When Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory was revealed earlier this year, I expected it to be little more than a spin-off game, in the same vein as the Persona dancing games, perhaps. New details about the rhythm game have revealed it's story is actually a continuation of Kingdom Hearts 3's ReMind DLC.
This comes from Game Informer's recent interview with longtime Kingdom Hearts director and producer Tetsuya Nomura. "With Melody of Memory, the timeline fits immediately after the story of ReMind," says Nomura. "But with that being said, the story volume is not going to be as large as a mainline Kingdom Hearts title, so you may not see too big of a movement in Kairi's time and in her narrative."
As Nomura references, Kairi is the new playable protagonist of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. Nomura hints that Melody of Memory's storyline might be delving into Kairi's childhood, remarking that it's "still shrouded in mystery" and that we "might be able to see a glimpse of that through Melody of Memory."
In another interview with Nomura by Famitsu (and translated by Gematsu), the producer speaks of Kingdom Hearts's 20th anniversary, saying that he's "working hard towards it." The anniversary for the series is set to take place in 2022, but Nomura is being coy as to what Square Enix has planned for the anniversary.
Finally, Nomura talked about plans for the Kingdom Hearts games on the Nintendo Switch with Nintendo Enthusiast. Melody of Memory is the first Kingdom Hearts game to make it to Nintendo's handheld device, and Nomura reveals that although Square Enix was exploring the possibility of porting additional titles to the device, there were too many technological barriers, and plans were dropped.
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory releases on November 13 in the west. It'll be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch at launch.