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  1. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX sells 275,000 copies in North America during December 2014

    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.

    • Jan 16 2015 08:59 AM
    • by Sora96
  2. New details on the Book of Prophecies revealed in the last Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] update

    In the most recent Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] update, a very important new story was added. This story gives us some very important info on the Book of Prophecies. Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] is still exclusive to Japan and currently has no plans to be localized. Thankfully, you can now view the translated walkthrough below thanks to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] team members Everglow and SkyKeybladeHero.

    What are your thoughts on Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] being extremely connected to the rest of series, as the Book of Prophecies was mentioned in the HD version of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX? What do you think about Ephemera and that Chirithy turning darker? On a first impression it seems like Chirithies aren't so innocent after all.

  3. The Kingdom Hearts team has shared a special holiday message

    Kaori Takasue, Product Manager at Square Enix Japan Studios, has shared a special "Happy Holidays" message from the Kingdom Hearts team on Sony's PlayStation blog. The message promotes Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and highlights the team's good feelings about bringing everyone together for the game's launch trailer. This message can be read below.

    Happy Holidays, PlayStation.Blog readers! The Kingdom Hearts team would like to wish you a very merry holiday to you and your loved ones. The launch of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX on December 2nd has brought together countless people and the #feels have spread in good spirits.

    The magical saga continues in three remastered journeys… and each individual’s journey with the Kingdom Hearts franchise has been quite unique. For those who have seen the Kingdom Hearts launch trailer, you saw fans across the globe expressing their love and passion to the creators of Kingdom Hearts. To shoot the trailer in North America, 293 people came out to voice their experience with the game. In EU it was a very special few dozen of fans from England, France, Germany and Spain, and in Japan I counted at least 50 smiling faces of the development team.

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    Working with the North America team, I’ve never had the chance to actually meet all the artists, programmers, character creators, storywriters, producers, and art-directors that have been working on Kingdom Hearts since its birth 14 years ago. Let alone, I’ve never really had full conversations with a group of savvy Kingdom Hearts fans at once! Thanks to our very sweet counterpart in Japan, we were successfully able to coordinate a surprise reaction video shoot with Japan. The US and EU team eagerly anticipated to see the faces behind the creativity and work that goes into our games.

    Oh boy… it was extremely hard to cut the developer reaction from hours into literally one minute. Developer reactions stating that they felt “love from around the world” were no surprise and some of the comments they had about the “cool style” of our fans were super sweet. What we didn’t get to add into the trailer was that the Japan staff initially thought that all of the fans were actors! Everyone’s “labor of love” really made a piece that just cannot be scripted.

    Thank you Kingdom Hearts fans for embracing your voice and experiences through life. We found through getting to know you that we all have overcome so many obstacles in life. The way you cheer each other on and support fellow Kingdom Hearts fans is such a special gift. In closing, as this very special game brought all of us together please remember… no matter where we go, we will always be connected.

  4. Disney creates "Which Kingdom Hearts Character Are You?" quiz

    Disney has posted a "What Kingdom Hearts Character Are You?" quiz on Oh My Disney as a promotion for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. The quiz has ten questions, and ends by naming a Kingdom Hearts character that best fits your answers. Which character did you get?

  5. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX European launch event recap video released

    Square Enix has released a recap video for the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX European launch event which was held in London on December 3rd. In the video recap you hear from Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series and Rie Nishi, the producer of the Kingdom Hearts series along with thoughts from various fans. You can view this below.

    Square Enix has also released some photos from the event. You can view them below.

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    • Dec 16 2014 08:09 AM
    • by Sora96
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack unboxing & Shimomura's message translated

    The Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack Box was released on November 26. Containing seven discs of Kingdom Hearts music it's definitely a must have product for Kingdom Hearts music fans. KH13 member tothecikpah has kindly uploaded a bunch of unboxing photos which you can view below. KH13 translator SkyKeybladeHero has also kindly translated all of Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series' messages, you can read them below.

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    Hello! Yoko Shimomura here. Thank you for purchasing this CD!

