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  1. 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




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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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  2. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX + HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue cover artwork have a hidden message toward Kingdom Hearts III

    During an interview with Dengeki PlayStation, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series has revealed that the cover artwork for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, 2.5 ReMIX, & HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue all connect together as a hidden message for Kingdom Hearts III.

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    Tetsuya Nomura says that the 3 pieces of artwork start with Sora sitting, then standing, and finally walking. There is also a flow of time with the 3 pieces of artwork, where 1.5 is sunset becoming night, 2.5 is in the middle of the night, & 2.8 is night breaking into dawn. All of this connects to a hidden message for Kingdom Hearts III.

    You can read Nomura's answer below, thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) for the translations.

    --You also revealed a gorgeous package art.

    Nomura: There are actually two secrets about the illustrations from [KH1.5] until [KH2.8]. Extremely attentive KH fans might have already discovered them, but one is that Sora's movements change from sitting, to standing, to walking. One more is that when you line up the three illustrations, you'll notice that they show the flow of time with changes in the sky. [KH1.5] is sunset becoming night, [KH2.5] is the middle of the night, and [KH2.8] is night breaking into dawn. Those three illustrations have a message regarding the final chapter, [KHIII].

    --So you planned all this from the time of [KH1.5]'s release, then?

    Nomura: We worried a long time about the package art for [KH2.5], and we worked on trying to connect the three productions in a continual manner. It seems like there were a lot of people who figured out Sora's movements, but there were not very many people who noticed the connection between the skies. There are two meanings to “sora” (I.E. one being the protagonist's name, and the other meaning “sky”).


    While it is uncertain what this message is, this is something for fans to think about as we wait for the release of Kingdom Hearts III.

    What do you think this hidden message could be? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Oct 12 2016 03:12 PM
    • by Jake
  3. Extended Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer released; Kingdom Hearts 2.8 to release in English on Jan. 24th 2017

    UPDATE 3: Square Enix has uploaded in-game renders for Chirithy, Riku, and Sora. You can see them below.

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    UPDATE 2: Square Enix has uploaded HQ screenshots from the trailer. You can see them below.



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    During Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's TGS pre-conference, Square Enix released an extended version of the brand new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer. This extended trailer shows off extra gameplay from the original trailer that was also revealed at the conference.

    You can check out this extended trailer below.



    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases on January 12, 2017. Did you like the new trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Sep 14 2016 09:19 PM
    • by Jake
  4. [SPOILERS] Exclusive back story for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- shown at Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-

    On August 11, 2016, the first official Kingdom Hearts concert was held in Japan, called Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-. Fans who attended the event were treated to orchestrated music from the Kingdom Hearts series. Voice actors for Terra and Namine (Ryōtarō Okiayu & Iku Nakahara, repsectively) were in attendance. Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, said "something was in the works" about a week before the concert concerning the voice actors. Something indeed was in the works!

    Exclusive back story, which will not be included in-game for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, was reenacted by Terra and Namine's voice actors, exclusively for attendees at Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-. This contains heavy spoilers, so read below at your own risk.

    Thanks goes to @aibo_ac7 for providing information concerning the exclusive back story, @r_kane1 for providing a summary of the information, and Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) for translating the full dialogue.

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    UPDATE: This conversation is transcribed inside of the official Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - guide. It has both the Japanese conversation, and the conversation translated to English. It turns out this conversation was not between Lingering Will and Naminé, but it was actually between Terra and Naminé. View the conversation below with the official English translations thanks to @jsjunshen:

    Naminé: Don't worry. You might forget about me . . . but with our promise I can come back. Yes. One day the light--it will be ours, and it will bring us together. And then--I'll be in your heart.

    Sora: Right. Forgotten--but not lost.

    Lingering Will: Aqua . . . . Ven . . . .
    A Keyblade? Who are you?
    I know you. We've met before, way back when. No, that wasn't you. You're not the one I chose. Where is he? Xe . . .ha . . .nort . . . . Is that you? Xeha . . . nort . . . . Xehanort!

    Lingering Will: That's it. your Power
    That's what I felt within you.
    The power that conects to Aqua.
    And to Ven's heart.

    Terra: Where am I . . . ?

    Naminé: In your memories. Traces of you were lost, so I found you through memories belonging to those you've met in the past.

    Terra: Who are you?

    Naminé: I'm Naminé. It's nice to meet you.
    I'm a witch who can control peoples' memories.

    Terra: A witch?

    Naminé: Right now you're bound to two memories. One belongs to you, the other belongs to an unspeakable darkness--

    Terra: . . . Master Xehanort.

    Naminé: Your heart will soon encounter a familiar light. You must make sure she isn't lost to the darkness. You must guide her.

    Terra: Her? You mean Aqua? I'm not sure what I can do to help, not like this.

    Naminé: You must fight, Terra, like the others. You mustn't let your heart melt into darkness; follow your true memories, and you'll reach the light. She's headed there, too--to the same place. You must believe in promise, just as she continues to believe in you.

    Terra: Aqua. Ven. One day I'll--I've never forgotten our promise. Never. I will keep fighting.

    • Mar 12 2017 12:59 AM
    • by Jake
  5. Cover artwork for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue revealed

    The cover artwork for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has been released. It can be seen below.

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    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases on January 12, 2017 in Japan, and on January 24, 2017 everywhere else. An extended Tokyo Game Show 2016 trailer was released today.

  6. 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.

