Interview with Tetsuya Nomura about his cats; Kingdom Hearts III to feature an element based on “Deshi” the cat
On February 22nd, Famitsu released interviews with game developers and their pet cats in celebration of Cat Day. Tetsuya Nomura, series director for Kingdom Hearts III, was one of the developers featured. He spoke about how he interacts with his cats and how they have influenced the development of Kingdom Hearts III.
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Square Enix: Tetsuya Nomura
[Profile and newest projects]
- Nomura is working as the director of the Kingdom Hearts series and Final Fantasy VII Remake. As for his current work on Kingdom Hearts III, a new world was introduced and the decisive battle between Sora and Xehanort is near.
- Sora's form changes based on the world he’s in. Within the world of "Monsters, Inc." Sora changes into a catlike monster?! More details on page 40!
Name: Hisho (*pseudonym)
Cat Breed: Scottish Fold
Age: 4 years old
Name: Deshi (*pseudonym)
Cat Breed: Scottish Fold
Age: 4 years and 2 months old
*Hisho and Deshi respectively mean “secretary” and “apprentice”.
[Why did you decided to get them?]
“Originally, our family love cats and dogs, and we kept them without moderation in the house. So when I was depressed someone recommend me to get cats.”
[Who is Deshi and Hisho for you?]
"Here are Deshi and Hisho. Deshi is taking after me more and more. Hisho will immediately detect anything strange in the room."
[Get to know Deshi and Hisho]
- During the days when Deshi came to the house he had a habit of biting, scratching everything, and was rambunctious. I raised him strictly. Now he has become kind and friendly. It’s probably because I’ve been overprotective, but Hisho is quite selfish and wary. Deshi does things at his own pace and will approach the bed to sleep, but Hisho on the other hand is inseparably from the house and will stay within close proximity.
- It is said that Chirithy, who made their debut appearance in the Kingdom Hearts X[chi] series, is modeled after my cats. But at the time I didn’t have pets when I drew Chirithy, so that is untrue. In Kingdom Hearts III for the first time there is an element based off of Deshi. Also, I think I want to make an Instagram debut but I have to refrain from being exposed for now (that’s a lie).
In Kingdom Hearts III, Sora’s Monster version in Monsters, Inc., looks very much like a cat.
- Mar 04 2018 08:54 PM
- by Overshot_
"Making of Kingdom Hearts" videos recap: KH3's animation, Keyblade design, Gummi Ship customization, development progress, Tangled world and more; KHUχ's new world, PVP update, connection to KH3, and Strelitzia, Ventus and Lauriam
Two weeks ago, Square Enix held a Kingdom Hearts Fan Event at the D23 Expo 2018 Japan. The event was not streamed live, and due to this, the public was not able to view the "Making of Kingdom Hearts" videos that were shown exclusively to the attendees. Nevertheless, many press outlets and attendees were able to recount the events of the experience; KH13 was able to collect these recalls and put together a chronological description of what happened and what was shown in the secret videos.
The information can be sourced to Famitsu, DLove.jp, and attendees sora_donald and yuuna_kisaragi.
Many thanks to our KH13 Staff NihonScribe, Katie Armstrong, soraspromise and Mio-chan, as well as Keytotruth, for the translations!
We have divided the recap into five sections for your reading pleasure.
As the attendees entered the theatre and took their seats, the logo for "Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater 2018" was displayed on the screen, and Dearly Beloved played in the background.
The event began with a screening of some clips from the Kingdom Hearts series with Hikari (PLANITb Remix) playing in the background. The Kingdom Hearts and event logo appeared after the clips ended. Next, Hiroko Kobayashi, the moderator, introduced the event. Series executive producer Shinji Hashimoto was invited on the stage.
Hashimoto said, "Thank you everyone for waiting these past 15 or 16 years. Please enjoy the latest video that surprised even me.”
Series director Tetsuya Nomura was then invited on the stage. Although his clothes were classy, they were all black; he was also wearing earrings. "This time, I'll take advantage of the characteristics of the theater to show a lot of clips," Nomura announced, "First, please listen to the message from Sora and Kairi who couldn't come today."
Kingdom Hearts III: Interview with Voice Actors
A video message was shown featuring Sora's Japanese voice actor Miyu Irino as well as Kairi's and Xion's voice actress, Risa Uchida.
In the video message, Irino said that he's grown alongside Sora, so his inflections and way of talking have naturally changed over time. He commented, "Sora and myself have physically grown, I was not conscious of Sora’s cuteness and also the critical moment in my masculinity. It’s a journey that I’ve done until now."
