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With the number of nominations for Flaming Lea, I am expecting a Flaming Lea Awards 2.0.
Wow, this is my last half hour as a 17 year old.
Finished preparing my team for Poketransfer. Now to wait till the 27th.
Update: The trailer is now live!
Square Enix have announced that the new KINGDOM HEARTS III trailer from D23 Expo Japan will be online at 11PM PDT. This is less than 3 hours away! (Check the time of this post.) The trailer will feature all-new gameplay, including new abilities, attacks and enemies from the game. The thumbnails of this currently private YouTube video are already available, and they can be seen below. Enjoy!
Today at D23 Expo Japan, KINGDOM HEARTS III appeared with an all-new trailer, showing off the game. Although this trailer has not yet appeared online, attendees of the event have been sharing their impressions, and @sqexgal has been translating them. These details can be read below.
- Movements on screen are really dynamic. Just as beautiful as expected for the PS4.
- I also noticed a scene where it looked like a Keyblade variation where Sora dual shooting 2 guns.
- Sora's new attack! Disney attractions! In the new trailer, you see the pirate ship from Peter Pan, but it's lit up like in the Electrical Parade!
- Fighting Heartless and the Rock Titan in Traverse Town. Sora is in front of the electrical parade attraction like boat, attacking. The Rock Titan line gradually appears in front of the electric parade coaster. It seems to attack by spinning around the Titan.
- They already said that KH3 uses an exclusive tool called Kingdom Shader, but seeing it, it's really amazing! Sora's hair sways naturally, his expression is soft and realistic, his caricature is portrayed beautifully. I want this trailer to be released immediately!
- On the scene where Sora wields 2 guns, it seems that the guns are related to an attraction with the little green men. リトルグリーンメン is what the little green men in Toy Story are called officially in Japanese, so maybe we have Toy Story confirmed. Maybe.
- It goes without saying that the action is great, but even flames appear really realistic! I can't wait to see what the magic will look like from here on out!
- The special attraction attack used against Rock Titan is the Electric Parade like roller coaster you can ride! It looks a lot like the Big Thunder Mountain attraction from Disneyland. Donald and Goofy are secured by the safety bar, lol.
- Also, there was a scene where the Keyblade transformed into 2 guns.
- The KH3 trailer we've been waiting for centered on a battle scene with Sora Donald and Goofy in Traverse Town. It looked like Sora was using Aqua's Magic Wish command style. Lastly, the Keyblade separated and was held in both hands, shooting balls of light.
- Then the scene changes and we see Sora operating a boat like in an amusement park. Probably Peter Pan. It looks like the night version of the float that Peter Pan rides in the Disneyland Jubilation parade.
- The next scene looks like Big Thunder Mountain from Disneyland. You attack while riding on top of a shining coaster as the tracks surround Rock Titan, sending him spinning. Finally, Sora and co get off the coaster as it crashes into the Titan.
- This trailer seems to show practical in game footage judging by the movement conditions. The motif this time was the attractions of Disney. The latest KH3 trailer was only battle scenes that confirm the appearance of Sora and Riku. Look forward to Roxas, Ven, and the rest from here on out.
A new trailer showing off the past games in the KINGDOM HEARTS series was also shown, and the details of this trailer are below, again thanks to @sqexgal.
- The compilation trailer included flashback scenes of hugs, handshakes, arm grabs, Keyblade succession, head pats, etc. Very heartwarming. Xion, Namine, and Vanitas also appeared.
Today at D23 Expo Japan, Square Enix have announced a HD collection of KINGDOM HEARTS titles, named KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX. The collection includes, KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX, KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX and KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded. The release date as this stage is simply 2014.
Update 1: KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX is exclusive to the PlayStation 3. (Source: Post on PlayStation Blog) Note that this confirms that the game is coming internationally, and that KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX, KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX will be full, playable titles, while KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded will be a collection of HD remastered cinematics.
Update 2: Debut trailer!
Update 3: Official logos!
Update 4: Official Japanese KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX website launched. Square Enix NA have also updated the official English KINGDOM HEARTS portal to feature KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX.
Update 5: Unofficial English dubbed trailer! (Using official English voices, from previous games.)
Update 6: Amazon.com is now accepting pre-orders.
D23 Expo Japan is an event taking place from October 12-14, 2013. Here, the KINGDOM HEARTS series will be featured, with KINGDOM HEARTS III confirmed to appear, and likely to be receiving new footage. Our coverage of D23 Expo Japan has begun. Keep checking back for more info.
