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  1. New Kingdom Hearts III screenshots released

    Square Enix have released new Kingdom Hearts III screenshots! These show Sora in a new Drive Form, titled Guard Form.

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    Are you excited for this new form? Let us know in the comments!

  2. New leak shows Kingdom Hearts 2.9 could be an upcoming title for PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4, + possible Kingdom Hearts III info

    A Square Enix game designer from Osaka has updated their public LinkedIn page with the projects that they worked on at Square Enix from August 2014 to June 2015, and curiously "Kingdom Hearts 2.9" is listed here as a title for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. If true, the listing also confirms some Kingdom Hearts III info such as Pixar involvement, a possible Gummi Ship system, and possible multiplayer! For the 10 months that they reported working at Square Enix, they supposedly worked on both Kingdom Hearts 2.9 and Kingdom Hearts III, making the following contributions:

    Game Designer
    Square Enix
    August 2014 - June 2015(11 months) | Osaka, Osaka, Japan

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    "Kingdom Hearts 2.9" (PS3, PS4) Development (10 Months)
     -Game idea planning and documentation
     -Game Check and balance
     -Boss planning
     -Attraction Flow planning and documentation

    "Kingdom Hearts III" (PS4, Xbox One) Development (10 Months )
     Original-level planning, documentation and execution for 2 Worlds
    INCLUDING enemy, Item, secrets and event Management
     -Mockup Creation of 3 Worlds INCLUDING temporary Asset Creation
     -Game idea planning and documentation
     -Game Check and balance
     -Enemy planning and documentation
     -Gummi Ship system planning and documentation
     -Multiplayer planning and documentation
     -Attraction Flow planning and documentation
     -Main Scenario planning for 2 Worlds
     -Various in-Game dialogue writing
     -Translation and Interpretation of Contact Between Involved English and Japanese parties INCLUDING Disney and Pixar
     -Publicity video Recording and editing
     -Communication with Outsourced companies
     -Holding Meetings with Disney and Pixar
     -Team Management, Meeting Management and Proceeding Recordings


    This listing can be seen by searching for "kingdom hearts 2.9" on LinkedIn while logged in. While there is a small possibility that this page is fabricated, we have considered that their profile is linked to other profiles that we have verified as legitimate, and that their page contains a whole range of information about the game designer's career that is legitimate, and so we believe this to be true.

    This news follows a leak from E3 2015 where Kingdom Hearts 2.9 temporarily appeared on the official Square Enix Presents schedule screen, before being quietly removed. This was also suspected to be fake at first, but we have since verified that Kingdom Hearts 2.9 did indeed appear on this official screen on the show floor. Was it a mistake, or something more?

    If true, it is unknown exactly what Kingdom Hearts 2.9 could be. Is listing Kingdom Hearts III's Attraction Flow underneath Kingdom Hearts 2.9 a mistake, or could this new game be used to show off some of the Kingdom Hearts III gameplay features? Initial speculation was that Kingdom Hearts 2.9 could be a re-release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, but comments by Nomura in an E3 2015 interview seem to indicate that there are no plans for this. Was the game cancelled, or will it be announced in the future? Only time will tell.

  3. Exclusive canon back story for Kingdom Hearts III shown at Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Japan

    During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Japan, the Japanese voice actress of Kairi and Xion, Risa Uchida, came onstage and performed lines. The Japanese voice actress for Aqua, Megumi Toyoguchi, later came onstage and performed some lines as well. These lines are canon to the story of Kingdom Hearts and explain some back story for Kingdom Hearts III.

    You can view the translated Kairi lines thanks to @momo_krys on Twitter below:

    Kairi:

    I didn't notify you but you might've already heard from Yen Sid-sama.
    I've come to train to become a Keyblade wielder.
    Until now, I've only been waiting for you guys to come back from your journey.
    Maybe with this I can at least help out a little.

    The magician Merlin-sama can use magic that surpasses time.
    Here, we can forget about the flow of time.
    Isn't it great?

    Lea's training with me.
    He apologized to me over and over again.
    It's alright,
    I'd say,
    But he'd keep on apologizing...

    At first I was a bit scared but
    As we trained together we started talking to each other.
    I found out Lea also has a best friend he wants to save.
    I felt like, he's not a person that I can bring myself to hate...

    Sometimes..... He'd stare at my face
    So I'd ask him, what's wrong?
    "I don't know, but I feel like it's something I must recall", He'd say...

    Your journey is a journey that will help many people
    and the people you'll meet from now on
    I have a feeling these people you meet will also need your help

    The journey might be hard but
    Please stay as the cheerful and bright Sora I know
    Because your smile, will save many hearts.....

