Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2011
Kingdom Hearts 3 Roxanne on 22 Sep 2011
I did my best to translate the text that was shown with the images so forgive me if anything seems unclear! I for one am super excited to see the Hunchback of Notre Dame featured in these stills, it really makes me curious for the rest of the story. Hopefully you are too so stay tuned! ♥
Kingdom Hearts 3 Sora on 22 Sep 2011
Not much was posted about Dragon Quest X on this blog. I’m not even sure if you guys know it is the real deal. Dragon Quest X is a MMORPG game being made exclusively for the Wii and Wii U. Wii U players will share servers with Wii players so getting either version will allow you to play with the same people. As most MMORPGs do, this game comes with monthly fee. Fortunately, you can play offline singleplayer by yourself.
Kingdom Hearts 3 Sora on 22 Sep 2011
Woah! There is a lot of news being released today with the latest Famitsu issue. I found out that there was even more information we missed. These details you’re about to hear should make you excited.
About the story
Nomura drew the illustration featured at the TGS booth in a hurry. He drew the Dream Eaters that would be your companions.
Nomura drew the new outfits according to how the Osaka team wished. They’re like their older outfits with minor changes.
They are versions between KH1 and KH2, which become the outfits for this title.
Riku’s hair grew during the time he was away to show the passage of time, now his hair is cut immediately after that.
The “World Submerged in Sleep” is a complex story, but there were worlds other than those that Sora restored in KH1, some that were not submerged in darkness. Like the worlds of the princesses and Dumbo’s, etc. In the end of KH1 it was established that some of those worlds were restored, but not all of them. Those that were neither in light nor in darkness, but those that were submerged in sleep.
Since those worlds are essential asleep, the dreams of those worlds become the setting.
Sora and Riku will travel to those worlds to awaken them from their sleep.
When a world is awoken from it’s sleep, it will be restored to it’s original form.
This title involves taking an exam in order to qualify for the Mark of Mastery, so it’ll also be concerned with events that took place in BBS.
All the Disney worlds appearing will be new, and there will be new areas in existing worlds.
Temporarily taking on their KH1 forms, they’ll enter into the worlds of sleep . Additionally, Yen Sid says that in order to become a Master, the self taught way that they use the Keyblade will be reset and that it is necessary they learn how to use the Keyblade appropriately from the beginning. When they request to take the exam, Sora says he doesn’t need it, but since Riku has been overwhelmed by darkness before he doesn’t have the self-confidence. Also, Sora and Riku will be taking it together.
The opening of this title will be in Xehanort’s point of view. Additionally, there will be a surprise unlike anything seen before in the last scene.
About Dream Eaters
The Dream Eaters do not approach anyone and consume dreams in the World of Sleep where there are no Heartless. If Sora/Riku don’t use the power of the Dream Eaters, they can’t go to the other worlds.
Their abilities too are related to the Dream Eaters.
The Dream Eaters were designed not to be traditionally cute, but to have charm that couldn’t be disliked. Wonder Cat was drawn to share that idea.
The mark of the Dream Eaters started with a heart as the base and the image of tremors. Nightmares have that sort of bad feeling.
The mark above your own Dream Eaters shows your ownership, it’s also displayed on the map. The boss fights are elaborated in a different direction, where you’ll have to use the map’s characteristics to your advantage. For instance, the floor will break out from under you and the field area will expand. Using the map, you’ll be able to identify your location quickly in that sort of situation.
The color scheme is new this time; it’s more pastel unlike what we’ve done before. However, you’ll be able to change the colors of your companion Dream Eaters.
The leveling up of the Dream Eaters is directly related to the growth of Sora and Riku. So far we’ve only seen 2 at a time in battle, but if you give it your all you’ll be able collect all the types.
Nomura isn’t quite sure off the top of his head, but there are dozens of Dream Eater types.
Neku’s appearance in Traverse Town was by special means that have to do with his reason for being there. He’ll show up in District 1, etc.
Beginning in Traverse Town as usual you’ll meet your party member, but since I wanted to put in a fresh character, we put in Neku from The World Ends With You.
This time Traverse Town is constructed around the reason that Neku and co. have come. He has been separated from his original partner Shiki.
We’ll go into more detail about Shiki and the others in a follow up report.
Concerning a sequel to The World Ends With You, there may be something going on.
Abilities and 3D Vision
The Reality Shift ability in Traverse Town has Sora sink to the bottom screen where he can aim at the enemies. It’s different in each world, and Riku’s ability is different too. In Riku’s Reality Shift you can touch the bottom screen to connect enemies and objects in a line creating chain that Riku will attack following along on the upper screen.
The way Sora and Riku interact with their companion Dream Eaters is different. Sora can ride atop the Dream Eaters and be thrown off, while they serve as power ups to Riku.
Like shown in the TGS demo, Sora can have two companions at the same time and use them both to do the Dual Link ability where the two Dream Eaters combine into one big Wonder Cat. Filling up the gauge, you’ll be able to use the Reality Shift and Dual Link abilities successively.
Since the concept of the game was bold action, this title really makes use of the Free Flow Action ability. Though you have a lot of battle options, with this alone you can do many actions like spinning around and jump kicking depending on the terrain.
Since it’s hard to watch even in 2D because the movements are so intense, in 3D your eyes may become tired after playing for a long time. There is depth in the 3D vision, when Sora jumps out of the screen, it’s almost becomes a burden to one’s eyes. I think it’s probably best to use the 3D vision during cutscenes.
There will be multiplayer functions, we’ll explain more in a follow up report.
There are two types of Dream Eaters, your enemies called “Nightmares” and those that fight alongside you as companions called “Spirits”.
Spirit: Koumori Bat
It is a furry bat like Spirit. It is the first Spirit that Riku has.
