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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. [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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

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

    Update: As of March 21, 2017, the PlayStation Store is offering a discounted price for the digital version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The price is now $41.99, 30% off the original price of $59.99.

    The original article follows.

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

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


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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.

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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.

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    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!

  15. 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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  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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?

  19. Shinji Hashimoto discusses Kingdom Hearts at Lucca Comics & Games; Improvements in graphics in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX for PS4; No "2.9" after Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue; and more

    Kingdom Hearts series producer and Final Fantasy series brand manager Shinji Hashimoto was in attendance at a conference at Lucca Comics & Games 2016 in Italy last month. During this conference, Hashimoto was able to discuss and answer questions relating to the upcoming Kingdom Hearts releases.

    The translations below have been provided by Aquaberry.

    Hashimoto noted that the cinematic movie Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, present in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection, will fill up a missing space in the Kingdom Hearts timeline and that it will be comprehensible even to those who have not played Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ for smartphone.

    He commented on Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, saying that its story will connect directly to the story that will be presented in Kingdom Hearts III. He also said that the duration of the game will partly depend upon the player's abilities. While it may seem a short game, it has a substantial amount of playable content.

    He also noted that there will be no "Kingdom Hearts 2.9" after Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue as "it will proceed directly to [Kingdom Hearts] 3."

    Hashimoto discussed Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, saying that the idea for the compilation was due to fans all around the world commenting on the complexity of the plot of the Kingdom Hearts series. The PlayStation 4 release will address this issue by enabling the fans to own the entire collection on the same console. Furthermore, he indicated that the PS4 re-release will contain some differences from the PS3 releases; it will have much better graphics.

    Hashimoto was also asked to comment on the legitimacy of the story surrounding the conception of Kingdom Hearts in an accidental meeting in an elevator with a Disney employee who worked in the same building. Hashimoto answered that this is a matter he has been asked about many times. He clarified that while Square were working in the same building as Disney, it was the latter that approached with a proposal for a collaboration that later became the Kingdom Hearts series.

    As reported previously, Hashimoto confirmed that Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop Distance will be fully translated in Italian and Spanish; this is a novel development as Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for Nintendo 3DS was not fully localised in these languages. The game, originally intended for two screens, will certainly be playable in one screen on the PS4.

    Hashimoto also reminded fans that the Sora DLC for World of Final Fantasy will be available for only a limited time only this winter.

    Lastly, Hashimoto reflected on his contentment towards the evolution of the Kingdom Hearts series, saying that he is happy about the success of the series reflected by fans across the world.

    A full video of the conference can be viewed below, thanks to GamerClick.it.


    What are your expectations from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? Are you excited to play Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on PS4? Let us know in the comments below!

  20. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue rating summary by ESRB has been published

    The Entertainment Software Rating Board has updated their rating summary of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which had been previously rated as E10+ by the board for fantasy violence and mild language. Their rating summary is as follows:

    This is a compilation of action role-playing games in which players assume the roles of young warriors traveling through fantastical worlds to stop the spread of darkness. Players use giant key-shaped swords and magic attacks to defeat Dream Eaters, classic Disney villains, and other creatures (e.g., dragons, imps, slimes) in melee-style combat. Battles are accompanied by light effects, cries of pain, and impact sounds; enemies disappear into colorful orbs and particles when defeated. A handful of sequences allow players to throw projectiles at other characters from a first-person perspective. Some cutscenes depict human characters struck and/or wounded by magical swords and explosions. The word “hell” appears in the dialogue.


    This ESRB rating of E10+ is similar to that of other games except for Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, which were rated E.

    The rating for Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance, in comparison, lacks mentions of mild language, and in contrast to Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, the rating for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue does not include "mild suggestive themes."

  21. Pre-order bonus and downloadable version of the game to be available for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in Japan

    Update 2: An Yodobashi Camera store in Japan has put finished versions of all three acrylic stands on display. Image provided thanks to Twitter user @Kazaton.


    KH2.8 Pre order bonus



    Update 1: Tetsuya Nomura used the official Japanese Kingdom Hearts series Twitter to give a few details about the "AIR" acrylic stand as well as provided pictures of all three stands once they were set up. Nomura explains that the "AIR" stand actually has Sora coming from behind the clouds, which is different than the image that was previously shown (as pictured below, Sora is in front of the clouds). He also adds that he thinks assembly is relatively simple because of the size of the plugs. The new promotional images of the mini acrylic stands can be found below.

