Not KHI Site Staff
- Feb 19, 2008
The last two pages of Series Director Tetsuya Nomura's interview with Famitsu revealed a few new details about the connection between Kingdom Hearts 3 and Unchained X.
– Concerning the story, with KHχ that precedes it, the scenario in KH Unchained χ will be easier to catch up?
Nomura: Yes, it’s because I think proceeding through KHχ’s story is time consuming to catch up.
– So we will be enjoying the story in how KH Unchained χ relates to KHIII.
Nomura: That’s right. Leading to KHIII, it’s the most ancient story in the series, and Sora and gang wouldn’t be in these worlds… it will take a look on what has happened a long time ago. New keywords will appear for KHIII if you play KH χ or KH Unchained χ, it will make you think “oh?”. In addition, we thought about gimmicks that would be “good to play”.
- In relations to the keywords, there is likely a whole bunch of them that ties in KHIII.
Nomura: When explained, it becomes possible to talk about the story of KHIII (laughs). However, I will say it’s a story that wouldn’t really hurt to know. KHχ is just a fancier way to experience what is in KH Unchained χ…
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- Again? Earlier you told us about “going back between the two worlds” and how are KHχ and KH Unchained χ different?
Nomura: I guess so (laughs). Soon, there will be a hint for the next story scheduled for KHχ. Because I am able to enhance the execution of the story in KHχ, it will be possible to look forward to future story progressions. It should be noted that in the story of KH Unchained χ, which will be essentially the same as KHχ, there are tricks to enjoying both of these two works.
- For the future of the story, would you be able to tell us a little more?
Nomura: The scenario heads towards depicting the beginning of the 'Keyblade War' that occurred. However, as there are Keyblade Wielders in the World later on, they must not all have been destroyed in the Keyblade War. That is the basis of this story.
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- Since it has been stated there would be a Keyblade War, it would have scenarios dedicated to it?
Nomura: The outline is. KH χ and KH Unchained χ tell the story of how everything began. Why was Xehanort so obsessed with Kingdom Hearts? You should be able to glimpse the reason for that during these two titles.
- That is an eventful (laughs). In addition, I think there is progression between the Book of Prophecies and the foretellers.
Nomura: The Foretellers are the equivalent to those known as Keyblade Masters in the future of this universe, and from hereon out they will start to make their own individual moves. Also, thanks to a character named Ephemera who appeared in the new scenario in KH χ, players should have some doubts about the Foretellers and the Unions. From there we will chase the mysteries of the Foretellers and the Book of Prophecies, and draw closer to the Keyblade War. However, players are trying to avoid war breaking out, so please keep an eye on what happens with that.
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- So this means, I have no choice but to play to prepare for KHIII!
Nomura: If you do know, then you will enjoy the world of KH all the more, make no mistake. However, you don't have to know everything. The protagonist himself, Sora, doesn't know everything. That said, I'd be happiest if you did play it (laughs). If you do give it a try, I think you'll be surprised at what a rich experience you get for free.
Furthermore, another details has emerged from Famitsu, that in regards to the worlds in KH Unchained X;
Additional Information: The Book of Prophecies talks about the triumph of darkness.
Five foretellers were given a passage that says, “The light has been extinguished by the war of this land. The world is covered in eternal darkness.” It describes that the victory of darkness has been determined. In order to prevent it, many Keyblade wielders were made to collect the light.
Additional Information: Hidden power of the Book of Prophecies
In the series, it is possible to reproduce the future of the world by the Book of Prophecies. It is told to obtain people and power from the future. In KHχ, Ephemera discussed that the Book of Prophecies caused faraway worlds to be reproduced within the vicinity. This explains the emergence of Disney characters whose presence came from the future.
Keep in mind that in Re:coded, it was revealed that Maleficent knew about the Book of Prophecies and thus her story arc in Kingdom Hearts 3 will likely be about finding the book, which makes this information all the more interesting in how future updates will tie in with Kingdom Hearts 3!.