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.
Some screenshots of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue were also included with the interview. You may find those below.
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!
- Jun 15 2016 12:19 PM
- by soraspromise
After receiving news that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will release in December, 2016 worldwide, Mighty Ape, a verified New Zealand/Australia retailer, revealed a possible release date for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which is December 6th, 2016.
Normally, placeholder dates are December 30th/31st, and on the retailer site, placeholder dates say 'To be confirmed'. However, they have listed the release as December 6th, 2016, which is a Tuesday. Video games have a pre-set of releasing on Tuesdays, making the date more realistic. Aside from the release date, they also have listed a possible rating of 'PG - Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.' A rating for the title hadn't been announced officially beforehand, as the trailers say to check ESRB for a rating.
Even though the date hasn't been confirmed by Square Enix, the release date revealed by MightyApe very well could be real, with the evidence supporting the date.
What are your thoughts? Do you think the release date is real? Fake? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jun 13 2016 11:04 AM
- by Kingdomhe
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.
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.
What do you think of this new artwork and the connection to the Kingdom Hearts III trailer? Let us know in the comments!
- Jun 12 2016 06:01 PM
- by soraspromise
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue discussion with Tai Yasue for Square Enix Presents announced
A few days before the start of E3, the official Square Enix blog has listed the Square Enix Presents line-up for all of the live streams that will take place during the duration of E3. A live stream dedicated to discussing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue with Co-Director Tai Yasue will take place on Wednesday, June 15th at 4:00 PM PDT and will last until 4:30 PM PDT. All live streams will be featured on the official Square Enix Presents Youtube and Twitch accounts.
Leading up to E3, a brand new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer premiered at 21:00 JST on June 8th, featuring entirely new footage surrounding Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-, and Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.
For the latest updates for all things regarding E3 2016, keep an eye on our coverage article!
- Jun 09 2016 08:10 AM
- by soraspromise
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.
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!
- Jun 10 2016 06:36 PM
- by soraspromise
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!
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Gameplay
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Trailer
(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
(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
(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
(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!
(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!
- Jun 16 2016 06:59 PM
- by Jake
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
Update: The mystery medal was in fact revealed to be a new render of Aqua in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue by Dengeki! From 4:00 JST on June 9th until 3:59 JST on June 20th, all players will receive the new Aqua medal simply by logging into the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.
Additionally, from 7:00 JST on June 9th until 23:59 JST on June 19th, there will also be a special event board and having the Aqua medal in your deck will attract event coins and treasure chests to help you strengthen it rapidly.
The original article follows:
Just a week before E3, the official Japanese Kingdom Hearts Unchained χTwitter account for the game launched a mystery medal campaign. With an image showing the silhouette of the new medal, the Twitter account announced that if their Tweet achieved 10,000 Retweets by June 7th, then they would unveil the new medal.
The Tweet reached 10,000 Retweets several hours after the Tweet was initially posted on 6/6 in Japan, and the account announced that the new medal will be released on 6/9 for Japanese players. It will be a part of the daily login bonus on 6/9.
Many are speculating that this could be the new look for Aqua in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. It just so happens that the official Japanese Twitter account for Kingdom Hearts tweeted that a new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer will release on 6/8 at 21:00 JST (8:00am EST, 5:00am PDT). The tweet promises that the trailer will reveal lots of new material, so look forward to it!
With a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue set to release the day before the medal is distributed, it is very likely to be a new render of Aqua from Kingdom Hearts 2.8.
What do you think the mystery medal could be? What are you looking forward to in the new trailer? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jun 08 2016 07:59 AM
- by Toominator
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue still set for 2016 release in North America, Europe, and Japan accrding to Square Enix's Results Briefing Session for Fiscal Year 2016
Square Enix Holdings have released their Results Briefing Session for the Fiscal Year ended March 31 2016, in which they give us a reminder that the series' third HD remaster, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, is still being planned for release in 2016 in Japan, North America, and Europe.
We are steadily approaching an official release date announcement for the awaited game, which includes Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, the movie Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, and the short playable episode Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. Perhaps E3 may bring us the good news, as it did for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX two years ago.
