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  1. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts at Jump Festa 2017

    Welcome to KH13’s coverage for Jump Festa 2017! Jump Festa is an expo based in Tokyo, Japan, that focuses on a vast variety of content such as manga, anime, video games, as well as merchandise. Jump Festa 2017 will take place on December 17th and December 18th of 2016 and both Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX have been confirmed to appear at the event.

    It was also announced that Christmas Cards will also be given away at Jump Festa 2017 by the Square Enix booth, with one of the designs featuring the cover art from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Square Enix also included Kingdom Hearts series merchandise inside of lucky bags for sale in anticipation of Jump Festa.

    Stay tuned to KH13 and all of its social media accounts for the latest Jump Festa news!

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    (December 16th, 2016- 1:11 AM, USA EST) Square Enix Events Japan tweets out a picture of the Square Enix booth set up for Jump Festa!
    (December 16th, 2016- 11:50 AM, USA EST) Square Enix is selling a variety of merchandise at their booth!

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    (December 16th, 2016- 7:25 PM, USA EST) Square Enix is distributing Kingdom Hearts-themed Christmas cards to attendees!
    (December 16th, 2016- 7:50 PM, USA EST) Square Enix have unveiled a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX!
    (December 16th, 2016- 6:50 PM, USA EST) Square Enix is holding a Christmas lottery on-stage at their booth!
    (December 16th, 2016- 10:03 PM, USA EST) Square Enix Presents has begun!
    (December 16th, 2016- 10:09 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix are being displayed at Square Enix Presents!
    (December 16th, 2016- 10:21 PM, USA EST) A new Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix trailer has been revealed at Square Enix Presents!

    You can view the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX trailer below.





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  2. New screenshots and renders included in the latest Famitsu Weekly's Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue feature; trophies available for Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop DIstance

    The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly contains a 4-page spread on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, featuring new renders and screenshots from the game that show off cinematic scenes and new and returning gameplay elements.

    New images include gameplay images from Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage. The article features the costume customizations of Aqua, including a new pattern for her outfit. Aqua is also seen fighting against Darksides in the Enchanted Dominion area of the Dark World. Some of the screenshots were previewed online yesterday on the Famitsu website. Previous Weekly Shonen Jump screenshots of Aqua performing the magic-activated combo "Thundagun", and the finishing attack with Mickey for the "Wayfinder" Command Style at Destiny Islands, are also shown.

    Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is also featured. A new CG image and render of Ephemer and the Master of Master's 6th apprentice (Luxu) holding Master Xehanort's Keyblade are also available. A close-up of Ephemer in a cinematic scene is also shown. Some of the new cinematic screenshots extend from the scenes shown in the final trailer for KH2.8. For instance, Master Ava and Master Gula are shown looking at a sleeping young Chirithy inside a flask. A new screenshot of the Master of Master and Luxu talking is shown. A picture of the five Foretellers in their study is included. The image of Luxu holding Master Xehanort's Keyblade was previously featured in a Famitsu web article.

    Two in-game trophies for Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop Distance HD have been revealed, and Flick Rush seems to be making a comeback to the HD remaster. Gameplay images and renders include the new elephant Dream Eater, as well as another new Dream Eater with the appearance of a Penguin in a hot bath. The elephant Dream Eater is called Beat Poi, a pun on the character Beat from The World Ends WIth You on which its design is based. The penguin Dream Eater is called Yuagari Penguin, which translates to "Spa Penguin."
    You can view scans of the feature below. Translations will be coming soon.

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    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.

    Are you liking the new KHχ BC screenshots and renders of Ephemera and Luxu? Will you be playing Flick Rush and getting trophies on KH HD DDD? Let us know below!

  3. Famitsu releases 3 new screenshots from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

    Famitsu updated their website with three new screenshots from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. These screenshots serve as a teaser for the upcoming December 29th issue of Famitsu, which will release on December 15. They can be viewed below.

    We can see Sora fighting in Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop Distance. There is a new Nightmare Dream Eater on a skateboard; this looks like a Zolephant, except for the different coloring and a black helmet with wings. Famitsu teases by claiming that it looks familiar; in fact, the new monster seems to be a reference to the character of Beat from The World Ends With You. The reference is detailed in the spoiler box below.

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    This is not the only new Dream Eater to be present in the HD PS4 remake of the 3DS game. Previously, another Dream Eater called Catanuki was revealed to have been added to the game by the Osaka production team. This is also not the first time a Dream Eater has been modelled after a TWEWY character: the spirit Sudo Neku is in fact inspired by Neku Sakuraba.

    We also see Aqua and Mickey fighting side by side in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, ready to perform the finishing attack for the Wayfinder Command Style.

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    And finally, the hooded figure with the mysterious Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover also makes an appearance. Famitsu details that this is the Master of Master's sixth apprentice, Luxu, quoting his Master: "May your hearts be your guiding key." (Thanks to Keytotruth for the translation.) The Keyblade seems to be the same as Master Xehanort's Keyblade. Famitsu also teases that a new CG picture of Ephemera might be available in their next issue, as they encourage readers to check the picture below as well as "Ephemera's new CG" picture as well.

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    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.

  4. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Japanese website releases new screenshots, renders, summaries and character descriptions

    The Japanese website for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has been updated. New screenshots and character renders have been added for each installment. There is also quite a bit of story, character, and world information within.

