Square Enix announced on 20th December, 2011 that the Nintendo 3DS exclusive, Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will be released in the North American and European territories. Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will be the second game to be set after the PlayStation 2 action RPG Kingdom Hearts 2 and will primarily follow series protagonists Sora and Riku as they take the “Mark of Mastery” test to become full fledged Keyblade Masters. During their test they will be faced against the Dream Eaters, although not all Dream Eaters are bad some will be willing to help out the player as they battle through the test grounds of Sleeping Woods.
“With the tenth anniversary of the series on the horizon, the current Kingdom Hearts saga is approaching its climactic conclusion. The story of this game will serve as the opening chapter of the final conflict, and, as always, will be full of surprises. In order to best implement this element of surprise and discover new realms of possibility, we have chosen Nintendo 3DS as our platform. With its revolutionary new game system, this title will not only be a bold, exhilarating tale of adventure, but also a first look into the future form of the Kingdom Hearts series,” said Tetsuya Nomura, director of Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance].
A release window of 2012 has been given but no further information beyond that is given for the American/European release dates. In Japan the game will be released sometime in March 2012.