The latest issue of Jump magazine offers further information about the two upcoming Kingdom Hearts titles. Square Enix has confirmed a 2005 release for Kingdom Hearts II for the PlayStation 2. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for the Game Boy Advance will come first, shipping this fall.
Jump also offered further details on Final Fantasy characters appearing in the games. In Chain of Memories, Squall, Yuffie, and Aerith, among others, will reprise their cameos from the original title. Kingdom Hearts II will see no fewer than five Final Fantasy characters, including Final Fantasy X's Auron.
Square Enix will be hosting a "Kingdom Hearts Premiere Party" in Japan August 26-27. This invitation-only event will feature live stage shows, special scenes from the games, and playable demos of both titles--the first time a playable version of Kingdom Hearts II will be shown.