We know there will be a Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts III. You know it, I know it. The developers at Square Enix and the license holders at Disney know it. My grandmother who is still uncertain about what a controller is knows it. We know this in the same way that we know lead game designer Tetsuya Nomura is eager to have keyblade meet light-saber and/or Captain America’s shield in glorious cutscene battle.
So let’s put aside the easier fan bets for a moment, and instead focus on the worlds still left in the House of Mouse’s vault. As much as I want to make this a personal celebration of my favorite Disney IP not already in the series, there is simply no way that Escape to Witch Mountain would gel with the Kingdom Hearts aesthetic. There needs to be enough fantasy or adventure elements in a world to mine for gameplay stability, and they also need to have enough new elements we haven’t explored already in past installments.
So with all that deflating of expectations aside, here are the ten worlds we should be visiting in Kingdom Hearts III not related to Marvel, Star Wars, or Pixar. [editor’s note: or the most obvious of all: Frozen]