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    First I said I was going to order Ouendan. Then a PS3 controller. Now I'm getting Ouendan 2 and a PS2 controller adapter for the PS3 because both of those combined are cheaper than either one of the first options. Yay for cheapness.

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Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series has commented on Kingdom Hearts III's development in a developer survey with 4Gamer.net. Yasue states that the development team have now gotten the hang of developing with Unreal Engine 4, the structure of the development team has been worked out and the game's look has been decided upon. Earlier this year, Square Enix posted job applications for various roles in Square Enix's third business division (Osaka) so it would seem Square Enix has successfully filled them all. He also states development is moving forward and that they will now be focusing on new attractions and Keyblade transformations with more information coming in 2015. You can read his comments below, in full thanks to Gematsu.

“Now that we’ve worked out Unreal Engine 4 as our development environment, as well as the general structure of the team and fresh new look for the game and its accompanying shader, development of Kingdom Hearts III is moving forward as we now focus on making things like new Attractions and Keyblade transformations. We’re hoping to be able to show our fans the fruits of these labors step by step during 2015, so stay on the lookout for more information!”


Tonight's Kingdom Hearts χ maintenance is now finished bringing new additions to the game. This week's new cards feature characters from the Kingdom Hearts series as well as characters from the films Fantasia and Steamboat Willie. A new log in campaign for New Years is in place, along with a new Team Battle event. Both have rewards for the taking. This update has added a new story to play for Daybreak Town with new characters! Lastly, the Christmas event has come to a close and new items are available in the Shop.

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Kingdom Hearts χ Team member SkyKeybladeHero has translated the new story, which can be read below.

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

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Kaori Takasue, Product Manager at Square Enix Japan Studios, has shared a special "Happy Holidays" message from the Kingdom Hearts team on Sony's PlayStation blog. The message promotes Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and highlights the team's good feelings about bringing everyone together for the game's launch trailer. This message can be read below.

Happy Holidays, PlayStation.Blog readers! The Kingdom Hearts team would like to wish you a very merry holiday to you and your loved ones. The launch of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX on December 2nd has brought together countless people and the #feels have spread in good spirits.

The magical saga continues in three remastered journeys… and each individual’s journey with the Kingdom Hearts franchise has been quite unique. For those who have seen the Kingdom Hearts launch trailer, you saw fans across the globe expressing their love and passion to the creators of Kingdom Hearts. To shoot the trailer in North America, 293 people came out to voice their experience with the game. In EU it was a very special few dozen of fans from England, France, Germany and Spain, and in Japan I counted at least 50 smiling faces of the development team.


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Working with the North America team, I’ve never had the chance to actually meet all the artists, programmers, character creators, storywriters, producers, and art-directors that have been working on Kingdom Hearts since its birth 14 years ago. Let alone, I’ve never really had full conversations with a group of savvy Kingdom Hearts fans at once! Thanks to our very sweet counterpart in Japan, we were successfully able to coordinate a surprise reaction video shoot with Japan. The US and EU team eagerly anticipated to see the faces behind the creativity and work that goes into our games.

Oh boy… it was extremely hard to cut the developer reaction from hours into literally one minute. Developer reactions stating that they felt “love from around the world” were no surprise and some of the comments they had about the “cool style” of our fans were super sweet. What we didn’t get to add into the trailer was that the Japan staff initially thought that all of the fans were actors! Everyone’s “labor of love” really made a piece that just cannot be scripted.

Thank you Kingdom Hearts fans for embracing your voice and experiences through life. We found through getting to know you that we all have overcome so many obstacles in life. The way you cheer each other on and support fellow Kingdom Hearts fans is such a special gift. In closing, as this very special game brought all of us together please remember… no matter where we go, we will always be connected.


Disney has posted a "What Kingdom Hearts Character Are You?" quiz on Oh My Disney as a promotion for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. The quiz has ten questions, and ends by naming a Kingdom Hearts character that best fits your answers. Which character did you get?

Square Enix's merchandise manager, Hidemi Matsuzuka has revealed a brand new Kingdom Hearts themed T-shirt. The T-shirt design features two Kingdom Key, Keyblades and the words "DIVE TO HEART" surrounded by a large circle with the words "KINGDOM HEARTS" and various small logos including the Kingdom Hearts crown. You can view it below. When a release date is announced we'll let you know.

