Tetsuya Nomura comments on Ventus, Lauriam, and the continuation of the story of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] in Kingdom Hearts III
Series director Tetsuya Nomura revealed some background information on Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] during the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night held at Square Enix Café Osaka on October 13th, 2017.
- Nomura stated that the character of Ventus from Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep is the "same person" as seen in Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross].
- When asked if Lauriam from Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] and Marluxia are the same person, he replied, "Lauriam is Lauriam."
- Regarding the story of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], he said, "[It] will not be completed in Kingdom Hearts III. (Not everything will be revealed in Kingdom Hearts III.)"
You can read more about the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night and view pictures of it here.
The Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night at Square Enix Café Osaka is a campaign that precedes the joint campaign between Square Enix Café Osaka, Square Enix Café Tokyo, and ARTNIA, which is held to celebrate the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary as well. You can read more about this joint campaign and view pictures of it here. This collective campaign will run at ARTNIA until December 14th, 2017, and at both Square Enix Café Osaka and Square Enix Café Tokyo until November 10th, 2017.
You can also keep in touch with the ongoing updates on our Twitter here.
- Nov 09 2017 03:30 PM
- by Aquaberry
The Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] has been updated to version 2.3.0! This version of the game features a new title screen, five new story quests focusing on the new Foretellers, and the addition of the pet system, which unlocks after clearing quest 14. Several other quality of life features have also been added in this new update (refer to the patch notes below).
Version 2.3.0 update notes:Spoiler
A playthrough of the five story quests is available, courtesy of Everglow, below:
Additionally, a pet system tutorial and an accompanying cutscene have also been provided by Everglow. Take a look!
UPDATE: You can now view our English translated video for this new update here, courtesy of Everglow:
What do you think of the newest update? Are you excited to finally have pets in the game? What are your thoughts on the new story developments? Let us know in the comments below!
- Nov 09 2017 03:29 PM
- by Raxaimus
Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Version 2.3.0 dated in Japan; new Start Screen revealed; Pet System added
The Japanese Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Twitter account has revealed that following a delay, the game's version 2.3.0 will be available 9/21 JST accompanying an in-game maintenance update for an, as of yet, an undetermined amount of time. This version update will also implement the new Pet System into the game.
The tweet also revealed the new "start" screen for Version 2.3.0 which features the new Dandelion Union Leaders similar to the recent artwork from series creator, Tetsuya Nomura. You can check it out below, along with newly released images of the Pet System [9/21 JST.
UPDATE: The maintenance period is scheduled for 0:00 to 7:30 JST on the 9/21.
Update 9/21 JST: Version 2.3.0 Update Notes:Spoiler
Additionally, 25 new Proud Quests have been added, offering a total of 45 Mirrors, two Power and Magic Gems, and a Speed Gem.
Five new Main Story Quests have also been added--what is the first job of the new Union Leaders?
What do you guys think of the new start screen? Are you excited for the new update? Let us know in the comments below.
- Nov 09 2017 03:26 PM
- by Axeken
On the official Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Twitter account, a tweet was posted with a message from Tetsuya Nomura:
Good evening, this is Tetsuya Nomura. From Unchained χ's existence to Union Cross, two years have passed since the service started. I thank you very much. I'll try to make public as soon as possible a new illustration of the title screen. This time please pay attention to their positions. So, thank you for your consideration.
Translated by KH13 translator Mio-chan.
The tweet can be viewed here.
Another message was left by Tetsuya Nomura and he promises that the main story of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], will be deeper than Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. He hopes that the story will keep fans thinking at every turn each time.
The new artwork from Tetsuya Nomura features Ephemer, Skuld, Ventus, Blaine, Lauriam, Chirithy and a mysterious figure in a black coat. This image, as well as images from the upcoming v2.3 update set for September 14th JST, can be seen below:
-A Message from the Director-
Long time no see, this is Nomura.
Somehow we are able to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary, and it’s thanks to the fans.
The staff appreciate it too, thank you.
This time I tried very hard to write and draw various things.
I will explain: I did the KH2’s last battle illustration, the KH2 avatar parts and others so I kind of multiplying the number "2" for the 2nd Anniversary Event.
