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Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] Announced for North America/Europe

Sora and company's next adventure coming exclusively to the 3DS.

Sure, we knew that Square-Enix was working on a 3DS entry in the popular Kingdom Hearts series in Japan, but any information beyond a few snippets of footage and the suggestion that it would be coming at some point to the west was non-existent at best.  Which is why today’s announcement that Kingdom Hearts 3D is indeed coming, and much sooner than many had predicted, is such welcome news.

Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will be hitting North American and European store shelves exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS sometime in 2012.  Even with a launch window an entire year long, fans will be relieved to hear that Sora and company are coming to town at all.

The game will include the colorful mix of Disney and Square-Enix cast that we have come to expect from the series, and will serve as the “opening chapter of the final conflict.”

Though many details are still unknown about this new Kingdom Hearts game, the press release did include the following list of features:

• Dual protagonists – Play as the two most popular characters of the franchise, Sora and Riku.

“Free-flow” action – Enjoy fast and effortless movements while interacting with the environment and performing acrobatic attacks.

Brand-new creatures –Dream Eaters inhabit the Sleeping Worlds, and are split into two categories: Spirits and Nightmares. Recruit over 50 different types of Spirits as allies to fight alongside Sora and Riku.

New Disney worlds –Beloved Disney worlds and characters, such as La Cité des Cloches (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), make their series debut.

Story progression – With updated looks for Sora and Riku, and the impending conflict made clear, this title is a big step forward in the series.

We’ll have more information on Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] when it becomes available.

Press Release


SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]
FOR NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE
Latest Installment to the Beloved Franchise Arriving in 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS™



LOS ANGELES and LONDON (Dec. 20, 2011) – Square Enix, Inc. and Square Enix Ltd., the publishers of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, Europe and across PAL territories, today announced fans of the popular KINGDOM HEARTS series will be able to experience a new 3-D adventure next year with the North American and European release of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance], specifically for the Nintendo 3DS™ system.

The new game’s spectacular story promises to be a fun backdrop to the colorful cast of Disney characters making their 3-D debut on a handheld title. In addition to new worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will feature never-before-seen gameplay elements for the series.

“With the tenth anniversary of the series on the horizon, the current KINDGOM HEARTS saga is approaching its climactic conclusion. The story of this game will serve as the opening chapter of the final conflict, and, as always, will be full of surprises. In order to best implement this element of surprise and discover new realms of possibility, we have chosen Nintendo 3DS as our platform. With its revolutionary new game system, this title will not only be a bold, exhilarating tale of adventure, but also a first look into the future form of the KINGDOM HEARTS series,” said Tetsuya Nomura, director of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance].

Story
King Mickey and Yen Sid prepare for an impending threat by putting Sora and Riku through the Mark of Mastery exam. Sora and Riku are sent into the Sleeping Worlds, where they will face enemies and allies that have never been seen before. If they can successfully complete the task they are given, they will be deemed true Keyblade Masters.

Features
• Dual protagonists – Play as the two most popular characters of the franchise, Sora and Riku.

• “Free-flow” action – Enjoy fast and effortless movements while interacting with the environment and performing acrobatic attacks.

• Brand-new creatures –Dream Eaters inhabit the Sleeping Worlds, and are split into two categories: Spirits and Nightmares. Recruit over 50 different types of Spirits as allies to fight alongside Sora and Riku.

• New Disney worlds –Beloved Disney worlds and characters, such as La Cité des Cloches (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), make their series debut.

• Story progression – With updated looks for Sora and Riku, and the impending conflict made clear, this title is a big step forward in the series.


Product Summary

Title KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Genre RPG
Release Date 2012
MSRP TBD
Copyright © Disney. Developed by SQUARE ENIX


 

Comments

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

12/20/2011 at 01:52 PM

They must pride themselves on coming up with the weirdest titles for these KH games.

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SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]
FOR NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE
Latest Installment to the Beloved Franchise Arriving in 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS™

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