- May 11 2017 02:30 PM
- by Aquaberry
March 28th, 2016 marks the 14th anniversary of the release of Kingdom Hearts in Japan. In order to commemorate this anniversary, the Japanese Kingdom Hearts Twitter account posted a short "Thank You" message from series director Tetsuya Nomura. Along with the message comes a brand new screenshot of Daybreak Town from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. You can view the screenshot and a translation of the tweet thanks to Aru Akise below:
It's been 14 years since the birth of KH. It's now the same age Sora was when he first departed on his adventure. It's all thanks to all of you who've been supporting us for so long. Thank you so much. I leave you with Daybreak Town, which is under development for 2.8. Please, continue supporting us. - Nomura
What do you think of the new screenshot? What are some of your favorite Kingdom Hearts memories from the past 14 years? Let us know in the comments below!
- Mar 28 2016 08:03 PM
- by Toominator
Square Enix to release school calendar for members in April, includes Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Square Enix is releasing a new members-only calendar to coincide with the start of the Japanese school year. The calendar features images from new and upcoming games, including Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Square Enix members will be able to purchase the calendar for 200 points starting in April.
2016 Member's Special School Calendar
From April, a member's special school calendar will be available.
Thanks to it's separable type, you can select and display a different image to suit your mood.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XV
Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
SaGA: Scarlet Grace
Square Enix Member Avatar
Dragon Quest X
Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and the Prophecy of the End
Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3
Lord of Vermilion Re:3
World of Final Fantasy
*Limit one per person
*Depending on when you order, your product may be shipped after April
Thanks to Katie Armstrong for the translation, and thanks to aibo for the heads up.
- Mar 01 2016 12:05 AM
- by Katie Armstrong
Hashimoto & Nomura state their plans for 2016 to Famitsu; Nomura says Kingdom Hearts III is in a significant time of development
In the most recent edition of Famitsu Weekly, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, as well as Shinji Hashimoto, executive producer of the Kingdom Hearts series, have stated their future plans for 2016 and beyond. Tetsuya Nomura is continuing to work on titles such as Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, & World of Final Fantasy, titles that are set to release in 2016. The progress for those titles and more are going smoothly and Nomura hopes to get those two titles within the scheduled arrival date.
Other big titles Nomura is working on is Kingdom Hearts III & Final Fantasy VII Remake, where they are currently in a significant part of development, and when Kingdom Hearts III is further in development, PR will release more information to the public.
Shinji Hashimoto hopes to continue challenging himself and he has a surprise project he is hoping to announce this year. Additionally, Hashimoto hopes to offer more surprises throughout 2016 in general.
You can read all the plans Tetsuya Nomura & Shinji Hashimoto have for 2016 and beyond below thanks to @tokyofog.
Nomura: Development of World of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is the highlight, and PR for those 2 titles will start to pick up. We are moving into an important period for Kingdom Hearts III and FINAL FANTASY VII Remake development. As in previous years, this year will be one dedicated to development, but I think we’ll be able to share some news and do some PR. For other projects that I’ve continued to be involved in, be it arcade, smartphone, or otherwise, I am working hard to deliver contents that will prove to be even more enjoyable.
For the 2 titles that are nearest to launch, development is progressing favorably, and they will most likely arrive as scheduled. Before all else, I would like to express to fans the appeal of World of Final Fantasy.
Hashimoto: While keeping in mind the changes of the times, I constantly strive to challenge myself. In 2016, I hope that we’ll be able to offer even more surprises to you all. Also, we will boldly draft plans for a new project, and we hope to be able to present it. In addition to this new project, we want to take on new, global challenges. I humbly ask for your support during this year as well.
Are you excited for the plans Nomura & Hashimoto will bring to 2016 and beyond? Let us know in the comments below!
- Feb 25 2016 06:44 PM
- by Jake
Tetsuya Nomura answers fan questions about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and Kingdom Hearts III
After the release of the new trailer featuring Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III, many fans had questions circling around in their heads. The folks over at KHInsider had the incredible opportunity to formally relay fan questions to Tetsuya Nomura himself. His answers to some of the questions can be read below, and you can read the blog post in its entirety here.
1. Since you were at the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Launch Event in Burbank, how did it feel to finally have the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater in Japan?
Nomura: What sets KINGDOM HEARTS apart from other titles is that this is a title in which we have been sharing a connection with our fans for many years. So rather than being a one-time relationship like a festival, it does feel like we are partners or friends that have spent a long time together, but I do cherish these kinds of events as there aren’t very many opportunities like this where we can interact with our fans. Japanese fans are more shy than fans overseas but I was very happy that I was able to feel that the Japanese fans were having fun this time too.
