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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is releasing worldwide later this year

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory – the surprising new rhythm game set to release on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One later this year (opens in new tab) – is also releasing outside of Japan, too.

"Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory is an all-new rhythm-action game coming in 2020", the official teaser says on YouTube (thanks, Kotaku (opens in new tab)). While it was unclear at first if the title would make it to western fans, a five-minute feature trailer detailing all that's coming for Kingdom Hearts fans this year confirms a "worldwide" release. 

Here, take a peek:

JICYMI, the all-new venture will feature 140 songs and several fan-favourite characters from the franchise, including Sora, Donald, Goofy, Riku, Kairi, Hercules, Aladdin, amongst others. It also includes four modes, including online battles.

Alyssa also noticed (opens in new tab) that there was a familiar voice in the debut trailer last week, too – Kairi, who appears to be trapped on castle grounds teeming with Heartless, suggesting that Kairi will be a playable character in Melody of Memory. This sequence has also been included in the trailer released today, too.

The announcement certainly came as a surprise, as no one expected the first Kingdom Hearts title for Switch to be a rhythm game along the lines of big-hitters like Beat Saber or Guitar Hero. 

And while many fans had been hopeful this non-E3 would give them the Switch port they'd been dreaming about, the surprise game Melody of Memory is not something to complain about. As Alyssa quite rightly opines, the music accompanying the Kingdom Hearts franchise is "banger after banger".

Add it to the list. Here are the upcoming games of 2020 (opens in new tab) we just can't wait for.

Vikki Blake
Vikki Blake

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