Kingdom Hearts: Melody Of Memory Is Directly Inspired By The Theatrhythm Games
Officially revealed earlier this year, the unexpected Kingdom Hearts title Melody of Memory will act as a sort of follow-up to Kingdom Hearts 3, with the game revisiting points throughout the entire Square Enix franchise to the tune of over 140 unique song tracks. Now, it’s been revealed that Melody of Memory was directly inspired by the Theatrhythm games of old.
In a recent interview with IGN, Masanobu Suzui, founder of the studio behind Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Indieszero, spoke about how the creation of Theatrhythm helped pave the way towards utilizing a similar format for Melody of Memory. According to Suzui, the release and subsequent success of both Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Theatrhythm Dragon Quest helped set the stage for a potential Kingdom Hearts variant. “We thought, well, Kingdom Hearts has a lot of really great music in that series as well. Why don’t we do a Theatrhythm Kingdom Hearts?” Suzui explained.
Kingdom Hearts franchise director Tetsuya Nomura initially declined the idea of making a Theatrhythm game for Kingdom Hearts, though Disney’s revival of the idea later seemed timely enough that Nomura felt things were “lined up” enough to take another stab at the concept, just with some different formatting this time around. “This game itself is actually very similar in concept [to Theatrhythm],” says Suzui. “The underlying concept of using music to look back across the whole series.” That’s not to say that Kingdom Hearts completionists won’t learn anything new from Melody of Memory, though. “But for the old fans who’ve really followed Kingdom Hearts up until now and know a lot about it, there are hints about what’s coming next,” Suzui explains. “Not quite a signpost, if you will, but just a few little tidbits and there.”
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is slated to release on November 13th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
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