The main story ended with a long KH-ish prologue, so the main part of Union Cross begins at last.
This is what the title displayed on the latest scenario part meant.
It was the beginning of an impact, I believe that Union Cross will be deeper than χ[chi] and Unchained χ.
I think that each new part added will make you even more involved into the story, so please look forward to it.
By the middle of September, there is a little part of the main scenario in preparation along with a large-scale update, so please look forward to it too.
Until then, may your heart be your guiding key.
So you do you think of Nomura's update? Do you like the fact he directly messaged fans of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]? What do you think of the new artwork? Are you excited of the next big game update? Let us know in the comments.
- Nov 09 2017 03:24 PM
- by Master Eraqus
The second anniversary for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] is almost here! Currently, the game is featuring "countdown quests" to prepare for the celebration, and during these quests, a new pet feature was teased. While there isn't much information currently available for this new feature, a variety of pets will be available starting in mid-September! Thanks to Mio-chan and Lady Aleister for helping out with the translations.
It isn't currently known how these pets will be obtained, nor if they will be purely cosmetic or provide in-game benefits.
Update 8/27 PT: The second countdown quest teases that a "2nd Anniversary Commemoration Cup" will be held starting September 18th JST, and with it the Union Armor sets last seen in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]'s 3rd Anniversary event will arrive!Spoiler
Update 8/28 PT: Players will be able to customize and strengthen their pets! Options shown include Head, Ears, Body, Feet, Tail, and Accessories.Spoiler
Update 8/29 PT: Also coming in September, players will be able to increase their level past the previous level cap of 300!Spoiler
Update 8/30 PT: Coming 9/1 is a new EX Medal? Who will it be?Spoiler
This feature is one of many "large-scale updates" coming to the game in the weeks ahead. Be sure to follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] to find out what will be included next!
Are you excited to have pets accompany you on your adventures? What other features do you want to see added to the game? Let us know in the comments below!
- Nov 09 2017 03:18 PM
- by Raxaimus
Following the release of Version 2.4.0 in the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] on November 1st, Version 2.4.0 has now released on the global version of the game.
The Update notes can be viewed below:Spoiler
With the Mission system, the global version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] now has access to daily Jewels on par with the Japanese version of the game, offering a total of 300 Jewels through the Daily missions alone. More rewards will become available as the other mission categories are implemented.
There are four categories of missions--Beginner (for new players after the v2.4.0 update), Daily, Weekly, and Limited-time. Weekly missions are cleared through party collaboration, while the others can be cleared solo. Missions can be viewed via the "Missions" button in the upper corner of the HOME Screen.
The Booster function grants temporary power boosts to medals--for example, the P Booster item that is currently available through the Booster Challenge Event strengthens Power medals. Booster item effects are applied as soon as they are obtained, and will remain in effect until a set expiration date. Note that Booster effects can apply to Copy medals, and that multiple concurrent Booster effects will stack. Players can view Booster effects and expiration dates via the "Booster" button on the avatar detail screen, and Booster effects can also be seen on affected medals.
Until November 15th at 23:59 PT, the Booster Challenge Event offers the P Booster item. These P Booster effect that can be obtained through this event is set to expire December 1st, 2017, at 3:59 AM PT.
- Nov 09 2017 03:15 PM
- by faemarch
After the release of Version 2.3.1 in the global version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], the @SquareEnixUSA Twitter account has announced that the game is now officially available in Latin American regions as of September 28th, 2017.
The game can be downloaded for iOS for Latin American regions here and on Google Play here, though it is only available in the English language.
Promotional images shown on the Latin American iOS page can be viewed below:
- Nov 09 2017 03:13 PM
- by faemarch
Kingdom Hearts Foreteller Keyblade keychains available for pre-order on Square Enix Online Store for $17.99 USD; releasing March 2018
Keychains based off of the five Foretellers' Keyblades from Kingdom Hearts are now available for pre-order on the North American Square Enix Online Store, due to release in March 2018. These include Keychains of Master Ira's Keyblade, Master Aced's Keyblade, Master Invi's Keyblade, Master Ava's Keyblade, and Master Gula's Keyblade.
