If you were a fan of Big Hero 6 and the world that Disney made for it, you’ll be pleased to know that Baymax and the world of San Frantokyo he inhabits will be making an appearance in Square Enix’s upcoming JRPG, Kingdom Hearts 3.
IGN is reporting that Disney and Square Enix have teamed together for Kingdom Hearts 3 when it comes to bringing Big Hero 6 into the world of hardcore role-playing games, and the producer of the film, Ray Conli, is excited about that prospect. According to Conli, he stated at this year’s D23 event…
Big Hero 6 is such a special film for me, [ ] and we always made sure that each action sequence had a very special meaning. The themes in Kingdom Hearts and Big Hero 6 match very well. For instance theres friendship, really important to both stories, and then of course light over darkness.
Kingdom Hearts has always had a very complex story and trying to follow it hasn’t always been the easiest. That’s not to mention that the game has remastered editions like Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix where new content and the inclusion of the portable games are tossed into the package, so if you only followed the main console games you could brush up on your knowledge of the series with the HD remaster that also included the portable outings.
I always liked the concept and art-style of Kingdom Hearts, but the story always left something to be desired. Complex character development and intriguing plot twists are always welcome, but when there are too many loops, too many swerves and seemingly inconsistent character development, it makes it tough to appreciate the game beyond its aesthetics. In the case of Kingdom Hearts, the gameplay and aesthetics stand out but the story was always the major drawback in the previous entries in the series.
For Kingdom Hearts 3 Square Enix has an opportunity to really reach out and capture the attention of fans who followed the series closely and people who are new to the franchise… if the story is handled properly.
With Tetsuya Nomura at the helm, I’m somewhat confident that the game will work out well. Whether or not Nomura can do for Kingdom Hearts 3 what Naoki Yoshida did for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is still something that remains to be seen, but the little footage we did see of Kingdom Hearts 3 revealed that the game is a fast-paced, combat-heavy title this time around. There have been a number of new advancements made to the game, including dynamic new platforming mechanics, a more action-oriented melee and shooting combat system and of course improved graphics.
The gameplay that they showcased for the newest Kingdom Hearts seems like a perfect fit for Big Hero 6, given that the fast-paced combat would match right up with the movie’s depiction of Baymax.
A few commenters in the IGN article posted screenshots of Sora riding on Baymax as he fights Heartless Baymax the images were captured during the D23 presentation.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is due out for the PS4 and Xbox One.