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Square Enix's Press Site has been updated with a list of all the games that will have hands on experiences available in the Square Enix booth at New York Comic Con 2016. Among the list was Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

New York Comic Con will take place from October 6th until October 9th, 2016 and attendees of the convention can find the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue demo along with many others at Square Enix's booth, booth #1805. Fans who visit the booth will receive a button while supplies last!

Will you be attending New York Comic Con 2016 and trying out the demo for yourself? Let us know in the comments!

PlayStation Experience, Sony's annual PlayStation-oriented event, has been given a date and a venue. Occurring on December 3rd and 4th, PlayStation Experience 2016 will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Attendees of this event will have the chance to get hands-on experience with the PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation VR, and much more.

At PSX 2015, Square Enix made a surprise appearance with a trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake. Earlier this year, it was revealed that fans will be receiving announcements regarding Kingdom Hearts III "this winter", so it is likely that Square Enix will return for this year's PSX, along with plenty of Kingdom Hearts III news.

Will you be attending PlayStation Experience 2016? What do you think Square Enix might have in store? Let us know in the comments!

During a Dissidia Final Fantasy Livestream on NicoNico, series director Tetsuya Nomura mentioned Kingdom Hearts recording was underway along with the Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Dissidia Final Fantasy while discussing the progress of his latest projects.

Tetsuya Nomura also makes sure to clarify that mentioning the recordings of "Sora and the others" is not in reference to Dissidia, but to Kingdom Hearts. However, it is unclear if the recording that he is talking about is for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue or Kingdom Hearts III.

Thank you to Twitter user @aibo_ac7 for the tip and thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) for clarification on the translation of the Tweet!

What do you make of Tetusya Nomura's comments about the recordings? Let us know in the comments!

PlayStation Access, which is the official YouTube channel for PlayStation UK, is at EGX 2016 in Birmingham, England, currently streaming various demos that are available for attendees to try out. Among the playable demos at EGX 2016 is Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, with playable booths for Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD & Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-.

PlayStation Access will be providing direct gameplay from the playable demo, which is the first time we've received direct footage of the demo since Square Enix uploaded a snippet of gameplay at E3 2016.

We'll be re-uploading the direct KH2.8 gameplay footage by PlayStation Access from EGX 2016 soon, this time in 1080p, so please stay tuned and check out the gallery below in the mean time!

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It has been revealed that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be available as a playable demo at Games Week 2016 in Milan, Italy from the 14th to 16th of October. This is courtesy of Koch Media who are in charge of distribution of Square Enix games within Italy. A list of all featured titles for Games Week 2016 have been provided, and information on obtaining tickets for the event. There is currently an "Early Birds" Discount for tickets available until the 4th of October, which can all be viewed on the Milan Games Week 2016 website.

Will you be attending the event? Let us know in the comments below!

Seth Kearsley, the director and writer of the scrapped animated series for Kingdom Hearts posted an image of a tape with footage from the show. You can find an image of the tape below:


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Seth then went on to speak with Twitter user @SHIELD_DRAWS, who asked several questions about the scrapped series as well as the possibility of an animated series tie-in with Kingdom Hearts III, referencing the Brotherhood anime that was produced for Final Fantasy XV.

Seth went on to explain that all characters were voiced by their original voice actors and had completed recording with the exception of Sora, who was to be voiced by a sound-alike for Haley Joel Osment. Seth also answered that he has talked with Walt Disney Animation Studios about the possibility of another project, but that there doesn't seem to be much interest at the current time.

Do you think there should be an animated series or any sort of other tie-in produced with Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments!

Monogram Direct has updated with a page containing new Kingdom Hearts series 3D Foam Key Rings, which will be released in November/December 2016. These Key Rings will be in 24 blind foil bags featuring Goofy, Pete, Roxas, Axel, Mickey, Sora, Riku, Kairi, Donald, Sora's Keyblade & Shadow characters.

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There are two types of packs you can get:
  • Inner Case (PDQ BOX): 24 Blind Bags
  • Master Case (6 Inner Cases): 144 Blind Bags
Currently, there is no price tag or official release date. We'll update you as soon as a date is available. Thanks goes to KHInsider for the tip.

