Tetsuya Nomura has taken to the Square Enix blog to announce that Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X is coming to North America.
In the post, he details that fans of the series will be able to download it on April 7, and went on to answer the top 7 questions about the game. His first answer clarified that Unchained X takes place at the very beginning of the Kingdom Hearts series – a time before the ancient Keyblade war, when Keyblade wielders were all over the place.
His second statement reiterates that a 1 hour cinematic of the story will be available in the upcoming PS4 exclusive, Kingdom Hearts 2.8. The cinematic is “depicted from the perspective the Foretellers, who gather the Keyblade Wielders”, further hinting at a possible connection between X and the dream eaters in Dream, Drop, Distance. His next answer then claimed that Chirithy, the cat-like creature in the sketch below, was greatly inspired by the Meow-Meow support characters in Kingdom Hearts 3D as well.
When asked about new worlds and characters, Nomura stated that “the only brand-new world would be ‘Daybreak Town’, the home town in which the players first start.” He also mentioned that besides Chirithy, the game will also feature 5 new Keyblade wielders.
In terms of fan appeal, Nomura also believes that the new online interactions within the game will be its biggest hook. Additionally, a lot of time was invested into the costume design of the game causing the team to develop seasonal outfits for both male and female players.
His last statement, however, was a special message to the fans of the series eager to dive back into this mysterious world. “For our fans, you can approach and play this Kingdom Hearts in any way you like … and moreover becoming a part of the KINGDOM HEARTS world and experiencing the enjoyment of weaving your own story that leads to one of the biggest mysteries in the series, which is the ‘Keyblade War,” he said.
North American fans can unlock this secret for themselves when Kingdom Hearts Unchained X releases on April 7, for iOS and Android devices. The HD re-release, Kingdom Hearts 2.8, will follow with an unconfirmed 2016 release date.