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  1. Kingdom Hearts at E3 2016 summary

    With E3 2016 coming to an end, this means it's time to wrap our coverage of Kingdom Hearts at E3! This year's E3 was filled with announcements by Square Enix, including the big one that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will have a worldwide release date, yes you heard right -- The first Kingdom Hearts title to have a simultaneous worldwide release! Could Kingdom Hearts III join that group in the future? Let's hope! Additionally, Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has been released in Europe! Exciting news, isn't it?

    Check out all the interviews, trailers, and more from E3 2016!

    Kingdom Hearts III/Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

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    - New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer released announcing December release WW; Kingdom Hearts III news coming this winter
    - Square Enix announces playable demo of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue at E3 2016
    - Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue banner spotted within LA Convention Center; Background includes similar item included in the E3 2015 Kingdom Hearts III trailer
    - Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue confirmed to appear in the next Famitsu Weekly article
    - Impressions of the Kingdom Hearts 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- E3 demo by Toominator!

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

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    - Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ to release in Europe at 12 AM, USA PDT! Aqua medal to be gifted to all players at 12 AM PDT as well!

    Tetsuya Nomura & Tai Yasue Interviews

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    - Dengeki releases interview with Tetsuya Nomura about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III!
    - No Final Fantasy based worlds will be featured in Kingdom Hearts III says Tai Yasue
    - Tai Yasue says Kingdom Hearts HD collections on PS4 not ruled out completely!
    - Famitsu posts interview with Tetsuya Nomura focusing on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and it's connections to Kingdom Hearts III!
    - Square Enix Presents discusses Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue with Tai Yasue!


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    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue - E3 2016 Trailer

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue - E3 2016 Gameplay Trailer

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    Even though E3 2016 has ended, we will more than likely receive even more Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue news in the fall as it nears its release, and we will definitely be receiving Kingdom Hearts III this winter. Expect our News Team to continue providing coverage for Kingdom Hearts throughout the 2016 year. We hope you enjoyed this year's E3 and we hope to see Kingdom Hearts at next year's E3!

    • Jun 25 2016 02:47 PM
    • by Jake
  2. Players team up with Hercules & Cloud to defeat Hades in new Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ story update

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ in North America will be receiving 25 new story quests in a new story update being released by Square Enix! In the new story quests, you will be able to team up with Hercules and Cloud to finish off Hades and advance along in the story even further. With these 25 new quests, you will receive an Orichalcum upon completion. The new story update will be released on June 16th, 2016 at 2:00 AM USA PDT.

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    Are you excited for this new story update? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Jun 15 2016 10:10 PM
    • by Jake
  3. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ releasing in Europe at Midnight PDT June 15th, 2016 and new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Aqua medal to be gifted to all players

    During the Square Enix Presents discussion about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, it was announced by Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ producer Hironori Okayama that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will release June 16th, 2016 at midnight PDT in Europe! With this release, Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will be made available in over 100 countries (listed below).

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    On top of that news, it was also announced that all players will be gifted the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Aqua medal that was previously only available in Japan at 4:00 AM PDT on June 16th, 2016 as well.

    European fans, what are you most excited to try out first in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ? Let us know in the comments!

  4. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ coming to Europe

    Update: To commemorate Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ releasing in Europe, series director Tetsuya Nomura released a new drawing of characters from the game. You can view the image below:

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    The original article follows.

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    Square Enix has just announced that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will be coming to Europe. Currently, the game is available on iOS and Android devices for North America and Japan. More details are to follow soon with the European version.

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    • Jun 21 2016 10:26 AM
    • by Jake
  5. New mystery medal to be released in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Japan on 6/9; New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 trailer coming 6/8

    Update: The mystery medal was in fact revealed to be a new render of Aqua in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue by Dengeki! From 4:00 JST on June 9th until 3:59 JST on June 20th, all players will receive the new Aqua medal simply by logging into the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.

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    Additionally, from 7:00 JST on June 9th until 23:59 JST on June 19th, there will also be a special event board and having the Aqua medal in your deck will attract event coins and treasure chests to help you strengthen it rapidly.

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    Just a week before E3, the official Japanese Kingdom Hearts Unchained χTwitter account for the game launched a mystery medal campaign. With an image showing the silhouette of the new medal, the Twitter account announced that if their Tweet achieved 10,000 Retweets by June 7th, then they would unveil the new medal.

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    The Tweet reached 10,000 Retweets several hours after the Tweet was initially posted on 6/6 in Japan, and the account announced that the new medal will be released on 6/9 for Japanese players. It will be a part of the daily login bonus on 6/9.

