King­dom Hearts III goes the dis­tance

We’re head­ing all the way to Olym­pus with Sora

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - THE BIG 10 - The long-an­tic­i­pated King­dom Hearts III fi­nally re­leases for PS4 on 29 Jan­uary.

04Bizarrely enough for a se­ries that’s es­sen­tially a mas­sive Dis­ney/ Square Enix crossover RPG, there’s a huge amount of com­plex lore to King­dom Hearts. While the lat­est and long-awaited en­try in the se­ries moves the story for­ward, a lot of care and at­ten­tion has been paid to up­hold­ing the en­tire King­dom Hearts legacy.

We took a look at the Olym­pus world in ac­tion dur­ing our hands-on game­play all the way back be­fore E3. It played bril­liantly then, but now even more has been re­vealed about Her­cules’ world. Herc him­self gets in­volved in plenty of the ac­tion, and Zeus, Pe­ga­sus, Phil, Hades, Meg, and the Ti­tans all put in ap­pear­ances.

The movie Her­cules has been a big part of the King­dom Hearts games from the be­gin­ning, with Olym­pus’ Coli­seum serv­ing as a chal­lenge arena in the first game, and a trip to the Un­der­world putting Sora, Don­ald, and Goofy through their paces in the sec­ond. The more fleshed-out Olym­pus in King­dom Hearts joins a heap of rep­re­sented Dis­ney worlds, from clas­sics like Frozen’s Aren­delle to more mod­ern new­com­ers like Big Hero 6’s San Fran­sokyo.

TWI­LIGHT ZONE

More has also been re­vealed about how the res­i­dents of Twi­light Town will fac­tor into the third game’s story. In­tro­duced early in the sec­ond game, Hayner’s gang played a big part in set­ting in mo­tion some of the ma­jor plot points that gave the se­ries ex­tra scale. Lead­ing man Sora’s No­body (sort of an in­com­plete frag­ment of a per­son’s soul), named Roxas, starred in that sec­tion of the game, and seems to be an im­por­tant el­e­ment of King­dom Hearts III from the trail­ers, but much about his role has yet to be made clear. How­ever, we know he can wield a Key­blade, and if the Twi­light Town gang is here, ex­pect his part to be a big one.

Ex­pect fan-favourite faces from the rest of the se­ries and its spin-offs to re­turn.

This is the most com­plete ren­di­tion of Olym­pus in the se­ries to date.

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