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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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  7. New Kingdom Hearts series memorial stained glass clock to be showcased on January 9, 2017 at Shinjuku Station in Japan for series 15th anniversary

    Square Enix has just updated their Japanese Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue website with a link to a new memorial site for the Kingdom Hearts series 15th Anniversary containing details on a new Kingdom Hearts series memorial stained glass clock. This stained glass clock will be showcased at Shinjuku Station in Japan from January 9th, 2017 until January 15th, 2017 as part of the series' 15th anniversary. It will also feature a large video screen featuring moments from the Kingdom Hearts and a mural honoring characters and moments from the series.

    The website features the tagline "The story starts moving again."

    Pictures, such as Kingdom Hearts characters from the past 15 years were also exhibited. Check it out below. This will be exhibited as a mural painting.

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    There is also a Twitter campaign related to the memorial clock. The campaign invites people to take pictures in person with the memorial clock or to use one of the prepared stained glass images given on the official site with the hashtag #キングダムハーツ15周年.

    All promotional images including the poster for the Twitter campaign can be found below thanks to 4Gamer.

    UPDATE 1: The Kingdom Hearts Memorial Clock is now set up and open to the public! The website has also been updated to include a virtual version of the clock featuring all the games in the Kingdom Hearts series with short video clips and images. They've also added a link to easily participate in the previously mentioned Twitter campaign if you cannot make it to the Memorial Clock in person. A video and image of the Memorial Clock have been provided thanks to Twitter user @pi_su05 and more images of the display have been provided thanks to Twitter users @mti_k_h, @Soichiro_Sun, @Jixon_Livermore, and @adachi813! Thank you to Churro and KH Destiny for the tips!

    UPDATE 2: There are a few comments by series director Tetsuya Nomura that have appeared on the video screens at the Exhibit! Images are thanks to Twitter users @ArikaMiz and @sonzaisinaimono and English translations have been provided by Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com).

    For the game player, the Final Fantasy characters are their childhood friends, but that's not the same for the Kingdom Hearts characters we introduced. They're original in their birth and ages, and we introduced them with a different goal in mind. I think that the individuality of these characters and meeting them is one adventure to look forward to.

    --Kingdom Hearts Series Director, Nomura Tetsuya

    We received a feeling of exhilaration with a simple creation. We've been working on this concept for a long time. Even for people who aren't good at games, just by touching it, you can run around as you please, and you can bring forth flashy, beautiful effects like falling branches. The battles tend to be brutal, but I think the item that will help you avoid feeling that is the Keyblade.

    --Kingdom Hearts Series Director, Nomura Tetsuya

    Even if you try to live a just life these days, just by that you'll wear yourself out. The feeling of leaving the road you should travel on is a strangely sweet one. I think that's the kind of existence they have.

    --Kingdom Hearts Series Director, Nomura Tetsuya

    I say that “Sora is a normal boy,” but there are surely people who feel uneasy about that statement. He holds many hearts inside of him and continues adventures through a dream-like world--how is that “normal”? By putting it simply, surely everyone lives while feeling the emotions in someone else's heart, and they should all be on their own adventure. With that in mind, Sora is just like any other boy. From here on, just like everyone else, Sora will have many experiences, and as he experiences empathy he surely will grow, but I think he will remain a normal boy in everyone's hearts.

    --Kingdom Hearts Series Director, Nomura Tetsuya


    UPDATE 3: Famitsu has reported that the Kingdom Hearts Memorial Clock exhibit has 5 themes: "Sora's memories", "Ones who doesn't exist", "Keyblade", "Final Fantasy", and "The World of Kingdom Hearts".

    UPDATE 4: The Kingdom Hearts Memorial Clock Twitter campaign winners have received their memorial clocks on March 31st! View images of them below, provided by @Yamato_exe1126, @carie810, @peto_margherita, @sakuny_heart, and @Noir_plus on Twitter:

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    • Mar 31 2017 07:50 PM
    • by Jake
  8. New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer released announcing release date & Kingdom Hearts III winter announcements

    On June 7th, the official Japanese Twitter account for Kingdom Hearts notified fans that a new E3 2016 trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue would release on June 8th at 21:00 JST (5:00am PDT, 8:00am EST). The trailer did in fact release, and you can view it below.





    The trailer confirms the return of Willa Holland as Aqua's voice, and points to the game being in the stages of having voice acting done. In fact, it features English voices for the Foretellers, Ephemera, and the mysterious figure in the Organization XIII coat. Some gameplay features are also making a comeback, including treasure chests (as pointed out by KH13 community member Keyblade master 26) emphasized in the picture below, and Aqua's characteristic Spellweaver command style.

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    The end of the trailer also reveals that the release date of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be worldwide in December of 2016! The trailer also promises Kingdom Hearts III announcements to come in winter of 2016.

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will also be playable at E3 2016, as announced on Square Enix's press website.

    Do you think this will lead to a worldwide release of Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments!

  9. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts at E3 2016

    Our official coverage for Kingdom Hearts at E3 2016 has begun! Held from June 14-16, E3 2016 is a gaming trade show where many companies will be showing off their announcements, including Square Enix. We will be including a livestream of all important E3 conferences on our YouTube channel, with Churro (@Churroz) and Logan (@ToominatorKH13) representing us on the E3 floor. As those two are representing KH13 at E3, our wonderful News Team will be updating live with all coverage on Kingdom Hearts from E3 here on KH13 and all our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+), so stay tuned!

