Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Acrylic Stands now available on Square Enix North American store for $19.99, releasing end of June 2017; available on Square Enix Japan e-Store for ¥1850, releasing May 20, 2017
Update: The fully-colored acrylic stands are now available for pre-order at the Square Enix (Japan) e-Store, releasing May 20, 2017. They are available at 1,850 yen each.
The Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue acrylic stands are now available for pre-order on the North American store. They cost $19.99 USD, and are in full color.
The acrylic stands 'COMING', 'AIR', and 'BOND' were available exclusively in Japan for some time as a pre-order bonus for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and also in limited stock at Amazon Japan. However, they were not in full color.
These acrylic stands are scheduled for a End of June 2017 release. You can check out pics of AIR, COMING, and BOND below!
- Mar 27 2017 10:28 PM
- by Jake
The official North American Twitter account for Square Enix Merchandise has revealed a new image of the previously mentioned Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Aqua Play Arts Kai figure at the New York Toy Fair. You can view the image below:
The figure will be released in July 2017. The price is yet to be known.
- Mar 23 2017 10:06 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
Square Enix are holding sweepstakes with Kingdom Hearts merchandise as prizes. The sweepstakes can be entered by the purchase of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and the pre-order of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.
The prizes with the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix pre-order are:
- 1 Mini Chirithy Static Arts
- 1 Mini Shadow Static Arts
- 1 Oblivion Keychain
- 1 Mini Chirithy Static Arts
- 1 Mini Meow Wow Static Arts
- 1 Oathkeeper Keychain
The sweepstakes will end on March 27, 2017 and is only available in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec and Rhode Island). Entrants must be 18 years or older.
While the official rules state that no purchase is necessary, it goes on saying to enter an entrant must purchase or pre-oder the listed games. Entrants can also send a handwritten letter to Square Enix with the following details: name, age, phone number, mailing address, and email.
Full details are available in the attached document below:
- Mar 23 2017 10:03 PM
- by MythrilMagician
Square Enix is releasing a school calendar for members in April, which includes an image of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue within
Square Enix will release a calendar in April to commemorate the beginning of the Japanese school year. This calendar contains images of various Square Enix titles, including Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The images are supposedly separate to the calendar, hence you can choose which image you want to use.
Square Enix members will be able to purchase the calendar for 400 points, up to two per person can be ordered from here.
The images included in the calendar are from the following games:
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Dragon Quest XI
Final Fantasy XIV
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Dragon Quest X
Dissidia Final Fantasy
Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Professional
Saga Scarlet Grace Displacement
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival
Credit to @aibo_ac7 for the tip!
- Mar 23 2017 10:01 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
Beginning March 9th, Square Enix is hosting a giveaway of one of three Kingdom Hearts acrylic stands for people who have Square Enix memberships. You can view the giveaway site here.
Applicants must enter the serial codes and point cards found with their copies of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (presumably copies from the Japanese Square Enix e-store) for a chance at winning one of the stands, drawn by Tetsuya Nomura. The deadline for entries is March 22nd (up until 23:59 Japan time).
A picture of the stands can be seen below, these stands were also given away during the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.
The rules for the giveaway are as follows
- Application will only be made once per account with serial code registered.
- Multiple serial codes of the same product can not be registered.
- The download version will be excluded from the campaign.
- Once you have applied, you can not change the type of acrylic stand you wish.
- After a strict drawing, we will send you "winning announcement" e-mail to the winner at a later date.
- Those who are elected will be required to enter the winning prize delivery address from the URL described in the mail.
- * If there is no shipping destination input within the period specified by e-mail, winning will be invalid.
- Please refrain from the right after winning and the exhibition to the net auction such as assignment / conversion of prize
- Mar 23 2017 09:55 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue available for pre-order on PlayStation Store US for $59.99 with a pre-order bonus PSN theme
Update: As of March 21, 2017, the PlayStation Store is offering a discounted price for the digital version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The price is now $41.99, 30% off the original price of $59.99.
The original article follows.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is now available for pre-order on PlayStation Store US for $59.99, with a file size of 28.7 GB. The game comes with a pre-order bonus of an exclusive PSN theme, which is the same theme that comes with pre-ordering the game from the PlayStation Store Japan. The game will be available on January 24, 2017, at midnight Pacific time.
