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  1. New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]

    Famitsu has updated their site following the presentation at D23 Expo Japan with a series of images and descriptions including a new attraction flow attack for Kingdom Hearts III. This new attack is based on Disney attraction named "Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster". You can find the image below:

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    In the section including Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, a new image shows Riku, Kairi and King Mickey standing before Yen Sid in the Mysterious Tower in Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-:

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    Here's a screenshot of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD with Sora surrounded by all his friends:

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    Last but not least, Beast's Castle was announced as a new world in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. However, it remains uncertain if Beast's Castle will be added to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ in the near future.

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    Translations will be added as soon as they are available.

    Do you believe "Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster" may lead to a possible Toy Story world? Let us know in the comments!

  2. New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015

    Alongside new Kingdom Hearts III footage, attendees of the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event were also treated to a Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer. Though the trailer is not yet available to the public, we have a few details from attendees who shared their thoughts on Twitter.

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    What we know so far:

    • All Foretellers' parts had voice acting in the trailer
    • Yen Sid speaks to Riku, Kairi and Mickey about the seven guardians of pure light and why they must protect the Princesses of Heart.
    • Ven, Aqua, Terra also come up in this conversation
    • Mickey tells Riku and Kairi about his recent visit to the Realm of Darkness
    More impressions will be added as we receive and translate them. Thank you for your patience.

  3. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event at D23 Expo Japan 2015

    To kick off D23 Expo Japan 2015, Disney and Square Enix are hosting a special event called the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater. This is a private event in Japan, in which we expect some huge news for Kingdom Hearts III! Because we do not expect a livestream of the event, official or otherwise, we will be using this article to provide live updates in addition to articles covering any big announcements that come up. The doors will open at 10:00pm EST (7:00pm PT) and the event begins at 11:00pm EST (8:00pm PT). Make sure to stay tuned here, on KH13.com, and our social media pages for all Kingdom Hearts news from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater!

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    New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ
    New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
    New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015




    Live Updates

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    4:06PM (USA EST): Pictures of the D23 Expo building posted!
    10:00PM (USA EST): The doors for the theater have opened and people are heading in now!
    10:09PM (USA EST): Fans have entered the theater!
    10:16PM (USA EST): Hashimoto, executive producer of the Kingdom Hearts series, was spotted at the front of the theater!
    10:26PM (USA EST): Rules of the theater announced. No video allowed.
    11:00PM (USA EST): The event has begun! Information can't be released till 3AM (USA EST)
    12:30AM (USA EST): The first showing has ended. Embargo ends at 3AM (USA EST).
    12:45AM (USA EST): Photos of King Mickey surface!
    12:48AM (USA EST): One attendee describes the Premium Theater event as having "really emotional scenes"!
    1:56AM (USA EST): Attendees of the event are having a hard time keeping quiet during this social media embargo, saying "So many things I want to share, but I gotta hold it in!"
    1:58AM (USA EST): Another fan tweets "Axel's words always make me cry." Could Axel be making an appearance in this new trailer?
    3AM (USA EST): Two new screenshots shown! Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster attraction flow, and Riku and Kairi as they appear in KH0.2!
    3AM (USA EST): No release date for KH3 or KH2.8.
    3AM (USA EST): Beast's Castle world coming to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]!
    3:30AM (USA EST): A new nobody was revealed during the trailer! Look like someone we know?
    3:45AM (USA EST): Nomura-san showed off a 3D model of Daybreak Town in KH3 graphics!
    3:50AM (USA EST): The 3D model of Daybreak Town, as well as new areas of Mount Olympus were from a "Making of KH3" video that will stay exclusive to attendees of the event.
    3:50AM (USA EST): All of the union leaders in KHχ were voiced in the KH2.8 trailer!
    4:00AM (USA EST): The KH3 trailer ended with Sora, Roxas, Namine, Xion, Riku, Axel, Kairi, Aqua, Terra, and Ven sharing a nice moment!

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  4. Countdown to the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event has begun

    In case you've forgotten through the midst of all the recent Kingdom Hearts news, the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event is being held on November 3rd, 2015, which is just over two weeks away (as of October 15th, 2015)! We are expecting new information (most likely a new trailer according to the name "premium theater") regarding Kingdom Hearts III, in addition to possible news about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.

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    We are assuming the event will be private, with heavy restrictions on recording devices and flash photography. That being said, we will be livetweeting information as it comes on our KH13.com Twitter account. Of course, we will be updating the site with an article as quickly as possible as we receive, interpret, and understand information we are given.

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    In order to commemorate the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event, we will be counting down days until the event on our social media accounts by revisiting news we've received about Kingdom Hearts III for the past few years. Please be sure to follow us on social media to receive instant Kingdom Hearts news and to receive reminders about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event!

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    What do you expect or want to see from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event? Let us know in the comments!

  5. New Dengeki PlayStation article features details on Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts 2.8

    The latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine features new art by Tetsuya Nomura in celebration of Dengeki PlayStation's 600th issue as well an entire special spread dedicated to the Kingdom Hearts series. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts III, and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ were featured most prominently in this special, including many screenshots as well as several comments by series director Tetsuya Nomura.

    For now, we have a few tweets about the content of the special, thanks to @_ikenie

    Battle with Xehanort draws to a close, his motivation for acquiring the Kingdom Hearts discussed a little

    What "Kingdom Hearts" actually is won't be fully revealed until the very end of KH3. It will be discussed further than previous entries



    Full translations can be found under the spoiler tag. Thanks to Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) for the translations.


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  6. Famitsu: Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater summary

    After the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event, held on November 3rd, 2015, Famitsu Weekly published an article detailing almost every aspect of the special D23 event. Take the time to read about the new details from Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and read special messages from the Japanese voice actors of the series! Thanks to News Team member Rin for the translations!

    To celebrate the opening of Disney’s Fan Event “D23 Expo Japan 2015,” a “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater” was held on November 3, 2015, at Tokyo Disney Resort’s Cinema Ikspiari.

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    As previously reported, the “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater” event took place on November 3, 2015, to celebrate the opening of Disney’s Fan Event, “D23 Expo Japan 2015.” The Theater event took place at Tokyo Disney Resort’s Cinema Ikspiari, located in Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture.

    Among other things during this rather lively event, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura introduced recent footage and developments, composer Yoko Shimomura gave a piano performance, and voice actors shared video messages.

    What follows is a report of this “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.” Please note that photographs are few, but words are aplenty.

    Opening the event was a retrospective on the [Kingdom Hearts] series done through promotional videos for each title. Afterwards, Walt Disney Company Asia and Disney Interactive Asia’s senior vice president and general manager, Justin Scarpone, appeared on stage to share that the Kingdom Hearts series has shipped 21 million units worldwide and is one of the most successful games in Disney’s long history. “I hope you’ll enjoy to the very end this special experience meant just for Kingdom Hearts fans,” Scarpone said at the start of the event.

    Following Scarpone, Kingdom Hearts series executive producer, Shinji Hashimoto, took the stage. Hashimoto expressed his gratitude for an event such as this that allows him to meet with fans directly. He also introduced the series’ smartphone application released in September, Kingdom Hearts: Unchainedχ[chi], and urged fans to give it a try. “Today, we will be able to share new information, so please look forward to it,” he said.


    Piano performance by Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama

    First on the program for this event was a piano performance by Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura and pianist Hiroyuki Nakayama. Three songs––“Dearly Beloved,” “The Other Promise,” and “Musique pour la Tristesse de Xion”––were performed. Shimomura and Nakayama, each with their own pianos, played new arrangements in a piano duet form. Audience members listened quietly and attentively.
    Following the performance was a talk given by Shimomura and Nakayama. They first met during auditions for the Kingdom Hearts piano arrangement album [recording] and have known each other for a rather long time. The pair got along quite well during the talk. However, at their very first recording session that started at midnight and took 4 hours, Shimomura kept saying, “One more time,” and wouldn’t give the OK, “so I cried in the bathroom” (Nakayama). In the end, Nakayama persisted and lived up to Shimomura’s demands, and in reminiscence, “it was because of that trial that we have a day like today” (Nakayama). Music is an indispensable element of the Kingdom Hearts series, so let’s all look forward to what Shimomura and Nakayama will be doing next.