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    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Gameplay

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    Pre-E3
    (June 7th, 2016 - 10:02 AM, USA EST) - New mystery medal to be released in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Japan on 6/9; New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 trailer coming 6/8
    (June 8th, 2016 - 8:00 AM, USA EST) - New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer released announcing release date; Kingdom Hearts III news coming this winter
    (June 8th, 2016 - 8:10 AM, USA EST) Square Enix announces playable demo of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue at E3 2016
    (June 8th, 2016 8:26 AM, USA EST) Mystery medal in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ revealed!
    (June 8th, 2016 7:39 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue set to be featured on Square Enix Presents program on Wed. June 15th from 4:00-4:30pm PDT
    (June 9th, 2016 3:46 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer recapped in Square Enix's The Road to E3 2016 Part 3 blog post, mentions playable demo at E3 booth
    (June 10th, 2016 6:35 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue banner spotted within LA Convention Center
    (June 12th, 2016 5:40 PM, USA EST) Churro picks up his badge for E3!
    (June 12th, 2016 6:30 PM, USA EST) Clearer image taken of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue banner, depicts item similar to one shown in last year's Kingdom Hearts III trailer
    (June 13th, 2016 11:20 AM, USA EST) AU/NZ retailer MightyApe lists possible release date for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: December 6, 2016

    Day 0
    (June 13th, 2016 10:34 AM, USA EST) 2 hours till Microsoft's E3 conference, with Churro and Logan receiving their showcase bands!
    (June 13th, 2016 6:56 PM, USA EST) KH13 & KHInsider group picture at E3 featured on YouTube Live at E3

    Day 1
    (June 14th, 2016 3:00 PM, USA EST) Dengeki releases interview with Tetsuya Nomura about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:09 PM, USA EST) First image of the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue demo appears! For the Dream Drop Distance part of the demo, you can play as Sora in Traverse town or in The Grid/Cite des Cloches with Riku.
    (June 14th, 2016 3:11 PM, USA EST) Gears in the BbS 0.2 demo will set the clock back! There are five in total to collect.
    (June 14th, 2016 3:12 PM, USA EST) Shot lock returns in BbS 0.2!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:15 PM, USA EST) Double Jump/Flight returns!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:17 PM, USA EST) Some footage of Dream Drop Distance HD's demo!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:18 PM, USA EST) Footage of playing as Riku in Cite des Cloches
    (June 14th, 2016 3:19 PM, USA EST) Footage of a brand new Dream Eater named Catnuki in Dream Drop Distance HD!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:20 PM, USA EST) Another look at the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue banner as well as one for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:21 PM, USA EST) After obtaining the 5 gears in the BbS 0.2 demo, the road to the Castle of Dreams is restored and Aqua learns Spellweaver!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:22 PM, USA EST) Spellweaver in action!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:25 PM, USA EST) Footage of Aqua walking towards the Castle of Dreams
    (June 14th, 2016 3:26 PM, USA EST) An image of Terra in BbS 0.2!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:26 PM, USA EST) Footage of the scene involving Terra in BbS 0.2!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:30 PM, USA EST) Churro's screenshots of gameplay!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:31 PM, USA EST) An image of Rhyme from The World Ends With You in Dream Drop Distance HD!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:32 PM, USA EST) A closer look at Catnuki!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:40 PM, USA EST) More footage of BbS 0.2!
    (June 14th, 2016 3:45 PM, USA EST) Footage of BbS 0.2's boss battle!
    (June 14th, 2016 4:00 PM, USA EST) Footage of opening scene for BbS 0.2 [SPOILER WARNING]
    (June 14th, 2016 9:16 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue confirmed to appear in the next Famitsu Weekly article
    (June 14th, 2016 9:33 PM, USA EST) No Final Fantasy based worlds will be featured in Kingdom Hearts III
    (June 14th, 2016 9:49 PM, USA EST) Tai Yasue says Kingdom Hearts HD collections on PS4 not ruled out completely
    (June 14th, 2016 10:39 PM, USA EST) Famitsu posts interview with Tetsuya Nomura focusing on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and it's connections to Kingdom Hearts III

    Day 2
    (June 15th, 2016 2:30 AM, USA EST) Impressions of the Kingdom Hearts 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- E3 demo
    (June 15th, 2016 4:00 PM, USA EST) KH13.com, KHInsider, KH Union and Project Destati take over the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account!
    (June 15th, 2016 4:10 PM, USA EST) Churro and Branden from KH Union surprise attack Co-Director Tai Yasue with a χ Back Cover question!
    (June 15th, 2016 4:21 PM, USA EST) A big Kingdom Hearts family photo including KH13.com, KHInsider, KH Union, Project Destati, Co-Director Tai Yasue, and Producer Rie Nishi!
    (June 15th, 2016 7:39 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ to release in Europe at 12 AM, USA PDT! Aqua medal to be gifted to all players at 12 AM PDT as well!

    Day 3
    (June 16th, 2016 7:58 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue given awards and nominations from Gamerspack, LEVELCAMP, and Monstervine!




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    • Jun 16 2016 06:59 PM
    • by Jake
  10. Unlockable themes for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue come at a price on PSN for North American players

    UPDATE #3: The error has been fixed. The theme(s) are now free for everyone to download once you beat the games. For those who have already mistakenly purchased the theme(s), we recommend contacting PSN support to ask for a refund. Sony may ask for proof that the themes are free. Feel free to use the image below, courtesy of Reddit user Stonewall30nyr.

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    Square-Enix have emailed us back talking about the theme situation. You can read it below.

    Thank you for contacting SQUARE ENIX support,

    We apologize for the delay in our response. The team looked into this issue and found that there appears to be an error with the game at this time. As recently reported by various users, the PSN theme(s) that are unlocked when completing the game(s) are requiring users to pay $2.99 (USD), but this is indeed an error. The PSN Theme(s) are supposed to be FREE for users as a reward for completing the game(s).