    For Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, even more screenshots and renders are available through the "World" button, with each world receiving its own page. Additionally, the "Scene" button of the Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover page shows more screenshots from various scenes of the movie. Unfortunately, the page for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- does not include its own unique button with additional images, instead only receiving the more general "Story" and "Character" sections.

    You can view the new screenshots and renders below. Thanks to Twitter user @aibo_ac7 for notifying us! Translations of the pages' contents courtesy of Goldpanner, although information about old worlds and characters from Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance has not been translated!

    Aced - Leading the Ursus Union. He has a brave personality and there’s a strong side to him that cares too much about power. He tends to get emotionally carried away and outspoken over his personal sense of justice.

    Ava - Leading the Vulpes Union. As she is close in age to the Keyblade Wielders, they often approach her with a sense of peer-hood.

    Gula - Leading the Leopardos Union. He has a cool personality, no strong sense of camaraderie, and occasionally shows a lone-wolf side.

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    Ava: I want to stay true to the Master's teachings.

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    MoM: Whoever the traitor is, we deal with this with cool heads.

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    Yen Sid: Which is why you, Sora and Riku, are to be tested for the mark of a true Keyblade Master.

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    Invi: Nonsense.

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    Riku: Walking that path changed me. I'm not sure if I'm ready to wield a Keyblade.

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    Riku: Right. It's started.

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    Aced: In that case, what about you, huh!

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    Sora: Hey, what's with my clothes?

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    Gula: Huh? This is a page from a Tome of Prophecy, isn't it?

    Invi - Leading the Anguis Union. She has a noble personality, and the utmost faith in the Master.

    Ira - Leading the Unicornis Union. His solid personality gets him teased by the Master for being serious.

    Master of Masters - The teacher of the Foretellers. Nobody can tell whether the off-the-wall things he says are actually calculated.


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    Did you notice anything interesting or new in these screenshots? Let us know in the comments!

  5. Weekly Shōnen Jump includes feature on gameplay from Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-

    The latest Weekly Shōnen Jump issue features a page dedicated to certain gameplay attributes of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, the newest playable chapter from the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue PS4 collection.

    The spread shows four new screenshots from the game, including a still of Aqua and Mickey getting ready to perform a finishing attack ("Wayfinder") at Destiny Islands. The last three screenshots show a combo of consecutive attacks: Aqua performing a Thunder spell, then slashing the enemy with her Keyblade, and finally performing an attack against the enemy that is described to be more powerful than her previous Thunder attack. According to translations by Keytotruth: "You use magic and it enables a magic melee combo which later in the combo allows you to use the magic in the highest tier." This is similar to what series director Tetsuya Nomura referenced in a Dengeki Online interview, where he remarked that using magic in certain sequences will result in differently consequential attacks on enemies.

    In all the screenshots, Mickey is accompanying Aqua in battle. In the final Japanese and English trailers for the game, the full Aqua-Mickey Wayfinder attack is shown.

    You can view a scan of the article below, thanks to aibo_ac7. Full translations will be coming soon.

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    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 way of unlocking attacks using magic in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-? Let us know below!

  6. Analysis of the final Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer

    A new Japanese trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was released on December 8 at 10am EST, accompanied by an announcement noting that it is the final trailer before the release of the game in January 2017. The English trailer was released a few hours later.

    KH2.8 FCP is a PlayStation 4 collection of three stories from the series which make up the prologue to Kingdom Hearts III; the HD remaster Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop Distance running at 60fps, the HD cinematic Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, a brand new playable chapter.

    The final trailer showcased an array of cinematics and interesting scenes from all three games, along with new gameplay footage from KH0.2. The English and Japanese trailers feature the -Ray of Hope MIX- versions of Simple and Clean and Hikari respectively; in the trailers, it is revealed that the remixes have been produced by PUNPEE. The trailer begins with an insignia for the Kingdom Hearts series' upcoming 15th anniversary on March 2017.

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    The beginning of the trailer skips through various short scenes from the game remastered in HD. Some scenes from KH3D are shown in remastered form for the first time, such as Young Xehanort talking to Sora during his déjà vu scene in Traverse Town and Sora's meeting with Roxas in The World that Never Was. No gameplay footage was shown.

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    A myriad of short fascinating montage from KHχ BC was shown in the trailer, creating more intrigue to the story playing behind the scenes of Kingdom Hearts χ and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. Many scenes show a hooded figure in an Organization XIII coat; it is sometimes possible to predict whether this is the Master of Masters or Luxu thanks to voiceovers, body movements, and previous knowledge of the story.

    The short scenes at the beginning of the trailer, which are without dialogue, include: an aerial view of the Daybreak Town Clock Tower; the Master of Masters talking to the five Foretellers in the study; Ava looking at a young sleeping Chirithy inside a flask, with Ira and Aced in the background and Gula approaching her; a close-up of Ira talking; a Chirithy looking up at Ava in the streets of Daybreak Town; a view of Daybreak Town at dusk from an alley; and Ava talking while looking up at the sky, sitting on the fountain. A short scene depicts a hooded figure holding a Keyblade that resembles Master Xehanort's Keyblade (shown below). This could be Luxu, as he was seen holding the same Keyblade in the TGS 2016 trailer; the Keyblade was also shown hanging on the wall in the E3 2015 Kingdom Hearts III trailer (as you can see below). What are the origin and the significance of this mysterious Keyblade, and how did Master Xehanort come to possess it so many years later?


