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  1. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue sells over 130,000 copies in Japan during first week

    4Gamer.net have released the sale numbers in Japan for the week of January 9th. Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue came in at the #1 spot with 137,797 copies sold. Thanks to @@aibo_ac7 for the tip.

    For comparison of the previous two remixes, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix had 128,414 copies sold during its first week back in 2013 while Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix had 84,935 copies sold back in 2014.

  2. Copies of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue on shelves before release date in Germany

    A retail store in Germany has copies Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue already on the shelves for purchase, a whole week earlier than the worldwide release date set for January 24th, 2017. An image of the early copies out in the shelves has been provided thanks to Merilly and can be found below.

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  3. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue displays set up in Gamestop

    With Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's worldwide release soon approaching, displays advertising pre-orders for the limited edition of the game have begun to appear inside of GameStop stores.The GameStop display features images of the limited edition box, the official Disney Collector's pin included with the limited edition, and also advertises that Pro Members will receive double the points for pre-ordering Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

    Images of the display can be found below thanks to WakelessDream.

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  4. Update available for Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

    A new update is available for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, just 2 days after it's release in Japan. An image of the update can be found below thanks to @aibo_ac07. A following Tweet explained that the update included multiple fixes that improved the functionality of the game.

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    Update: Twitter user nobody_0123 uploaded a video showing that one of the fixes included in this update was changing the eye color of Ventus to yellow in the Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- opening when Vanitas is in control of his body.

  5. Dengeki PlayStation features 10-page Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue segment, includes interview with Yoko Shimomura

    In their most recent issue, Dengeki PlayStation included a 10-page feature on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The spread features screenshots and several game tips regarding both Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. A brief promo for Sora's inclusion as a Champion Summon in World of Final Fantasy was also included.

    Additionally, Dengeki PlayStation interviewed Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura, speaking with her about her involvement in the game's soundtrack.

    Translations for the spread and interview will be posted as soon as they are available. Images from the spread and interview can be found below.

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  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue story details, gameplay tips, and interview with director Tetsuya Nomura featured in Famitsu Weekly

    The most recent issue of Famitsu Weekly has a large spread on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which has recently released in Japan. The spread features a few story details, character bios, as well as a few gameplay tips for both Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- and Dream Drop Distance, including a full list of the challenge locations in BbS 0.2.

    Famitsu Weekly also interviewed Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy VII Remake and the Kingdom Hearts series as a whole.

    Translations for both the spread and the interview will be posted as soon as they are available. Images from the spread and interview can be found below.

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  7. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has officially released in Japan

    As of 10:00am EST on 1/11/2017, it is January 12th in Japan, which means Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has officially been released! This is the first new Kingdom Hearts release for consoles since 2012's Dream Drop Distance on the Nintendo 3DS, so many fans are excited about the release, but that also means spoilers will be across all platforms and social media outlets. To commemorate this release, we encourage you to join the discussion on our Kingdom Hearts 2.8 forum, but we will also be heavily enforcing policies regarding spoilers. Please read the spoiler policy here before posting to the forums.

    Prior to the official release, the trophy lists for both Kingdom Hearts 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- and Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop Distance were revealed. Feel free to check out these lists and make a plan of action for completing the game!

    (SPOILERS) One fan was also lucky enough to receive a copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 early, and they showed us the disc and provided some in-game screenshots of -A Fragmentary Passage-.

    We also want to warn fans of the possibility of the "lengthy scene leading into Kingdom Hearts III" being released across social media platforms. In addition to that, streamers are sure to be playing this game on Twitch, YouTube, and UStream, so be careful to avoid spoilers!

    Congratulations to fans in Japan who are currently enjoying Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and may your hearts be your guiding key!

  8. The Simple and Clean (Ray of Hope Mix) EP is now available on iTunes and Google Play

    The Simple and Clean (Ray of Hope Mix) EP by Utada Hikaru is now available on both the iTunes music store and the Google Music Play Store! Announced last month, the EP features remixes of the original Kingdom Hearts theme song in both English and Japanese, "Simple and Clean" and "Hikari", respectively.

    Download links:
    - iTunes
    - Google Play

    Track listing and duration:

    光 (Ray Of Hope MIX) - EP

    1. 光 (Ray Of Hope MIX) [5.33]
    2. Simple And Clean (Ray Of Hope MIX) [5.33]
    3. 光 (P’s CLUB MIX) [4.02]
    4. Simple And Clean (P’s CLUB MIX) [4.02]

  9. [SPOILERS] Early copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue out in Japan; Game disc & screenshots shown

    As we approach the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, some lucky fans have already received an early copy of the game. With the release of some early copies, some have already completed the game. You can check out the game disc for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue below, as well as some new in-game screenshots. If you don't want to be spoiled before the English release, then beware of spoilers with these new in-game screenshots.