    Director Tetsuya Nomura also appears

    Following the piano performance were the eagerly awaited developments. Since this event was called a “Premium Theater,” information was revealed through footage. Series director Tetsuya Nomura appeared on stage and explained the content himself.

    For PC browser game Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], Beast Castle [appeared] as a new world beginning November 5. For the smartphone application Kingdom Hearts Unchainedχ[chi], beginning at 6:00pm on November 3, a new event called “Coordinate with Mickey" began]. In addition, those who [have been logging in] from November 4 at 4:00am and on, have each received a “King Mickey KHII Ver (★5)” medal.


    New information on Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and Kingdom Hearts III revealed

    The next segment was the presentation of the latest Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue PV. “I met Aqua in the Realm of Darkness” (King Mickey); “Someone has the complete Book of Prophecies, and that person’s the traitor” (Mysterious Figure) and other dialogue followed in rapid succession and stirred up anticipation! Before the PV, a video message from Megumi Toyoguchi (voice of Aqua), Ryoutarou Okiayu (voice of Terra), and Kouki Uchiyama (voice of Ventus and Roxas) was shared. You can read their comments below.

    Megumi Toyoguchi (Aqua)

    I think the very first scene that I recorded as Aqua was the one together with Maleficient, and it was my first experience having a conversation with a Disney character. Disney character acting is “big” acting, so I remember that, at the beginning, the feeling of distance between the [Disney] character’s acting and me, and the difference in the scale of the acting, was a really tough game. But as you gradually continue, once you can create your character, you’ll know how much to “give,” and it becomes very fun to do.

    One particularly memorable line is, when I said the final line as Aqua, “We’re connected” (English: “There’s always a way.”), I couldn’t really get it done right. I recorded it over and over so many times, and there must have been dozens of takes (bitter smile). I recorded so many times that I felt my heart was going to break into pieces, but at the very last moment, I got an OK, and I felt incredibly relieved. I’d never done so many takes, so that was memorable for me.

    The Kingdom Hearts series are commonly played games, so I was very happy to have been able to take part in it. Prior to [Kingdom Hearts], I played Paine in FFX-2, but playing a character in Kingdom Hearts is different emotionally, so I was very happy about that. Actually, I’ve been playing [Birth by Sleep], but I haven’t finished Aqua’s story yet. Finishing it would bring sadness… even though I have gotten to the end. But, since there’s a sequel coming out, I think I can “beat the last boss.” That’s my mindset.

    Within the 3 works is a new episode, and a new Kingdom Hearts is coming out, so I think you all are extremely excited about that, but I think I’m the one who’s most excited (laugh). I think I’m the very first to want to play it… should I play from the beginning, or should I play alongside Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep’s chronology? I haven’t begun recording (for KH 0.2 Bbs) yet, but I’m very excited to know how I’ll get to play Aqua, so I hope you all are excited as well.


    Ryoutarou Okiayu (Terra)

    I first performed in a promotional trailer, and after that, there wasn’t any news about recording lines for the actual title, so I thought, “So I didn’t get picked, huh?” I became quite anxious (laugh). Finally, I got to do the recording, and for the longest time it was just me alone… As you all well know, Terra goes on a journey to find Ven, but I couldn’t really meet Uchiyama-kun (voice of Ven) myself. The opportunity didn’t present itself, I suppose. When the time finally came, I thought, “Oh! So he’s Ven.” I put myself in Terra’s state of my mind and glanced at Uchiyama-kun (laugh).

    For me, the most memorable line was saying to Mr. Chikao Ootsuka, “What did you do to his heart!?” That line was used in the trailer, right? That was a foreshadowing of what would happen in the game.

    While recording, I thought about whether the story of these three people’s journey would continue after [Birth by Sleep]. When I was recording, I pictured the three of us being friends in the past, and at the time, I was able to fall into an illusion where I felt I was in a never-ending story.

    To all of you KH fans, I think you’re waiting for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue that will be released next year. I hear that the Birth by Sleep team will be able to talk a little about what happens from [Birth by Sleep] and on, so I’d like you to be excited. “Terra, what happened to him?” “We want Aqua to break out of that place.” “I wonder what happened to Ven… I wonder where Uchiyama-kun went?” (laugh). Along those lines, right? Please look forward to the next title.


    Kouki Uchiyama (Ventus & Roxas)

    About Roxas, should I say [he’s] life-sized…. this character called Roxas cannot feel that the world he lives in is real, and he doubts whether this is the real world. At that time when I was a middle school student, somehow I also thought the same. It hit home for me, or, it was a very real feeling for me. I injected the thoughts I had at that time into my lines, and in that way, I remember [the recording] being rather easy.

    For Ven, I brought out cheerfulness and the strength to invigorate others. I don’t have those traits. Normally, I’m more quiet. It felt like I was adding things on top of what I didn’t have.

    I don’t usually get involved with a single work from a series that is this long. I was young back then, so when I would get involved with a project and thought, “Okay, I’ll do it,” it wasn’t really work, but…. it’s kind of hard to say, but I remember, when I went to the studio, I thought of it as going in to play around, and then I said my lines. During KHII, I recorded lines together with Roxas’s friends, Hayner, Pence, and Olette (their voice actors). It felt like going to school, and I felt excited going into the studio. Time’s passed since then, and once again I’m in the same series, but as a different character in a different title. I’ve played various roles, and made so many memories...call it a life in 1 work or something. The series will probably continue on, I think, and I’m excited how I’ll be able to stay involved. I don’t want [my part] to end just yet.

    The series will probably go on, huh. No one’s told me anything, so I’m looking forward to the future as all of you are. I ask for your continued support in the KH series.


    Making of Kingdom Hearts III” also shown

    Following on the heels of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue were the latest developments on Kingdom Hearts III. This segment also began with video messages from voice actors.

    Miyu Irino (Sora)

    In these last dozen years or so, there have been parts where Sora and I have grown together, and parts where Sora and I have grown in different places. I wonder if these parts that have changed, together with the parts that haven’t, are how Sora has changed in the span of 15 years.

    I’ve worked on the Kingdom Hearts series together with Mamoru Miyano, who plays Riku, and Risa Uchida, who plays Kairi, since we were all teens, and I can feel our incredibly strong bond, as if they’re really my childhood friends.

    Before I was involved with Kingdom Hearts, I had a general sense of Disney’s Donald and Goofy, but now, when I see them at Disneyland or in movies, I feel something different in these characters. Like, they’re my friends. I feel really proud.

    I really like the story of Roxas’s existence, and the scene in the second half of II where he and Sora melt together has left a great impression on me. I feel a closeness to him as well.

    One memorable thing was singing “Under the Sea” in the Little Mermaid world. I was really happy that I didn’t sing it as karaoke, but rather, as my own song.

    The memories of doing recording as a middle school student are linked with the memories of my middle school days, and I feel that [Kingdom Hearts] is a special work. Also, when I go abroad, people know me as doing voice acting for Kingdom Hearts, and I can sense the globalness even more.
    There are more works coming for Kingdom Hearts, and there are plenty of works already available to look back on. I hope you’ll enjoy those until the sequel is here.

    Risa Uchida (Kairi)

    In the world of Kingdom Hearts, Kairi is light. I’ve performed my role with this in mind, but how to capture this light is different between now and before. To continue to stay in the light, one must be incredibly strong; I had felt that when I became an adult. Kairi, who has been able to stay in the light, is a wonderful child, and there are so many things I can learn from her.

    Xion didn’t have a sense of self at the beginning, and gradually she was able to think for herself… representing this course of change was especially difficult. The anxiety of, “I’m just a nobody, aren’t I? I’m just a tool,” is something that I think everyone feels at one point, so I don’t think Xion is unusual in this regard. I thought it’d be great if I could embrace loneliness, anxiety and perform my role…. in the end, I felt quite sad, after all.

    Sora is a beloved person who goes beyond romantic love and friendship. To Sora, Kairi is [his] light, but I think to Kairi, Sora is also her light. Kairi views Riku differently from Sora; I think she sees [Riku] as more of a big brother. In II, when Kairi grows into a person who can wield her Keyblade and fight, I can’t help but think that it must be because she’s watched Riku from behind. They cherish one another, and the three who are growing together are extremely special and amazing. I admire them very much.

