This news will be a few days old by now, but I really wanted to talk about it a bit. So to get started, Kingdom Hearts is not, in fact, finished. It’s still going and it’s following in the footsteps of Final Fantasy XV now. That is, it’s going to look a bit more realistic. How much more? Well, check out the trailer below and see for yourself.
So there it is. Kingdom Hearts 4 is in development and it’s looking like at least one of the worlds is going to be some sort of fictional Tokyo. Before we go on, I should say that I’m not exactly a Kingdom Hearts fan anymore. I fell off that particular boat when Square Enix set out to make one of the most confusing stories in gaming. With Kingdom Hearts through Kingdom Hearts II, I felt like I knew what was up, and I was invested in the lives of Sora and his friends. After that though, after all the side games and extra stuff, I was out. I didn’t (and still don’t) understand what was going on, and I don’t care to. It also didn’t help that Kingdom Hearts III had a habit of wasting, but that’s a whole other thing. The point is, this reaction isn’t coming from a fan of the current games.
All that said though, it was nice to see things finally come to what could have been an end. Yet, here we are again. Instead of either finally letting the series rest or at least letting Sora’s story end, wee are again going to travel the worlds with Sora, Donald and Goofy (and probably hear their names another few hundred times in the process). This time though, they’re visiting a/the modern world? Are we finally breaking the fourth wall at long last? Are they all going to find out that they’re just toys after all (which would be kind of funny as a Toy Story reference)? I don’t know. All I know is that the plot (wherever it may be by now) is about to get even more lost.
Okay, that’s enough dumping on it. To be fair, this probably a great day for fans of the series, and I do hope you’ll be able to enjoy this next one even more than you did Kingdom Hearts 3. 🙂
What do you think of the Kingdom Hearts series? Are you psyched for this one or a bit concerned? How come?
Image from the Kingdom Hearts III E3 trailer
I’m not very excited for Kingdom Hearts anymore, either. I just couldn’t keep up with the series anymore, especially once they released a mobile Kingdom Hearts game. I just had no desire to play that game, and now that I’m being more and more left behind in terms of the series’ story, I’ve really lost interest.
When KH4 releases in…ten years…maybe more…I really can’t say if I’ll give it another chance or not. Kingdom Hearts has become like Final Fantasy for me. I somewhat planned on buying Final Fantasy 15 years ago…and then when I had the money for it, I spent it on other games that looked more interesting. And now that FF15 has released over five years ago, I have zero interest now. KH4 might end up the same way for me.
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They just went off the deep end in terms of the writing, so you can’t really understand what’s going on. So there’s no playing for the story.
Gameplay-wise the series is all over the map. The first two games were fun; the GBA card game was confusing; the PSP game was just plain boring. the 3DS game had interesting gameplay, but they immediately dropped in in KH3 in favor of a even more drawn-out and flashy systems. The worlds weren’t even as explorable as they were in KH2. So there’s no playing the series for its gameplay.
The keep revisiting the same Disney worlds over and over again, and they kind of gave up trying to create in-universe versions of their stories and actually giving Sora a reason to be there. It’s just overstayed its welcome, I think.
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