    Thanks goes to Yukarigame.net for the screenshots.

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    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases on January 12, 2017 in Japan, while releasing everywhere else on January 24, 2017.

    • Jan 10 2017 08:41 PM
    • by Jake
  10. Tetsuya Nomura interviewed in latest issue of Famitsu about Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

    Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura has been interviewed by Famitsu in their January 26th edition, which will be available January 12th. In this interview, Nomura talks about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue along with Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake.

    Thanks to @xenosaga for the tip.

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    • Jan 10 2017 07:51 AM
    • by Leamax
  11. Pre-download for Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue now available

    The pre-download is now available on PSN for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The download is 2.328 GB in total and screenshots of the download can be found below thanks to Everglow.

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  12. PlayStation Japan Blog features Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover details and new screenshots

    Shortly following their post on Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-, PlayStation Japan's blog has posted another feature, this time focusing on Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, the cinematic component of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Thank you to aibo_ac7 for the tip!

    This new blog post features small blurbs about the cinematic itself, traits about the characters that appear throughout the cinematic, as well as a few new screenshots. Translations can be found below thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) as well as the screenshots from the blog post.

    The world and characters of the theatrical production [KH X Back Cover] close in on the series' mysteries (3rd special/Dengeki PS)

    [Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue] will appear on the PlayStation 4 as the series' newest release. This time, we'll check out one of the three productions in this package, the theatrical production [Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover (hereon KHXBC)]! This special edition of Dengeki PlayStation will cover the happenings of the oldest tale in the series.


    [KHXBC] is an all-new theatrical production that runs a little less than an hour. By checking out the world and characters, we should be able to understand the story more deeply. There are all kinds of developments to keep pulling in the interest of the series' fans!


    The series' oldest tale tells of the “back side”


    The story of [KHXBC] is the story of what happened the in furthest point back in the [KH] series. It tells the story of the other side of the events of [KH Unchained X], a smart phone app that started September 2015. You can enjoy this product on its own, too, but it's no mistake to say that those who have played [KH Unchained X] will find it more interesting.


    The setting is a town that exists someplace in the worlds, “Daybreak Town.” It will become clear as to what kind of people the “Foretellers”--the characters that guide the player in [KH Unchained X]--are, and what they're planning to do...


    A story full of mystery will unfold with the Master and his apprentices!


    The axes of this story are the six Foretellers under the powerful “Master of Masters.” Each of them received a Book of Prophecies, and the five Foretellers who come to run Unions are the main characters. Here, we'll take a more detailed look as to each of the characters.


    Ira


    The Foreteller who bears a unicorn mask and leads the Unicornis union. He has a reliable personality, and is often teased by the Master for being too serious.


    Invi

    <Nonsense.>


    The Foreteller who bears a snake mask and leads the Anguis union. She has a noble personality and holds great faith in the Master.


    Aced

    <If that's so, then what about you!?>


    The Foreteller who wears a bear mask and leads the Ursus union. He has a daring personality, but he can be too frank with his feelings and gets reckless.


    Ava

    <I want to protect the Master's teachings.>


    The Foreteller who bears a fox mask and leads the Vulpeus union. She has a cautious personality, and it seems that other Keyblade wielders speak of her as a friend.


    Gula

    <Eh? This is a page of the Book of Prophecies, is it not?>


    The Foreteller who wears a leopard mask and leads the Leopardus union. He has a collected personality, and it seems he does not have any feelings of fellowship toward the other Foretellers.

    Luxu

    <With a heart that follows the key...>


    One of the six apprentices of the Master. He is the only one not to receive a Book of Prophecies, but instead, he was entrusted with a Keyblade and a black cloak.


    Master of Masters

    <Whoever the traitor might be, deal with it calmly, all right?>


    A mysterious being who has six apprentices. He has eyes that can see the future, and in his grief of the future, he gave five of his apprentices Books of Prophecies and a mission.


    Chirithy


    (Left side of the picture) A mysterious cat-like being. He acts as the players' navigator in [KH Unchained X], but in this production...?


    Ephemer

    <Cheer up, okay?>


    A Keyblade wielder. He's sociable and doesn't fear much, and even toward the Foretellers, this bright young man speaks in a carefree way.


    There's a traitor amongst the Foretellers!?


