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Square Enix have confirmed that KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX will be featured at Jump Festa 2014, via their official website for the event. The game will appear with a trailer and a playable demo at Jump Festa 2014, which runs from December 21-22, 2013.
The playable demo will consist of the following scenarios:
KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX
- "Halloween Town"
- "Beast's Castle"
KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX
- Ventus in "Castle of Dreams"
- Aqua in "Radiant Garden"
- Terra in "Enchanted Dominion"
The following (small) screenshots for the game were shown on Square Enix's event website:
Unfortunately, KINGDOM HEARTS III is not listed on Square Enix's Jump Festa 2014 website.
Thanks go to @aibo_ac7 for the find.
The latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation has included an interview with 55 game creators. Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series, was one of these creators, and he has shared his thoughts on gaming and KINGDOM HEARTS in 5 interview questions.
SQEX.INFO have translated this portion of the interview, and thanks to them, this can be read below.
Q2. What about it left an impression?
Nomura: The high presence, realistic battles utilizing extraordinary, giant robots.
Q3. Do you have a message regarding memories of your works and plans for upcoming titles?
Nomura: Mainly that Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix came out this year, and I tried participating proactively in an overseas event, but I was even more pleased to experience the fan’s excitement for myself. Here as well at D23 Expo Japan, I got to stand in front of fans again after such a long absence, and was happy that the fan’s fervor wasn’t outdone by the overseas experience. We are still preparing to release Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix next year, but we’ll continue working our hardest on Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 as well.
Q4. Besides games, what are you most interested in next year and why?
Nomura: Obviously, I think there will be a trend towards new hardware systems. You can’t predict what players will think until they’ve used the new systems, so once we know, I expect that the player’s opinions will partly influence the titles currently being developed.
Q5. What are your thoughts on the 2013 gaming market and prospects regarding the future?
Nomura: I think that the current gen will push the social market trend for another year and next year onward the future of the consumer market will be decided by the next generation hardware. I have a multifunctional hybrid market in mind, something that interacts with other devices, etc.
Square Enix have detailed many updates that KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi], the Japan-exclusive online browser game, will be receiving in December and January. These updates contain a message from series director Tetsuya Nomura, where he confirms that a passage written in the Foretellers' Script of KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi] contains an important fact that leads to KINGDOM HEARTS III.
KHInsider have translated these messages, and thanks to them, the translation can be read below.
Thank you for continuing to play KINGDOM HEARTS χ.
We are soon planning a huge update for KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] to be more enjoyable.
As it was announced before in the Hangame site, new players that will be joining in December, the structure of the game will be revised to suit both new and veteran players. In January, there will be an addition of new worlds with plenty content that will be updated sequentially.
The Development Team News #2 will introduce some of the new updated content for December and January.
※ We will notify you of any addition changes during the update.
※ The images shown are currently in development.
■ The Worlds Finally Begin to Move...
1. A Serious Story Begins!!
A War for their Land
Servants Entrusted by Chirishii
The Last Message in the Foreteller’s Script
The ultimate story will begin in December 2013.
2. Addition of a New Worlds!
● Daybreak Town
(KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] original New World)
● Olympus Coliseum
Released in January 2014.
3. Release the Keyblade’s Power!
● Upgrade the Keyblade to a maximum number of 10 times.
● Upgraded Keyblades look more flashier and stronger!
Released in January 2014.
There is something fun everyday! New features!
1. Addition of Power Accessory “Strength Bangle”
● All players will be given a Strength Bangle!
● For a certain amount of time, you can boost your attack power by defeating specific Heartless in the field.
● The Heartless in particular are switched periodically. These Heartless can appear anywhere in the field. Get help from friends and you can find them quickly!
By gathering power around various worlds, you can deal great damage to Raid Bosses.
Released in December 2013.
★ Also, you can enter worlds with party members to help defeat these Heartless more easily!! Released in January 2014.
2. Raid Boss Variant appears with New Rules
● You can get large amounts of LUX by strategically defeating these variants with your party members.
● Raid Boss Variants can appear by defeating Normal Raid Bosses.
● The more quickly you defeat Normal Raid Bosses, points for Raid Boss Variant will accumulate quickly!
Released in January 2014.
3. The “Moogle Stamp” Opens!
● Everyday you log in, you get a chance to get a Mog Medal.
