If you’ve played through the main entries in the Kingdom Hearts series. then you know that Hikaru Utada is a big part of the games. Her music has been featured throughout the series, but majority of the games outside of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II use remixes of the music from those games. It’s a bit of a tradition. If you’ve seen Rogue One recently, then it’s an apt comparison to say that it’s similar to the way Disney is handling the Star Wars franchise. Hikaru Utada is a bit like the crawl and a John Williams score for Kingdom Hearts, which is to say that when Hikaru Utada gets involved, it’s the real deal.

Thankfully, news broke today through twitter that Hikaru Utada would be involved in Kingdom Hearts III musically. According to her father Teruzane Utada, work on the theme song for the game is already underway, though it sounds like they’re still waiting on confirmation for Square Enix. At the very least, it’s happening, which will no doubt delight fans across the globe. Based on previous Kingdom Hearts campaigns, we can expect to see the song featured heavily in the marketing for the game whenever it launches.

Speaking of which, still no release date for the game. But if you want to get back into the franchise, or if you’re brand new, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix will be making their way to the PS4 in 2017 along with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The latter will oddly see a worldwide release next month, with the former to hit shelves in March. Both will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4, though Kingdom Hearts III will also be available for Xbox One whenever it launches.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Prologue will see a worldwide release for the PS4 on January 24, 2017. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix will hit the PS4 a couple months later on March 28, 2017. No word on when we’ll see Kingdom Hearts III, but this news has us excited. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when we hear something.

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Adam Capps is the editor of video games at BentoByte. He spends his days playing video games and his nights writing about them. He’s also an avid fan of anime, manga and music.

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