Remember Kingdom Hearts, the game that brought Disney and Final Fantasy together

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Square Enix and Disney recently announced Kingdom Hearts IVa new game in the RPG series that has become popular to bring together characters from the Final Fantasy series with the magical world of Disney.

The announcement came during the franchise’s 20th anniversary celebration, and the project is still in the early stages of development, which means fans will have to wait a few years for its launch.

Kingdom Hearts IV It will see Sora return, with an updated look to face a new story called The Lost Master Arc, along with his loyal companions, Donald and Goofy.

But to get ready for the new adventure, remember (or know) here with Game started The main points of the franchise!

Kingdom Hearts: An Unexpected Crossover Appears

In 2002, at the height of PlayStation 2, the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series was released exclusively for the console, with the premise of a new world featuring characters from both Square Enix and Disney, as well as the original game. The announcement had mixed reactions, with many players being unsure if the combination would work and fearing something too childish would be released.

However, after its release, the game won critics and players, and became one of the most popular games on PlayStation 2. The initial idea for Kingdom Hearts was born from a conversation between Shinji Hashimoto and Hironobu Sakaguchi, producer and director of the franchise.. Final Fantasy, about the existence of a marine game in three Dimensions like Super Mario 64, but she regrets that only famous characters like Disney can compete with a Mario game.

Then, one day, a chance encounter between Hashimoto and a Disney CEO inside an elevator — Square and Disney are in the same building in Japan — allowed the idea to be presented directly to Disney, who started the project and was director of Tetsuya Nomura, a famous character designer for Square and Final Fantasy.

Cloud from Final Fantasy VII in Kingdom Hearts

Cloud from Final Fantasy VII in Kingdom Hearts

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So comes Kingdom Hearts, a game starring young Sora, a boy chosen by the mysterious Keyblade to gain special powers. On his journey to save his friends Riku and Kairi, the hero ventures into the worlds inhabited by characters from the Final Fantasy series and Disney World, having to face dark creatures known as the Heart.

To help him in this quest, Sora teams up with two very famous characters: Goofy and Donald Duck, who work as a wizard and knight in the service of King Mickey. Disney worlds and characters appear in weight such as Aladdin, Tarzan, Ariel and Peter Pan, as well as notable villains such as Maleficent, Jafar, Captain Hook, among others, with Heartless as the last major leader.

The Final Fantasy side appears in a more discreet way, with Square being a little apprehensive about how the public will perceive his famous characters in something completely different. So we’ve had versions of Aerith, Cid, Yuffie, Cloud, and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII, Selphie and Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy VIII, and Tidus and Wakka from Final Fantasy X. It’s no coincidence, they’re all originally created characters by Tetsuya Nomura for the Final Fantasy series.

Kingdom Hearts II: The Adventure continues

In 2005, the second game in the main series appeared simply called Kingdom Hearts II, which was also released exclusively on PlayStation 2. Now with the universe already successful and unified, it is easy for Square and Disney to explore the intersection between their respective franchises.

The game, which brought more freedom and options in the fighting system, in addition to offering a deeper and more mature plot, takes place about a year after the events of the previous game, where the main characters Sora, Goofy and Donald, who set out to confront the mysterious and evil organization XIII, as well as the search About their missing friends Sora and Riku.

Sora, the series' main protagonist, along with Donald and Goofy

Sora, the series’ main protagonist, along with Donald and Goofy

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So Sora and his companions return to some of the Disney worlds presented in the previous game, but with the expansion of new areas, as well as to explore new universes such as Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Lion King, and solve the problems they cause. Organization XIII and Heartless.

Squall, Cloud, and Sephiroth also return from the Final Fantasy side, and new characters make their debuts like Tifa from Final Fantasy VII and Auron from Final Fantasy X, as well as characters not designed directly by Tetsuya Nomura, like Setzer from Final Fantasy VI. and Vivi from Final Fantasy IX.