There is currently a 10% discount applicable, reducing the price of each keychain from $19.99 USD to $17.99 USD. This reduction is only available until November 2nd, 2017.
You can view pictures of the keychains below:
You can pre-order the keychains via the following links:
- Kingdom Hearts Keyblade keychain - Ira
- Kingdom Hearts Keyblade keychain - Aced
- Kingdom Hearts Keyblade keychain - Invi
- Kingdom Hearts Keyblade keychain - Ava
- Kingdom Hearts Keyblade keychain - Gula
UPDATE: The Foreteller's Keyblades keychains are now up for pre-order on AmiAmi, at a current price of 1,740 yen ($15.29 USD), with tax, after a 15% discount on the original price of 2,052 yen ($18.02 USD). AmiAmi have listed the release date of the keychains to be February 2018.
You can pre-order the keychains from AmiAmi via the following links:
- Oct 24 2017 09:12 PM
- by Aquaberry
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ[chi] Medal Box releasing April 29th, 2017 in Japan; Series 2 coming November 2017; pre-orders now available
The official Japanese e-Store for Square Enix is now selling a box of Kingdom Hearts themed key rings based upon the medals found in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ[chi]! The set features KH II Mickey, KH1 Cloud, Donald, Shadow, Axel, Roxas, DDD Sora, and KH1 Riku. Currently, the collection is priced at $51, £40, or €47 euros.
The collection will be available April 29th in Japan. There is no confirmation of this box set being available anywhere else. The medals can be seen below, and can be purchased from here.
UPDATE 1: The Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ[chi] medal key ring box is now in stock at the Square Enix Café in Tokyo! View images of it, provided by the official Square Enix Café Twitter account, below:
UPDATE 2: View a photo of all of the key rings from the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ[chi] medal key ring box laid out, thanks to @ArikaMiz on Twitter, below:
UPDATE 3: CaféReo has revealed a new box of key ring medals from Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]. These medals include KH1 Sora, Meow Wow, Ventus, Naminé, Xion, Axel and Roxas, Winnie the Pooh, and KH 0.2 Mickey. The box set will cost 5,600 yen ($49.79 USD) and each medal will be 700 yen ($6.22 USD). The key rings will be available in November 2017. You can view the medals below:
Thanks to @aibo _ac7 and KHInsider for the tip!
UPDATE 4: The new box of key rings medals from Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] is now available to pre-order on AmiAmi! You can pre-order the box set here. Their list price is 6,040 ($53.76 USD), and their AmiAmi 15% off price is 5,120 yen ($45.57 USD).
UPDATE 5: The new box of key rings medals from Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] is now available to pre-order on the Square Enix Japan Store. Their list price is 6,040 yen ($53.71 USD) and are set to release on November 17th, 2017. You can pre-order the box set here.
- Oct 19 2017 02:12 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
Square Enix held a Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night at the Square Enix Café Osaka in Japan today (October 13th, 2017) to celebrate the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary, as well as to celebrate the Square Enix Café Osaka's grand opening in Japan, which is happening tomorrow October 14th, 2017.
The Preview Night was held from 18:00 - 21:00 JST, and the meeting place was Osaka Umeda Yodobashi 1st Basement. There was no entry fee. Instead, 40 Square Enix Japan members were selected by lottery to be invited.
The series director Tetsuya Nomura, executive producer Shinji Hashimoto, Kingdom Hearts III co-director Tai Yasue, and lead character modeler Mr Yamasaki made a surprise appearance during the event. They some comments about Kingdom Hearts III as well as the future of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross].
The main attraction of the night was, however, the introduction of the Kingdom Hearts themed menu which included various food items and drinks. A variety of art was also showcased at the event including original artwork drawn by Nomura, and exclusive merchandise, including previously event-exclusive merchandise, has been made available for purchase for the duration of the campaign.
