Animated Kingdom Hearts TV Series Reportedly Being Planned For Disney+
For those who follow the Kingdom Hearts series closely, a few of you may remember a trivia detail that surfaced in 2015 from a DidYouKnowGaming video. At the time, it was revealed that Square Enix (formerly Squaresoft) and Disney had planned to work on an animated Kingdom Hearts TV adaptation all the way back in 2002. This was, of course, due to the surprise success of the first game after it released that year. Not long after, the project disappeared completely. Both Square and Disney were concerned with how it might clash with the series' plot, as many more games would soon follow KH1. It was also considered to be a "vastly different interpretation" of the game's storyline. Fast forward 18 years: It's 2020, and the Dark Seeker saga of Kingdom Hearts has been told through numerous games, all ending off with the recently released Kingdom Hearts 3. What better time for a show, right?
The rumors began on Twitter, as most do. Cinema Spot writer Emre Kaya tweeted details about the new project. "There is a #KingdomHearts series in the works at Disney+," the tweet reads. "Disney originally wanted to make it but that didn't work out, so Square Enix was asked to create a pilot using Unreal Engine. This series is most likely not live-action, but CG animated. They're currently casting." It didn't take long for the tweet to gather steam, quickly being followed up by two other notable Twitter users who confirmed its veracity. MCUCosmic founder Jeremy Conrad bluntly stated "Yes, it's true," providing an accompanying GIF of the KH trio. The final nail in the coffin was a tweet from DisInsider editor-in-chief Skyler Shuler, who was tagged in Conrad's post. According to Shuler, the entire claim is true. He also goes on to confirm that the project will indeed be animated, will be a Disney+ TV series, and that famous Disney voice actors are expected to reprise their roles.
While one stray tweet would be cause for doubt, a handful from multiple reputed sources is a different story. It wouldn't be out of the question for Disney and Square to consider the project now, as Kingdom Hearts' story has been tied up nice-and-neat with a bow on top (well... for the most part). It also gives them a lot more room to work with when it comes to avoiding conflicts with the storyline of the games. How exactly the show would incorporate the canon and lore remains to be seen. Considering the extensive amount of backstory and in-game plot devices there are with Kingdom Hearts, it's going to be interesting seeing where this goes. Kingdom Hearts is far from done, however, make no mistake of that. Series creator Tetsuya Nomura has already been open about plans for continuing the series under a new arc, and a new mobile game is also in development to dive into the backstory of Xehanort. Without going into spoiler territory, the endings of both KH3 and its post-release ReMind DLC leave a lot of room for speculation.
Now let's say you're entirely new to the insanity that is KH and aren't sure where to get started. You could try to hunt down the old games one by one and play them in chronological order, which would span you across several different consoles and handhelds... but Square Enix has made the job much, much easier. All of the games have been bundled together in various different forms, including the 1.5, 2.5, and 2.8 HD collection packages, all three of which can be bought and played on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. There's also the Kingdom Hearts All-in-One package, which is only available on PlayStation 4. This whopper simply gets you access to all three of the collections mentioned above. That's 6 games and 3 mini-movies (compiled cutscenes of DS games that didn't make the cut). Oh, and don't forget about Union χ, the mobile spinoff that tells the tale of the world before the events of KH1. Catching up is quite the monumental task at this point, but if you're quarantined right now, there's no better time to do so. Watch out for any further news on the TV series.