Kingdom Hearts 3D headed westward

3DS Kindgom Hearts comes to NA and EU next year.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is coming to North America and Europe, Square Enix has announced.

“With the tenth anniversary of the series on the horizon, the current Kingdom 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.

Kingdom Hearts 3D follows the story of Sora and Riku, taking the “Mark of Mastery” exam in preparation for an impending threat, who will visit “Sleeping Worlds” and face enemies and allies they’ve not yet encountered. If they successfully complete their task, they will be labeled true Keyblade Masters.

The game 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.

Kingdom Hearts 3D will launch for 3DS next year. If you missed the 8 minute Jump Festa trailer, catch it here.

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