The trailer for the latest entry sees Sora waking up after he seemingly vanished from his own reality. He’s now in Quadrataum, a place that returning character Strelitzia calls an “afterworld.”
The most recent mainline entry, Kingdom Hearts III, divided critics and left some fans more confused than excited. KHIII came out thirteen years after Kingdom Hearts II, but it was hardly a direct sequel to the previous numbered entry. Instead, players jumping straight from the second Kingdom Hearts to the third were met with a slew of confusing plot developments and found themselves completely unfamiliar with the layout of the world and its denizens.
A series that started as a straightforward and fun crossover between Disney characters and Final Fantasy has become a convoluted, impenetrable franchise defined by melodramatic narrative twists and confusingly dense backstories. Thankfully, Kingdom Hearts 4 will offer the studio a great chance to make a clean break from the prior entries and allow newcomers a chance to break into the notoriously convoluted franchise.
If Sora’s photorealistic appearance in Quadratum is The trailer for KH4 openly identifies the new game as the start of a new “saga,” the Lost Masters Saga. Every game before the fourth mainline entry was part of the Dark Seeker Saga, which centered around the heroes battling Xehanort and the Organization. you out, you’re not alone. This arc will see Sora and his friends instead facing off against a mysterious character who has made few appearances in the franchise: the Master of Masters.