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Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer marks the return of Winnie the Pooh — and Organization XIII

A perfect match of very good and very bad

Microsoft premiered the newest trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3, this time starring a mismatched group of familiar faces: Winnie the Pooh and Xehanort, the leader of the series’ greatest threat, Organization XIII.

With Kingdom Hearts 3 set to wrap the story — or at least this arc of it — it’s no surprise that the group of nobodies (we’ll explain another time) are back to wreak havoc. But it’s especially nice to see our friend Pooh again, as he stands as a symbol of the inherent good in the interconnected worlds of Kingdom Hearts.

Pooh’s goodness actually stands in opposition to his storyline from the first Kingdom Hearts. Darkness befell the 100-Acre Wood back then, scattering Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit and every single one of Pooh’s other friends around the world. Pooh, it seemed, was now forever alone. With Sora’s help, Pooh reunited with the rest of his crew, one of Sora’s many acts of kindness throughout the series.

It’s less nice to see Master Xehanort again, even if it’s no surprise. After years of build-up and backstory about Xehanort, Organization XIII and their fight against the Keyblade Masters, this tease is a reminder that things are coming to an end.

Kingdom Hearts 3 launches Jan. 29, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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