    *end*


    You can view the translated Xion lines thanks to @momo_krys on Twitter below:

    Xion:

    On the day you first called my name
    It made me feel like I had a heart
    If I hadn't met the two of you
    I wonder how my "everyday" would've been.

    Day by day, repeating the days which were the same as every other,
    Even so,
    The red, setting sun,
    The taste of ice cream.
    Those days when nothing happened were the most precious to me

    All of it is my treasure.

    Thank you for calling out my name.
    Thank you for inviting me to the clocktower.
    Thank you for picking up shells for me.
    Thank you for coming to bring me back.
    Thank you for letting me be your friend.

    I wish... those same old days could have continued on longer....

    We wanted to go to the sea....

    *end*


    @momo_krys hasn't translated Aqua's lines, but he says they were pretty much something like "Ven, Terra, become the light that will guide me through the darkness!" He says that it was essentially just her saying that she wanted Ventus and Terra to guide her in her darkness and to become the light that shines her path.

    If you didn't know, last year during the Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - in Japan, a similar situation to this happened. The Japanese voice actor of Terra and the Japanese voice actress of Naminé came onstage and performed some canon lines for Terra and Naminé. You can view those lines here.

    UPDATE 1: View images of Kairi and Xion's voice actress, Risa Uchida, and Aqua's Japanese voice actress, Megumi Toyoguchi, performing their lines thanks to Game Watch below:

    Risa Uchida Megumi Toyoguchi


    UPDATE 2: For all the other orchestras around the world, they played recordings of these voices with English subtitles. The recording of Kairi's voice played while Dearly Beloved played, the recording of Xion's voice played while Vector to the Heavens played, and the recording of Aqua's voice played while Wave of Darkness played.

    UPDATE 3: After performing at the final Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Osaka, Japan, Risa Uchida expressed her feeling of gratitude on Twitter and provided a couple photos of herself at the event.

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

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

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




    Live Updates

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

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  5. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts III & Disney Infinity 3.0 at D23 Expo 2015

    Our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III & Disney Infinity 3.0 at D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim, California has begun! Starting on August 14 and continuing through August 16, the D23 Expo is the ultimate Disney fan event where major Disney-owned companies and trademarks come together to create an ultimate experience for Disney fans. With Kingdom Hearts III confirmed to appear at D23 Expo 2015, we will be keeping you updated with all live coverage from the event. Kingdom Hearts III & Disney Infinity 3.0 will be appearing at 11 a.m. (USA PDT) during the Disney Interactive showcase at D23 Expo.

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    - Big Hero 6 world announced for Kingdom Hearts III
    - Every Keyblade in Kingdom Hearts III will have its own transformation, attraction flow can be used at any time
    - The Keyblade is the Ultimate Unlock in Disney Infinity 3.0 & Kingdom Hearts King Mickey costume to be given out to D23 attendees
    - Comicbook.com interviews John Vignocchi, VP of production for Disney Infinity - "Hopefully this leads to us doing more."

    Kingdom Hearts III - Big Hero 6 Announcement trailer

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    Live Updates

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    5:32AM (USA PDT): A count between 100-200 people have been lined up for the Hall D23 presentation, with 5.5 hours to go before the event!
    5:41AM (USA PDT): All the fans attending the Disney Interactive panel at D23 are starting to fill up the building!
    6:27AM (USA PDT): The ability to take photos and videos of today's event has been prohibited by D23 Management.
    7:39AM (USA PDT): Hall D23 is starting to get packed!
    9:55AM (USA PDT): Fans are about to enter Hall D23!
    10:24AM (USA PDT): Fans have finally begun to enter Hall D23!
    10:28AM (USA PDT): Kingdom Hearts series executive producer Shinji Hashimoto is at the event!
    10:39AM (USA PDT): Slides accidentally shown, Kingdom Hearts III likely towards end of presentation.
    11:11AM (USA PDT): Kingdom Hearts III first up in presentation!
    11:13AM (USA PDT): Shinji Hashimoto takes the stage!
    11:16AM (USA PDT): Each Keyblade to have unique transformations!
    11:15AM (USA PDT): Big Hero 6 world announced!
    11:21AM (USA PDT): Events in Big Hero 6's world to take place after the film, Heartless use the Baymax that was left behind in the portal.
    11:21AM (USA PDT): Special video message from Roy Conli about Big Hero 6!
    11:23AM (USA PDT): End of Kingdom Hearts III portion of the presentation, tease that more surprises are to come in the future.
    12:20PM (USA PDT): Sora's Keyblade revealed as the ultimate unlock for Disney Infinity 3.0!
    12:21PM (USA PDT): D23 attendees will receive an exclusive King Mickey outfit for Disney Infinity 3.0!