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    There are some new scenes with voiceover that leave one wondering about the Kingdom Hearts origin story leading up to the Keyblade War. The Master of Masters is seen walking away from the hilltop near Daybreak Town, saying that whatever is written on the last page of the Book is going to happen. Ira is seen reading his copy of the Book of Prophecies and stating that they (the Foretellers) are there to make sure that light lives on. Aced is shown to get ready to fight Invi, Ava, and Gula, who have their Keyblades out. He insists that if the Foretellers take no action, light will expire; this suggests his extreme disapproval of blindly following the events as written in the Book. In response to the doom foretold by the Master of Masters, Ava is seen crouching in Fountain Square staring at some dandelions on the ground, with her mournful voiceover asking the Master if there is anything they can do.

    Some more scenes play rapidly towards the end of the trailer, but give rise to many questions regarding the plot of KHχ BC. The camera closes up on a surprised-looking Gula standing in the dark streets of Daybreak Town, with his voiceover remarking that everyone wants to know about the Lost Page. Invi's voiceover states that if everyone is collecting light, they are only doing it for themselves. This plays over a new battle scene between Invi and Aced under the rain, which gives an outlook on Invi's elegant and strategic battle style compared to Aced's use of rough force and movements.

    The next scene shows the Master of Masters saying, "'May your hearts be your guiding key'... I say it all the time!" before patting Invi's head. "Ultimately you need to do what your heart feels is right!" Many scenes are shown in rapid sequence including: a young Chirithy leaping inside its flask while a hooded figure watches and pokes the glass; a hooded figure ripping off a page from the Book of Prophecies; a crouched Gula grabbing Ava's hand in an alley; and Ira bending over and talking to a crouched Aced under the rain. A close-up of the hooded figure, possibly Luxu, with Xehanort's Keyblade is shown, walking through a wasteland and dragging a big, heavy case. The case has many locks, a peculiar silver and red emblem with 13 spikes, and writing in the middle of the emblem (a picture is available below for reference). The last KHχ BC scene in the trailer shows a hooded figure looking down from the Daybreak Town Clock Tower.

    Interestingly, a scene from KH0.2 immediately follows the Master of Master’s nuance about the heart being “guiding key”, with Mickey repeating the same aphorism with a different wording.

    It could be speculated that it was the Master of Masters who tore out the page from the Book of Prophecies, as he was seen flipping through it in the TGS 2016 trailer. In that same trailer, the mysterious sealed box can also be seen in the background behind him (refer to the picture below) as he tells Luxu that he "better get started", and that unfortunately he will have to "go alone from here on out". Luxu then looks at his Keyblade - Master Xehanort's Keyblade - and asks, "What about the others?" Is there a connection between Luxu's 'mission' and the reason why he was seen dragging the sealed box across some badlands, with that Keyblade in hand?


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    Another fascinating observation is the writing on the sealed case (shown below). On close inspection, it says 'XSuper' (or "YSuper", the first letter is unclear). Interestingly, the six Foretellers are all named after six of the seven deadly sins, which in Latin are written as ira (wrath), acedia (sloth), invidia (envy), avaritia (greed), gula (gluttony), and luxuria (lust). The only missing sin is superbia (pride), which is similar to the writing on the case. What does this imply? What might be inside the case? Does it link with a possible seventh Foreteller? Or is super(bia) connected to the name of the Master of Masters, who is a foreteller himself?

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    The HD cinematics shown in this final trailer bring out the beauty, attention to detail, and an ethereal luminescence, especially in world scenery, in KHχ BC. This only increases excitement to see more Kingdom Hearts cinematic work achieved with the help of the Unreal Engine 4.

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    Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- [GAMEPLAY]

    The KH2.8 final trailer put focus on impressing fans with 30 seconds of brand new gameplay footage. All the worlds shown in the trailer seem to be part of the Dark World; for convenience, they will be referred to as individual worlds, while in actuality they are fragments of worlds that have been "fused together."

    At the beginning of the trailer, Aqua is shown to get ready to battle her reflection - also previously shown in the TGS 2016 trailer - possibly inside the Magic Mirror from the Dwarf Woodlands. She's also shown battling a number of Darksides in an area of the Enchanted Dominion surrounded by thorns; the Darksides are able to deliver a particularly powerful attack using red balls of energy that are seen floating in the sky. In the gameplay footage, she is clearing her path through a thick growth of tree limbs covered with black and glowing red thorns; when she strikes them down with her Master's Defender Keyblade; the thorns slide away.

    There are slight changes in the HUD, as Aqua's static status icon looks darker and more refined than in previous trailers (see the comparison below). Mini maps are shown for the first time as the player plays in through the thorny territory, a cave full of icicles, and against the Darksides. The mini maps retain much of the design used for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, but with a more compact and blended layout to accompany the multilayered environment, and the guiding Kingdom Key icon leaving a dotted trail in the path the player takes.


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    A new HUD element debuts in this trailer in the form of yellow arrows above the Command Menu, much like the Command Gauge in KH BBS. In the trailer, while Aqua battles the Darksides, a third yellow arrow is added as she uses Firaga, much like how the Command Gauge is filled to trigger certain Style Changes by executing specific attacks. This was not present in the previous trailers or demos for the game. Could Square Enix have changed the way command styles work?

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    Like the E3 demo, two pages of Shortcut commands were available.