The PSN icon for the game can be seen below. (You may notice an editing error where Riku's arm can be seen behind Sora's left arm.)
A picture of the pre-order bonus PS4 theme can be seen below.
The description reads as follows:
DIGITAL PRE-ORDER DETAILS:
Pre-order and receive a bonus after checking out:
- KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Pre-Order Theme
The KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUE digital edition includes an exclusive PSN℠ theme.
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a compilation of 3 magical KINGDOM HEARTS experiences featuring:
KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD
KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD is a full-HD remastered version of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D Dream Drop Distance, brought to PlayStation® for the first time. Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for their coming showdown with Master Xehanort.
KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie)
A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ.
KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage –
A completely new playable episode played from the perspective of Aqua from KINGDOM HEARTS Birth By Sleep that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III.
Play on 01-24-2017, Midnight Pacific Time.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE EXCEPT WHERE REQUIRED BY LAW.
The KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUE digital edition features 3 magical experiences:
KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD: A full-HD remaster. Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for their coming showdown with Master Xehanort.
KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie): A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers from the series’ origins
KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage – : A brand new episode that links to KINGDOM HEARTS III.
Developed by SQUARE ENIX.
SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. Unreal, Unreal Engine, the circle-U logo and the Powered by Unreal Engine logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States and elsewhere. Uses Scaleform GFx © 2008 Scaleform Corporation. All rights reserved. Uses Simplygon®, Copyright©-2016 Donya ® Labs AB. Uses IKinema® RunTime-Indie. IKinema® is a trademark or registered trademark of IKinema Limited in the European Union, the United States of America and elsewhere. IKinema® RunTime-Indie, Copyright 2016, IKinema Limited. All rights reserved. The ratings icon is a registered trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
This news comes only a day after the game was made available for pre-order in the PlayStation Store Japan.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series to be fully available digitally.
Will you be pre-ordering Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? If so, will you pre-order a digital copy or a physical copy? Let us know below!
- Mar 21 2017 11:17 PM
- by Aquaberry
[SPOILERS] Exclusive back story for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- shown at Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-
On August 11, 2016, the first official Kingdom Hearts concert was held in Japan, called Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-. Fans who attended the event were treated to orchestrated music from the Kingdom Hearts series. Voice actors for Terra and Namine (Ryōtarō Okiayu & Iku Nakahara, repsectively) were in attendance. Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, said "something was in the works" about a week before the concert concerning the voice actors. Something indeed was in the works!
Exclusive back story, which will not be included in-game for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, was reenacted by Terra and Namine's voice actors, exclusively for attendees at Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-. This contains heavy spoilers, so read below at your own risk.
Thanks goes to @aibo_ac7 for providing information concerning the exclusive back story, @r_kane1 for providing a summary of the information, and Kayla Copeland (firstname.lastname@example.org) for translating the full dialogue.Spoiler
UPDATE: This conversation is transcribed inside of the official Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - guide. It has both the Japanese conversation, and the conversation translated to English. It turns out this conversation was not between Lingering Will and Naminé, but it was actually between Terra and Naminé. View the conversation below with the official English translations thanks to @jsjunshen:
Naminé: Don't worry. You might forget about me . . . but with our promise I can come back. Yes. One day the light--it will be ours, and it will bring us together. And then--I'll be in your heart.
Sora: Right. Forgotten--but not lost.
Lingering Will: Aqua . . . . Ven . . . .
A Keyblade? Who are you?
I know you. We've met before, way back when. No, that wasn't you. You're not the one I chose. Where is he? Xe . . .ha . . .nort . . . . Is that you? Xeha . . . nort . . . . Xehanort!
Lingering Will: That's it. your Power
That's what I felt within you.
The power that conects to Aqua.
And to Ven's heart.
Terra: Where am I . . . ?
Naminé: In your memories. Traces of you were lost, so I found you through memories belonging to those you've met in the past.
Terra: Who are you?
Naminé: I'm Naminé. It's nice to meet you.
I'm a witch who can control peoples' memories.
Terra: A witch?
Naminé: Right now you're bound to two memories. One belongs to you, the other belongs to an unspeakable darkness--
Terra: . . . Master Xehanort.
Naminé: Your heart will soon encounter a familiar light. You must make sure she isn't lost to the darkness. You must guide her.
