December 30th, 2009
Are you all having fun with FFXIII?
I'm Nomura, and this is my second time appearing here.
They suddenly told me that I had to write a blog entry after they've put up the new trailer. But I was late with it again.
So what did you think of the new trailer?
There is quite a lot of stuff we packed into it. We even included some scenes from a secret event.
This time we thought we shouldn't put too many of the best scenes in the game in the trailer, since that would give away too much. So instead we took a little bit from a secret scene instead, as a last resort. I hope you'll watch all of the main scenes of the game for yourself.
Also, I feel that this time we've created quite a good game.
How you've arranged your Deck Commands will play a big part in how you get through battles. So collected a lot of Commands, and try out which ones work best.
For me, the first time I had trouble was in Olympus Colosseum.
In the tournament you have to fight a series of battles under a time limit.
There is an Unversed called "Buckle Bruiser" that, well... keeps repelling your attacks.
It's even more irritating than the "Large Body" Heartless....
Once the time limit was up, I switched around my Deck Commands and tried again.
So everyone, please watch out for the "Buckle Bruiser".
Also, watch out for the timing on your Shoot Locks. You'll need it.
One special feature in this game is the "Command Board".
It's different from the rest of the game, and will give you a nice break.
I'm really happy we put it in.
Even if you don't win, you don't have to reset. You can upgrade your Commands and play as many times as you want. So you can just take it easy and have fun with it.
We've put a lot of different elements into this game, and I really feel that we've made an interesting one. We only have a little longer before it releases.
So you better invite your friends while you can, since you can play on adhoc.
I'll see you again next time, when they make me write another entry on release day.
I hope you have a good New Years.
October 28, 2009
A blog? How modern. Or, no... I guess it's a little late for that. Nevermind. I'm the director Nomura.
The staff asked us to write our first entry, but I was just too busy. But it was around TGS that Yasue was going to update, so I put a stop to it. I'm very sorry.
Between then and now we've already announced the release date. Now all we have to do is finish it. But we still have tons of things to do, and we're in the middle of running around trying to get everything finished. Right now on my desktop I have 5 files containing work for Birth by Sleep, 4 for Coded, and 7 for other titles.
They're listed in order of precedence, and now as I'm writing this the time for these files has finally come.
Of course there are not only written documents, but pictures I have been needing to draw have been waiting for me to get around to it. Right now the most important being the package art for Birth by Sleep.
Today I have to go to edit the Staff Roll. Since there are three main characters in Birth by Sleep, we also have different Staff Rolls for each one. We already have experience making two for Chain of Memories, but this time it's a little bit different and we have a little bit of a trick with each, so it's quite difficult.
In the Kingdom Hearts series when we put the music into the Staff Roll, we aren't just lining up the music second by second, but frame by frame. So we're working hard to find a good way to time it.
We also still have the Opening Movie, the Secret Movie, the CM and the PV to edit. But that will be on a later day. Next week we will be working on the CM for FFXIII.
So we're working quite hard now, and I have to get going. I have to get to the editing studio. When I have another opportunity I will write again soon. Thank you.
October 15, 2009
Today Kingdom Hearts coded Episode 5 "Agrabah" has been released on mobile phones.
In Agrabah, the world from the movie "Aladdin", you will get to meet up with many familiar faces like Aladdin and Genie. You will get to battle the Tiger Head, and have to get through the Cave of Wonders' many traps and mechanisms. We are getting closer to the heart of the story, but it's not to late to start playing now!
In Avatar Kingdom the town has been painted in the colors of Halloween! There will be many new Halloween-styled doll and room items for you to play around and customize yourself with, so please have fun with them! Also check out the popular and cute "Friendolls".
September 27, 2009
Today Tokyo Game Show 2009 has finished up.
Thank you to everyone who came by the Square-Enix booth!
There were a lot of people who came by on the days the show was open to the public.
Also, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep was chosen for the "Future Games of Japan 2009" prize for unreleased titles by regular and committee voters!
Thank you to those who voted for us! It's made all of us very encouraged.
Next time we'll have a message from one of the staff, so please come back and see us then!
September 25, 2009
It's been decided that Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep will be released in January of 2010!
At the Tokyo Game Show we have a a demo booth and a new trailer showing. This time you can play a demo as Aqua! There is also a new "Arena Mode" which you can play with three other people!
September 25, 2009
During the Tokyo Game Show (9/24 ~ 9/27) at the Kingdom Hearts coded booth you can download two special wallpapers for your cellphone!
One is of Sora and King Mickey from KH coded, and the other is a design of Halloween Town from Avatar Kingdom.
There is also a KH coded and KH Mobile video showing at the booth, so please come and check it out!
September 17, 2009
Today we've released episode 4 of Kingdom Hearts coded!
Sora has arrived at Olympus Coloseum, and ends up chasing after the Hero Hercules. Hercules has gone in search of the source of the trouble happening in the Coloseum. Unfortunately, the Coloseum has become a maze...
In Avatar Kingdom, everything has been changed to the colors of fall.
And now there is a new item called the "Friendoll".
The Friendoll is a friend item that will go whevever your avatar goes. You can get everything from Mogs to Heartless to Nobodys. Get yourself a Friendoll to stay ahead of the trends!
September 15, 2009
A new update has been added to our Kingdom Hearts Mobile site.
Have you seen the new rhythm game "KH Rhythm Parade"?
The Avatar you've made will have a parade, fight, and move around in cute ways with other Avatars in time to the music.
We will soon have a Rankings list for the minigame, so please practice before we start that!
There are a lot more things in the minigame, so please look at all of them.
September 4, 2009
Today our special news page for the Kingdom Hearts series "Message from the KINGDOM" will be opening.
This is where we will post the latest news from the Kingdom Hearts series.
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