Primarily dedicated to the franchise’s ongoing mobile game, Kingdom Hearts Union X [Cross], the event was fittingly titled Dandelion Meeting, referencing the group of heroes, the Dandelions, who, according to Kingdom Hearts lore, rebuilt the world after it fell to darkness in an apocalyptic war. The strong focus on the series’ origins was introduced in a variety of MMO entries which have undergone a plethora of updates and name changes since the first iteration, a browser-based game exclusive to Japan, Kingdom Hearts χ [Chi].
Kingdom Hearts recently celebrated its 16th anniversary since the release of the first game on PlayStation 2. Thanks to a chance encounter of executives in a Japan office elevator, Kingdom Hearts started as an experimental crossover between Disney and Japanese game developer Square Enix (back then called Square Soft), best known for its popular Final Fantasy series. Growing popularity has launched a series of successful sequels and spin-off titles that lead up to the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III, scheduled to release in 2018.
The event sold out quickly and the excitement was tangible among fans, many of whom appeared in elaborate costumes to show their support and love for the series. While Square Enix has done their fair share of promoting the series at electronic entertainment events in the past, Disney has been reluctant to include Kingdom Hearts in their promotional campaigns. Perhaps the most surprising ingredient of the Dandelion Meeting’s success was the full dedication of Disney to the franchise as the event turned out to be more than a birthday celebration commemoration the second anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts Chi series on mobile platforms.
Even more exciting, these classic cartoons will serve as a bridge between the mobile series and the upcoming giant, Kingdom Hearts III, and even though the staff reiterated that the event’s focus was dedicated exclusively to the mobile game, the growing shadow of Kingdom Hearts III, the series’ first stand-alone entry for current-generation gaming consoles, is unmistakable.
While waiting for these exciting developments, fans have an opportunity to (re)experience the entire story of Kingdom Hearts in Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, available on PlayStation 4 as remastered collections.
Lovers of the series’ spectacular soundtrack will be able to experience performances of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour-. The concert series is scheduled to kick off on June 9th with a performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center in Los Angeles before moving on to more cities in the Americas and overseas. Series composer Yoko Shimomura will be attending the performance in Los Angeles, which is exciting news for fans and music connoisseurs hoping for another glimpse at future projects.