Terra: Her? You mean Aqua? I'm not sure what I can do to help, not like this.
Naminé: You must fight, Terra, like the others. You mustn't let your heart melt into darkness; follow your true memories, and you'll reach the light. She's headed there, too--to the same place. You must believe in promise, just as she continues to believe in you.
Terra: Aqua. Ven. One day I'll--I've never forgotten our promise. Never. I will keep fighting.
- Mar 12 2017 12:59 AM
- by Jake
New patch for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, adjustments to gameplay for Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-
A new patch for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is available, containing multiple fixes for gameplay in Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-. The patch improves overall playability and makes adjustments to MP consumption, camera speed, the command menu, damage taken in Proud and Critical modes, and enemy AI parameters.
An image of the patch can be found below thanks to Twitter user @xenosaga7.
Update: In addition, the patch also allows the player to see which magic spells deplete their MP bar as shown in the photo below
Lastly, the counter animation can now be interrupted by performing a Barrier spell or a Cartwheel. Credit goes to @everglow8444 for the tip.
- Feb 21 2017 12:54 PM
- by soraspromise
A Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Box was revealed on the Square Enix Japan e-Store, exclusively available for fans who preorder Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX. This box features the cover artwork pieces for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The box is intended to store players' copies of KH2.8, as well as the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, set to be released in March.
In his most recent interview with Famitsu Weekly, series director Tetsuya Nomura discussed plans to release a commemorative box for fans to store the games in, providing a special treat to collectors.
This box will be available in limited quantities, and it is not currently known if an identical or similar product will be available in other regions.
Are you excited for such a special way to store your Kingdom Hearts collection? Let us know in the comments below!
- Feb 21 2017 12:54 PM
- by Raxaimus
Square Enix have recently announced that Kingdom Hearts 0.2: A Fragmentary Passage Aqua will be joining the Kingdom Hearts Play Arts Kai line. The figure will be on display at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany from February 1st to February 6th. The release date and pricing for the figure haven't been announced yet.
UPDATE 1: A clearer photo of the Play Arts Kai has been taken, now displaying a clear release date of July 2017 for the figurine (far left photograph).
UPDATE 2: The official North American Twitter account for Square Enix Merchandise has revealed a new image of the Aqua figure at the New York Toy Fair. You can view the image below:
released in July 2017. The price is yet to be known.
- Feb 21 2017 12:52 PM
- by Leamax
Dengeki PlayStation interview with Tetsuya Nomura details Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
In the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation, there are two pages worth of details surrounding Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue as well as a new interview with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura. These details explain the connections between the upcoming titles and previous games in the series, in addition to providing a series timeline.
The translations for the interview and timeline can be found below. Translations for the scans will be coming soon.
Here's a summary of the article, thanks to goldpanner.
Aside from introducing the title, we have an interview with director Tetsuya Nomura. We speak of things such as how the KHχ service is currently making progress which means he can't show you the story as it is, that the release date [for KH2.8] isn't definite yet but it's planned for before the end of 2016, and how with 0.2 they couldn't cram the two chapters into KHBbS as things were hence the 'fragmented' form.
Thanks go to Kayla Copeland (email@example.com) for the interview, scans, and timeline translations.
Tetsuya Nomura Reveals the Truth About [2.8]
Introducing a brand-new HD title that includes completely new material, in preparation for the final battle of the Kingdom Hearts series. We bring you an interview with Director Tetsuya Nomura to tell you more about the next installment, [KH2.8].
-- When were the plans for [KH2.8] set into motion? Could you tell us the aim of exclusively using the PS4 console again?
Nomura: We started thinking about it after completing [KH2.5]. It was about the time that we had finished deciding on the packaging, when we thought “What about a HD version of [KH3D]?” We had been talking about [KHIII], but since [KH3D] is such an essential preface to the story, I thought that, no matter what, I wanted to make an HD version of [KH3D] before [KHIII] was sold. When I was thinking about whether or not to release [KH3D] HD on its own, the time until we could play [KHIII] became shorter--rather than being affected by a change to the [KHIII] engine's initial plans. I knew I wanted everyone to get a taste of the world of [KHIII] as quickly as possible, no matter what. That being said, just like with [KH1.5] and [KH2.5], I thought about how I wanted to package [KH3D]'s essential story with a product that was a part of [KHIII] and its technology. In result, it was inevitable that the console would be the PS4.
