Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Ships in September

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When Square Enix announced that Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep would be shipping this summer, I just assumed that meant it would be out sometime in June, July, or August at the latest — you know, the peak summertime months. I assumed wrong.

Instead, Birth by Sleep will launch across North America on September 7, which still technically counts as a summertime launch, but realistically positions it as more of a fall release. As if it really matters.

Alongside the game launch, Sony, as it now does with all major PSP titles, will also bundle Birth by Sleep into an Entertainment Pack containing a Mystic Silver PSP-3000, a copy of the game on UMD, a TBA movie, and a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo. The bundle will be available exclusively at GameStop for $200.

“The entire development team is extremely happy to announce the North American release date for KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep,” said Tetsuya Nomura, director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. “We hate to keep fans waiting, but we’ve added some brand-new features for the North American version, so even those who have been following the Japanese version are sure to find a few surprises. In addition, we’ve put together an outstanding voice cast. We can’t wait for everyone to experience this game!”

Check out the new trailer and screenshots below.

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