This event precedes the collective campaign event between Square Enix Café Osaka, Square Enix Café Tokyo, and ARTNIA for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary. This will be held at both Square Enix Cafés plus ARTNIA. ARTNIA will be holding it from October 14th, 2017 to December 14th, 2017, and both Square Enix Café Osaka and Square Enix Café Tokyo will be holding it from October 14th, 2017 to November 10th, 2017. Tickets were made available for purchase starting October 6th, 2017. You can check out more info about this event here.
Thanks to KH13 staff member Mio-chan and LadyAleister, we have translations on some of the information given by Nomura, Hashimoto, and more at the event, and also some impressions of the Twitter users.
- Kingdom Hearts-themed menu introduced at the 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night
- Kingdom Hearts III developers comment on Xehanort, Sora, Riku, and Kairi character models
- Tetsuya Nomura comments on Ventus, Lauriam, and the continuation of the story of Kingdom Hearts Union χ in Kingdom Hearts III
- World with new playable character confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III; future D23 Expo reveals undecided
Comments by Tetsuya Nomura
- Sora's birthday isn't specified, but it should be the day of his debut (March 28, 2002), just as other Disney characters.
- There is desire of making supporting characters and Organization XIII mini figures, so Nomura will think about it.
- Sea Salt Ice Creams at the event had winner sticks among them at the event which attendees were able to be exchange for a free coaster.
- They worked hard to host the Café, and maybe there are no more chances to do so, so Nomura asked everyone to enjoy that month.
- There is no schedule for a release of Nomura’s art collection at the moment.
- There is also no plans for selling a Promotional Video collection for now.
- The staff said that the release of the Kingdom Key prop replica should be asked to Bandai, as they are the ones who Disney handed the rights to.
- "Firstly, when Mr. Hashimoto went to sign my copy, he said, "Please get a signature from the creators first. I'll write in the remaining gap after that." when I was thanking the developers. He's so nice." (@yossthan)
You can view images of the preview below, thanks to Dengeki Online, 4Gamer, Game Watch, and Famitsu. There are also a few images from the attendees @uk1gum0oo, @yossthan, @yoki_3yam, @KH_NoXIII, @axy415, @Laaaaaaaagu, @EXkhs, @HOMO_NAOCHIKA, @Kazaton, @9namasuxi, and @sonzaisinaimono.
Pictures from the Attendees
What do you think about the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night for Square Enix Café Osaka's grand opening? Are you planning on going to Square Enix Café Osaka, Square Enix Café Tokyo, or ARTNIA for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary collective campaign? Let us know down in the comments below!
- Oct 19 2017 02:04 PM
- by neil98
Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Version 2.3.1 brings pets feature, increased daily login reward and more
The new version 2.3.1 of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] has gone live and has brought with it a great number of changes.
Firstly, the greatly anticipated pets feature has arrived which lets the player take a cute companion with them on their adventure which can have its appearance and name customised. They also provide a gameplay benefit in that they give a new attack slot to each Keyblade which can be improved by using medals to increase your pet's strength. The Pet System will unlock on the Home Screen after clearing Story Quest 14.
For more information on pets, full details can be seen below.Spoiler
Besides the new pets system, there are other relatively big changes to the game. Firstly, the daily login jewels reward has been inreased, something fans of the game have been clamoring for. The Medal storage capacity by 100 for all players and has added support for iOS Game Center achievements and a 'come back' incentive quests which will trigger after a player has not logged in for 60+ days. There are also many quest changes in the early part of the game and many more other changes. For a full list, see below.Spoiler
Playing Card (Male), Alice in Black (Female), Gingerbread Boy (Male), & Gingerbread Girl (Female) will also be returning avatar boards for 1500 jewels. More information can be seen here.
So what do you guys think? Are you excited by all the new change? What excites you the most. Let us know in the comments below.
- Sep 28 2017 11:52 AM
- by Axeken
Square Enix North America has revealed this month's schedule for the Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Tsum Tsum Event in a press release.
Firstly, four Tsum Tsum medals are available for purchase in-game and will include Sora and Riku, Mickey and Friends, Mickey and Minne, and Pooh and Friends. These are currently available from today until Sept 21 PT.
