Square Enix 1st Production Department Premier event today, the company announced the full title and showed a trailer for its upcoming Kingdom Hearts game for the Nintendo 3DS.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is the full title, and Birth by Sleep co-director Yasushi Yasue explained that the title actually has some meaning behind it. For one, the game stars both Sora and Riku as they enter a world of dreams to go through the Mark of Mastery in order to become Keyblade Masters and prepare to face off against the return of Xehanort. "Dropping" and "distance" sum up some of the game's fast-paced action, using the 3DS's effects for a more dramatic experience.
The trailer released along the announcement showed how the gameplay has changed. Battles are fast-paced and rely on special "glide" abilities which Sora and Riku can use to jump from wall to wall or run across rails scattered around the fanciful worlds. Switching between the two becomes another major factor, as the two will swap places very quickly to fit the pace of the action sequences. While most the trailer took place in Traverse Town, there was a clip taking place in Notre Dame, but no other Disney characters were shown outside of Yensid and Mickey.
No release date has been given, and seeing as the Kingdom Hearts team has been focusing on the completion of Birth by Sleep Final Mix, which releases this month in Japan, we should probably expect a 2012 release.
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