    The player is able to play with Mickey as a companion, and is able to access Destiny Islands, which greatly resemble the remains of the world from the End of the World in the first Kingdom Hearts game. The trailer shows Mickey delivering a blow to a Devil's Wave (a swarm of Shadow Heartless) towards Aqua, who then performs a special attack which shoots golden chains to trap the Heartless. A new Command Style is introduced - 'Wayfinder'; the finisher for this style is shown with Aqua and Mickey shooting orbs of golden light against the chained Heartless, and Aqua shooting a final ray of energy against the enemies, which burst out of the chains as they break. Could this Command Style be influenced by the wielded Keyblade - in this case, Eraqus's Master's Defender? In fact, the chain attack greatly resembles attacks used by the Armor of Eraqus in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix.

    A gameplay element that took fans by surprise is the ability to customize Aqua's appearance. This is the first time this level of customization is available in the series with the exception of KHχ/KHUχ for PC and smartphone. The player can customize accessories on Aqua's head, arms, and back by accessing "Wardrobe" from the Main Menu. One can also change the pattern and color of Aqua's clothing, specifically of her drapings and sleeves. The color customization includes a Color Bar that can change the color balance of Red, Blue, and Green. The base color can be chosen on a color Palette. The Color History helps the player save the desired colors for future use. Further effects can be added with a Gradation option, where the player can choose a Top Color and Bottom Color to create a gradient on Aqua's clothing; there is also a Color History to save desired Gradations. It is unclear whether these customizations are carried forward to cutscenes, like Sora's Drive Forms are in Kingdom Hearts II.

    A list of Aqua's customizations shown in the English trailer can be found below. One of the head customizations include "Marie", which could possibly be white cat ears inspired by the white kitten from Aristocats.

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    The main menu of the game shows options for Objectives, Wardrobe, Customize, Story, Config, and Help. The different customization scenes in the trailer are shown while the player is in different areas of the Dark World (with its world icon shown in one corner of the menu) namely "The World Within" and "Depth of Darkness". The background of the menu in each location is different, with "The World Within" showing a circular platform with towers and arches surrounding it.


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    Battle and exploration in KH0.2 are coupled by a Flowmotion-like element that has been present in previous trailers and demos. Aqua is seen sliding on branches in the Enchanted Dominion through thorns and Darksides trying to hit her. When hit, Aqua gracefully pirouettes in the air. She is able to slide to a branch near a looming Darkside and prepares to attack it. Much like the E3 2016 demo, and Sora and Riku in Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance and KH HD DDD, Aqua glows when using this version of "Flowmotion".

    In the trailer, the player explores the Magic Mirror Chamber in the Dwarf Woodlands. Compare tod KH BBS, the Chamber looks much bigger and much more detailed, with the Unreal Engine 4 and Kingdom Shader giving the world a sophisticated touch that creates a fantastical, "Disney" feel to it. The size of this area can also be inferred from the mini map, which shows a circular platform with two more chambers.
    This area also has a partly distorted and shattered design, just like Castle of Dreams in the previous trailers and demo. Another scene shows the player exploring with Mickey, running towards the exit of a cave full of icicles. Again, the level of detail and the manipulation of lighting, seen by the reflections on the rocky ground and the ice crystals and shadows, greatly enhances the visual experience of playing KH0.2. This goes hand-in-hand with the various movements of the characters during gameplay as well as objects, such as fog. The staggering effect of the lighting can also be seen in the uncommon glow in the eyes of the enemy Heartless, which plays a part in bringing them to life like never before.
    Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- [CINEMATICS]

    The stunning graphical enhancement can also be noticed during cinematics. A particular view of Destiny Island shows a stark contrast to the flatter imagery shown in the KHIII announcement trailer.


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    Some quick scenes are shown at the beginning of the trailer, such as: Aqua's Wayfinder falling into Mickey's hand; a dark place resembling the Keyblade Graveyard, with many keychain-less Keyblades (such as Fenrir) stuck or fallen on the ground; a closeup of Kairi speaking to Riku in the Mysterious Tower; Aqua staring at her reflection in the Magic Mirror Chamber; and Ven and Terra walking towards the forest, perhaps in the Dwarf Woodlands. In this last scene, Ven's clothes show a color mismatch previously observed on a Shonen Jump screenshot; however, this does not appear to be consistent with the appearance of Ven in the rest of the trailer. It is unclear whether this was intentional, or something that could be fixed before the release of the game next month.

    One of the new scenes shown for KH0.2 was that of Aqua running towards Terra and Ven in the Enchanted Dominion. When she calls to them, Terra turns around and calls her back, asking if she can see him. Terra's appearance looks more refined than as reported from fans who have played the E3 2016 demo. She is surprised to see him - perhaps because he is actually talking back, unlike in Castle of Dreams in the E3 2016 demo - and replies that she can see Ven as well. Ven, however, keeps his head down and eyes closed, as if sleeping, and does not respond. This raises questions as to whether these versions of Terra and Ven are only illusions (like the Terra from the E3 2016 demo) or actual connections to their real selves. Or are they distortions created by the darkness, eager to consume the light in Aqua's heart? Something else that is unclear is whether Terra's original voice actor, Jason Dohring, is reprising his role or whether this is a different voice actor.

    The scene changes to Aqua and Mickey on a fragmented and distorted version of Destiny Islands. As mentioned before, this version of the Islands looks very similar to the version found at The End of the World in the first KH game. Mickey asks if Aqua knows this place, and she replies that she has visited it once before. A flashback of Aqua patting young Sora's and Riku's heads follows, with Aqua commenting that she had met two boys here that she considered bequeathing the Keyblade to.

