Kingdom Hearts III Delayed to 2018, Toy Story Confirmed

While the game hasn’t had an actual release window, Square Enix has announced Kingdom Hearts III should totally, 100% seriously launch sometime next year on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The news was confirmed at this year’s D23 Expo, alongside the news a Toy Story world and its corresponding characters are making it into the series for the first time. Featured above, you can view a new trailer for the new Toy Story content. Here’s a brief rundown, via Square Enix:

The new trailer follows Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy to Andy’s room as they join Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex and Sarge’s investigation into the disappearance of their fellow toys and Andy, and the emergence of the Heartless enemies in their world. Featuring an original storyline, fans will get a first look at the dynamic trio’s Toy Story-themed looks, all-new toys, such as the Gigas, and special Keyblades that transform and give Sora unique attacks to unleash on Heartless enemies.

Series director Tetsuya Nomura also talked up the addition of Toy Story:

“At long last, we are excited to open up the Kingdom Hearts universe to include the world of Disney Pixar’s Toy Story. I’m sure fans have been anticipating the inclusion of this world for many years. The narrative will be an original story exclusive to Kingdom Hearts III, and the gameplay will feel characteristic of the Toy Story style and aesthetic. Please stay tuned for more details to be revealed soon.”

A new Hercules-themed trailer was also released, which you can view above.

Square Enix also confirmed that alongside the new trailer all users who log into Kingdom Hearts: Union χ from July 16th to the August 16th will get a powerful “Kingdom Hearts III Sora [EX] Medal.”

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  • patyos

    Hurrah TOY STORY !!!! Hells yes =O Missed that since the Toy story 2 video game

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I’ve wanted to see Toy Story in KH for a while, neat. How is it a delay though when there was never any indication of a 2017 release? Most people were likely expecting it to come out in 2019 so it’s more of an early release.

  • Mechonis

    Looks great. Super excited. I don’t buy that bullshit release date

  • Mr0303

    I don’t think anyone expected the game to release this year, so calling this a delay is a bit of a stretch.

    Toy Story is a good choice for a world. It was a bit weird hearing Buzz and Woody in Japanese.

  • Okay, how the fuck can a game be delayed if it never had a release date?
    That’s not a delay.

  • Cy
  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I thought they already said it would probably be 2018 before it came out.

  • bdp


    if you say so square.

  • NukeA6

    If Kingdom Hearts 3 is gonna be this impressive, I don’t mind two more delays. Once this releases, this will be the swan song for Disney for me. As far as I’m concerned, they are dead to me and Kingdom Hearts is more like a memorial to what Disney used to be.

  • chaoguy

    I’m not usually a graphics guy- but being able to play something that looks like Toy Story 1 did but at a smoother frame-rate in gameplay (considering how much processing power it originally took to render the movie) is mind-blowing.

    The weapon-changing actually looks interesting and finally sold me on it. However, I’m unsure if I want to play it. I went to replay KH 1 & 2, and I’ve done it once but I’d never do it again. Both games have a few major flaws which are horrific to go through (spongey bosses that rely on a gimmick like Ice Titan, or Atlantis in KH2). The 3DS game also bored me. The devs have no reason to step back and rework elements of their game since it sells gang-busters. So I think it’ll be a fantastic game- with a few rare moments that’ll drag it down into being just “great” or even “good”.
    On top of that you’ve got the inevitable Final Mix edition and the bat-shit insane story that you can’t even make fun of anymore since you’re sitting through the fucking cutscene.

    This series is made with absolute love by Nomura I’m sure (and the money helps), but it’s becoming more “marmite” as time goes on.

  • Himegami Aisa

    NG plays real fast and loose with the term “delayed”. There’s been a couple more games where a release date reveal has been described as a delay.

  • chaoguy

    Disney is big in Japan. No idea how they operate compared to the west, but it’s clear they’re letting Nomura do whatever the fuck he wants at this point.

  • Matz

    I remember when I was a kid and I always wanted to see a Videogame that looked as good as the first two Toy Story movies, what I saw in the trailer pleases my own self from 15 years ago, I’m with the people thinking that this game wont be coming on 2018, but I wouldn’t complain if S-E delays the game until 2019 so they can polish it and maybe release on PC at the same time of the PS4 version.

    -People are asking for a Toy Story World or some Pixar representation in Kigdom Hearts III
    -Square does what the fans were asking and Disney seems to be cooperative with the matter

    -People are asking to see at least Wolverine in the next Marvel VS Capcom
    -“Nobody remembers the X-Men LOL”

    I don’t know if the Japanese Disney is more cooperative than the guys at the US or if it is Marvel being a bunch of assholes, but I’m glad to see that Disney seems to be more cooperative with Kingdom Hearts, heck, I kinda believe that we might see X-Men characters in Kingdom Hearts before they return to Marvel vs Capcom

  • gwadahunter2222

    Please be the final episode of the saga, I cannot stand another one anymore

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    This game went from “I don’t give a shit” to “day one buy” instantly.

