A new Kingdom Hearts game is on the way, but it isn't the usual action-adventure romp you might expect. Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory seems to be a rhythm-action game, and it's coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for a worldwide release this year.
Announced today in a trailer, Melody of Memory still stars Sora, Donald, and Goofy, as well as a few familiar faces from throughout the years of Kingdom Hearts. They're still running through Disney worlds and bopping Heartless on the head, but now they're doing it in time with the beat, running along a course to various Kingdom Hearts tracks. So yeah, it seems to be a Kingdom Hearts rhythm game.
As some folks here at USgamer pointed out, Melody of Memory bears some resemblance to the Theatrhythm series of Final Fantasy games, where popular Final Fantasy characters team up and beat down monsters to the tune of the series' most recognizable songs. The same is happening here, as Sora, Donald, and Goofy beat up Heartless, soar through the air, and even wallop on Xemnas to various Kingdom Hearts classics.
Only a release window of this year has been set, though Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch, a big move for the series. As of this writing, no other Kingdom Hearts game has arrived on Nintendo's handheld hybrid console. It's not like the series has been Nintendo-averse; a number of Kingdom Hearts side stories, like Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days, have come to Nintendo handhelds.
This may spark some hope for those waiting for a more holistic collection, like the Story So Far bundle, to make its way to Nintendo's handheld. Otherwise, Melody of Memory seems like an interesting way to dive back into the Kingdom Hearts series and re-experience its wonderful tunes and big moments. The trailer above also ends with a stinger featuring more post-Kingdom Hearts 3 story; how that shakes out and ties into the secret ending of the recent ReMind DLC, we'll have to see.