    Following the scene from KHχ BC where the Master of Masters comments on following one's heart, somewhere in the Dark World, Mickey repeats, "May our hearts be our guiding key," to which Aqua replies that it is a phrase no one has used in ages. Mickey comments that it is something that he likes to try to remember. Where has Aqua heard this phrase before? Is this a saying she heard from Master Eraqus? If so, who did he hear it from? The association of the two games by this phrase provokes inquiry about the connection between the origin story of KHχ BC and the present.

    Terranort (Terra's body possessed by Master Xehanort) and Terra are shown as two individual figures, with Terranort grabbing Terra's skull as Terra struggles to break free. Here, Terra is enveloped in a thin layer of golden light. Another scene shows a great hand grabbing a semi-conscious Ven while Aqua turns towards them, bewildered; the enemy is cloaked with a thick layer of glittering light. It extends its other hand towards Aqua, ready to snatch her. Mickey is then shown approaching a floating, glowing Kingdom Key D in the darkness. A new scene starts, with what resembles the formation of Kingdom Hearts in the Keyblade Graveyard in KH BBS, as seen from the distance by a cloaked figure. The scene is not very clear; however, it seems as if the figure has a Keyblade on the ground in front of him. The Keyblade's design and silhouette matches that of Master Xehanort's, and the protruding blue orb looks like the keychain on Master Xehanort's Keyblade. Does this mean there is a third person - apart from DiZ - who is present in the Dark World with Aqua and Mickey, and that they are wielding Master Xehanort's Keyblade? Is this Luxu, and if so, how is this chronologically possible? Perhaps this scene is a scene from the ending of
    KHUχ/KHχ BC, retold from this character's perspective. It could also be the ending to KH BBS; but if so, it raises the question as to how there can be a second Master Xehanort's Keyblade when during this scene, Terranort was holding onto it. (It should be kept in mind that, however unlikely, it is possible for a Keyblade to be wielded in two different places at the same time.)

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    A young Riku, with his original KH and Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories attire, makes an appearance, running in the darkness. Soon after, Mickey is shown lying on the floor in the dark, trying to look up; he is surrounded by a faint glimmer of golden lights, and is wearing the same outfit (consisting only of shorts) he wore in the first KH game. Will KH0.2 also show Mickey's journey in the Realm of Darkness after the events of the first game, and his first meeting with Riku after closing the door to Kingdom Hearts? Will this be a flashback or a playable episode? The scene follows to the present, where Riku swings a suitcase over his shoulder while Mickey holds one of his own. They seem to be in the Mysterious Tower. Are they off to search for the "previous Keyblade wielders"? Riku's and Mickey's suitcases show a beautiful pattern of Mickey-head silhouettes and hearts, and perhaps even Keyblades and crowns; Riku's pattern is blue on black, while Mickey's is red on black.

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    The development in graphical details seems to unravel around the cinematics of KH0.2, and the revamped effect of lighting is especially noticeable when it contrasts with the murkiness of the Dark World. The glow on reflective surfaces, such as watery and metallic surfaces, the delineation of different textures, and the careful placement of shadows give a very realistic feel and show the great care the production team has put in enriching every characteristic and particular of the worlds' elements as possible.

    The trailer ends on a wonderful note, showing none other than the protagonist of the Kingdom Hearts series himself running up the steps to the Yen Sid's Tower in his KHII clothes. Sora meets Donald and Goofy at the door, the latter who comments that he has been gone a long time and asks him what he has been up to. Sora scratches his cheek in his habitual manner and laughs, replying that it's a secret. Haley Joel Osment's and Bill Farmer's returning voices are distinguishable, and from playing KH3D, it can be assumed that Sora had just returned from his trip to Traverse Town to meet the Dream Eater Spirits. Sora's face is finally shown at the end, when he opens the door and leans forward, exclaiming "I'm back!" - quite reminiscent of the indelible ending to KHII.


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    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.

    Screenshots from the final KH2.8 trailer are now available in our gallery, and can be accessed below.


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    What are your thoughts and observations on this trailer? Do you have analyses of your own? Feel free to join the discussion in the comments below!

  7. "Hikari -Ray of Hope REMIX-" closes out Utada Hikaru's "Sanjudai wa Hodohodo" event

    Celebrating her return to music, Utada Hikaru's "Sanjudai wa Hodohodo" event started off with fan questions submitted through Twitter followed by a beautiful performance of two of her songs. To close out the event, special guest PUNPEE played Hikari -Ray of Hope REMIX- which continued into the credits. PUNPEE, the producer behind the -Ray of Hope- remixes, also mentioned that this song would be the opening song for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue to the livestream audience.

    Utada Hikaru and PUNPEE's collaborations on both "Hikari" and "Simple and Clean" will be available on the "Hikari (Ray of Hope REMIX)" EP which will release on January 11th, 2017 and is now available for pre-order through iTunes Japan.

    What was your favorite part of Utada Hikari's special livestream? Let us know in the comments!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. [UPDATED] New Hikari (Ray of Hope MIX) EP releasing January 11, 2017, to contain four remixes of the Kingdom Hearts theme songs; Utada Hikaru to perform and answers questions live

    Update 2: The "Simple and Clean (Ray of Hope MIX)" EP is now available for pre-order on the North American iTunes Store as well as the UK iTunes Store has a listed release date of January 11th, 2017.

