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Back in December, Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series revealed that both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX could make their way to PlayStation 4. However, in an interview with Ruliweb, Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series has stated there are no plans to do so.

Ruliweb: It's been two years since the first official announcement of Kingdom Hearts 3.

Nomura: Usually, most of the reactions from the KH fans and media consist of "Please put [this world] in the game!" (Laughs) Rather than comments on the game system itself, we get requests for "Put this world in, put my world in!" much more. Whichever world is a popular map should determine whether or not the masses will greatly enjoy Kingdom Hearts 3. Recently, we also received a significant increase in requests for the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix to be released on the PS4. Unfortunately, we don't have any plans for that.


The most likely reason for this appears to be that they do not want to delay Kingdom Hearts III, as both HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX were both developed by the Kingdom Hearts team for unknown reasons. Tai Yasue stated in the interview linked above that they did not want Kingdom Hearts III delayed. Another likely reason is that the PlayStation 4 requires all games to have digital versions while both HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX did not on PlayStation 3, likely due to licensing issues.

Thanks go to @RedMakuzawa for the tip, Jess from Tumblr and Amber from Tumblr for the translation.

In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine UK, Tetsuya Nomura gives an official development update on Kingdom Hearts III. In the interview, Tetsuya Nomura discusses that the fundamental systems and mechanics are almost complete and they will be shifting developing onto the mass production of areas. Along with an update on the basic systems, he also states that smaller development areas such as mini-games are still varied when it comes to a completion progress. With development shifting more toward bigger aspects of Kingdom Hearts III, they hope to begin laying down the groundwork and making sure other big elements within Kingdom Hearts III are complete. You can read what Tetsuya Nomura said regarding Kingdom Hearts III's current development state below thanks to the report by PlayStation Universe.

For the most part we've established the ground foundations, like the basic systems and mechanics of what's going to go in the game. Development of that is pretty much close to complete. But of course, since this is an HD title, it's now building the resources, and development of the 'mass' elements of it, like mass production of the areas and the actual things that are going into the game.

Other elements, including the mini-games and other various smaller items; their progress is very varied...some of them are polished and very close to final state, but at the same time some elements are still in the planning phase and I haven't laid out the groundwork yet. But the basic structure of what's going to go in the game is set, it's now a matter of mass production of the different elements.


Update: We've included the entire interview under the spoiler tag. Nomura discusses world selection, the preparation of his development team, and specifications on the Attraction Flow moves.

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New Kingdom Hearts III information is going to be revealed at this year's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. Are you excited for the Kingdom Hearts III news next month with this development update by Tetsuya Nomura? Let us know in the comments!

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In the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly, the upcoming iOS and Android title, Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ was featured. Within the issue of Famitsu Weekly, details were given about the upcoming title such as it's medals system and the Keyblade upgrade system. As you play through Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ you can make your character stronger by strengthening your medals abilities and upgrading your Keyblade. In the issue they also explain how the controls in the game are optimized for smartphones and other mobile devices as well as going into detail about Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]'s 2nd anniversary, in which the game was originally released in July 2013. You can view a translation of the Famitsu Weekly scan below thanks to goldpanner as well as screenshots within the scan.

The world of Kingdom Hearts (hereon KH) expands onto smartphones.
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is a title that allows you to experience the 'Keyblade War' mentioned in-game in the KH series. As the wielder of the Keyblade, a key-shaped sword, the player goes around the worlds. The controls have been optimised for smartphones, and the battles that allow you to feel exhilarated in a short time are also attractive. The Keyblade can be strengthened, and the user-friendliness can be improved depending on customisation. In this issue, we'd like to explain the setup behind that.

Become stronger along with your Keyblade!

Keyblades have several slots open. The setup involves filling them with medals to open the possibility to use attacks and strong abilities. Also, strengthen the Keyblade and you will gain benefits that connect to your fighting power, such as increasing the number of slots. You can't skip this element of gameplay if you want to overcome battles.

Unleash the medal abilities in battle!
In the battles in this title, you can unleash the techniques of the medals on your Keyblade one after another simply by tapping or holding the screen. Fulfil the requirements, and by holding and flicking the medal in the bottom left of the screen, you can set off powerful abilities such as the ones shown here. If you use a technique with an attribute that is effective against the enemy's attribute there will be even more of an impact.

Kingdom Hearts χ browser version service reaches second year anniversary!

KHχ is the PC browser game that serves as the base for KH Unchained χ. As the predecessor of KH Unchained χ, it has been in service since July 2013. In KHχ there is currently a campaign to commemorate the second year anniversary of the service having begun, and various events are underway. If you haven't played it before, how about taking this as your opportunity to try it out?


