If there were any doubts in your mind that the West would be not getting Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, let them be put to rest. This morning Square Enix announced that the latest Kingdom Hearts title — “the opening chapter of the final conflict,” according to the man himself, Tetsuya Nomura — will see an early 2012 release in North America and Europe on the Nintendo 3DS. Nomura promises a game “full of suprises,” and “in order to best implement this element of surprise and discover new realms of possibility, [we] have chosen Nintendo 3DS as our platform.”
For those of you not all caught up: when we last saw Sora and Riku, they had received a mysterious message from King Mickey calling them to his side. The last title to be released, Birth by Sleep, introduced the idea of the Mark of Mastery exam, a physical and mental test that, if passed, grants the participant the title of Keyblade Master. The official synopsis tell us that it’s Sora and Riku’s turns to be put through their paces: “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.”
“With the tenth anniversary of the series on the horizon, the current Kingdom Hearts saga is approaching its climactic conclusion,” notes Tetsuya Nomura, director. “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.”
“Current” saga? “Future form?” Does this mean there are more Kingdom Hearts titles on the way?