Kingdom Hearts 4 has been announced as part of the series' 20th-anniversary celebration. No platforms are confirmed and neither is a possible release date. The trailer ends with the phrase "magic in the making", suggesting the title is still quite a ways off. The announcement comes at the end of the trailer embedded above, which features a big compilation of all the footage shown during the anniversary event in Tokyo.
In a press release, Walt Disney Games director Nana Gadd explained how honoured the team is to work with Tetsuya Nomura for two decades. "This glimpse into Sora’s next adventure is just the beginning – we can’t wait to show more when the time is right."
Are you excited? Let us know in the comments below.
Running in UE5 and no new Trailer this Summer according to Japanese Twitter. Maybe at Tokyo Games Show or next year lol
I can't believe this guy from the last Smash DLC gets his own game
Coming in 2035 on ps7, hope you KH fans can hold out.
Really excited for all the super original jokes in this comment section about how long it's going to take to come out 🙄🙄🙄
I thought 3 was supposed to be the last one - guess not 🤣🤣🤣
@IonMagi Do you have a link to that?
Please just let this be the end of Sora's story at least. I don't think I'll live long enough to keep waiting for whatever future KH story will be out there
Absolute nonsensical madness that I'm all for and will buy day one.
@LiamCroft Its from a Fan thats at the 20th Anniversary Event today. Auto Translation is a bit wonky obviously
MY BOI LOOKS GLORIOUS!!! 😭😭😭😭 This looks like the FF Versus XIII we never got AAAAAAAH and who was that guy talking to Donald and Goofy AAAAAH SO MANY QUESTIONS THE HYPE BEGINS AGAIN!!! 🥳🎉🎉🎉🎊🎊🎊🎊❤️❤️❤️
@Keyblade-Dan I assume it's Axel but I'm probably wrong.
See you guys in ten years when this releases.
@RiceC03 they said before release it was the end of the “Dark Seeker Saga” but not the whole series.
So excited for this - but will be more so nearer release.
Unsure how to feel. Love most of the games but 3 was such a colossal letdown and I’m not entirely fond of the direction they’re going in.
Another one from the Nvidia leak then.
Am I excited?
*Insert Daniel Bryan Yes! Gif
Sigh, I was hoping for a Kingdom Hearts game to be released this year.
Who cares. Square has all but burned their bridges with me. KH3 was a mess, nothing resembling a cohesive story. FFXV was a half finished mess with a horrific last 10 hours. And these are games that took eons to develop. Kingdom Hearts skipped the entire PS3 generation. Then I see other companies like From Software put out excellent games every 2-3 years.
I thought with the end of the Dark Seeker saga/storyline, the next MC would be a new protagonist or a returning one (Riku or Kairi maybe) but it's still Sora... oh well, can't wait for more of Nomura's cringey dialogue/writing xD
I like the Giga Drill Break reference when he's confronting the Heartless
@RBMango The Blue flame intrigued me a lot and very surprisingly unless we play as Donald and Goofy, Mickey or perhaps Kairi it looks like there truly might be no Disney levels this time I'm beyond intrigued
@Keyblade-Dan I predict that the Sora part of the story will take place entirely in Quadratum, but we get Disney worlds with other playable characters. There's no way a numbered entry won't have mostly Disney worlds.
Oh god, why ...Why, Square Enix, why?
...Whatever. Here we go again, I guess. Can't wait to play this in about ...20 years on my Xbox PlayStation Cloud Ultra 12K holographic streaming device.
Cool, I hope it's next-gen only, can't wait to see the full performance of games made for next-gen hardware only 😃
Interesting. Flowmotion, shotlocks, and form changes all make a return. Makes sense that they'd import most of the tech/gameplay from KH3/UE4. Curious about Donald and Goofy running into (apparently) Hades. No Xiggy details yet. Although I anticipate an overly complicated Nomura script, I remain optimistic about it all.
It’s hard to get hyped after the disappointment from kingdom hearts 3.
I feel you but I say direct your blame towards SquareEnix for having arguably the worst development timeframes in the entire industry. I was 16 when FFXV was announced and 26 when it released. Nations have been created and collapsed in less time than it takes them to put out a game. Their development schedule is a joke I got tired of a long, long time ago.