    Many are speculating that this could be the new look for Aqua in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. It just so happens that the official Japanese Twitter account for Kingdom Hearts tweeted that a new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer will release on 6/8 at 21:00 JST (8:00am EST, 5:00am PDT). The tweet promises that the trailer will reveal lots of new material, so look forward to it!

    With a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue set to release the day before the medal is distributed, it is very likely to be a new render of Aqua from Kingdom Hearts 2.8.

    What do you think the mystery medal could be? What are you looking forward to in the new trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

  6. 25 New Story Quests focusing on Olympus Coliseum added to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

    As of June 2nd, 2016, 25 new story quests have been added to the North American version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ! These new story quests focus on the main tournament starting in the Olympus Coliseum and introduce Cloud to the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ story line.

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    Along with the story update, the Olympia Keyblade's level cap has been raised.

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    Last but not least, the addition of 25 new quests also means you will earn another Orchalicum after clearing the new stages.

    What's your favorite thing about Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ so far? Let us know in the comments!

  7. 25 New Story Quests to be added to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ on May 19th

    On May 19th, 2016, 25 new story quests will be added to the NA version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. These new quests will conclude the storyline in Dwarf Woodlands. After completing these 25 quests, you will also earn another Orichalcum!

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    So far, there has been a trend of story updates coming in every two Thursdays, with either 25 or 50 new story updates.

    Do you think this trend will continue and how long do you think it will take the NA version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ to catch up to the Japanese version? Let us know in the comments!

  8. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has exceeded 2 million downloads in North America

    Square Enix has just announced that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has exceeded 2 million downloads just under a month since its release in North America.

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ released on April 7, 2016 in North America and is available to download on iOS and Android devices.

    Have you enjoyed the game thus far? Let us know in the comments below!

    • May 11 2016 08:55 AM
    • by Jake
  9. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ producer Hironori Okayama talks about Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ's development

    Siliconera recently interviewed with Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ's producer Hironori Okayama. They discuss the development of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, what it was like taking the series onto mobile platforms, and more. You can read the full interview below:

    How has it's reception for Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X been so far?

    Hironori Okayama, Producer: I’m surprised and happy that a lot of users are saying that it’s a really fun game.

    You’ve changed from developing PC games for Square Enix to mobile. How does that feel different for you?

    First off, just going to a mobile platform – it was thrilling because there’s a lot more users on a mobile platform nowadays. But, as for me, as a producer and game creator, (this is not specific to Kingdom Hearts) I like games that are connected to a network, like an MMO-type game, where you can play with others.
    I’ve been making games like that for more than ten years. So, regardless of the platform, whether it be PS4 or smartphones, I continually want to make those types of games.

    What were your thoughts in shifting the Kingdom Hearts experience to mobile? How do you make that experience work with that larger possible player base?

    Instead of catering to a specific demographic, I thought more about how to incorporate the touchscreen game play within the player's daily lives. That’s how I came up with the different stages. Like, how you clear different stages, which is completely new to Kingdom Hearts.

    Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X was planned to be a browser game at one point, but you’ve shifted focus to just mobile. What prompted that change?

    It’s just that the mobile game platform has a lot more users now worldwide, and that’s why I wanted to take it over to the mobile platform.
    Before I created the prototype of this game, I actually presented it to certain people by putting the PC game into a surface and I cut out a window in a cardboard box to make it as small as a smartphone’s size. Then, I showed it to people – “This is how it will probably feel on a mobile platform.” – and everyone liked that. So, that’s how this project started.

    How does it affect your approach to creating game play when it’s being played on a smartphone versus PC/console?

    Because it is a mobile game, I tried to design it in a way so that each of the stages don’t take as much time to clear.
    When people have to go on the train to go to work or what-not and they haven’t finished and have to get off at a stop, I made it so that you can close the game but go back to it whenever you can. That is also why I went for more of a turn-based kind of game rather than real-time action.
    The game play itself, I believe that you can feel that it is still Kingdom Hearts in its essence. It has that kind of action feeling. I believe I was able to get that with this game.

    We had heard that you were taking and implementing feedback for the Western audience. What sort of changes were made from that feedback?

    One thing is that, right after we created the prototype, we tested the game in the US with American players, and so it was more about getting feedback from the US players, or US audience, and then adjust the game from there to release in Japan and in America later on.
    The greatest change might be the medals, actually. In the PC browser game, it used to be cards. We received feedback that cards would probably be a bit too geeky for a mobile game. Given that feedback, we thought about what we could do to make it a little bit different and not use cards.
    What we ended up with was medals, and when I saw the cool medals that were created for the game, I was very happy because I thought “This is it.”.
    The feedback we got was when users explained the game to people – to tell people that it’s fun – when they say that it’s a card game, some people might get put off by that. That’s the type of feedback that I got, so that’s why I decided to do away with the cards.
    I love trading card games, though.

