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      26 Sep
    Isamu Kuno

    So I have two kinda new theories. what if the charm Aqua put on Kairi was meant to take her to Ven and that's why it brought her to Sora? And two, what if it;s not Twilight Town, the Keyblade Graveyard or the RoD that used to be Daybreak Town, but rather what if it's Traverse Town? I mean Dtavorse Town doesn't follow the normal rules of a world as it only exists when and where someoen needs it too. That makes it pretty special, right?

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      26 Sep
    KingdomHearts3

    So I am waiting for the 1st Presidential Debate to begin and I am hearing about people scrutinizing the... wait for it... COLOR OF THE STAGE! People are complaining about how the colors are not even or there aren't enough.-_-


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.

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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.

Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD

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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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!

Tetsuya Nomura has released a new sketch at Tokyo Game Show 2016 to commemorate Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This new sketch features Aqua, Sora, and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Riku. You can check out the sketch below, thanks to @naxkia for the tip/screenshot.


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Do you like this new sketch? Let us know in the comments below!

In the September 14th issue of Famitsu Weekly, the Kingdom Hearts series has yet another feature. This feature focuses on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and all the news that has recently been revealed. In this feature, Kingdom Hearts series co-director, Tai Yasue, has shared some comments.

In addition to Yasue's comments, another important feature is that Chirithy, in Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, has been shown for the first time in his HD, Unreal Engine 4 form.

You can check out screenshots & translations from the Famitsu Weekly feature below, in our gallery.

Translations courtesy of Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com)

Page 1 (KHx Back Cover)

Now, the light of the future is entrusted to young keyblade bearers--
In the beginning of the story

[KHx] served as a PC game telling the oldest story in the series' timeline, along with the smartphone release [KH Unchained X]. [KHx Back Cover] will be a theatrical animation that brings the Foretellers' discord on their side, as well as the happenings related to the mysteries of their world. Even as a short film, fans will surely call this a must-see episode in the [KH] series.

KINGDOM HEARTS X BACK COVER

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The man shrouded in a black cloak is called the Master of Masters. With his ability to see the future, he reveals that the world will soon be concealed in darkness.

MASTER OF MASTERS

(above Aced and co's heads)
The Master, who was concerned about this future, appointed five of his six apprentices to Foretellers. Why was one not given the title?

Page 2 (KHx Back Cover)

HIDDEN DARKNESS
Celebrating its first year anniversary as a smart phone app!

(towards top)
When the apprentices (the Foretellers) received the Book of Prophecies, based on their Master's teachings, they established “unions.” However, rifts fueled by doubt begin to break apart their bonds...

CHIRITHY
A mysterious being that supports keyblade wielders in their training. It was created by the Master.

Until 9/30, there will be an additional thirty quests available. Once you clear these quests, you can earn a total of 2000 jewels!

SORA AND FRIENDS MEDAL
The smartphone app [KH Unchained x] has opened an event for its one-year anniversary! If you log in by 10/1, besides just getting the “Sora and Friends Medal” and 3000 jewels, there will be special quests and several campaigns running. Check out page 228 for details!

The rumored existence of a traitor--
“What awaits us is...the keyblade war.”
MASTER INVI
MASTER IRA
MASTER AVA
MASTER GULA
MASTER ACED

Page 3 (BBS 0.2)

“Aqua, are you all right?”

A beam of light shines...

AQUA
A gentle-hearted and true young woman with an air of dignity about her. She is one of the Keyblade Masters.

MICKEY
The King of Disney Castle. He is a keyblade wielder who is looking into the odd things happening across the worlds.

Her Wayfinder in his hand, Mickey was somehow the one who reached out to Aqua when she was swallowed by the darkness. The two of them were allies in [KH BbS].

*A playable exhibit will appear at Tokyo Game Show 2016!
At this year's Square Enix booth at Tokyo Game Show, two of the products in the compilation [KH2.8] will be available to experience. For [KHDDD], you'll be able to play about three episodes from both Sora and Riku's routes. For [KH 0.2 Birth By Sleep -- Fragmentary Passage] (hereby known as KH0.2), you can experience the lower city of Cinderella's Castle. These two products, along with [KHx Back Cover], are a must-see!

