– Since two new trailers dropped on Saturday, Disney and Square Enix have been discussing the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III more, due to release sometime later this year.
– Pixar animator Tasha Sounart confirmed that the story in the Monsters Inc. world is an original story, much like the one in the Toy Story world, which takes place after Toy Story 2 but before Toy Story 3. This is indicated by the construction going on with the Monsters Inc. building as well as the balloons and various decorations indicating the Monster world is just beginning to transition off of using fear from children as a power source.
– SE has released full renders and screenshots of the new previews as well, showing off new outfits and monster designs of the lead and Disney characters.
– A special behind the scenes video was shared at the exclusive D23 event, including a preview of the Kingdom of Corona from the Tangled animated film. Rapunzel's hair (and her fighting Heartless with it) was very difficult to animate. A minigame based on the Giantland Mickey Mouse animated special (Disney's version of Jack and the Beanstalk) will appear in the game.
– Zachary Levi (Flynn in Tangled) has not yet been asked back to reprise his role, but voice recording is one of the last, late tasks of game development.
– Utada Hikaru will include the new theme "Chikai" or "Oath" on her upcoming seventh studio album later this year, teasing she might have to leak the full version if her album comes out before the game does. The song snippet and clips of KHIII appeared on Japanese television after the trailer dropped.
I've seen a couple comments about Sulley's fur not looking great. The main reason for that is game engines are rendering frames in real time (several frames per sec) and our films are prerendered.— tasha sounart (@tashasounart) February 11, 2018
Check out the Monsters Inc world for KH3! It's been really fun working on this! ❤️🗝️👑😈 https://t.co/UscaP8UoWj— tasha sounart (@tashasounart) February 10, 2018
Original story!— tasha sounart (@tashasounart) February 12, 2018
Presenting a few #KingdomHearts3 characters announced at #D23Expo2018 featuring the new costumes from Monsters Inc. world. (1/3)#KH3 #KingdomHearts #MonstersInc #Pixar #👑❤️ #💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/xRDOToTQMj— Kingdom Hearts (@KINGDOMHEARTS) February 13, 2018
No one has asked me, sooo… 🤷♂️ https://t.co/5BvCqNfkKG— Zacovfefe (@ZacharyLevi) February 10, 2018
UPDATE: Even more behind-the-scenes pictures of the Kingdom of Corona from the exclusive "Making of Kingdom Hearts III" video are now available! Look at all those NPCs!https://t.co/Keh1qia7ZN pic.twitter.com/kzFx6BUmQw— KH13.com (@KH13com) February 10, 2018
There's a lot of work behind how the Osaka team developed Rapunzel's hair in #KingdomHearts 3.— Kingdom Hearts Insider (@khinsider) February 10, 2018
Rare Heartless are also confirmed, and Mickey's Giantland is in Kingdom Hearts 3 in some form (via @MysticDistance)!https://t.co/oQ4CqAgD0O pic.twitter.com/R5LM1uRous
KH3 confirmed to have actual NPCs in its hub worlds.— Punchy (@Succinct_Punchy) February 10, 2018
Let's enjoy this shot of simpler times. pic.twitter.com/3GzHvKlrKA
Tadaa! The Kingdom Hearts III trailer and a minute and a half of my song “Don’t Think Twice” If they don’t release the game soon I’ma be tempted to leak the full version of my song, yo... #KingdomHeartsIII #UtadaHikaru https://t.co/431NauRBTi— 宇多田ヒカル (@utadahikaru) February 10, 2018
ああああー！！— セリア (@seria813) February 11, 2018
Are you ready for a magical @FFRK_Official collaboration? Set your calendars for an epic raid event, limited-time avatar parts and so much more later this month! More details will be released soon, so keep an eye out! #KHUX pic.twitter.com/JhmopprVoJ— KINGDOM HEARTS UX (@kh_ux_na) February 10, 2018
ONTD, are you ready to hold this game physically in your hands in less then a year and weep at the realization it's real and not a myth you repeated to yourself to get through early adulthood?
Also, would anyone like a "how to get into the series" ONTD original?
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