"I had the chance to go to Square Enix Osaka (who are in the middle of developing Kingdom Hearts III) where I was shown an extremely large amount of information, designs, effort and trial and error they have to make. It inspires me want to make Kingdom Hearts even better."
Currently, his favourite world is Toy Story. "I'm a huge fan like the rest, so when I was told that Sora would go to the Toy Story world, I got excited and felt really happy. I’m also glad this feeling is to be spread to the whole world."
"Sora possesses a curiosity and sense of adventure that I've grown with as well, so I'm really happy to have walked this path for the last 15 years."
Some words he wished to tell Sora were: "I can only say thank you so much."
“I have no clue about Kingdom Hearts III myself, but I think it will be a masterpiece and it will write its name in history,” he concluded.
About her character, Uchida said, "When I was down, I used Kairi's positivity often to help me."
About voicing Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-, she commented, "My voice has changed after 10 years; I wondered how I should act, and so I acted as hard as a could.”
On answering the question: "What other character from the Kingdom Hearts series would you like to interpret?" Uchida said,"Of course, [I already act as] Kairi and Xion... Dare I say it? Aqua, if I wanted to do a strong and cool one. I met the voice actress [for Aqua] Megumi Toyoguchi at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra and she was a really lovely person that I admire and want to be like."
About Kingdom Hearts III, she said enthusiastically, "It’s really fun for me to hear the rumors since none of my work has been shown yet. I thought I would be doing something like a live-action, a wonderful clip. I want my favourite work to be released. I’m really excited to see Kairi again and I will do my best in the future.”
Some words Uchida said that she'd like to say to Kairi were: “If there is a time when my heart seemed to be tainted by darkness, I’m sure she’ll do something to save me.”
Irino and Uchida also shared memorable stories when they went to Tokyo Disney Sea with Riku voice actor’s, Mamoru Miyano, after the launch of Kingdom Hearts II. Uchida recalled, "When the light was flickering on one of the attractions, Miyano yelled, "Are you staining me with the power of Darkness?!" It was impressive." Irino added, "He was completely in the role!"
Irino recalled, "Back when the first Kingdom Hearts game had come out, I went to a dumpling shop together with Ueno [Riku's voice actor] and Uchida to prepare our roles together and it feels very nostalgic. When I watched them together on stage, it goes to show that such relationships like the one Sora, Riku, and Kairi have are continuing to grow."
Even now, they still see each other, so they have a relationship similar to Sora, Riku and Kairi.
An exchange between Irino, Uchida, and a staff member was also shown, as reported by attendee yuuna_kisaragi:
Irino: “You often go to see plays at the theater, am I right?”
Staff: “Miss Uchida said you wanted to stay out until Kingdom Hearts III.”
Irino: “I properly remember when I said that. I asked “Can I stay out until 3?” I’ve got the feeling she would answer “around 4 or 5" endlessly.”
Staff: “Finally, Kingdom Hearts III will be released but...”
Uchida: “Let’s do some more!”
Irino: “Everyone’s passed the age of their roles. But, I think Sora and Kairi have a higher mental age [laughs].”
Uchida: “I want to become someone like Kairi.”
Irino: “You’re doing things pretty much like Kairi. Risa... are you an angel?”
Uchida: “Of course not! Soon I’m going to forget how I did things.”
Irino: “Soon you’ll forget Sora too. [laughs]”
Uchida: “I want to hear your story about the time you went abroad.”
Irino: “I went abroad to study Linguistics and Theatre. Using one rucksack, I journeyed for a month and a half. Just like Sora.”
"It's not like I became Sora but, I wanted to see and travel to different worlds, meet and talk to different people and have a sense of adventure like Sora". He said that he met people like Donald and Goofy, like Sora did.
After seeing that video message, Nomura commented,"Up until now, I think I streamed images like this many times. But, I think it was important to be able to see those two captured together in this everyday moment."
When the moderator asked if there was a part of the interview that impressed him, Nomura answered, "These two are the same as when I met them; they're sincere, and they don't cause any trouble, so I'm glad they made it to adulthood."
“You sound like a parent," the moderator observed.
Making of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]
This "Making of" video showed the development environment of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], and a meeting with four core members of the game's development team, including Tatsuya Shindo and Nomura. In it, it was said the work is being done overseas, but since the browser game, some things were being developed in Tokyo.
Background map designs for the game were shown. Daybreak Town had a color scheme not normally implemented in any other world, and the Clock Tower seemed to have a dungeon, according to event attendee sora_donald. One of the development team members said, “Since Daybreak town is the city of the dawn, we had to give it a bright image. We wanted an object that moved so we made the fountain, but it seems like we ended up creating something that can be found in Disneyland. Because there was no indication for the Clock Tower, we didn’t make it in the beginning. But as the story was developing, it became important and so it was created. On the field map, it's necessary to have a certain distance within battles, and so we made it possible to move in three-dimensions.”