There is also a scene with Aqua lost in a mysterious place, where the floor is a mirror. Besides just the story, the gimmicks of the stages and the beauty of the visuals grab your attention.

We ask Co Director Mr. Yasue Tai
The points of [KH2.8]

[KH2.8] is a product we've created with many deep emotions that differ in tastes. There is [KHDDD], in which you bring along the adorably ugly Dream Eaters and dash through colorful worlds. [KHx Back Cover] illustrates the points of view and disputes of the Foretellers. In [KH0.2], you adventure through the realm of darkness while solving mysteries and fighting terrifying bosses. [KH0.2] is especially intense. We aimed to create a “last dungeon” feel with the same cutting-edge engine [KHIII] will run on, so that even casual gamers can enjoy it, and it's amazing to see the scale of the scenery, and the movements of the giant vortex made of shadows! The game system has elements taken from both [KHBbS] and [KHIII] in it, and we are quickly working on the ramified actions based on terrain and fighting style. Since you will be able to play a part of it at Tokyo Game Show, please try it out, and experience the new [KH] that is connected to [KHIII]!

Page 4 (KH 0.2)

Eliminated as a Master...
The fake here is you, and your hollow heart...
Into the lonely Realm of Darkness


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The image in the mirror asks if there is any meaning left in continuing to fight. And so, Aqua must confront herself in the Realm of Darkness...

KH BIRTH BY SLEEP -- FRAGMENTARY PASSAGE --
In the 2010 Playstation Portable release [KH Birth by Sleep] (from hereon, KH BbS), Aqua was trapped in the Realm of Darkness in order to save her friends. Thsi time, she continues her fight in an all-new production. You can experience the new [KH] that is facing the current era in what will be a hybrid of the [KH BbS] and [KHIII] systems.

In the Realm of Darkness, there appear to be many Disney worlds blended together. What lies before her eyes is Cinderella's castle in the Castle of Dreams world.


The Realm of Darkness is home to the beings who long after hearts, the Heartless. They've gathered into a large mass and are targeting Aqua...?!

Page 5 (kh3d)

On 1/12--
The door to the final chapter will open

KINGDOM HEARTS DREAM DROP DISTANCE HD
[KH Dream Drop Distance HD] (from hereon, KHDDD), is a remake of the original 2012 Nintendo 3DS release. Sora and Riku must gain strength to prepare for the coming battle, and together they enroll in the Mark of Mastery to become Keyblade Masters. The goal is to release the “sleeping worlds.” Borrow the strength of the Dream Eaters and continue forward!

SORA
A boy who was chosen to wield the Keyblade. He is energetic and bright, and always faces forward.

This production runs on 60fps for a dynamic action you can enjoy. Alternating play between Sora and Riku is another characteristic of this game.

RIKU
Sora's best friend, who is always calm. He aims to become a Keyblade Master and takes the exam with Sora.

New Dream Eaters will appear, such as a Meow Wow resembling a tanuki. Other new species have been added, in addition to improved cutscene quality.


Page 6 (featuring the cover art)
SQEX NEW FEATURE
New package illustrations by Tetsuya Nomura have appeared. On the upper right, two figures are shrouded in black hoods. One is the Master, but the other is...!


In [Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue] (from hereon, KH2.8), which is slated for release on 1/12/2017, three stories linked to the next number in the series, [KHIII], will be revealed. We took a look at the HD production, the brand-new game, and the all-new theatrical production that will all be included in [KH2.8], along with commentary from Co. Director Yasue Tai.

Page 7 (SQEX SPECIAL FEATURE)
We've got a close-up look at the four new titles coming from Square Enix over the next year, from October this year until February 2017!! At Tokyo Game Show 2016 from 9/15 through 9/18 (9/15-9/16 are business days), we'll be checking out the exhibitions, stage events, and televised programming.



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