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Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts IV today during the franchise’s 20th anniversary event.
Kingdom Hearts III released in 2019. That entry came out more than a decade after Kingdom Hearts II released in 2005. However, Square Enix released multiple sub-titles between those numbered entries. We only have one spin-off, the 2020 Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory music game, released after Kingdom Hearts III so far.
That makes this relatively early announcement for KH4 a surprise.
The game’s first trailer shows an older (or perhaps just more realistic looking) Sora in a city setting. It may not look like Kingdom Hearts, but we also see Goofy and Donald Duck at the end of the reveal. The game has no release date or platforms listed.
Square Enix also revealed Kingdom Hearts: Missing-Link at the event, a more modest title that appears to be a prequel.
The actual city setting shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Kingdom Hearts fans who’ve seen KH3’s secret ending or played the game’s DLC story, Re Mind. Square Enix noted earlier that KH3 is the final chapter of the series’ first story, centered around the villain Xehanort. KH4 is continuing the plot themes introduced in Kingdom Hearts χ mobile/browser game, while also continuing from KH3’s epilogue.
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