After promising to show off some new footage of Kingdom Hearts 3 at some point in 2017, Square Enix has made good on its word by releasing a brand new gameplay trailer for the long-awaited JRPG.
Originally debuting during the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour concert in Los Angeles, the new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer offers up the clearest look at the title’s aesthetic and gameplay yet. Not only do the lovable main trio of Sora, Donald, and Goofy make their highly-anticipated next-generation return, as well as a handful of other fan-favorite characters such as Hades and Pete, the trailer shows off plenty of flashy action and combat.
While the footage represents an in-development version of Kingdom Hearts 3, fans are given a nice, long look at the revamped combat system, which promises to offer up plenty of epic keyblade and magic action, as well as some eye-catching team combos involving Donald and Goofy. Beyond the in-game combat footage, the trailer also offers up a sneak peek at the game’s story, which appears to involve some mysterious evil plot between Maleficent, Hades, and Pete, and some references to Roxas (as well as some dramatic pointing) from Xemnas.
Two and a half minutes may not be long enough for those that have waited many years for Kingdom Hearts 3, but fans won’t have to wait long until the next bit of new information and gameplay footage because this trailer concludes with the promise of a brand new trailer to be shown at Disney’s D23 Expo on July 23. Unfortunately, no release date for the game was revealed in the trailer and all we know so far is that Kingdom Hearts 3 is unlikely to launch in 2017.
It is interesting that Square Enix has decided to suddenly drop this new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer when it could easily be slotted in as part of Sony or Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conferences, suggesting that the game may not be previewed during the event.
Regardless of what happens during E3 2017, it seems pretty fitting that Square Enix release a brand new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer four years after the game’s initial announcement at E3 2013. And hopefully we will get even more information of the long-gestating JRPG come Disney’s D23 Expo next month or perhaps even as soon as Sony’s (or Microsoft’s) E3 2017 press conference.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.