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Our coverage of Jump Festa 2014 has begun. Jump Festa 2014 is a Japanese gaming event occurring December 21-22, 2013. KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX is confirmed to appear with a new trailer and a playable demo, so stay tuned. This news post will remain pinned at the top and link to all related news articles. Times are in JST, with (USA EST in brackets).
Day 1: Live event coverage
8:00PM (6:00AM) - Famitsu.com have posted photos from the event, with some showing the HD 2.5 ReMIX demo being played. These can be seen in the photo section below.
1:10PM (11:10PM) - The new trailer for HD 2.5 ReMIX was shown in Square Enix's livestream, and we have recorded this trailer and uploaded it to YouTube. The trailer can be viewed here, please check it out!
9:56AM (7:56PM) - Details about the new HD 2.5 ReMIX trailer from @aibo_ac7: "From 2.5, In 2, Roxas waking from his bed, Axel, bottom half of Namine's face as well as fighting King Mickey. BBS, Terra and Aqua standing before Eraqus, Xehanort, Terra flying on his Keyblade, likes he's persuing something in the garden? Aqua enters. Terra and Cinderella, etc." (Translations thanks to Oishii from KH13)
9:40AM (7:40PM) - Details about the new HD 2.5 ReMIX trailer from @aibo_ac7: "I only caught the end of the 2.5 preview, there was Atlantica, Nightmare Jack, and lastly a guy in a black coat facing Sora saying 'Tell me why you were chosen.' New person?" (Translations thanks to Oishii from KH13)
9:08AM (7:08PM) - HD 2.5 ReMIX-themed Christmas cards are available at the event. (Photo thanks to @aibo_ac7)
9:00AM (7:00PM) - The doors have opened at Jump Festa 2014! Keep refreshing, as will we be updating with live event coverage of everything KINGDOM HEARTS. HD 2.5 ReMIX's release date is still only "2014" at this stage.
Day 0: Pre-event coverage
5:12PM (3:12AM) - @hidemi_mad_dog has shared a photo of the Square Enix Merchandise booth at the event. The KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX wall scroll can be seen in the background.
5:49PM (3:49AM) - Square Enix Events on Facebook have uploaded a photo of their booths being prepared for tomorrow. The KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX demo booth can be seen in the middle. No release date is given on the poster, unfortunately.
Jump Festa 2014 is an event starting tomorrow in Japan, where KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX is confirmed to appear with a new trailer and a playable demo. Square Enix's schedule has been added to the official livestream pages for the event (Saturday | Sunday), and the HD 2.5 ReMIX trailer is confirmed to be included in this livestream on both days that the event is on. The timeslots that the new trailer is confirmed to appear within are listed below:
December 21 (Sat): 12:45PM to 2:25PM
December 22 (Sun): 11:30AM to 12:55PM
Note: These times are the local times for Tokyo, Japan.
The January 2014 issue of Game Informer has released, and the magazine includes a preview for KINGDOM HEARTS III. Most of the preview is a re-telling of what we learned from the game's appearance at D23 Expo Japan, however, Tetsuya Nomura (the director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series) has left some comments explaining some of these revelations in more detail!
Nomura's quotes are below (with indirect quotes [in square brackets]):
Nomura: "The process of the wielders coming together will be the main storyline, but one of the highlights of the climax is going to be who is part of the seven lights and thirteen darkness when they get to the final battle. Would it be as everyone expected, or will there be unexpected members added to the mix? That is something to look forward to."
Nomura: "All Keyblades transform, and in many different ways. Through the series, various other skilled Keyblade wielders had transformed their weapon; it may serve as a hint to see what they transformed their Keyblades into, in order to understand the different ways in which they changed their form."
Nomura: [The special Keyblade moves seen in the trailer are not tied to the Keyblade abilities, but instead to the enemy you're up against.] "When the appropriate attack becomes available, the player can activate it."
Nomura: [Kingdom Hearts III] "will be a summation of everything accumulated up to this point, in terms of both story and game mechanics. I'm sure that those who've followed the series up to now are very eager to see what's next, but I think it's also important to create wonder and awe, much like when the first game in the series came out."
Nomura: "The end also means a new beginning, and I'm certain that as this story arc ends, players will be able to look forward -- carrying this excitement -- for something new and different, never-before-seen in the series."
Thanks go to Kimberley Wallace from Game Informer for the original article, and to KH-Vids for the tip.
The issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump releasing on December 21, 2013 has contained an article on KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX. The article gives a brief summary of KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX, KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX and KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded, the three titles included in the collection, but unfortunately does not reveal any new information.
The writer of the article gave HD 2.5 ReMIX 5 stars out of 5 in all three categories that they chose. Thanks to goldpanner, these categories are below.
'adventures with disney characters * * * * *'
'slashing action * * * * *'
@kazu4281 has uploaded a full scan of this article, and thanks to them, this can be seen below.
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.