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Looks like an Oscar-winning movie will join Tangled in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III.

Over the weekend at the Disney-centric D23 expo, Kotaku reported on the newest world coming to the beloved video game series:

Sora and crew will ride the robot Baymax and fight their way through a Big Hero 6 world in Kingdom Hearts III, Square Enix announced today during the D23 expo in Anaheim, California.

Big Hero 6, an animated Disney film that stars a 14-year-old prodigy and his team of superheroes as they fight against a mysterious masked villain, was released in 2014 and won the Oscar for Best Animated Film.



Disney put out a whole trailer to announce the addition:



So far, there's been no release date mentioned for the game that mashes up Disney characters and settings within a Japanese-style action game, which unfortunately might mean it won't come until 2017.



For a refresher on what's been shown of Kingdom Hearts III so far, check out this E3 trailer from last June.

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Play as Dipper and Mabel and help Jeff the gnome retrieve ancient Gnome Gemulets in Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets. This new title from Ubisoft launches this fall on Nintendo 3DS.

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The video above is a demo of Disney Research Center's work into creating true interactivity in video games.  A recently released paper from the center describes what they're doing:

We want interactive narratives to be an immersive experience in which users can influence the action or even create a storyline, but the complexity of the authoring task has worked against our ambitions. Our method of modeling multiple story arcs and resolving conflicts in the storylines makes it feasible to author interactive experiences that are free form, rather than constricted.


Most games suffer from limitations to interactivty that mean a story arc can only have a certain number of outcomes before creating them becomes too complex.  Disney Research is trying to eliminate those limitations using interactive behavior trees (IBT) that keep track of user interactions and fill in inconsistency gaps so that creators don't have to: "These automated tools empower the author to focus on storytelling, rather than worry about resolving every possible conflict as the many story arcs intersect."  In the example shown in the video demo, if one bear is supposed to throw the ball to the other, but doesn't have a ball to throw, the IBT lets the bear retreive one without the creator having to specify that action taking place.  Pretty neat!

If you're interested, take a look at the paper here.

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No word on if or when this'll be released internationally, but if you live in Japan, you can pick one up on July 16th.

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The video above shows a newly announced realm called "The Hollow," in which players bring the world to life by performing songs to add color, light, and characters to the scene. Disney also announced a cooperative multiplayer mode and a set of tracks that will appear in the game that might make or break it for you:

David Bowie - "Ziggy Stardust"
Antonin Dvorak - "Symphony No. 9 from the New World"
Lorde – "Royals"
Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"
White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army"

I don't know about you, but I'm not sure I want to light up the world of Fantasia to Nicki Minaj. Are you excited for Fantasia: Music Evolved?

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Disney Magical World is more or less Animal Crossing meets, well, Disney. Check out the trailer above.