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Square Enix have detailed many updates that KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi], the Japan-exclusive online browser game, will be receiving in December and January. These updates contain a message from series director Tetsuya Nomura, where he confirms that a passage written in the Foretellers' Script of KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi] contains an important fact that leads to KINGDOM HEARTS III.
KHInsider have translated these messages, and thanks to them, the translation can be read below.
Thank you for continuing to play KINGDOM HEARTS χ.
We are soon planning a huge update for KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] to be more enjoyable.
As it was announced before in the Hangame site, new players that will be joining in December, the structure of the game will be revised to suit both new and veteran players. In January, there will be an addition of new worlds with plenty content that will be updated sequentially.
The Development Team News #2 will introduce some of the new updated content for December and January.
※ We will notify you of any addition changes during the update.
※ The images shown are currently in development.
■ The Worlds Finally Begin to Move...
1. A Serious Story Begins!!
A War for their Land
Servants Entrusted by Chirishii
The Last Message in the Foreteller’s Script
The ultimate story will begin in December 2013.
2. Addition of a New Worlds!
● Daybreak Town
(KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] original New World)
● Olympus Coliseum
Released in January 2014.
3. Release the Keyblade’s Power!
● Upgrade the Keyblade to a maximum number of 10 times.
● Upgraded Keyblades look more flashier and stronger!
Released in January 2014.
There is something fun everyday! New features!
1. Addition of Power Accessory “Strength Bangle”
● All players will be given a Strength Bangle!
● For a certain amount of time, you can boost your attack power by defeating specific Heartless in the field.
● The Heartless in particular are switched periodically. These Heartless can appear anywhere in the field. Get help from friends and you can find them quickly!
By gathering power around various worlds, you can deal great damage to Raid Bosses.
Released in December 2013.
★ Also, you can enter worlds with party members to help defeat these Heartless more easily!! Released in January 2014.
2. Raid Boss Variant appears with New Rules
● You can get large amounts of LUX by strategically defeating these variants with your party members.
● Raid Boss Variants can appear by defeating Normal Raid Bosses.
● The more quickly you defeat Normal Raid Bosses, points for Raid Boss Variant will accumulate quickly!
Released in January 2014.
3. The “Moogle Stamp” Opens!
● Everyday you log in, you get a chance to get a Mog Medal.
● The more you login, other prizes and Limited Avatars will appear.
Released in December 2013.
4. Addition of Recycle Draw
● As previously reported, Recycle Draw is still under development.
Released in January 2014.
5. Easier Gameplay Additions!
● Alongside HIGH/LOW rendering modes for cost performance, MIDDLE has been added.
● There will be a continue option for strong Heartless you couldn’t defeat.
● More phrases for your introduction bio.
● Party join notification added.
● Attack Card Boosts also correspond with Defense.
Released in November~December 2013.
There are also seasonal events!
● Functionalities that were announced previously will sequentially be added.
● Get Character Cards and Avatars from seasonal events!
● To be in the event spirit, Raid Bosses are also dressed up.
Christmas event! New Years event?!
Held sequentially in December 2013.
◆ Message from the Director ◆
Thank you for your patience.
Finally, I will begin to talk about the story of KINGDOM HEARTS χ.
There is a passage written in the Foretellers’ Script.
It is an important fact that leads to KINGDOM HEARTS III.
Everyone can be a character in this story and be happy to realize you can become a part of it.
In this KINGDOM HEARTS, everything is connected to the main storyline.
To all fans that have been playing the series, do not overlook this expansion in the story and please look forward to it.
Also, even though we have announced plenty of additional features, there is still more to expect.
We understand that many of you may be dissatisfied but there will be many updates that will enhance the game and the staff is committed to working everyday.
Thank you in advance.
So, I’ll be waiting for you in Daybreak Town.
KINGDOM HEARTS series director Tetsuya Nomura
Square Enix NA have uploaded a collection of Tokyo Game Show 2013 trailers to their press website, including the trailer for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. This trailer features some upcoming additions to the social browser game, and unfortunately confirms that for now, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] (or simply Kingdom Hearts χ, as Square Enix NA refers to it) is only aimed at the Japanese market.
Update: disneyjp on YouTube have uploaded an extended version of the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] Tokyo Game Show 2013 trailer to YouTube. This can be seen below.
4Gamer.net have posted an article containing some small new announcements for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. Firstly, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] has surpassed 200,000 users! This is a good outcome for Square, so it will be interesting to see whether or not they release the game through other avenues, apart from Yahoo! Games.
Secondly, they announced that they will be raising the level cap on Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] from 100 to 200. Users who reach level 101 will receive a Yen Sid card as a gift, seen below. Thanks go to goldpanner for clarifications.
