Didn't Nomura say in the Ultimania interview there's like three
games he wanted to be made before KH4 comes out, well technically 2 games, and a special project
? And with the Darknesses interview, it certainly lines up to how many teams are working on these games:
- Osaka Team - KH4
- KHUX Team - Dark Road
- Team 3 - Melody of Memory
- Team 4 - Unannounced Title
So we've got actually one more side game before KH4 comes in. The last box of the 2nd phase pic has to be KH4, right?
I'm guessing that one side game has to be Verum Rex related with Riku. But it's not the whole story of Verum Rex, since I feel that it's hard to put it all in one side game. Feels like Nomura's probably dividing it into three parts. First part is Riku's search for Sora while exploring a portion of VR's setting and a little bit about Yozora, then KH4 with Sora, MoM and Yozora, and finally a prequel featuring Yozora. Ya know, kinda like how Versus was meant to span several games?
But aside from that, I think that one side game with Riku+Verum Rex probably is just half of the game. Now that Kairi's actually awake instead of sleeping it off until Sora comes back, I think the first half probably is more about Kairi staying behind instead of going with Riku to the Verum Rex world.
Feels like in order to justify Riku+Verum Rex game as a Disney game, Kairi is the one meant to explore Disney Worlds for Disney's stamp of approval. She's probably there to resolve a few plot points regarding a some of KHX and UX's loose ends, now that we're exploring a portion of her past in Melody of Memory. I mean she's probably more in tune with the whole KHX series thing than Riku, considering the first thing we see when playing KHX and KHUX is her grandmother telling her the story of the Keyblade War.
Also, having a Kairi campaign on the Unannounced Title is a good way to include the Days quartet's new subplot, formally introducing Subject X into the series, and even explore a little bit on Ven's background : ). Probably even having face reveals of at least one or two of the Foretellers. But personally I don't think BBS trio will be explored that much, not until Dark Road is close to ending since I feel like Terra and Aqua would connect more to there than KHUX itself.
Well, I'm probably just being optimistic though. haha