-- I'm really excited to play [KH3D] on a non-portable console, but in regards to [KHx], why did you decide to make the story into a theatrical production?
Nomura: [KHx] and [KHUx] are both still running games, and they've still got a lot left to cover. For that reason, our intention is actually not to show the story as it is right now. In [KHx] and [KHUx], from the players' perspective, the story is continuing onward, but in [KhxBC], the story is told from the character of the players' affiliated unions, the Foretellers. Since [KHx] and [KHUx] are online games, there are probably fans that think the hurdles to jump are too high. However, in order to tell the full story of [KH], the Foretellers are very important characters, so I wanted to make sure players encountered the world of [KHx] and [KHUx] some way or another. The Foretellers aren't really characters that can be fit into the timeline somewhere, so we are dedicating their story to a theatrical production.
--Please tell us more about the details and aim of the brand-new supplement based on [BbS], which is different than any of the HD remasters so far.
Nomura: Actually, this was what I worried about the most. We showed this for a bit in the secret episode of [KHBbS FM], but the concept for two chapters of [BbS] is something we've had for a while, and because of problems with time, it's become just a morceau. That concept itself is living on as a setup, so it was our plan to show it at the beginning of [KHIII], but since the volume of material in [KHIII] has increased, I was thinking it was something we just touched on a little. Just as I explained in your previous question, we won't show the whole thing of the initial concept, but we decided to show it ahead of [KHIII] as a short episode.
--Could you please tell us precise release dates, as well as the progress in development at this time?
Nomura: It's not quite time for us to give an exact release date, but we're planning on a release in 2016. As far as production goes, since we're working on it alongside [KHIII], we're using the same technology in some parts, and I can't talk about what current phase we're on.
-- Can you tell us more about what you've had to change for [KH3D], such as going from two screens on the handheld to one on the console, etc.?
Nomura: Since everything in the original was developed with the idea of having two screens, we're having to reproduce everything so that it fits one screen, so it's much different than the other HD releases, as it is more of a “remake.” Since the original design for the 3DS was a lot of fun to play with, in order to keep that same fun while remaking it for the PS4, we're having to cover a lot of ground and make lots of changes. I will have more details in the next interview, so please wait until then.
--Do you have any kind of added elements decided?
Nomura: Unlike [KH1.5] and [KH2.5], we're working with three productions that are not simply a change to HD. As I said before, we're combining [KH3D] into one screen so it's basically a remake, and the other two productions are completely new and both utilize [KHIII] technology--since the density of the original products are so great, we don't really have any big added elements. There will be items to collect that are newly added, like what you saw in [KH1.5] and [KH2.5].
--Will the movie for [KHx BC] be a completely new product?
Nomura: Yes, it's completely new. We're making it with the same technology used in [KHIII], and the characters that appear are all new characters, so the Foretellers and Chirithy will need voices, so we have to work on casting as well as making their models, the scenes...everything will be made from scratch. However, while deciding the scenes, we were writing scenes for the base game [KHx] at the same time, so we inserted some of those scenes into [KHx]. So, the story will be one that players of [KHx] will more easily understand in the timeline.
--Can you tell us what you mean by the title “Back Cover”?
Nomura: Both [KHx] and [KHUx] were made with the concept of a “fairy tale,” so based on the other side we chose the title “Back Cover.” [KHx] and [KHUx] are told from the players' perspective--the front side, so the perspective of the Foretellers is considered the “back side.”
--Could you tell us more about the movie's details and highlights, as well as the amount of content?
Nomura: People currently playing [KHx] and [KHUx] already know this, but we have not really seen much of the Foretellers as individuals outside of each of their organizations. In this production, we hope to make clear the thoughts of each Foretellers, as well as why they formed their unions, and I think what they'll have to say will be very interesting. As far as the content volume goes, since this won't be the length of a full game, I can only tell you that it will be in the format of a short story.
--Will Aqua be the main character in the realm of darkness for [KH0.2BbS]? Also, will the story be about what's happened in the ten years that have passed? (As in, the period of time before the BbS secret episode, where she met Ansem the Wise?)
