The day fans have impatiently waited for is almost here. Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 3 is set for release, and if the early review scores rolling in are an accurate representation, longsuffering fans will be pleased.
Here are the 10 things you should about Kingdom Hearts 3.
PS4, Xbox One
Not on Switch?
While it seems a title like Kingdom Hearts 3 belongs on the Nintendo Switch, sadly it is not–at least not yet. There have been rumblings about a Switch version coming after the PS4 and Xbox One release, but last summer, the game’s director said he would not consider porting over to Nintendo until after the initial launch. Stay tuned.
When it comes to pre-order options, Kingdom Hearts 3 has about as many as you’ll ever see.
Square Enix Store
Pre-ordering from the Square Enix store gets you Kingdom Hearts 3 sticker set as a bonus.
Pre-order fans who subscribe to Amazon Prime will get $10 off and access to the Dawn til Dusk Keyblade DLC.
Walmart is offering three Kingdom Hearts 3 cards as their pre-order bonus.
Gamestop’s pre-order offer is a fabric poster.
The Blind Box key chain figurine and a $10 reward is Best Buy’s pre-order offer.
Special Edition Info
Here is a look at all of the editions available for purchase.
The Standard Version which comes with just the game and the pre-order bonus is $59.99
With the Deluxe Edition, fans get the steelbook case, a collectible pin of Sora and the Kingdom Hearts 3 logo and an artbook. This version costs $79.99.
The Deluxe Edition plus Figures is for the truly hardcore. It costs $229.99 and comes with everything from the Deluxe Edition and three figures: Donald, Goofy, and Sora. This can only be purchased at the Square Enix Store.
At one point, there was a Kingdom Hearts 3 PS4 Pro bundle for $400. It was exclusively available at Gamestop, but the retailer sold out and on Friday announced it was canceling pre-orders. Uh oh, there will be some unhappy fans out there.
Initially, Kingdom Hearts 3 developers were rendering the game with the Luminous Engine. There were issues. Square Enix stepped in and had the team switch to Unreal Engine 4. It seems the results were positive.
In Case You Need to Catch Up
It’s been years since the last Kingdom Hearts release, so it’s understandable if even the most diehard fan has gone foggy on some of the details. It’s probably not realistic to expect anyone to try and play through the older titles ahead of Kingdom Hearts 3 to get up to speed.
In light of that, and to capitalize on the fame and following of the intellectual property, Square Enix is releasing the PS4 experience called, The Story So Far. It’s not a game; it’s a colorful, visual retelling of the Kingdom Hearts events leading up to the next release. It runs $39.99.
The Reviews Have Been Good
At the time of this writing, Kingdom Hearts 3 on PS4 had 24 reviews scored on Metacritic. The game has earned an 89 aggregate score. That’s exceptionally high especially for a long-awaited title with such lofty expectations.
Beyond the Dawn til Dusk Keyblade, the other details on Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC leaked weeks before the official release, but I won’t post any spoilers here. However, I will say, gamers can expect a Memory Archive added and perhaps some hidden endings as well.