Last week at TGS, Square Enix announced three new Kingdom Hearts Titles: Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep for the PSP, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS, and Kingdom Hearts: Coded for mobile phones. Thanks to Famitsu, we now have new details to share with you about these upcoming titles.
First, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. Now there has been some criticism involving the game's title, but director Tetsuya Nomura says that the title is meant to be confusing, it is a secret code that the player will uncover as the game progresses. Players will follow the story of Roxas during the time he spent with Organization XIII. Like in previous games, players will travel to different Disney inspired worlds, but they may show up in a slightly different form. Co-director Tomohiro Hasegawa also said that these will be worlds that have been seen before, but they are only selecting ones that fit into the story line. Hasegawa didn't say much about the gameplay, except that it will be action oriented like past titles. No word on touch screen controls but the DS's lack of buttons is being addressed by the development team. 358/2 Days will feature multiplayer mode where players will be able to control Roxas, and at least 13 other characters. This multiplayer mode is separate from the single player game and features its own quests, missions, and bosses.
Second, is Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, which takes place before the first Kingdom Hearts. The game has three separate chapters with each focusing on one of the three playable characters: Ven, Aqua, and Tela. Tai Yasue the co-director of the project emphasized that all three characters control so differently that it will feel like a new experience with each one. Birth By Sleep will also feature a multiplayer mode, but Yause said it is different than that of the DS title. Once again the universe will be constructed of different Disney worlds. Yasue said that there will be some new areas featured, but was vague on what they are.
Last and the one most likely not to come to North America is Kingdom Hearts: Coded, a mobile phone spin off of the original Kingdom Hearts. For fans of Tron or anything digital, players will control a digital Sora as he tries to eliminate bugs from the digital Kingdom Hearts world. In one of the mini-games players will enter a debugging/hacking mode to destroy shadow hearts. The game features a mix of impressive 2d and 3d graphics.
No release dates have been set for Japan, and no news at all on a North American or European release. For new images on all three of these titles. Click here for 358/2 Days, here for Birth by Sleep and here for Coded.