With Tokyo Game Show 2016 running from September 15th till the 18th, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was available for attendees to play as they await for the release on January 12th, 2017 in Japan and January 24th, 2017 everywhere else.

In the playable demo, it appears as though the lighting has gone through a major change. This change seems to have been an improvement from the E3 2016 demo that was available for attendees. You can check out some of the comparisons below, thanks to YouTube user Gamersyde Official for the TGS 2016 demo capture and GameXplain for the E3 2016 capture.

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You can check out the full videos below for each demo thanks to those respective users as well.



Did you notice any other differences? Let us know in the comments below!

UPDATE 2: The Kingdom Hearts Static Arts Mini Figures are now available for pre-order on the Japanese Square Enix store, with a release date of December 24th, 2016 for 4,100 yen.

UPDATE: The Kingdom Hearts Static Arts Mini Figures are now available on the Square Enix NA online shop! You can check out descriptions and links for each static art figure.

Chirithy


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Chirithy is a mysterious creature with a relaxed personality who guides the inexperienced Keyblade wielders, acting as their “caretaker.” One cannot help but be soothed by Chirithy’s carefree expression.

Taking great care in maintaining the colors within the game, our designers drew the lines on this Chirithy’s body with much attention to detail.

Despite the round silhouette, Chirithy shows its pride as one who attends to its duties with the slightly impressive cloak that it wears. The precious purse around its neck is carefully reproduced as well.

Chirithy’s neck can move from side to side to allow for a little bit of poseability, so that the collector may enjoy some expression of Chirithy’s character.


Product Size: W 2.52” x D 2.7" x H 3.8”

Release Date: February 2017


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Meow Wow


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Out of all of the Dream Eaters from the KINGDOM HEARTS franchise, Meow Wow is definitely one of the most iconic!

Although Meow Wow may be a “monster” of sorts, it is on the protagonists’ side. With its charming plump appearance and friendly personality, the Meow Wow has captured the hearts of many.

As a Static Arts figurine, our designers have recreated all of its details, including its thoroughly round body and the little tongue that sticks out of its mouth. This design is meant to show just how cute this character is, as is.

Product Size: W 2.08” x D 4.21" x H 3”

Release Date: February 2017


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With a black body and round eyes that emit a yellow glow, Shadows are a type of Heartless, creatures of darkness, that at times crawl on the ground or quietly follow the heroes around like a shadow. In contrast to its true nature, the Shadow Heartless has gained popularity due to its lovable and cute look. Now it makes its appearance as a Static Arts figurine! Through its stylized proportions from KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ, our designers have expressed the Shadow’s mysterious cuteness.

Featuring a unique black body with a bluish tint and a set of asymmetrical antennae, we made sure to match the figurine’s design with the footage seen in KINGDOM HEARTS games. Its arms and neck are also articulated to allow for this Static Arts to be lightly posed.

Product Size: W 2.66” x D 2.22" x H 4.6”

Release Date: February 2017


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New Static Arts Mini Figures of Chirithy, Heartless Shadow and Meow Wow have now been given availability to preorder on AmiAmi, a Japanese merchandise website. Each of the figures are priced at 4298 Yen (42 USD) with a current 25% off selling price bringing the preorder price to 3220 Yen (31.55 USD). Within the AmiAmi description it is mentioned that the Heartless Shadow has poseable arms and head, and Chirithy has the ability to pose their head. The release date has been placed at 16th December 2016 but "To Be Determined".

You can view the preorders here: Chirithy, Heartless Shadow, Meow Wow.

Would you be interested in placing a preorder for these characters? What other characters would you love to see as Static Arts Mini Figures? Let us know in the comments below!

A new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer premiered at Tokyo Game Show 2016. Both story and gameplay received significant attention, with a particular focus on new areas and plot points. Since the footage shown within this trailer tends to jump from game to game, our analysis will cover each game as a whole instead of covering the trailer chronologically.

Playing in the background is a brand new remix of Hikari/Simple and Clean, created especially for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, titled "Hikari/Simple and Clean -Ray of Hope MIX-". Unfortunately, this version of the song has yet to be released to the public.

