Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. I suggest you watch the film if you haven't already before reading on. Major plot details ahead. There will be a showing of Dark City on Starz Cinema on March 13th. From Memory's Skyscraper in the distinctive wet and neon-lit Dark City, to Roxas' implanted memories of a life in the inescapable town controlled by mysterious overseers, and to the eternally unattainable but much desired visit to a beach; I believe that much of Roxas' story in Kingdom Hearts II has been inspired by the film Dark City. Just something I noticed during my second time watching Dark City. The multiple mentions that characters from both the film and Kingdom Hearts II make of a remembered long-ago-visited beach made me realize the connection. It became obvious that the place called "Dark City" in The World That Never Was is purely in homage to Dark City. It feels good to discover something new about a game that I've already played multiple times over the years. I greatly appreciate Square Enix's homage to a film that I now consider one of my favorites.