Kingdom Hearts announces huge expansion, drops trailer for KH4

There’s not much that can get me out of bed at 7:00 a.m. on a Sunday. But when I learned Kingdom Hearts dropped a trailer on YouTube showcasing the future of the franchise, I got the coffee ready and here we are.

Celebrating 20 years of adventures, Kingdom Hearts just dropped trailers for multiple projects heading our way.

You can find the video on YouTube here: It’s a 7 minute video and you’ll want to watch it all.

Kingdom Hearts Union Dark Road Finale

First is the finale to Kingdom Hearts Union Dark Road. This is a game available on Android and IOS which dives into Master Xehanort’s past, and his path to becoming the villain in Kingdom Hearts. As you travel through the game, you arm yourself with cards and “engage in thrilling, strategic battles that test your skill and reflexes!” For those who have played this game since its inception, you’ll want to tune in for the finale. According to the trailer announcement, the finale will debut in August 2022.

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Kingdom Hearts Missing Link

Next is a brand new story with all-new characters. The graphics look stunning and the move set already catches my eye. This game seems very magic-centric, but also will allow you to form combo attacks like in the original trilogy. One scene from the trailer shows your character running up a building, you also see characters like Sora, Mickey, and Donald used in attack combos. It’s almost as if the OG characters are trophies on a pedestal and it allows you to use different magic strikes. There must be future announcements coming on Missing Link because it just said “Closed Beta Testing in 2022: for iOS/Android.”

Kingdom Hearts 4: The Lost Master Arc

The time all Kingdom Hearts fans have been waiting for. Where has Sora been? Will he ever come back? It seems all your questions and more will be answered in Kingdom Hearts 4. Cue the beautiful cinematography, calming music, and ominous yet optimistic quotes like “The heart resides in the soul, which in turn is guided by fate to its rightful place.”

“The choice is yours once more.” Then Sora appears, sleeping on a couch. Dazed and asleep in some random apartment, Sora is visited by a girl who tells him he’s been asleep “in this world” since he arrived seven days ago. “This world” is Quadratum. The girl tells Sora this world is an afterworld to them both.

If we’ve learned anything about Sora, no matter where he goes, Heartless follow. A “Darkside” Heartless shows up on this world and begins to wreak havoc. According to Kingdom Hearts Wiki, this creature has an Omega sign after “Darkside.” Of course Sora has to intervene.

Sidenote… for our Zack Snyder’s Justice League fans, the name is quite interesting, don’t you think? “For Darkseid.”

Anyways… This creature is much more menacing seeing the graphics Sora’s new world appears in. It’s not 2002 anymore, and this trailer looks more like a Godzilla movie than back when the trilogy first started. I was super impressed with the graphics and the attention to detail, both on the city and on Darkside.

Sora is just as BA as ever. You seemingly use a chain/rope accessory on his keyblade that allows you to basically swing like Spider-Man to get closer to Darkside. Also, running up buildings in KH4 seems to be a huge part of this initial battle, too. One of the coolest parts of the opening battle scene is when Darkside seemingly tosses part of a building towards Sora, and you have to maneuver it by gliding through an opening and sliding down the different walls before landing a strike on Darkside.

Hooded figures, similar to that of Organization 13, show up at the end of the battle. Will we finally get a closer look at the Master of Masters?!

The trailer ends with Donald and Goofy traversing through the Underworld. Reminds me of “The Further” in Insidious. A blue flame ignites behind them and a being says “Hey! Just where do you think you’re going?” Then in classic Donald and Goofy fashion, they scream and hold each other in agonizing fear.

It’s unknown when this game will be out, the end of the trailer just says “Magic in the Making.”

Let me know what you think about the trailer and what you’re most looking forward to!

Published by mattsheehanofficial

Matt Sheehan is a journalist based in Illinois. He grew up in St. Louis and went to college at Missouri State University. He's the host of On the Record, and secures exclusive interviews with celebrities for his TV morning show.

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