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The World Of TRON Returns To Kingdom Hearts

Despite being a Kingdom Hearts fan I haven’t been paying too much to Kingdom Hearts 3D. With my current portable action destined to be on the PlayStation Vita fulltime I had kind of pushed KH3D aside partly because it seemed to be a bit of a rehash and because the KH series has gotten somewhat nonsensical as of late. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy the general concept of Kingdom Hearts but the series has somewhat become too big for its own good and honestly, I think most gamers just want a legit version of Kingdom Hearts 3 instead of prequels. 

With that said some new info has arisen which now has Kingdom Hearts 3D on my radar.  Announced at Jump Festa this weekend was the news of several new worlds to be included in Kingdom Hearts 3D.  Joining the existing worlds of Kingdom Hearts will be locations based on Pinocchio, The Three Musketeers (the Mickey Mouse version), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. But to be honest those pale in comparison to the surprise inclusion of a world based on TRON: Legacy. Yes, Sora and friends will be entering the Grid once more to do combat in a digital arena.

The revelation of a TRON: Legacy world in KH3D is a complete surprise since no one really expected TRON to return. TRON: Legacy wasn’t a flop but it didn’t become the Avatar style success Disney had hoped it would become, thus things like more video games or even a sequel to the film seemed like they were on the backburner for now.  But thankfully the Grid is making a comeback via the world of Kingdom Hearts and I couldn’t be happier.

Details on how TRON: Legacy is being implemented into KH3D haven’t been revealed as the location was revealed in a new eight minute trailer that Square Enix released at Jump Festa. Sadly no bootleg versions of the trailer have leaked online so we can only hope Square Enix releases an official version of the trailer next week.  

Even without knowing details like if Clu or Rinzler will be in the TRON: Legacy world I’m already hyped for KH3D and will likely sink whatever amount of time is required in order to reach the world, just as I did in KH2 to reach the Spare Paranoids world i.e. old-school TRON to the max.  More light cycle battles are bound to be a given in the TRON: Legacy world but who knows what else we can expect from the team at SE.  Though, I guess I better prepare myself for the lack of any Daft Punk tunes as such a thing probably won’t be in the game due to licensing issues or simply to maintain a cohesive tune amongst the music.

Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance will be available to gamers in Japan in March and a NA/EU release has yet to be announced.