Next, running from Sept 11-24 PT will be new Union χ[Cross] Quests allowing players to earn Special Tsum Tsum Rewards like new avatar parts, Jewels, and more.
Following this will be Limited Time Raid Event which will pit players against the Heartless Tsum Tsum Raid Boss to earn even more Tsum Tsum Avatar items. This will be available Sept 18-24 PT.
And last, be certainly not least, Square Enix has revealed that the pets feature will be coming to the global version of the game late this September. After being recently teased for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], his next big update will allow the player to have a pet which will come in multiple varieties which can be customized and will be able to be equipped with its own medals. To celebrate the new feature, players will receive 3,000 Jewels as a login bonus, which is being touted as "one of the largest giveaways in the game’s history."
Tsum Tsum Medals and Avatar Items
Pets Feature Preview
This follows the recent wave of announcements for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]'s 2nd Anniversary where it was revealed that the pets feature will be coming alongside Union Armor avatar sets and an increased LUX Level cap.
So what do you guys think? Will you be pulling for these adorable Tsum Tsums or attempting to get their related avatar parts? Are you excited for the Pets feature? Let us know in the comments below.
- Sep 16 2017 09:15 AM
- by Axeken
The Japanese Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] twitter account recently revealed the upcoming features coming to the game. First, a new EX Medal is coming in the form of "KH2 Sora & Riku Illustrated EX Medal" drawn by Tetsuya Nomura himself. The medal is an illustration of the scene before Sora and Riku defeat Xemnas in Kingdom Hearts II.
Secondly, Foreteller Master Ava is getting her own medal called "Ava HD EX Medal." This will make Master Ava the first Foreteller to get their own medal.
Next, there a campaign competition to win a PlayStation 4 Pro with Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue.
Also, there is a new challenge event for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] "Worlds Memorial" as well as new 2nd Anniversary Union Cross challenge with Sora, Riku, Kairi, Donald and Goofy as prize medals.
Finally, Sora and Kairi are making their way as Avatar Boards for male and female avatars respectively. Further information can be found in the in-game notices. Thank you to Mio-Chan and Lady Aleister for translating the information.
This news follows a week of teasers from the game itself including a new pet update, a raised level cap and more.
What do you guys think of these recent updates for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]? Are you playing it? Which medal are you most excited for? Do you think all these features will come to the global version? Let us know in the comments below.
If you want to keep updated on the latest from both the Japanese and Global versions Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], be sure to follow KH13's KHUX twitter.
- Aug 31 2017 10:14 AM
- by Axeken
As of August 24th at 15:00 JST, five new Main Story Quests have been added to the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ, involving Strelitzia and introducing with a twist a face that fans of the Kingdom Hearts series may already be familiar with.
Untranslated footage can be viewed below, courtesy of Everglow.
Update: Translated footage is now available and can be viewed below, courtesy of Everglow.
- Aug 24 2017 09:29 PM
- by faemarch
As of August 10th at 15:00 JST, ten new story quests have been added to the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross]. These quests focus on a trip to the beach with the player and their friends and include the reveal of the anticipated fifth Union Leader--a girl, Strelitzia, whose fate has begun to move.
Footage and translations will be made available as soon as possible.
UPDATE 1: Untranslated footage, courtesy of Everglow, can be viewed below:
UPDATE 2: Translated footage is now available, courtesy of Everglow. It can be viewed below:
- Aug 24 2017 02:53 AM
- by faemarch
Every character's story will be settled in Kingdom Hearts III; the world Young Xehanort and Eraqus are at is an original world; Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] 5th Union leader reveal in early August
A Kingdom Hearts III feature will be included in the upcoming Weekly Famitsu issue, and earlier today, Esoteru posted a summary of its highlights online. Since then, more leaks have released from Hachima. Some parts of this have already been covered in the aforementioned highlights summary, but now, we have the information in more detail and new information as well.
Check out the first half, translated by Katie Armstrong, below:
- Tetsuya Nomura would like for you to wait for the next report, which will be some time in 2018.
- There was some last-minute post-editing on the D23 and the Orchestral Concert PVs; Nomura wanted to tie things back to something with the word "dive," thinking back to the original concept of KH.