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Update: Square Enix's merchandise division has uploaded a full view of the front and back of the T-shirt. This shows the front of the T-shirt for the very first time. You can view these below.

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Tonight's Kingdom Hearts χ maintenance has just finished bringing new additions to the game. This week's new cards feature characters from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Nightmare Before Christmas, along with the new Key Scene #9 card featuring Sora. The Christmas festivities continue with a new Christmas box, Christmas-themed Heartless ornaments, and Christmas avatars. More items are lined up in the Shop.

You can view images of all the new additions below.

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Kingdom Hearts χ Team member SkyKeybladeHero has translated this week's updates, which can be read below.
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Square Enix has released a recap video for the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX European launch event which was held in London on December 3rd. In the video recap you hear from Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series and Rie Nishi, the producer of the Kingdom Hearts series along with thoughts from various fans. You can view this below.


Square Enix has also released some photos from the event. You can view them below.

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Hey everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the lead up to Christmas and playing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. With the third addition of the (English) Kingdom Hearts II manga series releasing on Tuesday (December 16th, 2014) and Christmas fast approaching, we thought it would be the perfect time to run another competition!


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This will be a fan-art competition with the chance of winning a copy of the (English) Kingdom Hearts II Vol.3 manga. The competition is simple: create a Kingdom Hearts fan-art with the only condition being that it must have a Christmas theme, and created specifically for this competition. You may use any characters (Kingdom Hearts, Disney, Final Fantasy, etc), incorporate unused characters from Disney films/Square Enix games or even create original characters, just as long as it relates to Kingdom Hearts somehow. Read on for more details.

How to enter:
  • Upload your fanart to KH13 (either to the Fan-made Images gallery, or by making a new topic somewhere), and then put a link to your fan-art in the comments below so that we can find it easily.
  • Fan-art must be related to Kingdom Hearts, have a Christmas theme and must be created specifically for the competition. You can enter multiple times.
  • At midnight EST on December 22nd, 2014, our team will deliberate and decide on our favourite fan-art submitted, contact the winner of the contest, and send them their copy! The contest is open to everyone as long as the manga can be shipped to their location via Amazon, etc.
Good luck to everyone! Even if you don't win, there is still a chance we will feature your fan-art on the KH13 Community Twitter and the KH13 Tumblr. Above all, have fun!

The Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack Box was released on November 26. Containing seven discs of Kingdom Hearts music it's definitely a must have product for Kingdom Hearts music fans. KH13 member tothecikpah has kindly uploaded a bunch of unboxing photos which you can view below. KH13 translator SkyKeybladeHero has also kindly translated all of Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series' messages, you can read them below.

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Hello! Yoko Shimomura here. Thank you for purchasing this CD!

It’s been 13 years since I was given the task of writing songs for KINGDOM HEARTS. I think it was in 2001. I’ve already mentioned this many times, but the first music I wrote for the series was the one used for the PV, “Destati”. At the time, I thought if it was okay to make such a dark song for a game where Disney characters would be present, as Tetsu-san had ordered. It’s been a long time since then. Time really goes by too fast (laughs).

And after 11 years, the game was beautifully remastered in HD. At first, I was going to leave the original pieces as is. However, I thought it wasn't the right thing to do, since the graphics would become so beautiful (at the time, since the game specifications didn't support streaming, I was making do with little memory to play the songs.

So, that’s what I thought. I pressured myself to do the right thing.

Above everything, it was in HD! I though not to care about storing capacities! (not that it’s ok to completely ignore that). Since it is a streaming reproduction I can play at my best be it an orchestra, piano or guitar. I wanted to do that. I really, really wanted to. Of course I had an affective attachment to the original sound sources whose sound waves I compressed the most I could, put all together like a puzzle and had a really hard time tuning. But I wanted people to play the game with an even better music! That was the natural flow. Then, starting with Mr. Kawashima, who has helped me countless times, I consulted the Sound Members. And finally, I managed to do it! Almost all soundtracks, newly recorded!

Actually, I thought it was nearly impossible to do it. But the the help and enthusiasm from the people around me was outstanding. They often told me “Let’s make an amazing work!”, “You better be prepared, Shimomura-san!” Oh boy…

The thing we most treasured was not to disappoint the fans out there who liked the old music. Unexpectedly, when doing music for games, you’re told a lot things like “hmmm, you shouldn’t have done a musical arrangement.” In order for that not to happen, I really treated the original soundtracks with utmost care while recording them anew.

