Interactive and Square Team Up for RPG!
(May 17, 2001)
Disney Interactive and Square Co. Ltd. (Square) usher in a new
era in interactive entertainment with the announcement of "Kingdom
Hearts," a 3D epic adventure and role-playing game for the
PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system that will feature
both existing and newly created Disney characters, as well as
multiple Disney and Square-designed worlds -- all coexisting in
one unique game.
debut in "Kingdom Hearts," the new Disney characters
-- Sora, Riku, Kairi and the Heartless -- are designed by director
and character designer Tetsuya Nomura, best known for his creations
in Square's Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII games.
team up with renowned Disney characters, but as they've never
been seen before, to embark on a dark, magical adventure that
takes them to familiar and newly created Disney worlds, interacting
with characters indigenous to those realms.
for release in winter 2001 in Japan, and fall 2002 in North America
and Europe, "Kingdom Hearts" immerses players in an
adventure of fantasy and action, delivering a unique interactive
gaming experience that melds the Disney and Square entertainment
legacies of animation, design, storytelling and character development.
Hearts' is a unique undertaking and opportunity for Disney Interactive
on so many levels: we're working in alliance with one of the world's
leading interactive entertainment companies; we're launching new
characters for The Walt Disney Co.; and we're creating breakthrough
creative content on an advanced platform that allows us to push
the boundaries of 3D animation and design, and tell a new story
with unprecedented fusion of Disney characters and movie worlds,"
said Jan Smith, president, Disney Interactive. "This
game represents the most recent expansion of Disney Interactive
content into categories of entertainment products and genres that
broaden our reach to new and older audiences throughout the world."
Hearts" represents the first time Disney Interactive and
Square have worked together. The title is Disney Interactive's
most expansive effort at integrating different Disney film content
in one interactive product.
Hearts' has allowed Square to work with Disney Interactive in
an unprecedented way, with both companies contributing their highest
levels of creative talent and teamwork. The result is a game completely
original in its scope, scale and creativity -- a breakthrough
title for our industry," said Hisashi Suzuki, president of
Square Co. Ltd. "Square's
expertise in game design and action-based RPGs, combined with
Disney's historic legacy of rich characters, animation and story
development, will allow us to bring a unique product to established
gamers who already expect the best from Square, while at the same
time introducing new players to this genre of interactive entertainment."
direction of Nomura, the game takes full advantage of the power
and advanced technology of the PlayStation 2, incorporating beautifully
crafted 3D and CG worlds that allow for flexibility and customization
of "Kingdom Hearts"
Hearts" is an epic story of adventure, heroism, teamwork
and life's most important lessons. It is the story of Sora, a
15-year-old boy whose world is turned upside down when a violent
storm crashes into his idyllic island-paradise home, and he is
separated from those closest to him: his best friend Riku -- a
16-year-old boy -- and a young girl named Kairi. The storm's force
scatters the friends to three different and unknown worlds.
At the same
time, there's turmoil in the world of the Disney Castle. King
Mickey is missing and protectors Court Wizard Donald and Captain
Goofy set out on a mission to find him. On their travels they
meet Sora, who is on his own mission to search for his lost friends.
are told of dark, ominous creatures known as the Heartless, beings
without hearts derived from an unknown dimension and, as it turns
out, the ones responsible for the devastating tornado. Imbued
with the ability to morph and change their form, the Heartless'
ultimate goal is to recruit the Disney Villains to help them steal
the pure hearts and souls of others.
of the link between the Heartless, the storm and the disappearance
of King Mickey, Sora, Donald and Goofy decide to join forces to
recover Sora's friends, return the king to his rightful position
and save the universe from the Heartless.
On their adventures,
they journey through a fantasy Disney Universe, where each land
is its own unique world. The heroes visit many different worlds,
including those of "Disney's Aladdin," "Disney's
Tarzan(TM)," "Disney's Peter Pan" and many more
Disney and new, original worlds, where they interact with the
characters of those worlds and battle their way across dimensions.
two years in development, "Kingdom Hearts" has a production
team of more than 100 people, representing the best creative talent
from both Disney Interactive and Square.
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