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Square Enix have announced the name and logo for the title with the previous tentative name of Kingdom Hearts for PC Browsers. The title is now known as KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] (pronounced "Kingdom Hearts Key"), and will have the logo shown below. For more information on KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi], check out our news archive for the title.
Square Enix also updated the official website for Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- with a graphic explaining the pre-order bonus for the game. As announced earlier, pre-ordering HD 1.5 ReMIX in Japan will give you special exclusive codes in Kingdom Hearts χ [chi]. These codes are now known to be for the Sora (R+) and Riku (R+) cards.
Update 1: Famitsu.com have updated with an article providing all of the same information revealed by Square. This article also contains a non-transparent version of the game logo, as well as high quality images of the pre-order bonus cards. These can be seen below.
Update 2: Our translator, goldpanner, has translated the information provided in the Famitsu.com article. This describes Kingdom Hearts χ [chi], as well as the pre-order bonuses for HD 1.5 ReMIX. Thanks to her, you can read this below.
●Handy kits of bonus extras for Kingdom Hearts: Key!
Square Enix has two announcements regarding the Kingdom Hearts series, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year! First, we have confirmation of the official title and logo of the series' first online PC browser game, Kingdom Hearts: Key. Second, we have details on the bonus extras to be included with first-run editions of Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-, scheduled for release on 14th March 2013 on PS3.
■ Outline of Kingdom Hearts: Key
Presenting the series' first online PC browser game. The protagonist, controlled by the players themselves, will be able to adventure through various Disney worlds on web broswers. Advancing through strategic battles using cards available in-game, occasionally working together with friends to face off against enemies... Introducing a new gameplay sensation that has never been seen in the Kingdom Hearts series so far. With collectible items to obtain, this title is looking like something that will be fun to play for a long time. The standard game is free-to-play, charges will be for purchasable items only.
■Bonus extras included with first-run editions of Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-
The bonus included with first-run editions of Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- is confirmed to be a handy kit for Kingdom Hearts: Key. Copies purchased via e-STORE, the Square Enix online shop, will also come with a bonus serial code for use in Kingdom Hearts: Key. If you make your purchase through e-STORE you have a chance of obtaining both bonuses, but there are limited numbers, so please pre-order ASAP.
[First-Run Inclusion Extras]
Handy Kit for Kingdom Hearts: Key
~Card: Sora (R+)....For use during battles in-game
~20,000 Munny....For use synthesising cards in-game
~4,000 Card Draw Points....Points that enable you to exchange cards in-game
[e-STORE Purchase Extras]
Battle Support Kit for Kingdom Hearts: Key
~Card: Riku (R+)....For use during battles in-game
~Potion x10....Allows recovery of ATP
~Ether x10....Allows recovery of power necessary during boss battles
(C)Disney developed by SQUARE ENIX
※Images are from a work in progress.
Update 3: goldpanner has also translated the original announcement from Square Enix's blog, Message from the KINGDOM. This translation can be read below.
PC Browser KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi] Official Title and Title Logo Confirmed
KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi] (Kingdom Hearts: Key)
Presenting the series' first online PC browser game.
The protagonist, controlled by the players themselves, will be able to adventure through various Disney worlds on web broswers.
Advancing through strategic battles using cards available in-game...
Occasionally working together with friends to face off against enemies...
Introducing a new gameplay sensation that has never been seen in the Kingdom Hearts series so far.
Loaded with collectible items to obtain,
This title is looking like something that will be fun to play for a long time.
Supported systems: PC
Genre: Online game for PC browser
Date available: TBA
Charges: Charging for items (standard game free to play)
Collaborating company: SUCCESS Corporation
Please look forward to the upcoming follow-up report!
The issue of Famitsu Weekly releasing on February 21, 2013 has been confirmed to contain an article on Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-. This announcement was included in the back of the February 14, 2013 issue of the magazine, and posted online by hokanko-alt.