    It’s been 13 years since I was given the task of writing songs for Kingdom Hearts. I think it was in 2001. I’ve already mentioned this many times, but the first music I wrote for the series was the one used for the PV, “Destati”. At the time, I thought if it was okay to make such a dark song for a game where Disney characters would be present, as Tetsu-san had ordered. It’s been a long time since then. Time really goes by too fast (laughs).

    And after 11 years, the game was beautifully remastered in HD. At first, I was going to leave the original pieces as is. However, I thought it wasn't the right thing to do, since the graphics would become so beautiful (at the time, since the game specifications didn't support streaming, I was making do with little memory to play the songs.

    So, that’s what I thought. I pressured myself to do the right thing.

    Above everything, it was in HD! I though not to care about storing capacities! (not that it’s ok to completely ignore that). Since it is a streaming reproduction I can play at my best be it an orchestra, piano or guitar. I wanted to do that. I really, really wanted to. Of course I had an affective attachment to the original sound sources whose sound waves I compressed the most I could, put all together like a puzzle and had a really hard time tuning. But I wanted people to play the game with an even better music! That was the natural flow. Then, starting with Mr. Kawashima, who has helped me countless times, I consulted the Sound Members. And finally, I managed to do it! Almost all soundtracks, newly recorded!

    Actually, I thought it was nearly impossible to do it. But the the help and enthusiasm from the people around me was outstanding. They often told me “Let’s make an amazing work!”, “You better be prepared, Shimomura-san!” Oh boy…

    The thing we most treasured was not to disappoint the fans out there who liked the old music. Unexpectedly, when doing music for games, you’re told a lot things like “hmmm, you shouldn’t have done a musical arrangement.” In order for that not to happen, I really treated the original soundtracks with utmost care while recording them anew.

    So, how did it pay off? We, the Kingdom Hearts Sound Team have made it with a lot of passion. 11 years’ worth of feelings, along with what we want and need to do from here on. We deliver you this Soundtrack with all of these filled in it.

    All the people who have assisted me in the production of 1.5’s music, the instrumentalists and you, who’s acquired this CD. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

    Now then, once upon a time, when the tempestuous production of Kingdom Hearts –HD 1.5 ReMIX- was becoming nothing more than a good memory, I receive a call from the magnificent key person of Kingdom Hearts Sound Team: Mr. Kawamori. Ahh, I knew this day was coming. Yes, this day!!

    More than anticipation, I was kind already waiting for the blow (laughs). If there is a 1.5, then of course there should be a 2.5, right? But 2.5 has so much music. What am I going to do?? Hmmm, well, let’s think of about when it happens. Yes, only then.

    …and that “then” was finally upon me.

    The newly recorded music for 1.5 became so popular and I received so many requests to make a Soundtrack. In truth, the circumstances in which we did 1.5’s music were, in various meanings, reckless challenges. So, if that was well received, then, if work on 2.5 started, we’d make it be even better received and it would be easier to make. That’s what I believed. And I was told “you’re recording ALL the music anew, right?” as if it was obvious (laughs).Well, I wanted to but… I did want to do it, but… Somewhere inside me I was like “Ohhhhhh, right….” (laughs).

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m really happy. Really really happy!!! …This job is really hard, you know (laughs).

    But if I decide I’ll do something, I’ll see it to the end! First I had to decide which instrument of which music should be recorded again. (Including all the different versions, it was more than 100 soundtracks). Well, how should I say it? For example, while cleaning the room I would find really nostalgic stuff and stop working or while throwing manga away I’d starting reading here and there… That situation. “Oh, this is so nostalgic, oh yeah, I remember this one and what we did back then.” I listened to the soundtracks while remembering these kinds of things and when it was over, my Excel list was still empty! Hey, hey, get to work, me!

    The most earnest part was that VGO, who was responsible for the musical performance in LIGHTNING RETURNS, offered help. There’s quite a distance from Boston to Tokyo, but nowadays one can be in Tokyo and record in Boston! The advance of technology is amazing. But the recording would start at midnight. I felt the time difference being in Japan. Can’t technology do something about that too? (Laughs)

    Well then, even though I had more flexibility than in 1.5, I and the Kingdom Hearts Sound Team made the new Soundtracks thinking about making you who play the games happy. I’d be happy if you enjoy the music that links to KHIII.

