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Hidemi Matsuzuka, Square Enix's merchandise manager has revealed that Kingdom Hearts face towels are now available at Artnia. The design Hidemi Matsuzuka showed was of a Dusk, however thanks to @ArikaMiz we know that there also Shadow and Flood designs available. You can view photos of these below.


In an interview with Kotaku at last month's European launch event for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, Tai Yasue the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series spoke about Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX being good training for new staff members in preparation for Kingdom Hearts III. He also discusses respecting source material and sharing ideas with the Final Fantasy XV team for the new hardware. You can read the interview below.

"We have been working on 3 and 2.5 at the same time," he explains, "so a lot of people are crossing over and doing both. There are also a lot of new people working on both. In a way, we've learned what was good about our previous Kingdom Hearts [games] by making 2.5."

"For 3, we want to evolve it in a new direction, but at the same time we don't want to change what is fundamental about Kingdom Hearts. We're hiring new people continuously, so they are learning about Kingdom Hearts through making 2.5. It's a good learning experience."

Kingdom Hearts is a unique thing to be working on, says Yasue, due to the necessity of finding a balance between respecting the Disney properties and incorporating original, creative ideas - so the training has been necessary.

"There's a lot to get used to working with the Disney content," he says. "You have to have a lot of dedication and respect for their visual IPs for example, and when you play Kingdom Hearts 2 you see that: when you summon a character or use a spell there's a lot of love and care that goes into the presentation. When you see Stitch coming out of the screen, for example, it's very true to the original movie. That dedication is something you learn through the process or remaking 2."

It must surely be restrictive working within those constraints, but Yasue enjoys the challenge that they introduce. "As Square-Enix, if someone else was making a Final Fantasy or a Dragon Quest, we'd be very protective of that too," he ventures. "So we really understand the importance of not changing the brand and respecting the fans. We want to make it true to Disney - we don't want to change it fundamentally. We always strive to make original content, but with Kingdom Hearts you have to really respect the source material, and that's something people really like about the series."

"As someone who creates games I think the constraints make you really think. They are what make you strive to come up with new ideas - ideas that are acceptable to Disney, and also fun. That balancing act leads to a lot of surprises. It's very challenging, but we work on it daily. We continuously talk with Disney and see what they think is acceptable… but we constantly want to surprise our players, too, so we need flexibility. It is challenging and makes you think."

The Kingdom Hearts team also benefits from sharing expertise with the other Square-Enix development units, including the Final Fantasy XV team, Yasue says - even though Kingdom Hearts development is based in Osaka. "We trade ideas - especially for PS4, Xbox One, new gen stuff," says Yasue. "We're trying to move in leaps obviously, so there is a lot to learn and a lot to explain to other people. That exchange of ideas and technology is very important and we're doing that inside Square Enix, with other teams."

After the usual Kingdom Hearts χ maintenance, more additions have been added to the game. This week's new cards feature characters from Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, as well as Monstro from Pinocchio. Lots of new events of different types are in place with many nice rewards to be gained. New items have been lined up in the Shop.

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Kingdom Hearts χ Team member SkyKeybladeHero has translated the Dev Team Report #09 and this week's updates which can be read below.



Square Enix has posted a list of available job positions in their Third Business Division.

Square Enix's Third Business Division handled Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. They have also recently worked on a couple of other small Square Enix titles but the Division's focus is the Kingdom Hearts series with Shinji Hashimoto, the Kingdom Hearts series' executive producer serving as the Division's executive.

Square Enix has listed 13 jobs relating to Kingdom Hearts III and we have listed them below. There also seven other job positions available but four are for the SaGa game coming to PlayStation Vita in 2015 and three jobs in Tokyo that could be for anything be it announced or unannounced.

No. 3BD / technical artist (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / menu designer (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / Battle Planner (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / production planner (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / level planner (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / Character Model Designer (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / background 2D Art designer (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / 3DCG designer (BG) (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / effects designer ( Osaka work)
No. 3BD / Art designer (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / UI Programmer (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / game programmer (Osaka work)
No. 3BD / 3D graphics programmer (Osaka work)

Update: goldpanner has translated the job summaries and these can be read below.


The NPD sales results for North America during December 2014 have been leaked. This has revealed that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX sold 275,000 copies in North America during December 2014. Thanks go to NeoGAF user Nirolak for the leak.

For reference, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX sold 270,000 copies in it's first month on the market in North America in one week less. The numbers aren't bad but they did not exceed Square Enix's expectations as revealed in Square Enix's 2014 Annual Report in which Square Enix mentions all releases which exceeded their sales expectations.

The usual maintenance for Kingdom Hearts χ has finished, and along with it the usual additions have been added to the game. This week's new cards include 2 new Key Scene cards. Key Scene #10 featuring Axel and Key Scene #11 featuring Xion. Other new cards feature Master Eraqus, Huey, Dewey, Louie and Sora. New avatars and new abilities are now available. New Events are now in place and new items have been lined up in the Shop.

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Kingdom Hearts χ Team member SkyKeybladeHero has translated this week's updates, which can be read below.


After the usual Kingdom Hearts χ maintenance, new additions have been added to the game. This week's new cards feature Roxas, King Mickey, Captain Justice and Captain Dark. The banner saying "Happy New Year" has been removed from the login screen, but the login screen still appears with snow. Some rather strong Heartless are now appearing in the game, along with with strong new abilities for your character. There are new events in place and new items are lined up in the Shop.


Kingdom Hearts χ Team member SkyKeybladeHero has translated this week's updates, which can be read below.


Yen Press have revealed the cover artwork of Kingdom Hearts: The Novel on their website and on their Facebook page. The novel will take place during the events of the first Kingdom Hearts game and will release in March 2015 officially translated in English. Below is the description and cover artwork of the new novel.

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.

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Some very interesting tweets have been made by Bill Farmer, Goofy's English voice actor, stating that he has finished voice recording for Kingdom Hearts III and that the game is coming in 2015. While we have no way of knowing if this is correct, Bill seems pretty confident in his word. He has made many comments about the game and his part in it. Is it really possible for Kingdom Hearts III to come out in 2015? It doesn't seem likely, and it seems that it is likely that Bill Farmer is just mistaken about what game he recorded for, but all we can do is hope.

You can view Bill Farmer's Twitter page here, or you can read some of Bill's most significant tweets below. These tweets have been removed so please remember to take these with a grain of salt.


Update: Square Enix has made it clear that there was a mistake on Bill Farmer's part and the release date for Kingdom Hearts III remains unannounced.

Today's Kingdom Hearts χ maintenance brings more great additions to the game! This week's new cards feature Sora and Mickey, as well as the new Key Art #24 card. The login screen now has a white banner with red words saying "Happy New Year!" written across it. A new type of Heartless is appearing called "Rush Sheep" with rewards to be gained for defeating it. A handful of new avatars are now available and new items are lined up in the Shop.

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Kingdom Hearts χ Team member SkyKeybladeHero has translated this week's updates, which can be read below.