THE REASON STAR WARS AND MARVEL AREN’T IN KINGDOM HEARTS 3 IS DISAPPOINTINGLY DULL
Simple and dull is the way that you’re making me feel tonight.
BY COLIN STEVENS
Though many of Disney’s properties have appeared in Kingdom Hearts games over the years, Star Wars and Marvel were noticeably absent from Kingdom Hearts 3 – and the reason why is, frankly, kind of boring.
Kingdom Hearts 3 Ultimania, the official companion book for the most recent Kingdom Hearts game, includes a special interview with director Tetsuya Nomura. Translated by Twitter user @lunesacree via KH13, Nomura reveals why properties from Marvel and Lucasfilm weren’t included in the game, and it mostly boils down to contract complications – the same reason why Mickey Mouse was barely in the first Kingdom Hearts.
“In order to change those [properties] into a game, contracts must be made with each company separately, and there are cases where other game companies already have contracts, so although the Disney Group has indeed added those [properties], incorporating them into Kingdom Hearts isn’t so simple,” said Nomura.
“That’s also the reason Mickey is in only one scene in Kingdom Hearts 1,” he continued. “At the same time, another company was releasing a game that had to do with Mickey, so though we were denied his usage, we persisted and eventually got ‘as long as you only have one scene, from far away, as a silhouette, with him waving his hand or something.’ Since we had to make the best of the biggest [and only] chance we had, that’s why that scene appears that way.”
Though we really wanted to see Star Wars and Marvel in Kingdom Hearts 3’s DLC, these comments make it seem less than likely – though certainly still possible. Nomura previously confirmed that both free and paid DLC is in the works for Kingdom Hearts 3.