Nomura: That's right. Aqua is the main character, so the story will follow Aqua through the realm of darkness. However, the flow of time in the realm of darkness is different, so it's not simply ten years that have passed. The beginning of the story is after the secret episode in [KHBbS FM], but the story's ending is the finale, so I can't talk about it. Actually, we prefaced to it in the secret episode, but in the opening, just before the new journey in [KHIII], we'll tell you about King Mickey meeting Aqua again, who has been hidden away all this time...it will be that kind of introduction.
--As far as gameplay goes, how has the system and action changed? Please tell us about this along with the content volume.
Nomura: It is similar to the flow of [KHBbS], but we plan to include a portion that resembles [KHIII]. For details, please wait until the next information release. As far as volume content goes, this short story will be about the length of one world in the usual KH series. We want to give the players something they'll be satisfied with by letting them experience [KHIII] gameplay in a sample size.
--Can you tell us about the meaning of [0.2]'s title, “Fragmentary Passage?
Nomura: As far as content goes, we can't include a full volume of content to play with like the second chapter of [KHBbS], so it's just a “fragment,” and we left that part of the subtitle. [0.5] is one of the letters and numbers that appeared in the secret episode of [KHBbS FM], and that meant full volume, so we decided on [0.2] this time, to indicate that there will be more content to come. However, the remaining passage will be told in [KHIII], so we wanted to show that this production is closely related to [KHIII].
-- Finally, [KH2.8] will be an extremely important bridge title to [KHIII], won't it? Can you tell us about any noteworthy points in that connection?
Nomura: For [KH1.5] and [KH2.5], we added the word [ReMIX] to the title, but for [KH2.8] we're adding [Final Chapter Prologue]. This is not to say that this is the final chapter in the KH series, but it does mean that [KH2.8] will continue to pull the curtain closed on the story of the Dark Seeker. As I stated earlier, the content serves as a preface to [KHIII], starting with the HD [KH3D], and [KHUxBC] will also be very important to the KH series. I mentioned this in a previous answer, but [KH0.2BbS] is closely related to [KHIII]. It's definitely no mistake to say that the three productions packaged in [KH2.8] are all in preparation for [KHIII].
The following are translations for the article prefacing the interview:Spoiler
Last, but not least, here is the series timeline found at the bottom of the article:
Check out the three new productions appearing in [2.8] that connect the series!
Here we introduce the series productions so far, known as the [Dark Seeker] chronicles. Check out where the three new productions in [2.8] are placed in the series.
Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover
The oldest tale in the series. Explains the happenings of the world over 100 years before Sora received his Keyblade.
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
The first version of the events of 10 years before Kingdom Hearts. It is the beginning of Terra, Ventus, and Aqua’s journey.
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep: -A fragmentary passage-
A production created after [KHBbS]. Aqua, who is trapped in the realm of darkness, serves as the main character to this tale. Will the countless mysteries of the realm of darkness finally become clear in this story…?
(leads into [KHIII])
The first production in the series. The chosen hero of the Keyblade, Sora, goes on a journey to find his friends.
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
A production about the adventures in Castle Oblivion. Sora’s fight with Organization XIII begins here.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Roxas, a member of Organization XIII, serves as the protagonist, and the story reveals how he spent his time in the organization.
Kingdom Hearts II
A year after the first game, an older Sora again travels to various worlds and fights again Organization XIII.
Kingdom Hearts Coded
A story about a data world created from Jiminy’s Journal. Data Sora goes on a quest to solve the mystery behind the message left in the Journal.
Kingdom Hearts 3D HD
Sora, who has defeated Organization XIII, and Riku begin their Mark of Mastery exams. They travel to seven worlds of sleep to unlock their seven keyholes.
Kingdom Hearts III
The last chapter of the series regarding Xehanort’s wishes, the [Dark Seeker] chronicles. Sora will go out on a new journey, and a great battle between light and darkness will occur.
- Feb 14 2017 10:05 AM
- by soraspromise
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.
The interview has now been translated thanks to @goldpanner. You can view it below.
> The Master's theme song takes a previously unexplored route!
—Ms Shimomura, in KH2.8 we are able to listen to new music you worked on for KH0.2 and KHBC, aren't we.
Ms Yoko Shimomura (hereon shortened): There were fewer new pieces compared to before, but I did do some.
— Ms Shimomura, you were also in charge of new songs for FFXV. Was it extremely hectic with the jobs overlapping?
