By Brodie Dayton-Mills / February 20th, 2013
The Kingdom Hearts series always manages to both tantalize and infuriate fans at the same time. It’s not uncommon for there to be several new titles in development simultaneously, yet Square Enix insists on drip-feeding us information, sometimes with long news-droughts. Well consider out thirsts quenched today, as a “Message from the Kingdom” on Sqaure Enix’s official site revealed a load of new information about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts game for PC browsers.
First off, we know that the game’s official title will be Kingdom Hearts χ. For the uninitiated χ, or chi, is a Greek letter that has played a minor role in the last few games in the series and, without getting into some pretty spoiler-y material, makes some sense as this game comes before all other games in the Kingdom Hearts chronology. Kingdom Hearts χ will allow players to create a custom chibi avatar, much like the ones in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, and battle through many familiar worlds while slaying heartless with their friends, all within their internet browser. We now know that players will progress by consuming some kind of energy that recharges over time. Impatient keyblade wielders will be able to replenish this energy more quickly by using potions and elixirs that can be found in-game or purchased for real-world money. This model should be familiar to anyone who plays social games on Facebook or other social networks.
The final bit of news today was the reveal that players who buy the first-print edition of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix or order it from the Square Enix e-Store, will receive cards with codes allowing them to summon series heroes Sora and Riku to aid them in Kingdom Hearts χ. These characters also come with in-game munny and restorative potions to give the player a leg up on the forces of darkness.
Kingdom Hearts χ will be released for PC browser later this year.
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