If you are a big soundtrack buff like myself- especially when it comes to video game soundtracks- then you’ll be pleased to know that the soundtrack for Kingdom Hearts III – one of the most prolific and confusing video game series’- has finally been released in an official capacity for the general public to stream and buy.
Kingdom Hearts is known to be a mind-boggling and often ridiculous video game series, with lore that is complex as it is insane. That being said, it is still a beloved game series from Square Enix that is just as fun and charming as it is perplexing. What is clear about the series though is that it has an amazing soundtrack, with each game being beautifully scored since the very first Kingdom Hearts game back in 2002. I remember playing the original for the PlayStation 2 and not really knowing what was going on (I was nine at the time. Not that it matters. I still don’t really know what is going on. But it had anime-style characters and Disney so I was and still am happy) but loving the music so much that I would often just sit and listen to the score. The music only became more prolific as the series grew with its various sequels. Kingdom Hearts III was released in January of 2019 and although the music was able to be listened to via YouTube videos, single releases, and some amazing fan covers of songs, no official soundtrack was released until now. Back in July, Square Enix finally announced that they would be officially releasing the soundtrack to stream and to buy.
The soundtrack is an absolute beast, with 161 songs spanning over ten hours worth of listening time! The music isn’t limited to just Kingdom Hearts III either, with the music from Kingdom Hearts II.8, the Re:Mind DLC and the mobile games Kingdom Hearts Unchained x and Kingdom Hearts Union x, as well as vocal songs from Utada Hikaru, also included within the soundtrack. It is quite expensive though, as is to be expected with such a large collection of music. The score as a whole includes orchestral arrangements from the game’s composers Yoko Shimomura, Takeharu Ishimoto, and Tsyuoshi Seikito as well as takes on Disney classics by composers who created iconic Disney themes such as Randy Newman (known for Toy Story) and Richard M. Sherman (known for Winnie The Pooh) from the various Disney worlds in the game. On the UK iTunes store, the soundtrack is being sold for £39.99 and the US Amazon store is charging $47.49. You can also stream the soundtrack on Spotify. The Kingdom Hearts III mega soundtrack is available now!
Have a listen to one of my personal favourite tracks from the score below.