Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Event Revealed By Square Enix

Kingdom Hearts, believe it or not, is over 20 years old, having first been launched on the PlayStation 2 in 2002. With the announcement of the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary event, Square Enix is getting fans ready early.

Kingdom Hearts, an odd combination of Disney and Final Fantasy, remains one of gaming’s most successful series to this day. Although the series took a new path following Kingdom Hearts 2, with subsequent games published mostly on portable devices, forcing fans to wait 14 years for Kingdom Hearts 3, the series is still appreciated for its characters, engaging gameplay, and ambitious plot.

The story follows a little boy named Sora, who is whisked away from his home and plunged into the adventure of a lifetime when he discovers the magical Keyblade and befriends Disney legends Donald and Goofy. Sora has been confirmed as the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate combatant.

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Square Enix has officially announced the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Event in a new video. Unfortunately, Square Enix did not provide any further details regarding the event, such as its date or format, only stating in the video, “Details will come at a later date.”

The teaser, on the other hand, shows off the emblem for the 20th Anniversary celebration, which is packed with Kingdom Hearts symbolism. The ‘2’ is half of the standard Kingdom Hearts heart logo, with its tail merging into the tip of the Kingdom Key; the “0” is the entire Kingdom Hearts heart emblem, with the trademark crown above it.

Aside from the event, Square Enix shares some additional Kingdom Hearts-related announcements. For starters, it confirms that the Kingdom Hearts series will be arriving to Switch shortly, as previously revealed during the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct.

Kingdom Hearts Union x Cross now includes an offline version in which players may view the full tale in Theater Mode, while Kingdom Hearts Dark Road’s last chapter will be released next winter. Unlike in the past, where chapter portions were published in stages, Square Enix is publishing it “in one go, all the way through to the finale,” implying that gamers would not have to wait long once it is launched.

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What a fantastic moment to be a Kingdom Hearts fan: with Sora in Smash, the series coming to Switch, and everything more on the horizon, it’s been a great day for Kingdom Hearts news. While it’s fun to look back on the series’ past, it’s equally fascinating to look forward to what’s next, to speculate on what surprises are in store.

Kingdom Hearts 3 concluded the Dark Seeker narrative, and Melody of Memory depicts the cast attempting to figure out what perils lay ahead, so maybe this 20th Anniversary event will give insight on where the series is headed, if just as a look at the next project. If not, that’s OK too, because Kingdom Hearts III will almost certainly be ready for a Switch re-release by then.

Christian Allen Tandoc
Christian Allen Tandoc
Christian Allen Tandoc is a frantic writer, blogger, and ghostwriter. He quit his office job as an Applications Engineer for the love of writing. When he’s not working, he’s either playing with his PS4 or his 1-year old daughter.

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