Square Enix just announced Kingdom Hearts 4, and fans are already dreaming of Star Wars and Marvel fitting into the Disney action RPG… but a Fortnite world could be key to those crossovers.
There are two things everyone knows about the Kingdom Hearts franchise: it’s the role-playing game starring Disney characters, and it has a mind-bending storyline that spans more than 10 games. But in the early days of Kingdom Hearts, it was the former that got players excited.
Sora, a teenage island boy, has teamed up with legendary Disney supporting characters Goofy and Donald. Your mission was to save King Mickey and a bunch of Disney worlds from being overtaken by darkness.
This simple formula drew many to the first two titles before the plot grew into the intricate behemoth it is today. Even as a new Kingdom Hearts game is announced, players can’t help but wonder what new Disney worlds will be included this time.
Kingdom Hearts could use a Fortnite world
Disney has acquired a number of franchises since the first games. The two most notable in his arsenal are Star Wars and Marvel. As such, players were hoping to see either of them in Kingdom Hearts 3, but Tetsuya Nomura confirmed their absence was due to a contractual issue.
However, there is one game in which both franchises have made fairly frequent appearances, and that game is Fortnite. It seems that Epic Games has a healthy relationship with Disney as they produce content for Fortnite at least once per season.
Marvel heroes have settled on Fortnite’s island more than Star Wars. In fact, writers for Marvel have confirmed that Fortnite is canon in the Avengers comics. So it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that Square Enix could add a Fortnite world to Kingdom Hearts 4 to tie both Marvel and Star Wars into Sora’s next adventure.
Placate two fan bases with one zone
When it comes to fan-led discussions about Star Wars and Marvel making it into Kingdom Hearts, there are two heated sides to the debate. Believe it or not, there are people who are vehemently opposed to the inclusion of superheroes in any other Square Enix game.
Others have argued that Sora and his cartoon friends would feel out of place in a Star Wars world. But he and his compatriots have found ways to blend into animals, toys, and AI programs. Also, Kingdom Hearts 4 has some pretty sleek graphics that knock off that “toonic edge”.
Given Fortnite’s already feisty looks, Sora wouldn’t feel uncomfortable standing next to an anthropomorphic duck. Bringing Marvel and Star Wars into this world and giving them their Fortnite looks would help the world feel more cohesive.
Kingdom Hearts is technically a multiverse, and Fortnite as its own multiverse would offer tremendous storytelling potential. Instead of giving both franchises a solo world, Square Enix would instead tell a more robust story using the world that Epic Games has already built.
An irrefutable strategy for success
If Fortnite is good for one thing, it’s being used as a platform to build hype for upcoming projects. Be it movies, music or any other video game, Fortnite is a very effective advertising service.
Most of these promotions take the form of crossover cosmetics. The main characters from the promoted work are brought to life in Fortnite for use by players long past media relevance.
When it comes to Fortnite in Kingdom Hearts 4, the opposite can be done to build hype for the game. Sora, Riku or even Sephiroth could be brought to Fortnite as skins. The Keyblade is a perfect harvesting tool, and Goofy’s Shield or a Moogle might make the perfect back bling.
Fortnite already has gaming icons like Master Chief, Kratos, Ryu and Lara Croft. Sora would be a great addition to the list, especially wearing his new Kingdom Hearts 4 threads.
The problems with Fortnite in Kingdom Hearts
While Fortnite has many different video game franchises, Kingdom Hearts has only ever featured Disney IPs and Final Fantasy characters. That was until Kingdom Hearts 3, where there was a distinct lack of Final Fantasy representation.
Not to say that it’s not possible for Kingdom Hearts to break out of its mold and include other video games, but that might go too far beyond what feels reasonable for the series.
The only reason Fortnite could get a pass is because there’s already enough Disney rooted in it. Square Enix wouldn’t have to come up with a reason why Star Wars or Marvel would be in the Fortnite world. Epic Games has already done that.
Fortnite is also under constant attack from evil forces. It wouldn’t be ridiculous to imagine Slone, or whoever the big villain is at the time, trying to harness the power of the Heartless to take over the island.
But who knows what is possible and what is not? Fans are already making connections between the first trailer for Kingdom Hearts 4 and robots from Star Wars. We could get two standalone worlds to appease both fan bases… or maybe Fortnite is the key that ties it all together.
https://www.dexerto.com/fortnite/kingdom-hearts-4-needs-a-fortnite-world-and-its-not-impossible-1802228/ Kingdom Hearts 4 needs a Fortnite world and that’s not impossible