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After tonight's maintenance, updates have been made to Kingdom Hearts χ. A new story has been added, which takes place in Wonderland! A new SR+ Key Art #28 card is available featuring Sora and many other Kingdom Hearts characters. New events are in place and new items are lined up in the shop. Did you enjoy the new story? Let us know 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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Update: The fully translated walkthrough of the new Kingdom Hearts χ story in Wonderland is now available! You can view it below thanks to Everglow and SkyKeybladeHero.


What are your thoughts on this new story? Share them with us in the comments below!

As of yesterday (March 24, 2015), Yen Press (a United States-based localisation company for Japanese manga and novels) have released Kingdom Hearts: The Novel translated in English. It is 300 pages long at a size of 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ and is a translated compilation of the first two Japanese Kingdom Hearts novels, “The First Door” and “Darkness Within”.


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It is written by Tomoco Kanemaki (author behind the KH novel adaptations), the illustrations are by Shiro Amano (artist behind the KH manga adaptions), and the original concept of course is by Tetsuya Numora (director of the Kingdom Hearts series).

Here is the description of the novel from the Kingdom Hearts page on Yen Press:

On the Destiny Islands, three children–Sora, Riku, and Kairi–are living out their peaceful, carefree lives while yearning for whatever lies beyond the great ocean. But one night, an unexpected disaster takes place, and the three are torn from each other and their island home. Meanwhile, at Disney Castle, Donald Duck and the other castle residents are in an uproar upon discovering King Mickey has suddenly gone missing. When fate brings them together, Sora, Donald, and Goofy set out on a grand Disney adventure to find their friends!


We’ve made a list of sites where you can purchase the novel below:On top of this release, it was revealed a few months ago by Amazon.com that Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories The Novel will be released in English for the first time on September 22, 2015 (approximately 6 months away). And in the last week we had a fan-art contest to celebrate the release of Kingdom Hearts: The Novel and KH13 user Shyera Schroepfer won a copy with her piece “Imposter” which can be seen below!




Imposter ~ Fan-Art Contest


The Kingdom Hearts Tribute album which includes new arrangements of 10 songs from the Kingdom Hearts series, is now available in Japan for 2,160 Yen (approx. U.S $18.26). You can order your copy here.

The album includes the following songs.

Riku / Sora / Kairi / Always on My Mind / Rage Awakened / Dearly Beloved / Hollow Bastion / Hand in Hand / March Caprice / The 13th Struggle A Piece of Peace / Traverse Town


With the album now available in Japan people have picked up their copy including Twitter user @letajp who has uploaded photos of the album and you can view them below.

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In an interview with the Square Enix Japan Community Manager at Square Enix Europe, Dan Seto, the producer of the Final Symphony concert and album Thomas Böcker says that they will "definitely think about" doing a Kingdom Hearts-themed Final Symphony.

Final Symphony is a concert and now even an album that features features music from the Final Fantasy series. This is recorded and performed by the world famous London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road, London. The Final Fantasy series is the first ever video game to have music recorded or performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Masashi Hamauzu, one of the composers for Final Fantasy X and the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy has also been involved, arranging the songs alongside Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo, and the arranged works are based on compositions by him and Nobuo Uematsu, the composer of many Final Fantasy games, who acts as a consultant for the concerts and album.

You can read the full quote below of what Thomas Böcker, the producer said in response to doing a Kingdom Hearts-themed Final Symphony. Would you like to see a Kingdom Hearts-themed Final Symphony? Let us know in the comments below.

“Yeah that would be quite the job but why not? We’ll definitely think about it,” Thomas teases. “It takes us about a year to do a new concert so it’ll take a lot of planning. I think we’re crazy coming up with all these new ideas for concerts. Nobody else does it to this extent!”


Tonight's Kingdom Hearts χ maintenance has completed, and along with it new updates have been made. This week's new cards feature Sora, Aladdin, Genie, and Jafar. New events are in place and new skills are available! New items are lined up in the shop as always. Anything look neat?

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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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Disney has announced a Kingdom Hearts fan event for the lead up to D23 Expo Japan 2015, called Kingdom Hearts―The Theater. This event will take place at Tokyo Disney Resort on November 3, 2015, 3 days before the actual expo. Here's Disney's description of the event:

To celebrate D23 Expo 2015 Japan, a Kingdom Hearts fan event will be held on November 3 at Cinema Ikspiari, Tokyo Disney Resort. Program information for the event, Kingdom Hearts―The Theater (working title), will be posted on the official Disney website starting in late April.


At the last D23 Expo in Japan, D23 Expo 2013, Kingdom Hearts III was featured with a new trailer. Could this year's event be where the next Kingdom Hearts III news is shown?

Hey everyone! Hope you’re enjoying school/college/university/work/other and playing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX on the lead up to Easter Holidays. With Kingdom Hearts: The Novel releasing in English for the first time on Tuesday (March 24th, 2015), 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: The Novel. The competition is simple and clean: create a fan-art based on an event/scene in the first Kingdom Hearts game (like an illustration you’d find with the possible chapters in the novel), and it must be created specifically for this competition. 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, it must be an event/scene from the first game and must be created specifically for the competition. You can enter multiple times.
  • At midnight EST on March 23rd, 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 novel 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!

