Square Enix is hiring for the Kingdom Hearts series
Square Enix Osaka is on the prowl for new talent to join its ranks and work on the Kingdom Hearts series.
It is looking to acquire user interface (UI) designers, effect designers and technical artists to work on the “HD development of the Kingdom Hearts series”, according to several job listings.
While the advertisements are clear indications that a new Kingdom Hearts (KH) project is in the works, it remains unclear what it will be.
The third title in the series was released at the beginning of this year (though it is actually the 10th instalment) and it left the series wide open for another.
It seems as though the next stage of the narrative will focus on the Master of Masters, Luxu and the Foretellers characters while linking to the Union X mobile game.
Before the release of KH3, Square Enix had relaunched the entire franchise for the PlayStation 4.
It provided fans with Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 Remix which included KH1, Chain of Memories, KH2, 358/2 Days, Birth by Sleep and Re:Coded.
It also released Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue which contained Dream Drop Distance, 0.2: Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage and the mini movie X Back Cover, which adapted the first mobile title of the same name.
Given that Square has already updated the bulk of this particular franchise, it seems unlikely that it will update them all once more – at least on the PlayStation.
The Re:Mind downloadable content (DLC) expansion for the KH3 is still due this Winter, but considering how close the release date is, it again seems unlikely that the developer would be hiring for it.
Since X Back Cover was centred on the first mobile game and built using in-game assets in the Unreal 4 engine, it could be possible that Square is looking to create another mini movie for Union X – especially since the mobile title has revealed major clues about plot lines for the entire franchise.
Alternatively, there is also a good chance that the project could be a port for the Nintendo Switch for any number of the titles currently released in the series.
Until Square Enix officially announce details however, it could be any of the above or something completely different.
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