  • sanic

    Slight interest

  • Travis Touchdown

    kek, you guys have to wait years and years for a single game.

    Meanwhile I get high quality stuff like ARMS, Fire Emblem Warriors, Xenoblade 2, and Mario Odyssey the same YEAR they are announced.

    It’s good to be a Nintendo fan.

  • Travis Touchdown

    The lack of Toy Story characters in previous games was more due to the fact that Disney didn’t actually own Pixar at that time.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “I remember when I was a kid and I always wanted to see a Videogame that looked as good as the first two Toy Story movies”
    Just the looks of it? Such a waste of desire.

    You’ll get no X-Men and like it; both Marvel and Disney are keeping them on the low so there’s nothing to fuel Fox who currently owns the movie rights to the muties.

  • Captain Vidya

    >first time we get a date relating to the release of KH3
    >say it’s “delayed”
    C’mon, guys.

    Also, with Buzz and Woody both being party members at the same time, can we please get an Emperor’s New Groove world with Kuzco and Pacha?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Not even near release date and I already know how the doujin situation is gonna be like.

  • Malascus
  • Loli de 42 Dias de Vida

    they said many times already that it is.

  • Loli de 42 Dias de Vida


    also, DEM GRAPHICS LOOK AMAZING! it looks like they ripped the character models straight out of the movie!

    now All I need is a world based on the Emperor’s New Groove and one based on treasure planet and I’m set!

  • Fabio

    You know we can have both right?

  • Uncle Ocelot

    He cannot comprehend such a concept.

  • mega jew

    Pure fucking fun.

  • tccboss

    I’ll believe that release date when I finally have that game in my hands.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    YES! YES! YES! That would be cool as shit. But yeah, I’m liking the new party member system. With such a huge world now, it’s nice to be able to have both Donald/Goofy AND the world party members.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Most of us PC game and have enough money for either a PC and a console or 2 consoles. Fuck off Travis.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Well, the Japanese Guy who does Hades sounds like James Woods. I hope they get Tim Allen and Tom Hanks to do Buzz and Woody.

  • eltonBorges

    I wonder how long until the add the Incredibles family to the game. It will be interesting. But I still think Atlantis deserved a chance in KH. I mean, look how crazy they went with Tron!
    And of course, we all know they need to add a new summon to the game…

  • Travis Touchdown

    You can’t have both, because Kingdom Hearts III isn’t going to be out for years.

    There is simply no reason to own a PS4 , Xbox One, or PC in this day and age.

  • Larverto

    “There is simply no reason to own a PS4 , Xbox One, or PC in this day and age.”

    Well too damn bad, because I play both PC games, and have a Nintendo 2DS.

  • Anon630

    This is unrelated to the delay, but does anyone else feel that Sora is kind of Goku-like since 2 in the sense that he must have all these special finishing moves? Donald’s your mage, Goofy is your tank, but Sora needs guns, drills, and props on the battlefield etc.. I suppose I’m just frustrated because no one really makes RPGs anymore.

  • Zanard Bell

    A mediocre fighting game, XCOM weeboo version, another JRPG, and just another platformer? Yeah, you can keep your exclusives.

  • Kuinli

    Funny thing is that I remember Sony mentioning that the PS2 would deliver Toy Story quality graphics, and until know this is the only time that I think we actually have that, it only took 17 years.

  • ProfessorFluffy

    As far as I’m aware, SE had all the official Disney VA in the games so far, with the exception being the VA that were dead or abandoned their roll.

    That being said, I am a bit concerned over Tim Allen returning as Buzz. According to what I’ve heard, Allen’s ABC show ‘Last Man Standing’ may have been canceled because of his political views (he went to Trump’s inauguration.) Disney is ABC’s parent company. If SE had been going through Disney to get the VA and/or approval for their VA, it’s possible Tim Allen could be replaced…

  • Captain Vidya

    >There is simple no reason to own…PC in this day and age
    Maybe you should take your own advice :^)

  • Captain Vidya

    If you think he might not be back for political reasons, I’d be more worried about James Woods coming back. Have you seen his twitter?

  • ProfessorFluffy

    Yeah we’ll have to hope for the best. Hopefully all the trailers having only JP audio wasn’t to cover it up. >.>

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I thought I heard it was confirmed he was coming back for Toy Story 4. That’s bullshit if he’s not in it because of his political beliefs because they have nothing to do with his performance as Buzz Lightyear. I’m on the left and am tired of the political persecution my side is causing.

  • You will still buy it kid.