Even though Kingdom Hearts III is still probably years away from release, it’s never too soon to start discussing what new worlds we’d like to see in the game. Square-Enix released the first gameplay trailer last week, and news has slowly been trickling out since. It already look like Traverse Town and Olympia from Hercules will be well represented, but what other locales would we like to visit?
For this list, we decided to keep it simple and not include both Marvel and Star Wars out of the equation, even though both are now owned by Disney and could potentially be featured in Kingdom Hearts. We could easily come up with worlds and characters we’d like to see from those two franchises alone. For now, we’re sticking to some of the more traditional Disney feature films.
Sherwood Forest/Nottingham – Robin Hood
Robin Hood is one of Disney’s oldest animated films so we’re a bit shocked that it hasn’t made it into a Kingdom Hearts title yet seeing as Sora and company would feel right at home exploring Nottingham and the surrounding Sherwood Forest. Robin Hood would easily fit alongside Donald and Goofy as part of your party as you help him rescue Maid Marian from the clutches of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Gameplay elements could also incorporate stealth missions, adding a little variety to the action-oriented RPG. The Kingdom Hearts franchise has always done a great job at incorporating new and old Disney films, and Robin Hood is a classic that shouldn’t be overlooked.
London, England – The Sword in the Stone
Speaking of classics, The Sword in the Stone is another Disney film that would be perfect for the Kingdom Hearts universe. Merlin already plays a predominant role in the series, but we have yet to see him in his own world. Sora would travel back to a 6th century London, England and help teach a young Arthur what it means to be a king. We’d also see Merlin finally face off against his arch-nemesis, Madam Mim. Merlin could also turn Sora into all sorts of animals, allowing for various new types of gameplay. Besides, we’re sure Square Enix has just been begging for an excuse to create the Excalibur Keyblade. Now they have one.
The New World – Pocahontas
Pocahontas is another Disney classic that is part of the Disney Renaissance which includes The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and more. As a matter of fact, it and The Rescuers Down Under are the only two films from that period of Disney animation that haven’t been featured in the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Pocahontas, John Smith, and of course the evil Governor Ratcliffe would all make appearances as Sora explores The New World. Locations could include the Jamestown fortress, Powhatan Tribe village, and perhaps a thrilling rowing mini-game down the river bend.
Andy’s Room – Toy Story
Pixar is one of Disney’s strongest subsidiaries so it’s a surprise that the company hasn’t been incorporated into Kingdom Hearts yet. With the franchise heading to a new generation of systems, we only find it fitting that Sora, Donald, and Goofy head into a new generation of worlds, namely Andy’s Room from Toy Story. No other Pixar franchise is more popular and with three films to pull inspiration from, it really is a no brainer. Even Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance co-director Tai Yasue has said that Toy Story and Pixar are at the top of his list of world’s he’d like to visit so there’s a strong possibility that we’ll see some form of Toy Story, whether it’s an actual world or supporting characters, in Kingdom Hearts III.
Kingdom of Corona – Tangled
Tangled features a beautiful fairytale world and a quirky cast of characters that would feel right at home in the Kingdom Hearts universe. Players would travel to the Kingdom of Corona and Mother Gothel’s tower or maybe even be able to summon Flynn Rider and his trusty steed Maximus to ride in and assist in battle. Besides, who wouldn’t want Rapunzel as an ally, whipping heartless with her long hair or smashing them in the face with a frying pan?
Litwak’s Arcade – Wreck-It Ralph
Not only is Wreck-It Ralph the most recent Disney film included on the list, but it’s also the one that makes the most sense to include in Kingdom Hearts III since the film’s entire premise revolves around video games. Sora and Ralph could travel around Litwak’s Arcade, visiting the various gaming cabinets and help those games’ characters become heroes. Various games could open Kingdom Hearts to new gameplay types like cart racing in Sugar Rush or fighting off aliens in the first person shooter Hero’s Duty. With Wreck-It Ralph, the possibilities are almost endless.
So there you have it, six Disney films we’d like to see represented in Kingdom Hearts III. While some are just wishful thinking, others have a strong possibility of showing up in the final game. What do you think? Which Disney films would you like to see included? Let us know in the comments!