    What got you excited to work with the Kingdom Hearts franchise?

    It might be just to work with Disney for the first time.
    When I brought the prototype to America to do the first test play, Disney was kind enough to take me to one of their animation studios, and I felt “Oh, this is great!”.

    What was it like to work with Disney? Was it fun? Challenging in any way?

    It is both fun and challenging. The Kingdom Hearts series is definitely a title where Disney and Square Enix all really discuss with each other to make the best game that we can. It is a very cherished title for both of the companies, so they always discuss how to improve the quality of the game with each other.

    Did the other Kingdom Hearts team members have any suggestions on things they wanted to add to the game?

    Everyone on this Unchained X project, aside from myself, has always been working with Kingdom Hearts, so they’re veterans in the series. So, rather than them giving me advice or suggestions, it was more like we were working together as a team.
    I feel that it was probably the avatar system – where you could create your own avatar – that is definitely a first in the series.

    How did that come about? The story in Kingdom Hearts is focused on very specific characters. Now, to tell a story in the past but leave those characters out seems like a big decision.

    For the story, or how the game plays, or how the characters appear, they’re all being discussed by Tetsuya Nomura, and he did think through it. So, rather than a big decision point, it was more like a natural thing for them to decide to do. And, for fans of the Kingdom Hearts series, they’ll definitely see how it will lead up to the Kingdom Hearts series.
    Right now, at least, no one has really gotten into the depth of that story with Unchained X, but it will lead you to understand how it ended up like that. We’ll definitely be constantly updating the story in Unchained X, and so I would love for everyone to look forward to seeing how that rolls out within the game.

    Does working in the Kingdom Hearts series’ past give a lot of freedom to do what you like with story and game play?

    So, aside from the story, which I didn’t really work on so I can’t talk about that, but the game system, at least, because it is the first game (in the Kingdom Hearts narrative history), I was really able to work pretty freely to create the game’s systems and concept behind it. There are a couple of things that I have to follow, but I was able to do things pretty freely.

    What are you most proud of that you’ve done with this game?

    If you defeat the enemy before you finish up using all of your medals – pretty much before the enemy strikes back – you’ll get a reward called a ‘One Turn Triumph’. To get that objective cleared, you really have to strategize and figure out which medals you want to use because, obviously, it gets more difficult as you play. I really like that in the game because it adds a puzzle element. It adds a lot of depth to the game.

    Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X is supposed to connect to Kingdom Hearts 3. How does a game in the far past connect to this one in the future?

    I actually want to know, too! I feel that if you play Unchained X, as well as the other titles, then you will realize what the connections are, but that’s all I can say at this moment.

    Will the answers become clearer as you issue story updates to the game?

    I wouldn’t say that everything will become clear, but there will be some things that will be revealed through this game. I am also looking forward to the future stories in this game.

    Will any characters like Chirithy or others from this game show up in later titles?

    I am not working on other titles, so I can’t say.

    Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover will be a part of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8. Will players be missing out on anything by not playing the mobile game themselves?

    The story is written in a different perspective in Unchained X than 2.8 Back Cover. Unchained X is written from a player’s point of view, whereas Back Cover is written from the Foretellers’ point of view. So, they are from the same story, but from different perspectives.
    I would love for everyone to try to take a look at both.

    What is your favorite character from the series?

    Pete (laughs).

    Why Pete?

    Because he’s the most interesting.

    What’s the plan for you next, in this game and as a developer? Will you keep working on new story elements for Unchained X?

    As far as Unchained X, I would love to keep on creating new elements to it as long as it’s popular. I’m also working on other titles as a producer.
    My team members, they all really like to create new things and so they will all definitely want to pursue making more new elements to the game going forward. As well as the story, of course. I’d also like to do more collaborations with Disney like they did in Japan for Zootopia moving forward.

    Thanks go to KH13 member Sora96 for the tip. In what way do you think Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ's story will connect to Kingdom Hearts III? Sound off in the comments below!

    • May 04 2016 09:23 AM
    • by Xadec
  10. Zootopia medals and avatar outfits come to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ NA

    For a limited time, those playing the North American version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ can obtain outfits and medals inspired by the latest Disney animated movie, Zootopia.

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    From 5/2 - 5/15, a new Event quest has been added. Simply go to Menu -> Quests -> Events to access this new event. The quest involves defeating the Queen Bee Raid Boss for event coins which you can then spend to unlock Zootopia snuggly accessories. They have also included a Raid Bonus Time; Every day during the duration of the event, from 7:00pm - 8:59pm PST, the appearance rate of the raid boss doubles, the AP cost of the quest is halved, and the Lux rewards for defeating the raid boss is doubled.