    The Foretellers received the Book of Prophecies and a mission from the Master, and they act based on his teachings. However, a fissure appeared in the five Foretellers' relationship as suddenly, one day, news of the existence of a “traitor” surfaces. Who on earth could be the traitor--plagued by their doubt, the balance of the Foretellers will gradually fall apart...


    [KHXBC] is a theatrical production, and is only being produced as a movie (TN: i.e., they have no plans to make this a game, as per the previous interview). By checking out this content in advance, the story should be easier to understand, as well as to make conjectures. Well, since we'll tell you about [KH Dream Drop Distance HD] next time, please check it out!


    The series' newest title is coming out soon, but if you reserve a copy through the PlayStation Store now, you'll get a special theme to use. There's still time, so don't miss it!



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  13. GameInformer reviews Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in its latest issue.

    GameInformer has reviewed Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in its latest issue, giving it a rating of 8.5/10 and giving the game its Silver ranking, meaning it's the second best review in this month's issue.

    The review begins with stating that the concept of the game is that it is the PS4 port of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance and the beginning of Kingdom Hearts III. Also, the voice acting is solid, the graphics are crisp and the environments are very detailed, and the controls are as smooth as ever for a Kingdom Hearts game. The camera controls are also easier to use than in prior games.

    A good portion of the review talks about Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-, saying that it will be about 3-4 hours long. Getting accessories for Aqua will come from completing quests rather than just opening chests. Each level will have its own mission like finding the 5 gears to get to Cinderella's castle. Also, there is a Critical mode than can be unlocked when you complete the game. There is also going to be a scene that could be from or directly links to Kingdom Hearts III at the end.

    Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is said to run about an hour long, but is going to be the best visual movie out of all of the HD movies in the series. Dream Drop Distance HD is supposed to run smoother on the PS4 and the touchpad will be used closely to what the touchscreen was on the 3DS.

    You can read the full review in the latest issue of Game Informer this month.

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    • Jan 04 2017 08:21 PM
    • by Leamax
  14. Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- ends with a lengthy scene leading into Kingdom Hearts III

    In Game Informer's review for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, it is stated that Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- ends with a lengthy cutscene that presumably leads into the beginning of Kingdom Hearts III. Gameinformer describes the scene as characters "embarking on the next part of their journey" and that the scene overall moves the story forward.

    What do you think we'll see at the end of Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-? Let us know in the comments below!

  15. Game Informer review confirms Critical Mode for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- upon completion

    With the first review of the English copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue now out and done by Game Informer, this means that now the game has been completed. In their review, Game Informer has confirmed that in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage-, once you complete the game in any mode, you will automatically unlock Critical Mode and you'll be able to replay the game on Critical Mode.

    You can check out the response below.

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    Will you be completing the game on Critical Mode? What mode will you start with first? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Jan 04 2017 08:46 PM
    • by Jake
  16. New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue wallpapers released for New Year's 2017

    With 2016 now in the books, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is nearing its public release for everyone to enjoy on their PlayStation 4. In order to help commemorate the new year, Square Enix has released some new wallpapers for everyone to enjoy onto their computers. Depending on your preferences, you can choose out of the 3 different quality sizes below. Thanks goes to @differem7 for the tip!

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    Do you like these new wallpapers? Are you excited for the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue this month? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Jan 01 2017 11:05 AM
    • by Jake
  17. Nomura hints at customization being a possible element in Kingdom Hearts III during interview with Dengeki

    In an extended version of Dengeki PlayStation's interview with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura, the question was asked of whether or not Kingdom Hearts III would also have customization as a game feature.

    Tetsuya Nomura answered that it would be considered depending on the reaction towards the feature in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- as well as the consideration of whether or not they have the time to implement it.

    You can find the direct quote from the interview below, with translations thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com).

    --The character decoration is the first in the series and is a novel component.

    I thought that we needed something fun to play around with even in with the game's jam-packed volume, so the staff devised this at the last minute for me. It really changes the character's look, so please gather a lot of items and design your own Aqua.

    --Will you use the decoration feature in [KHIII]?

    We knew we could insert that feature into the game this time, but whether or not we can with [KHIII]...we have other priorities ahead of us so it depends on time, but we'll look at the reaction with [KH0.2] and consider it.


    Would you like to see customization in Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments!

  18. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue featured in Square Enix Members Japan calendar for January 2017

    Square Enix Members Japan has released their first three calendar wallpapers for 2017 with January featuring the cover art for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This calendar is available as wallpapers in multiple sizes for PC, Android, as well as iPhone. Thanks to aibo_ac7 for the tip!

