Kingdom Hearts III Game's Opening Movie Trailer Previews Hikaru Utada's Song
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Square Enix began streaming the opening movie trailer for the Kingdom Hearts III game on Monday. The trailer edits footage from the game's opening movie, and it features Hikaru Utada and Skrillex's theme song "Face My Fears" in both English and Japanese. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of Utada's professional debut. (Since the song is still new, the trailer does not feature the full versions of the opening movie and the song. Nevertheless, it is composed entirely of footage from the game's opening movie.)
The game wrapped development last month. Game director Tetsuya Nomura stated on Twitter on Saturday that the staff will release a new commercial for the game on December 16, a "final" video on December 18, and three short commercials on December 21.
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. Confirmed worlds include Big Hero 6, Toy Story, Tangled, Monsters, Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, and the returning Olympus Coliseum and Winnie-the-Pooh worlds.
Music producer Skrillex, singer Hikaru Utada, and record producer Poo Bear are collaborating on the opening theme song "Face My Fears." Utada is also performing the ending theme song "Don't Think Twice" (the song with Japanese lyrics is titled "Chikai" or "Oath"). The game's English audio will also feature returning cast members reprising their roles from various Disney films.
Game series director Tetsuya Nomura said during Tokyo Game Show in September 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.
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.
Sources: Square Enix's YouTube channel, Kingdom Hearts game series' YouTube channel