    Update 1: PUNPEE, the producer behind the Hikari and Simple and Clean -Ray of Hope MIX- versions, as well as the "P's CLUB MIX" remixes, will be present at Utada Hikaru's live-streamed event "Sanjudai wa Hodohodo" tomorrow. The event has been organized to celebrate Utada's return to music and to show her appreciation for her fans, and will include live studio performances. Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions in real-time and have them answered by Utada herself during the livestream.

    The event is scheduled to run between 9-9-30 pm JST. For more information on the event and how to stream it, visit the event page.

    The original article follows.

    An EP featuring remixes of the Kingdom Hearts series Japanese and English theme songs by Utada Hikaru - "Hikari" and "Simple and Clean"- are up forpre-order on iTunes for release on January 11, 2017, for 750 yen. The track listing includes the -Ray of Hope MIX- versions of the songs, which have been featured in the recent trailers for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. These tracks are also the Japanese and English opening themes for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. The album also includes a new remix for both "Hikari" and "Simple and Clean", called "P's CLUB MIX."

    The remixes in this EP have been produced by PUNPEE, a sound engineer producing sounds for numerous artists including RHYMESTER.

    The cover of the EP will be the same as the one drawn by Tetsuya Nomura in December 2014 in commemoration of Utada's 15th anniversary since her debut.

    The Kingdom Hearts official Japanese Twitter account has tweeted some comments about the EP. We will update with translations soon.

    The track listing and durations are as follows:

    光 (Ray Of Hope MIX) - EP

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



    Will you be purchasing this new EP? Do you think that the "P's CLUB MIX" versions of the theme songs will be the ending tracks to Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-? Let us know in the comments!

  11. Aqua's outfit will be customizable in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

    The latest Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer revealed that Aqua's outfit in Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- will be almost completely customizable. The trailer first shows off things like Cat ears and Minnie mouse ears, much like what you find in Kingdom Hearts χ and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. Aqua's outfit could also be customized in color, design, and there were also different styles of wings and shoulder pads that could be added.

    The customizable outfits were also specifically shown off in gameplay as well. However, the trailer did not feature any cutscenes with those so it is unknown currently whether or not those customizations will transfer over into the story portion of the game.

    Screenshots of the accessories and color palettes previewed in the trailer can be found below

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    Do you think these outfit customizations will provide stat differences like in Final Fantasy XV? Also, do you think customization will be coming to Kingdom Hearts III as well? Let us know in the comments!

  12. 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!

  13. Dengeki PlayStation magazine cover to feature Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue with spread inside in upcoming issue

    Next week's issue of Dengeki PlayStation, releasing December 15 in Japan, will include a spread on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The game will also be featured on the cover of the magazine next week.

    You can view a preview below. Thanks to bkvebvavuq for the tip!

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    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.

  14. Drop Gauge returns in Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD HUD in Famitsu screenshots

    Since Kingdom Heart HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's initial announcement at Sony's SCEJA TGS 2015 Press Conference the HUD for Dream Drop Distance HD has brought up quite a few questions. In the earliest trailers for the game, the HUD was entirely missing from the screen, as seen in the announcement trailer.

    Later on in development, trailers began to display a HUD for Sora, Riku, and their Dream Eaters. However, the Drop gauge was noticeably missing from various trailers, as seen in this screenshot from the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at Tokyo Game Show 2016.

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    The Drop system is a mechanic that was introduced in the original Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for the Nintendo 3DS. As the game features both Sora and Riku taking their Mark of Mastery exams within the Dream Realm, the Drop system is a way for players to switch between both characters. Players can drop from Sora to Riku and vice versa willingly, however, players will also forcibly be dropped into the other character's story once the Drop gauge runs out. There are also items available in the game to extend the amount of time in the Drop gauge.

    With the Drop gauge noticeably missing from the HUD, there had been some debate as to whether or not the Drop system would return. While the Drop system offered the chance to play as different characters more evenly without having to repeat certain storylines like Birth by Sleep, it often caused frustration with players due to the fact that Drops could happen in the middle of a boss battle and force you to start over from the beginning when you returned to that character.

    However, in the most recent spread for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in Famitsu Weekly, it seems that the Drop gauge has made its return to the HUD in Dream Drop Distance HD.

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    Kingdom Hearts series Co-Director Tai Yasue also commented at E3 2016 that Drop times will be altered for the PS4 version of Dream Drop Distance, making them longer.

    How do you feel about the return of the Drop system? Let us know in the comments!

  15. Jump Festa 2017 lineup to include Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX have been confirmed to appear at Jump Festa 2017, which will be taking place at December 17 and 18, 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. Both games will have trailers at the event, but neither will have a stage show or a demo on the show floor. The following screenshots were shared with the lineup:




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

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

    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. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX releases on the PS4 in Japan on March 9, 2017, North America on March 28, 2017, and in Europe and Australia on March 31, 2017.

  16. Advertisement for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue found within copies of Final Fantasy XV

    Final Fantasy XV has been released worldwide, and it seems that Square Enix has taken this opportunity to get the word out on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Several Final Fantasy fans have pointed out that an advertisement slip for the next entry in the Kingdom Hearts series has been included alongside Final Fantasy XV's health and safety information. This advertisement was also spotted within copies of World of Final Fantasy earlier this year.

