Finally, it’s arrived and in my hands! Let’s take a look at the Deluxe Edition for Kingdom Hearts III!
Warning: image-heavy post ahoy!
Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition
Disney Interactive / Square Enix
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Kingdom Hearts III was released in three versions: standard, deluxe, and deluxe + Bring Arts figures. The Toy Story Bring Arts figures is a Square Enix Store exclusive, but the Deluxe Edition itself is the same. That version includes the game, steelbook, artbook, and pin. Various retailers offered different bonus items or promotions (fabric poster, DLC, art cards, etc.) I got mine at Best Buy, so I didn’t get any exclusive physical or DLC bonuses.
I really like how the Deluxe Edition cover went with the simple design. The logo is slightly raised and iridescent. It looks really nice against the black background, and it’s much nicer than 2.8‘s solid black box.
I haven’t been a big fan of the pins, but obviously there’s a whole market for these official Disney pins. Personally, I’d rather have several can badges over one shaped metal one. It’s not my favorite Sora expression either. I like PS3 1.5‘s using the Re:coded image of Sora and Mickey. Plus, the Sora-on-throne bit has been done, what, at least three times now? It was on the 1.5 box, almost identical to the artbook image. Plus, it was on the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack, although he didn’t look cocky on it but rather was sulking.
Speaking of the artbook, I was not impressed. Maybe it was just my copy, but the binding — particularly for the first two pages — was poor. It was like extra glue was used on it, and I couldn’t open it all the way. It’s hard to tell, but the image with Nomura’s message? That’s as far as I could open it. Of course, you can never open a book fully (except if it’s a spiral bound), but from the side, it’s obvious they went too far in and part of the actual pages are stuck together.
The artbook itself is just renders of the character or screenshots. Most I believe you can download right from the Kingdom Hearts III website because they’ve been in just about every article for the game that’s come out. Also, the timeline is very basic, really just a list of the Kingdom Hearts games. Chances are, if you don’t know this by now, you’re going to be confused as heck by the game. Why wasn’t there more of sketch art or something? I admit not taking an in-depth look in case of spoilers, but most of this looks like pictures you would find in a strategy guide. Which yes, I’m still salty that the game isn’t getting one. That’s where this mini-artbook would have shined — as an art section in a guide. I do love the front cover thought, which is also the image used on the game disc. Unlike the Sora-on-throne series, which I dislike, the Sora-on-beach pictures are always good. For me, this is the most Sora-esque image out of them all.
Steelbook… is a steelbook. I do like how Deluxe Edition owners do not lose out on the standard game package, as that also is a great image. The plaid pattern though, I didn’t care for. I know you can see the various Kingdom Hearts-related image in the space between squares, but I’d rather have the whole thing be those emblems. It doesn’t really scream Kingdom Hearts to me. I think it would have been nicer to either use the pattern like on the artbook page’s border or make the boxes lighter, like on the Deluxe Edition’s packaging. They just overpower the symbols.
Really, what I love most is the box. Second place goes to the artbook cover, but what’s inside the artbook was very lackluster. Maybe if they had upped the price by like $10, they could have improved the artbook. Or maybe they could have something that upped the fun factor, like a small figure or plushie. Something other than a pin, which I’m sick of Kingdom Hearts limited editions getting.
If you don’t hear from me for a while… I’m off saving the world with my Keyblade.
Have you picked up Kingdom Hearts III? Which version? What do you think of the Deluxe Edition and/or the game?