Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts III, the third main instalment in the franchise and twelfth in total, is finally coming out early next year. After years of being in development, the studio wants to make sure they deliver a compelling journey and loads of content to fill the hunger and patience their fans endured.
Recently, a Square Enix representative shared details with Geek on the game’s length and average amount of time players will spend. Kingdom Hearts games in general, both main series entries or spin-offs, tend to last between 30-35 hours of content. Kingdom Hearts III won’t deviate from the norm, offering players between 40 to 50 hours of content, if players “stay on the critical path.” However, if players wish to spend some more time exploring the world, customizing their Gummi ship, or even playing mini games, players should expect around “80+ hours of content.” Mini-games are probably the biggest reason the difference in playing time increases so much, because for example Ratatouille’s Remy requires you to find hidden ingredients throughout the game’s different worlds to create new recipes.
In addition to the main story, players can look forward to several mini-games. One is a cooking game with Remy from Ratatouille. You must find ingredients hidden across several of the worlds and use them to create new recipes. There are 20 different old-school Tiger Toys/Game & Watch style 2D side scrolling games based on Mickey cartoons from the 1930s and 40s. Building your Gummi ship (used for traveling to each world) is pretty much a mini-game of its own. Kingdom Hearts 3 is around 40-50 hours if you stay on the critical path. Including the mini-games, players can expect 80+ hours of content.
Director Tetsuya Nomura previously discussed why a 2018 release for Kingdom Hearts III wasn’t beneficial for the title’s sales performance. During E3 2018, we also got a closer look on the game’s Deluxe edition bundle, priced at $229.99 and features the game, Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy figures made by Bring Arts, a collectible pin and other items players can enjoy.
Kingdom Hearts III releases on January 29th, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox One.