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    • Aug 17 2015 01:28 PM
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  6. New Kingdom Hearts III footage shown at Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX NA launch event + new info to be revealed in 2015

    At the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX North American launch event at the Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, California, Square Enix has shown new Kingdom Hearts III footage and revealed that they will release new information in 2015. The new footage showed concept art, new Heartless designs, a huge town titled Cable Town with Sora in a library/study room and new gun Keyblade attacks for Sora. Sora was shown in various Kingdom Hearts II outfits including Valor and Wisdom form. To expand on the gun Keyblade attacks, Sora's Keyblade transforms into dual guns and then transforms into a cannon. Chi was also written on a blackboard in the study room, this may be related to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] but this is simply speculation. Thanks go to @churroz for the information.

    Update: Siliconera has posted their impressions of the footage. They reveal that Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series was also at the event and performed a couple of the series' most famous songs. They have also included what Heartless they believe were shown. You can read them below.


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    Update 2: Square Enix has told those who attended the event that the footage was only intended for those who attended the North American and European launch events and that more information will be revealed in 2015. This is likely due to the footage still being quite raw. Thanks go to @churroz for the tip.

    • Dec 03 2014 10:03 PM
    • by Sora96
  7. Less Disney worlds in KH3 than KH2, but with more content; Big Hero 6 world development going well and next info is on its way; Toy Story world canon to the Toy Story timeline

    A Kingdom Hearts III feature will be included in the upcoming Weekly Famitsu issue, and Esoteru has posted a summary of its highlights online. News Team member Dengojin has translated them as below:

    • The KH3 development team have been planning for a Toy Story world since Kingdom Hearts II, but had to go through a number of negotiations for it to finally appear on KH3.
    • The story in the Toy Story world will take place after Toy Story 2, and will follow its canon timeline rather than taking place in a parallel storyline.
    • At the beginning, Sora is mistaken for another character from a new game being sold.
    • Riding a robot to fight was an early idea sent at the beginning of the development to the KH3 development team.
    • Development on the Big Hero 6 world is going well, and the next information on it is on its way.
    • The number of Disney worlds in KH3 are less than in KH2*, but they will be vast and have more content in them.
    • The number of cutscenes in Final Fantasy VII Remake is greater than in KH3, and they are taking a long time to develop.
    • Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura is designing the organization members for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It was a request that came from his old mentors who used to take a good care of him when he was a newcomer, and he couldn't refuse that request.
    • There are no unannounced titles that Nomura is directing, but he is involved in many.
    *There were 12 Disney worlds (excluding original Kingdom Hearts worlds) in Kingdom Hearts II, implying that the number of Disney worlds in Kingdom Hearts III may be less than 12.

    Toy Story is the latest world revealed for Kingdom Hearts III through the trailer unveiled last week at the D23 Expo in Anaheim. The Weekly Famitsu feature, which will recap the event and include an interview with Tetsuya Nomura, will be published on July 20 in Japan. Stay tuned with us for updates and translations!

    UPDATE 1: Since the summary of the highlights was posted online by Esoteru, more leaks have released from Hachima. Some parts of this have already been covered in the aforementioned highlights summary, but now, we have the information in more detail and new information as well. You can check it out here.

    UPDATE 2: The Weekly Famitsu issue has been released! Check out full scans of it, as well as full translations, here.

  8. Tetsuya Nomura explains why Kingdom Hearts III has taken so long; also says they'll likely reveal all worlds before release

    In an interview with GameSpot, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura explains why Kingdom Hearts III is taking as long as it has to develop and create. Check out the full quote below:

    "A lot of people have been mentioning and making it sound like ‘Oh, Nomura’s taking too much time,’ and it hurts.

    There was a decision made to change to an external [engine]...Unreal Engine 4. So we switched over to that. Unfortunately there was a bit of time that needed to be rewinded and started over. So there was a bit of a setback there, but it was a decision that the company had to make, so it was inevitable.

    We had a plan of the period that it’s going to take for us to create the content at the start of the project, and we laid out, after such and such years, we would need to add more personnel resources. We had submitted it to our headquarters and had it approved, but internal personnel is very limited, and there are various different projects that happen within our company, so unfortunately timing did not work out. So we had to make due with the timing that was appropriate for the company...the company makes the decisions, so unfortunately sometimes it is out of my control.

    I wanted to emphasize that it wasn’t a problem on our development teams. It just happened that way, and there were some decisions that the company had to make, and it just didn’t work out for certain timings that we were hoping to hit.

