Now that Kingdom Hearts has hit stores in Japan, Square is turning its attention to North America. First up on the media menu is the launch of the official English website.
Few new details for the game have been revealed on the site, but there appear to be some interesting tidbits in the offing, notably samples of the English voice acting. The site does delve into the battle system, which appears to be a relatively straightforward affair. As recounted previously, battles are presented in real-time, while magic spells can be set to three of the four Dualshock 2 face buttons. These spells are unleashed by holding the L1 shoulder button (the magic shortcut button) and simultaneously tapping one of the magic buttons. New spells are learned as the player progresses through the game.
The site also contains details for the "Kingdom Hearts Name-in-Game Sweepstakes." Between the 1st and 12th of April, gamers can submit their names--their real names--to the site and subsequently be in the running for their names to appear in the North American version of the game. Only one person will be immortalized in the game, but ten runners-up will each receive signed artwork by Tetsuya Nomura, KH's character designer.
Kingdom Hearts is currenly slated for release in North America sometime in the fall. The game is almost certain to feature at May's E3, and we'll be on hand to bring you all the Disney-riffic details.