New Kingdom Hearts project in the works for 20th anniversary

Switch port of series classics seems unlikely

According to creative director Tetsuya Nomura, the Kingdom Hearts team is already hard at work on a brand new title in the beloved RPG series, with the goal of launching the mystery title in 2022 to coincide with the franchise’s 20th anniversary.

“I’m working hard towards the 20th anniversary,” said Nomura in an interview with Famitsu. “I myself have already switched to thinking about the next work, and the Kingdom Hearts team has already started working on something new. Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory came just before we started working on the next title, so the main staff was able to assist. When we’re able to announce something in the future, I think it will be full of surprises, so please look forward to it.”


Given the huge production gap between 2005’s Kingdom Hearts II and 2019’s Kingdom Hearts III, it would seem a little optimistic, (but not impossible) to assume that Nomura is referencing a new mainline sequel in the Disney x Square crossover series. Kingdom Hearts is nothing if not wont to produce spin-offs and side-titles however, so the sky’s the limit for this release.

In an additional interview with Nintendo Enthusiast, Nomura noted that it was unlikely that the original Kingdom Hearts titles will be ported to Switch anytime soon. According to the director, the team had previously considered the option, but found the process of translating the classics to the Nintendo console technologically difficult.

In the meantime, players can look forward to rhythm-action title Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, which will launch November 13 on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. You can read our own interview with Tetsuya Nomura on this cheerful spin-off right here.

Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura teases more to come [Gematsu / Famitsu]

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