Shimomura: I started the brunt of the work on KH2.8 after work on FFXV was basically finished, so it didn't get to the point of biting off more than I could chew. There was a period where I was very busy, though.
—We could really feel the Shimomura magic in the pieces that play during KHBC and the last boss battle in KH0.2.
Shimomura: Thank you! Every one of the new tracks passed the harsh inspection of Mr Tetsu (KH series director Tetsuya Nomura). When the wind orchestra performance in Tokyo had just finished, just as I was about to head to the after party, I got a scary call from Mr Tetsu about a track… The memories…
—Among the new pieces, are there any that particularly left an impression on you?
Shimomura: There is one absolutely amazing track! It's a piece that takes a route never before done in the KH series, and the piano adlib is amazing.
—In which specific scene does the music appear?
Shimomura: It's the music that plays during a scene in KHBC where the Master of Masters is speaking to Luxu. It's the Master's theme song, and it's actually a much longer track, but only one part plays during the cutscene. The feedback I got the first time I made and and sent for review a theme for the Master was, "This piece itself is good so we will use it somewhere else, but this isn't how the Master's theme should go." It was a piece I finished after a long and gruelling battle.
—The theme for the final boss battle of KH0.2 is so fiery, listening to it really pumps you up.
Shimomura: When making battle music, I pay attention to setting things in a balanced way that pumps you up without making you sick of it or hurting your ears. I can't let the song sound like I'm shoving how cool I think it is in your face. That's self-complacency. But having said that, I can't let it feel like I'm holding myself back, either, so it is pretty hard. And, I have to be pumped up myself first before I can make music that pumps people up, and that mental control is another way battle music is difficult. By the way, the final boss battle music was an arrangement done for me by another individual, so there are two versions recorded.
—For previous HD remasters, you arranged the music of KH Final Mix and KHII Final Mix for HD. Did you arrange any pieces for KHDDD?
Shimomura: It is the exact same soundtrack from the original KHDDD. It has to do with hardware; back in the days of KH1 and KH2 the soundtrack played from a built-in sound generator. The sound quality is no good when you re-listen now, so I had to arrange them to fit KH1.5 and KH2.5. KH Birth by Sleep onward uses streaming, where the recorded source audio is inserted, so the HD versions don't need anything in particular to be processed. Thinking back on the old days, I used to compose for KH1 and KH2 on the PS2 while planning how the music would be set and played in the system memory, and things like that.
>I want you to taste the visceral experience of the game at the concert
—Please tell us once more your impressions on First Breath, the wind orchestra concert held last August.
Shimomura: I myself was in the brass band in high school, so the wind orchestra gave me all the emotions! All the pleasant thoughts I heard from those who attended after the First Breath performance are a special memory too.
—It's surprising that there hadn't been one until then.
Shimomura: I'd wanted to do a KH concert for a long time, and there'd been talk of doing it many times, but nothing ever came to fruition. KH is a huge title, so settling upon doing it is only the first of many hurdles to clear. When planning began, I was already able to see so many hurdles that I wondered if it'd be impossible after all, but as things moved forward I found I was clearing them surprisingly easily. But that absolutely wasn't because of me, it was because everyone around me was working so hard.
—The orchestra concert world tour is going to have its first performance in Tokyo, then make the rounds across each country, right?
Shimomura: The first performance being in Japan was on my firm request. According to the pro instrumentalists, most orchestra concert tours so far have begun overseas. But KH is a game created in Japan, so I thought that if we are going to have a concert then we have to start from Japan. Fulfilling my wish, two concerts were planned right away, and I couldn't have been happier. Then I heard that the orchestra was going to play at the Tokyo International Forum (Tokyo performance), and then have a world tour after that: the surprises kept coming!
—As the very first orchestra concert for KH, we're sure the fans are paying very keen attention.
Shimomura: Performing at the Tokyo International Forum is an enormous pressure, and I did wonder what on earth we'd do if the tickets didn't sell (laughs). To my great gratitude, we ended up in the unprecedented situation of deciding to do an encore show before tickets were even open for booking, so I am endlessly thankful for the reaction from the fans.
—It will be interesting to see how the fans overseas respond, won't it?
