Despite being overly convoluted and at this point tiresome, Kingdom Hearts is one of the most popular IPs thanks to its bizarre cocktail infusion of Disney and Square Enix. While Kingdom Hearts 3 was only released in 2019, there’s already a new game named Memory Of Melody coming out this year for the PS4, Xbox One, and even the Nintendo Switch.
In addition to the newest entry in the series arriving later this year, there’s also a mobile game named Dark Road which will release in June. This iOS and Android experience is a prequel that will focus on a young Xehanort to supposedly explain why he became the seeker of darkness.
While that’s no doubt exciting for those who enjoy mobile video games, Kingdom Hearts Memory Of Melody is instead a new game which will release for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. And, although there’s been some badmouthing online, it actually sounds and looks remarkably appealing!
Kingdom Hearts rhythm game
Kingdom Hearts Memory of Melody is a rhythm game.
The Kingdom Hearts Memory of Melody Japanese trailer shows its performance as a rhythm game by showing Sora, Donald, and Goofy whacking enemies in conjunction with on-screen visual cues.
It all appears to be on-rails and – as a comparison – it should be somewhat similar to the controversial Little Mermaid level in Square Enix’s second instalment.
Gematsu has provided a translation of the game’s teaser website:
“Many characters from the Kingdom Hearts series appear as playable characters!
Depending on the stage, Disney characters will appear as guests and lend you their strength. The game features a massive catalog of over 140 songs, including music from the Kingdom Hearts series, Disney, and more. Enjoy rhythm-based action through unforgettable music.
There are four play modes including online battles.”
Kingdom Hearts Memory of Melody release date
There is no release date for Kingdom Hearts Memory of Melody other than a launch window of 2020.
Lots of people have badmouthed the game by criticising its visuals which are mostly in line with the HD Remixes as opposed to Kingdom Hearts 3, but Memory of Melody still feels like a neat spin-off.
Similar to the awesome Persona 3, 4 and 5 dancing rhythm games, Square Enix’s spin-off should simply allow you to enjoy the series’ incredible line-up of music.
The music is arguably the best aspect of the Kingdom Hearts series so a rhythm game should be enjoyable while chronicling the series’ convoluted storyline.
Nintendo Switch players will be completely lost, but at least they’ll be able to enjoy the renowned soundtrack.
However, while its soundtrack is no doubt beloved, the selling point for most people will likely depend on the game’s price.