    Our KINGDOM HEARTS support team, as well as management and development, have been informed of the issue, and are currently working to resolve the error in a timely manner. At this time, we must kindly ask for your patience while the issue is investigated, and we urge you to refrain from purchasing the PSN Theme(s), since they should be downloadable for free once the back-end error is fixed.

    *If you have already purchased the theme(s), we sincerely apologize, as that was not our intention. We are currently working with the KINGDOM HEARTS team and Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) to issue a proper reimbursement for the mistakenly purchased PSN Theme(s).

    Again, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, but rest assured that our teams are working to resolve the issue in a timely manner. We thank you for contacting us, and we hope you continue to enjoy playing KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue, and best of luck in battle!


    Thank you for contacting the SQUARE ENIX Support Center.


    The original article follows:

    With the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, many fans have bundled up and begun to play on their PlayStation 4's. One feature that may be familiar to fans is the unlockable themes that players can obtain after completing each title. In both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX, these themes were free for players and were able to download and put these themes on their home screens after completion. However, for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, the themes are currently not free.

    Once you complete each title in the collection (Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, & Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover) you will receive the option to obtain the theme for that individual title. However, they are currently priced at $2.99 when you select them to download. While it may seem like an error, seeing as they are free everywhere else, reddit user AsinineBinkie reports that they got a response from Square Enix support that read as follows:

    Please note, completing KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue will only unlock the ability to purchase the PlayStation themes, it is not a reward that is received for free for beating the game. We do apologize for the confusion.


    Keep in mind that Square Enix has not made a public comment on the themes as of yet. Also, please note that the priced themes are only shown in the North American version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

    Update: A screenshot of a similar email has been provided by GameFAQs user domnu which you can view below.

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    Update: If you did indeed purchase the themes before they became free, we recommend contacting PSN for a refund. Proof that the themes are now free in North America is displayed below. Credit goes to reddit user Stonewall30nyr

  11. 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!

  12. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue opening cinematic released

    Square Enix have released the opening cinematic for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, featuring beautiful CGI by Visual Works and music by Utada Hikaru – the new Simple and Clean -Ray of Hope MIX-. You can see it below.

  13. New final Japanese trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue released; more announcements coming tomorrow

    Update: Utada Hikaru's official website featured Youtube links to the North American version of the latest Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer. It also included links for other countries, such as the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

    The links led to Youtube videos that were unavailable to view at the time.

    The links have since been taken down.

    The original article follows.

    A final Japanese trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has just been released, announced by series director Tetsuya Nomura on Twitter. In the tweet, he mentions that more news will be coming tomorrow at noon, Japan time, as he will have "something else more to say", as translated by goldpanner. A few hours before this announcement, he had tweeted a screenshot from Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ featuring Cinderella, alluding to the announcement of this trailer.

    This new trailer features new cutscenes and gameplay from the KH2.8 collection, including brand new gameplay between Aqua and King Mickey in Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-, and a customization feature for Aqua. The trailer also features Aqua and Mickey in Destiny Islands, possibly still within the Dark World.
    An interesting detail is also present in the trailer. Last month, we covered a Weekly Shonen Jump scan in which Ventus had a slightly different outfit from what was seen in previous games. However, Ventus is in both his normal outfit and this new outfit at different points in this trailer.
    The trailer also features "Hikari -Ray of Hope MIX-", remixed by PUNPEE, which will be available on iTunes Japan on January 11, 2017, along with other remixes of "Hikari" and "Simple and Clean". You can watch the trailer below.

    Thanks to Twitter user @xenosaga7, we've got translations for the Main Menu in Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- shown in the trailers. You can read those below.

    So the main menu says

    -Challenge
    -decoration
    -customization
    -story
    -config
    -game help


    YouTube User Keytotruth has added English and Spanish subtitles to the trailer. You can watch the trailer with subs below by clicking the closed caption button.


    You can watch the official Japanese trailer without subs below.



    There are still no updates on when the English version of the trailer will be released.



    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases on the PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 12, 2017, and worldwide on January 24, 2017.

    What do you think of the new trailer? Let us know in the comments!

  14. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Aqua Play Arts Kai final product pictures revealed; pre-orders available now, releasing July 8, 2017

    AmiAmi has added a listing for the Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Aqua Play Arts Kai, with pre-orders starting on April 5th, 12am JST. The figure was previously shown at the New York Toy Fair and Nuremburg Toy Fair in February, where the release date was first revealed to be July 2017. The figure has a listed price of 13.824 yen, with AmiAmi advertising a 29% discounted price.

    The final product pictures reveal that the figure will not only come with the Play Arts Kai base, optional hand parts, and the Rainfell Keyblade, but also the Master's Defender Keyblade.

    UPDATE: Square Enix is now accepting pre-orders on the Square Enix Japan store for 13,180 yen (about $120 USD) and the figure is set to be released on July 8th, 2017. It's currently unknown when it will be available in the North American store.

    You can view pictures of the figure below:

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  15. Kingdom Hearts themed PlayStation 4 to release in Japan on January 12th, 2017

    The official Japanese PlayStation Twitter announced that a limited edition Kingdom Hearts themed PlayStation 4 will be released in honor of the Kingdom Hearts series 15th anniversary! This special PlayStation 4 will be released in a bundle including a PS4 top cover, an original theme, and it will be engraved with an original design. This PS4 will release on December 12th, 2016. Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura also confirmed that this deal is a Sony exclusive.