    All the people who have assisted me in the production of 2.5’s music, the instrumentalists and you, who’s acquired this CD. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

    Some messages were also included in the soundtrack's booklet in English. You can read them below thanks to Social Media Team member AndrewHankinson.

    1.5 BOOKLET
    Thanks Mom and Dad,
    my brother, friends, loved ones, and Chief,
    the whole “Kingdom Hearts –HD 1.5 ReMIX–” staff,
    and the whole “Kingdom Hearts –HD 1.5 ReMIX– Original Soundtrack” staff, too.
    Thanks for giving me a stage on which to perform,
    and for all the joys that have made me who I am.
    Thanks for the ocean, the mountain, the earth, the wind,
    the sky, the sun, music…
    …and you.

    Yoko Shimomura’s Website http://www.midiplex.com/

    2.5 BOOKLET
    Thanks Mom and Dad,
    my brother, friends, loved ones, and Chief,
    the whole “Kingdom Hearts –HD 2.5 ReMIX–” staff,
    and the whole “Kingdom Hearts –HD 2.5 ReMIX– Original Soundtrack” staff, too.
    Thanks for giving me a stage on which to perform,
    and for all the joys that have made me who I am.
    Thanks for the ocean, the mountain, the earth, the wind,
    the sky, the sun, music…
    …and you.

    Yoko Shimomura’s Website http://www.midiplex.com/

    • Dec 14 2014 10:03 PM
    • by Sora96
  7. Behind the scenes of the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX launch trailer, Favorite Fan Moments shared

    A new video showing behind the scenes footage from the launch trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX trailer, various outakes from shooting the launch trailer along with many fans sharing their favourite moments has been released. You can view it below. What are some of your favorite moments in the Kingdom Hearts series? Let us know below.

    • Jun 23 2015 04:42 AM
    • by Sora96
  8. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is the 3rd top-selling PS3 title in the UK this week

    GFK Chart-Track has released their sales info for the week ending on December 6, 2014 in the United Kingdom, and with this we now have our first indication of how the English release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is selling. HD 2.5 ReMIX came in at 3rd place on the list of the top selling full-price PlayStation 3 titles for the week, and 28th or 31st for all platforms overall, depending on whether you look at the full-price or all-inclusive charts.

    It is worth noting that these charts typically don't track sales directly from the publisher, so all sales of the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Collector's Edition would not have been taken into account.

  9. Yasue discusses Kingdom Hearts III's switch from Luminous to Unreal Engine 4, Nomura's involvement, & Disney properties being considered

    In an interview with Eurogamer, Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series, has discussed Kingdom Hearts III in the lead up to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's release in Europe. Here, Yasue explained the switch from Luminous Engine to Unreal Engine 4 and its effects on Kingdom Hearts III's development, Tetsuya Nomura's involvement in the development so far, and the prospect of various Disney properties being used in the game. These important portions of the interview can be read below, with a big thanks to Eurogamer.

    On Unreal Engine 4:

    Yasue: "The technology is moving forward a lot. That's something we've learned from the West, I think, in a big way. We're using Unreal Engine 4 right now, and that really has changed the way we make the game. There was nothing wrong with the Luminous engine at all. We decided that Unreal 4 was right for us. There was a huge network of people actually using it, we were communicating with the Japanese people at Epic a lot - it was like a complete product."

    Yasue: "It was easy to shift to, but at the same time though, there was a lot of stuff specific to Kingdom Hearts that we couldn't really do on Unreal 4 at first. So we had a lot of co-operation from Epic - they did a lot - at the same time we were doing a lot of customisation of the engine as well, to suit our needs. A lot of painstaking detail - the shadows for example, the really vivid colours, that sort of thing - we couldn't really do at the beginning, so we had to remake/customise the engine and add a lot of parameters."

    Eurogamer: Given that the game began life on Luminous, does that mean work on the initial teaser from E3 2013 had to be completely scrapped?

