Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep waking this summer

Square Enix confirms North American release for PSP prequel to 2002 PS2 original will arrive later this year.

Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep lit up Japan's game software sales charts upon its debut on the PSP in January, selling some 445,000 units within its first week on the market. Soon, stateside gamers will be able to learn what the fuss is all about, as the publisher today announced that Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep will arrive in North America exclusively on Sony's portable this summer.

Sleep is one thing that this princess can get behind.

The fifth installment in Square Enix's 14-million-unit-selling collaboration with Disney, Birth by Sleep actually serves as a prequel to the events of the 2002 original. The game follows three young keyblade-master novitiates--Terra, Ventus, and Aqua--who must learn to use their weapons to save their world and those linked to it.

The PSP game introduces a number of new locales from the Disney universe, including Sleeping Beauty's Enchanted Dominion, deep space from Lilo & Stich, and the Dwarf Woodlands, as seen in Snow White. Birth by Sleep also includes updates to previously seen worlds, such as Peter Pan's Neverland.

Birth by Sleep will maintain the game's action role-playing mechanics, though Square Enix has updated the game's combat system with a variety of new features. The game will also include four all-new multiplayer modes: Versus, Arena, Command Board, and Rumble Racing. Square Enix will be giving North American gamers a handful of exclusive features as well, such as an extra boss encounter and additional multiplayer options.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. You can also catch a glimpse of the game at the very end (8:47) of the episode of GameSpot's Import Friendly shown below.

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155 comments
khrox20
khrox20

(sigh,tying not to get excited) 9,7,2010.

ChibiZammy
ChibiZammy

Cant W8 Till Birth By Sleep, itz gonna be a hit!!!!!

Xx_Kares_xX
Xx_Kares_xX

w00t! I can't wait for this game! The KH series has done a great job of getting progressively better as the series goes on.

3bode999
3bode999

lol i got all of the kingdom hearts series xD!!

khrox20
khrox20

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Earth2023
Earth2023

I sold my ds and the only reason why I have my psp my OLD PSP FROM 2006 is becuz I wanna play this game ONLY !!

daman246
daman246

kingdom hearts take me back to the old days

wario96
wario96

oh, sorry i stoped playing kingdom hearts after i picked up that stupid plastic guitar

Bigcol1611
Bigcol1611

Yummy, more Kingdom Hearts goodness! Now all i need now is a PSP to play it on! :)

khrox20
khrox20

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khrox20
khrox20

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Waranabatokwa
Waranabatokwa

uhm.. since square enix acquired eidos and disney acquired marvel, is it possible to have a sora/spidey tandem? or raziel/sora perhaps?

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

should translate well to the PSP..look forward to it.

dom28
dom28

@ TruthOpinionSpk If you don't have anything good to say about this game there really isn't any point in commenting. Maybe its time you change your name to "BiastOpinion", get on with your life, and hopefully Square Enix will stop listening to people such as yourself and go rush out to make some random 3rd rate game that only you would enjoy ;)

zinoalex
zinoalex

I know many gamers who have been waiting patiently for the release of this title. They have just become impatient.The 3rd quarter could not come soon enough.

ProjectMyra
ProjectMyra

I am very excited that this new addition to the awesome Kingdom Hearts series is coming out this summer!

ProjectMyra
ProjectMyra

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TruthOpinionSpk
TruthOpinionSpk

But seriously, they need to stop making these god awful Kingdom Hearts games. Concentrate one something worth playing, Squeenix!

