In a surprise announcement over the weekend, Square Enix revealed that the opening theme for Kingdom Hearts III will be a collaboration between long-time Kingdom Hearts fan Skrillex and long-time Kingdom Hearts singer Utada Hikaru.
Even though we find ourselves living in the darkest timeline, there are still a few rays of sunshine peeking through the endless clouds. One of those rays is the impending release of the third installment in Square Enix and Disney’s mashup extraordinaire, Kingdom Hearts. The other is the fact that dubstep artist Skrillex will be teaming up with Utada Hikaru for the opening theme song.
Previously, it was reported that Square would use Hikaru’s single “Don’t Think Twice” as the opening theme for Kingdom Hearts III just the same as Square had tapped Hikaru for all previous iterations of the franchise. Skrillex was known to be working with Hikaru on a remixed version of the song which was thought to be released along with the game’s album.
The #KingdomHearts III opening theme song is a special collaboration between long-time #KH fan @Skrillex and @utadahikaru!— Kingdom Hearts (@KINGDOMHEARTS) September 28, 2018
It's named "Face My Fears" and is coming out on January 18, 2019! #KH3sharethemagic pic.twitter.com/PZ0rN99CIK
Now, it appears that Hikaru and Skrillex really hit it off and instead produced an entirely new song that will feature as the game’s title track. The song, called “Face My Fears”, will be out on various music platforms on January 18th, 2019 — one week before the release of Kingdom Hearts III.
We don’t really know much about the song itself, other than the fact it was produced by Poo Bear, the same guy who often works with Justin Bieber on his musical endeavors. You can bet it’ll include Skrillex’s signature “phat beats” while also featuring Hikaru’s deeply melodious and yet simultaneously haunting vocals.
Unlike previous iterations of the Kingdom Hearts series, which limited themselves to mostly Disney classic films, the third game will take from Disney’s more recent filmography. Their latest trailer features the film Big Hero 6, but previously released trailers going as far back as E3 confirmed the worlds of Frozen, Tangled, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Ratatouille as playable areas.
Kingdom Hearts III will be available online and in stores January 25th during one of gaming’s busiest post-Christmas months. Make sure to set some vacation time aside to crunch through this one.