    Yasue: "We use the same graphical assets, so we didn't throw any of that away, and I guess a lot of the experience we got from making that for E3, that experience really translated to our development now. It was in our initial production stage, so I think we were learning a lot of stuff while using the Luminous engine."

    On Nomura's involvement since stepping down from being the director of Final Fantasy XV:

    Yasue: "Nothing has really changed. The development team is in Osaka, and Nomura-san didn't really do a lot of the detailed stuff, as he's really the sort of creative visionary. We communicate as much as we did previously, so our working relationship hasn't changed at all. We are speeding up things for development, obviously, on Kingdom Hearts 3 as we move along, but I don't think it has anything to do with Final Fantasy."

    Eurogamer: Has Disney made anything off-limits to the team at Square yet?

    Yasue: "At our current stage, they have not said no. There's a lot to choose from, a lot of wonderful new IPs. No specifics but there are a lot of new IPs that we are considering and there's a lot on our table, and Disney hasn't said no - we don't have any trouble with that."

    On the purpose of the HD collections:

    Yasue: "It's been 12 years since the original Kingdom Hearts came out in 2002; it's been a long while. We want new users to be able to understand the story before going into Kingdom Hearts 3, so I guess that was the plan - making Kingdom Hearts 3 but making it more accessible by making 1.5 and 2.5."

  10. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX European launch event in London

    Last month, Square Enix announced a European launch event for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX in London, England on December 3, 2014. News Team member, AndrewHankinson attended the event and has written up what occurred at the event. You can read this below with edits by Sora96. Photos can also be viewed below.

    Approximately 170 people were at the event. A few people were dressed in Kingdom Hearts cosplay like Sora, Christmas Town Sora, Roxas, Aqua, Hayner, Kairi etc). Photos can be seen below.

    5:30 Already people queuing outside for the event
    6:00 People were let into the venue
    6:15 People were allowed into the presentation room

    • Host (Dan Seto, Square Enix Europe community manager for Japanese titles) taking scroll from a green bottle and reciting Kairi’s message “Thinking of you wherever you are…”
    • Introduction and welcome; and no film/photography during any of it!
    • Launch trailer from around the world; had secret project footage from Disneyland Paris in it.
    • Q&A with Tai Yasue (co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series) and Rie Nishi (producer of the Kingdom Hearts series). Dan Seto asked questions about their previous work and their opinions about questions like they’re favourite game, key moment in games that stood out to them most, the best part of working with Kingdom Hearts, have they ever gone to Disneyland/world to ‘research’ for Kingdom Hearts games, etc
    • 5 framed drawings of Roxas and Sora (out of 50 in the world)
    • 2 Roxas figures and 2 Sora figures
    • 3 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Collector’s Editions with signatures from both Tai Yasue and Rie Nishi
    • 3 manga storylines of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX
    • Kingdom Hearts III footage (same as the North American launch event)
    • Dan Seto ending with "The heart may be weak and sometimes it even give in, but I've learned that deep down there's a light that never goes out!"
    Slots throughout night when people could get signatures/photos from Tai Yasue and Rie Nishi
    10:00 EVENT ENDED

    • Twilight Town Clock Tower platform for people to pose and get photos and free prints. Photos are available to view on the Square Enix official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page.
    • 4 screens to play demos; 2 for Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and 2 for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix. Same demos as other events.
    • Lots of merchandise selling out quickly. With most purchases, people got a Kingdom Hearts Roxas Avatar Mascot Strap free.
    • Pies and drink supplied by ‘pieminister’ inclusive with the event.
    • Green screen for people to be filmed and create a flip book out of it. Choice of 3 backgrounds, one from each game. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix: 1000 heartless at Hollow Bastion; Birth by Sleep Final Mix: Keyblade Graveyard; and Re:coded: in Hollow Bastion where you fight Riku (Where you fight Maleficent in Kingdom Hearts)
    • Choose either to get signatures on free A4 poster (HD 2.5 ReMIX game cover design) or get photo with Tai Yasue and Rie Nishi.
    • Pose with Keyblade for photos.
    • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX wall where people can write their comments on.
    • A lot of cameras (photography and film camera so could be a video soon of the launch event)



    Update: Full impressions of the new Kingdom Hearts III footage can be seen here.

