Tetsuya Nomura, director and character designer for the Square Enix hit Kingdom Hearts, opened up in a recent interview and divulged a few details regarding two upcoming titles in the series, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II. He also pointed out what makes the series different from Square Enix's other offerings.
Regarding the Game Boy Advance title, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Nomura promised that it would have the same essence as the first title of the series, with the exception of some new features like the deck of cards. The story will fill in the gap between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, and it will follow the adventures of Sora, Donald, and Goofy as they search for the enigmatic Chain of Memories.
As for the PlayStation 2 title Kingdom Hearts II, the story will take place one year after the events of the first game. Nomura pointed out that the series is not like Square Enix's successful Final Fantasy series. While each Final Fantasy features a new cast in a new world in every game, each Kingdom Hearts game will continue the story of Sora. In other words, the series will last as long as Sora's story goes on.
While neither Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories nor Kingdom Hearts II has been given an official release date, both titles should be available in Japan sometime next year. North American releases for both titles have not been announced.