To the delight of many fans, Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts IV yesterday. The tantalizing movie trailer shows a more grown-up looking air exploring a real-life human city that has been relentlessly invaded. Of course, the video raises countless questions, but it also allows us to gush about what we’d like to see in the highly anticipated sequel.
That’s why we, Kingdom Hearts fans game informer Office, couldn’t help but share our personal hopes and dreams for the next game. Let us know what you think of our wishlist and be sure to share your own wishes and expectations in the comments!
There are two things I most want from Kingdom Hearts IV: a new Pirates of the Caribbean world built on the Kingdom Hearts III iteration, and a Dream Drop dive into the world of Quadratum, Verum Rex, and finally , Nomura’s Final Fantasy and the Thirteen Frankenstein Monsters via Kingdom Hearts.
Nomura’s canceled Verum XIII game is well known, and if you’ve played Kingdom Hearts III, you know how many Verum Rex video games exist in its universe. Nomura is working on this failed project in one way or another, and I respect that dedication. It looks like he’s going to make it happen with Kingdom Hearts is the most important thing Nomura has ever done. Kingdom Hearts III gave us a taste of what it would look like, but I hope that in some way, shape or form, Kingdom Hearts IV contains more of Nomura’s Versus XIII in it.
Oh, I wish we could get a Star Wars world in Kingdom Hearts IV.While we’re at it, let’s get some MCU love there too, if only to see Nomura recreate the famous Avengers: Endgame In the portal scene, we see Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Mickey appear alongside the likes of Spider-Man and Black Panther.
I’ll start my upcoming rant by revealing that I’m actually a Kingdom Hearts fan. Not a diehard, but I finished and enjoyed almost every game to some degree. That said, what I want more than any cinematic representation, combat mechanic, or zip-up attire is an improvement in the series’ brutal writing. I’m not talking about its overly complicated narrative. That ship has sailed (mostly over my head). I mean actual spoken dialogue.
Playing Kingdom Hearts III made me realize that I’ve moved beyond the cheesy, clunky talk of the franchise. The dialogue in these games is always unnaturally stiff, full of awkward mid-sentence pauses and uncomfortable silences before anyone speaks again. I put up with it in the 2000s/2010s, but it pushed me against a wall in KH III, taking away the solemnity of many emotional moments.
Since we’re clearly heading to the “real” world in KH IV, we’re following suit by making Sora and Co. speak and express closer to real humans rather than inadvertently imitating bad anime tropes. Writing doesn’t need to be Naughty Dog’s level of excellence (feel free to surprise me), I don’t mind it being silly.Conversation only needs better one. I think my wish is as possible as Sora helping Maggie the cow range house the world, but one can dream.
Oh, we can finally get one based on a high-flying movie, Finished a playable rendition of “Eye to Eye”? Pretty, Square?
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I hope Kingdom Hearts IV helps us understand where Sora is. In Kingdom Hearts III, we see Sora save and switch places with Kyrie after Xehanort sends her heart into the void. The biggest question for me after it’s over is:
1. Where is Sora? Is he dead, lost, or forgotten?
2. What does it mean to die in Kingdom Hearts? Is this where Theon is forgotten?
3. And, most importantly, will Sora become a Keyblade Master like his best friend Riku, will he learn to use the power of awakening?
My second hope is that Kingdom Hearts IV will reveal many unresolved major plot points from the previous games.
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My last wish is to be able to switch between the protagonists again, like being born in my sleep. It’s fun to experience the main story from three different perspectives and use characters with different fighting styles. I would love to experience Kingdom Hearts IV from the footage of Kairi, Sora and Riku as they find their way back to each other.
It’s hard to say where Kingdom Hearts should go now, especially with KH4 leaning toward realism in its first trailer. Clearly, Lucasfilm and the Marvel Universe could easily be seen as the next potential world to explore. Let Sora go on a treasure hunt with Indiana Jones, and let him and the Guardians of the Galaxy travel around the stars on a Gummy boat. Both are doable and fun, but I hope KH4 can lean towards the other half that makes Kingdom Hearts special to me in the first place. Give me more Final Fantasy characters and worlds!
I haven’t played any games since Kingdom Hearts II, but I know that existing Final Fantasy characters have all but disappeared in KH III, although some aspects of Final Fantasy Versus XIII/Final Fantasy XV integrated into the series. Let Donald, Goofy and Sora explore Ivalice, Midgar, Balamb Garden or Eorzea with these in-game characters.Sure, Disney is the big name for selling copies of games, but these days I’d rather see FFXII’s Balthier come out than Luca or charm Change it up a bit and go back to the roots of the series. Beyond that, I hope Nomura finally makes the Versus XIII that he’s been dying to get rid of the system for over a decade. It is clear that he cannot get rid of these ideas until they are realized in some form or way.
Kingdom Hearts IV’s move of the series into the real world has greatly opened up the possibility of things that can be done and, in turn, what I want in the next game. I never felt like what could happen to the series suddenly looked like they could. I’m excited to explore Quadratum and see how much it draws inspiration from Tokyo and its landmarks. The realistic settings and graphics also fit well with Disney’s Marvel and Star Wars properties. Unfortunately, whether we see Marvel or Star Wars worlds/characters really comes down to Disney. Kingdom Hearts III has been a financial success, so it could potentially make Disney more captive, but as we’ve heard from director Tetsuya Nomura, Disney’s approval process can be challenging and complicated. But please make it happen. Having said that, I hope the anime world still has a place in IV. If we’re going to minecraft wish list: turn red, charm, Moanaand cocoa Highest ranking.
I’d also like to see Final Fantasy characters brought back for IV in some meaningful way. Sora now looks like it’s jumping straight out of the Final Fantasy series (twined with Squall), which is fitting. On the topic of gameplay, gives me the super bosses and intense combat that those earlier works were known for, but adds more verticality and destruction options. The trailer shows it going in that direction, which makes me happy, especially since Sora now has a grappling hook and slides through buildings. I love Flowmotion in Dream Drop Distance and I got that feeling when I saw the IV in action, especially when Sora was swinging on the pole and launching in the air, so I hope the IV feels more like an upgrade .
In order not to spoil anything, I will keep my story short. While Kingdom Hearts III offers some conclusions, it also leaves a lot behind, and many characters still need their moments in the sun (Lea and Kairi, ahem). I also feel that IV’s tendency to be more realistic is to make the story darker, dig deeper into the themes of loss and friendship, and maybe even finally help us let go of Sora. I love Sora, but it’s time for a newcomer to take his mantle and the series to surpass him. If anything, it’s that you can’t really be sure where Kingdom Hearts is going next, because Nomura has proven that no matter how many mysterious clues he leaves us, he’s full of surprises. This is the biggest shift we’ve seen in the series, and I don’t mind being accepted as it could be a fantastic rebirth of a new generation that takes things to exciting new levels.
For more on Kingdom Hearts IV, be sure to read about how it was developed using Unreal Engine 5, speculation about Star Wars’ Endor appearing in the trailer, and the announcement of the new KH mobile game Missing-Link .