Spirit: Wonder Cat
Though it’s hard to see what part of it is cat like, it’s a plump animal with a blue back and a white belly. It’s the first Spirit that Sora has.
Nightmare: Kuma Panda
It’s a panda with bear like claws that wears a short cloak and a slightly atrocious glare.
Nightmare: Torpedo Fish
This fish flies midair. Overall it’s about as long as Sora?
Nightmare: Wonder Cat
The Nightmare version, it’s slightly more sinister with red eyes and body and it’s black back.
Looking at the screenshots, it seems that Nightmare and Spirit versions of each.
When you fill up the pink gauge, you can consume the earned points to do techniques with the Spirits and your companions.They utilize both the buttons and the touch screen. You can utilize both your Dream Eaters at the same time. For instance, Sora can ride atop Wonder Cat and attack while jumping around, and then do a technique where you can manipulate enemies like the Kuma Panda and fling it away.
Riku’s interactions with the Dream Eaters are more direct; they instead attack with the Keyblade as one.
Free Flow Action
When you face a wall or pole and press the Y button, various actions occur, during which if you press the A button you can do the strong Free Flow Attack ability. You can also do the high jump and sky slide actions from this. The Kick Dive ability is one the Free Flow Action that lets you kick off a wall, where if you face toward the ground after doing so you can unleash a strong attack. The Turn Cutter ability lets Sora hang off a pole with the Keyblade and spin, mowing down nearby enemies.
When a special marker appears over enemies heads during battle and you press the A and X buttons simultaneously you can do this ability. Sora/Riku disappear from the screen, and on the bottom screen special operations can be done. Sora dives under and gathers force up to dive out at the enemies. While you are operating the bottom screen, the battle temporarily pauses.
It looks like there will be multiplayer support in the future. It could be similar to 358/2 Days where you actually go on missions together or it could end up being like Birth by Sleep. Which had you play minigames and arena battles together. I’m also wondering what this new Xehanort “surprise unlike anything seen.” I’m also glad we’ll get new areas to already existing worlds along with totally new Disney Worlds.
Edit: I seem to have found a bigger list of the details discussed.
Kingdom Hearts 3 Roxanne on 22 Sep 2011
Hey everyone! I know your eyes are hungry for more images of KH3D and since I can’t bear to disappoint you here’s the latest scans featured in Famitsu! Please click on the images to enlarge:
Our friends over at KHI have a translation from the adjacent article that helps explains these images and why they’re so significant:
Traverse TownTwo new areas are introduced, “District 4” and “District 5”. In the lit up streets of this place the “Reaper’s Game” is taking place.
Character: Neku Sakuraba
A 15 year old boy who grew up in Shibuya, Tokyo first introduced in The World Ends With You. He is accompanied by a cat type spirit called “Neko Cat” whose tail is like a music note. He has strayed from his partner and for the sake of winning the Game, Neku says that having a partner is necessary. Sora helps him out by partnering with Neku, though he doesn’t really understand the Game.
In addition, according to information found in Famitsu KH3D is 60-70% completed. That’s right folks they’re nearly there! Please stay tuned for the latest and greatest in KH news! Feel free to also join our forums for further discussion. ♥
Sources: Famitsu, KH-Insider
Kingdom Hearts 3 Sora on 21 Sep 2011
Nomura has recently had an interview published in the Japanese magazine Famitsu concerning Kingdom Hearts 3D. This interview spills even more info. Here is some tidbits ripped straight from 1Up.
- The story is set around what the preview coverage calls ‘worlds enclosed by sleep,’ populated by creatures called Dream Eaters. “It’s a bit complex,” Nomura said, “but basically there are worlds that fell into darkness besides the ones Sora returned to normal in the first Kingdom Hearts — some of the princesses’ worlds, Dumbo’s world, and so on. The original story had all these worlds get fixed up in KH1′s ending, but not all of them completely returned to normal, instead lying in stasis between light and dark. Since the worlds themselves are asleep, the game is set in the dreams these worlds are having. It’s Sora and Riku’s job to wake these worlds up, return them to normal, and gain their Keyblade Master certification.”
- The playable demo featured Sora back in his KH1 outfit. “That’s because he is entering the dreams of these sleeping worlds,” Nomura explained. “It also has to do with the fact that Master Yen Sid told him that he needed to completely re-learn how to use his Keyblade, to go away from the self-taught approach he had been using. Sora doesn’t think that’s necessary, but Riku, his confidence low due to having been taken in by the darkness before, agrees to it. Thus Sora comes along with him on this quest.”
- The Dream Eaters here serve as both KH3D’s minion-level monsters and as helpful companions. “Since there are no Heartless, the Dream Eaters consume dreams in these sleeping worlds instead,” Nomura said. “Sora has to use them in order to travel between worlds, and they relate to his abilities as well — raising them directly connects to Sora and Riku’s improving as fighters. You can bring only two into a battle, but try hard enough and you can collect them all if you like. I can’t say exactly how many there are, but they will number in the tens.”
- Traverse Town, the traditional hubworld of Kingdom Hearts, makes an appearance in this game — and this time it’s being visited by Neku and other characters from Nomura’s DS game The World Ends With You. “When you first enter Traverse Town you have the same basic member set,” Nomura noted. “We wanted to get some fresh characters in there, so that is where Neku and the others come in. Neku has been separated from Shiki, his usual companion; we’ll have more to say about her and the other characters later.”
- Should this cameo from Neku and gang indicate to gamers that the World Ends series isn’t as dead as most thought? “This might be a harbinger of something else,” Nomura cryptically stated. “We are doing something.”
Does this point out that a Dumbo world will be on the worlds Sora has to wake up? Nomura also says he is doing something with TWEWY, sequel on 3DS perhaps?