Kingdom Hearts III all but confirmed, HD collection likely - Dream Drop Distance "spells it out"
- Posted August 21st, 2012 at 12:15 EDT by Kyle Prahl
- 36 Comments
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for things that happen during the credits of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. The ending of the game is NOT spoiled, but please read at your own risk.
We've waited. And waited. And breathed sighs of dissent as spin-off after spin-off flooded the market and fleshed out the Kingdom Hearts mythos without moving the story forward to the sequel we've been anticipating for years: Kingdom Hearts III.
The wait is over. Kingdom Hearts III is coming, and it's the next game in the series.
How do I know? The answer is simple. You see, I'm a HUGE fan of Kingdom Hearts (in fact, the original Kingdom Hearts is my all-time favorite game). For the last couple weeks, I've been playing the latest installment - Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance - on my 3DS. Yes, yes, it's a Nintendo system. But that's not the point. Because now I know - Kingdom Hearts III will be the next major console installment, a true sequel, and will more than likely come to PS3 or a future Sony system.
During the end credits of Dream Drop Distance, an interactive portion begins that gives you control of Sora as he dives through names of the fine folks at Square Enix who created the game. However, certain letters in the names are colored differently. As you take pains to dive through the special letters, a message on the bottom of the screen is formed:
"Secret Message Unlocked"
After this interactive sequence, the credits continue as normal, but a variety of characters appear in the background as names roll down the screen. Large letters appear, one-by-one, alongside these characters. The letters?
"T H I S L E A D S T O K I N G D O M H E A R T S"
THIS LEADS TO KINGDOM HEARTS
The flow of letters halts there, but what happens next? A few more characters cycle through, then three distinct musical notes are heard as the Dream Drop Distance logo appears to end the credits.
If you managed to snag all the letters during the interactive dive sequence, a new Glossary entry is added to Reports. The entry, simple titled "Secret Message", reads:
The past will be reawakened
as a new number
in never-before-seen detail
Prepare yourself for the awakening
of the next number
To me, the meaning of this message is as clear as day. "The past will be reawakened . . . in never-before-seen detail"... HD Collection.
An HD collection that will be used to...
"Prepare yourself for the awakening of the next number"
Kingdom Hearts III.
That's right, folks. Square Enix has confirmed, through the credits of Dream Drop Distance, that Kingdom Hearts III will be the next installment in the series, AND will more than likely be preceded by an HD collection of the entire series. No more spin-offs. No more side stories. Kingdom Hearts III is real, and it's coming.
We'll be posting a complete story analysis - everything we know about Kingdom Hearts III, and what Dream Drop Distance tells us about the game - very soon. In the meantime, keep it glued to PSU.com. We'll be your source for everything Kingdom Hearts III in the coming months.
- 12:25pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
I actually played the same sequence and got a different message.
"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine"
- 12:36pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
Guaranteed to NOT be exclusive.
- 12:39pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
- 12:44pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
Lmao @ 1. All I can say to this news: Freakin' sweet.
- 12:50pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
I actually played the same sequence and got a different message,
- 1:38pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
Where will this story analysis be posted? As a PSU.com update?
I did not play any of the spin-offs, and would be eager to see what I've missed story-wise. It's also been a long time since I played 1 and 2, and my BC PS3 broke so I can't replay them, and I'd appreciate a refresher.
AaronSOLDIER | AaronSOLDIER
- 1:44pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
yeah after we get Versus XIII in 10 years or something. I'll probably be dead before KH3 releases.
- 2:23pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
@6 Thanks for asking. We're going to have questions for community later today
BlindMango | BlindMango
- 2:48pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
Good eyes Kyle! This is awesome to me too as I am also a MASSIVE fan of Kingdom Hearts also! =DDD Can't wait and I hope an HD collection is actually coming! I'D BUY IT!
- 3:06pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
FINALLY! They've released enough side stories good god!
Don Oliveira | Other_
- 3:09pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
I don't know if I'd play it... I loved Kingdom Hearts back in the day, just as much as everyone else, but I feel so disconnected with the plot by now, that I don't really care about the game.
XSpike | XSpike
- 3:22pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
Meh, I wouldn't trust S-E. They did the same for FF7 Crisis Core, they showed off what looked like an updated FF7 Tech demo at the end of crisis core and went "To be continued..."
- 3:55pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
Just a side note: Please be mindful of posting spoilers in the comments section without labeling.
but Nomura has said a thousand times already that there will be no Kingdom Hearts 3 until he's finished with FFvs and that KH DDD was the set-up for KH3. And that he was interested in making an HD collection to introduce the series to a wider audience before a major release on consoles. I mean, what is the point of this entry? Why make such a huge deal around speculation when all this has been perfectly obvious for a long time now? Just go and read it on Wikipedia!
- 4:44pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
- 5:23pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
I am so happy that I came on this page! I am so relieved to hear someone so confident to say that Kingdom Hearts III is real and HD Collection have a high chance of coming. I'm pretty sure we'll hear some news about it in Tokyo Game Show soon in September. *Fingers Crossed*
- 8:17pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
I'd buy a kingdom hearts HD collection day one, I'm more into HD collections of games i HAVEN'T played or DONT own. (Kingdom hearts and dark cloud collections are the top 2 and 1 on that list)
XSpike | XSpike
- 10:58pm EDT - August 21st, 2012
I hope they release the HD collection on the PSVita, and PS3, even better cross-buy please! :) that would make my day. But, I want FFv13 before any of that!
- 12:24am EDT - August 22nd, 2012
@17 Cross-Buy, Vita support, and Cloud Sync would make my life.
- 5:15am EDT - August 22nd, 2012
i am a big fan of kingdom hearts and i would love a kingdom hearts hd collection i would buy it day 1 please please square do this for the fans
- 7:51am EDT - August 22nd, 2012
Kingdom hearths 3 ? will that be on ps2 or 3 ?, able to buy in europe (holland inc.) (it did on 1/2 and psp (didnt found of DS)) ? and will that continue with sora, thats my question's
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