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    Also from 5/2 - 5/15, two new avatar boards can be purchased for 3000 jewels each. The avatar boards are used to unlock Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde outfits, as well as new Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde medals.The boards can be purchased only between 5/2 and 5/15 but they will remain after the event if you purchase them.Obviously, as you would expect, the Nick Wilde avatar board grants the Nick Wilde medal, and the Judy Hopps board grants the Judy Hopps medal.

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    What do you think of this event? Are you surprised to see such a recent movie in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ? Let us know in the comments!

  11. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ hacker issue being resolved; Rankings are being suspended

    Square Enix has just announced that rankings in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ have been suspended due to the recent hacking issues in the game. As the suspension is carried on for rankings, they are working to resolve the hacker issue, and handing out disciplinary action on those who have hacked the game. You can check out the information on the suspension of rankings below.

    • Weekly Solo Rankings starting from May 2, 2016
    • Weekly Party Rankings starting from May 2, 2016
    • Coliseum Rankings starting from May 1, 2016
    An announcement will be made when rankings are restored.

    • May 01 2016 10:47 AM
    • by Jake
  12. Interview with Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ producer Hironori Okayama by The Koalition at PAX East 2016

    While at PAX East 2016 last week, Senior Editor of The Koalition, Jakejames Lugo, was able to sit down and have a little chat with Hironori Okayama, the producer of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. Okayama discussed gameplay features, such as how he drew inspiration from other Kingdom Hearts games, the reasoning behind creating a turn-based battle system, and the process behind designing medals. He also mentioned wanting to implement real-time multiplayer battles over the current individual raid boss fights with shared HP reductions and rewards. Following up on Gamer Escape's interview also at PAX East 2016, Okayama reiterated that the game was created based on North American user feedback. He plans to use results from future user surveys to identify areas of demand in order to implement further changes. Okayama also pointed out that there are completion bonuses in the game that might yet have to be discovered.

    You can watch the video posted by The Koalition and listen to the full interview below:

  13. New video message from Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Development Team

    The official Kingdom Hearts YouTube account has posted a new video featuring a message from the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ development team. This video features the development team working on animations of Heartless as well as making final touches to some of the outfits you can unlock through Avatar Boards, various gameplay demos, and a group of players enjoying the game on their phones.

    You can view the video below:

  14. Interview with Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Producer Hironori Okayama at PAX East includes content release schedule

    Gamer Escape was present at PAX East 2016 this week, and caught up with Hironori Okayama, the producer of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. In the interview, he stated that the North American version of the game will receive 50 new missions per month, and made an announcement that the promotional Zootopia medals recently released in Japan are planned for release in the North American version of the game on May 2nd. Okayama also discussed the choices made when Kingdom Hearts χ was being remade for mobile devices, how the team decides which medals to make, and the release of future content for both versions of the game.

    The full interview can be read below:

    Gamer Escape: Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ started out as a web browser game when it was released in Japan in 2013. Were there any big changes to the game when it made the move over to mobile devices?

    Okayama: The game is actually completely different from the browser version. We decided to bring it to the mobile devices because there are a lot more users on smartphone devices now. I wanted as many people as possible to be able to play the game. The way that you want people to play the game would be different going from a computer screen to a smartphone touch screen and so we had to create the rules from the ground up for the mobile version.

    Gamer Escape: More and more games are releasing globally these days, was there any reason why the game launched first in Japan before arriving in North America?

    Okayama: People might think “aw Japan first again?” But our prototype was actually in English first. We brought it to the States to do a user test in America and that’s how we tested and built up the game. Now, the reason it released in Japan first well, we’re a Japanese team and so it was a lot faster to create that version first. But the prototype was in English so we always had the mentality of releasing in America.

    Gamer Escape: As new content is released, is that global? or will it be similarly staged?

    Okayama: One characteristic of a Kingdom Hearts game is that it has a really deep story. When you think about having the correct nuance in English, and we have an on-going discussion with Disney all the time – but if we have to do English and Japanese at the same time it would decrease the speed that the content would come out with and I don’t want that to happen as much as possible. I’d like to release it as simultaneously as possible, but there could be delays when it comes to story content.

    Gamer Escape: Why did you decide on a game that’s free to download with micro-transactions instead of a game that you would pay once for?

    Okayama: One big role that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has is to have players who have never touched Kingdom Hearts before to get into the series and now Kingdom Hearts. When I looked at the users on the mobile platform, the most popular monetization system was the Free to Play. So it was pretty much one choice for me.

    Gamer Escape: What kind of end-game content is there in the game?

