LONDON, May 19, 2006 - Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, announced today the forthcoming release of the highly-anticipated KINGDOM HEARTS® II. The latest title in one of Square Enix's most popular franchises, KINGDOM HEARTS II will be available exclusively on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system in autumn 2006.
The world of KINGDOM HEARTS brings classic Disney characters and worlds together within a new story where you will meet and visit new characters and locations created by Square Enix. The remarkable and innovative result of the collaboration is an original adventure that has captured the attention of fans worldwide.
In KINGDOM HEARTS II, players will travel through the worlds of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Steamboat Willie and Tron as well as revisit worlds from the original, including Aladdin, Disney Castle, Hercules, The Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. The game features more than 100 Disney characters, including the new additions of Chicken Little, Stitch from Lilo and Stitch and one of Disney's favourite villains, Pete.
KINGDOM HEARTS II also introduces new, original characters such as Roxas, members of Organization XIII and the Nobodies, all designed by Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura, director and character designer of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. Nomura is best known for his creations in the top selling titles FINAL FANTASY® VII, VIII, X, X-2 and directing FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN.
John Yamamoto, President and CEO comments: "From Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie to Pirates of the Caribbean and FINAL FANTASY, both Disney and Square Enix boast characters with worldwide recognition. KINGDOM HEARTS II combines the best of these worlds in a stunning game that will appeal to all gamers.
"KINGDOM HEARTS II is an exciting adventure with strong characters in unique settings," said Thierry Braille, vice president for Buena Vista Games Europe. "We are excited to bring a sequel with an interactive and entertaining experience to fans of all ages."
About KINGDOM HEARTS II
KINGDOM HEARTS II follows Sora, Donald and Goofy on their continuing quest, following the events of KINGDOM HEARTS and KINGDOM HEARTS: CHAIN OF MEMORIES. Sora and friends are joined by a vibrant new cast of characters. Together, they will encounter countless dangers in worlds both familiar and new.
About Square Enix
Headquartered in Tokyo, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment contents including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises - FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 68 million units worldwide and DRAGON QUEST which has sold over 40 million units worldwide - under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com .
About Square Enix Ltd.
Located in London, Square Enix Ltd. handles operations in Europe and other PAL territories including sales, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix Ltd. can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com .
About Buena Vista Games
Buena Vista games, inc. (BVG) is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company. BVG publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. For more information, please log on to http://www.buenavistagames.com
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