● The more you login, other prizes and Limited Avatars will appear.
Released in December 2013.
4. Addition of Recycle Draw
● As previously reported, Recycle Draw is still under development.
Released in January 2014.
5. Easier Gameplay Additions!
● Alongside HIGH/LOW rendering modes for cost performance, MIDDLE has been added.
● There will be a continue option for strong Heartless you couldn’t defeat.
● More phrases for your introduction bio.
● Party join notification added.
● Attack Card Boosts also correspond with Defense.
Released in November~December 2013.
There are also seasonal events!
● Functionalities that were announced previously will sequentially be added.
● Get Character Cards and Avatars from seasonal events!
● To be in the event spirit, Raid Bosses are also dressed up.
Christmas event! New Years event?!
Held sequentially in December 2013.
◆ Message from the Director ◆
Thank you for your patience.
Finally, I will begin to talk about the story of KINGDOM HEARTS χ.
There is a passage written in the Foretellers’ Script.
It is an important fact that leads to KINGDOM HEARTS III.
Everyone can be a character in this story and be happy to realize you can become a part of it.
In this KINGDOM HEARTS, everything is connected to the main storyline.
To all fans that have been playing the series, do not overlook this expansion in the story and please look forward to it.
Also, even though we have announced plenty of additional features, there is still more to expect.
We understand that many of you may be dissatisfied but there will be many updates that will enhance the game and the staff is committed to working everyday.
Thank you in advance.
So, I’ll be waiting for you in Daybreak Town.
KINGDOM HEARTS series director Tetsuya Nomura
We have relaunched the official Tumblr for KH13.com, to go along with our existing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts. Here, will we repost any KINGDOM HEARTS news, and often update with interesting KINGDOM HEARTS-related images-- whether it be fan-art, screens from the game, or something completely different. We hope you enjoy this.
Even if you were following the old KH13 Tumblr (which has now been moved here), you will have to follow the new one again. This is because we had to completely remake the Tumblr, as the old one was set up as a primary blog, and we needed a secondary blog so that we could have multiple staff members running it-- which brings us to our next announcement.
We have an exciting new feature for you today-- a section for featured KINGDOM HEARTS livestreams (click the link to access this new section). Here, you'll be able to view a list of Twitch.TV livestream channels that frequently feature KINGDOM HEARTS livestreams. On this page, you can see which of the channels are live, and what game they are livestreaming.
How do I add my channel?
If you often livestream KINGDOM HEARTS games, and want your channel to be featured on KH13.com, then simply fill out the add stream page. This page can be accessed via a button in the top-right corner of any page in the livestreams section.
Lastly, you can easily watch any livestreams that are currently active and livestreaming by keeping a watch on either the KH13 homepage, or the KH13 forum index. If there any active and livestreaming channels at any time, then a box will appear above the "Recent Topics" with a link to these livestreams. Enjoy!
Earlier in the year, we reported that South Korean publication INews24 had announced that a South Korean game studio, "Studio EX", was working on something that they referred to as "KINGDOM HEARTS online game"-- an official KINGDOM HEARTS title for both smartphones and the web.
At the time, we assumed that this was referring to the then upcoming KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi]. However, KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi] was later confirmed to be developed by Success Corporation in Japan. So, what is the "KINGDOM HEARTS online game" developed by Studio EX? Today, departing Disney executive John Pleasants had an interview with WSJ, confirming the game's existance.
Looks like this title is different to KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi], and is still in development!
Update: An advertisement for Volume 7 of the KINGDOM HEARTS II manga has appeared, and @ArikaMiz has uploaded a photo of the advertisement, showing off what could possibly be the cover artwork. Thanks to her, this can be seen below.
@Hidemi_mad_dog has uploaded a photo of some KINGDOM HEARTS-themed character straps. While we don't have any details about any of them yet you can view the photo below.
Update 1: Hidemi Matsuzuka has uploaded new photos of the "KINGDOM HEARTS Character Straps", showing each strap in much greater detail. These can be seen in our gallery, below.
Update 2: Amazon.co.jp have created listings for the KINGDOM HEARTS Character Straps, revealing that they will be released on December 27, 2013. The straps will be available at a price of ￥1,340 (approximately US$13.68) each. Thanks go to @aibo_ac7 for the find.