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With Gamescom coming next month on August 5th through August 9th, Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series is confirmed to appear at Gamescom and will be answering questions from fans and taking pictures. Guests will also receive an autograph and win exclusive prizes in a very exclusive event in which only 50 people will be able to attend. The event will take place on Friday, August 7th during Gamescom. This meet with Yoko Shimomura will be a lead up to the Final Fantasy XV presentation by Square Enix, but fans will be able to ask her any questions, such as questions relating to the Kingdom Hearts series. The event is going to take place at the Square Enix Products booth (Hall 5.1 - C012). If you're interested in attending the event with Yoko Shimomura, you will need to email HMG-Community@square-enix.com with the subject "SEP Meet & Greet".

Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, the iOS & Android port of Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] will be featured in this week's issue of Famitsu Weekly magazine. The preview from Famitsu.com reveals that brand new screenshots will be included, we are almost certain to get a press release of these soon after and when we do we'll let you know. The article will also contain new information about the medals which are replacing Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]'s cards in the iOS & Android version. You can view a preview of this article below.

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Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] is celebrating it's second anniversary, and events are being held to commemorate the game. Players will be getting many daily log-in bonuses, such as items or cards once a day upon logging in. New artwork from Tetsuya Nomura featuring Sora and Roxas wearing each others clothes, along with Kairi and Naminé doing the same has been showcased for the event. A new story is available, and it seems to be somewhat similar to the story held for last year's event. Are you happy with the celebrations so far? Let us know below!

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Disney has confirmed via the D23 Expo website that Kingdom Hearts III will appear at D23 Expo 2015. The D23 Expo in America will take place in Anaheim, California. Kingdom Hearts will be in Hall D23 on Sunday, August 16 at 11 a.m. USA Pacific Daylight Time (USA PDT). With this event, Square Enix will bring special guests and surprises to Hall D23 with new information to be revealed about Kingdom Hearts III. If you're interested in D23 Expo 2015 tickets, you can read the details about ticket prices and more below.

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are $74 for a one-day adult admission and $54 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $65 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $112 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.


Now that Kingdom Hearts III is confirmed for D23 Expo in America, have your thoughts regarding Kingdom Hearts III's development changed? What, if anything, do you hope will be revealed at the event? Let us know in the comments below!

Ben Diskin, voice actor of Young Master Xehanort in the Kingdom Hearts series, is currently holding an AMA (ask me anything) thread on reddit, and we had the pleasure of asking him his thoughts on the E3 2015 Kingdom Hearts III trailer and his preparation for his role in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

Toominator: Hi Ben, I am a member of the news team for KH13.com, a fan site for Kingdom Hearts. We would love for you to tell us about what you thought of the most recent trailer. And for KH3D, you came into the game a bit late and KH is notorious for having a convoluted plot. Did you have people give you a breakdown of the plot before you started recording for KH3D? Thanks for doing this AMA!

Ben: Answering your questions a bit out of order here, but: Did they give me a breakdown of the plot? Well, I ASKED for one to which they responded with laughter. After they had finished cracking up, they explained that the plot was so complex that by the time they'd finished explaining what had happened across the previous games, we'd be out of time to record. ;)
As for the recent trailer, I liked it! I was EXTREMELY relieved to see the character design for Young Xehanort. See, this is another example of how secretive the KH franchise is. They COULD have told me during the recording process, "Okay, Ben. This takes place before the events of KH3D, so your character will be a bit younger. Can you lighten your voice a bit to represent that age difference?" What they did INSTEAD was say, "Okay, we'd like you to raise the pitch of your voice to match the Japanese seiyu's voice." I then pointed out that I'd never done that in the game and that MY Young Xehanort voice has always been deeper than the one in the Japanese version. They basically just said, "Yeahhhh..... Well, we want you to match his vocal pitch anyway. It just sounds better." So, they couldn't even tell me WHY they were making me change my voice and I left the session thinking, "Oh, Geez. This trailer's going to hit the Internet and people are going to get mad at me for not remembering how to do my character's voice. Why'd they have me change it so much??? This is gonna be embarrassing... :'("
So, I liked the way the trailer turned out, but I wish they could have given me a FEW details so I didn't think I'd screwed up. xD


His response clarifies that he was indeed involved in the recording process for the new Kingdom Hearts III trailer. It also seems as though he was given little to no information regarding the plot before he started recording his lines for Young Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts III, but according to a previous question, he played Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II before recording the lines.

