Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] Announced For Release In North America and Europe

Today, Square Enix announced that the popular KINGDOM HEARTS series will have its latest installment, and all new 3-D adventure released next year (2012) in North American and European territories on the Nintendo 3DS system. No specific date has been announced yet for Europe or North America. However, a March 2012 release has been announced for Japan.

SquEnix is promising a fun story that will give a backdrop to the colorful cast of Disney characters making their 3-D debut on a handheld title. In addition to new worlds and characters (like those from the hit DS game, The World Ends With You), KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will feature new gameplay elements for the series.

Tetsuya Nomura, director of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] commented on the game with the following,

“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.”

Do I sense an impending Kingdom Hearts 3 announcement? I know most of us fans of the series are waiting for it, and according to Nomura, this will be the last game before the final big one.

Check out the recent trailer for KH 3D [DDD] from Jump Festa 2012 (looking pretty epic if I should say so myself):

Okay, so the trailer above is in Japanese, but so you can understand what the game is all about, here’s the synopsis:

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.

Make Sure to check out the game next year when it drops on the Nintendo 3DS and stay tuned to GamerXChange for a specific release date and more news as we get it!

 

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