Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Is Coming This November

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Is Coming This November

Get ready to sing (and probably cry), Kingdom Hearts fans.

Come November, the weather will be colder, the nights will be longer, and there will be a new Kingdom Hearts game to bask in the comfort of. Or... as may be the case, since Melody of Memory will both revisit the series' past and continue Kairi's story into the future, you might sob! Either way, you can put down November 13 as the date for this rhythm action spin-off.

As revealed on today's surprise Nintendo Direct Mini, that's the day Melody of Memory will make its debut. Square Enix confirms that it'll be a simultaneous multi platform launch, as Melody of Memory will also launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the same day.

The Switch version will be a bit different from the others. Exclusive to Nintendo's platform, Melody of Memory on Switch will include a competitive free-for-all mode that supports up to eight players.

First announced back in June, many have noted Melody of Memory's similarities to the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy games. On-and-off Kingdom Hearts players may be compelled to skip this one, but for series fans and even Disney heads more generally, the appeal is clear: Melody of Memory features well over a hundred songs that have been the series, lets you play as all of its most memorable characters, and will carry the Kingdom Hearts story forward.

Judging by the intense reactions to Melody of Memory's new Nomura-illustrated key art, the game will have no problem tugging at the heartstrings of longtime fans. If the mere sight of Kairi surrounded by pictures of memories from past Kingdom Hearts games (including portraits of Sora) is enough to elicit sobbing emojis, just imagine what a marathon session of rhythm gaming will do once Melody of Memory serves up "Let it Go" or "Xion's Theme." Tears will flow.

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