@RBMango That sounds really likely I would say I REEEEEALLY want a world based on Raya And The Last Dragon but I don't want them to go to Kumandra without Sora 😭I need Sora having banter with Awkwafina Dragon in my life 😅
Don't like Disney so skipping this.
NVidia strikes again! (Should I bother with KH3 if I've never played any of the others?)
Ah shi here we go agane
@get2sammyb i believe kh 3d has a library that recaps important events in the series so id suggest playing 3d then 3
Loved this trailer. Looks like they’re taking a page out of the FF7R book.
Also: how does the “1.5+2.5” or whatever version hold up today?
@Niktaw @nessisonett @helloim_anthony
I was curious and checked kh3 score and has an 83. The second one, which is the one I played, has a 87. It could be worse but how you guys talk about it seems like I would have expected a 70 something.
This will probably come out the same year that the final part of Final Fantasy 7 Remake comes out. Oh, wait, maybe that will only be Part 2 the way things are going...
Never been my thing. Great for fans.
@Ultrasmiles Hmm, okay thanks for the response. I don't think I'll care much for the story really to be honest, I just quite liked the Toy Story level I played at a convention once.
@Voltan great games , many believe kh 2 final mix is the best kh game
I thought I was done with Kingdom Hearts, but I guess not. Ignoring the mobile games bc zzzzzz but KH4 looks impressive. I enjoyed KH3 gameplay but found the story really shat the bed in the last few hours, so I'm gonna look forward to KH4 just for more fun gameplay. Time for my annual KH2FM replay!
1-bullshot trailer akin to ff15 rereveal
2-last game sucked
3-zero info = probably 3-4 years away from release
4-even more important lore relegated to gacha trash
hype level 5%
@Voltan Sounds like somebody wants to play Kingdom Hearts now that a new one has been announced...
I've never played the series at all despite wanting to in the past. It all sounds like a daunting and confusing task though, which has always been the case for me even after the 1.5+2.5 release and such on PS4.
Not even the people that dig up and explain the lore in FromSoft games could crack this series' storyline. KH1 was pretty straightforward but KH2 and each entry after turned the plot into an indecipherable fever dream. Any attempt at cohesion or a sensible plot was thrown out the window, but that is a part of these games' charm. The scene where Mickey Mouse is wearing an emo black leather zipper jacket and is supposed to be presented as this anime-ified powerful force of justice makes me laugh out loud every time at the off the charts ridiculousness of it all. Some say cringe, others say charm. You decide.
@nessisonett I definitely agree. I did not like 3. KH has always been kinda cringe, but my God...playing KH3 was kind of embarrassing.
To top it off, the lack of Final Fantasy or any substantial Square Enix crossover was really noticed, and massively disappointing.
KH3 is one of those games in a series you play, and then you wonder if you ever REALLY liked the series at all. I had to go back and play them, and I love pretty much every KH game, but 3 was really disappointing, and I can't help but blame Disney. IDK really hard to get hyped, and that's kinda sad.
I agree totally. Going back, it's like watching that kids show you loved as a kid but now you are thinking, "I actually enjoyed this?!" Like you are trying to crack the code of your own psyche and the effects of time on your tastes.
But to be honest, the first game (considered on its own merits) has a special place for me and I still replay it. Its whimsical, ridiculous, crossover was done well, and it had good gameplay.
@Keyblade-Dan Treasure Planet, The Incredibles, and A Bug's Life are the big three I now want to see in KH4. Turning Red would be a fun world too. I kept remarking to myself during the movie that it would make a great KH world.
"Woah, Donald! Check it out! We're in real life Tokyo! Hyuk!"
Boy talk about an announcement that came out of nowhere.
Not that I'm complaining.
And now the 4 year wait begins. xD
@Angelus3K what else has proven true? I haven't been keeping up
Ready for a billion more cutscenes with the words "light", "dark", "heart" and "friendship"!
@Voltan All the games are good-to-great except for 3. And even 3 can be enjoyed to an extent if you can turn your brain off, skip the cutscenes and enjoy the flashy combat. Hard to do the first playthrough though because it's so lore-heavy
@sajoey I won't make any jokes until 2030. I promise.
