Tetsuya Nomura Wants to Shake Things up for the Next Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts turns 20 in 2022, and director Tetsuya Nomura has big plans for the series' birthday. Nomura spoke with Dengeki Online, translated by Gematsu, about tying up loose ends and shaking things up for the next Kingdom Hearts game.
Nomura said the team is working to deliver "good news" for the series' 20th anniversary, though there's some mystery surrounding it. When Dengeki asked Nomura about a Kingdom Hearts on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, Nomura said "if" they make a KH for next-gen systems, it won't come until later on.
Whatever the plans are, Nomura said fans should expect new story beats and characters. Xehanort's time as the series big bad is done, though he does still influence Melody of Memory. Nomura said he's looking to start new threads instead:
I intend to tie up remaining loose story ends but also want to change the format a bit. I want to drastically change the world and tell a new story, but also tie up the loose ends.
Hints of that drastic change exist under the surface in Kingdom Hearts 3, though whether Sora, Kairi, and Riku face their fears in modern Tokyo or some other sanctuary is still beyond the door of the future. Meanwhile, if you're aching for some more Kingdom Hearts, Melody of Memory is an entertaining romp through the series' musical history you shouldn't think twice about.