- Jun 12, 2021
This whole argument is nitpicking. We both agree that the next big KH game will be a Quadratum game with Yozora, we just can't see eye-to-eye on whether it makes more sense for a "IV" to be in the title or not.We’re nitpicking at this point
Assuming that Verum Rex is Versus XIII with the serial numbers filed off and it's successful enough to launch its own series that follows Nomura's original vision it wouldn't be enough to dramatically change the formula, it would have to be thrown out entirely. When you get down to it the brand of Kingdom Hearts is characters who wield giant keys fighting their way through Disney movies. Take those elements out and it's not KH anymore.I don’t know that I see a justification for diverging from Kingdom Hearts’ currently very strong brand
In general it's actually common to trade a successful brand for a new one if the concept is different enough. For example, Square's own Mana series had its first entry published as "Final Fantasy Gaiden" but the other games as firmly part of their own brand. Separate brands can also happen when different audiences are being targeted or there's hope that the spin-off will grow beyond its origins. Once upon a time Bandai had a successful toy brand called Tamagotchi with an audience that was almost entirely girls. They saw the gap in their audience, so in order to sell a similar product to boys they added fighting and called it Digimon. The new brand grew to the point that even most fans are unaware of its origins. Would it have achieved the same success if it had remained a part of the origin brand and been called something like Tamagotchi Warriors? Impossible to know without the ability to view alternate timeline, but clearly diverging from a strong brand can work out.