    Update 2: Twilight Town Clock Tower photos from the European launch event can be seen here.

    • Dec 08 2014 02:03 PM
    • by Sora96
  11. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX launch trailer released, titled "Inside the Kingdom, with Heart"

    Square Enix has released the International launch trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. This trailer titled "Inside the Kingdom, with Heart", "highlights the emotions that are evoked through the Kingdom Hearts franchise". The trailer features footage of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX in 1080p, people from North America and Europe sharing their personal experiences with the Kingdom Hearts series, and the Japanese development staff reacting to this footage. You can view the new trailer below!

    You can view all trailers, commercials and promotional videos for the English version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX in our trailer archive.

    Update: Square Enix Europe has revealed that the secret project back in October at Disneyland Paris was for this launch trailer. They have also posted some behind the scenes photos from the event, you can view them below.

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    • Dec 10 2014 11:43 AM
    • by Sora96
  12. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX International website redesigned

    Square Enix has just rolled out a complete redesign of the International website for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. The website now features links to the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts III International websites, information on the series and HD collections, new images and more. You can view the images below.



    Character renders


    World renders


    • Dec 02 2014 08:35 PM
    • by Sora96
  13. Tai Yasue reveals Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX could come to PlayStation 4 & Xbox One

    Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series has revealed in an interview with IGN that the Kingdom Hearts HD collections, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX could be ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the future. Yasue mentions he understands what the fans want and that it is something they will explore but they also don't want to delay Kingdom Hearts III's development. You can read what Yasue said in full below. IGN has announced they will have more with Yasue later in the week.

    "When we first came up with the idea for Kingdom Hearts III, it was always 1.5, then 2.5 and we were always thinking about those three titles at the same time," he explains. "I think [putting the games on PS4] is something we’ll explore. We understand what our players want, so we will explore the possibility. I’m not making any announcements though, we can’t make any announcements yet!"

    But while Sony gamers would likely appreciate the refresher, with Kingdom Hearts III heading to Xbox One as well as PS4, arguably it's Xbox owners that need the earlier installments of the game more than anyone else. When asked about whether an Xbox One edition of 1.5 and 2.5 could ever see the light of day, Yasue was hesitant. While the initial reasoning behind this was thought to be the initial exclusivity deal with Sony, it seems resources play just as much of a part.

    "It’s a big old question," he says. "There’s a lot of things we need to think of when we consider consoles. One of them is what our players want, so we will definitely consider that. But there’s also schedule constraints, as we really don’t want the development of Kingdom Hearts III going later, so we have that to think about. We’ll consider all these things and come to a decision."

    • Dec 03 2014 03:37 AM
    • by Sora96
  14. Churro & KH fansite interview with Tetsuya Nomura

    Prior to the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX launch event for North America, Square Enix kindly offered for Kingdom Hearts fansites to interview the director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tetsuya Nomura. Churro attended the event on behalf of KHUltimania and KH13, and was given the chance to ask Nomura questions about HD 2.5 ReMIX in a group interview with KHInsider. With a big thanks to Square Enix for the opportunity, Churro for making it all the way to the event and asking questions, and to KHI for writing up the transcript, here is our group interview:

    ---To start things off, how are you today, Nomura-san?

    Nomura: I'm doing fine, thank you. Looking forward to being here. Actually my flight was delayed for 2.5 hours but I didn't realize it until later because I had fallen asleep (laughs).

    ---How did it feel to revisit these titles again?

    Nomura: It felt the same as it did throughout the series, as our focus was to make the game more accessible to newer players. That was our stance throughout the project, and it has not changed.

    ---How big was the development team for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix?

    Nomura: It was the same as 1.5. We has a designated team of programmers specifically working on the remasters and a same art team that's been working on the series.

