Without a doubt, Disney has become one of the world’s most recognizable brands. Not only are the multinational monolith’s commodities almost instantly identifiable, after their acquisition of both LucasFilm and Marvel for a combined estimate of roughly $8 billion, the entertainment titan has certainly solidified itself as the planet’s most dominant cultural force. So, whether it’s books, music, movies, or in this case, video games like Kingdom Hearts 3 and Star Wars Battlefront, one would be hard pressed to have a day without encountering a product on which Disney doesn’t have its hands.
Ever since Walt Disney founded the studio back in 1923, its 90-plus-year history has drawn throngs of Disney disciples, so it’s only natural that the company would like to celebrate such a successful and storied background. With that in mind, Disney is planning to do just that on August 16, by making such highly anticipated titles like Kingdom Hearts 3 and Star Wars Battlefront a main feature of their ultimate fan event called D23 Expo 2015.
Gamers have been waiting for quite some time to experience both Kingdom Hearts 3 and Star Wars Battlefront, so this opportunity should prove to be exciting if they attend the Disney bash. While the Electronic Arts-published Battlefront will be available for a hands-on demo in the pavilion’s game lounge, fans looking forward to a playable version of Kingdom Hearts 3 will have to wait a little bit longer, as the event is only set to include surprise guests and newly revealed information about the title from Square Enix.
In addition to the aforementioned games, the D23 Expo 2015 will also give people the chance to play the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0. The new Play Sets to be shown off for the latest installment in the hybrid toy/video game series include Star Wars Twilight of the Republic, Star Wars Rise Against the Empire, and one inspired by Pixar’s film Inside Out. On top of all that, gaming fans can also check out the latest arcade release from its cooperation with LucasFilm and Bandai-Namco Entertainment called Star Wars Battle Pod, which is an immersive experience featuring a dome-shaped screen, air jets, and a reactive rumble seat.
Since there will be so much Disney inspired whimsy, the D23 Expo 2015 ought to provide the company’s enthusiasts with plenty of excitement once the event arrives. As of now, tickets for those hoping to attend start at $74 for a one day adult admission, and $54 for children aged 3 to 12. However, Official Disney Fan Club subscribers will receive a reduced rate as one-day adult prices for them are $65, and $48 for kids. Multi-passes for the gathering are also available, and may save folks up to $112 should they purchase four three-day passes at the D23 Member rate.
However, with prices for admittance being so steep, it seems as if the expo is geared toward more toward Disney’s adamant devotees and aficionados rather than gaming fans. Regardless, gamers who seriously want to find out more about Kingdom Hearts 3 and Star Wars Battlefront first hand may want to hop on board and get their passes now.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is set for release some time in 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while Star Wars Battlefront will be available on November 14, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.