Xehanort’s Story Is The "Dark Seeker Chapter" And More Kingdom Hearts Tidbits

By Spencer . October 10, 2012 . 10:20am

imageTetsuya Nomura spent most of the interview talking about Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix. The game is slated for release next year while Final Fantasy X HD, which was announced in 2011 doesn’t have a release date.


Why? Nomura explained that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix was decided on before Final Fantasy X HD. Nomura talked to the Osaka team (they did Birth By Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 3DS) about making something that utilizes the power of the PS3. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix had some development setbacks. For close to a year, only two programmers from the Osaka team were working on the project. The programmer in charge of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix has not been with the Kingdom Hearts team in the past. While the Kingdom Hearts staff in the Tokyo team has changed over the years, the Osaka team has been basically the same.


Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days was originally supposed to be a remade game, but new work took precedence. Nomura explained that the movie for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days will cover 70% of the story. There will be supplemental text for the Disney Worlds. Altogether, this will be between two to three hours long. There will be new voice acting and you can select the Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days movie when you start the game.


While other Kingdom Hearts games had a secret movie as a teaser for the next title, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix will not have one. Development work is in the final stage and Nomura is considering how to include trophies in the game. Nomura also said aside from the trophies there aren’t major additions. The team made Kingdom Hearts easier to play with a camera based on Kingdom Hearts II and assigning the triangle button for special actions.


Nomura reiterated that it’s difficult to follow the Kingdom Hearts series because the games were spread out on multiple consoles. For the series’ 10th anniversary, he wants new users to be able to get into Kingdom Hearts. Nomura also said, more specifically, that it would be "unusual if there wasn’t a [Kingdom Hearts] 2.5."


The Kingdom Hearts saga has been focused on Xehanort so far and this chapter has an official name – the Dark Seeker chapter.

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  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    “Nomura reiterated that it’s difficult to follow the Kingdom Hearts series because the games were spread out on multiple consoles.”

    Well, it seems Nomura does understand there why many KH fans complain about the game there.^_^ But this is kinda sad for those KH player who don’t have PS3 there as they are not going to be able to enjoy this game.T_T

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      Not really. Because this way, if you want to follow the series, it’ll all be in one place. Get that system and you’ll be able to follow it. Pretty simple, actually.

  • I never played Kingdom Hearts before and didn’t for every other title but this new release will not have continuity lockout so I’ll jump in but I’m worried how this Dark Seeker chapter means MORE sequels after III which won’t be ’til after Versus XIII and THAT game is already taken forever.

    I’ll probably be in my 70’s ’til the Kingdom Hearts storyline comes to a satisfying conclusion.

    • KHSoraKeyBlade

      Kingdom Hearts III will be the end of the Xehanort Saga and after that a new one will begin with more likely a new antagonist.

      ….Nobody in the universe could tell you who or how it will be though.

      I personally don’t see how the series can continue after KH3, especially seeing as they are keeping Sora as the main character.

      The Dark Seeker chapter is just a reference to Ansem Seeker of Darkness who is the main antagonist in Kingdom Hearts 1 and in Riku’s story of Chain of Memories.

      • New protagonist? I thought it’ll be just a new villain for Sora to fight or am I missing something?

        • KHSoraKeyBlade

           Oopsy daisy I meant antagonist, derp.

  • Paradox me

    …while Final Fantasy X HD, which was announced in 2011 doesn’t have a release date.

    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix was decided on before Final Fantasy X HD.

    For close to a year, only two programmers from the Osaka team were working on the project.

    I do wish they would focus on completing projects before they go off and start others. It seems like for every one game they release, two more are announced in its place. They talk about the growing need to outsource, yet they just keep announcing things. 

    Heck, you started Kingdom Hearts HD, couldn’t dedicate more than two programmers to the project and then decided that Final Fantasy X HD was not only a thing, but that it should be announced?

    And speaking of outsourcing, why is Final Fantasy X being handled internally? Ship it off to Bluepoint and focus on something else (Versus?).

    What is going through management’s heads?

    • Göran Isacson

      Drugs, I’d imagine. Tons and tons of high-class and very expensive drugs. That’s what happens when your top dog starts getting inspiration from the fashion world- sooner or later you rub shoulders with people from that world and develop their bad habits :)

  • SirRichard

    See, “chapter” and giving it a specific name as opposed to the more general “Kingdom Hearts Saga” implies that they’re intent on ending this story soon and starting another one, and that idea is pretty interesting. Maybe the next decade of games will focus on the next chapter of light hearts and dark darkness?

    Still, though, definitely willing to give this a shot. I preferred 2’s general gameplay style to the first’s, so this port taking cues from it definitely has my interest. Hopefully they make it fit.

    • I believe in one of the many Kingdom Hearts Ultimanias, Nomura was interviewd regarding the future of Sora etc. That was when Tetsuya officially revealed the Xeonhart Chapter. Even going as far to say part 3 would end the events with Xeonhart. He also said that this would end the journey of Sora. And that a new character would come into the KH universe for the next chapter.

      • Anime10121

         You’re right about 3 ending the Xehanort saga, but he never said that it would be the end of Sora’s journey.  In fact, he said the exact opposite, that Kingdom Hearts is Sora’s story and that the main line of games would indeed continue with Sora as the main character.

        • Which sucks because Aqua > Sora.

