A huge new game starring Disney's biggest characters is nearly out - here's what you need to know about 'Kingdom Hearts 3'
Ben GilbertJan 10, 2019, 02.06 AM
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A huge new Disney game is almost here: "Kingdom Hearts 3" arrives on January 29.
The game features a massive cast of Disney characters, many of whom are instrumental to the game's story.
Even if you've never played a "Kingdom Hearts" game before, there's plenty of reasons to be excited for the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game.
It's rare that a game comes along where Disney's all-star cast of characters - from Mickey Mouse to Buzz Lightyear to Bambi - all play a part.
"Kingdom Hearts 3" is an exception.
When the game arrives on January 29 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, players will take on the role of Sora as he finishes his multi-game journey. Whether you're new to the series or a longtime fan, there are plenty of good reasons to be excited for the upcoming game.
Other than the central heroes — protagonist Sora and his friends Riku and Kairi — the majority of other characters in "Kingdom Hearts 3" are major Disney characters.
And yes: One of those characters is Mickey Mouse himself.
Notably, you don't play as those major Disney characters. The main playable character in "Kingdom Hearts 3" is Sora, who wields a weapon called a "Keyblade."
Sora can and will team up with his faithful sidekicks Donald Duck and Goofy for team attacks during combat, as you can see below:
Sometimes those enemies are massive, like this guy below:
And sometimes they're smaller, as you can see here:
There are plenty of specifics to know, but the basic plot of "Kingdom Hearts 3" is simple to understand: A battle of good versus evil. This gentleman is the antagonist:
How that battle plays out is up to you — and a massive cast of Disney characters:
In the case of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends below, it looks like Hundred Acre Wood is one of many stops you'll make in "Kingdom Hearts 3":
Each of their worlds is realized in its own art style, which lends the game a real visual vibrancy. Captain Jack Sparrow and his friends from "The Pirates of the Caribbean" also play a central role, and their world is rendered more realistically:
The franchise is known for accessible combat and a relatively low difficulty level overall, so this one is great for Disney fans of most ages:
The game is scheduled to launch on January 29 on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — it costs $60.
For a closer look at the game's combat, check out this combat-focused trailer:
And for a closer look at the game's overall story, check out this trailer right here: