Tetsuya Nomura Wants You To Look Forward To 2022, Kingdom Hearts' 20th Anniversary

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This year sucks. 2021 will hopefully be better, but Tetsuya Nomura has his eye on 2022. It’s a big milestone in the history of Kingdom Hearts.


The first Kingdom Hearts game was released back in March 2002.

In a recent Famitsu interview, Nomura was asked what’s next for Kingdom Hearts, to which he replied, “2022 will be the 20th anniversary [of Kingdom Hearts].”


“And so...,” he continued, “we are doing our best as we head towards the 20th anniversary. I’m already switching my attention to the next work, and the Kingdom Hearts team has started on something new.”

No other details were provided.

Nomura added that the main staff were able to help with Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, the upcoming rhythm-action title for Switch, because it will be released before the next installment.

“As for what we’re able to announce, from here on out, I think everything is full of surprises, so please look forward to that.”

Honestly, I’m just looking forward to getting out of this shitty year.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Assuming this means he’s gonna try and get Kingdom Hearts 4 out by then.

Hopefully the start of a new storyline means that a lot of the fat and clutter from the Xehanort plot will be shoved to the side and cut out completely and this will go to more of a “back to basics” approach, relatively speaking.