    When I accepted the audition, I had done a lot of stage work and thought that voice acting wasn’t my skill, so I wasn’t sure if I should challenge myself and try out. I had all this anxiety, but I received the script and fell in love with the world of Kingdom Hearts. I really wanted to enter into this world no matter what, and my passion grew. I thought, “Being able to be a part of this world is a once-in-a-lifetime and thrilling chance.” I want to keep growing more and more together with Kairi, so I want to thank you for your continued support.


    Mamoru Miyano (Riku)

    The Riku in Kingdom Hearts up until now has had to fight a long battle against the darkness within him. He’s atoned for it, and he’s mustered up the courage to fight against it. Growing into light’s existence has been his salvation, I think. The reality of overcoming this experience and fighting with his Keyblade in hand has been a big change, so I wanted to perform my role with all of that in mind.

    There aren’t many jobs that I can participate in that have spanned as long as Kingdom Hearts has. [Kingdom Hearts] is a work that’s been with me every step in my entire acting life, so Riku’s existence is special. He’s growing, and I think I’ve also been growing a little bit, too. There’s a lot of deep emotion in [Riku’s] transformation.

    To Riku, Sora is forever radiant, and his admiration for Sora has never changed. It’s been said that, because of Kairi, Riku was able to connect with Sora, so [Sora] is a special existence, isn’t he?

    The time that I received the Kingdom Hearts role was around the same time that I began my voice acting career. I was young, but being able to act alongside my senior, Miyu Irino-kun, inside the studio was fun. I learned a lot, and that time was invaluable. This is my own whimsical thought, but I think Irino-kun and I are connected by a strong bond, like Sora and Riku are.

    I want to cherish the Kingdom Hearts series together with all of you, and I ask for your continued support from here on out.

    For the latest Kingdom Hearts III footage, an event-exclusive movie was revealed, featuring the full version of the conversation between two people playing what looks like a chess match (the one that begins with “Have you heard of the Ancient Keyblade War?”). Both seem to know something, but they do not utter it. They are friends, but they also appear to be rivals… their relationship is quite palpable.

    In the action footage, new Heartless, a Nobody wielding a sickle, and a scene where [Sora] unleashes a Birth By Sleep shotlock-like attack from an attraction flow (a special technique that can be triggered under certain conditions), among other things, were present. New battle scenes were packed with action.


    Tetsuya Nomura once again took to the stage and presented another event-exclusive PV, a rare movie of the making of Kingdom Hearts. “During development, we proceed by working on each world, and we’re moving into worlds that we cannot, at this moment, show you. I can’t present any new worlds today, so in place of that, I’ve brought some in-production footage that we normally do not make public” (Nomura).

    90% of Kingdom Hearts development is done at the Osaka Studio, and 10% done in Tokyo. The contents revealed in today’s footage are from the Tokyo Studio. In this PV, we saw once again the figure of the Nobody wielding the sickle from the latest trailer. “This is the Nobody that was also in the new KHIII trailer. As to what this Nobody is, I’m sure there are fans who are aware” (Nomura). Is this connected to Marluxia!?

    Other things were also introduced in this PV, such as a new location in Olympus, the heaven map; and development footage of Aqua being controlled on KH 0.2 BbS’s map. Effects have been made more splendid and lighting processing has been increased, making the appearance even richer.

    Kingdom Hearts III will have attraction flows and weapon transformations, and party member coordination is being strengthened, so I hope you’ll look forward to these” (Nomura).

    King Mickey appears!

    Just as we were taking in all of these updates, there was another special movie! This footage featured King Mickey and his activities from titles to date. Once the movie had ended, the King himself appeared on stage! The audience cheered as King Mickey came to the scene! King Mickey, along with Tetsuya Nomura and Yoko Shimomura, left their seats and began to interact with fans. There were curtains and all, and the auditorium turned into an uproar.

    There was much excitement accompanying King Mickey as he made his departure. Hashimoto made his appearance once again and said to the audience, “It is thanks to you, the fans, that [Kingdom Hearts] has been able to continue for 13 years after its release. We’ll be doing our best from here on out, so we appreciate your continued support.” The event concluded with thunderous applause from the fans.


    What did you think about what the voice actors had to say? Let us know in the comments!

  7. Summary of the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event

    On November 3rd, Square Enix & Disney held an event dedicated to the Kingdom Hearts series called the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater. Throughout the event, new footage relating to the Kingdom Hearts series was shown to everyone who attended the event, along with a few extra surprises. While those who couldn't attend the event cannot view any of the footage from the event, Square Enix released a few screenshots from the new footage, along with fans sharing their impressions on all the events that took place at the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.

    Below you can check out all articles, screenshots, and fan impressions from the event.


    Articles

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    - New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ
    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
    - New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
    - Beast's Castle Confirmed for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and "Mickey Code Together" Event for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
    - Famitsu: Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater summary


    Screenshots

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    Square Enix officially released screenshots from the new footage shown at the event, which can be seen below.

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    Fan Impressions

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    Thanks to @kh_primavera, and translations by News Team member Rin, you can check out fan impressions on the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.

    KH Theater - General Outline:
    Opening (CM videos of products that have been released)
    Greetings from Disney Japan, Justin Scarpone
    Greetings from Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto
    Piano performance by Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama
    Live performance of: [Dearly] Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
    Short talk by Shimomura and Nakayama
    Tetsuya Nomura presenting the latest information
    KH HD 2.8 new information: Ven, Aqua, and Terra’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
    KH3 new information: Sora, Kairi, and Riku’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
    New KH3 trailer presented (mainly battle scenes)
    Limited KH3 making video presented
    King Mickey in KH attire appears as a special guest
    Mr. Justin, Mr. Hashimoto, Ms. Shimomura, Mr. Nomura, and King Mickey photo session
    Ending (video with each character’s lines and Hikaru Utada’s “Hikari” BGM)

    Latest Information
    KHx - new world,“Beast Castle (from 11/5)
    KHUx - new stronger medals and avatars (from 11/3 18:00)
    KH HD 2.8 - latest trailer. King Mickey, Riku, Kairi, and Yen Sid must find Ven, Terra, and Aqua in order to gather the 7 Guardians of Light. From there, King Mickey says he met Aqua in the Ream of Darkness when he was there. Afterwards, battle scene with Aqua was presented.
    KH3 - latest trailer. Starts with the conversation between young Xehanort and young Eraqus previously released. There’s more to the convo this time than before (I feel like there were things I’d never heard before, like creating Kingdom Hearts out of competing lights…)

    After that, Sora’s battle scenes began to run. Worlds presented: Tangled, Twilight Town, Mysterious Tower, etc. Sora used BBS’s action system (shotlock command) and KH3D’s action system (free-flow action).

    About the new attraction flow: some of it is my own impression, but it kinda looked like it was based on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster.

    There was one scene that showed the detailed motions of feet being soaked in a river.

    Sora, Donald, and Goofy’s new abilities were also shown (footage of the 3 of them sitting on Goofy’s shield and attacking was presented).

    Limited making movie - Olympus Coliseum (in production) was shown. In KH2 it was a world of spirits, in KH3, I’m not super positive, but it’s probably going to be made with heaven as the main. (Olympus Coliseum’s appearance in KH3 is unknown to begin with.)

    Also, a 3D Daybreak Town (in production) was shown. (Whether this world will be in KH3 or not is unknown.)

    The new Nobody’s bottom half looked like flower petals, and it used to a sickle to attack. (I remember Nomura said that people who have played KH will know who this Nobody is.)

    Some Heartless that look like advanced forms of Yellow Opera were also shown.


    Thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com), you can read fan impressions from FF-Reunion.net.

    KH: [D23EJ] Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater Report!

    Today from Maihama Ikspiari, we have a report of the [Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater]. The event programs are as follows:

    -Greetings from the higher-ups at Disney, Justin Scarpone and Mr. Hashimoto
    -Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama held a piano performance (Songs: Dearly Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion)
    -Comments from the voice actors: Megumi Toyoguchi, Ryotaro Okiayu, Koki Uchiyama, Miyu Irino, Risa Uchida, and Mamoru Miyano
    -New trailers for KH0.2BbS, KhxBackCover, and KH3, no new worlds shown. New heartless appeared, KH3 creation process opened to public.

