Even if most of us have long forgotten what Kingdom Hearts is actually about in the 15 years since the franchise was born, we can probably agree on one thing: Kingdom Hearts has some great music.
That much at least has been consistent among the two core games and numerous spin-offs. From standout tracks like "Simple and Clean" or "Sanctuary" to the game's battle music, there is plenty to love about the soundtrack of the franchise. Fans who can't enough of these now iconic tunes will soon be able to experience them in an all-new way in 2017, when the Kingdom Hearts World Tour tour kicks off.
Professional orchestras will play music from each entry in the franchise while HD footage of the game series plays behind them. Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura will personally put together each the videos just for the occasion. The concert is to help celebrate the game's 15th anniversary, with the first game having released back in 2001 on the PlayStation 2.
The tour will kick off in Tokyo on March 10, 2017, with the show then traveling across the globe to cities such as Paris, London, Shanghai, Los Angeles and New York City. Here is how the tour's official Facebook page describes the experience:
"World class professional orchestra, such as the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra in London and the Tokyo Philarmonic Orchestra in Japan, will perform a selection of the best and most beloved music from the original soundtrack of the whole saga. The concert will feature more than 70 musicians on stage, with amazing HD video cinematics supervised by director Tetsuya Nomura himself."
Pre-sale tickets for the world tour will go live on April 30, while other retailers will begin ticket sales May 14. A separate concert tour, Kingdom Hearts First Breath, will come later this year exclusively to Japan, where performances will be held across the country in places like Tokyo and Osaka.
Meanwhile, fans are still eagerly awaiting news on the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III, which started production last year. Details on the game are scarce, but Square Enix has given fans a few brief looks at the game in-action. You can check out our latest glimpse at the sequel here.