    Below, you can see examples of this advertising slip in Italian thanks to Everglow and in English/French thanks to Tumblr user soralechance!

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    Interestingly, some copies of the game include an older advertisement, which still lists the inaccurate release window of "December 2016", rather than the updated "January 12th/24th 2016" release date. This is likely due to the specific date that each copy of the game was packaged.

    Did you pick up Final Fantasy XV, and what are your thoughts about the included advertisement? Let us know in the comments!

  17. The Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover cinematic in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is 80 minutes long

    UPDATE: Amazon Germany have updated the information on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, removing the 80 minutes detail. The official running time of x Back Cover is still to be announced.

    The original article follows:

    On its pre-order listing for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Amazon Germany has revealed in its description for the game that the cinematic feature Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is 80 minutes long.

    This would make Back Cover the shortest cinematic in the series thus far, with the cinematics for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days at 2 hours & 50 minutes long and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded at approximately 3 hours long.

    What do you think about the length of Back Cover? Let us know in the comments!

  18. Square Enix Japan have begun to advertise Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue leading up to its release

    Square Enix Japan have started running a paid advertisement on Twitter (visible only to people in Japan and USA) for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, leading up to its Japanese release for PS4 on January 12, 2017. The ad details that the game contains three stories that lead to Kingdom Hearts III. Pre-orders are available on PlayStation Store, Amazon and other retailers.

    The ad uses the following promotional image:

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    Update: Various promotional materials such as standees and a short video have been put on display in stores in Japan leading up to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's release! Images are provided thanks to Twitter user @bKvEBVAvUq and you can check them out below.

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    Comment below to let us know if you plan to purchase a physical or digital copy of the game!

  19. Square Enix releases new screenshots, renders of Aqua, Mickey, and the Foretellers

    Square Enix's Press Site has released new renders of the principal characters of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue as well as high quality screenshots that were previously seen in Famitsu Weekly as well as Jump magazine. Below, you can see high-quality images of Aqua, Mickey, and the Foretellers as well as these screenshots featuring Aqua, Ventus, and Terra.


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    What do you think of the quality of these new renders? Let us know in the comments!

  20. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue to appear in latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump

    A spread on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is included in the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. A preview, which can be seen below, depicts new renders of the five Foretellers with their Keyblades and the Master of Masters.

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    Translations of this spread have been provided thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com). You can find them below.

    [KH] Series' Oldest Story!!

    Yamanaka: It's an important episode in the [KH] series! The theatrical production [KhxBC] focuses on the Foretellers!! A compilation of three productions that tie to III!

    Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue Gula, Ava, Invi, Master of Masters, Aced, Ira

    Present: The plan to unite the WJ/VJ documents!! WJ 50 and 51 will occur in succession!!

    --Details for entry: On the back of the postcard, fill out your address, zip code, name, and phone number, and mail it in to the location below. Don't forget to send out both this issue and the previous issue's cards!
    --Address: Shuueisha Weekly Shounen Jump Issue 50 & 51 [KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue] Present Hitotsubashi 2-5-10 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to, Japan 119-0163
    --Deadline: Final day for postmark is 12/16/2016 PS4's [KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue] as A PRESENT FOR 280 PEOPLE BY LOTTERY!! Sent out on the day of the release!

    *You cannot send out just this issue's ticket. In order to apply, you must send out last issue and this issue. *The information of participants will not be used for anything outside of sending the game. *The postcards will be destroyed after the lottery. *All winners chosen will be chosen by a lottery system. *Winners will be announced upon sending the presents. *In accordance to protocol, those who win this drawing will not be eligible for all future drawings from this magazine. Other contests follow the same rules.


    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will release in Japan on January 12, 2017, and around the world on January 24, 2017.

    What kind of news are you expecting from this issue of V Jump magazine? Let us know in the comments!

  21. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue available for pre-order on PlayStation Store US for $59.99 with a pre-order bonus PSN theme

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is now available for pre-order on PlayStation Store US for $59.99, with a file size of 28.7 GB. The game comes with a pre-order bonus of an exclusive PSN theme, which is the same theme that comes with pre-ordering the game from the PlayStation Store Japan. The game will be available on January 24, 2017, at midnight Pacific time.

    The PSN icon for the game can be seen below. (You may notice an editing error where Riku's arm can be seen behind Sora's left arm.)

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    A picture of the pre-order bonus PS4 theme can be seen below.


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    The description reads as follows:

    DIGITAL PRE-ORDER DETAILS:

    Pre-order and receive a bonus after checking out:
    - KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Pre-Order Theme
    The KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUE digital edition includes an exclusive PSN℠ theme.
    KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a compilation of 3 magical KINGDOM HEARTS experiences featuring:
    KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD
    KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD is a full-HD remastered version of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D Dream Drop Distance, brought to PlayStation® for the first time. Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for their coming showdown with Master Xehanort.
    KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie)
    A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ.
    KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage –
    A completely new playable episode played from the perspective of Aqua from KINGDOM HEARTS Birth By Sleep that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III.

    Play on 01-24-2017, Midnight Pacific Time.
    CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE EXCEPT WHERE REQUIRED BY LAW.

    The KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUE digital edition features 3 magical experiences:
    KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD: A full-HD remaster. Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for their coming showdown with Master Xehanort.
    KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie): A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers from the series’ origins
    KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage – : A brand new episode that links to KINGDOM HEARTS III.

