Kingdom Hearts III was announced in 2013, and since then fans have eagerly looked forward to this upcoming entry, which will be the final game in the Dark Seeker Saga.
In preparation for this conclusion, Square Enix has made it easier than ever to catch up on the entire Dark Seeker Saga, with the announcement of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 & 2.5 for the PlayStation 4. This collection, together with the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 2.8, will allow you to experience the entire saga so far.
As for Kingdom Hearts III itself, the story has been described previously, but now a clearer description is available from an unexpected source: the packaging of the Kingdom Hearts III Sora Play Arts Kai action figure.
The description is as follows:
With the world under the control of a single Master, the final struggle for true peace begins.
Through countless adventures across many worlds in his long battle against the darkness, Sora, once a little boy who only dreamed worlds beyond his island even existed, has grown up to be a dashing young man. Now he is realizing that that battle has played out exactly as Master Xehanort had planned, and the second Keyblade War, the final struggle between light and dark, looms ahead. To counter the overwhelming darkness, Sora and his friends must gather the seven guardians of light. His best friend Riku and King Mickey seek out a battle-scarred Keyblade wielder, while Sora, Donald, and Goofy set off on a journey to find “the Key to Return Hearts.” Never-before-featured Disney worlds set the stage for another daring adventure to save the universe!
Chosen by the Keyblade, he is the one whose heart’s light never fails to shine as a beacon of hope.
Sora, the brave hero chosen by the Keyblade, has always had a strong sense of justice. Through his many battles against darkness, he has grown and learned about the world immensely. Drawn to his light, many friends have lent him their support and granted him their powers to counter the darkness: Riku, the childhood friend he grew up with on Destiny Islands; Donald and Goofy, the two comrades with whom he has shared his adventures from the very beginning; and King Mickey who unfailingly supports Sora with his own mighty strength. As the world becomes enveloped in another battle against darkness, the Keyblade wielder and his friends must rise up against Master Xehanort and thwart his plot to incite another Keyblade War.
This sets up the story for Kingdom Hearts III, the final struggle between the seven guardians of light and Master Xehanort, and also provides a few intriguing details.
For example, the “battle-scarred Keyblade wielder” most likely refers to Aqua, trapped in the Realm of Darkness. However, the symbolism at the end of the recently-revealed opening movie for Kingdom Hearts 2.8 suggests it is Sora who will save Aqua, not Riku and Mickey. Whether this means Sora will save all of them, is merely symbolic of Sora’s general role, or means the Keyblade wielder in question is another character, remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, it sounds as though a major part of Kingdom Hearts III’s plot will be Sora’s search for “the Key to Return Hearts.” Is this a Keyblade? A person? Data? Whatever it is, it could save a number of characters in dire need of help.
What do you think the description means by the “battle-scarred Keyblade wilder” and “the Key to Return Hearts”? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments—and don’t forget, if you haven’t caught up on the Dark Seeker Saga, the upcoming collections for the PS4 are the perfect way to catch up on the story.