Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory
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"Melodies and Memories hold the secret of his final plan."
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory is an upcoming rhythm-based video game, and the fifteenth title in the Kingdom Hearts series. It's set to follow Kairi during the time she is asleep following Sora's disappearance, as she recalls Sora's previous journey and the events of the Dark Seeker Saga.
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory was announced on June 16, 2020. It's set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on November 11, 2020 in Japan, with an international release on November 13, making it the first title in the series to release across three platforms, and the first on the Nintendo Switch.
Story[edit | edit source]
Worlds, Stages, and Characters[edit | edit source]
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory is a rhythm-action game, with the main focus being to hit the right button at the right time, in accordance with the rhythm or melody of a song. Hitting the correct action button at the right time will allow the party to hit enemies, use special abilities, or dodge attacks. The game will feature over 140 songs from throughout the Kingdom Hearts series, including some tracks from the Disney movies featured in the games. Four different teams of three characters will be playable: Team Classic, featuring Sora, Donald, and Goofy; Team Days, featuring Roxas, Xion, and Axel; Team BBS, featuring Aqua, Ventus, and Terra; and Team 3D, featuring Riku, Komory Bat, and Meow Wow. The game also features three different kinds of stages. Field battle stages have the party run along a musical staff and fight various Heartless, Nobodies, and other enemies. Boss battle stages have the party fight a boss enemy in a standard field, but the party's actions are still timed to the rhytm of the track. Finally, memory dive stages have the party dive glide through notes as a video reel of scenes from previous games plays in the background.
The game will have five different game modes. "World Tour" has the selected team play through various stages in order to progress the story of Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory. "Track Selection" allows for playing any field battle stage and aiming for a high score. "VS Battles" allows for a player-vs-player local match, with the aim being to have a higher score as two players play through a stage. "Co-op" will allow for two players to play through a stage together and aiming for a combined high score. The game also features a "Museum" where items that can be collected through the various stages can be found.
In most of the single-player modes, the game also allows for choosing between three difficulties, Beginner, Standard, and Proud, with Proud being the most difficult. There are also three play styles to choose from. One-button allows the player to play through the stage by hitting a single button to do all the actions. Basic is the regular play style, which features different buttons to take the different actions. Finally, Performer features the Basic play style, but also adds additional targets to hit using more of the available buttons on the controller.
Development[edit | edit source]
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory was announced on June 16, 2020, during a special trailer showcasing upcoming developments in the Kingdom Hearts series. At the time, it was revealed it would include over 140 tracks, and would be arriving in 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and, for the first time, the Nintendo Switch. Sometime later that month, ratings were published by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) in the United States and the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) system in Europe. Release information was revealed on August 26, during Nintendo's August Direct Mini Partner Showcase presentation. The game was announced to release on November 11, 2020 in Japan, and November 13, 2020 worldwide. Additionally, "Free-for-all", the Nintendo Switch-exclusive multiplayer mode, was announced. The game's box art, featuring Kairi sitting on a throne chair, was also revealed via the Nintendo eShop and Microsoft Stores, and pre-orders for Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory began after the Nintendo Direct presentation.
A demo was released for the game on October 15, 2020. The demo features 4 field battle stages and 2 co-op stages. On November 4, Square Enix revealed via Famitsu that both King Mickey and Kairi would be in the game, with King Mickey providing additional support in stages if the "Summoning Star" item was consumed.