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Whiiiich doesn't really answer my question. Up in the air then I guess.

From what I can tell: no and yes. No, you're still going to need to [chi]/Unchained to get both sides of the story, but yes, you probably can skip the game if you'd like since it seems Back Cover will have all the information relevant to Kingdom Hearts III since it's told from the perspective of the Foretellers.
 

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You need all of them to understand the story completely. Since Back Cover will be from the foreteller's perspective, the general chi story will probably be covered but the occurrences in each world and most especially what happens in Daybreak Town from the player's perspective would most likely not be covered.
Though I really don't think they would exclude the main details from Back Cover as a lot of players who aren't really diehard won't have any idea about the story of chi and unchained :3
 

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I'm almost 100% certain that it IS a painting, and not an actual built environment

Yeah, I'm partial to it being a painting at the moment. When I first saw it it didn't fully look like a painting (cause the glowing portions made me think there was movement), but especially if you look at the spiky portions of the walkway to the sides of Aqua, those don't look real at all.

Whiiiich doesn't really answer my question. Up in the air then I guess.

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My take on it is that Back Cover will be "everything you need to know for KH3" whereas Unchained X will have it all in further detail, while also allowing you to actually experience it as one of the Keyblade wielders.
 

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On the subject of Aqua possibly encountering Mickey, I could easily see them integrating her meeting him right after KH1 but before CoM. Mickey took forever and a half to get out of the RoD to Riku, and who's to say it wasn't because of Aqua or something? Especially since he arrived directly there, and who do we know that created the damn Castle he went to?

I personally would like to see something a tad more exciting, however. Especially if it is MX's Nobody, as someone else suggested.
 

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On the subject of Aqua possibly encountering Mickey, I could easily see them integrating her meeting him right after KH1 but before CoM. Mickey took forever and a half to get out of the RoD to Riku, and who's to say it wasn't because of Aqua or something? Especially since he arrived directly there, and who do we know that created the damn Castle he went to?

I personally would like to see something a tad more exciting, however. Especially if it is MX's Nobody, as someone else suggested.

Now that I think about it, wasn't Mickey telling Riku multiple times that he was taking care of business in the RoD and would be to Castle Oblivion ASAP? If said business ends up being a rendezvous with Aqua, that'd be genius.
 

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Hey guys, don't kill me but the bit about Aqua and the "unknown memories" I interpreted a bit incorrectly.

A more correct way to put it would be "While wandering around the Realm of Darkness, Aqua pursues the events that unfold before her. Within this lies never before seen experiences and encounters."
Which is a very vague summary which isn't exactly anything we didn't already know :D

So this isn't specifically talking about a single encounter, and I don't think it has anything to do with attaining memories from somebody else.

Another thing to note is that while the timeline diagram they supply states that BBS0.2 directly links to KH1, meaning it will fit somewhere in that 10 year gap, however according to the information on the left of the timeline, the position of BBS0.2 in the timeline is temporary and is meant to be unclear. It states that "there's also the possibility that it is linked to KH3". They want to keep where in the timeline this episode occurs as a mystery for now.
So, this does not mean that it takes place in the 10 year gap. It could potentially take place after KH3D also.

Sorry for those inaccuracies, it was late and I was just quickly skimming through it ^^;
 

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Hey guys, don't kill me but the bit about Aqua and the "unknown memories" I interpreted a bit incorrectly.

A more correct way to put it would be "While wandering around the Realm of Darkness, Aqua pursues the events that unfold before her. Within this lies never before seen experiences and encounters."
Which is a very vague summary which isn't exactly anything we didn't already know :D

So this isn't specifically talking about a single encounter, and I don't think it has anything to do with attaining memories from somebody else.

Another thing to note is that while the timeline diagram they supply states that BBS0.2 directly links to KH1, meaning it will fit somewhere in that 10 year gap, however according to the information on the left of the timeline, the position of BBS0.2 in the timeline is temporary and is meant to be unclear. It states that "there's also the possibility that it is linked to KH3". They want to keep where in the timeline this episode occurs as a mystery for now.
So, this does not mean that it takes place in the 10 year gap. It could potentially take place after KH3D also.

Sorry for those inaccuracies, it was late and I was just quickly skimming through it ^^;

This seems to imply that Aqua's going to somehow get glimpses of the events of in the Realm of Light we haven't seen before during her time trekking through the hellscape that is the Realm of Darkness. The previous translation implied the same, but this one makes things less precise- which somehow makes the implications of what she'll find less vague. That statement shouldn't make any sense, but that's Kingdom Hearts for you.
 

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I hope that they remove the forced "Drop" feature in KH3D, so that it is optional when you want to drop. I don't want to be in a boss fight and have to start over because of the drop.
 

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I hope that they remove the forced "Drop" feature in KH3D, so that it is optional when you want to drop. I don't want to be in a boss fight and have to start over because of the drop.