    A preview of the wallpaper can be found below as well as the full sized wallpapers.


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    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will release in Japan on January 12, 2017 and worldwide on January 24th, 2017.

    Will you be using this calendar? Let us know in the comments!

  19. Hokanko Alt blog post gives details of Famitsu review of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, says Birth by Sleep 0.2 takes around 3 or 4 hours to clear

    Among reviews for various other new games, Hokanko Alt's look into Famitsu's review for the game gives fans a few new insights into Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Thanks to aibo_ac7 for the tip!

    Their review starts off by saying that Dream Drop Distance HD took around 35 hours to clear, while Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- took around 3 to 4 hours. It also goes on to say that depending on individual play style, that time can easily be doubled.

    It also says that the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a great build up for Kingdom Hearts III and also say that Dream Drop Distance HD almost feels like a full remake. The 60 FPS is very smooth and the play is comfortable. They also highly praise Birth by Sleep 0.2, but also say that they wish there was just a little more volume to it. Not much was said about Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover other than it is definitely worth seeing.

    Their final scores for the whole collection are 8/9/8/9.

    Update: The full review is now available from Famitsu Weekly. Translations and scans can be found below with translations provided by Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com).

    KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUE

    PS4 PlayStation4

    Square Enix

    Release Date 1/12/2017

    6800 yen before tax (7344 tax included)

    Action RPG


    A record of three tales that tie into the upcoming [Kingdom Hearts III]--the brand-new short story [0.2], the theatrical production [X BC], and the 3D HD remaster of the 2012 release [DDD]


    Maker Survey:


    [Target Audience]

    [KH] and [FF] series fans, Square Enix fans, RPG and action game fans, Disney fans


    [Average play time]

    [DDD] has a clear time of 35 hours, [0.2] will take about 3 to 4 hours to clear, depending on one's play style--you can enjoy it even longer than that



    Yoshida:

    This is content that really is steered toward the series fans with the HD remake, along with its new short story and theatrical production. Since this is the first series title to be released on the PS4, by exploring with the short title [0.2], we strongly feel that you will be able to feel even more hopeful for the release of [III]. I'm happy to be releasing three different productions on this system, but when you all understand the weight of it more, that will be even better.


    Ashida:

    In order to strengthen the hopes of the fans, we're releasing these three totally different productions that will all tie into [Kingdom Hearts III]. I'm fascinated by the new story we can see in [0.2] with Aqua, and it's the best feeling seeing each of her actions flow together. I have a good feeling with [X BC], too. The “free flow action” in [DDD] is exhilarating, and I'm happy that the play style has become so pleasant with the improvement to 60fps.

    Namuko:

    With movements as smooth as flying through the sky, playing in a fighting style that heavily relies on magic goes well with Disney worlds. The remaster of [DDD], which has a more cartoonish touch, is of course included in this, and so is [0.2], which seems like a movie on the PS4--I really felt that feeling again watching them. In regards to the things we've used in the stories thus far, it may leave new users a bit hazy at first, but they do not hinder the player's ability to enjoy the games.


    Bunbun-Maru:

    This is a great product to review the story that will connect us into [III]. The world of [Kingdom Hearts] that's shown on the PS4 is, as expected, brilliant. Since [3D] has been remade in full to HD, if you feel the wonder in that, please buy it. Several things in the game make it easier to play, and I'm happy to see that the new production [0.2] is included as well, but I do wish that one had a bit more volume.



    THIS WEEK!

    Buy it this week!


    If you're a fan lying in wait of [III], [Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8] is a title you can't miss. [STEEP] is an important title in which you can explore an open world in the snowy mountains. Also, for those using the PS VR, in [Roller Coaster Dreams], you can make an original jet coaster and fly around. (Ranbu Yoshida)


    First is [New Dangan Ronpa V3]. There are a lot of new nuances added to the “school trials,” but it's nice that it hasn't become more difficult. [Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8] is definitely one not to be missed by its fans. [Treasure Defender] is a game you'll want to play over and over until you have cleared the game without losing a single treasure to the thieves. (Jigoro Ashida)



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    What do you think of the reviews coming in so far for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? Let us know in the comments.

  20. Review scores for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue released

    Review scores for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue have begun to appear!

    The four judges at Weekly Famitsu have given the game individual scores of 8/9/8/9, for a total of 34/40. Details from that review can be found here.

    Game Informer have given a score of 8.5/10 and gave a silver ranking. Details from the review can be found here.

    Keep checking this article for review scores from more publications, as well as possible updates to existing scores.