    [KH Premuim Theater Opening]

    -After entering the theater, we were given wristbands. Mr. Hashimoto was also at the theater entrance. Inside the KH Premium Theater before the event began, the screen had the [KINGDOM HEARTS Premium Theater] logo!

    -There was a keyblade in front of the screen. Then there was an announcement. No recording the trailers, taking any video, or any photography was allowed during the event. According to the event's twitter, this was all in order not to ruin things for the second round of guests, and the ban would be lifted at 17:00.

    -First, Tetsuya Nomura opened, and Nakamura said, “I'll speak while looking at the cue cards.” It was revealed that on 11/5, Beast's Castle would be a new world for KHx, and that from 18:00, the “Mickey Coordinate” event would start, with a KH2 Mickey present on 11/4 at 4:00!

    -[Below are excerpts from the voice actor's comments about the PV]

    Toyoguchi: Aqua's last line “we're connected” did not go well, and we had to do a lot of takes for it. My heart was starting to break. Recording for 2.8 isn't finished yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

    Okiayu: The first time I met Uchiyama, I met him with the same way Terra felt: “He's Ven!” The line that left a lasting impression on me was what I said to Otsuka, “What did you do to his heart?!”

    Uchiyama: In regards to Roxas, despite not being able to feel that my own world was real, I felt at that time (as a middle school student) that just like me, Roxas was real. In regards to Ven, I went on to give out such cheerfulness that I don't really have. At first, recording felt more like playing around than work.

    -A new trailer for [KH0.2BbS]! The King, Riku, and Kairi stand before YenSid. He says, “The fight with Xehanort is near. We must assemble the seven wielders of light to protect the seven hearts of pure light. In order to do that, it is indispensable that we call back the three keyblade wielders who were lost to the tragedies of long ago: Ventus, Terra, and Aqua.” Then, the King says to Riku and Kairi, “I met (?) in the Realm of Darkness.” (Picture: Aqua from behind in the Realm of Darkness)

    -The [KhxBackCover] trailer was the team's logos on stained glass with voices only. A man said, “Lost (?? couldn't hear the dialogue) piece missing from the Foretellers will enter.” A woman said, “Someone has the full story of the Foretellers, and the person who has that is the traitor?” A second man said, “The darkness is indeed on the move. I can't think that there is a traitor among us.” A second woman said, “We're not for sure that there's a traitor among us, right?” The first man says, “The missing piece of the story tell us of the traitor.”

    -[KHDDD] trailer came next. It was the scene where Xehanort explains things in the dream world. The King and Riku take hands and the trailer said, “Someday, with your strength...” There was the scene with Tron falling, and the scene with Riku confronting Ansem (“Ansem! You've become a part of my heart...”). There was also the scene where Sora takes Namine's hand, only to have her face turn into Xion, as well as Riku fighting the person in the black coat. It showed Sora fighting Braig (“Our hearts are connected--that's my strength!”). The modeling for KHDDD was really pretty! It seems just like a remake, perhaps because it was taken from the 3DS to the PS4 in HD.

    -There was a new trailer for [KH3]. It was the full scene from the beginning of KH3 with young Eraqus and Xehanort! [The music was a piano version of [The 13th Side].)

    X: Do you know about the Keyblade war?
    E: Of course.
    X: Long ago, when keyblade wielders tried to steal away the light.
    E: I've heard it again and again from the Master.
    X: I wonder what they wanted to do, using the light they stole to summon Kingdom Hearts.
    E: Who knows...I can't understand the reason why the fight happened in the first place.
    X: Have you heard of the Lost Masters? They started the Keyblade war.
    E: Never heard of it, where did you hear that from?
    X: No, was it for their sake, I wonder...
    E: I don't get it.
    X: You know the truth, right?
    E: About what?
    X: That at that time, light was defeated by the darkness. I guess you as a candidate for Master wouldn't know.
    E: I guess.
    X: You can see it with your own eyes. It's already decided, the end of the world.
    E: It'd be boring if the end was already decided. If the darkness is supposed to win, I'll rewrite the ending.
    X: You're pretty confident. But aren't you at a disadvantage?
    E: Light is different from darkness, because it's not just something you can see. We won't know until the end.
    X: I'm looking forward to it.

    -There was a KH3 trailer (music: Rage Awakened). Sora, Donald and Goofy battled Heartless that looked like dandelions in front of Rapunzel's tower, then it cut to a new part with new Nobodies that look like flowers with about eight legs?, that would separate and lift into the air while spinning (I saw this during the making video, but the keyblade looked like Marluxia). Nomura said this about the new Nobodies: “These nobodies will make you imagine someone specific. People with good intuition might get it.” It showed a new weapon for Sora. In an area that looked like a valley, Sora was able to lock on to about 10 Heartless (the lock on speed is very fast, about 1.5 seconds!) and teleport around while attacking. It was really cool!

    -There was a new attraction flow for [KH3]! It showed a vehicle kind of like a space ship?, where all three had a launching pad. It was called “Shooting ride.” After invoking AF, it turns into FPS mode and you can attack the enemies! (When it turns to FPS mode, the outline of goggles appears on the screen, giving you the image of playing a FPS game with goggles on)

    -While fighting Heartless in [KH3], there were points where Sora would fall into the river and scream as he slid down. The river looked really pretty! It seems the Heartless can also chase you down the river. When attacking the Heartless that resemble bells (the ones well known in the KH series), they can affect the environment around you, and they can attack that way.

    -There was a [KH2 Making] video presentation by Nomura! He said, “We're developing each of the worlds. Since the developers are still working, we can't show you any new worlds, but I was able to bring this in-production (making) video here today.” When the new Nobodies (shaped like flowers? They resemble Marluxia) attack, they rain down red flower petals. (The drawing below is simplified, but this is the basic idea)

    -What Nomura showed us next in the [KH3 making] video was a 3D version of Daybreak Town that hasn't been used in KH so far, but they might use it in KH3 or something. I understand that the movement of light makes the buildings move.

    -Next in the [KH3 making] video was a making of [Olympus]. Olympus is set up in the heavens, and it looks very divine, with the buildings reflected on the floor it was very pretty! There were buildings in the clouds, and between the clouds were the buildings of Olympus hidden away, making it a very mysterious location! Perhaps because of the use of light, the shading makes it look very three-dimensional!

    -The other parts of the [KH3 making] were shots of different Heartless with no backgrounds (Heartless with hats, bell-shaped Heartless' effects) showing their movements, etc. Nomura said, “There will be other Heartless, but they are spoilers so I can't show them. Just by looking at them you'll be able to figure out the worlds.”

    -There was a [0.2BbS] making video. It was a great display of running around in the darkness and Aqua fighting off Heartless!

    -In [KH3], Sora, Donald, and Goofy can ride Goofy's shield. Riding the shield like that lets you fly! Also, there's going to be a large snake-like enemy to fight.

    -At the end, there was a special PV they showed us called “King Mickey Scene Mash-Up]! Just when I was thinking how it was cool just to hear the music full of the King...King Mickey came out on stage, as well as Nomura and Shimomura, and they walked around the theater greeting guests! They were shaking hands and giving hi-fives!

    -Everyone involved got on stage: King Mickey, Nomura, Shimomura, and Hashimoto looked full of energy!


    -The last PV was a mash-up of scenes from each game. Sora, Roxas, Namine, Xion, Riku, Axel, Kairi, Aqua, Terra, Ven...and so on were in the last scene and climax, showing their goodbyes, reunions, and connections in their hearts... Everything was connected in fragments, and it was beautiful and left an impression. It made my heart feel warm...and I cried.

    -It was a wonderful KH event! There were a lot of clips, and I'm surprised at the quality! It seems some of the trailers were ones only shown at this theater, but I hope they release the other trailers soon!


    Lastly, you can check out tweets from the event, thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) for the translations, and thanks to @aibo_ac7 for the original tweets.

    Spoiler


    With the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater passing by, as well as all of the D23 Expo Japan event, there are 2 major events left of 2015: Jump Festa 2016 and PlayStation Experience 2015. While Kingdom Hearts has not been confirmed for any of these events yet, there is a small chance of Kingdom Hearts appearing at these events. If any Kingdom Hearts news appears as these events are starting, we will let you know!