Since walking around is a concept, the team tried to make fine details visible everywhere. Like climbing up on roofs and moving three-dimensionally.
Strelitzia's parts got augmented with more detailed motion than the other characters. A development staff said, “For characters motion we changed the frames one by one to make it move. It is divided into 15 parts. For Strelitzia, as she has fluffy hair, we added special parts to move her hair separately. So, since we cannot move it during a dialogue line, we have to do it between two lines.”
"Does Strelitzia stay as-is?" Shindo asked Nomura in a scene, "Will she be resurrected?" Many KHUχ players and staff share the same interest in knowing what will be of Strelitzia's future in the series, as she is very popular.
"Should I answer that?" Nomura replied ambiguously.
In terms of her character design, it was said: "First, we got an image from Nomura, then had about 10 ideas. This from A, that from B, take those and combine them together... Finally we decided on 4 designs."
"Strelitzia is based on flowers. We took player avatar pieces for each part [of her design] and made about 4 outfits for Nomura to choose from to base the image around. Player avatars have also increased since the release of pets, haven't they?"
"On the PC screen, in order to decide which costume to choose, we’ve lined up side by side 3 Strelitzia outfits!"
Among them there was a very black one. There were also pets lined up vertically and horizontally among unpublished ones. They came up in various colors and types including one looking like a giraffe.
"Ahead of release, we have lots of design plans! About 30, give or take? From designs based on real animals to sharply non-realistic designs, too."
On the computer screen, there was an illustration of a Loudness March, along with a lot of Heartless rough drafts drawn with black lines.
“We planned to make this kind of Heartless when we received the project. This time it’s a lively Heartless for the second anniversary. I consulted with Nomura at the rough draft stage; if the design of this Heartless is decided upon to some extent, we will check it again.”
Continuing into the next scene, Nomura and some development staff assembled in his office. Nomura's office was very small. There was a monitor, in front of a small rectangular table and chairs, and one was able to see the outside from the window on the right side.
“This is the situation room but, it doesn’t look like a room, there are no seats," Nomura said.
An exchange with the team followed.
“Maybe because it feel like a meeting as soon as we gather here."
“As it is, I'm having a sense of 'mine-ness', though."
"Like Mr. Hashimoto.”
Nomura replied, “No, it’s because I want its name to remain anonymous!”
“Do you have something to say about not being able to livestream other titles?”
“We plan to implement a PvP mode in spring’s update.”
“If you don’t know what the abbreviation PvP means, it stands for Player versus Player,” Nomura explained. "It is an asynchronous match!"
To KHUχ players, Nomura said, "We are considering ways to make the interlocking feelings of KHUχ with Kingdom Hearts III a good experience. These interrelated projects are collectively called 'Xtress' [Translators' note: 'Xtress' is as translated from the katakana; this could also be translated to 'Xtrace']. Understand that Kingdom Hearts III and KHUχ are not irrelevant to each other; there's a feeling that they are entwined together."
Next, they showed scenes where the players of KHUχ can fight against Kefka and Gilgamesh. Next, the image switched to a scene showing players fighting while wearing a pixel styled avatar.
On February 23, a collaborative event with Final Fantasy Record Keeper was implemented. It's been arranged for Kefka and Gilgamesh to appear in KHUχ as Heartless. There is be a pixel art avatar as was shown.
Also on the "FF Record Keeper" side, there was pixel art of Sora and Riku, so there's a lot of effort being put into this. A Gummi Ship was also made in pixel art; Nomura joked, 'I wonder if I can get this [in KHUχ]."
In response to the question "Is Ventus really that Ventus, is Lauriam that person?", Nomura replied, "I was asked about it at the Osaka event. Ventus is Ventus. Lauriam is Lauriam. Don’t you think I have already answered that?" He continued, "If you play Kingdom Hearts III, can you enjoy that connection?"
A brand new world will appear in KHUχ. “KHUχ is connected to KH3. Then, there will be a world that didn’t appear in the Kingdom Hearts series, and it will appear now. But it won’t be in Kingdom Hearts III. And from here the story will drastically change. I want to proceed quickly, but I’m kind of dealing with the Abu part! [laughs]”
“No, Abu is already saved.”
“He's happy now!”
After this, the moderator said, “You told us about the story of KHUχ, but we’re also curious about Kingdom Hearts III”.
Nomura replied, “In general this kind of info is released after the event. Please enjoy the latest video of Kingdom Hearts III which will be showed to the public for the first time.”