    1 player
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    Software subject to license (us.playstation.com/softwarelicense). Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy). One-time license fee for play on account’s designated primary PS4™ system and other PS4™ systems when signed in with that account.

    © Disney.
    Developed by SQUARE ENIX.
    SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. Unreal, Unreal Engine, the circle-U logo and the Powered by Unreal Engine logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States and elsewhere. Uses Scaleform GFx © 2008 Scaleform Corporation. All rights reserved. Uses Simplygon®, Copyright©-2016 Donya ® Labs AB. Uses IKinema® RunTime-Indie. IKinema® is a trademark or registered trademark of IKinema Limited in the European Union, the United States of America and elsewhere. IKinema® RunTime-Indie, Copyright 2016, IKinema Limited. All rights reserved. The ratings icon is a registered trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.


    This news comes only a day after the game was made available for pre-order in the PlayStation Store Japan.

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series to be fully available digitally.

    Will you be pre-ordering Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? If so, will you pre-order a digital copy or a physical copy? Let us know below!

  22. Famitsu Weekly features Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue with new screenshots and renders

    Famitsu Weekly has just released, featuring a 2-page spread on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, with special emphasis on Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-.

    Eight screenshots are featured in this spread, including some which were previously revealed by Weekly Shōnen Jump, the Kingdom Hearts 0.2 BbS AFP opening cinematics, and the Famitsu's Twitter account. Two new screenshots show gameplay of Aqua wandering in the Enchanted Dominion section of the Dark World, with her surroundings full of thorns. One of these screenshots features a Darkside waiting ahead. The screenshot featuring Ven shows a much clearer color difference from his original outfit.
    A previously revealed render of Aqua is also available, along with a new render of King Mickey Mouse holding Starseeker.

    The article also mentions the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX PS4 collection.

    You can view pictures of the spread in high quality below. Translations have been provided thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) and can be found below.

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    She alone will conquer the deep depths of the Realm of Darkness …

    Follow-up Report:

    Aqua has fallen into the Realm of Darkness for the sake of her friends. In this all-new episode, she will chase after the truth of this battle.

    (blurb by mickey)

    When he visited the Realm of Darkness, Mickey talked with Aqua, who was lost. In this realm of being isolated and struggling alone, what kind of encounter did they have?

    (key)
    A second meeting in a familiar world!?

    As she traverses the Realm of Darkness, Aqua steps into a world resembling the motif of Enchanted Dominion (of Sleeping Beauty). There, Aqua sees the figures of Terra and Ven, the friends that she struggled alongside in order to become a Keyblade Master. Is this some kind of trap, or is it...!?

    (blurb)
    As Aqua's hand neared Terra and Ventus, a large thorn stopped her. The way the world continued to change made it seem like it had its own intentions.

    (purple blurb)
    Aqua
    One of the Keyblade Masters. She is strong-hearted and serious, with a calm demeanor, but her heart is gentle, and she loves her friends very much. In order to save her best friends, she fell into the Realm of Darkness.

    (blurb)
    This is one scene from the opening movie. As the first in the [KH] series to use the PS4, improvements are obvious in the beauty of the cinematics.

    (blurb)
    In [KH0.2], they are utilizing the same gameplay system that we'll see in [KHIII], and you can enjoy battles where the characters move smoothly. Exhilarating action is just ahead!

    King Mickey
    The king of Disney Castle. He protects the worlds as a Keyblade Master. The Keyblade is a legendary weapon that can only be used by chosen wielders.

    (main blurb)
    [Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue] (hereon known as [KH2.8]) is a three-title production m that is most closely linked to what will be the most recent in the numbered series, [KHIII]. One of the productions, [Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -Fragmentary Passage-] (hereon known as [KH0.2]), is packed with interesting scenes.

    News: [KH -HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix] Release Decided

    [KH -HD 1.5 Remix-] and [KH -HD 2.5 Remix-], which were both released on the PS3, will now have all six productions combined into one package for the Playstation 4! The release date is set for 03/09/2017, and the asking price is 6800yen (7344yen with tax).

    Production Titles (in series order)
    -KH Birth by Sleep Final Mix
    -KH Final Mix
    -KH Re: Chain of Memories
    -KH 358/2 Days (theatrical production)
    -KHII Final Mix
    -KH Re: Coded (theatrical production)


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  23. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue now available on the Japanese PlayStation Store for pre-order

    The PlayStation Japanese Store has updated with a pre-order section on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The game is priced at 7,344 yen and marks the first time that a Kingdom Hearts title has been fully available digitally. Those who pre-order the game on the PlayStation Store can play the game starting on midnight of the release date. You can check out the icon for the game on the PlayStation Store below.



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    It was previously announced that those who do pre-order from the Japanese PS Store will receive a free Kingdom Hearts theme for their PS4.

    Are you downloading the game digitally? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Nov 16 2016 12:27 AM
    • by Jake
  24. Two new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue screenshots released by Famitsu; KH2.8 to be featured in Famitsu Weekly on the November 17, 2016 issue

    Famitsu.com has released two new screenshots for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. These two new screenshots feature Aqua & Mickey from the game. Furthermore, Famitsu has confirmed that the next issue of Famitsu Weekly (November 17th) will feature Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue with Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- as the main spotlight.

    You can check out the screenshots below.



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    • Nov 15 2016 06:27 AM
    • by Jake
  25. 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?