Rhythm-action spinoff Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory announced for PS4, Xbox One & Switch

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After someone unexpectedly found a logo of the game within the files of the upcoming mobile entry chronicling the backstory of series chief antagonist Xehanort, Square Enix have all of a sudden announced Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, a rhythm-based game for current consoles of a similar DNA to the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy releases on the 3DS.



The game will be due sometime in 2020 for current generation consoles PS4, Xbox One and Switch.

From the game's teaser website:

Many characters from the Kingdom Hearts series appear as playable characters!
Depending on the stage, Disney characters will appear as guests and lend you their strength. The game features a massive catalogue of over 140 songs, including Kingdom Hearts series music, Disney music, and more. Enjoy rhythm-based action through unforgettable music.​


Kairi having a centre-stage role for half the trailer appears to indicate this otherwise unassuming spinoff game will have integral plot. Furthermore, in light of what Kingdom Hearts III has revealed, is there any significance to the fact this game's subtitle's acronym is 'MoM'? Is there a certain mysterious character in the series whose name can also be distilled down to that very same acronym? Or is this merely a coincidence? Who knows!

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I’ve just now finally watched the trailer for this now. Wow…

I'm not sure if this is what it says it is, based on the second half of the trailer. I mean that looks like a proper Kingdom Hearts game at the end, not a musical button smasher.

But as for the musical button smasher aspect? I hope there are some Disney songs in it instead of (as in the trailer) Kingdom Hearts original tracks. Regardless, while it isn't my sort of genre it looks significantly more dynamic and interesting than Final Fantasy's Theatrythm series.
 
Kairi having a centre-stage role for half the trailer appears to indicate this otherwise unassuming spinoff game will have integral plot. Furthermore, in light of what Kingdom Hearts III has revealed, is there any significance to the fact this game's subtitle's acronym is 'MoM'?

I'm not sure if this is what it says it is, based on the second half of the trailer. I mean that looks like a proper Kingdom Hearts game at the end, not a musical button smasher.

I think for certain there will be major plot points - I can't really think of any Kingdom Hearts games (inc. spin-offs) that don't carry any major plot points, even if they are tagged on to the very end like Coded - albeit, I think MoM will be entirely based around rhythm gameplay with cutscenes at significant intervals.

Originally, I thought the link between 'Melody of Memories' x 'Master of Masters' (MoM) was an obvious one. Not so sure now. The reveal trailer showed apprentice Xehanort / Terranort closing the ark pod door; the release date trailer showed Kairi in the ark pod. Could be 'Subject X' related, could be Kairi worldline & sleeping worlds related, could be something completely different. Definitely strong suggestions apprentice/young Xehanort / Terranort will play a significant role.

Given Kingdom Heart's reputation, it could also be Master of Masters related - but I think Nomura will save that for post-Xehanort saga / Kingdom Hearts 4.


But as for the musical button smasher aspect? I hope there are some Disney songs in it instead of (as in the trailer) Kingdom Hearts original tracks.

I think they will probably end up using most, if not all, songs that have been present in the franchise - 'Under The Sea' and 'Let It Go' have been announced today, so at least two Disney songs!

I think there could be a couple of remixes in the game too - the Dearly Beloved remix for the game is great!

 
I think they will probably end up using most, if not all, songs that have been present in the franchise - 'Under The Sea' and 'Let It Go' have been announced today, so at least two Disney songs!

I think there could be a couple of remixes in the game too - the Dearly Beloved remix for the game is great!


That Dearly Beloved version is incredible! I'm so used to hearing it as a sad, bittersweet song that it feels strange to hear a more upbeat, jazz lounge style version. And yet it works wonderfully.

I'm glad that there will be Disney songs in this. I love much of the original music too, but the some of those Disney songs are iconic and it would have felt strange to not see them in a music-based Kingdom Hearts game.

I wonder where they'll stand on the licensing for things like Nightmare Before Christmas these days. 'This is Halloween' or something else from that would be lovely to see/hear, but as far as I'm aware they've only used a remix version of the song without vocals in a Kingdom Hearts game.
 
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