With Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance just coming out in Japan, and seen as the next major installment in the franchise, the rest of the world is wondering just when the game will hit them. With an AR Card system, and promise of the major continuing adventure of Sora, Riku, Donald, Goofy, and more, the game is slowly becoming an anticipated one. Now, developer Square Enix has revealed just when the title will be hitting the States and Europe as well.
While it seemed like gamers would have to wait until the fall for the latest adventure of the Keyblades, fear no longer! Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will hit store shelves in the U.S. on July 31st for Nintendo 3DS, with a release in Europe just days later on August 3rd.
The game takes place directly after Kingdom Hearts II, as Sora and Riku prepare to become true Keyblade masters after King Mickey and Yen Sid decide to put the heroes through the Marks of Mastery exam. They are then sent into the Sleeping Worlds, where they meet enemies and allies never seen before. Disney worlds this time around will include Tron: Legacy, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Three Musketeers, and more, while also bringing back classic worlds such as Traverse Town.
The title is also connected to the yet-to-begin-developmentKingdom Hearts III, which many fans have been waiting for since the last major console release in 2006. The game was met with a prequel of sorts with Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleepfor PSP in 2010, but Dream Drop Distance is the first title to continue the main story since the last console appearance (though Birth By Sleep does expand the core tale with more information, characters, and revelations).
Expect a bigger unveiling of what the game has to offer most likely at this year’s E3, as Nintendo readies it’s press conference.