The big announcement of Kingdom Hearts 4 took place today, and I’m on cloud nine right now. The completely unexpected surprise got my Sunday morning off to a flying start, and I’ve definitely rewatched the tiny announcement clip at least 20 times by now, to no avail.
After going through some of the most important points to take away from the little trailer, let’s get to the part that we’re all actually interested in: the plot. When in the world is Kingdom Hearts 4 going to be released, and on which platforms will it be available?
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Kingdom Hearts 4 release date?
Square Enix did not provide a release date in their press statement, so we can only conjecture. Even though the teaser calls this “development footage,” we have no idea how early in the process it is. It’s likely that this is only a very small sliver of what has been worked on so far, despite how polished the gameplay depicted here appears to be.
We have no idea how much of the game is actually playable at this point, but it’s probably less than 30 seconds. It’s conceivable that Square really wanted to make this look its best for the launch announcement.
As far as I can tell, Kingdom Hearts 4 is still in its infancy, and I expect it to be released in the next several years.
When Kingdom Hearts 3 was initially revealed in June of that year, it was a huge deal. We also saw a small glimpse of gameplay in that clip.
As it turned out, Kingdom Hearts 3 was still a long way off. Over the following few of years, we’d see more previews for Kingdom Hearts 3, but the game wouldn’t be released until January of 2019.
Please don’t make us wait six years for Kingdom Hearts 4. My best prediction is that Kingdom Hearts 4 will be delayed for at least another two or three years. I’m estimating a release date of 2024 or 2025. Although I’d like it if it came sooner, it seems like Square has a habit of delaying the release of this series.
What platforms will Kingdom Hearts 4 launch on?
As for Kingdom Hearts 4, Square Enix did not reveal which platforms the game will be available on. There was a time when the majority of the Kingdom Hearts games couldn’t be played on different platforms (including the Nintendo Switch).
A major entry in the series, Kingdom Hearts 3 was released for both Xbox and PlayStation at the same time. Until now, the Xehanort Saga’s main games have only been available as PlayStation or Nintendo portable exclusives. A multi-platform franchise like Kingdom Hearts currently appears to be the case.
I predict Kingdom Hearts 4 to be released for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S firstly. I expect it will be available on PC as well, but there’s no telling how long it will take. The PC version of Kingdom Hearts 3 didn’t come out until two years after the console version’s release.
The release of a Nintendo Switch is the most uncertain at this point because of how long it may take. And who knows? We could even have a newer, more powerful Switch model available by the time this game launches, so there’s always a chance.
Kingdom Hearts 4 will be released on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which is the most logical assumption at this time. And if the game is still a few years away, we may have the PS5 Pro or some other more powerful Xbox by then.
Just a few months before the PS4 and Xbox One went on sale, Kingdom Hearts 3 was revealed as the next game in the series. However, the game didn’t come out until only a few months before the PS5 and Xbox Series X launched, at the very tail end of their respective lifespans. We haven’t had a full-fledged Kingdom Hearts mainline game made exclusively for the newest generation, but the game was backwards compatible. I’m praying that Kingdom Hearts 4 doesn’t arrive at the end of the PS5 and Xbox X|S lifecycles.