Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts IV, the latest chapter in their popular Disney crossover franchise during their Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Event.
The new entry is said to open a new chapter, which Square Enix describes as follows:
In the announcement trailer, Sora makes a triumphant return with an updated look at the beginning of an epic new storyline titled the “Lost Master Arc.” Beginning with Sora facing off in a boss battle against a giant enemy, players are introduced to the Quadratum, a large, expansive city set in a gorgeous, realistic world unlike anything ever seen before in the Kingdom Hearts series. Fans will be excited to see the return of Sora’s well-known companions Donald and Goofy, in addition to the first appearance of Strelitzia, a mysterious new character who appears before Sora in this strange new setting.Square Enix Press Release
In addition to Kingdom Hearts IV, mobile game fans can look forward to Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link, which is set to have a beta later this year.
Fans can also look forward to Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link, an all-new game for iOS and Android devices, which allows players to embark on adventures from the realm of Scala ad Caelum into the real world. Players will be able to engage in exhilarating battles against the Heartless and discover a new, original story. A closed beta test is planned for 2022*.Square Enix Press Release
In response to these big announcements, Nana Gadd, director at Walt Disney Games offered some insight into where the series is going and their feelings about the reveal.
Sora is an original Disney video game hero like no other, beloved by our team, and fans across the world. We’ve been honored to work with Tetsuya Nomura and his team for two decades to introduce these original stories of discovery, courage, and friendship. This glimpse into Sora’s next adventure is just the beginning – we can’t wait to show more when the time is right.Square Enix Press Release
While both experiences will release sometime in the future, the final chapter to Dark Road will be released in Aug. 2022 for the Kingdom Hearts Union χ Dark Road app.