So, how did it pay off? We, the KINGDOM HEARTS Sound Team have made it with a lot of passion. 11 years’ worth of feelings, along with what we want and need to do from here on. We deliver you this Soundtrack with all of these filled in it.

All the people who have assisted me in the production of 1.5’s music, the instrumentalists and you, who’s acquired this CD. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Now then, once upon a time, when the tempestuous production of KINGDOM HEARTS –HD 1.5 ReMIX- was becoming nothing more than a good memory, I receive a call from the magnificent key person of KINGDOM HEARTS Sound Team: Mr. Kawamori. Ahh, I knew this day was coming. Yes, this day!!

More than anticipation, I was kind already waiting for the blow (laughs). If there is a 1.5, then of course there should be a 2.5, right? But 2.5 has so much music. What am I going to do?? Hmmm, well, let’s think of about when it happens. Yes, only then.

…and that “then” was finally upon me.

The newly recorded music for 1.5 became so popular and I received so many requests to make a Soundtrack. In truth, the circumstances in which we did 1.5’s music were, in various meanings, reckless challenges. So, if that was well received, then, if work on 2.5 started, we’d make it be even better received and it would be easier to make. That’s what I believed. And I was told “you’re recording ALL the music anew, right?” as if it was obvious (laughs).Well, I wanted to but… I did want to do it, but… Somewhere inside me I was like “Ohhhhhh, right….” (laughs).

Don’t get me wrong. I’m really happy. Really really happy!!! …This job is really hard, you know (laughs).

But if I decide I’ll do something, I’ll see it to the end! First I had to decide which instrument of which music should be recorded again. (Including all the different versions, it was more than 100 soundtracks). Well, how should I say it? For example, while cleaning the room I would find really nostalgic stuff and stop working or while throwing manga away I’d starting reading here and there… That situation. “Oh, this is so nostalgic, oh yeah, I remember this one and what we did back then.” I listened to the soundtracks while remembering these kinds of things and when it was over, my Excel list was still empty! Hey, hey, get to work, me!

The most earnest part was that VGO, who was responsible for the musical performance in LIGHTNING RETURNS, offered help. There’s quite a distance from Boston to Tokyo, but nowadays one can be in Tokyo and record in Boston! The advance of technology is amazing. But the recording would start at midnight. I felt the time difference being in Japan. Can’t technology do something about that too? (Laughs)

Well then, even though I had more flexibility than in 1.5, I and the KINGDOM HEARTS Sound Team made the new Soundtracks thinking about making you who play the games happy. I’d be happy if you enjoy the music that links to KHIII.

All the people who have assisted me in the production of 2.5’s music, the instrumentalists and you, who’s acquired this CD. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.


Some messages were also included in the soundtrack's booklet in English. You can read them below thanks to Social Media Team member AndrewHankinson.

1.5 BOOKLET
Thanks Mom and Dad,
my brother, friends, loved ones, and Chief,
the whole “KINGDOM HEARTS –HD 1.5 ReMIX–” staff,
and the whole “KINGDOM HEARTS –HD 1.5 ReMIX– Original Soundtrack” staff, too.
Thanks for giving me a stage on which to perform,
and for all the joys that have made me who I am.
Thanks for the ocean, the mountain, the earth, the wind,
the sky, the sun, music…
…and you.

Yoko Shimomura’s Website http://www.midiplex.com/

2.5 BOOKLET
Thanks Mom and Dad,
my brother, friends, loved ones, and Chief,
the whole “KINGDOM HEARTS –HD 2.5 ReMIX–” staff,
and the whole “KINGDOM HEARTS –HD 2.5 ReMIX– Original Soundtrack” staff, too.
Thanks for giving me a stage on which to perform,
and for all the joys that have made me who I am.
Thanks for the ocean, the mountain, the earth, the wind,
the sky, the sun, music…
…and you.

Yoko Shimomura’s Website http://www.midiplex.com/


A new video showing behind the scenes footage from the launch trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX trailer, various outakes from shooting the launch trailer along with many fans sharing their favourite moments has been released. You can view it below. What are some of your favorite moments in the Kingdom Hearts series? Let us know below.