One of the most long-awaited parts of Kingdom Hearts III has finally been revealed: the theme song.
Pop star Utada Hikaru’s music has become an inseparable part of the Kingdom Hearts series, with her songs “Simple and Clean” and “Sanctuary” gracing each game in some form. Though her songs have been remixed, getting upbeat versions for game openings and ballad-like versions for the credits, it’s been over a decade since “Sanctuary” debuted in Kingdom Hearts II and fans have heard any new music.
All that changed last weekend at D23, however. Two new Kingdom Hearts III trailers appeared, and one of them is made specifically to showcase the third major theme song of the series, “Don’t Think Twice.” As with her other songs, Utada sings both the English and Japanese versions of the theme.
The trailers don’t show off the full version of the theme song, but it’s a long enough section that we have a pretty good idea what the full version will sound like. The song seems to be on the slower side, so it seems likely that this is the ballad-like version of the piece, and a more upbeat mix is in the works.
Square Enix hasn’t given an exact release date for Kingdom Hearts III, but the company has doubled down on the 2018 release date and promised that we’ll hear more at this year’s E3. Kingdom Hearts III will release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As for Utada Hikaru herself, she can’t wait for the game to be released.
Tadaa! The Kingdom Hearts III trailer and a minute and a half of my song “Don’t Think Twice” If they don’t release the game soon I’ma be tempted to leak the full version of my song, yo… #KingdomHeartsIII #UtadaHikaru https://t.co/431NauRBTi
— 宇多田ヒカル (@utadahikaru) February 10, 2018