New Kingdom Hearts III Screenshots Show Off Hercules, Maleficent, And More

With the early 2019 release date for the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III coming up on us real fast, Square Enix has been slowly and steadily unveiling new content, characters and locations from the new game. The latest batch of media material features screenshots of popular Disney characters, such as Hercules and Maleficent.

The screenshots were posted recently on the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account. There’s an entire thread dedicated to the in-game images, featuring Sora, Goofy, and Donald along with the titular hero from the Hercules animated TV show and animated movie from over 20 years ago.

In one shot we see Hercules standing with his father Zeus while Hades looks over his shoulder with a befuddled scowl. Meanwhile, a different picture of Hercules shows him fully grown and actually teaming up with Sora and the gang as they face off against a giant, oozing, lava monster who just so happens to be accompanied by a towering ice goblin. Yet another shot gives us a good look at Hercules’ flexing muscles as he attempts to lift a massive rock above his head.

There’s also another set of screenshots from atop Olympus, and one of these shows Sora ready for battle, while a few more give us a look at Hercules and some of the other cast members from Disney’s animated series.

In one of the Kingdom Hearts III screenshots, we see that Hercules will attempt to get sentimental with Megara. The context of the shot obviously isn’t very clear, but it looks like she’s both scared and hopeful when it comes to her future.

In another screenshot we see that Maleficent makes an appearance in the game, although this version is far less like the one depicted in Disney’s live-action film, Maleficent, which starred Angelina Jolie as the title character, and a lot more representative of the truly cutthroat villainess from the classic, Sleeping Beauty.

Finally, in another set of photos, we get to see the friendly pegasus that Hercules rode in those popular animated titles, and in all his blue-mohawked glory.

You really have to tip your hat off to Tetsuya Nomura and the rest of the crew at Square Enix, because they really seem to have properly captured the look and feel of a lot of the characters from across both the animated and live-action universes that Disney has produced over the decades.

From Toy Story to Pirates of the Caribbean, you can really tell that the artists put their heart and soul in capturing the likenesses of the characters and the locations as much as possible. You’ll be able to experience those worlds for yourself on the PlayStation 4, or the Xbox One, when Kingdom Hearts III finally makes its long awaited debut starting early next year, on January 25th, 2019.

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