Gamer have posted an article about the KINGDOM HEARTS Limited Stage, and with the article, shared many phots of the event. These can all be seen below.
Monday, October 14, 2013
The KINGDOM HEARTS Limited Stage has begun! We will provide live updates here, so keep checking back. The event goes for 1 hour in total, so stay tuned. All times below are in JST. (With thanks to @aibo_ac7, @sqexgal & @shinkansen3000)
15:00 - The event has begun! 3D Keyblade holograms are being shown, with the Keyblades rotating. The χ-blade is one Keyblade shown. Mickey Mouse is on the screen, with a trailer introducing the past KINGDOM HEARTS games showing.
15:05 - Disney's CEO is on-stage. Past KH games are being shown.
15:10 - KINGDOM HEARTS III info is coming soon! Tetsuya Nomura and Shinji Hashimoto are on-stage.
15:14 - The KINGDOM HEARTS series has shipped over 20 million units worldwide!
15:16 - They are showing early artwork of Sora on the screen. Originally, Sora's pants were orange.
15:18 - They are showing a new trailer about the early stages of the KINGDOM HEARTS series!
15:24 - Hashimoto is going over the history of KH. KINGDOM HEARTS III is announced, and χ[chi] is now being discussed. New world(s) and scenarios are coming to KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi].
15:27 - KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX has been officially announced. HD 2.5 ReMIX will release in 2014, and will contain KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX, KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX, and KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded.
15:50 - They are showing a KINGDOM HEARTS III trailer now! It looks much higher quality that the E3 2013 trailer. Sora and Riku are definitely appearing in KH3. Look forward to Roxas. In the new KINGDOM HEARTS III trailer, you are riding on a boat with attractions like Disneyland. Trailer is like you are playing the game. More details soon.
Most KINGDOM HEARTS announcements at the event will occur within the "KINGDOM HEARTS Limited Stage", an event on October 14 at 3PM JST. A countdown to this event is above. Here, KINGDOM HEARTS III information and footage is likely to appear. Nomura has also mentioned his wishes to make another announcement on the stage (quote below | full interview here). Could this be KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX? We'll find out soon.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Update 2: In a speech from Bob Iger, Walt Disney Company CEO, KINGDOM HEARTS was mentioned, with reference to the KINGDOM HEARTS event at D23 Expo Japan occurring on October 14, 2013. (Source: @aibo_ac7)
Earlier, it was announced that series director Tetsuya Nomura would discuss KINGDOM HEARTS III on the playstationjp YouTube channel, as part of their 'Conversations with Creators' series. Today, Play Community have shared new details about the video-- @bKvEBVAvUq has shared these details, and thanks to goldpanner for translations, this can be read below.
Conversations with Creators is a video series in which we interview the creators of the PlayStation 4 titles that have been revealed so far. Before the video goes public on the Play Community blog, just our Play Community registered members get the next new info early!
The next episode of Conversations with Creators is, once again, Tetsuya Nomura, director of Square Enix's KINGDOM HEARTS III! He gave us a perspective on the PS4 and on this title that was different yet again from his Final Fantasy XV video that went up the other day.
He gave us a comment especially for the members of Play Community to see before the video releases. Take a look.
I still don't have much information on KHIII that I can release to the public, but I spoke to the extent I was able. Please enjoy the interview, along with part of the new clip that will be released at the event this month.
We hope you enjoyed this new info, please look forward to the interview video!
Nomura's bolded quote above seems to imply that his 'Conversations with Creators' interview will contain part of a new clip that will be released at the KINGDOM HEARTS event at D23 Expo Japan, which occurs in a few days time. Stay tuned, as it won't be long before we know exactly what is shown.
RPG Site have conducted an interview with the executive producer and composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, Shinji Hashimoto and Yoko Shimomura. Here, they discuss the production and music of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX. Most of this we've heard before, but it is always interesting to get some new details about the insight behind the game! Check out the full interview at the link below.
One interesting thing asked was about the possibility of a Kingdom Hearts II HD, and of HD collections for the Xbox. We've copied this question and its response below, with thanks to RPG Site.
Hashimoto: To be able to make all those different Kingdom Hearts games within the series in HD we need your support and we need everyone's support worldwide. If everyone played HD 1.5 ReMIX and they loved it, then we could then move on to the next one...? At the moment, we'd just like everyone to enjoy HD 1.5 ReMIX.
