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Kingdom Hearts 3 Is Finished...But Who Is It For?

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So KH3 is finally done. Something that's been on my mind about this game for the last year is exactly WHO the target audience of this game is at this point.

I was 10 years old, when the first game came out. It's taken this long to get to third numbered entry in the series. Anyone who was an original KH fan, is now 25 - 35 years old and the new game features mostly worlds from Disney films we didn't grow up watching, and many out there would say are inferior to the company's work from the 80s - 2000. So, I know that I just don't see the appeal at age 26-going-on-27 of running around with Donald and Goofy smacking up the world of Frozen.

I wanted to say "Oh, maybe they think that we'll play it with our kids now" but that can't be it given the 1.3 birthrate of Japan and every country in the west. Most of us are childless. So like...who do they think is going to buy this game that was announced when I was 20 - 21 years old and it's been nearly 20 years since the first one? There's also going to be no final fantasy worlds, so I couldn't even latch on to some nostalgia there.

I think this is going to wind up being a testament to the fact that if you make a series aimed at children, you have to actually finish that series fairly quickly before those children lose interest. It'll be interesting to see sales numbers and demographics when this thing drops. I'm goin' to throw in my prediction now that it's not going to sell nearly as well as anticipated. 

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Considering they re-released the previous entries, I'm thinking they also want to bring in new fans.  Also, several of the new worlds are Pixar properties that are both nostalgic and have had new entries in their series.

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Long story short, KH3 is for the fans of the series, both new and old alike. If you were one of the people who only played the numbered games (Aka KH1 and KH2) then it probably isn't for you. But if you have followed the series and played the games, then this is what you have been waiting for.

Also, don't let that "running with Donald and Goofy in the world of Frozen." make you think any less of the series. The disney property worlds are used for a plot device at best and a change of scenery at worst. The disney world stories are filler which doesn't contribute to the darker and more serious plot which has spanned across all the previous games. Sure, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse is running around, but they are not running around dealing with slap stick, but does a pretty good job at tension relief when not in "serious" mode.

Last but not least, most adults who decide to buy the game will do it for a few reasons:

1) They have been following the story and want to see the conclusion of this 16 year long story arc.

2) They are playing the games not for the story but for the fast hack n slash gameplay (or a mix of both point 1 and 2)

3) They have heard the praises of previous games (even 0.2 which is best described as a test demo for KH3 has been reported as the perfect demonstration of how 3 is going to be played) and decided to see for themselves, or just the notion of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse running around killing dark monsters in a serious plot sounds so strange that they just HAVE to see it for themselves

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I would be interested in checking that series out. So I guess I would be part of the group that would buy it. It sounds like a great series, I love the concept, and I've enjoyed the soundtrack.

But until it releases on a Nintendo console, like the Switch, or PS emulation improves drastically, I'm not going to do that.

Just because I have never had, and probably won't get a PS of any variety. But my sister got me a switch, so that's an option. Being 25, married, with a full time job and grad school but no kids gives me a little bit of free time but not enough to branch out to a new console.

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