The Monsters, Inc. trailer was then shown.
Kingdom Hearts III: Interview with Developers
At the end of the trailer, the moderator said, "Monsters, Inc. was cute!"
To that, Nomura replied with a bitter laugh, "Monsters, Inc. cute?" He continued, "Since this video is still in a development stage, I think that it will look even better in the end. The production of Kingdom Hearts III is going considerably well."
Next, a "Making of Kingdom Hearts III" video was presented, in which a lot of information and scenes with the developing team were shown, mostly videos taken at the Square Enix offices in Tokyo and Osaka. A lot of PC screens were shown. At a D23 Kingdom Hearts Event Development Team round-table discussion, Nomura said, "Since we can't freely give a progress report, is there something you want to tell this machine [the camera]?" This is because as Disney is involved, live-streaming was not a possibility.
The video contained a lot of discussion about the production process.
For cutscenes, a scenario and storyboard are firstly created from concept art. Based on that, voices and audio are recorded, and from that animation is created; then one can progress by the flow of the layout performance. While adjusting the simple model, the conversions for things like camera angles and scenes are decided.
From this procedure, the storyboard of a scene in Tangled’s world was shown. "This is the scene at the beginning of Tangled," a staff member explains, "It is not displayed properly [the background is monochrome], but it will be improved later.”
The new lighting team established for Kingdom Hearts III focus on complementing the gameplay and cutscenes with real lighting effects. “Depending on the light, what you can see gradually changes,” stated the game's co-director, Tai Yasue. He showed how the light’s presence and place changed in the “Toy Story” world. “Right now my top priority is making sure the characters appear cute, and that their beauty can be appreciated. For example, if the light come from the left, their face will become darker, so we’ll put the light on the front.”
On the screen was shown a scene where the audience saw Sora, Donald and Goofy casted by a CG light. A development team member commented, “For cutscenes, we put facial expressions on the characters beforehand, and then we animate them.”
The animation production team, specializing in facial expressions, were implementing a system that allows Sora's eyebrows and eyes, mouth corners and other parts to operate together and move, resulting in a rich facial expression. Sora's facial animation was shown without his bangs. They moved his eyelids, mouth, etc. to show the animation and lip-syncing.
In past games, each motion was attached manually one by one. But this time, physical control is incorporated, and Rapunzel's hair (alongside other things) is "calculated and done on the hard side, and the program runs on". Rapunzel's hair meets various objects on the map, so it is difficult to move while not interfering with them. It seems the physics calculations for Rapunzel's hair (eg. dragging, following the terrain, blowing in the wind) took a lot of time to develop, so they didn't have a new video for this. If her hair is in a place where the wind is blowing it, will move naturally. Also, Rapunzel can wrap her hair around a tree and rotate. According to Mr. Yasue, "There are a variety of methods for attack and she reacts based on the different terrains."
"So far we only showed the world [of Tangled], but we could hardly publish Rapunzel’s model. Her hair was difficult to handle, it took time. We had to make sure that when the wind blows it creates waves on her hair and clothes.”
Nomura added, “Sora was always stepping on it [Rapunzel's hair].”
On the screen, they showed how the wind made her hair and clothes move lively as Rapunzel’s model was moving or standing put. In addition, Rapunzel held her hair while walking, but there was still a part that hung on the ground. That was how Sora was able to step on it.
Sora was shown to fight a pudding Heartless, with fresh cream and fruits for its eyes and mouth; according to sora_donald, it looked like the Mushroom XIII. This type of Heartless is different depending on the fruit on its head, like an accessory, that the characters can ride on, changing the way one plays. This element of "speed-running" involved allows for "each [Heartless to have] its own mission," as stated by Yasue. He said, "This is a rare heartless, the strategy to defeat it is different depending on the fruit on its head. It looks delicious, right? [laughs] It exists as an additional element in the game.”
Speaking of movement between the worlds, the Gummi Ship was discussed. This time, Gummi Ship missions are divided into a combat phase and a search phase. After defeating the enemies, one can go into the latter mode and search for routes and treasure while moving freely at 360° on the map. On the screen, scenes where the Gummi ship lock on enemy ships and shoot at obstacles were shown. When they were destroyed, prizes dropped. The HP balls, medals, etc. design shown were the same as those in Kingdom Hearts II. "The Gummi Ship has the feel of an open world," said Yasue. "We cannot talk about it yet, but at first glance this is something that is beyond KH’s worldview and out of bounds. [laughs]"
There was then a mysterious man drawn with black lines. They turned the layers on and off, changed the display of the arms and legs. (This was possibly the Giant from Giantland, according to our research and resources.)
