How did the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour in Hollywood win everyone’s hearts? Well, sit down kids, and let me tell you how it all went down — at least for me.The orchestra performance was absolutely stunning. From the first introductory instrumental version of Utada Hikaru’s “Simple and Clean,” there were tears in many an eye, and the entire venue was hooked. The first two hours were filled with character themes, final boss battle medleys and just a wonderfully satisfying musical experience, even for those who weren’t completely familiar with all of the Kingdom Hearts games. (I know this because I went with a friend who falls into that category, and overheard some other audience members’ conversations who happened to have their own love-at-first-listen experience from the concert. Rude to eavesdrop, I know, but it happened, and I’m not entirely proud of it. Moving on.)
The audience’s roar of pure, supportive satisfaction filled the theater at the last song, before the composer, Yoko Shimomura herself, came out to grace the piano with her musical talent for the encore. As if that wasn’t a delightful treat enough, she then introduced Tetsuya Nomura onto the stage. (Total props to the translator who translated Shimomura and Nomura’s Japanese by the way.) Tetsuya Nomura walked onto the stage, and at the first mention of Kingdom Hearts 3, the crowd exploded with cheers, eager to know what he was actually talking about. It was quite ironic to hear that at the first mention of Kingdom Hearts 3 was the statement, “We won’t be showing Kingdom Hearts 3 at E3.” However, we were quickly brought back to an entire theater excited roar when we were told they had “brought it here.”
Without further ado, because let’s be honest, you guys are here to watch the trailer, here it is!
So, what does this mean? Well, we know that we’re getting the Hercules world again it seems, through the fighting scenes on Mount Olympus. We might be able to save Roxas? Sora might be embracing some darkness? Does this mean dark moves? His outfit is certainly a bit more on the darker palette, so what does this all mean?!
Maleficent, Pete and Hades are back, so we’re going to hopefully be seeing even more Disney characters. I’m hoping to see some more princesses, and can we just throw in some other Disney characters please? Star Wars maybe? Probably a bit too soon, but the Disney realm is always expanding, so future Kingdom Hearts games could possibly expand on that. All right, let’s reign in the head-in-the-clouds mentality now and talk about what we do know.
We don’t have a release date yet. At the D23 Expo event next month on July 15, Square Enix is going to be announcing more Kingdom Hearts 3 goodies. So maybe we’ll get a date then? Or at least know what year it’s going to be?
The game is being developed for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and I cried with joy when I saw the trailer. The moves are exciting, the graphics look fantastic and I was able to be one of the first people who saw the trailer along with a room of fans. My weekend’s pretty much made. So, how’s your weekend so far?