    • Nov 15 2015 07:28 PM
    • by Jake
  8. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue & Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at Jump Festa 2016

    As promised, Square Enix have released a brand new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue during Jump Festa 2016. In addition to new footage from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, the trailer also includes brand new footage from Kingdom Hearts III. You can view the trailer below:


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    Check out some screens from the trailer below:


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  9. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue & Kingdom Hearts III at Jump Festa 2016

    Our coverage of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue & Kingdom Hearts III at Jump Festa 2016 has begun! Jump Festa 2016 is a Japanese-oriented event where future game releases, as well as current releases, go on to display by many game publishers. Square Enix has confirmed that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will go on display with a brand new trailer, along with new Kingdom Hearts III footage. As Jump Festa goes on, we will be keeping you updated with live coverage here on KH13. Square Enix starts their Jump Festa showcase at 8:20 p.m. (USA EST). Kingdom Hearts does not have any confirmed stage presence, however all the trailers may appear between stages.

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    - Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Jump Festa 2016 trailer shown at SE's booth, but not publicly available online yet!
    - Kingdom Hearts II Play Arts Kai of Halloween Town Sora & Riku in display with full color!
    - Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue/Kingdom Hearts III trailer footage seems to be from the D23 Expo Japan trailer.
    - Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ iPhone 6 cases in display!
    - Chirithy has been spotted at Square Enix's booth!
    - Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue & Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ are among the list of games for trailer appearances at Square Enix's booth! This means Kingdom Hearts III is part of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.
    - Close up image of the Chirithy plush is available!
    - Square Enix Presents has started their stream!
    - Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Christmas card!
    - Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer released with Kingdom Hearts III footage!

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    - Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue confirmed to appear at Jump Festa 2016 (December 2015) with a new trailer
    - Jump Festa 2016 event details w/ Kingdom Hearts III footage confirmation
    - Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at Jump Festa 2016, new Kingdom Hearts III footage included!

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    • Dec 18 2015 10:36 PM
    • by Jake
  10. [Updated] Jump Festa 2016 event details

    Update: The official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account released a tweet confirming a trailer release at Jump Festa 2016. The tweet was accompanied with a picture, bearing the logos of both Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III. Whether or not these are the trailers released during D23 Expo Japan is unclear at this time. It is also unclear whether Kingdom Hearts III will have its own separate trailer, or if it will be featured all in one trailer. Regardless, stay tuned to KH13 for a livestream of the event!



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    With Jump Festa 2016 approaching this weekend, we wanted to give you a refresher on the event's details. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is confirmed to appear at the event with a new trailer, with the possibility of an appearance for Kingdom Hearts III. Jump Festa 2016 is held from December 19 through the 20th (December 18th through the 19th for USA). Square Enix starts at 8:20 PM (USA EST) and ends at 1:30 AM (USA EST) on Friday, and 10:15 PM (USA EST) through 2:20 AM (USA EST) on Saturday, with the event being livestreamed on Square Enix's official Japanese YouTube channel. The Kingdom Hearts series has made multiple appearances throughout previous occurrences for Jump Festa such as Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance at Jump Festa 2012.

    As Jump Festa approaches, we here at KH13 will be counting down daily on our social media pages, which you can check out below.




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    In addition to counting down on our social media pages, we will also be posting any news/content on there so make sure to follow us on all our social media pages, as well as staying tuned here on KH13 for any news and updates for Kingdom Hearts!

    What type of content do you expect to see at Jump Festa 2016? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Dec 17 2015 07:17 PM
    • by Jake
  11. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue confirmed to appear at Jump Festa 2016 (December 2015) with a new trailer

    The official Square Enix website for Jump Festa 2016 has gone live, and with that, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has appeared on the list of games confirmed to be featured at the event. Jump Festa 2016 will be shown from December 19 to December 20, 2015. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will appear with a new trailer.

    • Nov 30 2015 12:24 AM
    • by Jake
  12. New details on how Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover will tie into Kingdom Hearts III revealed in Dengeki PlayStation summary

    An article by Hokanko-alt blog has provided a summary on the Kingdom Hearts content for the Dengeki PlayStation 600th issue that will be released tomorrow. Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, has provided some details on the story for Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover and explains some details that will be brought to the story of Kingdom Hearts III.

    Throughout the story in Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, details on the "Lost Master" will be revealed and then continue in Kingdom Hearts III. Master Xehanort's Keyblade will be introduced in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], which then ties to Kingdom Hearts III. Aside from all that, the traitor originally mentioned in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] will finally be revealed in Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.

    Translations of the interview summary can be read below thanks to @_ikenie & Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com).

    Mini-interview with Nomura in Dengeki. Unchained talks about the Lost Master, further expanded upon in KH3. The setting of Xehanort's keyblade is discussed in Unchained and is connected to KH3. 7 Lights and 13 Darkness - other than that revealed in KH3D, these will be hidden until the very end of KH3's story. There is a link between 0.2 BbS and KH1-2's stories. Narrator of χBC is Chirithy. KHuχ: Chirithy is the player's guide. Master of Masters is the teacher of the 6 Disciples. The traitor will be revealed in KHχ Back Cover.

    --About the cover:

    Tetsuya Nomura's comments in this issue:
    -There is a congratulatory message regarding the overlap of issue #600 and the announcement of KH2.8.
    -The king (presumably King Mickey) and the others were drawn beforehand for the sake of expediting the schedule, but now they're being recolored to create a sense of unity.
    -They've depicted this on the front cover several times.
    -He's going to talk about KH2.8 and KHIII

    --KHIII
    -The “Lost Master” is talked about even in [KHx], but it will be used in KHIII
    -The creation of Xehanort's keyblade will be discussed in [KHx] and will tie into KHIII
    -Kingdom Hearts will also be discussed further, more than the series has so far
    -D23 (November 3rd) will feature a “theater” concept, so he's hoping we're looking forward to the video!

    --KH2.8
    -The part of KH3D that explains the 7 lights and 13 darknesses will be carried on through the end of KHIII
    -Since “Keyblade Master” is a special title, what's necessary to become one will be taught
    -0.2BbS and KH1-2's stories will be linked together
    -Chirithy is the one speaking in xBC

    --Khux
    -Chirithy is the player's guide
    -The “Master of Masters” is the teacher of the six apprentices, and it will be revealed in xBC who the traitor is

    • Oct 06 2015 08:36 PM
    • by Jake
  13. Nomura: KH0.2 BbS originally to be a part of Kingdom Hearts III

    During his latest interview with Dengeki PlayStation magazine, Tetsuya Nomura revealed that Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- was originally intended to be included in the beginning of Kingdom Hearts III. He further explains that one of the reasons it became its own game is due to an increase in material for Kingdom Hearts III.

    A quote from the interview can be found below, thanks to Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) for the translations.

    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.


    How many hours do you think it will take to complete the main story of Kingdom Hearts III? Tell us your predictions in the comments below!

  14. New details & screenshots from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in the most recent Famitsu Weekly issue

    The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly (releasing on September 17th) has included an article on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, giving us some new information about the titles included within the collection. The article goes into detail on all three titles, giving new information on Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, and some details on Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD.

    We have scanned and uploaded all Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue screenshots and images from the article to our gallery, and these can be seen below. Formal translations can also be found below, thanks to goldpanner and News Team member soraspromise.



    New Title Scoop

    > Three works encompassing every single one of the new titles

    The Kingdom Hearts (hereon KH) series, in which a deep story unfolds on a stage of Disney worlds, is seeing new activity!

    [Sora: Yeah, it's a promise.]
    [Sora - Cheerful and positive, he is the protagonist of the KH series. In KH Dream Drop Distance HD, included in KH2.8, he faces the Mark of Mastery Exam.]

    > Stories you ought to know before the final chapter

    KH HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (hereon KH2.8) is a compilation title packed with three important episodes that will connect to the newest numbered title, KH3. The content looks extravagantly deluxe, as it includes a HD remake, a cinematic work and a completely new work.

    [Mickey: What you did back then--your mistakes--changed the destinies of three of my friends!]

    [Riku: I walk the road to dawn!]
    [Riku - Sora's best friend. Despite being cool, he has unusually strong feelings for his friends. His heart was once swallowed by the darkness, but no longer. He is taking the Mark of Mastery exam along with Sora.]