TruthOpinionSpk
TruthOpinionSpk

@khrox = obvious troll is obvious Who wants to take a bet on how many belts THIS protagonist is gonna wear?

khrox20
khrox20

I brought a psp to be SE divoted,they make the best games.

oranger_ranger1
oranger_ranger1

same as 1penance1 i got my psp as a b'day pressie thought it was useless until KH:BBS came along. also because of it, i've come to respect it a bit more - the psp that is

1penance1
1penance1

seriuosly, this is the ONLY reason i have a psp

Trogeton
Trogeton

My psp has been getting used quite often and this is gonna give it more of a boost.. I use psp for music and video a lot but now another game to keep me busy for a while on my favorite handheld

kingdevil2
kingdevil2

Finally i can be happy. This will be the best in the series*ive played em all* Now i need an Aussie date.... If theres 1 world I want back its Pirates of the Caribbean

keyblade42
keyblade42

@Pickleking23: Of the, what was it, 3 returning worlds? Only two of them use areas seen in previous games. That includes I think Mysterious Tower. Otherwise Olypus Coliseum and Neverland are completely different.

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

Hopefully this don't reuse the old worlds too much. after 4 games I kinda want some new worlds. But sounds freakin sweet, can't wait.

Hizakii
Hizakii

Birth by sleep has a meaning in the game once you played you'll know, its not just a random title.

Kingdom011
Kingdom011

even though this is news we already seen and heard, its still nice to hear something about it. And everyday is a step closer to knigdom hearts birth by sleep!! I'm just going to borrow my friends psp and play it...not really sure i want a psp or not because i feel like im only going to play this and a couple of others.

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

Even tho it's on PSP, I still can't wait to play this!

kramer83
kramer83

only reason I still have a psp

FFIXOwner
FFIXOwner

@TomM_GScom So basically you're saying your cutline doesn't mean anything at all.

denicola_a_god
denicola_a_god

veryy good stuf shuld hold me oer till the inevitable kh 3!!!

ruffluffs
ruffluffs

hear hear! enough spin offs give us a real game about Sora

rockwii13
rockwii13

This is retarded. Why don't they just make a freakin' PS3 game already?!

mariofool
mariofool

GameStop says PRE-ORDER 12/31/2010 WHAT! Vgreleases says 6/1/2010 Cool what could this mean?

Trogeton
Trogeton

yes I can't believe it.. yes.. finally

Shmoe82
Shmoe82

I agree. Putting it on the PSN would be great. I am apposed to hand held gaming units but I really want to play this.

mochymoch
mochymoch

Please, for the love of gaming, put it on the PSN also...or else i got SO OWNED!dammit Go... P.S. KH3 will most likely come out a few years after FFvsXIII sooooo....its still worth the wait actually hehe!

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

KH:BBS is on my radar, but luckily I still have FFXIII to tide me over! Good job SE!

nintendo-naut
nintendo-naut

I'm psyched for this game. Looks like it could be the best KH yet. Anyway, got my $40 set aside for pre-order.

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Ugh Summer is like far away.T_T Been super excited for this game since the day it was announced. Kingdom Hearts rocks!

DarknessMageX
DarknessMageX

@TomM_GScom: Yes, but their comment is about "sleep". Cinderella has no reason to "get behind" sleep. Sleeping Beauty does. Even Snow White would make more sense.

Kashuno
Kashuno

Okay I'm reading people on here saying that KH2 wrapped up the storyline..where was I? If I recall the ending correctly, Malificent just up and disappeared, claiming she would come back to fight again. At the very end, Sora receives a letter from Mickey, and with the music that plays it seems like it's building up for a 3rd main game.

Dragon_Knight08
Dragon_Knight08

At long last! Even if it isn't exact to know it will be stateside makes me feel better I was close to going nuts for a release date.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@TomM_GScom I know I'm going to lose a man card here but how exactly does Cinderella relate to the subtitle Birth by Sleep? The only pair of Disney chicks I recall having an extended nap were Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Nah I don't understand the reasoning behind such a random title. I mean, you can't be born by sleeping can you?

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

finally, it is so close, and less then a year after KH 358/2 days came out :D I really hope it will be great and this is one of those game I will not care for critic scores and public reception :)

Magrino
Magrino

@FFIXOwner The subtitle of the game is Birth by Sleep. Cinderella is in said game. Do you see the dot trail? Can you connect it from here?

Kori-san
Kori-san

An extra Boss? I hope its a hard one.