The opening scene of Kingdom Hearts is iconic. Sora moves through a dream with his friends as Utada Hikaru's 'Simple and Clean' plays. Hikaru's music has been a huge part of the Kingdom Hearts series and 'Face My Fears', Kingdom Hearts 3's title song, is now available on iTunes.
Working with Skrillex, Utada Hikaru has produced a new title song for Kingdom Hearts 3 that has been floating around for a little while now.
The much-anticipated Kingdom Hearts III comes out on January 29, and if you plan to play it, I sure hope you have a home internet connection. Because the epilogue will be added via patch the next day.
It's been a major element of the game's promotion over the last year and now you can own it on iTunes to help tide you over until Kingdom Hearts 3's releases on January 29.
Of course, if we're going to talk about Kingdom Hearts music, we have to start with the classic 'Simple and Clean'.
This is one of the songs of my childhood, which is particularly odd when you consider that a lot of the other music I listened to around that time was System of a Down and Linkin Park. Yet there's something magical about 'Simple and Clean' that grabs your attention and sets the tone for what Kingdom Hearts is.
Over the years, Hikaru's music has had countless remixes. Some have been used in other Kingdom Hearts games, like this remix of 'Simple and Clean' from the intro scene of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8. I'm less of a fan of this mix but the song is still super rad.
I did it — I played Kingdom Hearts III, or the finely-polished vertical slice of it that Square Enix is willing to show off, anyway. What I found was in no way surprising: It's another mashup of Disney movies and Final Fantasy tropes sure to delight fans of either, but doesn't seem like it will solve any of the issues the series has dealt with since day one.
It may be possible to separate Utada Hikaru's music from Kingdom Hearts. I have no intentions of ever trying.
Kingdom Hearts 3's releases on PS4 and Xbox One on January 29.