Just like the first game, Kingdom Hearts II was a huge hit, proving that this new intellectual property is here to stay in the gaming market.

Kingdom Hearts III: Long wait

After Kingdom Hearts II, fans had to wait 14 years for a sequel to the main series — remember, the franchise didn’t stop at this time, but we’re there.

Kingdom Hearts III was released in 2019, its mission to close open endings and a very fragmented story in this over 10 years, with derivative versions and additional stories on other platforms, leaving the overall chronology very confusing.

Once again, we have Sora, Goofy and Donald as heroes, with two more characters to be added to the set, five total, in the quest for the Seven Guardians of Light and “Key to Return Hearts”, while trying to thwart Mr. Xehanort’s plans to start a devastating war.

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Unlike previous games, Kingdom Hearts III does not have the presence of characters from the Final Fantasy series in the story, which disappointed many fans and players – in the Re Mind expansion, Leon, Yuffie, Cid and Aerith make cameos, but nothing significant . Spotlights. Thus, the game mainly focuses on the original characters created for the series, as well as the Disney characters.

This time, in addition to Disney, characters can also visit (now more open) worlds based on Pixar’s intellectual properties such as Toy Story, Frozen, and Big Hero 6, as well as revisit some classics such as Hercules and Pirates of the Caribbean.

But although Kingdom Hearts III was the result of the entire saga, also known as the Dark Seeker Saga, the game leaves an opportunity to continue, which was confirmed with the announcement of the development of Kingdom Hearts IV.

Kingdom Hearts: Mixed Salad

In addition to the main games, the series brings together many derivative games released on other platforms in the past two decades, which do not follow a linear chronology and thus end up confusing “first time” players into a true mixed power of narrative and characters.

After the release of the original game in 2002, the series got its first sequel in 2004 with Kingdom Hearts: A Series of Memories For Game Boy Advance. The game was developed at the same time as Kingdom Hearts II, but was released a year earlier – it got a new version on PS2 in 2008 called Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories. The game takes place shortly after the events of the original game and serves as a bridge to the events of Kingdom Hearts II.

Between 2008 and 2010, the game was released for mobile Kingdom Hearts: Coded In the form of an episode, which will later be re-released for the Nintendo DS mobile device under the name Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded. This is the fourth game in the series, which takes place just before the conclusion of Kingdom Hearts II and has a deep connection to Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. Additionally, this release also integrates Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX for PS3 and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX for PS4 and Xbox One, in the form of over three hours of Full HD audio scenes for the first time.

Already in 2009 it was launched Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days Exclusive to the Nintendo DS (reproduced as a movie in HD sets), focus on telling the story of Roxas before the events of Kingdom Hearts II.

A year later, in 2010, the series won the game Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep For the handheld PSP, set 10 years before the original game, it brought three new heroes: Terra, Aqua, and Ventus – but also introduced the origins of Sora and the great villain Xehanort.

In 2012, the seventh game in the franchise was released for the handheld Nintendo 3DS Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, being a direct sequel to Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Coded, and the finale of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. The game contains the main characters Sora and Riku.

Kingdom Hearts: χ Originally released in 2013 for PC browsers (and re-released as a movie in HD sets and later received other names, it’s known today as Kingdom Hearts Dark Road), it depicts events from the game and also offers a future plot of the saga.

Finally, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – Fragmented Path It is the epilogue to Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and the prequel to Kingdom Hearts III, which was released in 2017 as part of the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue compilation for PS4 and Xbox One. Plus it’s related to Kingdom Hearts χ and chronicles Aqua’s journey through darkness in the realm of darkness. The story then proceeds right after the secret ending of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix.

Well, as you may have noticed, the Kingdom Hearts franchise isn’t the easiest to follow in these 20 years of history. Have fun and tell us in the comments section which is your favorite game in the series and what are your expectations from Kingdom Hearts IV.

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