    Along with being a component of this limited edition deal, the "KINGDOM HEARTS 15th ANNIVERSARY" PS4® top cover will also be sold separately for a limited time - until December 22, 2016, 11am JST.

    You can find images of the commerative PlayStation 4 set below.


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    This set is available for pre-order starting on December 9th, 2016 and costs 33,980 yen plus tax for the 500GB model and 38980 yen plus tax for the 1 TB model.

    What do you think of the design? Let us know in the comments!

  16. New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer reveals that the game will release in Japan on January 12, 2017

    During Sony's pre-TGS 2016 press conference, a shortened version of the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer was shown, with a release date: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will release in Japan on January 12, 2017.

    An extended version of the trailer will be released on the next hour.

    Will you be picking up Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue when it releases on January 12th, 2017? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Sep 13 2016 02:36 AM
    • by Jake
  17. Final trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter prologue released in English, Haley Joel Osment & Bill Farmer return as Sora and Goofy respectively

    The last trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has just been released. This trailer features cutscenes and gameplay from every instalment in the KH2.8 collection, including brand new gameplay featuring both Aqua and King Mickey, and a customization feature for Aqua.

    The trailer also features "Simple and Clean -Ray of Hope MIX-", remixed by PUNPEE, which will is available for pre-order on iTunes Japan for release on January 11, 2017, along with other remixes of both "Hikari" and "Simple and Clean".

    Among the returning voice actors for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are Bill Farmer as Goofy and Haley Joel Osment as Sora. While Terra also has a new speaking line in the trailer but it is currently unknown if Jason Dohring reprised his role.

    You can watch the trailer below.


    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases on the PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 12, 2017, and worldwide on January 24, 2017.

    What do you think of the new trailer? Let us know in the comments!

  18. New Interview with series Director Tetsuya Nomura about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III

    Following the official start of E3 2016, Dengeki has posted a new interview with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura focusing on the newly revealed Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue demo that premiered at E3 2016 as well as other details surrounding the game and it's development in conjunction with Kingdom Hearts III.

    Here are a few snippets gathered from the interview.

    • Even though the news is not incoming as quickly as fans would hope, development is not delayed
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- being the length of one world pertains more to the length of one world in Kingdom Hearts III. Tetsuya Nomura promises that this volume will be a decent length.
    • The battle system in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- is a mixture of Birth by Sleep as well as Kingdom Hearts III; the command deck is not present but special attacks and such consume MP as they would in previous games like Kingdom Hearts II. Magic will effect the surrounding area, as previously talked about for Kingdom Hearts III. Using magic in different sequences will also create different effects on enemies (such as using Blizzard and then Thunder).
    • Lighting is something they focused on a lot during design for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III even though it hasn't been much of a major focus previously in the series.
    • Height within the playable features of the world is something that was also focused on for these games.
    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD plays with 60 frames per second.
    • A new Dream Eater is introduced in the version of Dream Drop Distance included in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue named Catnuki (or Pondanyan in Japanese) which is a combination of a cat and a racoon dog (more commonly known as a Tanuki)
    • Tetsuya Nomura would like to give more Kingdom Hearts III news but at the moment it is important to focus on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue so he asks fans to please look forward to winter of this year for more news.
    • Information will be released regularly from Autumn until launch in December for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
    • Tetsuya Nomura is hoping to get a playable demo for their Japanese audience to experience.
    Correction to the previous translation: Tetsuya Nomura talks about the possibility of another installment of TWEWY itself (as in a sequel) being difficult rather than it's involvement in the Kingdom Hearts series.

    Some screenshots of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue were also included with the interview. You may find those below.

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    What are you most excited for in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in relation to it's relationship with Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments!

  19. Famitsu Interviews series Director Tetsuya Nomura about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Discusses Progress on English Recording

    Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura recently sat down with Famitsu to give an interview on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, focusing on specific details in each of the three portions of the collection. Though the interview covered many of the same topics as the earlier Dengeki interview, Famitsu's team managed to pose some interesting questions, and received equally interesting responses.

    Here is a summary of each of Nomura's responses in the interview. A full translation will be added as soon as possible.

    In regards to Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-:

    • Nomura remarked on the ability for the product to be easily altered with Unreal Engine 4, especially in regards to lighting, as previously mentioned in Dengeki.
    • What is in the demo will be in the retail version of the game. He wanted to give the players something to explore in the demo, someplace where they would have to get up high to get a lay of the land before proceeding. Nomura says KH3 will have a similar feel, where free-running to a high place and scoping out the map will be necessary.
    • Nomura states that time has stopped in this place only, and that moving to different locations will result in different 'effects'.
    • As in the Dengeki article, Nomura explains the battle system, and also says that the concept of Command Styles has been transferred to Keyblade Transformations in Kingdom Hearts III.
    • Nomura calls the Heartless Swarm a 'Devils Wave', mentions they've been present since the first KH3 trailer, and that they're still not at full power.
    • Aqua will only gain strength through leveling up--there are no new Keyblades for her to obtain. (Famitsu's interviewer hypothesizes that this is why the Command Styles remain in 0.2, when they won't really be present in KH3, where you can change Keyblades. Nomura doesn't remark on this point one way or another.)
    • When discussing the length of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-, Nomura says that it will feature a lot of cutscenes.
    • The intended play order is Dream Drop Distance, then -A Fragmentary Passage-, then Kingdom Hearts III.
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- is not exactly scrapped content from Kingdom Hearts III. It was something he felt the need to make, but Nomura didn't want to bog down the pace of storytelling in KH3 with backstory, so he separated it out and created a separate installment around it.
    • Kingdom Hearts III will have a short prelude before the game really starts to make sure everyone is caught up.
    In regards to Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD:
    • Nomura mentions the Catanuki, explaining it was something the Osaka team really wanted to add to the game. He also discusses PS4 trophies, 60fps, and the difficulties in transitioning to a game without two screens to work with. He mentions the 'spirit' of developing for the unique properties of the 3DS continues, in now developing for the unique properties of the PS4.
    In regards to Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover:
    • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is being made with the same tech as Kingdom Hearts III.
    • Famitsu asked directly if the Black Coat is the Foreteller's Master. Nomura says yes! He is a 'unique glue' between them, and he apparently has nicknames for each of the Foretellers.
    • Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has recently hit 4 million downloads, and after the North American release, there was a very strong demand to release in the EU. He is happy for this chapter of Kingdom Hearts to be brought to fans all over the world.
    • Nomura also hints that the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ story will soon branch from the Kingdom Hearts χ [chi] story. Kingdom Hearts χ [chi] is complete, but Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ can be considered 'Season 2'.
    • Nomura anticipates that Kingdom Hearts III may hit Japan slightly earlier than the rest of the world, but it will be nearly simultaneous.
    • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is in the final stages of production, with English recording currently being mastered and timed. He also told fans to please be patient and anticipate this winter for new Kingdom Hearts III information, and focus on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for now.
    • Next year is the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, and also the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy; he told fans to anticipate a lot of features next year relating to those series.