    Okayama: As far as the main story line goes, there’s not really any end-content to it because it will be constantly updated. There are two things on the development side we consider end content. One is the Coliseum – which we used to call the infinite coliseum internally – but you figure out how high of a level you can challenge and it resets every month, but you challenge yourself to see how far you can get each month. The other is the raid boss that appears in the tutorial. The raid bosses you’d like to try and kill with party members because it gets stronger and stronger as you defeat it. This resets every month as well, and it can go up to level 99. So trying to defeat those raid bosses and gaining more experience points or “looks” as well call them, to raise your party ranking, that’s what we want people to enjoy as end content.

    Gamer Escape: Was there a process for determining the characters that appeared on the medals?

    Okayama: When we decide medals, the battle system comes first when we think about it. We think about what kind of skills are necessary to move through the story and quests and we decide which character might fit the kind of action or skills they want so it’s a bit of a reversed way of looking at it. For Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, we made it in a way so that any character that has appeared in the Kingdom Hearts series can still fit into this world. We hear alot from the medal team that they don’t know which character to use next because of how many there are to choose from.

    Gamer Escape: Is there a lot of interaction with Disney for that at all?

    Okayama: It’s a long running series and so we’ve always been in talks with Disney. It’s nothing new when it comes to this title.

    Gamer Escape: Will we see any more worlds added in future updates?

    Okayama: In regards to the stages in the quests, we do plan to release at minimum, 50 stages per month. There will also be seasonal events as well. As far as the worlds go, it is a Kingdom Hearts game so we do plan to maybe add more but we have nothing concrete now. It is very difficult to create a new world.

    Gamer Escape: I saw online last week that new medals would be making their way into the Japanese version of the game for Zootopia. Is that something that North American players can expect to see?

    Okayama: May 2nd.

    Gamer Escape: That was a lot more specific of an answer than I thought we would get!

    Okayama: We haven’t told anyone else yet. We do plan to release it on May 2nd, of course it is subject to change.

    Gamer Escape: How many stages are there right now?

    Okayama: It’s around 250 right now.

    Gamer Escape: We have a lot to go then. How many quests are in the Japanese version right now?

    Okayama: It’s 500 right now in Japan.

    Gamer Escape: Is there anything you're excited for or something you’d like to share with our readers?

    Okayama: There are actually hidden Mickeys in the stages that you can look for.

    Gamer Escape: Like the shape?

    Okayama: Yes, it might be very difficult to find them but they are in there. They’re not in every stage though.

  15. First Story Update coming to NA version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ on April 21st, another update coming in early May

    At 2 AM PDT on April 21st, 50 new story quests will be added to the North American version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ as announced by the official Twitter and Facebook pages. This update will focus on quests taking place in Wonderland as well as Daybreak Town.

    The official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page also announced that more quests will be added in early May with even more content to follow soon after that.

    What do you hope to see in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ in the future? Let us know in the comments!

  16. Chirithy Plush Now Available for pre-order through North American Square Enix Store

    The North American Square Enix Store has added a listing for a Chirithy plush to their website, following the announcement of the Chirithy plush for the Japanese Square Enix Store last month. The Chirithy plush is currently up for pre-order with a limit of one per customer and is expected to ship towards the end of August 2016.

    You can find a few images of the Chirithy plush below, including all new stock images:

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    Will you be pre-ordering Chirithy? Let us know in the comments!

  17. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will be playable at PAX East 2016

    Square Enix have announced their properties that will appear at the upcoming PAX East 2016 convention, and among these titles is Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. Square Enix claims that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will have a "hands-on" presence at their booth (#4044), so it is unclear whether or not announcements for future updates to the game will be made at the event. PAX East 2016 is being held in Boston, MA from April 22-24, and badges necessary to attend the event are currently sold out.

    Update: The Square Enix Booth at PAX East 2016 will be handing out Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ posters featuring the line "Have you heard of the Ancient Keyblade War?" from Kingdom Hearts III to attendees who play their demo of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ!
    You can find images from the event below:

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    If you plan on attending PAX East 2016, will you be playing Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ at the Square Enix booth? Let us know in the comments!

  18. [Updated] Announcing the official Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ KH13 party!

    Update: Now that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is out in full swing, the Official KH13 party has decided to have slight member purges for users who contribute very little to the party. As the weekly union rankings come in, we will be removing the bottom 3 players (in terms of Lux collected) and recruiting new people to join the party. That is not to say that if you have been in the party and got removed that you can't join again. If you show improvement, we will gladly add you back! That said, we are now looking to fill 7 spots in our party! We would like to have people of higher levels/Lux collection! Just leave a screenshot of your character in the comments!
    The original article follows.

