After nearly fourteen years since the release of Kingdom Hearts II, the long-awaited sequel to the beloved Disney/Final Fantasy crossover series, Kingdom Hearts III, has been released. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are thrilled to finally play what is being called the final installment of a series that spanned ten games, three re-releases, and an uncomfortable amount of fanart on any given Google Image search. Early reviews praised the game’s return to form and its newly added combat systems; however, the early praise is now turning to disgust as reviewers reach the game’s—and Donald Duck’s—midpoint.
Warning: spoilers ahead!
Kingdom Hearts III features many new worlds that Sora, Goofy, and Donald haven’t yet visited in their adventures, one of which is the Kingdom of Arendelle, the home of Frozen’s Queen Elsa. Upon their first meeting with Elsa, there’s a cutscene that introduces the characters to each other, as well as the new member of the villainous Organization Thirteen, Edgeblade Sorrowblood. In a split moment during this cutscene, it would seem that the animators made a huge mistake, as Donald Duck’s weird, grotesque, unnervingly detailed corkscrew penis is clearly visible in the frame.
What is not explained, however, is how lovingly crafted the Donald Duck model’s anatomically accurate member is.
We reached out to Square Enix for clarification. When questioned about the penis, one animator shrugged. “Animation is a complicated process. Sometimes you can’t erase all the mistakes. Luckily for us, it was just this small moment in this one scene. I’m just glad we caught the fisting scene between Goofy and Cloud Strife before it
Square Enix has posted an apology to everyone who bought the game, as well as offered everyone new copies of the game that exclude the cutscene in question. Oddly enough, only about 50% of players have accepted the new copies, the other 50% stating that they assume this “fits into the timeline somehow.”