2. The Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event was very well received in Japan. If the opportunity for future events is presented, would they follow a similar format? If not, what would you like to do differently?
Nomura: The content of the event would change depending on the location and timing, so the format would most likely depend on those two factors. Also, as for D23, location becomes restricted as there are rules set by the host. Since we had more applicants than the amount of participants that we could accommodate this time, if we did have another opportunity to hold an event like this one, I think I will first consider the capacity of the venue instead of the format of the event.
3. The newest update to Kingdom Hearts X [chi] introduces a new world, Beast’s Castle. Why was this world chosen to be added to the game?
Nomura: We are prioritizing the worlds of the seven princess’s based on the “fairy tale era” concept in KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi].
4. Is there any significance in the timing of Beast’s Castle’s introduction to Kingdom Hearts X [chi]? After so many main story updates, it was surprising to travel to a new world rather than continuing to investigate Ephemera and the Foretellers.
Nomura: There is no significance to the timing. We had already made a decision on which worlds to select a while ago, but because new world additions are the most time consuming, we were finally able to implement it this time.
5. In one of the recent updates of Kingdom Hearts X [chi], the term “unchained” was officially introduced and has caused quite a bit of speculation among the fans. Does this play a role in how you previously said that X [chi] and Unchained X were not exactly the same game?
Nomura: I cannot explain this without any spoilers but there is a connection between the two. Who is trying to do what will be depicted in KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi] or KINDGOM HEARTS Unchainedχ, and the reason behind it would be told in KHχ Back Cover (included in 2.8).
6. In 0.2, Yen Sid tells Riku and Kairi that it is imperative to rescue Aqua, Terra and Ventus, prompting Mickey to tell them of his recent visit to the Realm of Darkness. Is he referring to the time in the first Kingdom Hearts when he ventured in to find the Kingdom Key D?
Nomura: It is an episode that I was waiting for a long time to tell. Please wait for KH0.2 for that answer.
7. Did Mickey meet Aqua during his time in the Realm of Darkness? If so, why did he refrain from speaking of such an important matter until this moment?
Nomura: This will also be told in KH0.2 so please wait for it.
8. The conversation between Young Xehanort and Eraqus, first shown at E3, is the opening scene of Kingdom Hearts 3. Since then, more and more of the scene has been revealed through the trailers and at D23, we were able to view it in its entirety. Why was the decision made to show the scene in this manner?
Nomura: There are many reasons for this, but one of them is that we are prioritizing the creation of new worlds in KH3, and we would have to consider the reveal timing of those worlds, making sure that we discuss with Disney. That opening scene is very versatile, since it doesn’t involve those new worlds, plus it’s a great asset to use as a prologue to build up excitement towards KH3.
Also, the scenes that we have currently have released is not the final product so please look forward to any changes that we may make in the future as well.
9. We learn from Xehanort and Eraqus’s conversation that Eraqus is under consideration for masterhood, but what about Xehanort at this time?
Nomura: I’m sure that you can sense that there is some kind of thought behind Xehanort’s expression and tone of voice at the end. Xehanort’s interest is something other than a title of honor.
10. It was surprising to see the return of Nobodies in the recent Kingdom Hearts 3 footage. What sort of role will they play in the game? Can we expect to see any more enemy types besides Nobodies and Heartless?
Nomura: I want to make it so that you can tell who had come to that world by the enemies that appear there. I am thinking of the enemy types as a part of the total production this time.
11. The new Kingdom Hearts III trailer featured a new Nobody design with a scythe and flower petals, is this particular Nobody alluding to a certain former Organization member?
Nomura: I think that it’s easy to imagine but I do believe that it will appear in promotional materials sooner or later so please wait for that.
12. Mickey was seen at the Premium Theater wearing his Kingdom Hearts 2 clothing holding the Kingdom Key D Keyblade, is there a chance we can see this Mickey at Disney Parks?
Nomura: As far as I know, there are no plans right now, but I think it would be really neat if they did one day!
What intrigues you most about this surprise interview? Let us know in the comments below, and have a wonderful holiday season!
