Kingdom Hearts 3 developer Square Enix is offering players a replica chess set for $700, and the only problem is that you can’t actually play a game of chess on it.
Inspired by the young Xehanort and Eraqus scenes in Kingdom Hearts 3, the Alba and Ater set is available on the US Square Enix store (opens in new tab) for $699.99. Although visually striking and a must-have for truly devoted Kingdom Hearts fans, the ‘chess’ set is merely a decorative piece, and you can’t actually use it to play a real game of chess.
“I want to line the pieces up—yours and mine.”Originally featured in Kingdom Hearts III as Eraqus and Xehanort pit their wits against each other, the Alba and Ater set has been brought to life! Pre-order yours now: https://t.co/7SrP7cjqFY pic.twitter.com/wwMa3XCohPNovember 15, 2021
Just like in Kingdom Hearts 3, the set comes with several intricately detailed chess pieces, 16 light and 16 dark – all of which represent a character in the Kingdom Hearts series including Sora, Kairi, Riku, as well as series enemies Xehanort, Ansem, Xemnas, and more. A quick glance from a chess professional would be able to tell that this is not appropriate to play on, but just in case, Square Enix also states on the website that: “This is not a game. No rules are included.”
Kingdom Hearts fans are currently living their best lives after it was revealed that main protagonist Sora would be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a sword fighter. Nintendo and Kingdom Hearts fans alike thought it would be almost impossible to get Sora into the fighting game considering Disney also holds the rights to the Square Enix property. Even Smash series creator Masahiro Sakurai said he had little hope for the crossover until he had a chance encounter with a Disney representative at an award show.
Fancy giving the Square Enix x Disney crossover game a go? Good news, the complete Kingdom Hearts series is now available on the Nintendo Switch via cloud versions.