|Ok just found a magazine that wrote a preview on KHII. So now I have to type the whole article just for you guys and girls to read. Anyway here it is:
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We suspect that when the idea for the original Kingdom Hearts was pitched it raised a few eyebrows. We know that marrying the cutesy universe of Disney with Square Enix's much more quirky approach made a winning formula, but we doubt anyone would have had the imagination and foresight to predict what a success the game would be, both in terms of execution and market performance.
Kingdom Hearts II continues the adventures of Sora, Donald and Goofy on their quest to save the universe from the Heartless, picking up one year after Chain of Memories which was released on the Game Boy Advanced. Sora is still looking for his childhood friends, and the king Mickey Mouse himself has yet to be located by our fearless trio. However, we're promised that Mickey will be joining the party at some stage during the game, so it looks like this could be the final entry into the Kingdom Hearts series, wrapping up the story once and for all.
If this is the final entry in the series, it looks like Square Enix is determined to make it go out with a bang, filling the game to the rafters with Disney and Final Fantasy references in some sort of fan-service overload. Most of the worlds from the previous titles will return, with classics such as Halloween Town (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Agrabah (Aladdin) sitting alongside levels based on Mulan, Steam Boat Willie (Mikey Mouse's debut) Pirates of The Caribbean and, best of all, Tron. Many of your favourite Final Fantasy characters will be turning up again, as well as two confirmed newbies Cid and Yuffie, both from Final Fantasy VII. At this stage in its development, Kingdom Hearts II is really starting to come together, and the announcement of the new worlds certainly proves that Square Enix knows its target audience. While this appears to be more of the want it any other way, especially Powelly, who would marry the first game if such a thing were legal. Square Enix has yet to confirm whether it will bring Kingdom Hearts II to Europe, but considering how successful the first game was in the territory, we'd bet the house that it will definitely make its way over here some time in 2006.
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