During the D23 Expo event in Anaheim, California,Square Enix and Disney unveiled a new Kingdom Hearts III trailer that shines a spotlight on the first world in the Kingdom Hearts series to be based on a Disney Pixar film, Toy Story. Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series, was also present at the event and shared his thoughts on the Toy Story world.
At long last, we are excited to open up the Kingdom Hearts III universe to include the world of Disney Pixar's Toy Story. I'm sure fans have been anticipating the inclusion of this world for many years. The narrative will be an original story exclusive to Kingdom Hearts III, and the gameplay will feel characteristic of the Toy Story style and aesthetic. Please stay tuned for more details to be revealed soon.
The new trailer follows Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy to Andy’s room as they join Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex and Sarge’s investigation into the disappearance of their fellow toys and Andy, and the emergence of the Heartless enemies in their world. Featuring an original storyline, fans will get a first look at the dynamic trio’s Toy Story-themed looks, all-new toys, such as the Gigas, and special Keyblades that transform and give Sora unique attacks to unleash on Heartless enemies.
To celebrate D23 and the release of the new trailer, Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] will offer a powerful Kingdom Hearts III Sora [EX] Medal. This is the first time a character medal from Kingdom Hearts III has been added to the game. For one month (July 16 through August 16), all players can receive the never-before-seen medal by simply logging-into the game.
At the end of the trailer, we also got confirmation that Kingdom Hearts III will release in 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One.