lionsbarrage on 13 Jan 2009 10:31 am
“The Keyblade is said to hold phenomenal power. One legend says its wielder saved the world, while another says that he wrought chaos and ruin upon it.”
These words were among one of the first that we saw, when we first gazed our eyes upon the secret trailer at the end of Kingdom Hearts 2. We witnessed three knights whom none of us recognized pick up 3 familiar keyblades, yet no one could really make a decent connection. We then were given a second trailer, which showed a lot more, including a boy who looked exactly like Roxas get frozen and fall of a mountain side.
Birth by Sleep tells the tale before the first Kingdom Hearts, and before Sora ever picked up a keyblade. We are taken back 10 years into the past where 3 knights, (who go by the names of Terra, Aqua, and Ven) go on separate journeys to find and stop an evil man who surprisingly is named Master Xehanort. What they encounter turns out to be much deeper than any of them could have expected and sets the stage for future events involving not only Kingdom Hearts, but also many of the characters we have grown to know and love. One character we know that gets himself involved, that character being King Mickey who by the looks of it, doesn’t have his king status yet and is still training and struggling to wield a keyblade.
This game will feature the option of being able to play 3 different characters. Those Being Terra, Aqua, or Ven. Each has their own unique journey in Birth by Sleep and by playing all three scenarios the player will be able to fully understand the story of the game and how it connects to the Kingdom Hearts games out now. Tetsuya Nomura has stated that the game play although similar to KH: Chain of Memories, this game will not feature cards, but instead uses a new battle system unique to the Kingdom Hearts series. As also mentioned by Nomura, Birth by Sleep will utilize the PSP system to its max with the way the graphics and game play is and that perhaps out of all 3 new Kingdom Hearts games coming out this will probably be the biggest. This game also features a new type of leveling system best described as a growth or growing system. Enemies in this game will not be the heartless and nobodies we are used to, since at this point in time they do not exist. So instead we are introduced to a new enemy that existed around the time of Birth by Sleep called the Unbirths, which tend to move really fast.
There have been discussions whether or not a co-op mode would be put in this game, and there is still no support either way, but its highly theorized that based on 3 different scenarios it might not take place.
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep is anticipated to come out sometime during the year of 2009 in Japan, however the date is still to be determined and could be changed. However more and more information will still come forth for us to look into, and just like the old saying, “The past paves the way for the future.”
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