Fans of the hit video game series, Kingdom Hearts, have been sounding the alarms on the Internet in preparation for the game’s 19th anniversary.
First released on March 28, 2002 by video game holding company Square Enix, Kingdom Hearts fused the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney together in an unprecedented mash-up that had protagonists Sora, Riku, and Kairi fighting alongside Disney characters to counter the forces of darkness.
The game, which spanned two more sequels on gaming platforms like Playstation and Xbox One, was an instant success that garnered critical acclaim over the years for its stunning visuals, musical score, and fantastic gameplay.
It’s currently the tenth best-selling Playstation 2 game of all time and is also lauded as being one of the best video games ever created.
Now, for its 19th anniversary, the Kingdom Hearts fandom is content in relishing in the memories the beloved game has given players over the years.
The most recent of the series, Kingdom Hearts 3, was released in 2019. Fans speculate that for the 20th anniversary next year, the popular game will come out with something completely new and exciting.
Creator Tetsuya Nomura, known for teasing fans on possible new projects, has confirmed that something is on the way!
In a September 2020 interview with Japanese video game magazine Famitsu, Nomura affirmed the plan for an upcoming Kingdom Hearts installment: “I’ve already shifted my thinking to the next installment, and the Kingdom Hearts team is already starting on something new.”
But as to what exactly the new installment is, Nomura chose to stay mum. He hinted, “In regards to what we will announce from here on out, everything will probably surprise you, so please look forward to it!”
Fans of the legendary franchise sadly can’t expect to see anything concrete until next March; in the meantime, they can hold on to the promise of that “surprise” and dwell in all the adventures and fun Kingdom Hearts has left them since 2002.