A simple LSI game, like Game and Watch, based on the Disney short Giantland, was projected on screen. A small Sora was shown avoiding the attack of a huge enemy, while there was also a display of a screen frame and button, like a game within a game.
"I finally implemented a long-cherished dream," stated Nomura who seemed to be planning something with vigor.
Part of the map of Tangled was also released. There are many people in the castle town, leading to a lively atmosphere. It is pretty new for a town in the series to have many NPCs. sora_donald observed that, similar to Final Fantasy XV, there seemed to be an active effort to avoid collisions and bumping.
"This is the castle town of Rapunzel ... But wow! There are people in a town for the first time! There is also water that comes from the outside and goes into the town.” Sora walked in. It appeared that Sora could dive and swim in the water.
A development team member explained, "The dive animation is not done yet."
In the castle town, Rapunzel sees her childhood in paintings. Sora, Donald, and Goofy appear in the scene. Since Rapunzel's face was still in production, her eyebrows disappeared along the way and her expression looked strange up on the big screen. The hall filled with laughter.
"This cutscene is still in progress. Since it’s not complete sometimes eyebrows disappear... [laughs]”
Sora’s actions, such as him jumping into water and swimming, and a scene of Rapunzel spinning happily, admiring her hair knitted with flowers, appeared in some of Tangled’s cutscenes that were shown.
A hand-drawn picture of Rapunzel by the window was also shown.
On the screen, there was a scene where Rapunzel gazed outside from the tower; the background and model are uncolored. Rapunzel was looking at many square blocks where “?” were written on them.
Nomura asked, "Can you actually ascend the tower? From the inside?"
A development staff replies, "No, from the outside.”
One could also see the work of the Keyblade production staff. A staff member introduced himself with: "I create weapons.”
Nomura jokingly called him a "Weapon Merchant."
"The ideas come in 2D, that’s a flow of suggestions for the project.”
There were many Keyblades drawn in black lines on the screen. The Keyblade of Monsters, Inc. is a structure with various parts gathered together. When doing the design, they analyzed the scenes of the movie in detail, and extracted parts from there and summarized it. Because the expressiveness of game hardware is rising, they seemed to make suggestions that create a luxurious effect.
They show what seemed to be Marluxia’s subordinates Nobodies in a rough picture, and an enemy ship that looks like the Gummi Ship. It seemed there were more than 30 enemies for the Gummi Ship stages. Also, Gummi Ships could have optional decorations attached. For that motif, Nomura's love for cats was displayed too as an example of customization.
Everything in Kingdom Hearts III is in a "whole new league of its own."
Next, Nomura and Yasue gathered three of the other core development staff together in a progress meeting to discuss news regarding the game’s development status. The main part character production work is nearly complete. "The character team still has time on their hands," Nomura said. He made comments such as:“It’s because these guys don’t move. [...] Isn’t it bad that they don’t move, like stick people? Do you understand?” He said this while pressing in closer towards the staff for a response.
The background, among the ten* worlds and other things that were being worked on, are divided into three major areas: the beginning locations, mid-level locations, and the final locations. In the beginning locations, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story are included, and are about 90% completed. Mid-level locations, including Tangled, are about 60 to 70% finished. The background team is probably the largest in Square Enix, and, in addition to the Osaka and Tokyo teams, there are orders being carried out by outsourced foreign company employees.
One of the development team members tried to talk about a certain development aspect, but the audio was censored.
To that, Nomura said, “You can’t say that right now.”
“The motion is still in progress, we’re working on the one that make a -censored-. I can’t say the name! [laughs]"
“There is one world that is distinct from the others.”
"There are still more unrevealed worlds.”
Despite getting closer to the finishing like, the producers will place additional orders like: "Oh, I want to do this, I want to do something like that, too," so Kingdom Hearts III is still in full development. They are particularly adding things to its second half.
A scene was shown where the team, including Yasue, was heard engaging in a back-and-forth of comments such as :"We said that before!" "Don't listen!"
Yasue said, "This Kingdom Hearts is a bit different. One world is equivalent to one [previous] game, and the things to do for each world are vastly different. My favorite world has not yet been announced so please look forward to it too."
Regarding the final stage worlds of Kingdom Hearts III, Nomura said, "For a long time [from back when I worked on Final Fantasy] I thought, ‘I want to try this.’ Now, because I get to do it, I'm enjoying figuring out where how far it will go and how it will move," in relation to a project that has been in the works for many years. "I experiment a lot."