    How well do you think Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will score overall? Let us know in the comments!

  21. PlayStation Japan blog post features new screenshots of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, discusses how the game ties into Kingdom Hearts III

    A new PlayStation Japan blog post has been posted, featuring Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This blog post discusses Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's latest feature in Dengeki PlayStation magazine, which also included an interview with series director Tetsuya Nomura.

    This post includes some new screenshots of Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-, one of the titles featured in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 collection. Birth by Sleep 0.2 has been described as a lead in to Kingdom Hearts III, both in terms of story as well as gameplay. This blog post goes on to talk about the ties between these two games and what to look foward to in Kingdom Hearts III.

    Translations and screenshots from the blog post can be found below. Translations are available thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com).

    The first [Kingdom Hearts] on the PS4! Everything that has progressed to the point of the new production is in the [Special Part 2/Dengeki PS].


    Finally, the new production in the [KH] series, [Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (hereby known as KH 2.8)], gives us three titles in beautiful HD -- [KH 0.2 Birth by Sleep -Fragmentary Passage- (hereby known as KH 0.2)], [KH Dream Drop Distance HD], and [KH Back Cover], on the PlayStation4 for the first time. Each of the stories is said to connect to the next title, [KHIII], and both Japanese and international fans are highly anticipating its release.

    The Special Part 2 from Dengeki PlayStation will highlight one of the productions, [KH 0.2], and will dig into the details hidden within what we've seen.

    What has the world of [KH] progressed to on the PS4?

    It might be hard to tell with just screenshots, but the world of [KH] on the PS4 is like watching a Disney anime and is incredibly beautiful! The backgrounds are obviously well done, but the quality of the close-ups are to the point that you can even tell the texture of the things on screen, so you can play as you take in the presence and atmosphere in full.

    This is the first game in the [KH] series to be sold on the PS4, so we think there will be a lot of people really looking at its presentation, but the quality lives up to those high hopes, and its content gives us a feel for being able to enjoy [KHIII] in the same kind of style.

    Aqua appears as the protagonist in the story after [KH Birth by Sleep]

    In what we've seen in highlights of [KH 0.2] thus far, this is a brand-new short game that gives us the answer to what happened to Aqua, who has fallen into the Realm of Darkness to save her friends, at the end of [KH Birth by Sleep (hereby known as KH BbS)].

    Incidentally, Aqua was a protagonist alongside Terra and Ventus in the story of [KH BbS], and she is a young woman who is a Keyblade Master with light movements and excellent magic skills.

    Basically, you control Aqua and continue the story, but along the way, you see a familiar face! King Mickey meets with Aqua, and we saw one highlight of them fighting together.

    Also, the main production (TN: i.e., [KH 2.8]) is supposed to be a prologue to the next game, [KHIII] so we're curious to see how [KH 0.2] ties into it.

    Freedom has been increased with “Situation Commands”! The battle system gives us a wide array of attacks


    This game follows in the footsteps of the action in the PSP [PlayStation Portable] release of [KH BbS]. Double flight and air slide movements, along with style change and shoot lock attacks, can be used freely as you search around the area and fight the Heartless.


    What has mainly been improved from [KH BbS] is the style change system. In [KH BbS], as you continue to attack, the style changes occur automatically, but in the new game, they are a factor called “Situation Command,” and as the gauge above the command menu reaches its maximum, you can perform a situation command. If you press the triangle button, you can do a style change on your own terms.


    In addition, the Situation Command that appears will depend on what attacks you've been using, and if you're using magic, it's possible for your spells to change to the highest tiers, such as Firaga, Blizzaga, and Thundaga! Furthermore, if you've satisfied several different conditions at once, you will be able to choose which style you want with the directional key.


    Each place is different! Our hopes for [KHIII] grow higher


    Once you pass the challenges in a speedrun, you can obtain decoration items, and you can customize Aqua's appearance.


    On top of that, when you use a Firaga spell, the tip of the Keyblade glows like heated iron, and there are several other little details not to be missed.


    The fight with the Devil's Tower--an enemy comprised of countless shadows formed into a mass--is also a must-see! The feeling of that swarm has value even with a single glance.


    Being on the PS4 is a great achievement in progress for [Kingdom Hearts]. They've powered up a lot of points, and by playing [KH 0.2], you'll probably be even more excited for [KHIII].



    The graphics, story, battle system, etc. of [KH 0.2] will connect to each point of [KHIII]. We want you all to full experience the new [KH] that has progressed to the PS4.


    And now, if you reserve a copy on the PlayStation Store, you'll be able to receive a special theme. Since you can only get it here, don't miss it if you're a fan!


