The Kingdom Hearts series has never been known for short experiences, and Kingdom Hearts III) isn’t any different. These are big, massive games full of various worlds to explore. It can take many hours to just complete the story, let alone collect every secret in each entry from Square Enix if you’re a completionist.
So what does the length, size, and scope of Kingdom Hearts III look like for anyone who picks up the game? Here’s what you need to know before you dive in
Kingdom Hearts III launched Tuesday for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and already players are battling their way through various Disney worlds to complete Sora’s journey once and for all. Several of the worlds repeat from previous games, but you’ll also travel to some newer additions from more recent Disney canon (like Frozen and Big Hero Six).
It’s been a full 13 years since Kingdom Hearts II’s release and the gaming industry has changed a lot. Despite a lot of improvements and enhancements in Kingdom Hearts III, the core gameplay remains remarkably similar to the franchise’s roots. That also means fans should buckle up for a lengthy gaming experience through various worlds with plenty of side quests and mini games along the way.
How Long Is Kingdom Hearts III?
The most adept gamers, especially those playing on easier game modes, might be able to beat Kingdom Hearts III in close to 25 hours if they focus exclusively on furthering the story with reckless disregard for enjoying the experience.
Most players will take between 30 to 35 hours to complete the game at a more natural pace, exploring the various worlds, revisiting some several times over, and exploring some of the hidden bosses and mini-games.
For anyone looking to 100% the game, that could take up to or more than 50 hours to hunt down every item, complete every side task, and do every single thing the game has to offer.
All that being said, Kingdom Hearts III has what feels like a lot more in terms of side tasks than previous entries, and most of it feels really varied and interesting enough to keep fans invested.
How Many Worlds Are in Kingdom Hearts III?
Square Enix has been pretty upfront about all the worlds featured in the game. In order that most players will visit them, there’s Olympus, Toy Box, Kingdom of Corona, Monstropolis, Arendele, 100 Acre Wood, The Caribbean, San Fransokyo. So that makes for eight core Disney and Pixar worlds.
Twilight Town is another world players visit early in the game, and then light spoilers here, the climax of the game sends players to the Keyblade Graveyard that’s been featured in some past games.
That brings the total up to 10 worlds.
Kingdom Hearts III is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.