In the video, because there is mutual trust between the team members, a true exchange could be seen. After the video ended, Nomura stated, “There was no feeling of tension at this place. Even while the staff enjoyed themselves, they engaged in their work with effort. In addition, in Kingdom Hearts III, there are sections not on the list from what I showed in the making-of video, but they are heading towards completion."
At the end of the event, King Mickey appeared as a surprise guest! He went around visiting the audience in their seats, giving them high fives while allowing them to touch and engage with him, greatly boosting the spirits of the people in the venue.
As a guest at the event was also Justin Scarpone, General Manager of North Asian Games and Senior Vice President and representative of Walt Disney Japan. Scarpone shared his gratitude and said, "I also saw everything with the audience [...], and, in a word, it was ‘amazing.’ I thought, ‘as expected, this is Nomura, this is Square Enix. I really appreciated it.”
Finally, Nomura said, “Today was a long run but I'm glad I was able to deliver the latest information. Thank you very much. I would like to finish with one last video.”
The Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song Trailer was shown.
The video ended, the logo “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater 2018” appeared on the screen, and the music “Always on My Mind” played. The attendees received a gift when they stepped outside - an exclusive Kingdom Hearts tote bag to commemorate the occasion of D23 Expo 2018 Japan.
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Don't forget to check out our full coverage of Kingdom Hearts at the D23 Expo 2018 Japan!
- Feb 25 2018 10:24 AM
- by Aquaberry
Special collaboration event press release: Final Fantasy Record Keeper x Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]
A special crossover will bring many surprises and events to both Final Fantasy Record Keeper and Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]!
The collaboration event will run from February 22nd at 5:00 PM PT to March 8th at 4:59 PM PT.
- FINAL FANTASY Avatar parts: Players can obtain exclusive avatar parts and dress up their characters as classic FINAL FANTASY jobs for the ﬁrst time.
- Collaboration Multiplayer Battle (February 23 – March 9): A special Heartless boss inspired by an iconic FINAL FANTASY villain awaits players in battle during this special Union Cross multiplayer event.
- Raid Battle (March 5 – March 11): This collaboration raid event brings a special Heartless to the world of KINGDOM HEARTS.
- “Super Difﬁcult” Battle Challenge (March 7 – March 9): Hardcore players seeking an additional challenge are invited to test their skills to defeat a powerful Heartless.
- FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper Gauntlet Challenge (February 22 – March 8): Players who complete all 20 stages in this limited-time event will not only receive numerous rewards, but also help all FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper players obtain additional in- game login bonuses.
Event-exclusive pixel art medals and more can be seen below.
Gummi Ship Minigame Campaign will be held until February 16th at 6:59 AM PT!
Complete the stages and challenges in order to unlock special bonuses for both games! Rewards will be determined by the total point milestone reached.
Everyone needs to work together in order to unlock everything!
- Feb 14 2018 01:34 PM
- by JackRedplay
D23 recap article details video appearance by Japanese voice actors and new Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] update information
As more Japanese websites post new articles recapping D23 Japan 2018, more information about Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] is revealed. According to ure.pia.co.jp, a video was shown which featured the Japanese voice actors for Sora and Kairi sharing their experience working on the series. Additionally, the site shares new information regarding a major update to Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] coming this spring.
Miyu Irino (Sora) and Risa Uchida (Kairi) greeted the fans in their video. Irino shares that his favorite world so far to voice Sora in was Toy Story, and he's excited for the final product. Uchida commends her character for being so brave and confronting the darkness, something she admits she might not be able to do herself if put in a similar situation.
The video ended by assuring the audience that they have greatly enjoyed their experience working on the Kingdom Hearts series, and that relationships between the voice actors and the development team are strong and healthy!
Concerning Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], the article mentions that a major update will be coming to the game this Spring, including a Player vs. Player feature. Also, a brand new world to the Kingdom Hearts series will appear in the game. This world has not appeared in a Kingdom Hearts game to date and will not be one of the worlds in Kingdom Hearts III - so this world is completely new to the series. A specific release date was not given for the Spring update, and the new world was not specified. This information will be revealed in the future.
Watch the new Kingdom Hearts III trailers from D23 Expo Japan 2018 here, and don't forget to catch up with our coverage of the event here!
- Feb 12 2018 07:44 PM
- by Toominator
King Mickey's Kingdom Hearts III outfit revealed and featured in a new Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] medal
King Mickey's Kingdom Hearts III outfit has been revealed through a new medal design for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]. This design is very reminiscent of Sora's own Kingdom Hearts III outfit. This new EX medal is being released tomorrow (from the time of this article's publishing) as a login bonus for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]! You can view this new medal, complete with the new design, below.
What do you think of this new design? Do you like that Mickey's new design is similar to Sora's? Are you going to be obtaining this new medal in-game? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to follow our coverage article for D23 Expo Japan 2018 and the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event!
