Final Fantasy XIV’s Ruiko Fukazawa Seemingly Wrote Some of Kingdom Hearts Missing–Link Before Tetsuya Nomura Took Over

Final Fantasy XIV’s Ruiko Fukazawa Seemingly Wrote Some of Kingdom Hearts Missing–Link Before Tetsuya Nomura Took Over

A special event was recently held for the upcoming mobile game Kingdom Hearts Missing–Link for beta testers, where select Square Enix staff, including Tetsuya Nomura and Ichiro Hazama, discussed the upcoming title.

Reliable Kingdom Hearts community members have shared several questions and responses from the meeting, with the vast majority, if not all, compiled via the Japanese website FF-Reunion. Of course, due to all of this being unofficially chronicled, you should apply some grains of salt.

Our team’s Ryuji translated the following line:

“Missing-Link was written by [Ruiko] Fukazawa in the beginning, but Nomura took over the writing process midway.”

For those unaware, Fukazawa is credited as a co-writer for the Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward expansion. Their involvement in Kingdom Hearts Missing–Link was confirmed in a Famitsu interview from Spring last year. They are also credited for the base game of Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to conclude just how much Fukazawa wrote before Nomura took over, so one can only speculate. The “midway” wording used above does not imply half was written before Nomura took on the role, so just keep that in mind.

We’ll continue to keep you all updated on the development and eventual release of Kingdom Hearts Missing–Link.

Check out our coverage of more questions and responses from this beta test.

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Kingdom Hearts Missing–Link is set after the events of Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] but before the events of Kingdom Hearts Dark Road. It was announced alongside Kingdom Hearts IV. The story is seemingly set to follow the original player character from the Chi titles on a mission after the tragedy of Daybreak Town to ultimately script the events of Dark Road.

The game will play out similarly to Pokémon Go, with particular functionality also allowing players to enjoy the game in a stationary fashion.

Players explore a map linked to the real world and become stronger through battles and by collecting items called Pieces. By carrying your smartphone, it will be connected to the in-game player’s movement, with battles and pieces that can be automatically collected.

You can also access anywhere in the world without having to move and enjoy the game both on the go and at home. Furthermore, players can also enjoy multiplayer raid battles for up to six players and challenge powerful bosses.

Kingdom Hearts Missing–Link will launch for mobile devices via iOS and Android in 2024.

Kingdom Hearts IV will launch at an unknown time.

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