Kingdom Hearts PSP hits September 7

Square Enix dates latest Disney crossover Birth by Sleep; game to launch with silver PSP hardware bundle packed in with 4GB memory stick, UMD movie.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep finally has a due date. Square Enix today announced that the PSP installment in its Disney crossover action role-playing game series will arrive at North American retailers September 7.

The Mystic Silver PSP looks a lot like a normal PSP, only it's silver. And mystic.

The publisher also revealed that Birth by Sleep will also be available as part of a PSP hardware bundle featuring a "Mystic Silver" version of the Sony handheld. Beyond the game and system, the bundle will include a 4GB memory stick and a movie. Square Enix hasn't specified what the movie will be but did note that it won't be related to the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

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 on Birth by Sleep, check out its appearance toward the end (8:47) of the episode of GameSpot's Import Friendly shown below.

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193 comments
wollettl
wollettl

XBOX WHERE ARE YOU????????? I want to play this game but I'm not buying a PSP to play it!!!

Blu-Fan-Boy
Blu-Fan-Boy

to X-7 if they make Kingdom Hearts for Xbox 360 it will be crap it will ruin the franchise, it will go the way of Final Fantasy XIII and be crap because of insufficient space on the disk and if you love kingdom hearts upon release of the PS3 version if and when it ever comes out you will buy a PS3 for that game.

X-7
X-7

I can't wait till this comes out. I love KH!!! Hopefully they will make KH3 PS3 and 360. On the account I only have a 360...

DaGhOsT187
DaGhOsT187

I finally took the dive and pre order the Metalgear solid PSP collection, That and God of war ,chains of Olympus should keep me busy until this comes out

lbptoady
lbptoady

Better not be like Little Big Planet for us that bought the PSP Go. I waited like 2 weeks after the initial launch day.

calvinsora
calvinsora

Cannot wait longer! ARGH! :P Nah, a few more months matters little.

neeerd
neeerd

the only thing i hate about this is that, they made us wait like 3 years for this amazing sh*t.

acerpg007
acerpg007

@ blue_francis14 Hmm.. people from Sony I guess.. hahaha.

blue_francis14
blue_francis14

@acerpg007 That way, you can save money and can resell games you thought was good but didn't like it. I wonder if there's a PSP Go rental? Weird... who would give you a thumbs down with your post?

OrianaDorta
OrianaDorta

September? jeez... and I thought Gran Turismo 5 was taking too long.

Kingdom_fighter
Kingdom_fighter

that great four more months! I can almost play it I hope they made the game very long i don't like short games.

143C5
143C5

What! September 7 oh man, looks like I'll gonna wait for a long time....

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

man has japan really had this since jan....... no fair!. oh well cant wait for this game.

gary_safc
gary_safc

Nice looking forward to this so bad... good thing i sold my psp go and bought a 3000 with 16gb memory stick.. now i get best of both worlds umd & digital download.

Roland123_basic
Roland123_basic

@zMd113 dude... google the info on the damn game. by all appearances this looks like it will be a UMD only game. this means... NO PSP GO....FFS. at the very least, if it even does come to the PSN, i bet you are going to have to wait long after it is released to pick it up.

RufusChambers
RufusChambers

Sooooooo............when is Squeenix going to get it's A into G and make a for realsies sequel? We're up to the fifth title in the series, NOT including remakes, re-releases, remixs and international copies. This most recent will be the 3rd on a hand-held console. All three were spread across 3 different handhelds (GBA, DS, PSP). Does Squeenix really expect me to have the level of brand loyalty to follow them across multiple systems when they can't even be honest about the story they're telling? I remember when they announced Chain of Memories, the official word was that it wasn't going to be cannonical. Well that was a load of crock! KH2 drops and were going on about Organization XIII, the man in the top hat puts up his hand and inquires: "Excuse me, what is all this?" Oh, this was all explained in Chain of Memories. "But you said it wasn't-" Yeah yeah, we lied/got lazy/don't really care :O You had my attention with KH1, you started losing me towards the end of 2, and it's been a downward spiral since. You repackaged the initial games with extra bosses and additional story line so many times it makes me sick. I actually hate to see a Kingdom Hearts 3, for fear that we will drown in DLC stemming from the fact that they can't keep this bloated fantasy opera on the rails anymore. But hey, maybe that'll be better than having to re-buy the entire game several times over.....

