinoff titles. Whereas these haven’t been confirmed simply but, DLC for the title has. Throughout an interview with Famitsu, Tetsuya Nomura mentioned that post-launch DLC is deliberate, and that it could be standalone content material and won’t be part of a Season Cross.
Kingdom Hearts three launches January 29, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox One.