Just replayed DDD weeks ago and the game has plenty of Drop Me Not(They're also available early in the shop). If we can play all Kingdom Hearts games strategically then DDD should not be exempted. The only time I found dropping to be an issue was with Riku and the Mantis from the Grid which has an attack that raises the Drop Gauge. The tools are there buddy.
 

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Just replayed DDD weeks ago and the games has plenty of Drop Me Not. If we can play all Kingdom Hearts games strategically then DDD should not be exempted. The only time i found dropping to be an issue was with Riku and the Mantis from the Grid which has an attack that raises the Drop Gauge. The tools are there buddy.
Never had an issue with the Drop system either (Except with that Mantis boss, too). I always keep Drop-Me-Nots and have an open mind when or when not to use 'em. I don't understand why the Drop system was necessary, though.
 

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Now that I think about it, wasn't Mickey telling Riku multiple times that he was taking care of business in the RoD and would be to Castle Oblivion ASAP? If said business ends up being a rendezvous with Aqua, that'd be genius.

But if Mickey met Aqua during CoM, then why didn't she escape with him?
 

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Hey guys, don't kill me but the bit about Aqua and the "unknown memories" I interpreted a bit incorrectly.

A more correct way to put it would be "While wandering around the Realm of Darkness, Aqua pursues the events that unfold before her. Within this lies never before seen experiences and encounters."
Which is a very vague summary which isn't exactly anything we didn't already know :D

So this isn't specifically talking about a single encounter, and I don't think it has anything to do with attaining memories from somebody else.

Another thing to note is that while the timeline diagram they supply states that BBS0.2 directly links to KH1, meaning it will fit somewhere in that 10 year gap, however according to the information on the left of the timeline, the position of BBS0.2 in the timeline is temporary and is meant to be unclear. It states that "there's also the possibility that it is linked to KH3". They want to keep where in the timeline this episode occurs as a mystery for now.
So, this does not mean that it takes place in the 10 year gap. It could potentially take place after KH3D also.

Sorry for those inaccuracies, it was late and I was just quickly skimming through it ^^;
Nah, it's fine.
So no memory stuff then. I'm still thinking this will take place during KHI through CoM due to the original plan of BBSV2 also being about Mickey and Riku's time in the RoD, but I'm also now wondering if 0.2 will actually take place during the whole series.
 
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Nah, it's fine.
So no memory stuff then. I'm still thinking this will take place during KHI through CoM due to the original plan of BBSV2 also being about Mickey and Riku's time in the RoD, but I'm also now wondering if 0.2 will actually take place during certain parts from the whole series.

Time the the RoD flows veeeery slow according to Nomura, so while Aqua might be trekking around for only a week or so inside it, it is entirely possible that in the Realm of Light the whole timespan from the end of BBS up to the start of DDD goes by.
 

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^ So basically sleep realm=no flow of time, dark realm=slow flow of time, light realm=normal time but varies to world?
If KH has a god of time then I pity him for his position. haha
 

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But if Mickey met Aqua during CoM, then why didn't she escape with him?

That's the million dollar question, isn't it?

Time the the RoD flows veeeery slow according to Nomura, so while Aqua might be trekking around for only a week or so inside it, it is entirely possible that in the Realm of Light the whole timespan from the end of BBS up to the start of DDD goes by.

Precisely. That's why Aqua looks the same despite 10 years passing in the RoL. To her, it wasn't even close to that long. So, we may very well experience Aqua's perspective of the entire KH series post-BBS in 0.2
 

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Never had an issue with the Drop system either (Except with that Mantis boss, too). I always keep Drop-Me-Nots and have an open mind when or when not to use 'em. I don't understand why the Drop system was necessary, though.

If I recall correctly it was to address the complaint on BBS's story being so fragmented so DDD didn't repeat that mistake, and they even said it was a well received solution on that front. I mean the plot definitely comes out more coherently when you can freely flip between the stories happening, having the worlds accessed in the same order also does wonders.

From a gameplay perspective though I think the mechanic did a good job at making up for the two being split. I mean that's sort of the beauty of the system even though they are in different worlds it's not really a solo adventure. They are able to help one another by giving each other temporary boosts through drop bonuses so it's like Sora and Riku are constantly looking out for one another. Personally I really liked the drop system's ability because those boosts were seriously helpful. Especially the poorly named affinity boost which when coupled with food let you grind up hundreds of LP in a minute.
 

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Yeah I actually really liked the Drop system and definitely thought it was better than BBS' approach. Never bothered me at all. I think the people for whom it really bothered never really bothered to look into Drop-Me-Nots (or Drop-Me-Nevers) or the fact that one of the bonuses is being able to choose a slower Drop gauge. I literally never had a problem with the system dropping me in the middle of a boss battle, for example.
 
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