During a recent interview with Kotaku UK, Kingdom Hearts III co-director and game designer Tai Yasue revealed that the massive universes contained in the Marvel and Star Wars franchises are not at all outside the realm of potential cross-over material in the upcoming three-quel.
Yasue focuses on their need to bring worlds with originality, giving a variety of feelings with each place. Kotaku pressed him, outright asking the big question regarding Disney’s acquisitions of Marvel and LucasArts, to which he replied, “Well, yeah. They’re all under consideration. Nothing’s off-limits, we’re considering all of the worlds. There are so many wonderful concepts. We’re happy about that, but at the same time it’s really tough to choose.”
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming to a head with the two-part Infinity Wars epic in 2018 and 2019, and the Star Wars brand coming back into everyday focus thanks to next year’s The Force Awakens kicking off the third (and final?) trilogy to the saga, this is definitely prime time to cash in on such lucrative money-makers. However, I expressed my feelings on the matter more than a year ago, and they still hold true today.
If Disney really wants to cash in on Star Wars right now, I think they should start by making Disney Infinity 3.0 focused on that brand, and leave it and Marvel out of Kingdom Hearts until The Dark Seeker Saga has wrapped up.
Kingdom Hearts III is scheduled to release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a currently undetermined date.
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