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    The original article follows:

    Square Enix Japan have updated their Special/DLC page for the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue with exciting news. Fans in Japan will be able to obtain, at random, one of three mini acrylic stands drawn by series director Tetsuya Nomura if they pre-order a physical copy of the game from select retailers. These will also be available in limited stock with pre-orders from Amazon Japan. You can see pictures of the stands below.

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    New pre-orders of the game from Amazon Japan will also be accompanied by an exclusive PS4 theme, previewed below.

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    Furthermore, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be the first Kingdom Hearts game to be made available for download at the PlayStation Store, with pre-orders in Japan starting mid-November. Pre-orders will also come with a unique Kingdom Hearts PS4 theme, shown below. Interestingly, Nomura had commented on the possibility of a download release for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep in a Dengeki PlayStation interview back in 2011, saying that it was a difficult task for reasons he could not talk about and that did not involve problems with Square Enix, Disney, or Utada Hikaru, the artist behind the Kingdom Hearts theme songs. At the time, he had said that it was a task that required time to make possible.

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    Square Enix Japan have tweeted that they will announce the start date for pre-orders soon.

    Thank to Churro, aibo, and KH13.com user blue490246 for the tips. A complete translation of the Special/DLC webpage has been provided thanks to goldpanner. You can read the translations below.

    <Preorder Bonus>


    Illustrations by Tetsuya Nomura

    KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 Mini Acrylic Stand

    Preorder Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in-store or online, and you will receive one of three kinds (AIR, BOND, COMING) of mini acrylic stands featuring illustrations by KH series director Tetsuya Nomura.

    <Amazon.co.jp Limited Purchase Bonus>

    KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 PS4 Theme (wallpaper)

    Those who purchase Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue through Amazon.co.jp will receive a limited bonus PS4 theme (wallpaper). The metallic background and embossed monograms make for a calm toned theme.

    *In addition to the above, KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 Mini Acrylic Stand are available in limited stock.

    <Digital Version Early Purchase Bonus>

    KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 PS4 Theme

    Those who purchase Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue early through the PlayStation Store will receive a bonus PS theme. It's a cute theme, with a monogrammed background and the icons decorated with KH-esque motifs, such as King Mickeys. It is available to download straight after the preorder has been made. Preorders on the Playstation Store are scheduled to open in mid November.


    Are you expecting a digital version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue to be available for download outside of Japan? Do you think Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts III will also have downloadable versions in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

  22. Shinji Hashimoto confirms Italian and Spanish translation for Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop Distance

    During a presentation promoting Final Fantasy Trading Card Game at Lucca Comics & Games 2016, Kingdom Hearts series producer Shinji Hashimoto has confirmed that Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop Distance will be translated in Italian and Spanish for its release as part of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This marks the first time that the game will be fully localized in these languages, as the original Italian and Spanish releases of the game only featured translated text with English dialogue.

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases internationally on January 24th, 2017.

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

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

  24. Nomura says TGS 2016 demo for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was revised after E3; final product of KH2.8 still being worked on

    In Tetsuya Nomura's latest interview with Dengeki PlayStation, he was asked whether or not the playable demo that was featured at Tokyo Game Show 2016 was essentially the same as the demo that had premiered at E3 2016 a few months prior. The Kingdom Hearts series director answered that the demo had been slightly revised, however, he also confirms that what was seen at TGS is also not representative of the mastered verson of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

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

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


    Tetsuya Nomura also goes on to explain that the demo of Birth by Sleep 0.2 doesn't necessarily capture the entire experience either, saying that some of the footage shown in the latest trailer happens just ahead on the map past where the demo ends with different features.

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

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


    When asked about the ties between how playing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue feels in terms of similarity to Kingdom Hearts III, Nomura explains that there's definitely a core of things that are similar but there are also things that can only be experienced when playing as Sora, such as being given the opportunity to change your Keyblade and have the game play change based upon that.

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

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


    All interview excerpts were translated by Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com).

    What are the changes you hope to see in the final mastered version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? Let us know in the comments!

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

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

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

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

    --You also revealed a gorgeous package art.

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

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

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


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

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

    • Oct 12 2016 03:12 PM
    • by Jake