Sora, Riku, and their Disney comrades
will return to western shores this summer, says Square Enix. Today,
the studio revealed that the next chapter in its Disney-fied adventure, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for 3DS,
will be ready for North American fans on July 31.
Let's celebrate with the latest Japanese trailer, shall we?
Kingdom Hearts 3D picks up after the
events of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, and follows Sora and Riku as they
attempt to wake up seven Disney themed worlds that have been put to
“sleep” by pesky Dream Eaters. The journey includes trips to
worlds based on numerous Disney properties, including Tron, Fantasia,
Pinocchio, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Three Musketeers; as well as
original Kingdom Hearts areas like Traverse Town and the World That
Never Was. Fans of the franchise will also learn more about
Organization XIII, what it means to be a Keyblade Master, and the
true power of friendship [cue: theme to Toy Story].
Seeing as Kingdom Hearts 3D was just
released in Japan last month, this will be a short wait for North
Americans. However, as Sileconera points out, the speedy localization
may also mean a lack of extra goodies. Which is alright, because
judging by GR's impressions from last year's TGS (lovingly reproduced
in TGS 2011: Kingdom Hearts 3D hands-on preview), the core game will
be more than enough for Kingdom Hearts enthusiasts.