Yesterday, we discovered that Disney was developing a Kingdom Hearts title for iOS and Android in 2013 called Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys, which has since been cancelled. Today, we've found out via Philip Cruden's LinkedIn page that the company Go For Launch Productions, also known as GFL Animation Studios, were in charge of creating locations and character designs for Disney Interactive's upcoming Kingdom Hearts online game between September 2011 and March 2013.

The official website for GFL Animation Studios has two pages about their work for Disney Interactive and Kingdom Hearts, and these pages contain a huge amount of information, as well as over 100 pieces of concept art for the cancelled title. The two pages are titled "Disney Kingdom Hearts" and "Kingdom Hearts App Game", and together seem to show a very rough, initial concept for GFL's vision of Disney Interactive's Kingdom Hearts game.

The game was to have "several Kingdom Hearts heroes" (these seem to be original characters) transported to Disney worlds through a Grand Central like station, where they would join forces with the heroes of those worlds in battle arenas to defeat their enemies. These worlds included ones based on Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Snow White, Wreck It Ralph, Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, Star Wars, Tron and Tangled, all represented in the concept art for the game. An original town was also created called "New Town". All concept art can be seen below, originally sourced from the GFL Animation Studios website.

- Original concept art
- Game Hubs concept art
- Aladdin concept art
- Alice in Wonderland concept art
- Peter Pan concept art
- Snow White concept art
- New Town concept art
- Wreck It Ralph concept art
- Frozen concept art
- Lilo & Stitch concept art
- Star Wars concept art
- Tron concept art
- Tangled concept art

It is unclear if all of these worlds made it past the concept/design stage that GFL Animation Studios were working on, but it is clear that Disney Interactive were working with GFL on this concept art for their upcoming Kingdom Hearts app, and that game designers and Disney executives from both the United States and Japan were all involved.

Here are the full descriptions for the concept art:

The concepts for this game was to have several Kingdom Hearts heroes transported to the worlds of our favorite Disney Characters. Traveling through a Grand Central like station our heroes could visit any Disney world of their choosing and join forces with the heroes of those worlds to defeat their enemies. Below is a collection of concept and game play design work. We also created “World Tour” video that introduced the Kingdom Hearts characters to the Disney worlds and culminated in a game play simulation battle on the rooftops of Peter Pan’s London, England. The video formed a large part of a video presentation given to Disney US and Disney Japan executives.

Go For Launch Productions, in association with CgMations in Ireland, designed numerous characters and sets for Disney’s new Kingdom Hearts game. The concept was simple; bring the beloved Kingdom Hearts’ characters into the iconic worlds of Disney. The characters of Wreck It Ralph, Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, Star Wars, Tron, Tangled and more, were all to do battle with the Kingdom Hearts heroes against epic foes! On this project we re-imagined the classic Disney worlds as game play battle arenas and worked with the game designers to create fun and challenging game play scenarios.

[Here] is a selection of concept and game play design work.


Update: We've got twenty more concept art images showing battles on London rooftops, most likely from Neverland. You can view them here. Thanks go to KH13 member Roxasman1231 for the tip.

A former programmer at Disney Interactive has revealed the name and details of a cancelled Kingdom Hearts title. The game was called "Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys", and is said to have been deep in development during 2013 by Wideload Games, a studio of Disney Interactive. Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys was being developed using Unity and C#, and would have been released for the iPhone, iPad and Android markets if it weren't for its cancellation sometime early 2014.

Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys was to be a "mobile, free-to-play action RPG", and from the game's development summary, we know that it would have at least contained items, crafting, an inventory, user interface, and networked high score portions. Unfortunately, no more details about the game are known.

Working at Disney Interactive (Wideload Games Studio):

Worked in a small studio setting creating mobile video games using Unity and C# that targeted the iPhone / iPad / Android markets. [...] I assisted with prototyping and implementation of the item, crafting, inventory, user interface, and networked high score portions of a mobile Kingdom Hearts action RPG title. Additionally, I created multiple debugging tools, including a network logging service that allowed games running wireless to automatically send debugging information to a central location.


Summary of the game:

Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys
2013

A mobile, free to play action rpg for iOS and Android phones, written with Unity and C#. The project was deep into development before being cancelled several months after I left the studio.


It is unknown if Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys is related to Kingdom Hearts Online, another Kingdom Hearts title that was revealed by a former Disney Interactive employee in 2013. Kingdom Hearts Online was being developed by South Korean studio "Studio EX" for Disney Interactive, as early as January 2013 and at least until November 2013, also using Unity for development and targeting "smartphones and the web". Due to the two different studios involved and different titles for the games, it seems as if these are two separate cancelled projects, both in 2013 and both managed by Disney Interactive.

Also, as a side note: u/NDABreaker2 on reddit today has claimed to have come across a leaked screenshot of the cancelled game. There is no proof that this is a legitimate screenshot, so unlike the above verified information, this screenshot is not verified at all. Nonetheless, here it is.

Note: We have removed some details from this article on request.

After tonight's maintenance, more updates have been made to Kingdom Hearts χ. A handful of new cards are now available including the new Key Scene #13 card. Some interesting White Day events are in place with neat benefits for the player. Other new events are also in place, along with the usual new items. Any thoughts on this update? Tell us 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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