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White Knight Chronicles: Origins

Following our White Knight Chronicles II Q&A a couple of days ago, we caught up with Hiroaki Iwahara, Main Planner at Matrix Corp, to talk about White Knight Chronicles: Origins on PSP.

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How does White Knight Chronicles: Origins feed into the wider WKC universe?

10,000 years before the original PS3 game takes place, there was a period of strife known as the Dogma Wars. This struggle is between the Yshrenian Empire who are harnessing the power of the Knights in a bid to conquer the world, and the Athwani Mage Kingdom who are trying to stop them. These events would shape history to come in the White Knight Chronicles saga, and White Knight Chronicles: Origins tells the story of the unsung heroes who lived through this period of unrest, only to be forgotten in the annals of time.

Can you tell us how the characters from the White Knight Chronicles universe fit into the game story?

There are some characters from the PS3 games who appear in our PSP title. For example, right at the start of the game your character will meet a young Eldore during the downfall of Xarmgand. The Black Knight Demian is another recurring character who plays a big role in the PS3 games. You’ll also meet the troll Thaumus who’s using guerrilla tactics to try and halt the Yshrenian onslaught. And, of course, the White Knight, the Dragon Knight and the Moon Maiden all make an appearance.

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Can you tell us about the gameplay, specifically how the combat system will work?

In the game your character is a member of a mercenary group called the Mobile Corps. Your base is a train where you will be able to take on quests, choosing a team of soldiers to fight alongside you. The battle system is essentially the same as the PS3 version – you command you character to perform an action from a variety of skills. But we’ve done a lot of tuning with the speed of the battle flow and also tailored the controls to the PSP.

Were you fans of the White Knight Chronicles franchise before working on your game?

Yes, definitely!

Matrix Corp. has worked on quite a few RPGs up to now. In your opinion, what’s special about this one?

It’s got to be the transformation system. It’s really at the heart of the whole game and gives it its character.

We also put a lot of effort into the character creation system to ensure that players can create an avatar that really appeals to them. From a design perspective we’ve tried to keep the feeling of the PS3 version while also throwing in some new ideas.

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What’s your favourite moment in the game?

The Unity Attacks are great fun. You can perform these in single player mode, but they’re much more fun when you pull them off with a group of friends!

Can you give us an insight into your personal playing style in the game?

My personal preference is using a red chroma and my weapon of choice is an axe. My tactic is to max-out my attack power by selecting the right skills and buffing my equipment. You might not always land your blows but when you do it really saps your enemy’s HP!

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STUPID_DAD 25 May, 2011 @ 2:05 pm   1

Whens the store going up!

Will it be released on psn a what price will it be?As we are coming closer and closer to the NGP release i am starting to only but Digital games.

1# They have already said at the end of May so stop asking.

iriihutoR48 25 May, 2011 @ 2:07 pm   4

I just bought a PSP during the PSN downtime (no free games for me but no harm done either) so I’ll definitely be looking out for this one. The PSP still seems to have a lot of life left in it and a great catalog of older games as well.

CLOUD_MOHA 25 May, 2011 @ 2:11 pm   5

ane new for wkc2 ??

    Ross Alexander 25 May, 2011 @ 4:27 pm    

    We had a blog post with a Q&A from the developers yesterday and tomorrow we’ll have a big announcement for both WKC games.

CLOUD_MOHA 25 May, 2011 @ 2:11 pm   6

news

Lucreto 25 May, 2011 @ 2:15 pm   7

If people are interested in the title the game is £12.99 on HMV. It is at least double that price everywhere else.

saumibane 25 May, 2011 @ 2:18 pm   8

Idk i might get it

SurrealNightmare 25 May, 2011 @ 2:26 pm   9

I suppose it’s a bit premature to ask for a release date? :p

Personally looking forward to see the world and history in contrast to the first game, plus the idea of meeting Thaumus and other characters that were either present or mentioned in WKC 1 sounds really exciting as well.

    Ross Alexander 25 May, 2011 @ 4:27 pm    

    Release date announcement is coming VERY soon. See my reply above.

remanutd5 25 May, 2011 @ 2:28 pm   10

is this game coming to the US ? i love WKC and i cant wait to play WKC2 but they havent announced anything on the US blog , i hope it gets a PSN release so i can play it on NGP when i get 1

    Ross Alexander 25 May, 2011 @ 4:29 pm    

    There are no plans for WKC: Origins to be released in the US as of yet. WKC II will however be released in the US and will be published by D3 in the summer.

STUPID_DAD 25 May, 2011 @ 2:31 pm   11

#3…… no i wont,i have 80 bucks in my psn wallet and i cant use it…….its being witheld from me by sony

I could have bought a retail game in a shop for that but sony refuse to refund my money

And this back by end of may……yeah right,how many times were we told just a few more days to get online gaming back up

UNIT-Commanda 25 May, 2011 @ 3:11 pm   12

#11…. what do you want sony to do turn it on when its not secure, or has insufficient games, demo’s & others for you to download. Just stop whining and wait. You moaning is not going to get it on any quicker. Sony, I got your back

STUPID_DAD 25 May, 2011 @ 3:18 pm   13

#12 no i dont want them to turn on when not secure….i want my money thats in my psn wallet back
And i want to unlock online mode on tiger12. And my dlc case for la noire

I want what i paid for!!!

