E3 2015: Square Enix to Bring Kingdom Hearts, Lara Croft, More to Mobile

By Brandy Shaul Comment

Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key

At its E3 2015 press conference, Square Enix announced a number of new projects for mobile devices.

For one, Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts: Unchained χ (read as “Unchained Key”) for a North American release on iOS and Android, following the game’s announcement for release in Japan. In Unchained χ, players will experience a storyline which connects to Kingdom Hearts III, and will become a Keyblade Master of their own design, interacting with Disney characters as they defeat the Heartless in turn-based battles.

From the game’s early trailer, it appears the game will continue the franchise’s tradition of exploring famous Disney properties, including the worlds of Hercules, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland and Snow White. Players will collect and use items to customize the attacks of their Keyblades, and will be able to partner with other players in guilds to defeat bosses. Another major element is the game’s outfit system, which will allow players to dress their hero in costumes based on seasonal events or Disney characters.

Kingdom Hearts: Unchained χ will be free-to-play with available in-app purchases. No specific release date was revealed.

Next, Square Enix Montreal is developing Lara Croft GO, a turn-based puzzle title in keeping with the previously released Hitman GO. In a statement, head of studio at Square Enix Montreal, Patrick Naud, said where Hitman GO provided the “essence of assassination,” Lara Croft GO will offer the “essence of adventure.”

In the game, players will explore the ruins of an ancient civilization, working to uncover the secrets associated with the myth of the Queen of Venom. Lara Croft GO is currently in development for release on smartphone and tablet in 2015.

For Final Fantasy fans, the PC version of Final Fantasy VII was announced for an iOS release this summer.

In addition, the Final Fantasy Portal App was announced for iOS and Android. The app is described as a “comprehensive source” for information about the Final Fantasy series, including games, music, merchandise and events. The free app (which will offer in-app purchases) will include games to play, like Triple Triad, the popular card game from Final Fantasy VIII.

If players login with their Square Enix ID, they’ll accumulate points for logging in and viewing news and videos. These points can be exchanged for in-game items and digital prizes, including wallpapers.

Final Fantasy Portal App

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