    ---One of the two new scenes in Re:coded features a conversation Xigbar has with Young Master Xehanort before the events of KH3D. In this scene, it appears that not even his younger self is entirely on board with Master Xehanort's plans, as if his status as a confident participant is uncertain. Could you tell us about his position at this current point in time and what we may look forward to in the future with him?

    Nomura: As you know, Xehanort loses his memory at the end of KH3D. However, he has something like a beacon inside him that guides him unconsciously. It's a feeling in his heart that he doesn't quite understand but follows regardless. In that regard, you could say he really is just walking the path laid out for him.

    ---Many of our fans are excited to see the Birth by Sleep Final Mix secret ending, which mentions Birth by Sleep Volume 2. What were your thoughts behind including this?

    Nomura: I suppose you could say that the ideas are "floating". See, Birth by Sleep Volume 2 was never meant to be the second chapter of Birth by Sleep. Rather, it was intended to be a separate piece. The ideas are still there, but they are not currently being pursued. Perhaps in the future we will have the opportunity to touch back upon this subject.

    ---What was the process in choosing which scenes from Re:coded to remake?

    Nomura: I'd go over the entire script first. Of course the scenes that were already animated would automatically be included, but we'd tweak them in such a way that "adds flavor". That is, make them more interesting for players to experience and more suitable for cinematic theater as we can't rely on gameplay. We also focused on taking the scenes that focused purely on the Kingdom Hearts original content, and enhanced them further because they are so crucial to the story. In order to select from the Disney worlds, we focused on balancing the important scenes with the charm that these characters and locales inherently bring.

    Update: Part 2 of Churro's interview with Tetsuya Nomura is now available. Nomura discusses the possibility of a HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and that Kingdom Hearts Re:coded HD Cinematic Story Video connected to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi].

    You can read it below with a big thanks to Churro, and to KHI for the transcript.

    ---In the credits of Kingdom Hearts 1.5, scenes from Kingdom Hearts 2, Birth by Sleep, and Re:coded were shown to hint at the next remaster. In the credits of Kingdom Hearts 2.5, scenes from Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts 3 were shown. Recent updates in Kingdom Hearts X[chi] also showed updated models for characters from Dream Drop Distance.

    A comment was previously made that a remaster for this title would be under consideration, but has that changed now that 2.5 has been released?

    Nomura: On one hand, technological tests have proven that we are capable of making an HD version of the game, but on the other hand, I also feel that it may not be as appealing (compared to Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX) if we release Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] on its own. We are still trying to determine what would be the best course of action.

    ---The Book of Prophecies introduced in Kingdom Hearts X[chi] contains records of events that have yet to exist, whereas Jiminy’s Journal and the Datascape contains records of events that have already occurred. How does their connection, as suggested by Maleficent in Re:coded, play a role in future events?

    Nomura: It will be revealed eventually, so please look forward to it.

    ---English cutscenes were left entirely intact in the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts 2.5, yet the Japanese cutscenes were removed in the English version. Does the possibility for a proper dual-language option exist for future installments?

    Nomura: In Kingdom Hearts, the characters are lip-synched, so if we do a proper dual-language option, there will be twice the amount of data for cutscenes and sound. Because of that, it might be tough to make happen due to limitations on capacity.

    ---What was the inspiration of creating a villain like Master Xehanort?

    Nomura: I wanted this character to be not like a monster, but more like a master of martial arts who has trimmed away anything unnecessary. A being that would represent darkness, and a sense of terror exuding from his silent demeanor. One who wants to negate Sora -- that is the root of my inspiration.

    ---KH1.5's special credits contained scenes from KH2, BBS and Re:coded, which eventually became the titles included in KH2.5. Will the KH2.5 special credits contain a similar hint?

    Nomura: I’d like players to see for themselves by playing through the game.

    ---Which Organization XIII Data fight from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix was your favorite?

    Nomura: Though I wouldn’t call it my “favorite fight,” there is something I found very interesting (fascinating). Zexion never had a style of combat (since the player did not fight him in the original Kingdom Hearts II), but when the two teams worked simultaneously to create him (Osaka team for Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and the Tokyo team for Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix), his battle style turned out completely different between the two games.

