Over the weekend, Square Enix revealed Kingdom Hearts III would feature a world based on the hit movie Toy Story, and there was much rejoicing on the Internet. At long last, the game franchise known for including characters and levels from Disney movies would include one of the most memorable Disney movies of all time. This video got me thinking: what other Disney properties deserve levels in Kingdom Hearts III? So, I created a list of five Disney movies and television shows I want in the game. The list will not include properties such as Star Wars and Marvel, since those are only owned by Disney and not actually made by Disney. But, you can treat them as honorary seventh and sixth places. Also, no Studio Ghibli films; they are only distributed and/or theatrically released by Disney, so they don’t count either.
5. Mary Poppins
Despite Disney being synonymous with animation, the predominantly live-action Mary Poppins was successful and accrued a lot of staying power; just look at the Internet’s reaction to Yondu exclaiming, “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!” in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But why does Mary Poppins deserve to be in Kingdom Hearts III? Because the movie seamlessly makes the mundane coexist with the fantastical thanks to lessons about the importance of having fun and an imagination. The world of Mary Poppins would work well as a level where none of the characters know how to react to an invasion of Heartless (black and shadow-like beings that take new forms every game), let alone the sight of anime-boy Sora killing them with an oversized key. Mary Poppins characters could provide a much-needed respite from the unrealistic reactions from past Kingdom Hearts games.
4. 101 Dalmatians
Longtime Kingdom Hearts fans probably have less-than-fond memories of the 99 Dalmatians side-quest that tasked them with scouring the game for hidden treasure chests that contained lost dalmatian puppies. 101 Dalmatians deserves to be remembered for something other than a textbook example of how not to design a quest, so why not a new game world? Cruella de Vil’s obsessive and sociopathic personality would gel with the personalities of other Kingdom Hearts villains. Furthermore, since Kingdom Hearts III’s new game engine can render large, expansive levels (at least compared to previous Kingdom Hearts games), a boss battle where players have to chase after Cruella — and her a speeding Heartless car — would make for quite the spectacle.
3. Kim Possible
Disney does not create many spy-themed shows and movies. Kim Possible is one of Disney’s few, if only, good spy-themed shows. Thanks to extremely clever writing and memorable characters, Kim Possible parodies and honors its source materials. Furthermore, the show is no slouch when it comes to action and is extremely funny. A Kim Possible level could easily be one of Kingdom Heart’s III’s most memorable levels if the show’s writers help create the script.
2. Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls is one of the best shows Disney ever produced; it might be light on action, but the comedy (that borders on mature), characters, and story are all top-notch. Gravity Falls is proof that the best kids shows are the ones both children and their parents can enjoy. Plus, Gravity Falls seems custom made for Kingdom Hearts III, since several characters in the show have experience traveling to other worlds, much like Sora and other Kingdom Hearts characters. Furthermore, in the series finale, main antagonist Bill Cipher‘s final words (spoilers) invoked the power of Axolotl (which, according to a book of questionable canonicity, is a giant, talking axolotl), so he could eventually return. Bill’s resurrection in Kingdom Hearts III would make a ton of sense. Besides, who wouldn’t want to smack that psychotic Illuminati mascot upside the eye in an epic boss battle?
Back in the 90s, when Disney shows were almost exclusively episodic comedies that featured characters from existing Disney franchises, Gargoyles set itself apart with its unique world, action/drama-centric story arcs, and dark atmosphere. The show was Disney’s answer to Batman: The Animated Series and is fondly remembered even today. Fans have downright begged Disney for a live-action movie adaptation of the show, but the company has not done anything with the IP in decades. Take it from someone who watched the show: Gargoyles is perfect for Kingdom Hearts III, especially since the game could potentially render a large cityscape for players to explore. Just thinking about it gets me excited.
So, what Disney properties do you think should be in Kingdom Hearts III? Comment down below.
Embracer Job Losses Continue as New World Interactive is Hit
New World Interactive, the developer of the Insurgency series of tactical first-person shooters, has laid off an unknown number of employees as part of Embracer Group’s comprehensive restructuring plan.
Saber Interactive, which acquired New World in 2020, told Eurogamer that the studio had not closed. However, it confirmed an unknown number of layoffs.
Embracer says it is “actively working to fill existing open roles” with impacted employees and will provide severance packages. “Saber also assures that development will continue on Insurgency: Sandstorm, as well as on unannounced future projects,” it said.
Over 900 employees were laid off in an “agonizing” but “necessary” process. As always, we hope all victims recover.
Sony: We Need Non-Gamers to Access Our Content
Sony wants non-console owners to access its content beyond its PlayStation-walled garden. This strategy has been slowly implemented: the company has commissioned TV and movie adaptations of its biggest franchises, ported select software to the PC, and launched a mobile gaming division.
In an interview with Nikkei, head Hideaki Nishino explained how this strategy can boost console sales: We want to use movies and dramas to get non-gamers to try PlayStation games. Sales of The Last of Us increased during the live-action drama.
When HBO’s adaptation aired, our The Last of Us content skyrocketed, so we can understand its impact. As a PlayStation fan site, we support this strategy because we want to reach as many people as possible, so if Sony can appeal to non-console owners, that’s a win-win.
More PlayStation users is better, in our opinion.
New PS Plus Essential Game Has Great Free DLC
PowerWash Simulator is one of this month’s PS Plus Essentials, but before you start scrubbing, check out the PS Store. The game has been well supported on PS5 and PS4 with free DLC packs based on Square Enix titles since its release at the start of the year.
Free Final Fantasy VII and Tomb Raider expansions let you clean Croft Manor and Seventh Heaven. The free DLC packs add 10 levels, and the paid ones add more.
Two more Back to the Future and SpongeBob SquarePants expansions cost £6.49 or $7.99 each. You can then scrub the Bikini Bottom and the DeLorean.
The Midgar Special Pack for PowerWash Simulator was another reason to use the cleaning kit. “It doesn’t add much, but getting close to FF7’s props and environments is fun. It offers a fresh take on the beloved title that will please both sides of this collaboration.”
Have you tried the latest PS Plus Essential game?
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