As promised, Square-Enix released the newest trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, an extended look at the world of San Fransokyo, as well as some other goodies.

The trailer dropped about an hour ago. While it might have been in the middle of the afternoon in Japan when this trailer released, as another taste of what gamers can expect at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, it is late evening here in the States, and I have work in the morning. As a result, my usual analysis of the trailer will have to wait until later.

However, you can still check out the new trailer above. And there is a lot to digest with it. Below, I will give some of my initial impressions:

  • Sora, Donald and Goofy team up with Big Hero 6 to take on a giant Heartless. While this is a cool sight to see, Sora’s name for his little group, Keyblade Hero 3, is pretty groan-worthy. Perhaps intentionally so.
  • Baymax is a world-specific party member, and as such can team up with Sora in a limit-type attack. In this case, Sora hops on the healthcare companion to make the health of the Heartless enemies progressively worse. And it appears you can fly around with Baymax through San Fransokyo at different points.
  • Minigames in San Fransokyo seem to involve the Datascape, introduced in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, in some form. In them, Sora has to collect data by going through hoops in gameplay elements that remind me of both Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Pilotwings. As long as it doesn’t take its cues from Superman 64, right?
  • Special attacks are getting flashier. An attack with the Storm Flag calls forth watery tentacles, appropriate as it’s in The Caribbean. Sora also teams up with Elsa’s snow golem Marshmallow for an attack that seems to take its inspiration from many of Final Fantasy‘s summon spells.
  • Stuff is starting to get real. From the appearance of former Organization XIII members, to the apparent Norting of Aqua and even Data-Riku, to the appearance of Roxas there at the end, the stakes will be higher than ever before. A fitting end to what series creator Tetsuya Nomura has dubbed the Master Xehanort saga.

These are only preliminary thoughts after an initial viewing of the trailer. Keep it tuned to Geekpiphany, as I will dissect the latest trailer and what it might mean for Square-Enix’s upcoming epic RPG.

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GP Sean

GP Sean is an avid JRPG gamer, having immersed himself in the genre for nearly 30 years. When he isn't smacking down Heartless or thwarting the machinations of Kefka, Sephiroth and the like, you can usually find him kicking back and watching some anime. Some of his favorites include Gurren Lagann and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. He also holds in high regard the Fruits Basket manga (don't judge.)

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