Kingdom Hearts IV Announced by Square Enix


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Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts IV today at a 20th anniversary event for the franchise.

Kingdom Hearts III released in 2019. That entry came out more than a decade after the 2005 release of Kingdom Hearts II. However, Square Enix released multiple spin-off titles in between those numbered entries. We’ve only had one spin-off, the 2020 music game Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, which has been released after Kingdom Hearts III so far.

That makes this relatively quick announcement for KH4 a surprise.

The first trailer for the game shows an older (or maybe just more realistic looking) Sora in a city setting. It may not look much 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 unveiled Kingdom Hearts: Missing-Link at the event, a more modest title that appears to be a prequel story.

The realistic city environment should come as no surprise to Kingdom Hearts fans who have seen KH3’s secret ending or played the game’s DLC story, Re Mind. Square Enix previously noted that KH3 was the final chapter of the series’ first storyline, which centered around the villain Xehanort. KH4 continues plot threads introduced in the mobile/browser game Kingdom Hearts χ, as it continues with the cliffhanger ending of KH3.

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