We’ve been waiting for Kingdom Hearts III for so long that it’s hard to believe the game is nearly out. For those who still doubt its existence, though, Square Enix has just released the game’s opening movie trailer.
All of the Kingdom Hearts games open up with a music video montage of sorts, showing the events of current and past games in hyper-symbolic ways, often involving lots of scenes of characters falling from the sky or dropping down through water. This one’s imagery centers around a game of chess, something that’s popped up in a few past teasers. Most of it centers around the events of past games, setting up for Kingdom Hearts III, so don’t worry about story spoilers.
Since so much has happened in the story at this point, events blaze past at lightning speed. This may not be the case in the full version of the intro, however. Square Enix says that this is only a partial look at the opening cinematic, and that seems to be true—the version of the video on YouTube is less than two minutes long. In comparison, the introduction to the first Kingdom Hearts is more than three minutes long, and the Kingdom Hearts II montage is just under five minutes. The full version in the game is likely to be a good bit longer, and might move a little slower.
Also of note is the song, a partnership between Kingdom Hearts veteran Hikaru Utada and Skrillex. Utada’s song is called “Face My Fears,” and while we can get an idea of what it’s like from this remixed and shortened intro, the full version is likely to sound quite different. Her other songs for the Kingdom Hearts series, “Simple and Clean” and “Sanctuary,” each had similarly remixed shorter introductions, with the full, slower version of each song playing later in the game or over the credits.
Kingdom Hearts III releases on January 29th, 2019, for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Source: Square Enix