    Which of these answers has you most intrigued? Let us know in the comments!

  20. Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- ends with a lengthy scene leading into Kingdom Hearts III

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

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

  21. Brand new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer releasing on September 13th at 17:00 JST (4:00 AM USA EDT, 1:00 AM USA PDT)

    Tetsuya Nomura, via the official Japanese Kingdom Hearts Twitter account, has confirmed that a new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer will be released at 4:00 AM USA EDT (17:00 JST, 1:00 AM USA PDT) on September 13th. Translated tweet from Tetsuya Nomura can be viewed below thanks to @r_kane1

    We will premiere the latest Kingdom Hearts 2.8 PV, a bit on the longer side, from JST 9/13 17:00 onward. We will inform of you the URL via this account, so please tune in. Today's PV will finally have some...! But before then! @ Nomura


    The official Twitter account will be sharing the new trailer. as soon as it releases.

    • Sep 12 2016 01:31 PM
    • by Jake
  22. Tetsuya Nomura says Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will support 4K resolution through PS4 Pro, theme song for KH3 undecided, no new KH3 news till after KH2.8's release, & more in latest Dengeki PlayStation issue

    In the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation, which released on October 12th, 2016, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, talks about some of his various upcoming titles, such as Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, releasing on January 12th, 2017 in Japan and January 24th, 2017 to the rest of the world, and Kingdom Hearts III.

    The previous day before the interview had been released, hokanko-alt, a Japanese blog website, gave us a summary of Tetsuya Nomura's interview with Dengeki PlayStation. In the interview, Tetsuya Nomura has stated that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be PS4 Pro enhanced once again, however, he also states that the title will be in 4K as well. We're unsure if the 4K will be upscaled or native. Furthermore, Nomura states that the new remix for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- was able to be done as Utada Hikaru, singer of the Kingdom Hearts theme songs, had recently returned to her music work. A new theme song for Kingdom Hearts III is currently undecided, Nomura says. Aside from all that, Tetsuya Nomura has also confirmed that Kingdom Hearts III news will be released after the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

    The interview has now been published in the latest issue of Dengeki Playstation and you can view an image of the interview below as well as a full translation thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com). The sections focusing on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III have been bolded.

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    The prototype of [WOFF] was an entirely different game?!


    --[World of Final Fantasy] (from hereon, WOFF), which you first showcased at E3 2015, is going to be sold soon, but what about the details of remaking original game?

    Tetsuya Nomura (hereon shortened to Nomura): There is concept art on our official Twitter, but we originally wanted to create a different game with that world. It was more of a simulation game, completely different from [WOFF]. During that other game's development, we made characters that are now our Primero and Oobito (TN: Everyone seems to be calling it this, but to me it sounds more like Orbit?), and we connected them both into the setting of the game, and then proposed a system in which one could freely switch between them.

    --Primero and Oobito were originally from a different game's system, right?

    Nomura: We had a lot of troubles, and the game was temporarily reduced to a blank slate, and we decided to go ahead and use the loads of chibi character designs for [Pictlogica FF] instead. After that, Chiba (Director Hiroki Chiba) was the one who decided to include Primero and Oobito in the newly designed [WOFF].

    --What characters did you design for [WOFF]?

    Nomura: I designed the main characters Reynn and Lann, as well as Enna Kros. There's also one other character, making it a total of four female characters. I also drew the female key characters on the engraved PS Vita model “Oobito Edition.” By the way, since Enna Kros was a character first designed for that other game I mentioned before, she's been around quite a while.

    --Was there anything you were particularly fussy about with the characters' designs?

    Nomura: We still haven't revealed everything about the four characters I've drawn, but where I'm allowed to touch up things is up to Chiba (laughs). Since these characters are included in the colossal world inside of Chiba's head.

    --We've seen past [FF] characters with voices, but will there be a lot of new characters with voiced parts, too?

    Nomura: That's right, Edgar and Faris, and also, though these aren't characters, the cactuars etc. will have voiced parts. There are also characters like Eiko, who didn't have a voice in the original but had one in other productions (in Eiko's case, she first had hers in [Road of Vermillion]).

    --Did you decide the cast?