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    We hope everyone is enjoying Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, which released on April 7th! The staff of KH13 have decided to open up an official party for the entire KH13 community - especially people who wish to seriously compete for a top spot in the leaderboards! This is the perfect opportunity to play with other members of the site! However, there are a few restrictions:
    • We have chosen the Vulpes union! That means that, in order to join our party, you must be in the Vulpes union. In order to change unions, tap Menu -> Other -> Switch Unions.
    • There are a limited number of spaces available (max 30) so this will be a bit competitive.
    • We are genuinely aiming to reach the top of the leaderboards, so please be serious in achieving this as well.
    All you need to do at this point is share your ID number in the comments below, and share a photo of your character's stats (tap your player icon on the top left of the screen, then take a screenshot). If you receive an invite, then you're in! Good luck!

  19. How to install Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ for Android if you live outside North America

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now available in Google Play for North American users. Though the download is region locked, it takes just a few steps to download the app from outside of North America. Please follow the instructions listed below:

    • Enable installing APKs (Android app install files) from outside of the Google Play Store. To do this, go to the "Settings" app, scroll down to "Security", and tick "Unknown sources". Click OK on the popup alert.
    • On your Android device, go to http://www.apkpure.c...ee-apk-download, and in the text field input com.square_enix.android_googleplay.khuxww
    • The APK file should now download! When the download is complete, open the file and click "Install". After this installs, you are done!

  20. How to install Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ for iOS if you live outside North America

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now available in the North American App Store for iOS! Though the download is exclusive to customers with a North American Apple ID, it takes just a few steps to download the app from outside of North America.

    • Open the "App Store" and scroll down to the bottom of the "Featured" page, and then click your "Apple ID" and click "View Apple ID."
    • Click "Country/Region" and then "Change Country or Region." From here scroll down to the bottom of the list, click the option that says “United States" and hit next.
    • Agree with the "Terms and Conditions" and then click cancel in the top left.
    • Click on your Apple ID again, and select "Sign Out".
    • Find the app in the "Search" tab or click here on your device.
    • Click "Get" and then it will ask you to sign in. Click the "Create New Apple ID" option and choose to register with a new e-mail address that is not attached to any Apple accounts yet.
    • When it asks for you to fill out info you need to be sure to have "None" checked in payment options. The rest of the information can be whatever you wish except for the "Postal Code." This needs to be an official code and we used "27613." Your phone number can be your own, as well.
    • Agree with everything and finish the account setup. Now you should be able to enter your passcode and start installing the game!

  21. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ now available for download in North America

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now available to download for both iOS & Android devices in North America on the Google Play Store & Apple App Store today! Just hop on the respective app store for your device and download the app - it's free!

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is approximately 1.1 GB, with about 700 MB required after installation.

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    If you're not in North America, we have guides available for you to follow so that you may still download the North American Version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.

    How to install KHUX on iOS outside North America

    How to install KHUX on Android outside North America

    A launch trailer was also released alongside the app today, which you can view below.

    Upon release, a new message from series director, Tetsuya Nomura, can be found on the official Kingdom Hearts website, which you can read below:

    We wanted to thank all the KINGDOM HEARTS fans for patiently waiting for the launch of KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ in North America. Ever since the launch of the Japanese version, we’ve received many inquiries about when the North America version would become available. Because this is the first KINGDOM HEARTS title that we are providing operation support for outside of Japan, I’m afraid the preparations took longer than expected; but at last, we are ready to begin services for the North American version of KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ.

    KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ falls into the earliest part of the KINGDOM HEARTS series chronology, and it is also the story of new beginnings. The main story may progress slowly, but part of the narrative experience is to take the time to tangibly feel other players existing in the same world as you do. By unraveling the mystery behind the era of “fairytales”, and experiencing the truth leading up to the Keyblade War, we believe players will be able to enjoy KINGDOM HEARTS II.8 even more, which is expected to launch this year. And it goes without saying that it will link not only to KINGDOM HEARTS III, but also to what lies beyond.

    The gameplay will be much different from what you may be used to in previous KINGDOM HEARTS titles; in this game, the players would aim for a “one-turn triumph” which focuses on providing players with an exhilarating gameplay experience in a short amount of time on a smartphone. The battle mechanics were designed by the main programmer of The World Ends With You and the Co-director of KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ, Hiroyuki Ito, so if you’ve ever played The World Ends With You, you can expect a similar kind of enjoyment there as well. While we have various elements included, such as collecting and strengthening medals, avatars with a broad range of customization, communication between party members, a ranking system and much more, it is also a game that feels right at home within the KINGDOM HEARTS franchise.

    We hope KINGDOM HEARTS fans can dive into the world of KINGDOM HEARTS not only through this title, but through the upcoming titles, KINGDOM HEARTS HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue and KINGDOM HEARTS III. At the same time, as an origins story, there are many elements in the game that new players can enjoy, and the game can also be easily picked up and played, so players in Japan are enjoying the game even if they’ve never experienced the KINGDOM HEARTS series before. So, it would be great if fans new and old take the opportunity to play the game!

