Update: Square Enix has shared the first official info for Kingdom Hearts IV, explaining that it kicks off the new “Lost Master Arc”, as well as sharing a set of official screenshots which you can see below.
Today, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the KINGDOM HEARTS franchise, SQUARE ENIX® and Disney announced that KINGDOM HEARTS IV, the newest installment in the beloved RPG series, is in early development, and also revealed a brand-new mobile game, KINGDOM HEARTS Missing-Link.
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.
In a special 20th Anniversary event for the Kingdom Hearts series held in Japan today, Square Enix has unveiled the franchise’s next mainline title.
Capping off a video montage highlighting the future of Kingdom Hearts, the nearly three-minute trailer showcases some stunning visuals and sets a darker and somewhat more realistic art direction. There’s a tiny bit of combat gameplay included, too. Check it out at around 4:05 in the below:
No further details have been announced aside from a tagline of “Magic in the making”.