Skrillex, Hikaru Utada Collaborate on Kingdom Hearts III Game's Opening Song
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts franchise revealed on Friday that the Kingdom Hearts III game's opening song will be a collaboration between music producer Skrillex and singer Hikaru Utada, titled "Face My Fears." The Twitter post describes Skrillex as a "long-time" Kingdom Hearts fan. Utada's official website added that record producer Poo Bear also worked on the song.
Utada, who previously performed the theme songs for the first two Kingdom Hearts games, is also performing Kingdom Hearts III's theme song, "Don't Think Twice" (the song with Japanese lyrics is titled "Chikai" or "Oath"). Skrillex originally asked to remix this theme song, but the pair decided to collaborate on an original song. "Don't Think Twice" will serve as the game's ending theme song.
The single for "Face My Fears" is slated to ship on January 18, and the single will include an English version and a Japanese version of "Face My Fears" as well as "Chikai" and "Don't Think Twice."
Square Enix will release Kingdom Hearts III on January 25 in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on January 29 in the West. The game was previously planned for a release this year.
Square Enix first announced Kingdom Hearts III in 2013. Confirmed worlds include Big Hero 6, Toy Story, Tangled, Monsters, Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, and the returning Olympus Coliseum world.
The franchise is getting a Kingdom Hearts VR Experience game this winter. The VR Experience will launch in English this holiday season for free. Additionally, Sony will release a VR experience for two songs by Hikaru Utada this winter. The experience will be from Utada's tour this year.
Game series director Tetsuya Nomura said during Tokyo Game Show last week that Kingdom Hearts III is "most definitely not the end of Kingdom Hearts. I'd like to continue Sora's story." Nomura again confirmed that the game will be the final game with Xehanort as the main enemy. Nomura also revealed during the event that the game will have a secret movie, but the staff are still deciding on how to implement the secret movie into the game.
Update: Added more details about single, clarified information about ending theme song.
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