- Feb 10 2018 06:13 AM
- by Raxaimus
Welcome to KH13.com’s coverage of D23 Expo Japan 2018, which returns to Tokyo Disney Resort on February 10-12, 2018, for a third time to celebrate all things Disney!
This time, a Kingdom Hearts Fan Event is taking place as part of its Disney Magical Theatre program on Saturday, February 10, at 4:00 PM to 5:20 PM JST. This is:
· Friday, February 9 at 11:00 PM - 12:20 AM PST;
· Saturday, February 10 at 1:00 AM - 2:20 AM CST, 2:00 AM - 3:20 AM EST, and 7:00 AM – 8:20 AM GMT.
There is no indication that this event will be livestreamed; rather, it was said that the program will be giving “an amazing experience exclusive to this event”. It is currently unknown what the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event will be about, what will be shown, and if Kingdom Hearts III will be shown or not.
In 2015, Kingdom Hearts had made an appearance at D23 Expo Japan in 2015 during the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theatre, showing off an exclusive Kingdom Hearts III trailer, a “Making of Kingdom Hearts III” video, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, among other things. The event was not broadcast live at the time, and its contents were exclusive to the lucky attendees; only some screenshots were released to the public at the time, and a month later, a small part of the footage shown at the event was later included in a recap of the Expo on Japanese TV channel DLife.
During this coverage, we will be collecting all the information available from the attendees of the D23 Expo Japan 2018 and the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event, and keep you up to date with all available news. So stay tuned!
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Kingdom Hearts III – D23 Expo Japan 2018 Monsters, Inc. Trailer [English Subtitles]
Kingdom Hearts III – D23 Expo Japan 2018 Monsters, Inc. Trailer [Japanese]
Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song Trailer – “Don’t Think Twice” by Utada Hikaru
Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song Trailer – “Chikai” by Utada Hikaru
- Exclusive Kingdom Hearts merchandise sighted at D23 Expo Japan 2018
- New Kingdom Hearts III world, Monsters, Inc. revealed at D23 Expo Japan 2018
- Sora and Riku appear in Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- Two Kingdom Hearts III trailers revealed at D23 Expo Japan 2018
- Kingdom Hearts III theme song, "Oath"/"Don't Think Twice", revealed at D23 Expo Japan 2018
- King Mickey's Kingdom Hearts III outfit revealed as a Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] medal
- Gummi Ship gameplay in Kingdom Hearts III will feature open world-like exploration and augmented combat style; customization will be richer than previous games
- Exclusive "Making of Kingdom Hearts III" video was shown; includes footage of Tangled, emphasizes worlds in KH3 to be more lively
- D23 recap article details video appearance by Japanese voice actors and new Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] update information
- Kingdom Hearts III last stage worlds to include incredible content; Giantland short-inspired minigame; rare Heartless capture system implemented
- High quality images from the latest Kingdom Hearts III and character renders are released; Riku's new Keyblade revealed
- Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Riku revealed
- Special collaboration event press release: Final Fantasy Record Keeper x Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]
- Kingdom Hearts III will be featured in Weekly Famitsu; featuring Monsters, Inc. world and the Link system
- "Making of Kingdom Hearts" videos recap: KH3's animation, Keyblade design, Gummi Ship customization, development progress, Tangled world and more; KHUχ's new world, PVP update, connection to KH3, and Strelitzia, Ventus and Lauriam
July 19, 2017: Kingdom Hearts Fan Event confirmed for D23 Expo Japan 2018!
January 15, 2018: Kingdom Hearts III Sora (Second Form Ver.) Bring Arts figure will be available to purchase at D23 Expo Japan 2018!
January 26, 2018: Limited numbers of Kingdom Hearts Tsum Tsum sets were sold in the occasion of the upcoming D23 Expo!
January 27, 2018: A Stamp Rally and Digital Photo Frame featuring Kingdom Hearts will be available at D23 Expo Japan 2018!
January 27, 2018: Kingdom Hearts III Sora (Second Form) Bring Arts signed by Tetsuya Nomura to be included in the D23 Expo Japan 2018 commemorative auction!
February 8, 2018: The official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account sent a cryptic tweet hinting at a potential appearance of Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Expo Japan 2018!
Day 1 [February 9, 2018]:
6:06PM (USA EST): "Within the Disney Magical Theater, displayed contents can not be filmed/photographed. However, the Kingdom Hearts Fan %5BEvent%5D [...] stage portion at D23 can be filmed/photographed."
6:25PM (USA EST): The official Kingdom Hearts Union Cross twitter account announced a twitter challenge to celebrate the D23 Japan Expo happening!