- Feb 25 2016 06:46 PM
- by Toominator
On Friday the 18th of December at 10:00pm (EST), Square Enix released a brand new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue that was displayed at Jump Festa 2016. Here is KH13's analysis of the trailer to bring you some interesting details of the story and the gameplay we have seen so far.
0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-
The first section of the trailer displays Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. We get our first look of master Yen Sid, Kairi, Riku and King Mickey in real time, via the kingdom shader. Due to PS4's engine, the book on Yen Sid's desk has far more texture added compared to previous instalments. Also various assets have been removed and added in the Mysterious Tower. Yen Sid explains in order to protect the seven pure lights from master Xehanort, they must assemble seven guardians of light and therefore must bring back Terra, Ventus and Aqua. Does this confirm the trio from Birth by Sleep will be three of the seven guardians of light? King Mickey admits he, "met Aqua once, in the realm of darkness." This suggests that the 'encounter' Aqua has in the realm of darkness is with King Mickey himself. One can only wonder what happened during this encounter and why Aqua is still trapped in there for over a decade. The fact Aqua did not turn around suggests Square Enix may be keeping her full character model and gameplay a secret until sometime next year.
χ Back Cover
The second section shows HD cinematics of Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover. Back Cover will be using Unreal Engine 4, the engine used for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, and Kingdom Hearts III. The first shot we see is the room in the clock tower from χ Back Cover's counterpart, χ[chi]. Could the book on the desk be one of the six book of prophecies that belongs to the Master of Masters? Furthermore, this is the same room where the five foretellers are seen speaking to a black hooded figure in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. The foreteller of Unicornis states, "A Lost Page...There's something missing from our Book of Prophecies." To which the foreteller of Anguis replies, "Are you implying that the one in possession of the missing page is the traitor?" This leads us to believe the traitor stole the page to hide his or her identity from the events they are planning to unfold, when Leopardos confirms, "The missing page tells of a traitor in our midst." The voice actors of Riku, Kairi, Ventus, Terra and Aqua could be the same voice actors of the foretellers Unicornis, Ava (foreteller of Vulpeus), Leopardos, Ursus and Anguis respectively, although this is not yet confirmed. Could this be pure coincidence or could this mean something more? This actually adds greater depth to a popular theory that the foretellers were reborn as the Kingdom Hearts main protagonists. The final lines, whilst back in the clock tower, are spoken by someone we haven't heard yet. Could this be the Master of Masters?
Dream Drop Distance HD
The final section shows Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD. First and foremost, the 60 seconds of cinematics shown is over double the amount of gameplay shown at 27 seconds. This shows Square Enix really wanted to display the increased level of detail and improvements to the texture of the character models, compared to the graphical engine of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. This is displayed by having close up shots of many characters throughout. The subtitles have changed from the 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX's as the bold outline has been removed to make the text look more clearer. During the gameplay there is no HUD menu displayed throughout, suggesting the game may release later in 2016 rather than earlier. The quality of the game is looking far brighter and flashier, whilst appearing to run at a consistent 30 FPS. Lastly, with Dream Drop Distance HD coming to home consoles, the camera appears to have been pulled back slightly to give a greater range of view and movement.
Are there any interesting features we may have left out? What are your thoughts on the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer? Let us know in the comments below!
- Dec 21 2015 08:16 AM
- by SnowPint7Fourths
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:
Check out some screens from the trailer below:
- Jan 19 2016 07:11 AM
- by Toominator
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.
- 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!
- 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!
- Dec 18 2015 10:36 PM
- by Jake
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!
The original article follows.
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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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
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
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.
- 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
Square Enix officially released screenshots from the new footage shown at the event, which can be seen below.
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)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 (email@example.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
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.
Another super-duper Disney Resort KH event
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!
- Nov 08 2015 12:42 AM
- by Toominator
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.
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
- Nov 07 2015 11:46 PM
- by soraspromise
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:
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-:
Here's a screenshot of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD with Sora surrounded by all his friends:
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.
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!
- Nov 07 2015 11:47 PM
- by soraspromise
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!
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
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!
- Jan 21 2016 05:46 PM
- by Toominator
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.
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.
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!
- Oct 25 2015 12:06 AM
- by Toominator
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the translations.Spoiler
You can find all of our scans of the special Kingdom Hearts feature below:
- Oct 07 2015 10:05 PM
- by soraspromise
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 (email@example.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
-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!
-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
-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