The Kingdom Hearts 4 trailer could be teasing the inclusion of a Star Wars section.
Eagle eyed fans have noticed what could be the foot of an AT-ST walker during a brief scene in the trailer, indicating that Star Wars could be one of the Disney properties included in the next game.
Images circulating on the Kingdom Hearts reddit (as noted by VGC) show side-by-side comparisons of the trailer and the AT-ST foot, with fans speculating that the jungle setting could be Star Wars’ Endor.
Each game in the series features several Disney-themed worlds to play through, with Kingdom Hearts 3 including properties such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, and Toy Story.
Neither Star Wars nor Marvel – two of Dinsey’s biggest franchises – have appeared in Kingdom Hearts games before, and neither developer Square Enix or Disney itself has confirmed if this will be the case in the future.
Series creator Tetsuya Nomura previously confirmed that the reason for Star Wars and Marvel properties not appearing in Kingdom Hearts 3 was simply down to contrctual issues. If those have been thought about far in advance for the new game, it’s entirely possible we could see brand new universes popping up in future.
Fans probably won’t get a confirmation for a while as the game was only unveiled yesterday at the Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary event. Square Enix also confirmed the game was still in “early development” and Kingdom Hearts 3’s production infamously lasted 13 years.
While some gameplay was unveiled showing protagonist Sora traversing what appears to be a fairly normal city (aside from the giant Heartless monster), we’ve since learned that it was from a demo developed on Unreal Engine 4. The final game itself is being made on Unreal Engine 5, meaning those sections may not be playable in the same way for some time.
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