acerpg007
acerpg007

@blue_francis14 Then I guess i'll buy PSP 3000 cause I can also buy pre-owned games in Game Stop if I have 3000 rather than Go which you are forced to buy the full price of the game digitally..

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@NinjaXxX347 I was specifically talking about a PSPGO special edition- i already have a 2000 series, so if i were to buy another PSP, i'd go with the GO- but only if it were cheaper (and especially if it was a Peacewalker SE)- The Peacewalker 3000 looks nice, but no sense in dropping $200 on a system that is essentially the same as the other one i own

Xtatic324
Xtatic324

@LittleGreenDog True. I would recommend Final Fantasy 13 GunBladeHero.

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

so after this can we have KINGDOM HEARTS 3 PLZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LittleGreenDog
LittleGreenDog

@GunBladeHero: Kingdom Hearts is not FF. It is a whole seperate game that happens to be made by the same people. If you want FF characters so bad you should play the game their made for. FF.

dbnewman
dbnewman

nice, depending on reviews, this might be what pushes me into getting a PSP.

JoeAdvanced
JoeAdvanced

Awesome! A Kingdom Hearts game that comes with a PSP!!!!

Javier
Javier

"...and in September 8, a storyline that makes sense will be offered as DLC."

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Kingdom Hearts has become dissapointing of lately, I mean, one of the reasons I played the first game was because there were FF characters in it! In KH 2 the're still there but Square-Enix gave more emphasis to Disney's characters than anything else! In KH 358/2 days I'm playing some 10 hours and did not see a single FF character yet! Disney' all good and fine but, its clearly becoming an Disney only game with Square-Enix only producing it!

Kingdom011
Kingdom011

wow.. sept. 7? thats gona be a long wait.. But hey at least we actually have a release date. And we will also hopefully get to see a sneak peek at E3 so thats good....

hophiskillz
hophiskillz

woot! only 4 more months??!:D:D guess its time to fire up my PS2 and replay KH 1 & 2 a couple of times:P

zMd113
zMd113

It'll be out on PSN for PSPgo owners no worries.

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

I want 2 play it bad my brother has a psp go so im good...

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

ive been holding off on getting a PSP for a long time, but i think its finally time to invest in one. After hearing some opinions from importers, this seems to be the best KH game yet, and i absolutely love the KH series. im playing this game, and idc if i have to get a PSP in order to do so. the PSP has to have some games, right?......right?

metalmasterW
metalmasterW

alright cool, ive been waiting for this game for some time now

Roland123_basic
Roland123_basic

@zMd113 actually.... no you wont be. from what i have heard, the game will be UMD only. i was released only on UMD in japan, and is slated to receive the same treatment elsewhere. that pretty much leaves PSPgo customers out in the cold.

zMd113
zMd113

I'll pick the game up on my PSPgo.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Shouldn't the title be "Kingdom Hearts hits PSP September 7" ???

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

must have this Persona 3 protable and god of war ghost of sparta someone come and get me when these games are out.

Molecat
Molecat

Very excited about this, I love the Kingdom Hearts series! I'm a big child at heart.

kikitube
kikitube

@Pickleking23 Actually there is.

k305
k305

finally !! after 4 years of waiting.i have the Japanese version but the extras in the NA version seem pretty awesome

Yasviele
Yasviele

Ok now focus on ff VERSUS :D!!!

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

Hopefully theres a secret scene at the credits, leading too a Kingdom Hearts 3 sneak peek.