- There were some strong feelings about the Toy Story world, because Nomura wanted to include it in KH2. Nomura's been negotiating for it since the first KH game. He met with John Lasseter when he came to Japan and told him about every element he wanted to include.
- The Toy Story world does not take place during the original story, but picks up somewhere after Toy Story 2 and is consistent with the timeline of the movies.
- This isn’t in the PV, but there is a scene where Sora is mistaken for an action figure of a game character by Rex.
- Sora and company’s Toy Story world looks were designed by art directors who interacted to combine designs; the first team’s design was similar to action figures while the other group tried to match the aesthetic of Toy Story. The two had to come together and discuss and convince one another to arrive at the final design.
- The staff was surprised at how easy it was to reproduce the graphic appearance of the original films. The looks of other worlds and gimmicks and such have been difficult for this game.
- The Toy Story world’s percentage [of completeness] and quality was high enough to be seen earlier, but based on our PR plans it wasn’t shown until now. When they announced the Big Hero 6 world, Nomura could only show one illustration because it was a somewhat sudden request, so this time Nomura wanted to show video.
- Production on the Big Hero 6 world is going well, though the matter of the last selected world is still ahead of them.
- Multiple battle commands are displayed in the PV because there is always a choice in what to do in battle, there’s some tactical fun in assembling combos of your choosing. It might seem tough, but I want to reassure you that you can pull off some fancy techniques with the right button combinations.
- Each world will have it's own guest party members and they will have their unique collaboration commands, since it is a new system it will be introduced in details later.
- Riding a robot to fight was an early idea sent at the beginning of the development to the dev team, each floor of the toy shop will have it's own gimmick.
- The toy shop will be the main area in the Toy Story world you can enjoy other gimmicks with various toys sold there.
- There is surprise in the future.*
- The world where Young Eraqus and Xehanort is an original world. Also he mentions that KH3 will have less Disney worlds than KH2 in numbers, but they will be richer and more playable.
- There are so many characters, so the story is dark and he is not planning it to end it all at once.
- Each character story must be settled. This will involve members from the former Organization XIII.
- Nomura is not directing anything else beside the announced titles, but he is involved with many.
- Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] fifth Union leader chapter has been written and it will be released early August.
- Nomura would like to give us more information about Kingdom Hearts III battle later.
Toy Story is the latest world revealed for Kingdom Hearts III through the trailer unveiled last week at the D23 Expo in Anaheim. The Weekly Famitsu feature, which will recap the event and include an interview with Tetsuya Nomura, will be published on July 20 in Japan. Stay tuned with us for updates and translations!
UPDATE 1: The Weekly Famitsu issue has been released! Check out full scans of it, as well as full translations, here.
- Jul 19 2017 03:53 PM
- by Elfdemon_
After launching in the Japanese version of the game last month, the anticipated Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] update to the global version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ[chi] is set to go live after today's eight-hour maintenance--just in time for the game's first anniversary!
The app can currently be updated via the Google Play Store or on the iTunes App Store, but note that maintenance is not scheduled to end until 4 AM PT on April 5th. In the meantime, some things to look forward to as mentioned in the update notes listed on both app store pages include:
- added the "Union Cross" multiplayer feature--team up with up to six of your Party members or six other players in your Union to clear these special quests!
- added the Medal Traits feature--fusing two duplicate medals of the same rarity will unlock a passive ability, such as Ground Enemy Defense -20%
- Increased Buff/Debuff limit to 7 tiers
- edited the App icon
- changed the title, title screen, and opening movie
- added the Theater Mode feature to
- improved UI
- various issue fixes
・Design of the app icon has been updated.
・The opening cutscene has been updated.
・The title screen has been updated.
・The BGM for the title, home, and UI screens have been updated.
■New Content and Features
・Multiplayer mode "Union Cross" has been added.
・Theater Mode has been added.
・Medal Traits have been added.
・New facial expressions and skin colors have been added.
・Tutorial Quests have been added.
・The Beginner's Deal is now a permanent feature.