    KINGDOM HEARTS Series Director Tetsuya Nomura

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ was developed by Square Enix in partnership with Success and BitGroove Inc. All three of these developers include staff members such as Tetsuya Nomura, Tatsuya Kando, Hiroyuki Itou who have worked on Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded, The World Ends With You, and Final Fantasy All The Bravest in some capacity.

    The special aspect of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is its social features. Be sure to utilize our Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ forums here on KH13, and for more detailed information on the game itself, check out the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Wiki!
    Will you download Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ on your Android/iOS device(s)? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Apr 18 2016 11:12 PM
    • by Jake
  22. Announcing the new Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Wiki

    KH13.com is pleased to announce its affiliation with khunchainedx.com - the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Wiki! This Wiki was previously a one-woman project, and then she reached out to KH13 for help upon receiving the news that the North American version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ was releasing soon. We agreed to help, and have thus launched this new Wiki site.

    As of right now, the Wiki is not complete. We are currently looking for people to help us with editing the Wiki, so if that is something that interests you, please visit this forum topic.

    The Wiki will be your one-stop-shop for anything related to the game: Medal lists, mission requirements, explanations of game mechanics, Keyblade statistics, upgrade requirements, and much more! We hope you utilize this site as you begin to play through the game this week and beyond. We wish to make this the most informative, up-to-date resource for everything Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ!

  23. Pre-registration Now Available on Android for NA version of KHUX featuring Zootopia outfits

    Pre-registration for North American version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now open in the Google Play store. The size of the download will be 1.1 GB.

    The Google Play store features a few screenshots of the game, including a first look at new outfits based on Disney's latest film Zootopia.

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    Google Play also provided a summary of Kingdom Hearts Unchained and its features:

    Adventure across Disney’s magical and wondrous worlds in the first mobile app for the beloved KINGDOM HEARTS series!

    KINGDOM HEARTS is a tale about Light and Friendship overcoming the power of Darkness. Over the last 15 years, millions of fans have experienced the epic tale of King Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and more than 100 Disney characters joining forces with Sora, Keyblade warriors, and heroes from Square Enix’s popular FINAL FANTASY video game series as they battle to protect their friends and save all worlds from the Heartless.

    Become a hero at the very beginning of the KINGDOM HEARTS story in the era of the Lost Masters. Gather LUX—a mysterious form of light—and fight the Heartless as you explore beautiful Disney worlds. Meet familiar faces, strengthen yourself and your Keyblades!

    - Battle against the Heartless using your legendary Keyblades. Tap to attack, swipe to hit multiple enemies, and flick medals to unleash their special abilities.
    - Strategize to defeat enemies in fewer turns for greater rewards by using your special attacks and finding the right balance of power, magic, and speed medals.
    - Customize your hero by changing your avatar’s outfits to match your style of fashion. Be on the lookout for outfits based upon popular Disney, FINAL FANTASY and KINGDOM HEARTS characters, as well as seasonal clothing!
    - Collect and evolve hundreds of character medals, which contain the harnessed power of popular Disney and FINAL FANTASY heroes and villains.
    - Team up with friends to challenge and take down monstrous Heartless raid bosses for even greater rewards!
    - Survive the challenges in the Olympus Coliseum, where the strongest heroes can brave additional bosses and unlock the rare medals.

    NOTE: An additional download of about 700MB will be required after installation of this application, so please make sure you have access to a stable internet connection. The download will expand in size during installation, and you will need a total of about 1.1 GB free in order to play this game.

    All of the screenshots provided on Google Play can be found below:

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    Will you be pre-registering? Let us know in the comments!

  24. The official Kingdom Hearts website has updated to promote Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

    As of April 4th, 2016, when we learned of the North American release date for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, the official Kingdom Hearts website has updated to promote the release. A large reminder of the April 7th, 2016 release date appears at the top of the page above a link to the Kingdom Hearts Facebook post of the announcement. Lastly, the site includes the announcement trailer that was first shown at E3 2015.

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    As of right now, there is nothing more to view on the official site, but it may update again once the game is released.

  25. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ coming to North America on April 7th

    Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is coming to North America on April 7th, 2016. The game will be released on iOS and Android. In addition, a new Twitter account was made for the North American version of the game where they will release updates and news. You can follow this Twitter account here. The blog also includes a commemorative drawing from series director Tetsuya Nomura, as well as an interview about the game's ties to the series, both of which you can view below:

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    1) Please explain where in the KH series the story takes place.

    This is the story of the “beginning” of the KINGDOM HEARTS series; in other words, it falls into the earliest part of the narrative. It takes place in the world of fairy tales talked about throughout the series, during an era before the Keyblade War. There are many different keyblade wielders in the world, and you, the player, are one of them.

