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Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts IV today during the 20th anniversary event for the franchise.
Kingdom Hearts III was released in 2019. That entry came a decade after the 2005 release of Kingdom Hearts II. However, Square Enix released multiple spin-off titles between those numbered entries. We have only one spin-off, the 2020 music game Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, released after Kingdom Hearts III.
That makes this announcement surprisingly soon for KH4.
The first trailer for the game features an older (or perhaps more realistic) Sora in a city setting. It may not look like Kingdom Hearts, but we can see Goofy and Donald Duck at the public end. The game has no release date or listed platform.
Square Enix also unveiled Kingdom Hearts: Missing-Link at the event, a more casual title that appears to be a prequel story.
The actual city setting isn’t a surprise to any Kingdom Hearts fan who has seen the secret end of KH3 or the game’s DLC story, Re Mind. Square Enix noted that KH3 was the last chapter in the series’ first story arc, centered around the villain Zehanort. KH4 continues the plot threads introduced in the mobile / browser game Kingdom Hearts, while being taken from KH3’s Cliffhanger End.
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