  15. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is now available in North America

    The Collector's, Limited and standard editions of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX are now available in North America exclusively on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX contains High Definition remasters of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix with Kingdom Hearts Re:coded HD Cinematic Story Videos. It will be released in Australia on December 4 and Europe on December 5. For trailers, commercials and promotional videos of the English version please view our trailer archive for the HD collection. Are you purchasing it today?

    • Dec 02 2014 12:08 AM
    • by Sora96
  16. New Kingdom Hearts III footage shown at Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX NA launch event + new info to be revealed in 2015

    At the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX North American launch event at the Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, California, Square Enix has shown new Kingdom Hearts III footage and revealed that they will release new information in 2015. The new footage showed concept art, new Heartless designs, a huge town titled Cable Town with Sora in a library/study room and new gun Keyblade attacks for Sora. Sora was shown in various Kingdom Hearts II outfits including Valor and Wisdom form. To expand on the gun Keyblade attacks, Sora's Keyblade transforms into dual guns and then transforms into a cannon. Chi was also written on a blackboard in the study room, this may be related to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] but this is simply speculation. Thanks go to @churroz for the information.

    Update: Siliconera has posted their impressions of the footage. They reveal that Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series was also at the event and performed a couple of the series' most famous songs. They have also included what Heartless they believe were shown. You can read them below.


    Update 2: Square Enix has told those who attended the event that the footage was only intended for those who attended the North American and European launch events and that more information will be revealed in 2015. This is likely due to the footage still being quite raw. Thanks go to @churroz for the tip.

    • Dec 03 2014 10:03 PM
    • by Sora96
  17. Square Enix Germany hosts "Kingdom Hearts Get Together" to promote Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX

    It has been revealed on Germany's offical Square Enix Facebook page that a private event was held in Germany to celebrate Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX on Friday, November 28, 2014 (a week before its release in Europe).

    There seemed to be a lot of festivities including playing demos of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix on a selection of screens, watching the Kingdom Hearts Re:coded HD Cinematic Story Videos on a projector screen, posing with a life-size Keyblade, and indulging in snacks such as cupcakes and a sponge cake with the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX game cover design on top.

    All images from the event can be seen in our gallery, below.

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  18. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX launch event in California

    Last month, Square Enix announced a North American launch event for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX at the Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, California on December 1, 2014. This event is taking place today and as such our coverage begins. Our coverage includes any and all updates, photos and videos from the event. The North American community promotional video from September will be shown to those attending. They will also be able to play the HD collection and purchase it a day early. Merchandise is also available for purchase. You can view all content regarding the event below.


    - More photos have been added below, thanks to VGO - Video Game Orchestra, NeoGAF user raven777, Yoko Shimomura and Twitter user @15thCrystal.
    - KH13 interview with Tetsuya Nomura
    - Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series was at the event and performed a couple of the series' most famous songs.
    - New Kingdom Hearts III footage shown at Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX NA launch event + new info to be revealed in 2015
    - Social Media Team member Churro is attending the launch event and has been capturing photos. All photos he captures from the event will be available below.


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    Update: Square Enix has uploaded a lot of photos from the event which can be viewed below.

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    • Dec 10 2014 08:38 PM
    • by Sora96
  19. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX review compilation

    With Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX releasing in North America on December 2, Australia on December 4 and Europe on December 5 various major gaming publications have been releasing their reviews of the HD collection. We've complied them all for you to enjoy below and we'll update whenever new ones are released. We're also going to be including ones posted by people on our forum so make sure you take this opportunity to get your review and impressions featured on the KH13.com home page.