6:30PM (USA EST): D23 Expo Japan 2018 has officially begun!
6:30PM (USA EST): Kingdom Hearts Proplica Keyblade and Kingdom Hearts SH Figuarts including cloaked Mickey can be seen on display at the D23 Expo Japan 2018!
7:10PM (USA EST): The two new Kingdom Hearts-themed watches are now available to purchase only at the D23 Expo Japan 2018!
7:55PM (USA EST): Exclusive Kingdom Hearts merchandise sighted at D23 Expo Japan 2018!
8:00PM (USA EST): A Sora (Second Form) Bring Arts figure has been spotted and it is signed by Tetsuya Nomura! The figure will be auctioned off later this month!
9:30PM (USA EST): "Booty-ful" Kingdom Hearts rubber clips have been spotted at D23 Expo Japan 2018!
10:07PM (USA EST): Check out this Kingdom Hearts Tape!
10:28PM (USA EST): Rubber clips are selling left and right, and they're gone.
11:46PM (USA EST) Kingdom Hearts keychains have been spotted at D23 Expo Japan 2018!
2:00 AM (USA EST) The Kingdom Hearts Fan Event has begun!
2:44 AM (USA EST) Monsters Inc. reported for Kingdom Hearts III; release date still 2018 (@aibo_ac7)
2:45 AM (USA EST) Marluxia and Vanitas were reported to return! (@aibo_ac7)
3:12 AM (USA EST) New song for Kingdom Hearts III, sung by Utada Hikaru, titled "Oath"!
3:13 AM (USA EST) New clothing for Riku and King Mickey were revealed!
3:20 AM (USA EST) The D23 Japan Monsters Inc trailer (Japanese version) is released to the public!
3:25 AM (USA EST) The D23 Japan "Oath" trailer is released to the public!
3:37 AM (USA EST) The D23 Japan Kingdom Hearts III trailer released (with English Subtitles)!
3:40 AM (USA EST) The D23 Japan Kingdom Hearts III (Song trailers) released (with English Subtitles)!
D23 Expo Japan 2018 Gallery
Kingdom Hearts Fan Event Gallery
Unfortunately, due to copyright concerns we had to remove this album. We apologize for the inconvenience.
D23 Japan 2018 Renders and Screenshots
Monsters Inc. Trailer ScreenshotsSpoiler
Theme Song Trailer ScreenshotsSpoiler
- Feb 25 2018 10:22 AM
- by Leamax
Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Fan Event announced for California on April 15; Tetsuya Nomura and other team members to be in attendance
Square Enix has announced a Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] fan event will be held on April 15th in California. The event will be at House of Blues Anaheim. Kingdom Hearts Director Tetsuya Nomura along with Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Producer Hironori Okayama and several other development game members will be in attendance.
Tickets for the event will be on sale here starting on January 30th. Each ticket will cost $20 plus applicable service fees. There is a limited amount of tickets available.
UPDATE [Jan 30, 2018]: Tickets are now on sale. Click here to head to the ticket site.
UPDATE [Jan 31, 2018]: Everglow has provided an HD render of the Daybreak Town background used for the Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] fan event ticket site. You can view it below.
What do you guys think of this event? Will you be in attendance? Will Nomura announce more story developments during the event? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jan 31 2018 12:28 PM
- by Leamax
The smartphone title Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] has been announced to be released in Taiwan on January 25, 2018 with an exclusive dedicated server. This announcement comes right after many advertisements were shown for the game in Ximending in Taipei, Taiwan earlier this month, which you can take a look at the gallery below thanks to Twitter user @yura_zatta.
These advertisements also show a never before seen Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]-styled character model for Sephiroth, which seems to be hinting at his possible future appearance in the game.
Promotional advertisements for the title will continue to be up in Taipei until the end of the month.
An announcement also revealed that the first to visit the dedicated booth D710 and download Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] at the Taipei Game Show 2018, taking place between January 26 - 29, 2018, will receive an appropriately themed bag to celebrate the game's release. You can take a look at the bag's design below:
UPDATE [Jan 25, 2018]: Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] is now out in Taiwan!
With this announcement, Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] will now be available to download in Japan, North America, Europe, Latin America, and Taiwan.
UPDATE [Jan 27, 2018]: We have now updated our gallery with pictures from the Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] promotional campaign at the Taipei Game Show 2018, courtesy of inside-games.jp, and a picture of the advertisement for the game around Taipei City. You can check them out below.
The Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] booth also included a giant touchscreen with a playable demo of the game. You can watch a short video of the gameplay here.
- Jan 28 2018 11:22 AM
- by neil98
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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_
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
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