As you know we've done HD 1.5 ReMIX, Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster, and Final Fantasy VII on PC, so the art team is currently working non-stop at the moment. It's very difficult to catch up with all the latest technology alongside that.
Hashimoto: I've been asked so many times about this! I need to ask one in return -- would you like to see the games on Xbox?
RPG Site: I'm personally already familiar with the games on PlayStation, but obviously there are a lot of Xbox owners in the West, especially the UK and North America, who won't be. It may seem like something of a dodging answer, but I just see it as an area of the market that might currently be missed - even if it wouldn't effect me personally.
Hashimoto: [chuckles and nods] Thank you for explaining. We'll continue to consider this prospect.
According to some 2ch.net users, series director Tetsuya Nomura will discuss Kingdom Hearts III in an interview on the playstationjp YouTube channel, as part of their 'Conversations with Creators' series. Last time on Conversations with Creators, Nomura discussed Final Fantasy XV. The Kingdom Hearts III interview is said to be published sometime during October 2013. Thanks go to @aibo_ac7 for the find!
Disney D23 Japan is also coming up around that time, with the Kingdom Hearts presentation occurring at 3PM JST on October 14, 2013-- here, new information is likely to appear. We've added a countdown until this event to the right of the news posts.
IGN have posted an article containing an interview with Shinji Hashimoto, the executive producer of the Kingdom Hearts series. Hashimoto discusses Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, and hints towards a possible Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX! Comments from series composer Yoko Shimomura are also included. Here are the quotes from the interview, thanks to Luke Karmali from IGN.
Hashimoto: "While fans of Disney are usually quite young and Final Fantasy players are much older, they come together to create a Kingdom Hearts audience that’s very unique. The feelings people have towards the series are so deep these days because they spent many of their teenage years, which is a very sensitive period of your personal life, with Kingdom Hearts."
Hashimoto: "As the game was originally released more than ten years ago, it was quite difficult even to get all the data! Also, updating the screen size to look its best in the HD format was a challenge, as the ratio is completely different. That kind of detail was hard to do."
[Meeting Shimomura, I asked her whether or not she was tempted to rework aspects of the original soundtrack she perhaps wasn’t completely satisfied with. She quickly told me that this never entered her head. From the moment she revisited the tunes she knew they’d stood the test of time; they still had the ability to affect her.]
Shimomura: "I felt really nostalgic revisiting my old project, but at the same time I found lots of new things too, things that I’d forgotten doing. So it somehow felt strangely new, too. It was fun."
Shimomura: "Of course the basic music across the series is all the same in terms of themes and the like, although it does vary slightly depending on which Kingdom Hearts game it is. But I always want to bring something new to the games."
Hashimoto: "If everyone plays 1.5 HD ReMix, if everyone likes it and everyone supports us, then 2.5 HD ReMix could happen. So at this stage, we just have to encourage people to play 1.5 HD ReMix!"
[Though Kingdom Hearts III was confirmed at long last at E3 this year, Hashimoto reiterated this was more an attempt to reassure fans that the final instalment in Sora’s story is on the way, rather than suggest its arrival is imminent.]
[One thing Hashimoto point blank refuses to do is rush the game out the door. Picking up the thread of our earlier conversation, he argues that the franchise remains so important to people not just because they played through it during a formative stage of their lives, but also because Sora’s growth and development now mirrors their own. It’s this powerful feature of the series that Square Enix hopes to focus on in Kingdom Hearts III in order to provoke a reaction that is in equal parts nostalgic and reflective.]
Hashimoto: "The fact is that the main focus of the series is Sora and Riku; how their friendship develops, but also how they grow up. After so many years, the players’ personal growth is closely tied to the game’s story at this point, so that’s the most important thing about the series and what we want to put into the game. For Kingdom Hearts III, players will be able to resurrect the happy memories they have from being teenagers when playing Kingdom Hearts III. So it’s very contemplative, and will match the personal experiences of much of the audience very closely."
Hashimoto: "I can’t really say anything about the future beyond Kingdom Hearts III. I’m the producer, not the director, so it’s totally out of my hands. It’s up to Tetsuya Nomura whether or not we’ll see Sora in future Kingdom Hearts.
Hashimoto: "As I said earlier though, the Kingdom Hearts storyline is designed to mirror the player’s personal experiences. If people play HD 1.5 ReMix they remember what it’s like to be a teenager again, access those memories and experience some enjoyable nostalgia from their past. That theme is something we want to keep with future titles as well. About the characters, we can’t say anything…but that’s the theme we want to continue."