As far as departures go, it doesn't get any bigger than this. Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory has just been announced for PlayStation 4, arriving later this year, and it doesn't look to be your typical RPG affair. In fact, it appears to consist of numerous mini-games rather than battling the forces of evil in various Disney worlds. Check out the reveal trailer above for more context.
As you can see, Sora, Donald, and Goofy appear to be competing with each other in an on-rails match full of enemies and cues to hit. There also seems to be some sort of rhythm game as Sora hits coloured orbs in time with the beat. The story behind it all does link in with Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind so prepare for even more baffling, convoluted storytelling.
We don't really know what to make of this. What do you think? Share your first impressions in the comments below.
Sounds horrible. 😆
Oh man, I used to be really into Kingdom Hearts. Emphasis on ‘used to’.
If the price is right I'm interested in this, kingdom hearts have really good soundtrack.
"We don't really know what to make of this."
As a Switch owner, I do. Just don't ask me to put what I feel into words, because there might be kids on this site.
... What am I even watching?!
TAKE ALL MY MONEY PAPA NOMURA. A rhythm game with this amazing music and the characters fighting stuff is AMAZING. AND THERE'S A KH3 STYLE KAIRI GAME IN THERE SET AFTER THE EVENTS OF RE:MIND. THIS IS THE BEST MORNING I'VE HAD IN FOREVER. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS. Get out of my way Last of Us, Yakuza 7, Cyberpunk 2077, and all the other games. KINGDOM HEARTS IS HERE.
This is the one thing I don't like about the Kingdom Heart story-telling pattern - even these smaller games have some nuggets of story that would integrate into the "main series".
It's like "If you missed it, you aren't a true fan". It was really bad when cell-phone-only-in-Japan story made it into main games.
The Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest rhythm games on 3DS were cool, I'll keep an eye on this. You can tell this is a low budget affair though, they've gone back to reusing PS2 assets.
@GamingFan4Lyf aren't the mobile games available outside of Japan though?
I can't say this is my kind of game but it's interesting how some franchises get away with this kind of thing and others don't. There are about 9 Mario Party games and no one says "man, remember when Mario was a platformer?" when a new one comes out. Same for things like Pokemon Snap and various Zelda spin-offs like that Tingle game and Tetra's Treasure Tracker or whatever it's called.
@GamingFan4Lyf Even as a Kingdom Hearts megafan, I'm with you there. I loathed how much of that stupid mobile game's lore was almost required knowledge for KH3 and how much it seems to tie into the future of the series. I eat the KH lore up like candy and I still don't care at all about KHUX's lore.
@Matroska The main difference is that those series don’t attempt to connect the spin-offs with the main plot. And there’s enough games in the main series without wasting 10 years making spin-offs before the third game!
This reminds me of theatrythm final fantasy on 3DS. It's an interesting choice for the franchise, although i do question whether enough of the songs in kh are iconic enough for such a release. A few years ago i'd probably have been all over this. After KH3....i'm not so sure!
@Orpheus79V They are now vie Re:[whatever], but at the time there was stuff tied to those mobile titles in other titles that was completely missed.
I might get it because I love the music of KH but do they really need to make the story even more convoluted, especially for new players of the franchise
Love the soundtrack and rhythm games so this is a win.
I just think, with every new entry, they're steadily going to lose more and more members of the fanbase. I haven't played a Kingdom Hearts game, although my brother has played them all, and from what I understand, KH3 was meant to be the definitive and ultimate conclusion to all of the games so far, but now they're just continuing it, making it more and more confusing. It's completely daunting to me, since I have limited time and don't want to have to play 14 different main title games, spin offs and mobile games to even understand the plot. I feel like a soft reboot is sorely needed
@Matroska exactly. Some franchises and companies always get a free pass.
Can't wait. Love rhythm games and the Thearhythm games are super fun. So if i get plot as a bonus, that's a great deal for me.
@Matroska Thats true but they dont put key story telling in every game.
It's like the worst part of KH2, Atlantica, is now its own game.
@AlexSora89 I don't understand what's keeping them from porting it to switch. They would make so much money from just the old collections alone. Not even talking about KH3.
Bingo. My guess is that Square didn't read the fine print on Sony's documents, and now PS4 got the all-in-one package about the same day Xbox One got 1,5+II.2 and 2.8 as separate collections instead of The Story So Far.
Never been into conspiracy theories, to be honest, but there are way too much shenanigans involved. I wouldn't be surprised if Sony had something to do with the no-Nintendo-console stigma for numbered entries.
The utter lack of Kairi "KH-style gameplay" seems to suggest otherwise.
Wait, So this is NOT A JOKE?!
@AlexSora89 I meant KH3 style visuals. Not gameplay.
Man, this looks super dated with those HD collection assets! Wish they'd done a Theatrhythm / KH mobile-style look instead. Oh well!
@AlexSora89 I agree. Same thing with Persona and Atlus on Nintendo systems. Or maybe Atlus just hates Nintendo.
Kingdom Hearts is becoming a parody of itself...
@NinjaWaddleDee KH3 would NOT run on switch. The PS4 even has trouble running it at times.
@Dexeronstarsurge Right, which is why I mentioned the ps2 remasters.
@NinjaWaddleDee "Or maybe Atlus just hates Nintendo."
You realize probably 70% or more of Atlus' output last gen was for Nintendo systems exclusively, right? That support continued every year from 2013 through to the present year.
Other than Catherine, literally all Playstation consoles get are Persona games. Everything else that's internally developed (i.e. not Vanillaware, etc.) goes to Nintendo. And even at least one Persona spinoff series (Persona Q + Q2) is Nintendo exclusive as well.
@NinjaWaddleDee It's obvious that Atlus has an exclusivity deal in place with the mainline Persona games with Sony. That's why only spin-off titles appear on other consoles. But it's the same with SMT and Nintendo. It's clear there's one in place there as well, which is why they only come out on Nintendo systems.
@thefirst Do you plan on going back and playing thru all the games in 2.5 and 2.8? (KH2, Birth by Sleep, Dream Drop, and BBS 02. Fragmentary Passage)
@RayNick @RBMango @AlexSora89 @wiiware Despite what everyone else is saying in these comments, I am super stoked/hyped and looking forward to playing the musical parts and watching the new post-"ReMind DLC" cutscenes!
@KidBoruto I still remember the title screen theme song (dearly beloved) from kingdom hearts 1 on ps2 from 18 years ago, this series really have great soundtrack 😃
@wiiware I just hope I won't suck too bad at the rhythm parts haha XD.
I wonder if we'll be getting any 3D gameplay at all, or will it only be cutscenes?
@KidBoruto I hope the game isn't too difficult or have easier mode, I think maybe there's little 3D gameplay but not full game.
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