Updated September 11, 2013, see below.
Both Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] have been confirmed to appear at Tokyo Game Show 2013, via a press release uploaded to the official TGS website. Tokyo Game Show 2013 runs from September 19 to 22, 2013. At E3 2013, series director Tetsuya Nomura implied that new Kingdom Hearts III information would be released at the event.
Update 1: Square Enix have launched their official Tokyo Game Show 2013 website. Currently, the website covers various Square Enix titles appearing at the event, including Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. A page for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] is available, containing some screenshots from the game. Stay tuned for more info.
Update 2: Square Enix have listed some merchandise which will be available at Tokyo Game Show 2013. Available for the first time is the Kingdom Hearts keychain set, pictured here. Amazon.co.jp have also listed this 6-keychain box, which is set for a release date of October 4, 2013 for a price of ￥3,215 (approximately $32.12).
Update 3: Square Enix have released their booth map for Tokyo Game Show 2013. This confirms that there will be an "Open Mega Theatre", which means it is likely that all trailers shown will be available for everyone to see (and secretly record). You can see this below.
The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly magazine, releasing on August 29, 2013, has included an article on Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. This article has revealed new details about future updates coming to the online browser game, as well as a special comment from series director Tetsuya Nomura, where he reveals that they plan to deliver a story that ties in with the main series. This seems to confirm that Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] will have some canon aspects!
@bKvEBVAvUq has uploaded scans of this magazine article, and these can be seen below.
Zephyr from KHInsider has translated this article, and thanks to them, the translation can be read below.
The deadline for the contents key is November 30th.
Once you enter the contents key, you can’t use it again.
You can use the data from the contents key for the rest of the game.
Check page 194 for more information!
PC: KINGDOM HEARTS χ
Data: Square Enix / Launches July 18th / Basic is free to play except for special items
Service: Yahoo! Games
The Kairi Card boosts your stats!
In KINGDOM HEARTS χ, a deck of attack cards and assist cards are utilized in battle. By receiving this serial code for the Kairi card, you can boost your HP and LUX rate. For detailed information, check the article in page 202!
Check page 202 for more information!
The deadline for the serial code is October 31st 23:59.
Once you enter the serial code, you can’t use it again.
You can use the data from the serial code for the rest of the game.
A Special Comment from Director Tetsuya Nomura appears!
KINGDOM HEARTS χ released in July and are you guys enjoying it since? It is free to play so please feel free to try it by all means.
This title from the series feels considerably different and there may be some of you who are puzzled. I think, play it slowly without rushing. The title has only been around for a few months and gradually we will add more elements that will appear in the future and we also plan to deliver a story that leads to the series.
It has more than you might dub as KINGDOM HEARTS, of course I have some surprises in the future. Please pay attention to the behavior of a mysterious person.
Defeat the Guard Armor and get an item!
As a reward, you get limited avatar items below and you can get a rare attack card. It should be noted that in this Raid Boss, it’s possible to get higher points by targeting a certain area.
In the series, it was necessary to deal with many parts of the Guard Armor such as the hands and the feet. In this game, this strategy holds the key to defeating it.
You can get a Namine Card and other new cards that will make an appearance!
Lastly, Square Enix have uploaded images showing off new cards to be included in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. These can be seen below.
Square Enix have announced that Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], the online social browser game in the Kingdom Hearts series, is planned to launch on July 18 after its website undergoes some scheduled maintenance. Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] has been in a open beta test period since July 8, and this was originally planned to last until August 1-- however, Square Enix have decided to launch the game early.
This announcement has also included some details about the final version of the game. Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] will be free-to-play, but will include a paid service called "Charge Munny", where people can buy points to spend on in-game items. Items that you can buy include a rare card called 'Raise Draw', Megapotions, and Megalixers. You can also find Kupo Nuts in treasure chests on the field, and trade these in for rare assist cards.
Other updates will be announced at launch. Until the launch, you can still keep playing the open beta test, and your data will be carried over when the game launches-- so keep playing, and have fun! Square Enix thanks everyone for the help so far. When the game launches, there will be new maps and new worlds, with new characters, quests and raid bosses. Stay tuned for more details about Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. Thanks go to staff translator goldpanner for translating these details for us.
Famitsu.com have posted an article about the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] open beta test, and this article contains new screenshots and information about the browser game. You can view the screenshots below, in our gallery, and below this, the information translated by goldpanner.