■System and Parameter Updates
・Strength buffs (including attribute-based strength) can now be stacked up to 7 times (previously 3).
・Defense debuffs (including attribute-based defense) can now be stacked up to 7 times (previously 3).
・You will now be able to reduce the cost of Medals up to 20 (previously 10) using ★6 Cid Medals.
・You will now be able to recruit players that belong to a party.
・Game data will now be downloaded after a player completes the tutorial (Quests 1 through 6).
・The ability to unlock Special Attack Bonus on a Medal will now be achieved upon completing the Quest 34 (previously 200).
※ If you had completed Quest 34 before the update, the Special Attack Bonus feature will be unlocked once the application has been updated.
・"Union Cross" has been added to the Quests page.
・The Special Attack Bonus tier will now be displayed as a number in addition to the previously used icon.
・The Medal filter feature has been expanded.
・The Medal will now display the Special Attack Bonus tier upon being pulled.
・Added shortcuts to the Keyblade selection screen.
■Battle Speed Adjustments
・You will now be able to act immediately after the text “PLAYER TURN” appears when engaging an enemy.
・Increased the speed of the jump attack animation when battling raid bosses.
Set to launch alongside the Union χ[Cross] update are event campaigns to celebrate the game's first anniversary, as well as the game's first premium draw guaranteeing a 3-dotted Premium within five draws.
Additionally, a new teaser for the Union χ[Cross] update can be viewed below.
The official @kh_ux_na Twitter account has shared some previews of upcoming content in the Union χ[Cross] update, which can be viewed below.
- Jul 16 2017 11:51 PM
- by faemarch
The launch trailer for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] has been released. The trailer can be viewed below:
For those of you who don't know, Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] is an updated version/rebranding of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ[chi] which includes multiplayer gameplay and new story updates.
If you'd like to see more details of the Union χ[Cross] update, click here.
- Jul 16 2017 11:47 PM
- by Master Eraqus
Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] smartphone case announced; available from CaféReo and Square Enix Japan
Square Enix and CaféReo have teamed up and announced a Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] styled smartphone case. The “notebook type smartphone case” features the Kingdom Hearts crown with a slot to store a credit card or something similarly shaped. The case will cost 4,800 Yen (around $43.00 USD) and is planned to be released by the end of June 2017, but is limited to Japan. To buy and import the case, or simply find more product details, click here.
Also, if you missed it, Square Enix and 7Net are also releasing smartphone cases, as well as a range of other merchandise for the 15th Anniversary of Kingdom Hearts.
UPDATE 1: Square Enix Japan is now accepting pre-orders for the case. It's available for 5,184 yen ($46.00 USD) and will be available for Japan on August 5, 2017.
UPDATE 2: Square Enix NA is now accepting pre-orders for the case. It's available for $39.99 USD and will be available for NA on November 30, 2017.
- Jul 16 2017 11:39 PM
- by Axeken
Enchanted Dominion added to Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] in 15 new story quests
Fifteen new story quests have been added to the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross]! Ten of these new quests mark the first appearance of Enchanted Dominion within the game. This is particularly interesting due to Enchanted Dominion's involvement in the secret ending for the original Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. You can view an translated playthrough of the fifteen new quests below, courtesy of Everglow.
Are you excited to finally explore the long-awaited Enchanted Dominion? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jul 16 2017 11:01 PM
- by Raxaimus
Fifteen new story quests were added to the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] following maintenance on July 8th (JST). These quests further progress the story taking place in Enchanted Dominion. Can the player protect Aurora from the evil clutches of Maleficent? Both untranslated and translated footage have been made available and can be viewed below, courtesy of Everglow.
Where will we go in the next update? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
- Jul 16 2017 10:36 PM
- by faemarch
Using the official Twitter account for English updates of Kingdom Hearts Union χ%5Bcross%5D, Square Enix tweeted out that a 'special surprise' will be coming to players of Kingdom Hearts Union χ%5Bcross%5D to celebrate D23 Expo 2017, which occurs from July 14th through the 16th. You can check out the tweet below.
We have a special surprise coming for KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ [CROSS] to celebrate D23 this weekend! Stay tuned for more details! #D23Expo
We'll update with more details regarding the special surprise for players as soon as they are available.
