A teaser video for Square Enix’s new game Kingdom Hearts 4 reveals the confirmation of a new world and also shows the graphics engine that will be used in the highly anticipated game.
The announcement of Kingdom Hearts 4 has been one of the big news stories of the past few days, and as is the norm for the franchise, Square Enix’s massive fanbase for the series is already analysing the details of the trailer. What will the new story tell us? How many new worlds will we see?
The clue to this is striking when you look closely at the first minute of the footage. Some of the specific shots are Star Wars, or so it seems.
In the top right corner, you can see the foot of an AT-ST, which would confirm that there will be a world from the Disney series in the game.
The moon of Endor could be a new world
As if the Imperial pacer’s legs weren’t enough, the environment in which it appears has large trees and a colour palette that leaves no doubt: this is the forest of the Moon of Endor, one of the star locations from Episode VI of the film series. It is here that we meet the Ewok in Return of the Jedi and where the battle against the Empire takes place.
This detail has already led to speculation from the community about which Star Wars characters will be involved in the adventure. Given that the world is set during the first trilogy, we could see Luke and Leia or even Darth Vader and the Emperor as villains.
New logo, new Unreal Engine?
In its search for more answers about Kingdom Hearts 4, The Gamer was able to get a glimpse of the graphics engine the new game will use, thanks to information from the publisher. The game will be using Unreal Engine 5, despite the fact that Unreal Engine 4 was used in the video showing an action scene on the streets of Shibuya (Tokyo).
The trailer was shot in Unreal Engine 4, but Unreal Engine 5 will be used.
The change was made mainly because the team led by Tetsuya Nomura is looking for the best possible development tool for the new generation of consoles. The engine will make it easier for the studios responsible for transitioning to the latest tools, with technologies such as Nanite and Lumen lighting among the most prominent, best suited for Kingdom Hearts 4.
Square Enix also clarified the doubts that have been raised in the community about the logo. While it looks very similar, there are some differences, especially considering that the typography has been changed. The reason? It’s because the Thirteen Seekers of Darkness arc has come to an end, so Kingdom Hearts 4 is the start of a new saga, and they want to reflect that fact by updating the logo.
Despite the details, we still have a long way to go before getting our hands on Kingdom Hearts 4. The game is still in early development, with an unknown release date and platforms.
Source: The Gamer