    It’s kind of out of my hands.I mean, yes, time has passed. But it’s out of my hands."


    They also talked with Nomura about the various Disney-themed worlds in Kingdom Hearts III. Check out what he had to say on the subject in the full quote below:

    "I don’t think we’ll be keeping any worlds secret until the game is released. I think we will be introducing them leading up to launch. Nowadays games can add content on after the fact through DLC content, so there’s no need to hide any worlds."


    He was then asked if they were already planning downloadable content for the game. View his response below:

    "Nothing is set in stone, and I’m afraid we can’t go into details, but I have told the team: Just be prepared to be able to accommodate for something like that. We can’t suddenly develop a system where we’re accommodating for downloadable content. So it’s not confirming or denying either way, but just so that the development team will be prepared, I have informed them of making the preparations."


    And further speaking about the worlds, Nomura stated:

    "I feel like I’ve packed in much more fun than I had in my previous Kingdom Hearts titles.

    Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to be our first full HD game in our current console generation. It does involve a lot of bandwidth and resources in order to create in full HD, so our directive was to have as many elements [as possible] of gameplay included in one single world, rather than having multiple different little worlds with few elements. We wanted to pack in as many gameplay elements and fun into a single world.

    If we are able to accomplish everything that we did plan out for, I’m pretty confident that people will enjoy and be fully satisfied with the end product."


    What do you think about this interview with Nomura? We'd love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to share them in the comments below!

  9. Tetsuya Nomura to provide "final information" on Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Expo 2017

    Tonight at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in LA, the Kingdom Hearts series' director Tetsuya Nomura has made another appearance. As translated by the official concert interpreter, Nomura tells fans that he will return in a month for D23 Expo 2017 on July 15, 2017, with "final information" on Kingdom Hearts III. We do not yet know the content of this final information, but we do know that at D23 Expo 2017 we will see a new world reveal as well as a new trailer, as was announced in the most recent Kingdom Hearts III trailer from yesterday's LA concert.

    UPDATE 1: At yesterdays Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in LA, Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura made his third appearance. According to @SkywardWing on Twitter, who was at the concert, Nomura tells fans that, as translated by the official concert interpreter, "If this month's announcements made you happy, next month's will make you even happier." He is referring to the upcoming news and trailer at next month's D23 Expo 2017 on July 15th.

    UPDATE 2: During the final Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Osaka, Japan, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura stated that they raised expectations high for the new Kingdom Hearts III information and news being revealed at D23 2017. He makes sure to note that it will be "normal" Kingdom Hearts III news, and he would like people to spread this word.

  10. Utada Hikaru's music label confirms involvement on Kingdom Hearts III intro song

    Utada Hikaru's manager and father, Utada Teruzane, has announced through his Twitter account, @u3music, that work on the Kingdom Hearts III intro song has begun! In 2013, Teruzane stated that Utada's involvement was undecided at the time. On December 22nd 2016, a curious fan followed up on this message, receiving a reply from Teruzane later that day.

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    Utada made her return to the Kingdom Hearts series earlier this year, collaborating with PUNPEE to create "Hikari/Simple and Clean -Ray of Hope MIX-", included in the opening for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-.

    UPDATE: Utada Teruzane has retracted the confirmation for Kingdom Hearts III, saying that they would like to be involved but aren't sure quite yet. You can find a screenshot of the tweet below. The original tweet confirming their involvement is still available on the U3 Twitter account.

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    Are you excited to have a new Kingdom Hearts intro song? Let us know in the comments!

  11. New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015

    Attendees of the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event at D23 Expo Japan were given the chance to watch new Kingdom Hearts III footage. Though the trailer won't be released to the public for a while, we have some details given by attendees on Twitter.

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    What we know so far:

    • The world based on Tangled makes a reappearance, with a new flower Heartless
    • A new Nobody is shown, confirming their return as an enemy in Kingdom Hearts III.
    • The conversation between young Eraqus and young Xehanort is expanded upon from what we've seen previously at E3 2015 and Tokyo Game Show 2015 (Later revealed that this conversation is in the event-exclusive trailer).
    • Sora locks on to 10 Heartless at once within 1.5 seconds and begins to attack at lightning speeds for a temporary period of time!
    • The speedy action of the KH3 trailer surprised some.
    • New abilities of Sora, Donald, and Goofy were revealed. Footage of 3 people riding on Goofy's shield and attacking.
    • Character movements in battle scene are detailed. Especially Sora's legs in the river.
    • There was a river Sora fell into while fighting heartless.
    • Towards the end of the trailer, there is a scene with Sora, Riku, Kairi, Ven, Aqua, Terra, Namine, Roxas and Lea. This is the scene that made many fans emotional.
    Thanks to KH13 user ZeroKitteh for compiling a list of notable moments from the trailer. A sketch of this new nobody can be found below thanks to Twitter user @aibo_ac7. This nobody seems to have possible ties to Marluxia:



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    More impressions will added as we receive and translate them. Thank you for your patience.

