Kingdom Hearts Rhythm game and mobile game are both coming out this year


Kingdom Hearts is on a roll for Square Enix. With Kingdom Hearts 3 done and done, and its Re:Mind DLC paving the way for what’s to come, it’s safe to say the series is entering a new era. Square Enix feels the same way, calling the current state of KH its “2nd phase.” As part of this lineup, the company plans to release a few new spin-off games for the series during this year. One of them, which will be available soon, is the previously discussed Dark Road mobile game. In a trailer released on their Japanese YouTube channel, a brand new game was also revealed. Under the name of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, the spin-off is a rhythm game. But wait…there’s more!

First, let’s look at what happens in each of these games. The story behind Kingdom Hearts has reached gargantuan proportions at this point, so a bit of unraveling would help. We’ll start with Dark Road. This mobile title was hit with an unfortunate delay, but thanks to the aforementioned trailer, we now know that it will be released as early as next week. Dark Road is a prequel to the rest of the series in the same way as the current mobile game, Union X. Taking place right after the events of Union X, Dark Road puts us in the role of a very young Xehanort, the main antagonist of the entire series. As the game progresses, we’ll likely see what changes Xehanort from the friendly young boy he once was to the evil mastermind he becomes. Alongside him is a young Eraqus, along with an all-new cast of characters. The art style is the same as Union X, but the gameplay this time around focuses on a card-based combat system (not a first for the series, as it used it in Chain of Memories).

Melody of Memory, meanwhile, is an entirely different beast. While the story set in Dark Road is entirely canon, Melody of Memory is intended to be more of a hands-off spin-off that has no bearing on the series’ timeline or overall plot (as far as we know). ). The gameplay works as you’d expect with most rhythm games, such as Guitar Hero and Final Fantasy Theatrhythm. You’ll play as Sora and a variety of other cast members from the series as you travel across multiple Disney worlds, slaying Heartless with the power of music. The game will feature over 140 tracks from the series, all composed by the talented Yoko Shimomura. Considering the size of a KH series, it offers plenty of quality leads. Interestingly, the game will also host a multiplayer mode alongside its single player mode. Not much is known about this mode other than the fact that you will be playing against other people musically.


Now on to the details: Release dates! You can get your hands on Kingdom Hearts: Dark Road on June 22, and it will be available on iOS and Android devices. Melody of Memory, meanwhile, is due out sometime before the end of the year. We can play it on PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch (making it the first KH game to be released on Nintendo’s new console). You can check out the gameplay and images for both titles in the trailer, though it’s all in Japanese at the moment (hopefully we’ll have some in English soon). Oddly enough, the trailer also mysteriously hints at a few other Kingdom Hearts titles that Square has yet to say anything about. As part of the 2nd phase for KH, Re:Mind, Dark Road and Melody all include the first three parts of this new phase. What the other mystery titles are is subject to speculation; they could be ports of past games to new platforms, or maybe even entirely new mainline games. Either way, Kingdom Hearts shows no signs of slowing down, and RPG fans everywhere are very ok with that.


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