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    What do you think of Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-'s gameplay and Kingdom Hearts III's gameplay compared to previous titles in the series so far? Let us know in the comments!

  22. Jigsaw Puzzle of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's cover art set to release in February 2017

    A one thousand piece jigsaw puzzle featuring the art on the cover of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is being produced by the Tenyo company in Japan. This puzzle will release in mid-February, around a month after Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases in Japan and then worldwide shortly after. The promotional image for this puzzle featuring the cover art can be found below. Thanks to aibo_ac07 and KHInsider for the tip!

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    This puzzle is currently available for pre-order on HobbyLink Japan. Amazon Japan and AmiAmi also have their puzzle listings up, however list them as currently out of stock. This article will be updated if those pre-order listings open again.

    Will you be purchasing this puzzle? Let us know in the comments!

  23. New Images Added to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Website

    New images have been added to the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Japanese website! Some of the images have previously been seen in the latest issues of Famitsu and Dengeki. These include new screenshots from each game included in the aforementioned collection. In addition to this, new renders of Luxu and Ephemer are seen.




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    These screenshots and renders add to the constantly growing number of images we have now seen from the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Do you expect that more images will be revealed leading up to the collection’s January release? Let us know in the comment section below!

  24. Nomura interview with Dengeki discussing Kingdom Hearts 2.8, Kingdom Hearts III, and series' 15th Anniversary.

    Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura was interviewed in this week's issue of Dengeki. In the interview, he discusses about the importance of 2.8, the status of Kingdom Hearts III, and what we may expect for the KH 15th anniversary.

    An image of the cover featuring the art of the acrylic stands that are pre-order bonuses for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in Japan has been uploaded to Twitter by Kojima Productions! Thanks to @aibo_ac7 for the tip!

    Scans can be viewed below. Translations for the preview are available thanks to goldpanner.

    He also spoke about how the story of KH3 has already begun in 2.8.

    Pre-release wrap-up special article with info on the 3-in-1 title etc.

    Special limited editions runs include a chibi colour illustration on the cover and title page of the article.

    Includes interview with director Tetsuya Nomura.

    - Remasters tend to be neglected, but the staff dedicated themselves to putting in as much content as they could without affecting making progress on KH3

    - In 0.2 they followed on from the premise from the first title, that the worlds of BBS fell to darkness, but they went to great lengths to balance the volume of the new maps, as it's boring to have similar locations over and over

    - One feature is that they put in a lot of varying platforms, Nomura is secure in his faith in the development team's high ability to compose maps

    - Gameplay-wise, 0.2 does differ from KH3 in some fundamental ways, but it's an opportunity to get a feel for KH in PS4 quality

    - Regarding lighting, he's currently considering how to do it on current gen consoles without damaging the vibe, and is going at it through trial and error, such as getting guidance from Visual Works, so it's going to look even better than it does now

    - Regarding Situational Commands, there's been some trial and error, how to make sure it doesn't look like a simple quick time event etc.

    - Situational Commands are the evolved form of KH2's Reaction Commands, and pivotal to KH3

    - In 0.2 you can use higher level magic early, but he doesn't think KH3 will work like that

    - Regarding the characters that appeared in the final trailer - look forward to experiencing it in the game

    - Cutscenes created for next-gen consoles look unfamiliar in ways, but he thinks it's coming together, they have to remake all the character models which is a big job

    - Characters in KHBC have faces hidden with masks, so he made sure to give them all individual personalities

    - Keen players may have noticed that 'sin' is the keyword of KHUχ

    - KH3D, with flowmotion and a light-paced scenario, was a turning point, so KH3 starts there

    - The boxart for KHHD1.5 and 2.5 connects, so he's probably not doing a special illustration

    - Regarding development for KH3, they're battling through remaking all the models but it's moving along so he'd like you to not to worry. He's currently working on the timing for announcing new information. He'd like to tie it into the KH 15th anniversary event but it's not decided yet

    - He wants you to play 0.2 after having seen KH3D's secret movie, KHBC is completely stand-alone so you can enjoy it any time

    - KH2.8, as the title suggests, is the prologue to the final chapter: the story of KH3 has already begun

    Those are the topics that appear.


    Full translations of the extended version of the interview posted on Dengeki Online have been provided by Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com).

    --The Situation Command in the battle system is a really interesting combination of the old reaction commands and command styles.

    That was definitely a trial and error process. When I watched the Situation Command in the PV, I saw that the triangle mark came out more as a QTE (Quick Time Event) marker.