Shimomura: Overseas they tend to give energetic and straightforward reactions, so I'm looking forward to it. People respond very differently in different countries, even just within Asia. For example, my strong impression is that they tend to show big reactions in China, while in Taiwan, if I had to I'd say they give a quieter impression like us Japanese. I think this is just the nation's personality, so I would love for those who are able to attend the Japanese performance to not worry about standing ovations and simply enjoy themselves. We will be visiting seven countries including Japan, so I am really looking forward to what sorts of reactions I'll get to see in each place!
—How is preparation for the orchestra concert?
Shimomura: We are working our butts off to get ready for the opening show in March. Aside from one part the setlist is entirely different from First Breath, so I'm hoping even those who joined us for First Breath will have a lot of fun too!
—What did you focus on when thinking up the setlist?
Shimomura: This is true of any concert, but I picked music with the thought that I wanted to give the listeners the visceral feelings of playing the games. There were also things to consider from the angle of the order of performance, like, this piece sounds better on wind, or we absolutely have to do this one with the orchestra. On top of taking all those sorts of things into account, I like to be able to bring out a drama-like vibe in the concert as a whole. That's a point I focused a lot on with both First Breath and this orchestra.
—Was Mr. Nomura also involved in choosing the music?
Shimoura: I chose the music and created a setlist, which Mr. Tetsu checked for me, and then I'd listen to his requests and give my own opinions. That's the general flow of how we decided things. Since Mr. Tetsu and I both chose music with the same line of thinking—that we wanted to make our fans happy—I am confident in the setlist I have for you all. By the way, Mr. Tetsu had said he wanted the wind orchestra and the orchestra concert to have a "two in one" configuration. Mr. Tetsu is also the supervisor of the movie that is going to play in the hall, so please look forward to that.
—Is Mr. Nomura also planning to surprise us with his own performance, like he did at the First Breath concert?
Shimomura: I'm not sure about that (laughs). We were very, very much obliged to the pianist for letting him use their seat… Besides, all the pieces this time are pretty hard (laughs).
—A message for the fans, please!
Shimomura: My long-time dream is coming true: we are finally able to hold the first independent Kingdom Hearts orchestra concert. It's thanks to fifteen years of support from the fans that we are even able to do something like this, so we are preparing something that will be able to repay you with everything we have. Giving the fans a great time was my top priority while making the setlist and arranging the music, so let's savour the moments together on the day!
- Feb 07 2017 02:11 AM
- by Raxaimus
Unlockable themes for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue come at a price on PSN for North American players
UPDATE #3: The error has been fixed. The theme(s) are now free for everyone to download once you beat the games. For those who have already mistakenly purchased the theme(s), we recommend contacting PSN support to ask for a refund. Sony may ask for proof that the themes are free. Feel free to use the image below, courtesy of Reddit user Stonewall30nyr.
Square-Enix have emailed us back talking about the theme situation. You can read it below.
Thank you for contacting SQUARE ENIX support,
We apologize for the delay in our response. The team looked into this issue and found that there appears to be an error with the game at this time. As recently reported by various users, the PSN theme(s) that are unlocked when completing the game(s) are requiring users to pay $2.99 (USD), but this is indeed an error. The PSN Theme(s) are supposed to be FREE for users as a reward for completing the game(s).
Our KINGDOM HEARTS support team, as well as management and development, have been informed of the issue, and are currently working to resolve the error in a timely manner. At this time, we must kindly ask for your patience while the issue is investigated, and we urge you to refrain from purchasing the PSN Theme(s), since they should be downloadable for free once the back-end error is fixed.
*If you have already purchased the theme(s), we sincerely apologize, as that was not our intention. We are currently working with the KINGDOM HEARTS team and Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) to issue a proper reimbursement for the mistakenly purchased PSN Theme(s).
Again, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, but rest assured that our teams are working to resolve the issue in a timely manner. We thank you for contacting us, and we hope you continue to enjoy playing KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue, and best of luck in battle!
Thank you for contacting the SQUARE ENIX Support Center.
The original article follows:
With the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, many fans have bundled up and begun to play on their PlayStation 4's. One feature that may be familiar to fans is the unlockable themes that players can obtain after completing each title. In both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX, these themes were free for players and were able to download and put these themes on their home screens after completion. However, for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, the themes are currently not free.
