Kingdom Hearts release date announced
Square EA and Disney Interactive announced today the official release date for Kingdom Hearts in North America.
Tuesday, August 6, 2002
(Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2002, 2:38PM GMT)
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- Square Electronic Arts and Disney Interactive announced today that Kingdom Hearts for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system will start shipping to retail stores nationwide on September 17, 2002.
"Kingdom Hearts will deliver a unique interactive gaming experience that melds Square and Disney entertainment legacies of animation, design, story-telling and character development," said Jun Iwasaki, president of Square Electronic Arts. "Kingdom Hearts represents a truly unique role-playing game experience, combining more than 100 Disney characters and new and familiar Disney worlds in one game. We are also excited to offer new elements in the North American version that are not available in the Japanese version of the game. "
"We are excited to launch Kingdom Hearts in North America, which combines the magic of Disney and game development expertise of Square in one adventurous game," said Jan Smith, president of Disney Interactive. "This innovative new game will be a unique experience for both Disney and Square fans alike."
New Disney characters making their debut in Kingdom Hearts - Sora, Riku, Kairi and the Heartless - are designed by Square’s Tetsuya Nomura, director and character designer of Kingdom Hearts, best known for his creations in Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and X.
Kingdom Hearts features a real-time battle system that incorporates new elements with traditional RPG elements found in other Square titles. The North American version of Kingdom Hearts features two modes, "Normal" and "Expert." Players will be able to select the mode when first starting the game. The North American version also features additional bosses, including Sephiroth, Ice Titan and a boss that carries the name of the "Name In Game" sweepstakes winner held earlier this year on http://www.kingdomhearts.com