    However, when we displayed the command window to the side, it was hard to see whether or not it was usable, and we were unsure of what to do. We settled into adding the message “STANDING BY” in the end.

    It's not “push it,” it's more of a “you can push it now” kind of feeling.

    --The Situation Command is a command that matches up to a player's fulfillment of certain conditions, right?

    We had thought to put that method into [KHIII] while working on its beginning stages. There are many commands you can put into use, and we decided to make it so that the player can chose the command in a certain length of time.

    I think that the system has come to hold a lot of breadth in battles, when thinking of this as the progression of the [KHII] reaction commands. In [KHIII], we're thinking that this system will become a large axis.

    --It seems like you can use the higher level magic skills like “Firaga” and “Thundaga” in the Situation Commands.

    [KH0.2]'s system is tightly packed with content, so the player's character suddenly can use higher magic, but even if the same content appears in [KHIII], I don't think you'll be able to use it so suddenly.

    --While playing [KH0.2], I couldn't believe that the Heartless could do that much damage. (laughs)

    The Realm of Darkness influences the Shadows to increase their strength at times. In the E3 trial game, you could fight against a conglomeration of Shadows as a boss, but the reason we were able to create that boss fight with so much movement on screen was definitely because of the current hardware's spec.

    --The character decoration is the first in the series and is a novel component.

    I thought that we needed something fun to play around with even in with the game's jam-packed volume, so the staff devised this at the last minute for me. It really changes the character's look, so please gather a lot of items and design your own Aqua.

    --Will you use the decoration feature in [KHIII]?

    We knew we could insert that feature into the game this time, but whether or not we can with [KHIII]...we have other priorities ahead of us so it depends on time, but we'll look at the reaction with [KH0.2] and consider it.

    --There was also a meeting between Aqua and King Mickey shown, as well as them fighting together.

    In the Realm of Darkness, the fact that Aqua and King Mickey met is something that the fans have grasped up to this point, I think. Until meeting King Mickey, Aqua was on her own, so it was hard to write dialogue for it all. After meeting the King, the conversation becomes more lively.

    --In the final trailer, we briefly saw Terra and Terranort...

    You can look forward to the details when you play. By the way, the Terra in that scene is connected to the official concert “First Breath” and his conversation with Namine.

    --We were also able to see Sora, Donald, and Goofy in the final trailer, and I think that was a really happy moment for fans.

    Even now, I'm starting to get used to the next game's event scenes a bit, but I've still got a ways to go, I think. The [KH] series up to this point is using the first game's character models and scenery as a work base.

    But, since the hard spec of [KHIII] is so different, we have to start from the ground up, and it's been difficult.

    --There was also a scene with Riku and the King in new clothes, and I'm looking forward to their debut in [KHIII].

    The costume design is already done, and it's really nice. Just between you and me, the outfit that Riku is wearing in the [KH X] three-year anniversary illustration was used as the base.

    The new characters leave an impression in just one glance!

    --[KHBC] is a brand-new theatrical production, so what did you become aware of while making the event scenes?

    All of the Foretellers' faces are hidden behind masks, and you can't even see the mouths of the Master or Luxu. In other words, you can't see their expressions, but we were conscious of giving them personalities that would give each character charm as they are.

    The main characters are mostly appearing for the first time, as well as being voiced for the first time, so we had to empathize with the users during this short production.

    --The scene with the Master speaking really surprised me with a mood that hasn't appeared in the [KH] series so far. (laughs)

    That's just the Master's personality, so we can't help that. (laughs)

    --The Master's light way of speaking stands out, but he also has an eeriness to him in which you can't read his thoughts.

    A very cool and calculative character is maybe too easy to understand. Thinking of all of this, the embodiment of “a strangely amazing guy” inside of me became the Master.

    He is incredibly sincere, so whatever he's up against, won't he conduct himself in that way?

    --I think that the Master's personality is also influenced by the performance of Tomokazu Sugita.

    We worried about the cast a lot. Since we had decided on how we wanted to picture the Master, after that, we searched for someone who could perform that kind of drama.

    When I was thinking of someone who could really handle the gaps in conversation, I thought that maybe Sugita-san was qualified. We recorded each voice actor one by one, but that doesn't make it feel like a conversation.

    --We also saw a lot of unique dialogue, but was there any ad-lib by the voice actors?

    There was no ad-lib. So, the dialogue was all scripted. However, there is one line by Aced that isn't by the script.

    In the scene with the Master and Aced talking, Aced bites back his words, but we thought it fit the scene and was interesting, so we were allowed to use it.