    Nomura: Yes, I was involved in both the casting and registration (TN: not sure what this means in game terms!!). When we added character voices to previous [FF] games, we checked the opinions of the users. We see opinions like, “If they ever voice this game, this character reminds me of this voice actor/actress” quite a lot. As far as what I'm involved in creating, I put a heavy focus on the characters' images. For example, with Shadow's voice in [FFVI], I had an image of him in my head alongside Kefka, so in [Dissidia FF Opera Omnia], I asked Yoshito Yasuhara to represent that image.

    --Did you have any parts that you requested for this game?

    Nomura: As far as the content goes, I'm entrusting that to the staff. I occasionally ask them to show me things, but rather than giving them instructions, I'm just checking for problems. I guess I just have specifically nudged at the battle tempo and the ability to easily see the UI.

    --Are there any scenes or events that left an impression with you?

    Nomura: I suppose it would be the entirety of the serious scenes? Because, through the entirety of the [FF] series there is occasionally humor added into some of the more serious stories, but in [WOFF]'s collection of humorous scenes, there is occasionally a serious atmosphere added in (laughs). I think that the serious scenes might look better.

    --Were the PVs gathered and made with that small amount of serious scenes?

    Nomura: That's how it seems (laughs). All of the gags in Chiba's scenes are long, so if we try to show one exchange until the joke happens, the trailer length doesn't fit to scale. Also, when I was checking event scenes, I watched them and thought, “Wasn't it fine to end the joke earlier?!”

    --When they've actually played it, there might be people who are surprised at the mood of some of the scenarios, then?

    Nomura: The world is overflowing with serious stories of a protagonist who must carry out a great destiny, and [WOFF] has that setting, too, but every so often having a fun story like this might not be so bad, I think. It shows the “color” of the director.

    --Please give a message to everyone waiting on the release!

    Nomura: I think a lot of companies are releasing various titles at the end of this year and beginning of the next, but [WOFF] is becoming a production that will not be buried in those other games, and you'll be able to enjoy it for a long time. Since it will be released on the PS Vita, allowing you to play it outside without a heavy system, please try it out and enjoy.

    The HD3 Packaging has a meaning in “Sora (written with katakana)” and “Sora (written with the kanji for “sky”)”!

    --You presented the release date for [Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (hereon, KH2.8)] at the September SIE press conference, right?

    Nomura: We sincerely apologize for prolonging the release date from December 2016 to January 2017. We wrote it in the comments on the official Twitter, but due to several titles that are coming out one on top of another, this is what it's become.

    --You also revealed a gorgeous package art.

    Nomura: There are actually two secrets about the illustrations from [KH1.5] until [KH2.8]. Extremely attentive KH fans might have already discovered them, but one is that Sora's movements change from sitting, to standing, to walking. One more is that when you line up the three illustrations, you'll notice that they show the flow of time with changes in the sky. [KH1.5] is sunset becoming night, [KH2.5] is the middle of the night, and [KH2.8] is night breaking into dawn. Those three illustrations have a message regarding the final chapter, [KHIII].

    --So you planned all this from the time of [KH1.5]'s release, then?

    Nomura: We worried a long time about the package art for [KH2.5], and we worked on trying to connect the three productions in a continual manner. It seems like there were a lot of people who figured out Sora's movements, but there were not very many people who noticed the connection between the skies. There are two meanings to “sora” (I.E. one being the protagonist's name, and the other meaning “sky”).

    --Since the illustrations were blown up for display at Tokyo Game Show, they really stood out.

    Nomura: Since we were told that we needed to finish the art in time to have it on display at the Game Show, I drew it with my fighting spirit. In result, we finished the package illustration with unprecedented progress.

    --The trial version you presented at Tokyo Game Show seemed to basically be the same as what was at [E3 2016], right?

    Nomura: That's right. It's the version that was revised right after [E3]. The new short cuts functions, etc. from [Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD] are the same thing. The master version is having a lot of things brushed up from the TGS version. The production is continuing according to plan, so soon you'll be able to master-up.

    --We got a taste of the evolution of action on the PS4 with [KH0.2] at TGS, but will [KHIII] see an even deeper improvement of action from there?

    Nomura: That's what will happen. Since there is an overwhelmingly large amount of things one can do while playing as Sora in [KHIII] timewise, compared to playing as Aqua. Aqua cannot change her keyblade as the story progresses, but Sora can, and that will in result change the action.

    --The exploration and battles in the latest PV, are those the developments that came after crossing the bridge in the TGS trial play?

    Nomura: Yes. Like what you were able to play in the trial, there is a map waiting up ahead with more added to it. The Osaka production team cleverly placed it as an object, and they're good at making maps with areas outside one's exploration.

    --Let me ask about things connected to [KH X], too. First, the browser game [KH X] ended its service at the end of September, but what are your thoughts on that three years of continued service?

    Nomura: It's too bad that service ended so early, but I think having continued for three years served as a great amount of strength to us. Looking at the user number, there were more people playing the smart phone app [KH Unchained X], so we will now focus on that. As we've already announced, we are planning a season two of [KH Unchained X], so we are continuing its service. In October there will be new worlds available, and we are working on the planned multiplayer function for January release, so please look forward to it.

    --You laid out the last scene of [KH X] to us, but will [KH Unchained X] develop in the same way?

    Nomura: That was only the development for [KH X]. The story for [KH Unchained X] will deviate midway to a different story.

    --In the latest trailer of [KH X Back Cover], there was a figure wearing a black cloak, separate from the five Foretellers, but...?

