Although Birth by Sleep
is taking the franchise to a darker direction, a recent interview with Gemaga magazine reveals that the upcoming PSP Kingdom Hearts
game will take place entirely in Disney worlds. IGN
notes that "The game takes place in the past, years prior to the original Kingdom Hearts, and the worlds will be updated to reflect this. Nomura envisions having a young Hercules appear in the Hercules world, for instance. New Disney worlds will also appear, as will favorite characters like Disney and Goofy."
Development is being handled by the same studio that managed Re: Chain of Memories
(unreleased in the States). The battle system employed will be largely similar to the card-based system featured in the PS2 remake. "You set up a card deck consisting of commands that are fed into your command menu," Nomura explained.
Details for Birth by Sleep
are still hard to come by, but we're intrigued to see how this battle system will feel, especially for Kingdom Hearts
regulars. Considering Square's incredible job with Crisis Core
, we're confident they can pull off a PSP title that not only looks good, but plays well too.