Fans have waited over a decade for Kingdom Hearts 3, and now that the game has been out for a couple of weeks, they have had plenty of time to play through its story and unlock the secret ending. However, the Kingdom Hearts plot is notoriously complicated, and some fans may watch the Kingdom Hearts 3 secret ending and not really understand what is going on. We’ll explain Kingdom Hearts 3‘s secret ending in this article, and so it will have MAJOR SPOILERS for Kingdom Hearts 3 and the franchise as a whole.
During the final battle in the Keyblade Graveyard, Master Xehanort kills Kairi to forge the x-blade (pronounced “keyblade”), and succeeds in his plans to swallow Kingdom Hearts with his darkness. However, Xehanort is eventually defeated and Kingdom Hearts is returned to normal, thanks to a surprise return from Master Eraqus. With all the worlds saved, everyone celebrates; that is, except for Sora, who is determined to save Kairi.
We then get a glimpse of Destiny Islands, where Sora, Kairi, and Riku grew up. We see Sora and Kairi sitting together on a tree, only for Sora to disappear. This implies that Sora was successful in his attempt to save Kairi, but it came at a great cost to himself. Riku then sets out to find Sora, continuing the never-ending journey of these characters looking for each other.
In the secret ending, which is unlocked by finding all of the Lucky Emblems (or just most of them, depending on the difficulty level), players get an idea of where Sora and Riku have ended up. It appears as though Sora is in Shibuya, a shopping district in modern day Tokyo, which serves as the setting for the classic Square Enix DS game The World Ends With You. And considering The World Ends With You‘s themes of death and sacrifice, it seems fitting that Sora has ended up there.
Riku, meanwhile, appears to have been transported to the world of Verum Rex. Verum Rex, for the uninitiated, is a fictional video game that players discover while in the Toy Story-themed Toy Box world. The main protagonist of Verum Rex is Yozora, who can be seen watching Riku. We also see a hooded figure staring at the moon, though who this hooded figure is remains to be seen. All we know is they dress like someone from the defunct Organization XIII, creating more questions than answers.
It seems that the next Kingdom Hearts game will feature The World Ends With You‘s Shibuya in addition to the world of Verum Rex, itself similar to Tetsuya Nomura’s original vision for Final Fantasy Versus 13 before it became Final Fantasy 15. Considering this, it seems possible that the next game will focus more on Square Enix worlds than Disney worlds, but Kingdom Hearts 3 fans will just have to wait to learn more.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is out now for PS4 and Xbox One.