The Lion King universe made its first appearance in Kingdom Hearts series in the second console installment. Sora took the form of a lion, wielding his Keyblade in his fangs as he battled heartless in the savannah alongside Goofy, Donald, and Simba. Although this world has already been featured in this series, I would like to see an expanded, denser version of one of Disney’s most beloved franchises. A return to Pride Rock would be a welcome inclusion in Kingdom Hearts 3.
Atlantis is an alluring world to consider for the third console installment of the Kingdom Hearts series. The lost underground continent presents an excellent setting for exploration, especially given its distinct uniqueness from the other worlds that will be featured. Integrating the Atlanteans’ crystal into the gameplay could add an interesting dynamic exclusive to events and plot points within Atlantis.
Often overlooked, Treasure Planet is one of the best animated Disney films. If there is any character that matches Sora’s enthusiasm for adventure and contagious energy, it's Jim Hawkins. Incorporating the story of an intergalactic search for legendary root into the Kingdom Hearts universe sounds like a no-brainer. Given the potential for planet-hopping shenanigans and solar sailing endeavors, this addition could add to the numerous memorable moments in this storied franchise.
I cannot think of a better way to introduce Kingdom Hearts to the new generation. Sora, Donald, and Goofy would fight alongside the Jedi to bring down waves of Heartless-Sith hybrids. The setting poses the most questions. Given the incredible depth of Star Wars'’ lore, there are many planets, locations and timelines to consider. Kingdom Hearts has a unique opportunity to take advantage of Star Wars’ two trilogy structure. The crew’s first visit could take place during the events of episodes I-III. Story elements would require a second visit to the Star Wars universe where once former ally, Anakin, is now the primary antagonist, Darth Vader. Whether it be Tatooine’s harsh wastelands or Naboo’s lush landscape, traversing this vast universe would be a truly unforgettable experience.