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Kingdom Hearts lore book Character Files gets first English translation

Dark Horse will release the expansive character book in October

Cover art of Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far, featuring Sora on a throne. Image: Square Enix
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Kingdom Hearts fans will get a chance to read Square Enix’s deep dive into the characters and lore of the role-playing series this fall with Kingdom Hearts: Character Files, an oversized hardcover book that will be released in English for the first time.

Originally released in Japan in February 2020, Kingdom Hearts: Character Files is getting an English-language localization courtesy of Dark Horse. It’s coming to book stores and comic shops on Oct. 19, for $39.99.

Here’s Dark Horse’s official description of the book:

Explore the Disney-filled world of KINGDOM HEARTS with this in-depth look into the beloved characters from the most popular games in the series. In addition to highlighting each character’s evolving appearance and unique costumes, this tome illuminates the entire cast’s back stories and retells their adventures from across the beloved series. From iconic heroes like Sora, Donald Duck, Goofy, and King Mickey Mouse, to famous villains like Ansem, Maleficent, Hades, and Scar, this volume offers unprecedented insights into the lore behind the games!

The book’s Japanese release spanned 223 pages. Dark Horse released a sneak peek at the book’s cover art, which you can see below.

Cover art for Kingdom Hearts: Character Files Image: Square Enix/Dark Horse

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