    Major gaming publications

    Game Informer - 9/10
    LaPS4 - 87%
    GamesBeat 85/100
    3DJuegos - 8.5/10
    Vandal Online - 8.4/10
    LevelUp - 8/10
    EGM - 8/10
    Push Square - 8/10
    Gaming Nexus - 8/10
    Hardcore Gamer 4/5
    Eurogamer Italy - 8/10
    ActionTrip - 7/10
    RPGFan - 94%
    DigitalChumps - 8/10
    PlayStation LifeStyle - 8/10
    GamingTrend - 75/100
    Slant Magazine - 3.5/5
    GameTrailers - 8.7/10
    Atomix - 85/100
    PlayersLink - 9/10
    IGN - 8.4/10

    KH13.com community submitted


    • Dec 08 2014 06:35 PM
    • by Sora96
  20. Two new trailers for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX released, titled "Worlds Connect"

    Square Enix has released two new trailers for the English version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, leading up to the game's upcoming release in North America and Europe on December 2 and December 5, 2014, respectively. Together, these trailers are called "Worlds Connect", and they showcase the combination of Square Enix and Disney together in the Kingdom Hearts series. You can view the new trailers below.

    Disney Worlds

    Memorable Disney Characters and FINAL FANTASY Cameos

    The following press release was released along with these trailers:

    With over 100 memorable Disney characters and a dozen cameos from the popular FINAL FANTASY series featured in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, SQUARE ENIX® today released two new “Worlds Connect” trailers in anticipation of the game’s release next Tuesday, December 2nd.

    The new trailers showcase the eloquent connection of two of entertainment’s most treasured franchises from Disney and SQUARE ENIX. The first trailer, “Disney Worlds Connect” highlights what fans have always loved about the franchise – following Sora and the colorful Disney cast as they encounter countless dangers and villains in worlds both familiar and brand-new. The worlds in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX include – Never Land (Peter Pan), Olympus Coliseum (Hercules), 100 Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh), Pride Lands (The Lion King), Space Paranoids (Tron), Timeless River (Steamboat Willie), Deep Space (Lilo & Stitch), Port Royal (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and more.

    In “Memorable Disney Characters and FINAL FANTASY Cameos Worlds Connect,” fans will be able to get a glimpse of the cameos from the FINAL FANTASY franchise, including Setzer (FINAL FANTASY VI), Aerith, Cloud and Tifa (FINAL FANTASY VII), Squall (FINAL FANTASY VIII), Auron (FINAL FANTASY X) and more.

  21. Square Enix Europe offering exclusive Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX prizes

    Square Enix Europe has announced that they are offering exclusive Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX prizes for those who pre-ordered the Collector's Edition through their online store. Unfortunately, this competition is only open to those living in the United Kingdom.

    The prizes include an exclusive framed Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX manga storyboard, Sora & Roxas Play Arts figurines along with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX T-shirts and jackets.

    To enter all you have to do is pre-order the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Collector’s Edition from Square Enix Europe's online store and leave a comment on this Facebook post answering the following question:

    “Why are you the biggest Kingdom Hearts fan?”

    The competition ends December 4 at 23:59 GMT. More details can be found here.

    • Nov 25 2014 12:49 PM
    • by Sora96
  22. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack Box track list released

    Square Enix has released the full track list for the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack Box which releases tomorrow in Japan. The official website for the Original Soundtrack Box also allows you to sample select songs from the HD 1.5 ReMIX and HD 2.5 ReMIX soundtracks with both the original and HD ReMIX versions available to sample.

    We've listed each track on each disc for you below.

    Disc 1


    Disc 2

    Disc 3

    Disc 4

    Disc 5

    Disc 6

    Disc 7

    • Nov 25 2014 03:43 AM
    • by Sora96
  23. Lucky fan receives an early copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's Collector's Edition

    A lucky fan has had their copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's Collector's Edition arrive early. The Collector's Edition which was in limited stock and limited to select countries and territories features an all new artbook which contains an exclusive new piece of artwork by Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series. Thanks to Tumblr user wild666jaguar777 you can view the exclusive artwork and other photos of the Collector's Edition below. Thanks go to @churroz for the tip.

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    • Nov 24 2014 03:49 AM
    • by Sora96
  24. New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX commercial released

    A new commercial for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX has been streaming online on various websites including YouTube. Thanks to YouTube user 13th Vessel, you can view the Spanish version below in 1080p. Thanks go to Twitter user @ligero_miguel for the tip. Once we have an English version we'll let you know.

    • Nov 23 2014 08:45 AM
    • by Sora96