    > Chronological range of the compilation

    A general timeline of the series is as on the right. KH2.8's KHX Back Cover is set during the same time as KHX and KH Unchained X. The time period portrayed in KH0.2 Birth by Sleep Fragmented Message is unclear, as are the connections. Is there a chance it links to KH3?

    KHBBS → KH1 (nine to ten years after)
    KH1 → KHDays (during/after endgame events)
    KH1 → KHCoM (immediately following)
    KHDays → KH2 (immediately following)
    KHCoM → KH2 (about one year after)
    KH2 → KHCoded (immediately following)
    KHCoded → KH3D (immediately following)
    KHX/UnX → KHBBS (over one hundred years after)

    On this page are images of KH Dream Drop Distance HD. KH3D [Dream Drop Distance] (hereon KH3D), in even higher detail! We will introduce the other two titles on the next page.

    > All events are connected

    KH2.8 is composed of three works. Let's introduce them. KHHD 1.5 Remix and KHHD 2.5 Remix, which saw the series remade in HD, have already been released, and this title is the last piece of the puzzle needed to complete the story that leads to KH3. Let's play it all the way through and wait for the single conclusion to be depicted in KH3.

    > The story of KH0.2 Birth by Sleep Fragmentary Passage

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    Ventus, Terra, Aqua. These three, who were training to become Keyblade Masters, met cruel fates. Ventus fell into a deep, unwaking sleep, as his heart had been broken. Terra had his body stolen through the schemes of Master Xehanort, and his heart vanished somewhere. And Aqua was trapped in the Realm of Darkness, where she fell protecting her friends. These are the things she saw and experienced there...

    [Aqua - One of the protagonists of KH Birth by Sleep. A serious woman with the true strength needed to be a Keyblade Master. She fell into the Realm of Darkness protecting her friends.]

    This is the sequel to KH Birth by Sleep, which had three Keyblade Wielders serving as the protagonists. We follow the events that one of them, Aqua, experiences as she wanders in the Realm of Darkness. There she had yet-unknown thoughts and meetings.

    > The story of KH

    χ Back Cover

    CINEMATIC WORK
    All the worlds were one, with no distance between them. Someday, this period will only be known as a fairy tale. It all began in Daybreak Town. He is the master of masters, able to see the future. So without waiting for the future to pass, he wrote down the prophecy depicting the future of 5 of the 6 disciples. Based on the prophecy, the five disciples undertook missions from their master’s teachings and formed their own unions. After Heartless began to appear, they began to collect Keyblade wielders who shared their mindsets and asked them to collect the “light”.

    KHχ” and “KH Unchained χ

    “Keyblade War” has become one of the keywords of the Kingdom Hearts series thus far. KHχ is in service on PC Browsers while KH Unchained χ has just begun service on iOS and Android. The scenario of the two games are basically the same, but there has been a trick prepared. Make sure to check both!

    KH Dream Drop Distance HD’s story”

    An HD Remake.
    Different dreams are connected--When you fall into a dream through a dream, it leads to the “Realm of Sleep”. Some of these worlds were visited on the first trip, but fell into sleep after being lost to darkness. Through that gate, even Heartless may not enter. Instead of Heartless, there is a new dark being in the closed off realm of sleep. It is necessary to take preparation to fight against these dark entities. So both Sora and Riku must pass the examination to be recognized as Keyblade Masters. To gain new power, they must explore the realm of sleep and unlock sleeping keyholes. Equal to the number of light, they must unlock 7 keyholes to be able to return as a master.

    This is a HD remake of the Nintendo 3DS title KH3D, in which Sora and Riku travel the Sleeping Worlds. It seems as though the gameplay that made use of the 3DS lower screen will be reworked for a single screen without feeling off. We are interested to find out whether there will be new elements.
    [C'mon, Musketeers. We've got a princess to rescue.]






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    • Sep 23 2015 10:14 PM
    • by Jake
  15. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer released in 1080p, reveals new Kingdom Hearts III footage

    When Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was announced, an announcement trailer accompanied it. However, the Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel has uploaded the trailer in glorious 1080p, which includes scenes from the Kingdom Hearts III E3 2015 trailer and brand new gameplay footage of Kingdom Hearts III. The trailer ends with a "Now In Development" message. You can view the trailer below:

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    At the end of the video description for the official trailer, it's confirmed that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be coming in 2016 for both North America and Europe! Previously, a 2016 release date was only confirmed for Japan.

    The official website for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has been updated to include the trailer as well.

    Below you can check out Chirithy's monologue from the trailer.

    Long ago, all the worlds were one.
    This undivided world would come to be called the world of fairy tales.
    It all began here, in Daybreak Town.
    The Master of Masters has an eye that gazes into the future.
    He bestowed upon five of his six apprentices a copy of the Book of Prophecies...
    ...which contained information about the catastrophic events that lay ahead.


    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will contain three titles: an HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, an HD cinematic that tells more about the story of the Foretellers, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, which is a playable episode that follows Aqua after the events of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. Square Enix have elaborated on these titles with official summaries.

    What do you think of the new Kingdom Hearts III footage? Let us know in the comments!

  16. A Guide to Understanding Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's role in the Kingdom Hearts series

    With the announcement of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue coming in 2016, it's time to go make sense of all of the announcement details along with the 3 titles within the collection. For those of you who don't know, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a collection containing Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (cinematics), and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. If you aren't familiar with the entire Kingdom Hearts series, here are the descriptions for the 3 main titles contained in the collection with it's history and stance in the Kingdom Hearts series.

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    Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD is an HD remaster of the original title, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2012 and was the only major game within the Kingdom Hearts series that was not included in either Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX or Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX for the PlayStation 3. However, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is being remastered in HD on the PlayStation 4 as Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD within the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection. The original story of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance takes place after the events of Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded, where Sora and Riku are summoned to take the Mark of Mastery exam, which determines who becomes the next Keyblade master. Sora and Riku are both tasked to dive into sleeping worlds and wake them from slumber, however Master Xehanort has other plans for the two as they are taking their exams.

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    Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover:


    The next title in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection is Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover. Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is a cinematic movie in which explains the story of the original title, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. The cinematic movie will go into detail about the foretellers and the book of prophecies. Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] was originally released in 2013 on PC as a browser game, exclusively available to Japan. However a port for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], which is titled Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will allow everyone to experience the story of the original Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The story follows 5 foretellers who are sanctioned under a union, forming 5 total unions. Among the foretellers is a traitor, which has not yet been revealed. However, many have theorized who the traitor is.


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    Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-:


    The third and final title in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection is Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. In the original title, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Final Mix, there was a secret ending within the sercret episode of the game that stated a continuation of the story will be developed. Many interviews in 2011 discussed the title, which was named Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep -Volume Two-. It was apparent that the project was put off, however has returned as Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. Reasons for why Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep -Volume Two- was put off and why the title was changed is currently unknown. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- follows the events of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and continues the story on as Master Aqua. Also tied in is the events after Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance in which King Mickey reveals he has some secrets to confess to Sora. According to the screenshot contained in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer, it seems apparent that the title is using the same engine as Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix has also confirmed that Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- will contribute towards the story for Kingdom Hearts III, which is the end of the Xehanort saga.

    For those that don't know, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is the third HD collection in the Kingdom Hearts series, following Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX contains the original titles of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Cinematics) all remastered in HD. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX contains the original titles of Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded (HD Cinematics) all remastered in HD.

    What are your thoughts on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? Do you think this will be the biggest HD collection yet? Let us know in the comments below or post on our Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue forums!

    • Sep 18 2015 10:16 PM
    • by Jake
  17. [Updated] Pre-order Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for $59.99

    Following the announcement that Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be released in 2016 for the PlayStation 4, several retailers have put the game up for pre-order. It is listed as a full-price title ($59.99) with a placeholder date of 2016. Links to retailers with pre-orders available as well as a mock-up of the box art can be found below:

    Play-Asia (Japanese Version)

    Square Enix's North American online store

    Gamestop

    Amazon

    Play-Asia (North American Version)

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    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will contain three titles: an HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts X[chi] Back Cover, an HD cinematic that tells more about the story of the Foretellers, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage-, which is a playable episode that follows Aqua after the events of Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep. Square Enix have elaborated on these titles with official summaries.

