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Later on in development, trailers began to display a HUD for Sora, Riku, and their Dream Eaters. However, the Drop gauge was noticeably missing from various trailers, as seen in this screenshot from the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at Tokyo Game Show 2016.
The Drop system is a mechanic that was introduced in the original Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for the Nintendo 3DS. As the game features both Sora and Riku taking their Mark of Mastery exams within the Dream Realm, the Drop system is a way for players to switch between both characters. Players can drop from Sora to Riku and vice versa willingly, however, players will also forcibly be dropped into the other character's story once the Drop gauge runs out. There are also items available in the game to extend the amount of time in the Drop gauge.
With the Drop gauge noticeably missing from the HUD, there had been some debate as to whether or not the Drop system would return. While the Drop system offered the chance to play as different characters more evenly without having to repeat certain storylines like Birth by Sleep, it often caused frustration with players due to the fact that Drops could happen in the middle of a boss battle and force you to start over from the beginning when you returned to that character.
However, in the most recent spread for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in Famitsu Weekly, it seems that the Drop gauge has made its return to the HUD in Dream Drop Distance HD.
Kingdom Hearts series Co-Director Tai Yasue also commented at E3 2016 that Drop times will be altered for the PS4 version of Dream Drop Distance, making them longer.
How do you feel about the return of the Drop system? Let us know in the comments!
We're running a creative contest for a free pre-order of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue Limited Edition, and giving people the freedom to show off their passion for the franchise as a whole! There are many creative ways for submitting for this competition. Read on for more details.
How to enter:
- Your submission must be one of the following to participate: a fan-art, cosplay, photograph, music cover/composition, film, fan-fiction, sculpture or baking. Plenty of choices!
- Upload your submission to KH13 (by making a new topic in the Creative Media forum), and then post a link to it in the comments below. It's that simple!
- It must be related to Kingdom Hearts, and must have been created specifically for the competition! You can enter multiple times.
- At midnight EST on December 26, 2016, our team will deliberate and decide on our favourite piece submitted, contact the winner of the contest, and pre-order their copy!
While 358/2 Days and Birth by Sleep are both single omnibuses spanning several volumes each, Yen Press went on to confirm that the previously announced Kingdom Hearts II novel would be released in 2 omnibuses.
You can view potential covers released by Yen Press below.
So far no details have been given as to release dates for either volume 2 of the Kingdom Hearts II novel, 358/2 Days, or Birth by Sleep novels.
Which omnibus are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!
You can find pictures of these necklaces below. Thanks to Twitter user @aibo_ac7 for the tip!
Which is your favorite design? Let us know in the comments!
Would you like Square Enix to make more references to Kingdom Hearts like this in the future? Let us know in the comments!
As Jump Festa approaches, we here at KH13 will be counting down daily on our social media pages, which you can check out below.
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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases on the PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 12, 2017, and worldwide on January 24, 2017. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX releases on the PS4 in Japan on March 9, 2017, North America on March 28, 2017, and in Europe and Australia on March 31, 2017.
Below, you can see examples of this advertising slip in Italian thanks to Everglow and in English/French thanks to Tumblr user soralechance!
Interestingly, some copies of the game include an older advertisement, which still lists the inaccurate release window of "December 2016", rather than the updated "January 12th/24th 2016" release date. This is likely due to the specific date that each copy of the game was packaged.
Did you pick up Final Fantasy XV, and what are your thoughts about the included advertisement? Let us know in the comments!
This would make Back Cover the shortest cinematic in the series thus far, with the cinematics for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days at 2 hours & 50 minutes long and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded at approximately 3 hours long.
What do you think about the length of Back Cover? Let us know in the comments!
The ad uses the following promotional image:
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The feature also advertises the pre-order bonuses that are available for KH HD 2.8 FCP in Japan, and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ for smartphone.
You can see the spreads below. Translations for the entire spread are available thanks to Catherine Mueller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(Under Back Cover info)
Reservation Special for Tetsuya Nomura's Illustrations
When you reserve your package of [KH2.8], you'll receive one original mini acrylic stand. Also, if you use Amazon.co.jp and preorder a download, you'll receive a theme to use on your PS4.
This production holds three stories that are deeply related to the next game in the numbered series. We'll go into detail about two of them in this issue!
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
The truth that sinks into the worlds closed by sleep
[Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue] (hereon known as KH2.8) can be enjoyed with three products in one, including all-new content. We'll first introduce the Nintendo 3DS game released in March 2012 as a remake.
