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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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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.


Following the interview reveal last week that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX could be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, IGN has posted the second half of their interview with Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series.

This full interview covers when we might see Kingdom Hearts III, the world selection process for Kingdom Hearts III and future entries, both fans and development staff alike dealing with the series' complex story, Yasue's personal wish to be involved with future Kingdom Hearts titles ("especially if it's a new saga"), and the team's goal to have Kingdom Hearts III help with expanding and revitalizing the Japanese video game market.

Check out the full interview at IGN, or read it below, in full.

Yasue: “Nomura has always been working on Kingdom Hearts III full-time, so nothing’s really changed there. Nomura is really the visionary, so he doesn’t work on the nitty gritty details. That’s something we do in Osaka; alongside development, we do the technology. That hasn’t really changed. We get Nomura’s input but it’s not a day-to-day thing, he just has these big ideas sometimes he tells us about. The pace really depends on how our team’s doing and that was never affected.”

Yasue: “I can’t make any announcements on the Disney worlds but, even there, there are so many that we’re studying."

[Yasue explained to me that two teams of programmers were employed, one focusing on 2.5 Remix and the other on Kingdom Hearts III, while the designers split their time evenly between the two projects. Now 2.5 is out the way, it’ll enable them all to focus on Kingdom Hearts III but he doesn’t believe there was ever really a slowdown. Admittedly, getting to grips with Unreal Engine 4 took some getting used to, but he believes the dividends are already paying off.]

Yasue: “We’ve shown some videos of what Kingdom Heart III looks like and it does look a bit different but it’s still clearly Kingdom Hearts. UE4 was introduced and there’s a lot of stuff that we didn’t have to do previously, like lighting and shading, which we now have to do. The technology is vastly different but it’s exhilarating to have all this stuff to learn. There’s so much we can do, the consoles are so fast. Some of the videos with Sora, with individual strands of his hair moving? That stuff is a real leap in technology. I can’t make any announcements on the Disney worlds but, even there, there are so many that we’re studying. They do a lot of new stuff as well so we’re figuring out how to incorporate them as well.”

[As everyone’s well aware at this stage, however, Disney has been busy growing its portfolio since the last game in the franchise launched. With both Marvel and LucasFilm now sequestered inside the walled garden of the House of Mouse, speculation has been rife that Avengers or Star Wars-themed playgrounds could make an appearance in the upcoming title. The look of fatigue that crosses Yasue’s face when I ask the question he’s clearly heard a million times before isn’t unexpected, but his answer should give fans some hope.]

Yasue: “I can’t really go into any specifics or say anything about Star Wars, but when we come up with worlds we really want variety and to make sure that there’s a lot of different types of worlds. Any world that looks special is definitely a consideration; everything from the characters, to how they look and the differences between them. We think Star Wars is great but I’m not going to relate that to Kingdom Hearts III yet! We want a wide variety of worlds and when we come up with ideas, it’s the differences and the originality of each that’s really important.”

Yasue: “Any world that looks special is definitely a consideration; everything from the characters, to how they look and the differences between them. We think Star Wars is great.

[Alongside this hint, Yasue said that just because a world has previously appeared in the series doesn’t mean it won’t do so again. Square Enix is taking it’s time to evaluate which worlds will best suit the story and create a diverse experience for players and, until they’re ready, we shouldn’t expect any announcements. What he would admit, however, is that the non-linear structure we’ve come to expect won’t change, saying we’ll be able “to play them as you want”.]

[Of course, just because Endor or Iron Man don’t end up making it into Kingdom Hearts III doesn’t mean they’ve missed their shot for good. It’s been confirmed before now that Kingdom Hearts as a franchise will continue on beyond the conclusion of The Dark Seeker saga as the games up to this point have been called. Yasue explains he’d like to be part of whatever’s next, especially if it’s a new saga, though he acknowledges one or two issues may need to be addressed.]

[I first brought up the common complaint that, with so many different instalments on different platforms, a major problem with the franchise so far is how obtuse the story can be. It’s a complaint he acknowledges as fair, joking that even some of the development team find it hard to keep track of the story.]

Yasue: “Honestly, a lot of the developers, me included, are also sometimes confused. Nomura has all this stuff in his head and sometimes doesn’t tell us. He keeps it secret. So there’s a lot of stuff he says in interviews that surprises us. I think he wants to shock us as well as fans, but a lot of it is hidden from us too!"

Yasue: “What we do next time around largely depends on the hardware, too. It’s changing so rapidly."

Yasue: “What we do next time around largely depends on the hardware, too. It’s changing so rapidly and we obviously don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ll be sure to consider the ones that most of our players are using though. We don’t even know the business model or how to sell it. That’s changing rapidly too, so we may have to adjust to that as well.”

[Despite this, it seems unlikely Square Enix is prepared to let one of its most-loved franchises languish when there’s an opportunity for money to be made. Yasue, however, argues it’s something much nobler that motivates the developers based on the ground. There’s a general consensus this year’s Tokyo Game Show was much more exciting than it has been in previous years thanks to the strong presence of titles like Bloodborne. With the Japanese games industry having been labelled as a dying behemoth for years, the new consoles seem to have offered a second lease of life. According to Yasue, Square is under no illusions about how all the big Japanese developers need to do their bit.]

Yasue: “With the development of Kingdom Hearts III we want the market to become bigger. We want to be responsible for moving it forward. There’s a lot of stuff, technology-wise, that we have to play catch-up to as well but I think right now we’re doing a lot of new stuff. By making, developing and publishing Kingdom Hearts III, hopefully the Japanese market will change. I think everyone from Square Enix feels that responsibility. We think we’re maybe even the people who are most responsible for doing that. We’re the only people in the right position who are able to change the market."

Yasue: “As a whole, the market isn’t getting smaller. It’s getting bigger, but it’s going towards smartphone apps. Personally, I enjoy making big budget, huge development games with long cycles so for me it’s exciting and hopefully that translates to the player.”

[Kingdom Hearts III may still be some way off, but it seems like Square Enix is fully aware of the pressure on it to deliver. As our interview draws to a close, I ask Yasue one more time if we’ll maybe see the game before 2015 is out? “We will make sure to make Kingdom Hearts III as quick as possible,” he says with a tired smile. It seems that’s as good an answer as I’m going to get.]


Today's maintenance for Kingdom Hearts χ has finished bringing new additions to the game. This week's new cards feature Sora & Jack based on their Halloween Town appearances, along with Sora in Wisdom Form. The Christmas event is still going with more rewards and Heartless added, as we​ll a commemoration event for the start of Kingdom Hearts χ's usage of Hangame Services. New additions have also been made to the Mog Trade and the Shop.

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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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GFK Chart-Track has released their sales info for the week ending on December 6, 2014 in the United Kingdom, and with this we now have our first indication of how the English release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is selling. HD 2.5 ReMIX came in at 3rd place on the list of the top selling full-price PlayStation 3 titles for the week, and 28th or 31st for all platforms overall, depending on whether you look at the full-price or all-inclusive charts.

It is worth noting that these charts typically don't track sales directly from the publisher, so all sales of the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Collector's Edition would not have been taken into account.