Dimi3Infinity: How did you get into the world of Kingdom Hearts? Did you play the games or seen videos of the games before getting the role of Young Xehanort to get caught up with story?

Ben: I'd already played KH1 and KH2 in the past, but I barely remembered what happened in them and had never played any of the portable games. The thing about recording for KH that's very unique to other games is that the guys in charge tell me as little as they possibly can. (I presume this is to ensure I can't blab about anything to curious people on the Internet.) For instance, throughout the recording of KH3D, no one told me what my character was going through, what his motivations were, etc. It was all about saying the words in a specific way. ie, "Emphasize THIS word. Raise the pitch of your voice slightly on this other word. Lower your pitch at the end of the sentence. Take your time with the third word, and make sure you sound emotionally distant." So, I'd have no idea what any of my dialogue really meant, but it sounded like I did.


Ben mentions that he enjoyed the new Kingdom Hearts III trailer and was "relieved" to see his character's appearance in the game. He also reveals that the inspiration came from Japanese voice actor for Young Master Xehanort, Takanori Okuda. Then, Ben makes a point to remind us of how secretive Square Enix and Disney are with this property, as if we were not already aware!

Update: Ben Diskin has taken the time to answer more fan questions about the Kingdom Hearts series. Check out the rest of his Kingdom Hearts-related answers here.

We believe he gave a stellar performance in the trailer and has no reason to be embarrassed by his work, but what do you think? How do you feel about Ben Diskin's work in the series, and what do you take from his responses to the questions regarding Kingdom Hearts? Let us know in the comments below!

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has begun and new Kingdom Hearts Play Arts Kai figures have been featured. The Play Arts Kai figures are of Sora in his Halloween Town costume from Kingdom Hearts II and the other is of Riku also from Kingdom Hearts II. These figures are just prototypes so they are yet to be finished. When the finished products are revealed we'll let you know. You can view these prototypes of the Play Arts Kai figures below thanks to @churroz for originally posting these images.

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Recently there have been designs found that were never before seen from Kingdom Hearts that were hidden deep inside the Kingdom Hearts design document. With a look through the design document, it appears that Kingdom Hearts was once named Kingdom of Hearts. Additionally, there is a picture of what looks like a Toy Story world and how it would look on the world selection map. It includes Andy's house on top of a Pizza Planet rocket. Also note that each charatcer from the design document had a written bio describing each character and their roles in Kingdom Hearts. The designs found in the document were never released to the public before. You can view all the hidden designs and each character's written bio below with credit going to Nathan McMahon on photobucket for originally finding these images and KHInsider for the tip.

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Sora:
The hero of this story. Sora is a fourteen-year-old boy who has his own personal issues like every other teenager does, but he always keeps a positive attitude towards everything.
Simple-minded at times, but his sense of justice is very strong.
"Sora" means "sky" in Japanese, representing his adventurous spirit.

Kairi:
The heroine of this story. Also aged 14.
A few years ago Kairi moved into the island where Sora and Riku live.
She may appear gentle and fragile, but inside she has a strong will that does not bend to any force.
Her name, "Kairi", bears the meaning of "sea", home of all life forms.

Riku:
Sora's best friend. He may seem a lot more collected and cooler than his same-age best friend, yet he remains expressive of his own thoughts.
Always curious towards the unknown, he begins to question the small, closed world in which he lives.
His name, "Riku" means "land" in Japanese.

Donald:
The court wizard.
With the order left by the king who disappears in the beginning of the story, Donald goes for an adventure searching for the hero. His vibrant character and quack-talk is sure to complicate things, adding even more fun to the story.

Goofy:
Captain of the royal cavalry.
Goofy, though a captain of his own troops dislikes battles and carries only a shield with him.
Goofy becomes Donald's partner in this journey, complimenting wacky Donald with his slow-talking, easy-going style.

Minnie Mouse:
King Mickey's queen.
As the queen she takes charge of the castle after Mickey's disappearance, appoints Goofy and Donald to search for the king in her place.

Daisy Duck:
A noble lady.
A sweet maid who fancies Donald, she collects her courage(?) to send him off to his mission.

Chip:
The mechanical engineer working for King Mickey.
The underground airship hanger is his working place as well as playing grounds.
It is Chip who designs the SS GummiBlock, allowing our heroes to reach other worlds.

Dale:
A mechanic working with Chip.
He maintains and, if necessary, primps up the SS GummiBlock which Donald and Goofy boards for the trip.

Do you prefer the title Kingdom Hearts or Kingdom of Hearts? Let us know in the comments below!