Axel, who was formerly a member of the Nobodies in Organization XIII, once fought against the protagonist, Sora. He now appears as a human named “Lea.”
This is the town where all adventurers begin their journeys. Sora and Riku meet the characters of [The World Ends With You] at the start of their travels.
Country of Musketeers
A world based on the film “The Three Musketeers.” Join up with Mickey and the others as they train to be Musketeers, and fight to serve Princess Minnie!
La Cite des Cloches
A world based on “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Quasimodo has closed his heart, and has never stepped out into the world beyond the Cathedral bell tower. His encounter with Sora and Riku will change him.
Symphony of Sorcery
A world based on the motif of “Fantasia,” when Mickey was still an apprentice under Yen Sid. Save Mickey from the darkness overflowing from the sheet music.
Seven Worlds with Incredible Individuality
The stage of this game is the “seven sleeping worlds.” Here, you will find seven different worlds, mostly with Disney motifs. You can enjoy an entirely different experience in each place.
A young man with silver hair, and Vanitas, who was formerly defeated. The silver-haired man appears before Sora and Riku many times, and he throws words at them that seem to hold deep meaning.
A world based on “Tron Legacy.” Sora hoped to meet his friend Tron again, but now he is being controlled as “Rinzler.”
A world based on “Pinocchio.” Pinocchio is a wooden puppet who received life from a fairy. He was lured away by a man in a black coat, then stepped foot into a suspicious amusement park.
A variety of powers will help them both
In this game, you control both Sora and Riku, and you travel the worlds introduced on the previous page. The battles are full of incredible and refreshing action that the [KH] series specializes in. You can get involved in raising and strengthening “Dream Eaters,” and the appeal is in the huge amount of fun you can have with this content.
When you're playing as Sora, Riku is asleep. When the drop gauge in the bottom right corner becomes zero, Sora will fall asleep, and you'll switch controls over to Riku. Using this method, you'll proceed through the game playing as both characters. In the HD mix, the time between drops has been lengthened to twenty minutes, and it's easier to concentrate.
When you change characters, the points you've earned during your adventure disappear and are exchanged for various rewards. Sora and Riku are building each other up even while they're separated.
In the worlds of sleep, there are magical beings called “Dream Eaters” that feed on dreams. There are ones who will fight alongside you named “Spirits,” as well as ones that will attack you, the “Nightmares.” Defeat the Nightmares and gather materials to give birth to new Spirits.
Wanda-nyan (Spirit), NEW! Ponda-nyan (Spirit), and Wanda-nyan (Nightmare)
You can raise Spirit parameters through touching them. In the HD version, the touchpad is more intuitive, and the types of Spirits have increased!
You can use quick movements as well as timed attacks. With these, you can slide on handrails, swing around on poles, and other movements in a wide array of attacks.
This is an action you can use to work with items in the field, enemies, and so on. What you can do and how you can use it will differ between the worlds. You used the bottom screen of the Nintendo 3DS to control it by touch, and you could see the results on the top screen, but on the PS4 it's been modified to use just one screen.
This is a tool you can use when the Spirits walking with you have filled their gauges. Join forces with the Spirits, and you can execute a large number of attacks.
On the PS4, by changing the command tabs on the bottom left and using shortcuts, you can execute link attacks more quickly.
Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover
This will be a brand-new theatrical production shedding light on the happenings on the other side of the story of the PC game [KHx] as well as the smartphone application game, [KH Unchained X]. The main characers will be the “Foretellers,” who gather Keyblade wielders and run “unions.” We'll learn more about their discord, as well as the mysteries of their world, in this must-see feature.
Master of Masters
He is the leader of the Foretellers, and he passed on the Book of Prophecies. He does a lot of odd things, and nobody knows what he's thinking.
The Master of Masters has eyes that can see the future, and with that power, he created the Book of Prophecies. He handed down the Book to five of the six Foretellers.
The leader of the Ursus union. He is obsessed with power, and he sometimes acts recklessly in order to maintain his self-righteousness.
All of the Foretellers are Keyblade wielders. During Sora's story, the Keyblade was said to be a legendary weapon that chooses its wielder.
The leader of the Leopardos union. He is individualistic and a lone wolf, and sometimes he shows a cool-headed side.
The leader of the Vulpes union. She is the closest in age to the other Keyblade wielders, so she approaches them as a friend at times, too.
The leader of the Anguis union. She is a noble person, and she believes their Master holds all of the truths.
The leader of the Unicornis union. He is the reliable, steady type, and he is sometimes told that he's too serious.