    Will you be pre-ordering this game? Let us know in the comments!

  18. Each title within Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has been detailed by Square Enix

    Following the announcement of an upcoming Kingdom Hearts title for the PlayStation 4, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releasing in 2016, Square Enix Japan have issued a press release describing each title included in the collection. These summaries describe how each title ties into previous games in the series, as well as how they will tie into Kingdom Hearts III and the future of the series as a whole.

    Translations of these can be read below, provided by News Team member soraspromise:

    The Square Enix company ( Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo , President: Yosuke Matsuda ) has decided that KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be released for the Playstation 4. This special bundle has three works, including a brand new title that ties directly into Kingdom Hearts III.


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    Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD


    An HD remastered version of Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] which was released in 2012. In order to prepare for the oncoming threat, the heroes Sora and Riku undergo exams to become Keyblade Masters. To acquire a new power, they must unlock the 7 sleeping keyholes by returning again…

    This game showcases the evolution of action that has taken place in the series, and the battlefields have a nice tempo to run around in. In the realm of sleep, there are apparitions called Dream Eaters who become your companions for combat. There is also a system where you can enjoy feeding and playing with them.


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    Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (Video Content)


    This new, recorded HD work is a reflection to the tale of the mysterious Foretellers found in Kingdom Hearts χ for the PC browser and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ for smart phones. This is an important short story that will expand on the future of the Kingdom Hearts series.


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    Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep –A Fragmentary Passage-


    A completely new work that picks up where Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep (2011) leaves off and ties into Kingdom Hearts III, with Aqua as the playable character.

    <Synopsis>
    Immediately after Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, as Sora is preparing for the final battle that awaits, King Mickey reveals that he has a few secrets to confess. The subsequent story of Aqua, the one left behind in the realm of darkness, is finally told.


    Square Enix also released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue today, as well as various HD screenshots. All of these can be seen in the announcement article, here.

  19. Nomura discusses reasoning for KH2.8, confirms KH3 team is making 2.8, 0.2 will only take the length of one world

    In an interview with Famitsu Weekly magazine, Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series, has confirmed the reason behind Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is that Kingdom Hearts III is even further away than fans would hope. He also confirmed that the title is being made simultaneously with Kingdom Hearts III. This suggests that the development of Kingdom Hearts III, which has been in development since 2010, may be affected in some capacity.

    Nomura also confirmed Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage – will use Kingdom Hearts III's technology and will only last the duration of one Disney world. It is set straight after the secret movie in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix. They plan on using using gameplay elements from Kingdom Hearts III.

    The cinematic title in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover will also show off Kingdom Hearts III's technology according to Gematsu.

    When asked for a time frame regarding the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8, Nomura said they cannot announce a certain time frame due to it being developed with Kingdom Hearts III.

    • Sep 20 2015 07:59 AM
    • by Sora96
  20. Nomura explains the meaning of "2.8" in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

    In an interview with Famitsu Weekly, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, explained the meaning behind the "2.8" in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

    Since this is the first title after Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, Dream Drop Distance HD is being treated as "Kingdom Hearts 2.6". Then, Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover/Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ represents "0" since it is the first title in the Kingdom Hearts storyline. Lastly, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep represents "0.1", which leads to Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. Then from all three titles in the collection, you add 2.6 + 0 + 0.2 to get 2.8.

    We will provide translations of the interview as soon as we receive them.

    What do you think of Nomura's math? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Sep 20 2015 01:31 PM
    • by Jake
  21. 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 (nichiei.translations@gmail.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])

    Kingdom Hearts
    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.



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  22. Nomura explains distinction between "0.5" and "0.2" in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-

    In an interview with Famitsu Weekly, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, was asked questions concerning the HD collection announced for PlayStation 4, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. One topic in particular was brought up about Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. In the discussion, Nomura explains the distinction between "0.5" and "0.2". "0.5" was supposed to be a whole new volume, as hinted at in the Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Final Mix ending of the secret episode. The reason why "0.5" was bumped down to "0.2" was because Kingdom Hearts III is still a priority and did not want to affect development for it, however Nomura wanted to give fans a taste of Kingdom Hearts III with it's new technology, which is used for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-.

    You can read the quote below from the Famitsu Weekly interview thanks to KH13 News Team member soraspromise.

    I see! Having to shake the time axis of the series to make new additions. The 0.2 in “KH0.2 BBS” especially had to have a deliberate significance.
    Nomura: In the secret episode of “KH BBS Final Mix”, there was a display of “0.5”. “0.5” was originally intended to be a full volume as a sequel to “KH BBS”. But because “KHIII” is still the top priority, “0.1” took one step forward to “0.2”.

    • Sep 21 2015 07:07 PM
    • by Jake
  23. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is the final game before Kingdom Hearts III; Nomura explains why KH 2.8 will not come to PS3

    Famitsu Weekly had the opportunity to interview Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, about the recently announced Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. In the interview, Nomura jokes that the mysterious Kingdom Hearts 2.9 is not going to be released, at least not until "after Kingdom Hearts III".

    -So is there still a potential for “KH2.9” to be released?

    Nomura: Following “KHIII” (laughs). The subtitle of “KH2.8” is “Final Chapter Prologue” and “KHIII” is the last chapter in the “Dark Seeker” series and the intention is for the prologue to be a taste of what the final chapter will hold. The meaning of the “0.1” left over will be seen within “KHIII”.


    Additionally, fans have been wondering why Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will not be released on the PlayStation 3, and Nomura explains that it is because Birth By Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- uses Kingdom Hearts III technology, and creating titles for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 would make a difficult situation for the studio to handle.

    -Why the different hardware than the releases of “KH1.5” and “KH2.5”?

    Nomura: Because the gameplay of “KH0.2 BBS” is made with the same technique as “KHIII”, it needed to be moved to PS4. Because our current environment utilizes PS4, new production on a PS3 title would create a difficult situation. I think everyone will see how it’s a small quantity of “KHIII”’s atmosphere. After all, “KH0.2 BBS” is made in the same system as “KHIII”.


    The full Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue interview with Tetsuya Nomura can be read here, thanks to News Team member soraspromise.

    With the news that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is the final title to be released before Kingdom Hearts III, when do you think Kingdom Hearts III will be released? Let us know in the comments!

  24. 11 screenshots from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue released with new Nomura interview

    Following the news that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will release for the PlayStation 4, many people had questions for Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura. Luckily, Famitsu Weekly had the opportunity to ask some of the questions that fans have been dying to ask. Tetsuya Nomura answers questions concerning what exactly is new in Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, whether or not there will be a Kingdom Hearts 2.9, and what we can expect to see in the Big Hero 6 world in Kingdom Hearts III. And, if you're curious, Nomura explains the "2.8" in the title as well. Translations for the full interview can be seen below thanks for News Team member soraspromise.

    After “KH1.5” and “KH2.5”, we were a bit surprised by “KH2.8”. Please tell us the origin of that title.
    Nomura: It does contain some meaning, but it takes some thought. Now “KH DDD” is currently in the making (previously made as KH3D: Dream Drop Distance) and before the production of that was “KH2.5…. 2.6 would have been an appropriate title. And then came “KHx” and “KH Unchained x” as well as “KH x Back Cover”. With Sora’s absence, I started to consider “0”. “KH BBS” is 0.1, now “KH0.2 BBS ” fit into the title with “0.2”. So “2.6” + “0” + “0.2” create the number “2.8”.

    I see! Having to shake the time axis of the series to make new additions. The 0.2 in “KH0.2 BBS” especially had to have a deliberate significance.
    Nomura: In the secret episode of “KH BBS Final Mix”, there was a display of “0.5”. “0.5” was originally intended to be a full volume as a sequel to “KH BBS”. But because “KHIII” is still the top priority, “0.1” took one step forward to “0.2”.

    So is there still a potential for “KH2.9” to be released?
    Nomura: Following “KHIII” (laughs). The subtitle of “KH2.8” is “Final Chapter Prologue” and “KHIII” is the last chapter in the “Dark Seeker” series and the intention is for the prologue to be a taste of what the final chapter will hold. The meaning of the “0.1” left over will be seen within “KHIII”.

