Kingdom of Corona
During Square Enix's E3 Conference on June 16, 2015, Sora was shown exploring areas of Kingdom of Corona. During the Square Enix Presents segment of E3 2015, Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that the Kingdom of Corona was one of the first worlds to be considered for Kingdom Hearts III.
During the D23 Expo Japan 2018 convention, Tetsuya Nomura explained that gameplay footage of Kingdom of Corona was delayed due to needing time to refine the rendering of Rapunzel's hair, which is designed to interact with the terrain of the world.
Settings and Areas
Sora, Donald and Goofy arrive in a forest. Rapunzel's tower is nearby, although it cannot be entered.
The world mainly consists of forests. At one point, there is an small cave which can be entered.
The town of Corona that surrounds the castle can be explored to an extent.
Before Kingdom Hearts III
Born with the golden hair with healing magic, Rapunzel was kidnapped by Mother Gothel ever since Rapunzel was a baby. Mother Gothel raised Rapunzel ever since, warning Rapunzel of the dangers of the outside world. This eventually led to Mother Gothel psychologically manipulating Rapunzel to stay in a hidden tower and never set foot outside. Every year on her birthday, Rapunzel would secretly peer out through the tower window to view the floating lanterns. Unknown to Rapunzel, the floating lanterns were set by Rapunzel's biological parents, the king and queen of Corona.
Kingdom Hearts III
Sora, Donald, and Goofy idly wander through the forest of Corona, not knowing their reason in visiting such a tranquil world. The trio runs into Flynn Rider, who is trying to escape from a group of Heartless. As the trio prepares to take down the Heartless, Flynn quickly flees.
After taking down the group of Heartless, Sora wonders where Flynn went, and began to backtrack to a dead end of the forest. Presumed that Flynn escaped safely, Sora accidentally discovers a secret passage hidden by foliage. The trio follows the secret passage to the hidden tower, where Flynn is being held captured by Rapunzel. Rapunzel makes a deal with Flynn, by returning the his satchel in exchanged for a safe round journey to view the floating lanterns.
As Sora, Donald, and Goofy reunites with Flynn, as Rapunzel for the first time, sets foot outside.
Notes and references
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