Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Everything we know about Square Enix's latest adventure.
Sometimes, video game publishers have trouble counting to three.
Case in point, Capcom. It took the company six years (and some Alphas, a Championship and Turbo editions in between) to go from Street Fighter II to Street Fighter III. Fans waited so long, that it was impossible for the third installment to live up to the immense hype.
That said, there appears to be a similar situation with Kingdom Hearts, Square Enix's beloved Disney meets RPG series. The first adventure debuted on PlayStation 2 in 2002, and part three is, well, nowhere close to being finished, though we've had plenty of side quests in between, including the oddly titled 358/2 Days on DS.
Here's the bad news. Kingdom Hearts III won't appear for quite some time, but on the positive side, there's Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for 3DS, a wonderful looking addition that'll make use of the portable's glasses free 3D and introduce new concepts that push the franchise forward.
Square Enix has yet to show us a playable demo, but provided a handful of details, so here's everything we know about this latest game.
-Currently in development by the team that created Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep for PSP.
-The title is a play on "3D", hence Dream Drop Distance. Also involves the distance a person falls in their dreams.
-This title may also have a bearing on the gameplay, possibly referencing to a character's ability to fall from high distances and survive.
-Takes place after events in Kingdom Hearts: Re:coded.
-There will be a Drop Gauge, though Square Enix refuses to elaborate on what it does or how it impacts the game.
-The game stars Sora and Riku, both of which are playable.
-Part of the story involves Sora and Riku attempting to complete the Mastery Exam to become Keyblade Masters to prepare for a battle, most likely against Xehanort.
-Each character features unique abilities and control schemes.
-They visit the same areas, but not together or in the same order.
-The characters also battle unique bosses.
-Although you'll play as both heroes, the game does this through forced and sudden switching. You cannot swap Sora and Riku on the fly.
-New abilities include wall jumping, sliding down rope and swinging off poles.
-There will be new areas to explore. Rumors point to The Hunchback from Notre Dame.
-You'll also wander through familiar locations, like Traverse Town.
-The storyline and play enhancements will segue to Kingdom Hearts III.