    Nomura: As we've already revealed in [KH X], that is a character named Luxu. Since he's wearing that black coat, it seems like a lot of people mistook Luxu for the Master of Masters, but they're two different people. The one holding a dandelion on the package art and in the trailer is the Master of Masters, and the other person wearing a black cloak is Luxu. Their relationship is more clearly drawn out in [KH X Back Cover].

    -- Since they serve as a road to [KHIII], you really can't overlook any of the productions included in [KH2.8].

    Nomura: Even among players, there seemed to be some people who were just now hearing about [KH2.8] at the Game Show and seemed troubled, but please, we'd like you to play [KH2.8]. Since it is a prologue to [KHIII], just as it says in the title, you'll need to play to smoothly enjoy [KHIII]!

    --In the latest trailer, we got to hear a new arrangement of Utada Hikaru's “Hikari,” so that stirred up our hopes.

    Nomura: Since I heard that Utada has returned from hiatus, I thought it was perfect timing, and I requested an arrangement from her. We have yet to decide the main theme for [KHIII].

    --By the way, will [KH2.8] be supported on the PS4 Pro, too?

    Nomura: It supports 4K, so it should cleanly play without any problems. Anything else detailed about support, we will showcase next time.

    --Also, when will you be presenting more interesting news on [KHIII]?

    Nomura: We spoke of this a bit at E3, but we are waiting to speak more about [KHIII] after releasing [KH2.8], so we have currently released all available information. Please wait shortly for new news.

    --Since 2017 is the [KH] series' 15th anniversary, we're hoping for a lot of developments!

    Nomura: We are thinking of a lot of plans heading toward the 15th anniversary. Next year's January release of [KH2.8] will be the start, and from March the full orchestra's world tour will commence. It will be a year's worth of non-stop [KH] news, so we look forward to speaking with you again.

    --Finally, please tell us more about the [FFVII REMAKE] that has caught the world's attention.

    Nomura: If it had past materials like [KH], the basics would have been easy to understand, and the staff can understand the hurdles we've had to overcome, but at any rate, the battles in [FFVII] have greatly changed from the original, since they're something with more action in them. The next time I release information about [FFVII REMAKE], I think that I'll definitely have to explain the specifics of what the battle system has become to the players. I think right now that nobody is really able to imagine a concrete battle, so I'm in the middle of coming up with steps that I can show and explain to people, “It's this kind of battle.”

    --Sounds like you're breaking your backs over remaking what was originally a command-based battle system into an action style battle system.

    Nomura: We've heard a lot of [FFVII] fans also say that they want to play the game with the original ATB style, but for the remake we're proceeding toward an action-heavy style. Of course, we've added systems that future fans will be able to enjoy, so people who are bad at action-style battles, please don't worry. For those who excel at action-style battles, we're working to make this a system that's different than what you've used before and can still enjoy. Recently, we checked the Guard Scorpion at the beginning of the game, and I think you'll be satisfied with the realism you'll feel there.

    --2017 is also the 20th anniversary of [FFVII].

    Nomura: Like with the 15th anniversary of [KH], I'm thinking I'd like to plan something or other. It's just that, since we've been keeping busy with productions, including the game [WOFF] that I showcased today, I don't think I will be able to share any new news until after things calm down.


    Would you like a new Kingdom Hearts III theme song with Utada Hikaru? Will you be playing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in 4K? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Oct 12 2016 01:55 PM
    • by Jake
  23. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue featured in Shonen Jump magazine, shows off new Aqua model & new screenshot including Ven and Terra

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was given a 1 page spread in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan. The page most predominantly features the new model of Aqua used in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue as well as a few screenshots of gameplay, the opening cinematic, as well as a screenshot of a never before scene taking place in the Dwarf Woodlands world in Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- with Terra and Ventus making an appearance. In this particular screenshot, there seems to be a difference in Ventus's outfit, as it shows a different color scheme for his jacket and seams compared to his default outfit, as you can see below. A screenshot from the Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- has also been provided for comparison.

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    You scan see scans of the magazine below thanks to Twitter users @kazu4281 and @xenosaga7.

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    Translations of the spread are now available thanks to Katie Armstrong. You can read them below.


    Point 1 - A New Work (Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-)
    Aqua fell into the Realm of Darkness; here's the story of what happened after.

    Point 2 - A New Film (Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover)
    The beginning story; this depicts the oldest episode in the series.

    Point 3 - HD Remaster (Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD Remaster)
    The story of Sora and company take on the examination for the Mark of Mastery.


    What's the Kingdom Hearts series?
    "Keyblade" wielders adventure far and wide in this series. Disney characters and Final Fantasy series characters co-star in this profound story, with thrilling action and great charm.

    ~Aqua~
    A young woman who is a Keyblade Master. For the sake of her friends, she fell into the Realm of Darkness alone. She has a strong sense of justice.



    What do you think of Terra and Ven's appearances in BbS 0.2 that we've seen so far? Let us know in the comments?

  24. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue banner with new art spotted within LA Convention Center

    Thanks to @Square_Portal on Twitter, we've got an image of a banner in the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue artwork.

    You can find an image of the banner below.


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    This banner depicts what appears to be the same Aqua render used in the Mystery Medal Campaign that took place recently in the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ as well as renders of Sora and Riku in Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, the Foretellers in Kingdom Hearts Back Cover χ, and King Mickey.

    The background also appears to be a reference to an item featured in the background of the Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at E3 2015 shown during the chess game and conversation between Eraqus and Xehanort as young men. You can find an image of this item for reference below.

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    What do you think of this new artwork and the connection to the Kingdom Hearts III trailer? Let us know in the comments!

  25. 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.