Square Enix and Disney Announce ‘Kingdom Hearts IV’ is in Development

As part of the 20th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, Square Enix and Disney have announced that Kingdom Hearts IV is in development.

It’s fair to say that when the 20th anniversary celebrations for Kingdom Hearts were announced, no one expected Kingdom Hearts IV to be announced or even hinted at. But not only was the game announced to be in development, we also got a sneak peek at what the game will look like, though sadly there was no hint of a release date.

Sora appears in the new trailer with an updated look in a realistic world that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before in the Kingdom Hearts story:

In the announcement trailer, Sora makes a triumphant return with an updated look at the beginning of an epic new storyline titled the “Lost Master Arc.” Beginning with Sora facing off in a boss battle against a giant enemy, players are introduced to the Quadratum, a large, expansive city set in a gorgeous, realistic world unlike anything ever seen before in the Kingdom Hearts series. Fans will be excited to see the return of Sora’s well-known companions Donald and Goofy, in addition to the first appearance of Strelitzia, a mysterious new character who appears before Sora in this strange new setting.

On top of this huge announcement, fans can also look forward to Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link, an all-new game for iOS and Android devices, which allows players to embark on adventures from the realm of Scala ad Caelum into the real world. Players will be able to engage in exhilarating battles against the Heartless and discover a new, original story. A closed beta test is planned for 2022. Additionally, the Kingdom Hearts team announced that the highly anticipated final chapter of Kingdom Hearts Dark Road will be released in August 2022 as a free update to the Kingdom Hearts Union χ Dark Road app.

Are you excited to see Kingdom Hearts IV announced?


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