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Kingdom Hearts 3’s Opening Theme Song Is a Utada Hikaru and Skrillex Collaboration

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Skrillex originally came on board for a remix of “Don’t Think Twice.”

Square Enix has confirmed that the opening theme song to Kingdom Hearts III, titled “Face My Fears,” is a collaboration between longtime Kingdom Hearts theme musician Utada Hikaru and Grammy Award-winning artist Skrillex.

According to Square, Kingdom Hearts fan Skrillex previously intended to work with Hikaru to remix “Don’t Think Twice,” a previously revealed Kingdom Hearts III track. Their collaboration grew into the new track, which will be released on Jan. 18, 2019 alongside “Don’t Think Twice.”

Producer Poo Bear also collaborated on the track. A listing from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers days ago hinted at this possible collaboration, but Square has at last confirmed it’s a reality.

Hikaru’s theme songs have been synonymous with the Kingdom Hearts franchise since its first entry. “Simple & Clean” served as the anthemic opening theme song to the original Kingdom Hearts, and has been remixed often throughout the franchise’s life, while “Sanctuary”/”Passion” opened Kingdom Hearts II.

The confirmation of the theme song comes just days after Square Enix announced Haley Joel Osment is returning to voice Sora in KH3, alongside a host of familiar actors reprising their Disney voice roles. The main, original cast of Frozen will be lending their voices to KH3, while Zachary Levi is returning from Tangled, and Tate Donovan will be back as Hercules.

Square Enix also recently showcased Kingdom Hearts III’s box art and debuted the first full trailer for KH3’s Big Hero 6 world, which can be seen below. Fans will also be able to get an additional Kingdom Hearts fix ahead of KH3 with the release of a free Kingdom Hearts VR Experience for PlayStation VR,

For more on Kingdom Hearts 3’s story and gameplay, check out our E3 coverage. The game is getting new worlds with the addition of Frozen’s Arendelle, and The Caribbean of Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as Big Hero 6 world, which was first announced in 2015, but we only got our first glimpse of at TGS.

And if that isn’t enough, you can pre-order yourself a Sora Nendoroid just in time for Christmas.

Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s News Editor and Kingdom Hearts fanatic. Talk to him about the series on Twitter @jmdornbush.





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