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We've found an Al Engineer that has been working on Kingdom Hearts III since October 2014. Eric Johnson, now living in Tokyo, Japan has an impressive resume to his name. He summarizes himself as a "Software engineer with 6+ years of industry experience in gameplay systems, localization, tools, and artificial intelligence." on his LinkedIn profile.

Before Kingdom Hearts III he worked on worked on KIXEYE's War Commander as a Senior AI Engineer between July 2013 and August 2014. Before that he worked as an AI Engineer on Star Wars 1313, the final game in development at LucasArts when George Lucas sold his company to Disney. During this time he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He has also worked on other video game titles including Turbine's Infinite Crisis along with CCP on EVE Online and World of Darkness.

He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2008 with his Master of Science, Computer Science; specialization in Artificial Intelligence.

You can view the Kingdom Hearts III listing on his LinkedIn profile below.

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If we find out about any other new staff working on Kingdom Hearts III we'll let you know.

An India-based artist named Praveen Dubey has listed Character Modelling & Texturing for Kingdom Hearts III on their resume. Praveen Dubey works for Lakshya Digital, an India-based company that specializes in outsourced asset development. It is likely, Lakshya Digital has been contracted by Square Enix to develop some assets for Kingdom Hearts III.

Praveen Dubey and Lakshya Digital have recently worked on a few major titles including Dark Souls 2 and Tekken ­7.

Outsourcing is completely normal for Square Enix as their other new console titles have all been at least partly outsourced after they experienced development issues with Final Fantasy XIII. It's also a great change of pace after both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX & Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX were fully developed by the Kingdom Hearts team only.

Thanks go to @Obsqura for the tip and NeoGAF user qualitydisc for the find.

You can view Praveen Dubey's listing of Kingdom Hearts III along with their skills and software they're proficient with on their resume below.
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We're looking to expand the KH13 news team! If you're passionate about Kingdom Hearts and would enjoy helping us report on and create content about the latest developments in the series, then please either reply to this news post, or contact us by sending me a PM.

What we're looking for:
- A big interest in the Kingdom Hearts series.
- Active enough to regularly watch out for news and respond quickly when something appears.
- Reasonable writing skills.

- Someone who keeps up-to-date with Kingdom Hearts χ would be very helpful!
- Japanese language skills.

If interested, please apply by replying to this news post, or contact us by sending me a PM, letting us know why you think you'd be a good addition to our team. Please apply even if you're unsure! Good luck!

In the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly, Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series has confirmed Kingdom Hearts III will be featured at D23 Expo 2015 on November 6. Nomura says that they "have some interesting things planned", he added there will be "Kingdom Hearts III news, and various things".

The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly magazine has included an interview with Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series. While the interview focuses on other Square Enix projects, mostly Dissidia Final Fantasy, Nomura has mentioned that the Kingdom Hearts series will be expanding to smartphones and he has more announcements coming soon. In addition development is progressing well for Kingdom Hearts III and they will be able to reveal more soon.

Thanks go to blog.esuteru.com for writing it up, @aibo_ac7 for summarizing it and goldpanner for translating it. The full translation of the interview summary can be read below.

Tetsuya Nomura interview. "(about KH) There are interesting things being planned. There'll be various things, I think, like information on KH3. KH3 development is coming along well, but I also have other new announcements connected to that. I think I'll be able to announce one of them before long: an expansion of the series onto smartphones."

After the latest maintenance, new updates have been made to Kingdom Hearts χ. New cards including Daisy Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Ansem, Lexaeus, Zexion, and Key Scene #14 featuring Sora and Kairi have been added. Other updates include the usual new events, abilities and items available in the shop. So what has you excited?

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The Kingdom Hearts series has ranked an impressive 30th in the 2015 Classic FM Hall of Fame, a jump of 147 places from last year. The Classic FM Hall of Fame is an annual compilation of the 300 most popular classical works as polled by listeners of Classic FM. Classic FM is one of the United Kingdom's three Independent National Radio stations.

Congratulations to Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series and Square Enix who also had the Final Fantasy series rank at 9th.

We're looking to expand the KH13 community team! If you're passionate about Kingdom Hearts and would enjoy helping us find and post fan-made content regularly, organise contests or come up with new ideas that could feature on our Twitter and Tumblr pages, then please either reply to this news post, or contact us by sending me a PM.

What we're looking for:
  • A big interest in the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • Active enough to regularly post on the KH13 Community Twitter & KH13 Tumblr pages.
  • Organise and follow through contests
  • Creativity
  • Reasonable writing skills.
If interested, please apply by replying to this news post, or by sending me a PM, letting us know why you think you'd be a good addition to our team. Please apply even if you're unsure! Good luck!

Update: Thanks a lot to everyone who applied for the Community Team position and I’m not accepting anymore applications now. The people who have applied to this point I have messaged; if I haven’t please let me know.

We really appreciate your interest in becoming staff members, and if you remain active and contribute lots, then maybe one day down the track you can re-apply; there will be a chance to apply for the NEWS team in the near future as well.

After tonight's maintenance, updates have been made to Kingdom Hearts χ. A new story has been added, which takes place in Wonderland! A new SR+ Key Art #28 card is available featuring Sora and many other Kingdom Hearts characters. New events are in place and new items are lined up in the shop. Did you enjoy the new story? Let us know below!

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Kingdom Hearts χ Team member SkyKeybladeHero has translated this week's updates, which can be read below.


Update: The fully translated walkthrough of the new Kingdom Hearts χ story in Wonderland is now available! You can view it below thanks to Everglow and SkyKeybladeHero.

What are your thoughts on this new story? Share them with us in the comments below!

As of yesterday (March 24, 2015), Yen Press (a United States-based localisation company for Japanese manga and novels) have released Kingdom Hearts: The Novel translated in English. It is 300 pages long at a size of 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ and is a translated compilation of the first two Japanese Kingdom Hearts novels, “The First Door” and “Darkness Within”.

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It is written by Tomoco Kanemaki (author behind the KH novel adaptations), the illustrations are by Shiro Amano (artist behind the KH manga adaptions), and the original concept of course is by Tetsuya Numora (director of the Kingdom Hearts series).

Here is the description of the novel from the Kingdom Hearts page on Yen Press:

On the Destiny Islands, three children–Sora, Riku, and Kairi–are living out their peaceful, carefree lives while yearning for whatever lies beyond the great ocean. But one night, an unexpected disaster takes place, and the three are torn from each other and their island home. Meanwhile, at Disney Castle, Donald Duck and the other castle residents are in an uproar upon discovering King Mickey has suddenly gone missing. When fate brings them together, Sora, Donald, and Goofy set out on a grand Disney adventure to find their friends!

We’ve made a list of sites where you can purchase the novel below:On top of this release, it was revealed a few months ago by Amazon.com that Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories The Novel will be released in English for the first time on September 22, 2015 (approximately 6 months away). And in the last week we had a fan-art contest to celebrate the release of Kingdom Hearts: The Novel and KH13 user Shyera Schroepfer won a copy with her piece “Imposter” which can be seen below!

Imposter ~ Fan-Art Contest