Ahaha this game will be spoken of in Legends by our desendants when they're playing on PS12 or like the guy above said PS7 😂😂
So Kingdom Hearts is set in modern-day Japan now?
Granted, I only played half of the first one, but I didn't get the sense the characters were from a universe similar to ours.
@sajoey You better believe it 🤣🤣
Oh Joy, can't wait to continue a story that should have ended 5 games ago!
Seriously, if you've never played Kingdom Hearts, don't play anything Past KH2. Kingdom Hearts 2 is one of the best PS2 games out there, but everything past that is utter dogS***. I expect this to be no different, especially after how much 3 sucked a**.
@Ralizah well if you’d play you’d know Sora isn’t from a world like ours and that something transpired for him to be sent to the “real” world, you could say.
Is it a cloud version?
Good for the fans that are interested. I tried but KH just doesn't click with me. I will say IV looks really pretty though at least. Hopefully it will release this console generation!
The combination with real life textures make this game looking like the last tom and jerry movie in the real world. Imo, this is an awful idea.
Holy crap that was amazing and the music as usual never lets down. Its kinda crazy how they still managed to make Sora's movements look natural despite the more realistic look. Please don't take years to release. I need kh4, ffxvi, and dq 12 within my lifetime
I thought the 3rd game was supposed to be last in the series. That’s what I heard anyways. I don’t know much about this series.
Hmmmmmmmmmm. As a giant fan of the first 2 games, but ultimately left very cold by the 3rd, i dont know what to make of this. I could quite happily have left the series after that. I am willing to give this a chance if Square make sure to improve the combat, and make the story more coherent. At this point it probably needs a reboot for that to happen though.
Also Square need to overhaul their development pipeline. If they have announced this, no 4 or 5 year wait for news or a release
Strelitzia looks neat. I'm not sure I've followed the story completely since Unchained came out, but as long as I'm having fun, do I care?
@skyshot doesn't seem that bullshotty. Pretty close to that Matrix demo visually.
Does anyone here think eventually that FF7 remake will switch to Unreal Engine 5 for future parts?
Strelitzia! Also, Missing Link looks too good for a mobile game, what's going on there?
Glad for the fans who have been waiting for this. I lost interest in the series a long time ago, the story being one of the key reasons, definitely one of the most convoluted stories I ever seen in gaming, or anything really.😵💫
@Ashina @gigiard: I could be wrong but didn't someone at the KH team (I think it might have been Nomura) once say that Sora will always remain the main protagonist or something like that? I doubt his story will end anytime soon.
@wiiware So, ps6?
i'll have to catch up on the series , i have the games but never fully beat them.
Poop, III is still sat in my backlog
Dear god, just let it die already!
Although, if they set the games worlds in the hideous live action Disney remakes to match the edgy graphics, it has the potential to be unintentionally hilarious!
Still, count me out, I'm done with this series. (And I used to be right into this series, bought a DS, 3DS, and a PSP just to play the respective spin off games for each system)
Better yet ditch Sora, Riku, the organisation, etc and make a game starring Donald & Goofy exploring various Disney worlds. I'd play that!
And the hype starts! This is looking awesome!
I hope Nomura doesn't add yet more story to boring Android games without replicating it to the numbered entries through cutscenes...
Edit: This comment section is making me sad. I'm a fan of the series, and I really enjoyed KH3. The story in the series is confusing, sure, mostly due to how spread out it is between games and platforms, but really no more confusing than most animes. Classic good vs evil / light vs darkness stuff, with some crazy concepts in the middle for fun. You can't seriously play a game where Final Fantasy meets Donald Duck and Goofy and expect it to be a masterpiece of literature, you know.
@get2sammyb I think you already know the answer to that question, haha. You can play and enjoy the game, in particular the individual worlds, but the story arc won't have much impact given you're not following the story. It's like skipping straight to the final arc of an anime.
I'd still recommend it if you're interested. It's a fun game either way. And if you like it, you can always expand your understanding of the story later. Also, KH4 shall start a brand new arc in the series, which means that if you like the gameplay of KH3, you can invest on the story starting with 4.