    Why the different hardware than the releases of “KH1.5” and “KH2.5”?
    Nomura: Because the gameplay of “KH0.2 BBS” is made with the same technique as “KHIII”, it needed to be moved to PS4. Because our current environment utilizes PS4, new production on a PS3 title would create a difficult situation. I think everyone will see how it’s a small quantity of “KHIII”’s atmosphere. After all, “KH0.2 BBS” is made in the same system as “KHIII”.

    Will the system of “KH0.2 BBS” be completely different than that seen in “KH BBS”?
    Nomura: We are taking elements of “KHIII” and “BBS” into account, making a sort of hybrid.

    With additional hands needed, is there any worry about the effect on the progress of “KHIII”?
    Nomura: As “KHIII” is a numbered title, it is an expansive work that takes a long amount of time to develop. However, as “0.2” is made in the influence of “KHIII”, it will not be a problem. I thought it would be great for players to get an “early bird” small piece of “KHIII” in the time period that they’re waiting.

    So you have 3 recorded works right now and “KH Unchained x” has just begun service. Why did “KH3D” get the special privilege to become playable rather than just HD video footage?
    Nomura: I realized that I was lucky enough to have the staff who worked on “KH1.5” and “KH2.5”. This time, in addition to HD, the game had to be completely redesigned from the two screens of the Nintendo 3DS, so it can be said this HD remastered work is much stronger than the works of the past.

    Will there be any additional elements?
    Nomura: There’s been talks of going down that road, as this HD remaster is such a large change from the original work, so trophies will definitely be added as a new element. Because “KH3D” has a very heavy story that takes place before “KHIII”, it is very important.

    So it’s important to play “KH DDD” on the same hardware as “KHIII”. I also want to ask about “KH0.2 BBS”. Where does it begin on the time axis? Does it tie to the secret episode of “KH BBS Final Mix”?
    Nomura: It will begin immediately after the end of the secret episode. After she sees Cinderella’s castle in the realm of darkness.

    So with that, Cinderella Castle is on the stage.
    Nomura: Isn’t it? (laughs). Cinderella’s Castle aside, it’s definitely not an endless walk through the realm of darkness.

    Will the “A Fragmentary Passage” seen in the secret episode be in “KH0.2 BBS”?
    Nomura: Although the content is still there, the meaning will be different than it was in “KH BBS Final Mix” “A Fragmentary Passage” as it’s not meant to be a complete game. So the setting was changed to be a small piece of “KHIII” as we decided now would be a good time for it. However, to not effect the progress of “KHIII”, it was decided it was best to not be a “0.5” like a full volume but a “0.2” type of game. So even though a change was made to cut the chapter to a shorter length, the name “A Fragmentary Passage” is still kept as a subtitle.

    Can you paint a picture of the exact period it will take place in?
    Nomura: I cannot say (laughs). In the introduction, Sora is setting up for a new journey, there is an episode where the King begins to talk about things he has previously kept to himself. “KH0.2 BBS” has a very close connection to ”KHIII”.

    And it is the King that holds the key. Next, “KHx Back Cover” … for “KH Unchained x” the service has just started. Could you talk a little about that?
    Nomura: At the beginning of service, there was continuing server trouble, and I apologize. Within the company, there was a lot of cooperation and continuing of getting better. Still, the server issues were a troubling as we kept working to better it. Gradually, it came to an event that opened [the server] a lot more.

    In relation to stability, the game has been very calm as of late. The game has a very crisp gameplay.
    Nomura: I made it in mind of bringing the feel of “KH” to a hardware so closely connected to everyday life. Next year, once a month every month, 50 new quests will be announced to be added. Because of the continuous additions, this will bring ease to many.

    I just wanted to bring up my personal experience of the crisp gameplay. Now let’s get back to “KHx Back Cover”. Who is the person who has the foresight to see the future of 5 people and who’s point of view is this taking place from?
    Nomura: Yes, that person is the master or “the master of masters”. Chirithy is the main character who is calling out to the master of masters character.

    So Chirithy is the one who started to call out.
    Nomura: Yes. However, calling out to the master of masters, the person who created the surroundings, won’t do much. The master of masters has already pointed out the person who will stand out. The foretellers are also Keyblade Masters. Their master is the master of all masters.

    Though it’s already full of mysteries, it will deepen the mystery even further to guess who appears to be the master.
    Nomura: In “KHx Back Cover”, there is quite a turn. By the way, in “KHx” they have appeared in a black coat.

    Aah, speaking of the 5 foretellers…
    Nomura: “KHx” and “KH Unchained x” will continue through the player’s point of view, and the foretellers will tell you their opinion, but I think it won’t help much. In “Back Cover” the differences and speculations will be shown and you can take them as you want. Maybe then, they can glimpse the nature of their union and wonder “What was I thinking?” and that their tastes may be more divided (laughs).

    I find that really interesting (laughs)… There will be no patience for changing unions once those directions are taken. From there, “KHx” and “KH Unchained x” should it be expected for the foretellers to step in the way of one another?
    Nomura: In “KHx”’s latest scenario, the mask of the fox was removed by revealing a name, but I give very little information about them. By the way, the master of masters named rules for each of his 6 disciples.

    I predict this series to be the epitome of thrill. So, in the latest trailer, Chirithy has a new fresh voice. Was Tomoko Kaneda in charge of that voice?
    Nomura: Yes. It was recorded with sadness in mind and I think the end result was good.

    KH2.8” leads to “KHIII”, and the other day “Big Hero 6"’s world was announced with great applause.
    Nomura: Because it was the most recent world decided, there was not a lot I could tell but I’m glad the guests were excited. Big Hero 6 is from the near future but in a cityscape with a modern feel and the sheer amount of action and fun are what made it a clear choice for me.

    As a synopsis, the original Baymax is dyed black because it is controlled by Heartless, and Sora is flying on Baymax as they meet face to face.
    Nomura: Right. Ours will talk about after the movie. Black Baymax was the result of Yasue (Co. Director Tai Yasue) reacting “I absolutely want to do this!”. Because I am also pleased with this, please look forward to the finished result.

    In November, there is an event that takes place 3 days before the D23 Expo Japan event in Tokyo Disneyland with follow up special events about “KH” and “Final Fantasy VII full remake (tentative)” in the winter. With all of that, news will continue to flow in.
    Nomura: Now that “Dissidia Final Fantasy” is being prepared to be released for the arcade, we are focusing on the plans for next year’s releases, including “KH2.8” and “World of Final Fantasy”. “KHx” and “KH Unchained x” are continuing well, thanks to several requests from outside of the company. Although there is still training going on, and we've got our hands full (bitter laugh), I think the fans will be pleased by our efforts.


    The article also shared some new screenshots, which you can view below:

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  25. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue officially announced for PS4, releasing in 2016

    Today at SCEJA's 2015 press conference, Square Enix have officially announced Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for the PlayStation 4, to release in 2016. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will lead into Kingdom Hearts III and contains:

    - Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
    - Kingdom Hearts χ [chi] Back Cover (movie)
    - Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-

    Dream Drop Distance HD is a HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D, which originally released in 2012. χ [chi] Back Cover is a HD movie based on Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, and Birth by Sleep 0.2 is a new story based on the earlier concept of Birth by Sleep -Volume 2-, first teased in the Birth by Sleep Final Mix Secret Movie.

    This announcement follows a leak earlier in the week about a mysterious game called Kingdom Hearts 2.9. It is unknown if they are one and the same or not.

    Trailer (Square Enix NA will officially upload a HD version of the trailer on September 17):

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    The official website for the game has launched, and can be accessed here. Square Enix's TGS 2015 website has also been updated with an official page for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The official Japanese PlayStation website has also updated with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and can be accessed here. Here's some official information about the games:

    Originally released in 2012, KINGDOM HEARTS [Dream Drop Distance] HD is a full-HD remastered version of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]. Series protagonists Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for coming threats. The signature action of the KINGDOM HEARTS series has evolved, allowing players to experience faster-paced battles and exploration at a blistering pace.
    This newly remastered title also features:

    · KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage –
    o A completely new playable episode that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III, taking place after the storyline of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep played from the perspective of Aqua.

    · KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] Back Cover (movie)
    o A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the upcoming mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ[chi].


    Lastly, Famitsu.com have revealed that this week's issue of Famitsu Weekly (releasing on September 17) will contain an article on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Here's a preview:

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