Okay, to begin with, like with all the remainder of our Kingdom Hearts content material for the reason that Kingdom Hearts III assessment date, take into account this a spoiler warning. We’re about to get into ending stuff, and there’s no avoiding it. If you wish to interact with this nonsense, end the sport first, then both undergo by way of the Fortunate Emblems or hearth up that secret ending on YouTube so you’ll be able to comply with alongside.
Alright, it’s time to speak about what’s subsequent for Kingdom Hearts. In any case, Director Tetsuya Nomura himself is on the market dropping hints already, notably in a current interview with Dengeki that straight-up confirmed we’re getting a “Remaining Combine” of kinds through DLC earlier than the tip of the 2019. We additionally know, based mostly on each historic precedent and teases from Nomura, no matter comes subsequent isn’t going to be “Kingdom Hearts four.” Not but, anyway. What may it’s, then?
To reply that query, I feel we have to take a extremely shut have a look at the “Yoroza” secret ending video from Kingdom Hearts III. As is the case with each different sport within the sequence, the key ending provides us a bit of, cryptic style of what is going to occur subsequent. The key ending is intentionally overwhelming, however on the similar time it reveals us much more than you may assume if you watch it the primary time. Principally, that’s as a result of this ending is much less about “what” is occurring, and extra about “the place.”
The following Kingdom Hearts, particularly the sport (at the least the primary sport) between III and IV, is about within the “actual” world.
Sora Megami Tensei
Kingdom Hearts III, earlier than all of the wacky epilogue stuff kicks in (which I’m leaving for PSLS staffer Aidan Simonds to take care of elsewhere), leaves us off with Sora as soon as once more displaced from the Kingdom Hearts universe’s existential mockery of the mortal aircraft. Xehanort, who’s now as useless as you may get on this twisted world, completely murked Kairi, and Sora used his energy of “waking” on himself to get her again. He fades away through the bittersweet ending, after which the credit roll. That’s when issues begin to get bizarre, and Sora wakes up in freakin’ Tokyo.
There may be some hypothesis on the market that no matter is occurring in “Yoroza,” it’s linked to Nomura’s different brainchild, The World Ends With You. That’s nonsense, and I’m going to let you know why. It’s all concerning the path right here, how data is introduced to us by way of each what’s taking place, and the way what’s taking place is framed. , nerdy filmic language stuff.
Sora wakes up in the midst of Shibuya, groggy and completely discombobulated. However we don’t comprehend it’s Shibuya but, and that’s essential. As a substitute, the whole lot is blurry and obfuscated, and we see issues by way of Sora’s eyes for a bit. Riku seems to be right here too, notably additionally waking up from some sort of comatose state.
The very first particulars we get are the hyper actual, granular particulars of the asphalt as Sora will get up, then Riku sees a site visitors gentle, then Sora pivots in the direction of a parked automotive in an precise panic. Immediately, we because the viewers are being instructed one thing is improper right here, that these mundane visuals to us as real-life people are to not be taken without any consideration. Because the dramatic music kicks in and and the camerawork will get fancier, it’s revealed that Sora is standing in the midst of Shibuya crossing, and Riku is trying up in awe on the Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities Constructing in Shinjuku. These fools are in Tokyo, like, the true factor.
As a fast apart, sure, I do know the quantity on the well-known Shibuya division retailer constructing is 104, identical to in The World Ends With You. I’m calling coincidence. See, 109 is the identify of a division retailer, that means these numbers are seemingly related to a copyright. With the stylized world of TWEWY (which is already represented within the precise Kingdom Hearts area, thoughts) needing to make use of that tower, the “104” is probably going a option to cheese the trademark. You may see an analogous instance in Nintendo and Atlus’ Tokyo Mirage Classes, which makes use of a “106” as a substitute.
As Sora and Riku gawk at their respective landmarks, the digital camera jarringly zooms method the hell out to a fowl’s eye view of Tokyo, as if to hit us within the face with a baseball bat labelled, “FISH OUT OF WATER STORY.” Now that we’ve established we’ve got jumped from Disney and Remaining Fantasy worlds strung collectively by anime magic to the a lot much less magical actual world you and I inhabit, what’s subsequent? Nicely, right here’s the half the place I begin making stuff up.
