Square Enix might not be in any rush to finish the saga, but the latest trailer from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance seems like it’s finally trying up all the series’ main plots.
Aside from playing as both Sora and Riku in parallel storylines, the upcoming 3DS title’s E3 2012 trailer also features new worlds based on Disney films The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Three Musketeers, with a new version of the Tron world based on Tron Legacy. Notably, there are several different versions of Mickey Mouse involved in the various levels, much like the retro version of Mickey in Kingdom Heart II‘s “Timeless River” world.
Square Enix has also released the list of their returning English-language voice actors for the game:
- Leonard Nimoy – Best known for his role as Spock on Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy reprises his role as Master Xehanort, the main antagonist of the KINGDOM HEARTS series and archenemy of Sora and Riku.
- Haley Joel Osment – Known for his role in the critically acclaimed The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment returns to play Sora, the main protagonist in the KINGDOM HEARTS franchise, working to complete the Mark of Mastery exam and become a true Keyblade Master.
- David Gallagher – Remembered for his work on 7th Heaven, David Gallagher joins the cast again as Riku, struggling to become a true Keyblade Master alongside his best friend, Sora.
- Hayden Panetierre – Noted for her performance on Heroes, Hayden Panetierre returns to voice Xion, the 14th member of Organization XIII, an organization that stands against Sora and his friends.
- Jesse McCartney – Recording artist Jesse McCartney reprises his roles as the heroes, Roxas and Ventus.
- Quinton Flynn – Known best for his voice acting on Robot Chicken, Quinton Flynn returns as Axel / Lea, another member of Organization XIII.
With the large number of returning cast members and featured characters from every game including the PSP prequel Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, it looks like Square Enix is finally advancing the story. It’s not Kingdom Hearts III, but at this point in the series, any amount of progress is still progress.