    2) How does Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ relate to the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue?

    All three titles within KINGDOM HEARTS Ⅱ.8 has a link to KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ in some way. You can see it most prominently shown in KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover – a brand-new, approximately one-hour long cinematic piece, which is depicted from the perspective the Foretellers, who gather the Keyblade Wielders. On the flip side, KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ is seen from the player’s perspective. By watching KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover, the player will be able to get a glimpse of what kind of motive these supposed leaders are operating under behind the scenes.

    And in KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD, which is the HD remastered version of the Nintendo 3DS game KINGDOM HEARTS 3D: Dream Drop Distance, you may noticed the Dream Eaters were a sort of foreshadowing. And the title that would act as a bridge between these two titles would be the latest installment in the series, KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth By Sleep, which is developed utilizing the technology behind KINGDOM HEARTSⅢ. It is a sequel to KINGDOM HEARTS: Birth By Sleep, and a short episode that follows immediately after the events of KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD, but it’s a title in which players can get an early feel for KINGDOM HEARTSⅢ.

    3) You mentioned this before at E3 2015, but what was the inspiration behind the character Chirithy?

    When we realized we needed some kind of character that navigates the players due to the nature of the game, I didn’t want a character that’s too self-asserting considering that they would accompany the players throughout the journey. Once that idea got rolling, then I thought a cat would be great, since you can’t tell what it’s thinking, but can still get along fairly easily with humans, so I went with my favorite, the Scottish Fold as my motif.

    I liked the Meow Wow from KINGDOM HEARTS 3D: Dream Drop Distance, too, but I designed the eyes the way I did to make sure you do not get a sense of it being self-asserting. Some people might have the wrong perception that because I own Scottish Fold cats, I modelled the character after them, but it’s actually the other way around; a while after we began developing, I started to own two Scottish Folds. By the way, their names are not Chirithy.

    4) Aside from characters and world that appeared in the Kingdom Hearts series, what are some new characters and worlds that are unique only to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ?

    The game is currently progressing under a certain rule, so the only brand-new world would be “Daybreak Town,” the home town in which the players first start out, but there may be a possibility [of other worlds] should we continue providing service through the app.

    In terms of new characters, there are not only the five Foretellers and Chirithy, but there are also key new characters named Ephemera and Skuld that appear and move the story.

    5) What aspect of the game do you think will appeal to fans? What do you think fans will get hooked on? (i.e. collecting medals, events, etc.)

    One of the biggest pillars would be the sense of playing live, which is very different for existing KINGDOM HEARTS series titles thus far. You may have communication and cooperation, as well as the occasional competition, but the sensation of going somewhere and realizing there are people there and the world is moving is very unique to this particular KINGDOM HEARTS.

    Along those lines, various events are being held frequently depending on the occasion, the medal collection element is key to your battles, we also offer a ranking element, and a unique story told only in this KINGDOM HEARTS, so I’m sure there is some kind of element that would pique your interest.

    6) What kind of costumes are included in the game? Is there a particular costume of a character that you particularly love?

    There are so many different costumes already; of course you have the original designs, then Disney characters, KINGDOM HEARTS characters, and seasonal/special occasion designs, all for both male and female avatars respectively. Plus, you can mix and match the outfit elements, so I think the players can really bring out their individuality.

    From what I’ve seen, the hairstyle of the KINGDOM HEARTS 3D: Dream Drop Distance version of “The World Ends with You” Neku matched up with the black coat of Organization XIII seem to be popular. Also, the KINGDOM HEARTS version of FINAL FANTASY VII Cloud costume and King Mickey’s costume are popular as well. If I were to choose, personally, I’d like the Cheshire Cat costume.

    7) Do you have a special message for the fans?

    As mentioned in the beginning, this is the story of the start of KINGDOM HEARTS. In other words, there is no need for any prior knowledge of the series.

    I would love for people who have not yet played KINGDOM HEARTS to take this opportunity to casually jump right in with a blank slate. And of course for our fans, you can approach and play this KINGDOM HEARTS in any way you like, so through collecting medals of your favorite characters, collecting costumes, and moreover becoming a part of the KINGDOM HEARTS world and experiencing the enjoyment of weaving your own story that leads to one of the biggest mysteries in the series, which is the “Keyblade War,” I hope you can further enjoy the upcoming release of KINGDOM HEARTS Ⅱ.8 and KINGDOM HEARTS Ⅲ, as well as the KINGDOM HEARTS that will continue beyond that.

    Thus far there has been no mention of when Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will release in other regions. We will provide updates as soon as they become available.

    Will you be downloading Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ? Let us know in the comments!