    --With voices and movements, I think the players' impression of the Fortellers will change.

    With some of the players of [KH X] and [KH Unchained X], their impressions of the Foretellers might be firm, so I also worried about that reaction when I watched [KHBC]. They might come to hate Aced...

    --We also saw a scene in the trailer where Aced's emotions erupted.

    Still, I think if you follow the story calmly you'll understand, but actually, Aced is always making sound arguments. After writing the scenes for [KHBC], I became watchful of making sure none of the characters could be perceived as very bad or very good.

    However, Ava is still a good girl in the end, huh? (laughs) Well, Ava is the one pulling the most strings of tension in the story, so that doesn't mean she's without sin, either.

    --In [KH Unchained X], if you use the strength bangle to change your guilt into strength, it seems like “sin” becomes a keyword...?

    I think users who pay attention will pick up on that as well. It means an important preface has already begun.

    --We got a bit of a close-up of Ephemer, but will he appear more in [KH Unchained X]?

    Both Ephemer and Skuld will come to be pretty important in season 2 of [KH Unchained X]. The story of [KH X] is over, and [KH Unchained X] is following another storyline, but their relationship will be talked about more in season 2, so please wait for a follow-up.

    --Since the story of [KH Unchained X] is continuing on, is there the possibility of making a sequel to [KHBC] in regards to the back side of the story...?

    We don't think so right now. In regards to the Foretellers, we plan to delve deeper into their characters during [KH Unchained X].

    --The prototype of [KHDDD]-- [KH3D]--is a four year old game, but do you have any memories from that time?

    I think that for me, [KH3D] was a turning point in our action aspect and scenario aspect. We tried doing dynamic jumps with the Free Flow Action in the action aspect, and in the scenes we tried to add a lighter feel.

    It's a title that also determines the direction of future [KH] titles, so for me, [KHIII] started from [KH3D].

    -- In the HD remaster, there are three new Spirits added, right?

    It's kind of a lively addition. Pondanyan, Biitopoi, and Yuagari Penkin were chosen from a number of different plans. It's kind of funny that Yuagari Penkin isn't actually living up to its name. (laughs) (TN: Yuagari means “having just gotten out of the bath”)

    --There are over fifty Spirits in the game, but do you have a favorite one?

    It's probably Wandanyan. Each time we create a new species of enemies, there's always one base (for Heartless, it's the Shadows, for Nobodies, the Dusks), but for the Dream Eaters, it was Wandanyan, so I have a lot of memories with it.

    A bit earlier, for a display at Artnia (the official cafe/shop of Square Enix), I was searching for the original picture, and at that time I found my original picture for Wandanyan, and to be honest, it looked more like a doodle... I'm surprised at how cute he's become in the end from that design.

    --At the time of [KH3D]'s release, you could obtain AR cards with Spirits in them, but how does it work with [KHDDD]?

    All of the Spirits that were in the AR cards are obtainable in the game.

    --In March of 2017, you'll be releasing [KH HD 1.5 + 2.5], but is there anything that has changed in the games?

    It's the same content as the previous two HD remasters. Since all six games have been combined into one disc for the PS4, it's easier to play.

    --Do you think you'll design a special package illustration for [KH 1.5 + 2.5]?

    I probably won't. Since the three package illustrations for [1.5], [2.5], and [2.8] are all connected, to draw a new one would mean that it's not connected with that.

    To the people thinking, “What is he talking about?”, please look at the three illustrations lined up next to each other.

    --After [KH2.8] has released, it's finally time to start the wait for [KHIII].

    As I mentioned before about the development, we've had to start all the models over from scratch with a large volume, so it's been very difficult, but please be at ease, because it is progressing. I have a lot of new information I want to share with you all, but now it's just a matter of timing.

    2017 is the [KH] series' fifteenth anniversary, and there will be all kinds of anniversary events shown at the concert, so if possible I'd like to take those chances to tie in news about [KHIII], but that still has yet to be decided. We're sorry to make you wait, but please wait just a little longer.

    --Please give a message to the fans waiting to buy [KH2.8].

    Not just to those who have not played [KH3D], but to those who have already played it and remember the story, please give [KHDDD] a play. If you can get it, I recommend playing [KH0.2] after watching the secret movie (for [KHDDD]).

    For the fans waiting for [KHIII], [KH0.2] has some content I'd really like you to try out. [KHBC] is a little bit separated from the original story, so I think you can enjoy that one whenever you'd like.

    As the title says, [KH2.8] is certainly the final “prologue.” The story of [KHIII] has already begun.



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