The 7th title in the Kingdom Hearts series – Kingdom Hearts 3D or giving it the full title Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance(3D’s gettit?) has just hit store shelves in Japan. Alongside the game release as with many games was an official guide-book. In it Kingdom Hearts co-creator Tetsuya Nomura revealed some interesting information.
(we have) started making a variety of movements for the new title(s) in the series (and we will) be able to make an announcement pretty soon.
Nomura offered some fuel for speculation by ruling out a sequel to 2010’s PSP release Birth by Sleep and also confirmed that there are no plans to release a Final Mix version of Kingdom Hearts 3D,which has been common in previous games in the series. However this doesn’t necessarily mean Kingdom Hearts 3 is in developement, as it could as easily be another Nintendo Handheld game, a new title and the first on the PS Vita, an iOS title or perhaps even a launch title for the Wii U?
Since the Kingdom Hearts first launched 10 years ago there have been several new Disney franchises launched(Pirates of the Caribbean, High School Musical etc) as well as new major company acquisitions like Pixar in 2006 and Marvel last year. This opens a whole new realm of possibilities, just as Kingdom Hearts has levels based around Disney movies, this new game could have levels based around comics; a level for X-men, Spider-Man. Avengers, Fantastic Four etc each with their own villains. You could easily just re-skin the first two games with Marvel characters and it would sell.
Kingdom Hearts 3D is out in July 2012 in both UK and North America.