          • Anime10121

             I like Aqua too, but I still wouldnt put her in front of Sora, though her fighting style does ape Sora’s:P


            Sora could not beat Master Aqua. Hell, he fell into the same trap as Terra and Ventus; if not for Riku saving his butt, he would still be trapped in darkness. She’s on an entirely different power level. I mean, she defeated Terra twice (!) and Ventus. She beat basically everyone in her game. 

          • Anime10121

             And I’m not disputing that, as I said Aqua’s fighting style is MUCH better than Sora’s, all I’m saying is that I like Sora more as a character, and thats more than likely because he “is” the main character who we’ve spent the most time with.

          • :| To ape something is to imitate it, most often in an inferior way. I’m pretty sure that’s not what you meant in your first comment. 

            Sora has no character arc. Of everyone in the series, he’s by far the most static. Riku went from villain to dark hero and Kairi went from passive to *much* more aggressive. Even Mickey when from Darkness is evil to Darkness is okay. Personally, I liked Roxas in the first 40 minutes of KH2 more than I liked Sora over the course of (at the time) three games. I would love for SE to take a risky move and make a female protag for KH gen 2. They did it with FF already with XIII and *SPOILERS* Aqua was really the protagonist of BBS.*SPOILER END* I need more girl love. 

          • Anime10121

             Oh my bad, I dont know how I always figured it meant it was much better, well learn something new every day I guess, so thanks for that :P

            I guess the reason I like Sora so much is “because” he has no development.  He’s just a happy go lucky (and REALLY lucky at that, as he shouldnt have a keyblade to begin with) kid who just wants to be with his friends.  Hes a goofy loveable idiot :P

            Never got the love for Roxas though, to me he’s the same as Sora cliche wise, except he got the short end of the stick being the amnesiac in II and in Days, he was almost the “AC version of Cloud” of the Kingdom Hearts series.  He’s an okay character, but I much more prefer Sora and Ven to Roxas.


            And it looks like Kairi may be set to take that female protag slot in KHIII, which I’m TOTALLY fine with :)  Like I said I loved playing as Aqua in BBS and I hope to God that we get to use Kairi in 3, and maybe even in future sequels/arcs!

          • If she pushes Sora off the gummi ship and become the MC, I’m 10000000% okay with that.

            KHBBS and KH3D are basically low res demos for KHIII. 3D for how to convey all that backstory and BBS for how to handle multiple protagonists. I wouldn’t be surprised if Keyblade upgrades from re:coded and the command board from 358/2 made it in too. I mean, with KHFM they were already refining the combat engine into that which was used in KHII, and the KHFMII engine isn’t that far from the one for KHBBS and KH3D. 

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    “The game is slated for release next year whileFinal Fantasy X HD, which was announced in 2011 doesn’t have a release date. Why? Nomura explained that Kingdom HeartsHD 1.5 Remix was decided on before Final Fantasy X HD.”
    And Versus was decided about three years before XIII-2… 

    • Nitraion

      Nomura’s habit revealed….

  • DesmaX

    Hm, I wonder if they are going to put trophies on “358/2 Days” movie…

    • Ben Sylvia

      Watch the entire movie without pausing or touching the controller.
      Unlock voided if you leave the room or stop watching.

      They know.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      I doubt it unless they do the opposite of most HD collections and have one big trophy list for all the games. Then there will probably be one for watching the movie, like there was in the Yakuza games for checking out what happened in the previous games. But if they do what most collections do and have a trophy list for Kingdom Hearts and then one for CoM, then there probably will not be any for 358/2.

  • Göran Isacson

    So far what I’ve read about the additions pleases me as it seems they’ve really just polished the game, not altered it fundamentally. Sure, in my heart of hearts I dreamed that a HD-remastering would include, say, quick-command menues for Donald and Goofy that would let me control them in greater detail and make them more useful as allies, but a programming that was most likely beyond the… two people who worked on this game.

    Seriously, do they mean that just TWO people did the work here? That is some mighty hard workers they’ve got over there, if that’s the case.

  • So Kingdom Hearts is now more relevant to Square than Final Fantasy.

    I am so okay with this.

  • Nitraion

    “Nomura reiterated that it’s difficult to follow the Kingdom Hearts series because the games were spread out on multiple consoles. For the series’ 10th anniversary, he wants new users to be able to get into Kingdom Hearts.”So he admit it huh…. 
    I play KH I ,II & RE chain memories because i have ps2, BBS i borrow my friend psp lol
    that’s way i never hung up to the stories…

  • Masengan

    All I can say is that I can’t wait.

  • Hinataharem

    Keep giving me more reasons to give you my money Nomura. One more time. I dare you.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    After this “Dark Seeker Chapter” is over I expect to see the return of the chainsaws (which I’m now going to make up as the sworn rivals of the keyblade wielders)

  • Anone

    can’t wait to get this game. I only played KH BBS so far. Been missing out on all the big fuss so far. Shame on me as gamer for more than 20 years >.<

  • Sau Liang Muk

    Nomura keep giving us cannon fodder of the franchise and it’s been about 10 years already since the first KH came out. And now THIS !?

    Sad to say… it’s time i gave up completely… Im getting old X__x

  • Nikola Stanojevic

    No xbox 360 ? I feel sad for selling my ps3 =(

  • this is why I like you Nomura ,then you are saying that there will be a “2.5”!!

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