Campaign to Commemorate the Start of the Open Beta Test Under-way
Presenting the series’ first online PC browser game, Kingdom Hearts χ (Key), to be provided through Yahoo! Games. Playing as yourself, adventure through various Disney worlds as on your web browser. Advance through strategic battles using cards available in-game and occasionally work together with friends to face off against enemies, experience a new gameplay sensation never before seen in the Kingdom Hearts series. With loads of collectible items to obtain during your adventures, this title is sure to be enjoyed for a long time.
Here are some excerpts from the release.
Far, far away, in a fairy-tale realm…
The realm was filled with light.
That light gave birth to many worlds, enveloping them.
The source of the light, Kingdom Hearts, and the key that protected it, the χblade…
As long as they existed, it was believed that the realm would be in eternal light.
However, just as strong light will form a shadow, darkness was born.
The darkness called up fear, unease and craving.
Darkness, hidden deep in hearts, began to spread throughout the realm as chaos.
In order to drive back the spreading darkness, those who wished for light created Keyblades in imitation of the χblade, and embarked on adventures that spanned the realm.
◆ The Foreteller
A mysterious figure who bears a Keyblade. They explain the missions of the Keyblade Wielders to everyone, and guide the way to the battles between light and darkness. They seem concerned about the rising power of darkness, but their true motives and goals are unknown. It is known that there are five ‘mysterious figures’, each the head of a separate Union.
A person who works for the ‘mysterious figure’. The ‘mysterious figure’ has entrusted them to guide Keyblade Wielders. For someone with such a modest way of speaking, they sure do push a lot of directions at you. If you don’t understand something, maybe you can count on them…
The shopkeeper at the Moogle Shop. While he looks cute, he’s cunning when it comes to trading the cards you’ve picked up. It seems he’s simply in the card business and has no connection to the ‘mysterious figure’ or to Chirishii.
About the Open Beta Test
➙Start Time: 8 July 2013 (Mon) 15:00~
※A Yahoo! JAPAN ID is necessary to participate.
➙Join up here! (link)
※Those who participated in the Closed Beta Test and answered the questionnaire will receive the following special bonus items:
- Ether x 5 (allows recovery of power necessary when fighting bosses)
- Potion x 5 (allows recovery of action power)
- Munny: 10,000 Munny (can be used to synthesise cards etc in-game)
- Card Draw Points: 2,000 Points (points that allow cards to be switched in-game)
➙Changes and improvements on the Closed Beta Test:
[ABOUT THE STORY]
As we have introduced an opening movie and a tutorial, you will be able to enjoy the setting of the world even more this time. We have also included Story Quests. Please talk to the Disney Characters and enjoy.
[ABOUT RAID BOSSES]
In the Closed Beta Test, there were instances of strong characters monopolising and defeating Raid Bosses, so now the strength of Raid Bosses adjusts depending on the strength of the team overall.
[ABOUT TEAM MATCHING]
We have adjusted the matching so that members of teams will be as close as possible in strength.
[ABOUT THE CHAT FUNCTION]
In response to the many requests we have implemented a chat function. You may use it to share tasks among your team and party.
The number of wearable avatars available at the starting point are fixed, but from now on we plan to release quests and limited-time events where avatar items can be added.
Even THAT popular character?! Please look forward to the upcoming event.
We have remade each menu and rearranged the buttons in order to make things easier to use.
Campaigns Celebrating Commencing!
◆Guaranteed Limited Edition R+ Card!
8th July 2013 (Mon) ~ 1st August 2013 (Thurs), until beginning of maintenance
For the duration of the campaign, members who’s avatars reach level 20 will be gifted a ‘Sora Brave F Ver.’, a limited time only R+ Card.
[HOW TO RECEIVE THE GIFT]
Once your avatar reaches level 20, it will be sent to your Present Box.
One gift item will be sent once to one account.
◆Log-in Bonus Campaign!
Log in between the 8th and 18th of July to receive a Golden Ticket every day! Golden Tickets give you the chance to draw rare cards! Make sure to log in every day and get those tickets!
◆To those who have bonus serial codes from KINGDOM HEARTS -1.5 ReMIX-
[BONUS INCLUDED WITH FIRST-RUN EDITIONS]
Handy Kit for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]
 Card: Sora (R+)(For use during battles in-game)
 20,000 Munny (For use synthesising cards in-game)
 4,000 Card Draw Points (Points that enable you to exchange cards in-game)
[e-STORE PURCHASE BONUS]
Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]
 Card: Riku (R+) (For use during battles in-game)
 Potion x10 (Allows recovery of ATP)
 Ether x10 (Allows recovery of power necessary during boss battles)
Square Enix have launched the next phase of their beta testing for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. This phase of beta testing is "Open" meaning anyone can join. It will run from today (July 8) to August 1. Check out all the details and sign up for the open beta at the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] official website.