Square Enix announced kingdom hearts 4 with a stunning gameplay trailer as part of the celebrations of the Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary of the franchise. kingdom hearts 4 seems to be taking the story in a dark direction, with Sora trapped in the Tokyo-like Quadratum, which is described to him as the afterlife. Kingdom Hearts 4 The first trailer shows off gameplay and some flashy new moves, like using the Keyblade as a grappling hook, but the real standout here is the game’s visuals.
the Kingdom Hearts is no stranger to visually impressive games. From stylized, cartoony originals to handheld games that take full advantage of its hardware, nearly every entry in the series has top-notch graphics. kingdom hearts 4 seems like a visual treat for fans – assuming fans are lucky enough to get their hands on a PS5 or Xbox Series X. On the console side, kingdom hearts 4 seems to be too detailed and visually impressive to be released on anything other than modern hardware.
The stunning visuals of Kingdom Hearts 4
The visuals exhibited in Kingdom Hearts 4 The trailer, seen above at around 4 minutes in, is absolutely jaw-dropping. From the detailed cityscape of Quadratum to every hair and pore present on Sora and the mysterious new female character, there are a ton of details to consider. Kingdom Hearts titles, this level of detail would mostly be reserved for pre-rendered cutscenes, but Kingdom Hearts 4 the gameplay seems to be visually untouched.
The trailer for kingdom hearts 4 teases the gameplay a bit, in which Sora roams the streets of Quadratum in an intense boss fight with a giant Heartless. Running it is clear that kingdom hearts 4 uses ray tracing, which was not possible on game consoles until now. Sora can be seen reflecting off of cars and buildings – even buildings reflect off of other buildings. Not much more ray tracing is shown, though the game certainly has some reflection and lighting surprises in store to tie into the colorful Disney worlds Sora will explore.
Lately, Kingdom Hearts 4 the trailer shows tons and tons of particle effects. The Heartless Giant forms from a swirling black mass and lets out countless wisps with each attack. Sora also rushes through a collapsing building as the windows simultaneously shatter, spraying glass all around him. In all, Kingdom Hearts 4 the level of graphical detail and the lighting and particle effects deem the game too visually intensive to run on anything other than PS5 or Xbox Series X.
Kingdom Hearts History of Pushing Graphics Boundaries
While kingdom hearts 4 seems the best the series has ever had, it’s by no means the first visually impressive game in the series. The journey through Kingdom Hearts 3 many worlds are beautiful. Each world is visually distinct and has such a high level of detail, right down to changing Sora and the gang’s costumes to match the region’s theme. KH3 may be three years old at this point, but the game looks and runs impressively, even by last-gen console standards.
Even the handheld Kingdom Hearts entrances have innovated visually, as Re: Coded or 358/2 Days: Both are full-fledged, 3D Kingdom Hearts titles that run on the Nintendo DS. The DS offers some very good games, but few are fully 3D. The fact that there are two long 3D JRPGs on the console is impressive to say the least. What is all this Kingdom Hearts games have in common is that they never had a cross-generational version. Typically, every game in the series is too visually demanding to run on older consoles, and kingdom hearts 4 seems to be no exception.
It’s rare to see a PS5 or Xbox Series X exclusive release in general, though they’ll certainly be more common in the coming years, but games like Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and the Demon’s Souls remake shows that taking full advantage of the consoles capabilities is worth it. It’s exciting to think that kingdom hearts 4 will do the same and give gamers even more reason to seek out the new consoles.
kingdom hearts 4 is currently in development.
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