@RBMango Based on the blue light, I assumed it was Hades.
I'll forget about this probably til release day, number 3 was so bad after so long I've zero faith that the 4th will be good, unless they do a complete change to gameplay/mechanics
@Goat_FromBOTW It's definitely Hades. I don't know why I didn't put two and two together when I first saw it.
@Snake_V5 i think Ff7R will jump to Unreal 5, but i very much doubt it will be for Pt 2. Pt 3 possibly!
I'm excited for this new and fresh arc to the KH series.
In the years ahead, we'll piece together the mystery behind the enigmatic Masters of Masters.
Thats a amazing news. I l🖤ve the kingdom hearts games. Kingdom hearts 4 is going to look amazing on the ps5.word up son
I'm not even sure if I'm excited about this anymore...
I wonder how many words and subtitles the title will have? And how many zippers?
i think this random announcement is damage control for all the negativity coming out of s-e these days. they have been on a downward spiral and need to appease the shareholders with some news that actually getnerates buzz. not since the ff7r has there been anything interesting from s-e. we all know how mismanaged this company is so don't expect kh4 for at least 4-5 years. after completing kh3 and feeling rather disappointed and underwhelemed by the lack of new ideas (not to mention it was too easy for its own good and became a button masher), i think i should move on. the story really is as bad as people say — makes no sense and has lost all meaning. i would go as far to say that the story in the kingdom hearts franchse is the most trite, convoluted drivel i have seen in any media. period. other than nostalgia for nostalgia sake (if you have been there since the beginning) and the somewhat appealing character designs of the main cast, i do not understand what the apeal is and how this franchise has lasted as long as it has. we'll see if they can give this franchise the overhaul it needs but i won't count on it. better graphics are not going to be enough this time.
I would be shocked if this comes out before 2026
Pls let me remap the jump button to X and attack to Square...for the love of God...
lmfao please stop making these games.
It will be mildly entertaining to see just how different the actual final product looks compared to this tailored trailer made to deceptively look like gameplay. ala cyberpunk
Square Enix needs to get there Sh!% straight, and i don't think this announcement will do it.
I just can't get excited for these games anymore after 3.
Feels like one giant Disney advertisement more than a game, and I see it much more now that I'm older.
This trailer looks great, now just remove the Disney characters and set it only in real-world Japan, and I'll buy if for sure.
Seems like Nomura is still 'annoyed' about getting kicked from FF Versus XIII
@Vix They gave up their emulator obsession, which caused significant development problems for a lot of games, so they're not going to have ridiculous delays anymore. The game is most likely to release in three to four years.
2031 playstation 4, from a good reliable source lol
I hope they add a feature that summarizes the other side games. I haven’t played one of the non-main entries. It’s too hard to follow. Hated the flow motion too in KH3. I hope the game makes many great strides. The potential is there, just do it.
P.S. please have a Raya/Moana/Coco Worlds. Older movies with new worlds would be great too. I think “hub” worlds need to have more various characters involved from different franchises. Say the heartless devoured their world’s light and turned it into pure darkness. Then they escaped to the hub world but got separated. Maybe some questlines of finding different characters who lost their world and got lost on their way to the hub worlds in a few of the various playable worlds to encourage exploring more. Dunno if that makes sense. All have awesome possibilities for different Heartless. KH4 I have high hopes!
I hope Mr.Tetsuya Nomura and the other developers will first finish FF7 Remake before they focus on developing KH4.
@naruball Although it's already 1 year, somehow this gen still seems new to me, I think it's because I only played 2 next-gen only games (ratchet ps5 and demon's souls, returnal didn't feel like next-gen for me).
This gen still lack games that really feels next-gen, on previous gen, that game is uncharted 4.
There was a time when this would have made me so happy, but both the long wait and narrative incoherence of KH3 has soured this series for me.
All the characters arcs have all been flogged to death at this point. It’s like a TV series in its tenth season, well past its prime, and scrambling to find new worthwhile material.
It needs a brand new direction.
