Interview with Tetsuya Nomura explains a connection between Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and Kingdom Hearts III
In an interview with Famitsu Weekly, Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series has revealed that the story of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will connect with the story of Kingdom Hearts III. You can read a translation of the interview below thanks to misomilk on Tumblr.
— In terms of story, since KHX was released first, KH Unchained X will simply do catching up, right?
Nomura: Yes. Just that, KHX’s story will continue moving, so it will take quite some for Unchained X to catch up.
—We look forward to how KH Unchained X’s story links to KHIII.
Nomura: That’s right. It’s connected to KHIII. It’s the oldest of tales in the series. Sora and co haven’t even been born yet.......................... The events [in these two games] happen at a time far long past. Regarding a new keyword related to KHIII, if you play KHX and KH Un X it might make you go “Oh?” We keep thinking of ways in order to make players think “I’m glad I played this”.
— So this keyword is significantly related to KHIII.
Nomura: If I explain that, I’ll have to touch on KHIII’s story, so… (bitterly laughs). I’ll say what I can without spoiling anything. KHX’s main story doesn’t reach KHIII’s timeline, but there are some pieces you pick up, and those pieces will be what pushes the plot forward from here onwards. Either way, experiencing the story you’ve gone through KHX in KH Un X again will—
— Again? You said earlier you want players to “get the sense of being in the same world,” but had that implied that “KHX” and “KH Unchained X” are different worlds?
Nomura: I do wonder (laughs). An upcoming KHX story might give you the hint. We’ve set up KHX’s story to deliver it powerfully, so please look forward to the story’s progression from here forward. Now, KH Un X’s story is fundamentally the same as KHX’s, of course, but since they are two games, we’re setting up ways so you’d like to play both.
- Oct 07 2015 01:39 PM
- by Jake
Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series has written a message for the reveal of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, the port of the web browser game, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] for iOS & Android devices. Nomura explains the reasoning behind the title "Unchained" and confirms the web browser version will continue to run. You can read it below thanks to misomilk from Tumblr.
Dear Users of the Keyblade, it has been a while.
This time, we have announced the smartphone app 『KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ』.
Since we've adjusted it for smartphone applications (smartphone usage), you'll notice you can enjoy it in a shorter time, and much more freely [than in browser format]. That's how in calling it "Unchained", we've put in a feeling/meaning/sense of "release".
It also connotes how you can take it out with you on your phone, but you'll see this [release] sense in the story, too.
『χ』 and 『Unchained χ』. These two 『χ』, in terms of world and story, have both similarities and differences they share. Your meeting and parting with Ephemera, the hints of mystery surrounding Chirithy may already come to your mind. Then there's also the Foretellers starting to move according to their own [convictions].
Be that as it may, it will still take some time until 『Unchained χ』 comes out. Of course, 『KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi]』 will keep running its course. I'd like to extend my thanks to those who keep playing it.
Please expect that there will be more events linking to 『Unchained χ』. It will please us well that you, already Users of the Keyblade, and also those who are to become (will become) Users of the Keyblade, continue to enjoy 『KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi]』.
Kingdom Hearts Series
- May 13 2015 11:44 PM
- by Sora96
Square Enix has released a batch of new screenshots and renders of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, the iOS & Android port of web browser game, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. The screenshots show events, battles and menus while the renders show characters like King Mickey, Donald Duck & Goofy. You can view them all below.
- May 13 2015 11:45 PM
- by Sora96
The official teaser website for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has launched. The teaser website doesn't include much yet other than basic information, logo and links to the Kingdom Hearts Japanese portal website, Message from the KINGDOM blog and the Kingdom Hearts official Japanese Twitter page. You can view the image below.
- May 13 2015 10:16 PM
- by Sora96
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is confirmed to be coming overseas with new servers divided by language, testing already underway in North America
Yesterday, it was announced that a new Kingdom Hearts title known as Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is currently in development for Android and iOS, and will be released during 2015. The title is a port of the Japan-only web browser game, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and today appeared in the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly with a 6-page feature.
This feature includes an interview with the director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tetsuya Nomura, where he confirms that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will be coming overseas, with testing already underway in North America. As a result of the testing, they have decided to change Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] cards into "medals", in order to appeal more to a Western audience.
The full translation of this interview question can be read below, thanks to our translator SkyKeybladeHero.
-- In [KHx], cards are used for the battle system, but in this game they have become medals?
Nomura: Since we are considering developing this game overseas, we have adjusted it accordingly. When our testing team in America had Smartphone users play it, if they saw cards as they appeared in [KHX], they tended to think of it as the so called "card games". Although after having they play it for a while we had good reactions, the first impression of the game wasn't good. Since the first impression of a game is very important, we tried something other than cards.
-- You are considering developing it overseas, but what about the server's configuration and segmentation?
Nomura: We plan on adding new servers. We are also taking into account the chatting element, so I think we will divide it by Language Versions.
- May 13 2015 11:51 AM
- by DChiuch
The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly has included an exclusive look at the mobile version of Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], titled Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ (pronounced as Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key) that was revealed yesterday. The feature reveals the game's logo and shows various screenshots of the new title.
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is a port of the Japan-only web browser game, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and will be free-to-play with optional in-app-purchases for iOS & Android devices. It is currently scheduled to be released this year in Japan.
You can view the article below, thanks to @bKvEBVAvUq for the find.
Update: You can view translations of the first page of the article below thanks to SkyKeybladeHero.
New Game Scoop
[Kingdom Hearts]'s first smartphone app. The story that connects to [KHIII] is told!
Kingdom Hearts X[chi], the browser game that tells the oldest tale in the Kingdom Hearts series.
Adapting its gameplay to smartphones along with some set up to the story, this new game was born: Kingdom Hearts Unchained X.
The player becomes the wielder of a key shaped sword, the Keyblade and sets out on a journey to the various worlds gathering LUX (Light).
First you need to choose and join a Union commanded by one of the 5 Foretellers.
It's said that in the Book of Profecies of the Foretellers are written the events a far away future.
It has ties to [KHIII] and will be a key to telling the story.
The mysterious creature that supports and teaches many things to the player, Chirithy. It's cute face hides a dreaded and unxpected fate.
- May 14 2015 04:15 AM
- by Sora96
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ announced for iOS & Android, a free-to-play title for smartphones releasing 2015
Square Enix Japan have announced that a new Kingdom Hearts title will be releasing for iOS and Android in 2015, known as Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. The title will be free-to-play with optional in-app purchases, the first smartphone title in the series, and an adaption of the PC browser game Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. We will update as more information becomes available.
Thanks go to @htmk73 for the information (original tweet below, translated by goldpanner), and to @aibo_ac7 for sharing it.
'Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key' for iOS/Android, scheduled to release 2015, free to play (with in-app purchasable items), the gameplay of 'Kingdom Hearts Key' remade for smartphones, setup for the plot has also been prepared for this newest title in the series.
- May 14 2015 04:14 AM
- by DChiuch