Disney, Square Forge Kingdom Hearts Sequels

Disney Interactive, a publishing label of Buena Vista Games Inc., and Square Enix Co. Ltd. announced today that they will once again join forces to develop two sequel titles to the hit PlayStation 2 video game Kingdom Hearts.

Kingdom Hearts-Chain of Memories will be developed for Game Boy Advance, making it the first handheld game in the line. The title, features Sora, Donald, Goofy and other Disney characters, is scheduled for release in Japan in 2004, followed by North America and Europe.

Kingdom Hearts II will be developed for the PlayStation 2 and the story will pick up where the original game ended. The developers promise that the mystery that has kept fans waiting will finally unfold as Sora, Kairi and Riku return. The release schedule will be announced at a later date.

To date, more than 3.3 million copies of Kingdom Hearts have sold worldwide, making it the top-selling RPG for 2002. This first video game collaboration between Square Enix and Buena Vista Games combines more than 100 Disney characters and many well-known Disney worlds with newly introduced characters and environments created in the Square Enix style.

Kingdom Hearts will now join Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Greatest Hits series in North America. The Greatest Hits edition will be available starting Oct. 6, 2003 with a suggested retail price of $19.99.

The two sequels will be developed under the supervision of director and main character designer Tetsuya Nomura, and produced by Shinji Hashimoto and co-producer Yoshinori Kitase.