Kingdom Hearts 4 being awfully quiet since popping its head up back in 2022 has caused quite the ruckus between long-term fans of the RPG franchise. Safe to say that we’re beyond due an update right about now — even more so now that developer Square Enix has tied all the knots with Final Fantasy 16, and has, from the looks of it, moved its resources over to the next big IP. Does this mean we’ll be seeing the fourth mainline installment in the Disney-Pixar series at some point in 2024? Who knows. Either way, we’ll be scraping the barrel of all its content for the duration of the trip, regardless.
While on the subject of scraping the barrel, we thought we’d chalk up all the details that have come to light since Square Enix first revealed the game last year. Or better yet, the worlds that have surfaced since the first announcement. Care to read on? Here’s everything we currently know about Kingdom Hearts 4’s worlds, predications, and leaks.
Confirmed Worlds in Kingdom Hearts 4
At present, Square Enix has only confirmed the one playable world: Quadratum—an expansive metropolis inspired by Tokyo, Japan. According to the devs, this world will serve as the “initial base within the game”, and that players will “spend time there and then go to different worlds and then go back there.” So, a hub area, of sorts—a world in which a great deal of the narrative will unfold, but also leave several portals to expand on other Disney-related story arcs.
The good news is, there will, in fact, be a whole bunch of Disney-Pixar worlds to explore. Not that this comes as much of a surprise, what with the series being known for its association with the Mouse and his band of magical friends. Having said that, it’s always a bit of comfort to hear it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.
It is believed that Kingdom Hearts 4 will feature a multitude of external worlds outside of the central one. However, this is where things get a little tricky, as Square has still yet to actually tease any of the details.
Rumored & Leaked Worlds
Since Square Enix formally announced Kingdom Hearts 4 back in 2022, several leakers and insiders have flocked to social networks to share the details on the game’s worlds and its characters. Before we go on, though, it is worth pointing out that, while some of the leaks carry some amount of credibility, we cannot say that anything in the following list will make the cut. Fact is, until Square decides to shed light on the matter, it’s mostly speculation at this point.
As it stands, leakers have teased a dozen or more worlds—only several of which are Disney-Pixar themed, whereas the others are original biomes set around the “Lost Master” story arc and the central city of Quadratum. For what it’s worth, though, here are the worlds that have been called out so far:
- Endor (Star Wars)
- Atlantis (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
- Land of the Dead (Coco)
- Oakey Oaks (Chicken Little)
- Island of Nomanisan (The Incredibles)
- RLS Legacy (Treasure Planet)
- Palace of the Sun (The Emperor’s New Groove)
Again, it’s worth taking everything with a grain of salt at this moment in time, as Square has yet to make the complete announcement. If we had to hazard a guess, however, then we’d say that the franchise most likely to make the cut would be Star Wars. Why? Well, it’s been in the cards for a number of years now, and has been the top choice for die-hard fans of the Kingdom Hearts series, too. Plus, who wouldn’t want a lightsaber keyblade, right?
Kingdom Hearts 4 Release Date
Right now, we can’t say for certain when Kingdom Hearts 4 will breach the consoles and PC storefront. That said, it’s believed that Square will be chasing up a late 2024 launch, which would technically slot it into a five-year development period; Kingdom Hearts 3 released in 2019. But again, nothing is set in stone, so we can’t really confirm anything just yet.
Kingdom Hearts 4 Platforms
Before Square made the decision to branch out to Xbox and PC, Kingdom Hearts was exclusive to PlayStation. However, times have since changed, so it’d make sense that the fourth installment would arrive on all major platforms. Having said that, it’s hard to believe that the likes of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will receive the same attention — more so now that most developers have decided to move away from ex-gen hardware. But again — who knows?
Kingdom Hearts 4 Trailer
Thanks to a select number of online showcases and streaming events, we do at least have an idea of what Kingdom Hearts 4 will look like. What’s more, we also know that Sora, Donald, and Goofy will be reprising their roles for an entirely new series of events known as the Lost Master arc. According to the devs, this will take place after the events of Kingdom Hearts 3, as well as the rhythm-based spin-off, Melody of Memory. You can check out the latest trailer of Kingdom Hearts 4 in the video embedded above.
We’re still a fair ways off from seeing Kingdom Hearts 4 grace the shelves, true. That said, there’s a strong chance that we’ll be seeing a new update at some point before year’s end. If all goes according to plan, we should, in theory, see something pop up before Q1 2024. That is, of course, providing Square Enix doesn’t stick to its silent stance for the sake of building hype.
Whatever the case, you can check in with the official social feed for all the latest updates here. In the meantime, if we do happen to spot anything even the slightest bit noteworthy, we’ll be sure to let you know all the details right here on gaming.net.
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