What do you think the special surprise is? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jul 16 2017 10:17 PM
- by Jake
4th leader introduced to Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] with five new story quests
Five new story quests have been added to the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]. These exciting quests focus on a few of the Dandelions, the children who survived the Keyblade War. Particularly, the identity of the fourth Union leader is revealed in this critical installment. An untranslated playthrough of these quests can be seen below, courtesy of Everglow. A translated version will be available soon!
Are you excited to see more information about the Dandelions? What type of person might the fourth Union leader be? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
UPDATE: Thanks to KH13 Archives Team member Everglow, the new story update is now available with English translations for your viewing pleasure. You can check it out below.
- Apr 09 2017 08:07 AM
- by Raxaimus
Disney Tsum Tsum event coming to Kingdom Hearts Union χ to celebrate the Kingdom Hearts 15th anniversary
Today marks the 15h anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series. To celebrate this occasion, Square Enix has announced special Tsum Tsum events for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] which will feature the following bonuses for these events.
Special login bonus avatar
People who log in during this event period, will receive a Tsum Tsum headband!
Login Period : April 14 - May 1
Raid boss event & The Union χ Multiplayer event
New raid event quest "The Heartless Tsum stack" will be featured during the event and players can collect Raid Coins and Cross Coins to exchange them for Tsum Tsum avatar items from the Multiplayer event.
Event Period : From April 17 - April 23
New 10 medal draws
New raid event quest "The Heartless Tsum stack" will be featured during the event and players can collect Raid Coins and Cross Coins to exchange them for Tsum Tsum avatar items from the Multiplayer event!
These 10 draws will offer 4 Tsum Tsum medals: each draw will give you a guaranteed Tsum Tsum medal. The first draw is free.
Event Period : April 16 - April 30
- Mar 28 2017 03:09 AM
- by Dengojin
Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ[chi] has been renamed to Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] for its second season. You can view the official logo and new artwork, as well as the new trailer, below:
The trailer focuses on the all-new Multiplayer Mode and shows Ventus for the first time in the game. We'll bring an update with the translated trailer as soon as we get it. You can visit the Japanese pre-registration page for the game here.
UPDATE 1: A teaser trailer is now available for the English version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ. View the trailer from the official Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel below:
UPDATE 2: We now have the English release date for Kingdom Hearts Union χ. According to Gematsu, the free update will be released in April with a new "Union Cross" multiplayer mode and more ways you can customize your player avatar.
Here's an overview from Square Enix:
With Kingdom Hearts: Union χ, players can create teams of six from their party members or through a matchmaking feature to fight hordes of Heartless enemies and powerful bosses. Players can also take on quests of increasing difficulty as well as unique new missions. To help these teams of friends communicate with each other, the game will now include emotes and text bubbles. Players will encounter both familiar and new faces as the story of the Unions continues to unfold, and the new “Theater Mode” will allow players to relive the drama and rewatch cutscenes.
UPDATE 3: We have also added translations for the trailer dialogues. Check the translations below.
Trailer text: Let us meet again here tomorrow
Ava: You are one of the 5 chosen by Dandelion. You 5 have to become a foreseers, lead a union and guide everyone.
Master of Masters: There is no need for memories of the calamity in the next era. Here and in other worlds, I want you to experience a time without calamity.
Ava : Is that really possible ?
Master of Masters: Don't worry I can do it. First take care of these 5.
Third dialogue :
Skuld: Am I the second one ?
Ephemera : Skuld ? Is that you ?
Skuld: More importantly, I wonder who are the 3 others.
Ephemera: I was sceptical when Lady Ava told me to come here so I didn't even think who would come here too.
Skuld: Ah ! Someone is coming
Fourth dialogue :
Skuld: You are the third one.
Ephemera: Did Lady Ava send you ?
Ventus: Yes, she told me to come here once everything is over.
Ephemera: My name is Ephemera, nice to meet ya.
The trailer concludes with a handshake between Ventus and Ephemera.
- Mar 23 2017 09:18 PM
- by neil98