Otaku_BAKA 25 May, 2011 @ 3:43 pm   14

After hearing the release date for WKC2 would come later this week, I thought this was it :x. A release date for this would be nice too ^^.

monoliet 25 May, 2011 @ 3:56 pm   15

psp version , i not like

but wkc2 not out now = not fun
when the oficial data was 27 may

if u set games later
i need 2 change my buying moment 2.

infamous wil go far later , until platinium.

Ahkiva 25 May, 2011 @ 4:14 pm   16

this is more about WKC2, my question wasn’t answered before on previous blog post

I moved from the states but still used a US PSN account to play WKC1(I bought the PAL version of WKC1), I don’t want to lose my character data, and I heard there’d be an online pass in this copy of the game(like in Japan). Will I be able to use the online pass on my US PSN with the PAL version?

Also, will the servers for EU and the US be separate because of the difference in release dates?

Viper7 25 May, 2011 @ 4:29 pm   17

Any WKC2 WKC:origins functionality that we should know about? Like bonus items for Psp or Ps3 version?

    Ross Alexander 25 May, 2011 @ 4:33 pm    

    You’ll be able to import your WKC II avatar into WKC: Origins so you can play as your WKC II avatar in both games.

Ahkiva 25 May, 2011 @ 4:38 pm   18

would stats also carry over to origins along with avatar?

monoliet 25 May, 2011 @ 4:50 pm   19

u gone suport wkc 2
more than 1 st game

longer tyme extra dlc ?

Cotrip 25 May, 2011 @ 5:31 pm   20

Ross, for tomorrow, it will be only the release dates?

Or can we expect some long time unanswered questions – like split servers, details about online pass and if the game will include all the content already released in Japan?

UNIT-Commanda 25 May, 2011 @ 5:43 pm   21

#13…. why would you top up your account with 80 ‘bucks’ anyway?

Slarth 25 May, 2011 @ 5:49 pm   22

Pre-ordered along with WKC2, can’t wait for tommorow :) Hopefully it won’t be to long to go.

Immortal-Wolf- 25 May, 2011 @ 6:10 pm   23

playstation store will be up and running on 31st may as black ops map pack 2 Call of the dead will be in playstation store 3rd june.

monoliet 25 May, 2011 @ 6:36 pm   24

i look 4 information myself

nice work on englisch oppening song !

monoliet 25 May, 2011 @ 6:38 pm   25

4 wkc2

THE BATTLEFIELD FLOWER/ Cindy Alexander = very good

SolidGreg 25 May, 2011 @ 7:40 pm   26

I hope to see an HD RPG from Matrix Corp. and SCEJ.

CassyChan 25 May, 2011 @ 9:14 pm   27

Been looking forward to this :) It would be cool if a PSP Remaster version came out for PS3 like the one recently anounced for Monster Hunter Portable 3rd too.

perrandy 25 May, 2011 @ 9:57 pm   28

well, it looks like might have to import this wether from the store(when is up!)or from some online site that do imports.its a shame that i have to resort to this since scea /snea or whatever is called now,has some bias towards jrpgs.its a shame really that a game that is already published by sony europe is not allowed by the same company in america to sell the game :(

btw, since amazon doesnt let you import what other sites are out there to import this??help anyone!

monoliet 25 May, 2011 @ 10:16 pm   29

i just read somting

if it is tru

u sony have made de best element out of the game

usa – euro not on same servers off wkc 2

boe hoe

u lost every respect from me now !!!!

realy tink next gen wil not be a sony console.

u always speak of comunity = BIG JOKE if its tru :(

Pure_Mind_Games 26 May, 2011 @ 12:20 am   30

wish this was getting released on the PS3 as my mate doesn’t have a PSP. But no matter I’m sure someone will let me play with them, right?…

monoliet 26 May, 2011 @ 12:56 am   31

Posted on 9 March, 2011 at 2:27 pm by Ross Alexander
Both games will be released in May this year so not long to wait.
We’ll confirm an exact release date at a later stage.
And yes, WKC: Origins will be available at both retail and via PSN.

(Both games will be released in May this year so not long to wait)????

4 -5 x u say wil be released in may

u now remeber u statement ?

ChrisEngdahl 26 May, 2011 @ 6:21 am   32

SCEA is stupid for not publishing this and WKC2. SCEE is def. making the right choice to release one of the best JRPGs for the PS3. I’ve spent over 100h in the first game and imported it from the US before it was released in EU. Now I’m said I didn’t wait because I have to wait till the US release of WKC2 to be able to transfer my old save over. Damn you SCEA!

HazelAM 26 May, 2011 @ 10:34 am   33

will this feature an online pass system too?

cloud134 26 May, 2011 @ 1:23 pm   34

can sum 1 tell me when WKC2 and WKCO is being released or give me the net address 4 the blog were the release dates will be announced

monoliet 26 May, 2011 @ 2:42 pm   35

englisch trailer

u let us wait : so give us at least new vidio = not japanese

en some info
= server usa – euro separeted ore togeter
= release date
= pictures

dlc = already on disk ?

lots dlc folow later ?