Once you complete each title in the collection (Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, & Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover) you will receive the option to obtain the theme for that individual title. However, they are currently priced at $2.99 when you select them to download. While it may seem like an error, seeing as they are free everywhere else, reddit user AsinineBinkie reports that they got a response from Square Enix support that read as follows:
Please note, completing KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue will only unlock the ability to purchase the PlayStation themes, it is not a reward that is received for free for beating the game. We do apologize for the confusion.
Keep in mind that Square Enix has not made a public comment on the themes as of yet. Also, please note that the priced themes are only shown in the North American version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.
Update: A screenshot of a similar email has been provided by GameFAQs user domnu which you can view below.
Update: If you did indeed purchase the themes before they became free, we recommend contacting PSN for a refund. Proof that the themes are now free in North America is displayed below. Credit goes to reddit user Stonewall30nyr
- Jan 28 2017 01:56 PM
- by soraspromise
Review scores for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue have been released!
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.
Destructoid have given a score of 7.5/10, praising the game while remaining tongue-in-cheek. You can read the full review here.
GamesRadar have given a score of 4/5, stating that it is "a promising start to the series' life on PS4". You can read the full review here.
Kotaku did not give a score, but had a generally favorable opinion. You can read the full review here.
IGN have given a score of 7.5/10, stating that it "lacks an essential feeling that [the rest of the series] evoke". You can read the full review here.
IGN Latin America have given a score of 8/10, stating that "some of the series' greatest mysteries are closing, and it would be a great shame to miss them". You can read the full review (in Spanish) here.
IGN India did not give a score, but gave a series recap, as well as a positive impression. You can read the article here.
Attack of the Fanboy have given a score of 4.5/5, stating that the game is "an excellent appetizer for those awaiting Kingdom Hearts III". You can read the review here.
Twinfinite have given a score of 4.5/5, and gave the game their editor's choice award. You can read the full review here.
PlayStation Universe have given a score of 9/10, calling the game "a must-have for fans, and a primo starting point for newcomers". You can read the full review here.
Do you agree with the overall ratings for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? Let us know in the comments!
- Jan 25 2017 08:51 PM
- by Raxaimus
To celebrate the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Square Enix has unveiled one last trailer for the fans. A short montage of clips accompanies the showcase of each entry in the compilation, with dialogue and Utada's "Simple and Clean -Ray of Hope MIX-" in the background.
You can view this trailer below.
What are your thoughts on this new trailer? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jan 24 2017 07:57 PM
- by Raxaimus
The wait is finally over! Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, the latest chapter of the Kingdom Hearts series, is now available worldwide!
After releasing in Japan on January 12th, 2017, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue topped both physical and digital sales throughout the country. Despite a delay of one month and an early release in several parts of the world, the HD compilation has been met with a large amount of positive feedback by journalists around the world, as well as a lot of excitement from fans about its prominent ties to Kingdom Hearts III.
Feel free to discuss the game with other users in our forum, and be sure to subscribe to Everglow’s YouTube channel to see plenty of high-quality content related to the game!
How are you enjoying Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue so far? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jan 24 2017 04:16 AM
- by Raxaimus
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 here.
- Jan 23 2017 03:52 PM
- by Leamax
Copies of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue on shelves before release date in Germany, Italy & U.S.
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.
Update: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was also found for sale early in Italy. Images can be found below thanks to Everglow!
Update: Reddit user Solredux was able to purchase an early copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in the United States, located in New York City.
- Jan 21 2017 12:10 AM
- by soraspromise
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ advertisements included in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Inside of an Italian copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's case, advertisements can be found for both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will release March 9th, 2017 in Japan, March 28th, 2017 in North America, and March 30th, 2017 in Europe for the PlayStation 4. Images of the advertisements can be found below thanks to Everglow.
- Jan 20 2017 02:16 PM
- by soraspromise
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue sells over 130,000 copies in Japan during first week, tops PSN downloads in Japan
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 physical 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.
Update: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue also topped PlayStation Network's digitial downloads in Japan. An image can be found below thanks to Twitter user SonyOfLastation.
- Jan 18 2017 10:43 PM
- by Leamax
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.
- Jan 17 2017 12:28 AM
- by soraspromise
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.
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.
- Jan 13 2017 12:04 PM
- by soraspromise
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.
- Jan 11 2017 12:01 PM
- by soraspromise
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!
- Jan 11 2017 09:59 AM
- by Toominator