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While there is very little completely new footage shown in the Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD segments, this is the first time the game's HUD has appeared in a full trailer, confirming that what we see is likely to be the final design. Additionally, one very significant HUD element appears to be missing; the Drop Gauge. In the 3DS version of the game, as well as in the playable demos that we have seen thusfar, this infamous timer forced players to swap between characters when it was depleted. If a player happened to be fighting a boss as the Drop Gauge was completely expended, they would return to that particular character's story only to find that the game had sent their character back to the point before they entered the boss fight. One small detail to consider is that Drop Gauge orbs (the teardrop shaped objects in the screenshot below) still appear to be present within the game, as Riku defeats an enemy which drops them. However, this could be a temporary situation, as the removal of the Drop System is most likely a recent development which has not fully been completed. What are your thoughts on this mechanic's supposed removal?

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Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover

The footage focusing on Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is split into two parts. In the first, we see Ira and the Master of Masters discussing Ira's goal of saving the world, a goal which the Master of Masters seems skeptical of. Meanwhile, Aced approaches Ava with the offer of an alliance between the two of them and a third participant. Ava then plainly states that alliances are forbidden. Afterwards, Gula is shown in an alleyway, musing on the advice to "trust no one but himself". Invi, meanwhile, ponders about circumstances which will lead to the Keyblade War. What do you think each Foreteller's goals and motivations are?

In the second part of the Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover footage, we see Aced grabbing Gula and asserting that they don't know who the traitor is. The next scene shows Ava asking Invi if she considered that her actions could be making things worse for those involved. The final scene of this segment shows the Master of Masters closing a Book of Prophecy, remarking that Luxu should "get started" and will have to "go alone from here on out". Luxu responds by asking about the Foretellers' involvement in what his master has planned. What do you think the Master of Masters could be planning, and how are his apprentices involved?

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Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-

This portion of the compilation received a significant amount of screen time. The CG footage we see is most likely taken from the opening of the game, especially when considering the abstract, surreal nature of many of the scenes. When examining the in-engine footage, the graphics appear to be slightly improved from the previous trailer as well as the playable demo for the game. This slight graphical touch-up could be the very first evidence we have of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's compatibility with PlayStation 4 Pro.

The gameplay segments in the trailer take place within Dwarf Woodlands, one of the worlds which was sent to the Realm of Darkness sometime after the events of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. We see Aqua heavily relying on magic and triggering the Blizzagun command style, though it does not get activated. We also see her battling a living reflection of herself, which was seen earlier in the trailer.

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Within another area, we see Aqua strike a pillar in order to seemingly reverse the gravity as well as phase through the floor. This allows her to reach a previously inaccessible treasure chest. If this sort of variety in the gameplay is common, what other types of unique gameplay mechanics would you like to see?

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The story elements take place in two segments. First, Aqua is seen in Dwarf Woodlands approaching Snow White's glass casket, which is revealed to contain Ventus. The next scene shows Aqua facing the Magic Mirror, with the mirror's spirit nowhere to be found. As her reflection begins to come to life, it taunts her by asking what point there is in continuing to fight, ending with "Only your heart is hollow enough to be a demon's". Aqua refutes this claim, preparing to battle this living reflection.

The second segment of story-related footage takes place at the end of the trailer. We see Aqua falling through an abyss, accepting her fate to become one with darkness. As her Wayfinder slips out of her hand, Mickey appears and returns it to her, asking if she is okay. In the trailer's final scene, Aqua is shown confronting a group of Darksides in Enchanted Dominion. These Darksides release orbs of dark energy into another very massive orb of dark energy floating above them.

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The trailer ends with the game's logo and release date, January 12th, 2017 for Japan and January 24th, 2017 for the rest of the world.

If you would like to delve into further analysis of this trailer, be sure to check out Soraalam1's analysis video!


Additionally, you may be interested in the following discussion video, featuring KH13 staff member Toominator!


What are your thoughts on this new trailer? Did you notice anything that we may have missed in our analysis? Please let us know in the comments!