When Square Enix announced that Kingdom Hearts 3D would be releasing in North America and Europe sometime this year, many assumed that it would be nearly twelve months before they got their hands on a copy of the game, similar to previous entries in the series. Those fans may be wrong, as the game looks to release sooner than expected.
Recently, Square Enix began allowing pre-orders for the European version of the game on their online French store. While a release date hadn’t yet been officially announced at the time, the store set the date as July 27. Despite the date having been changed to a more general “Summer 2012” release date, several things support the fact that the game could release on the 27th:
- Most European games release on Fridays, which is what the 27th falls on.
- The date was set by an official Square Enix store.
- Localization on the game is well under way, with voice actors Richard Epcar, Vincent Corazza, and Jesse David Corti having finished recording their roles as Xehanort, Ienzo, and Neku Sakuraba, respectively.
Regardless of if July 27 turns out to be the release date or not, it’s clear that the game is near completion, and non-Japanese fans can look forward to playing the latest Kingdom Hearts title by the end of the summer. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is set for release on March 29 in Japan, and sometime this summer in North America and Europe.