The Sequel Pitch
An important a part of all this, to me, is how heavy the vibe of “this isn’t the way in which issues are alleged to be” is on this video. See, journey between worlds is already established in Kingdom Hearts, proper? We’ve seen it performed a number of methods, and we’ve even seen motion in time and house, between parallel worlds, and regardless of the hell else Xehanort was doing this complete time. However there has at all times been a vessel, particularly for the heroes. The keyblade armor in Start By Sleep, the Gummi Ships, that approach Yensid taught Mickey to get round safely, so on and so forth. Right here, Sora and Riku are waking up like they crash-landed someplace exterior of their management.
And what the heck is Riku doing there? I feel that is all associated to the ending of Kingdom Hearts III. Sora as soon as once more turned the facility of the keyblade onto himself, in an effort to save Kairi. The primary time he did it, he was a Heartless, setting off, properly, an enormous mess. This time, Sora appeared to simply disappear off into the sundown, Prime 10 Anime Heartbreaks fashion. What if Sora blasted himself proper out of the recognized universe this time? It’s uncertain he had a lot management over the tip outcome, in any case.
That doesn’t clarify Riku, however we in all probability don’t should go to nice lengths there. That is nonetheless a Kingdom Hearts sport we’re speaking about. Doubtless, since Riku is a Keyblade Grasp and all, the preliminary setup of this hypothetical semi-sequel seemingly sees Riku looking for Sora and determining do what Sora did to himself. So Riku follows Sora, blasting himself out of his personal timeline Terminator fashion, they each get up in Tokyo, and increase. New online game, presumably one with the subtitle “Reconnect,” as in Sora and/or Riku reconnecting to one another and possibly reconnecting their hearts to their our bodies after recklessly separating them (once more). However I’m not performed but.
Smoke One for The Moon
There are two extra vital particulars in “Yoroza.” The primary is, properly, Yoroza. The primary character from what was launched as a fictional Sq. Enix online game within the Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts III makes an look, sitting atop the Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities Constructing. This to me is probably going a giant, goofy purple herring of kinds, or extra of a touch to the type of encounters the participant shall be having all through the sport.
If Disney is again within the Kingdom Hearts universe correct, maybe that is an excuse for Nomura to give you extra unique characters, or perhaps even we’ll be seeing extra Sq. Enix cameos. It will be fairly cool to have Sora and Riku discover a bigger landmass (Tokyo) as a substitute of crusing a Gummi Ship between separated worlds, and perhaps Tokyo is residence to individuals like Yoroza, who exists solely as a online game character in Sora’s universe.
The second element is the cloaked determine who makes that ominous coronary heart form together with his arms over the true, human Moon. That is the least essential element in a lore sense, and possibly a touch on the extra speedy, video game-y risk. Mainly, somebody with some connection to the brand new Group XIII, the bizarre animal masks individuals/Xigbar’s crew, or some new baddie totally is out right here too. Perhaps they adopted Riku, perhaps not. However, properly, right here’s a brand new probability to make a model new, otherworldy “Kingdom Hearts,” and probably the most dastardly option to do it’s by blowing up the Moon. Enjoyable!
In abstract, I feel our subsequent decimal-titled Kingdom Hearts sequel shall be a direct continuation of Sora’s story, following up on what occurs if you use the keyblade to sacrifice your self to avoid wasting another person. This additionally turns Riku into the one looking for his buddy this time, which is a pleasant twist on the sooner video games’ tales. I feel it takes place is a few fictionalized, however deliberate, model of the “actual” world, and I feel whoever the unhealthy man is is whipping up a Kingdom Hearts-flavored Moon Bomb.
Whip it up at a smaller scale, drop it on the PS4 and Nintendo Change, and increase, you have got Kingdom Hearts three.5. Or three.2, or one thing.
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