@Cherip-the-Ripper: https://www.pcgamer.com/nvidia-leaked-games-list-pc/ and https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/final-fantasy-9-remake-looks-more-likely-following-kingdom-hearts-4-announcement/
Annnnd now the waiting game...
@UnlimitedSevens Playing the board game in Birth by Sleep is a guilty obsession of mine. It's so damn fun, and really adds to the core game by having spells and junk you can use.
Played Judgement recently, and it has a board game similar to that, and I must have put 10 hours into it in that mode alone.
But yeah, the older games still hold a special place in my heart for sure. Not so much KH3.
@CWill97 The hub world thing would be cool, but will Disney allow that? They're kinda a pain in the butt to deal which Is why people was making theories that SE was gonna dump the Disney side of Kingdom hearts.
@wiiware yeah, I know what you mean. I've had a ps5 for a little less than a year and haven't been wowed by a ps5 only game yet, though I found Ratchet pretty spectacular and Astro's Playroom incredibly fun in new and exciting ways.
A new Tomb Raider and now a new Kingdom Hearts. List is filling up nicely with my old favorites.
How has no one mentioned the feet? I know I haven't played a KH game since 2 in 2006, but Sora always had huge clown shoes!
This is similar to discovering whether Toad wears a big hat or his head is shaped like a mushroom. Huge reveal!
@MisterXpoSay FF7 Remake Part 2 is being worked on by an entirely different director + development team within Square-Enix. KH4 being worked on will not delay FF7 Remake Part 2.
@Rob_230 @Snake_V5 I have a feeling that FF7 Remake Parts 2 & 3 will be made only with the Unreal Engine 5, which means they'll only be available on PS5/Xbox Series X/PC.
Switch users will get watered down Cloud versions probably, unless the rumored Switch Pro or Switch's successor is powerful enough to run Unreal Engine 5 games.
@shonenjump86 Kingdom Hearts III was always confirmed to be just the end of the "Dark Seeker/Xehanort Saga", not the entire franchise/series as a whole.
@Deadlyblack This announcement didn't come out of nowhere though, alot of fans were expecting KH4 to be revealed on April 10th at the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary event.
@Don We might still get a spinoff console game this year, only time will tell...I could see them announcing one during Square-Enix's Summer "Presents" (their version of a Nintendo Direct/PlayStation State of Play).
@IonMagi Tokyo Games Show or their next Orchestra event.
@Royalblues Marvel worlds would be dope! I'm pretty sure we are getting at least a Star Wars world, you can barely see an AT-ST's foot in the foresty area with waterfall near the beginning of the trailer.
@tabris95 I screamed in excitement when I saw that, loved Gurren Lagann.
@wiiware Not to mention we also have FF16, FF7 Remake Part 2, Spider-Man 2, Wolverine, Jedi Fallen Order 2, and many other "next-gen" games to look forward too.
We are gonna be spoiled rotten in 2023-2024...
@playstation1995 @throwmeaname @RenanKJ @Judal27 @ceedj @Fight_Teza_Fight @K1LLEGAL @Keyblade-Dan @danzoEX @RBMango Majorly hyped for the next main installment in the franchise! Day one purchase without a doubt, or a pre-order if I see any discounts or pre-order bonuses.
I hope we get to learn the Master of Master's true identity, what's inside the Black Box, and Yozora's full backstory.
@KidBoruto. Kingdom hearts games is always fun.word up son
@KidBoruto Seriously I NEED TO KNOW WHAT'S IN THAT DAMN BOX!!!! 😅
@KidBoruto do you have a source as far as I know the original dev team from FFVII will handle the full FFVII remake and Mr.Nomura is part of the original staff.
@RiceC03 Kingdom Hearts 3 was the end of Xenoharnort arc.
i expect Kingdom Hearts 4 to release in 2027/2028.
@Keyblade-Dan Some people are theorizing that a Book of Prophecies is inside the Black Box.
@MisterXpoSay Here's my source. There are other sites that back this statement up too.
@KidBoruto Thanks for the source. I hope SE will not delay the remaining Part or Parts of FFVII Remake you know what happened to Versus XIII i mean FFXV.
@MisterXpoSay I doubt that will happen again...with Versus 13 they had switched game engines twice and lost a director (Nomura).
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