It is likely that this issue will focus on Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, as the last two HD 1.5 ReMIX articles in Famitsu Weekly focused on Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, respectively. Information from the article is expected to appear online as early as February 19, so please look forward to our coverage of this article next week!
Disney Games Japan have launched an official page for Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-. Don't get too excited, as there is no new content-- however, it is nice to see promotion happening leading up to the release of the game in Japan on March 14, 2013. The page contains the trailer from Jump Festa 2013, as well as various screenshots and information detailing both the original titles, and the changes made to them in HD 1.5 ReMIX.
Square Enix Gangan, the creators of the Kingdom Hearts manga series, have uploaded a wallpaper celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series. The wallpaper serves as a calendar for February 2013, and part of March 2013, with a focus on Valentine's Day! You can view it below in our gallery, in all available resolutions.
Various recently-announced Kingdom Hearts figurines have made an appearance at New York Toy Fair 2013. Hidemi Matsuzuka has uploaded photos of the figurines being showcased at the event, including the Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] Tron: Legacy Play Arts, Kingdom Hearts II Formation Arts Volume 3, and Kingdom Hearts 3D Play Arts Kai. All photos from the event can be seen below, in our gallery.
7-Eleven Japan have announced that they will be running a special Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- promotion in Japan, up until March 11, 2013. If you pre-order the game from 7-Eleven in Japan before this date, then you will receive a product code for an exclusive downloadable original PS3 custom theme. You also receive the game a bit cheaper, for ¥6,280 (approximately US$67.64) instead of the RRP of ¥6,980. goldpanner has translated the 7-Eleven product description, and thanks to her, this can be read below.
Product name: Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- for PS3
Pre-order period: ~11th March 2013 (Mon) until 10:00
Release date: 14 March 2013 (Thu)
Price: Manufacturer's suggested retail price ¥6,980 ⇒ 7-Eleven special price ¥6,280
7-Eleven Original Bonus: Product code for downloadable original PS3 custom theme
Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- is three titles in one! The first two titles in the series and an extending story make up three titles to enjoy on your PS3!
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix: The first title in the series! [hd remastered version]
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, the North American version of the first title of the series with a great deal of added content, was released in 2002. This HD remaster has more new features!
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories: The second title in the series! [hd remastered version]
The second title in the series, Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, was released on the GBA in 2004. This is a HD remaster of the 3D full-remake released for the PS2 in 2007, Re:Chain of Memories!
※Sold included with Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Three-Five-Eight-Over-Two: The tale that connects to KH2! Enjoy the story as a HD video title.
The story of another protagonist, Roxas, released on the GBA in 2009. The important scenes have been recorded as this video title!
(Note: This should say Nintendo DS; 7-Eleven made a typo in the product description.)
※Preorders limited to two copies per customer.
※There are limited numbers so please place your preorder soon.
※There may be unavoidable changes to the final product. Please understand this beforehand.
※Images are of the unfinished product.
※If not specifically indicated, the price of all goods includes tax.
Square Enix have updated the official website for Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-. This update is an update to the Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days section of the website, and in addition to the existing subsection for "Story", subsections for "Characters", "Screenshots" and "New Features" have been added. These sections, along with their screenshots, are summarized below.
Background music has also been added to the website's main page. The song is an updated version of Dearly Beloved from Kingdom Hearts, and can be downloaded here, or listened to below. This is the first track we've heard from HD 1.5 ReMIX, so enjoy!
This section, which was already present with the website update earlier, simply contains a synopsis of the 358/2 Days story, along with some screenshots from the game in the background. This image can be seen below.
The characters section contains icons and synopses for various characters in the game. Both the small and large versions of these renders can be seen below.
The screenshots section contains 16 new screenshots from the game. These can be seen below.
The new features section details the contents of the 358/2 Days Video Volume. They compare the quality of the original game (1 | 2) to that of the HD version (1 | 2), and summarize all of the information included in the recent Famitsu article.