As excited as followers are for Kingdom Hearts IV, not everyone seems to be on board with Sora’s new, extra reasonable look. His hair isn’t as spiky, he’s traded his massive footwear for regular footwear, and he merely lacks any of the cartoonish Disney parts that helped make his design interesting to start with.
Director Tetsuya Nomura has defined that this transformation is because of Sora being despatched to the world of Quadratum, which is supposed to resemble the actual world. However, in an interview with Famitsu (translated by VGC), he recommended that Sora’s new look will not be everlasting.
“All the real worlds before the title display [in the trailer] are all Quadratum segments and Sora will look realistic, but if he can return to the original world, he will look like Donald and Goofy with shaders like Donald and Goofy,” says Nomura.
He clearly didn’t verify that Sora will return to his authentic world, since that’s a key a part of the story, however the risk now exists. So, don’t fear, Sora could not have hung up his huge yellow footwear completely. Nomura additionally reiterated Quadratum’s standing as an “underworld” and a “fictional world” for Sora. But, for its residents, Quadratum is actuality whereas the Kingdom Hearts world, to them, can be the fictional world. What’s extra, as many discovered from the trailer, Donald and Goofy are in search of clues to assist them discover Sora.
Other components of the interview, translated by xenosaga7 on Twitter, reveal different minor however fascinating particulars about Kingdom Hearts 4’s setting and mechanics. For instance, the condo Sora wakes up within the trailer will function a base for the early components of the game. This might imply that we’ll be restricted to Quadratum at first, however finally acquire the flexibility to go to different worlds.
He additionally addressed Quadratum’s resemblance to the actual world metropolis of Shibuya in Japan, explaining that this Shibuya is however part of Quadratum. In disappointing information for The World Ends With You followers, this Shibuya is unrelated to that game’s Shibuya, which appears to rule out any cameo appearances from The World Ends With You characters.
Lastly, Nomura confirmed that response instructions will return in Kingdom Hearts IV, with the drill assault Sora performs within the trailer being one in every of them. Reaction instructions are principally QTEs that Sora can set off mid-combat. They have been launched in Kingdom Hearts II, however have been absent from Kingdom Hearts III. They’ve been introduced again for Kingdom Hearts IV due to fan demand.