Square Enix has announced Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep will be coming to Europe this summer.
Last night, the firm announced a North America release, although no specific date was given for the spin-off, both for the US and Europe.
The game is the third spin-off in the series - with Coded for Mobile phones in Japan and 358/2 Days for DS - with a third main title still mentioned by series creator Tetsuya Nomura, but never officially confirmed.
Over 14 million units of the series has shipped worldwide so far since it began in the early 2000s on PlayStation 2.
"Birth by Sleep is one of the most beautiful titles to grace the PSP and we’re excited about its forthcoming release across PAL territories," said Square Enix Europe VP of Brands, Larry Sparks.
KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep COMING TO PAL TERRITORIES THIS YEAR
London (17th March 2010) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories and Disney Interactive Studios, today announces KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep will be released across PAL territories summer 2010, exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system.
With more than 14 million copies shipped worldwide, the KINGDOM HEARTS series is one of the most beloved RPGs in video game history. With KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep, Disney and original characters from KINGDOM HEARTS unite once more in a brand new magical game world, set to engage players with its gripping storyline and action-packed gameplay.
Turn back the pages of time in this earliest chapter of the KINGDOM HEARTS saga that explores the origins of the series. Showcasing all-new characters and brand new but instantly recognisable Disney environments from the worlds of Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, the game boasts exceptional graphics making it one of the most beautiful titles ever to be released for the PSP.
In addition to new characters and environments, KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep features three new battle systems and four different multiplayer modes.
Larry Sparks, Vice President Brands PAL Region of Square Enix Ltd. comments, “KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep is a spectacular epic adventure that will bring joy, action and suspense to anyone who embarks on the game’s journey. Birth by Sleep is one of the most beautiful titles to grace the PSP and we’re excited about its forthcoming release across PAL territories.”
About KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep
Long before Sora was chosen by his Keyblade, the worlds’ safety lay in the hands of others known as the Keyblade Masters.
It is under one of these, Master Eraqus, that three young people have been training long and hard to prove that they, too, exhibit the Mark of Mastery: Terra, Ventus, and Aqua.
The three of them will soon find themselves in the middle of a crisis affecting worlds far beyond their own—just as another Keyblade Master, Xehanort, goes mysteriously missing.
Three friends, three purposes; one horrible fate toward which they must unknowingly march…