Seven months after its existence was outed by the GeForce Now database leak, we finally got our first set of Kingdom Hearts 4 details. As part of the series’ 20th anniversary celebrations, Square Enix unveiled the announcement trailer, showing Sora’s updated look, a boss battle, a new city, and much more. A mysterious new character named Strelitzia also made her debut. Although this is her first mainline game, Strelitzia is no stranger to those who’ve played smartphone game Kingdom Hearts Union X.
When will Kingdom Hearts 4 release?
Unfortunately, Square Enix didn’t announce a release window for Kingdom Hearts 4 or confirm launch platforms. While we can safely assume that the game will launch on the PlayStation 5, its PS4 release is uncertain. The press release states that Kingdom Hearts 4 will be set in Quadratum, which is described as “a large, expansive city set in a gorgeous, realistic world unlike anything ever seen before” in the series, implying that the development team is looking to overhaul things. If that’s the case, a PS4 release seems less likely. Besides, it looks like the game is a ways away from release in true Square Enix fashion so the further down the road it releases, the less chances it’ll land on last-gen platforms due to hardware limitations. Nothing that one wouldn’t expect at this point in the lifecycle, however.
Kingdom Hearts 4 will see Donald and Goofy return in their roles of Sora’s trusty companions. The game will feature an epic new storyline titled the “Lost Master Arc.” In addition to this, Square Enix announced a new mobile game titled Kingdom Hearts Missing Link. “This glimpse into Sora’s next adventure is just the beginning – we can’t wait to show more when the time is right,” said Walt Disney Games director Nana Gadd.