  12. A release date for Kingdom Hearts III has been decided, but Nomura can't announce it yet

    Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series has revealed in the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine that they have decided upon a release date for Kingdom Hearts III but they cannot announce it yet. Since Dengeki PlayStation is a Japanese magazine, this is likely in reference to the Japanese release date of the game.

    Thanks go to @htmk73 for the find, to @xenosaga7 for the tip, and to goldpanner for an English translation of the interview summary:

    [Asked about a release date]

    Nomura: We've reached an agreement, but I still can't say anything. I plan to give new information at the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event that will be held on the 3rd of November.


    Do you think they'll reveal the release date for Kingdom Hearts III at an upcoming event such as D23 Expo Japan 2015, where the game is confirmed to be featured? Let us know in the comments below.

    • Jun 23 2015 02:32 PM
    • by Sora96
  13. Addressing rumors: New Kingdom Hearts III trailer at E3 2017 and apparent release deadline set for 2018

    On May 8, 2017, Twitter user José Álamo (@Jose_Strife), a reporter for the website Koi-nya, claimed to have apparent leaked information coming straight from the development team of Kingdom Hearts III (the Osaka Team). The information he provided, in a series of tweets, has been translated as follows.

    Please keep in mind that these are unconfirmed and lack solid evidence, and have therefore been classified as rumors until proven otherwise.

    “Seems like Nomura is still ‘in his teens’ with not advancing with Kingdom Hearts III’s development due to his ‘perfectionism’. If everything goes according to plan, there will be a trailer at E3 and the game will be released in 2018, even if it’s unfinished. Seems like it has been exhausting for the Osaka Team to have worked on a home console Kingdom Hearts game. On a flip note, Nomura seems to be more interested in what comes after Kingdom Hearts III than in Kingdom Hearts III itself. The Kingdom Hearts III development team was obsessed with releasing a trailer last April and launching it [the game] around 2017 Fall/holidays with removed content. And, to the surprise of no one, all of this is due to the development hell of Versus*. All of these details came [to me] with a delay of 1-2 weeks, keep this in mind as things can change quickly in-house at Square Enix. The E3 presentation is almost confirmed and Nomura should be at the event in some way or another.”


    He also added:

    “As many of you may know, Kingdom Hearts II, Birth by Sleep, and Dream Drop Distance ended up having removed content, so it is nothing new for Kingdom Hearts. All that was planned won’t be in Kingdom Hearts III, simple.”


    Today, he tweeted some clarifications in English due to some people being confused by his statements because of mistranslations.

    “Square Enix is not rushing KH3, that reports [sic] are incorrect. I said that they may cut things, but I didn’t say they are in a rush. People change my words. If they can’t finish something when they hit the deadline, it’ll be cut. There is no rush when you delay a game twice. Reports about KH3 being in development hell like Versus* are also inaccurate. I said that the development of Versus was a hell. And as Nomura has said so many times, this affected him and SE**. If Nomura was a [sic] Osaka Team resident and he set his goals accurately, the game would be out in December like planned. Nomura, as you should know, is working with a lot of teams in SE** in a lot of games/projects.”


    KH13.com has contacted José Álamo for further clarifications.

    José Álamo’s rumors on Kingdom Hearts III go way back to January 30, 2017, where he stated the following:

    “Development on Kingdom Hearts III seems to not be going as well as expected and development team is using assets with subject to change. It should be playable by August and they still don’t have various sections ready. WELP. It is possible that launch (in March of next year) won’t be affected, but they will have to work a lot for it. Kingdom Hearts III’s problem resides in all of the content they have to include: levels, animations, models… And they are very slow in doing it… Every time they make a build, they review it and Nomura says: “No, we should work more on this” and back to work, when there are assets from PlayStation 2 still to be worked on, untouched levels and things of the sort.”


    He added: “Obviously, this perfectionism from Nomura assures certain quality standards and the finished parts from the game look really good. In that sense we shouldn’t be worried. Slow, but safe.”

    On March 16, 2017, Álamo also talked about a cancelled presentation for Kingdom Hearts III, (which has also been classified as a rumor):

    “Seems like Square Enix has cancelled/delayed a presentation for Kingdom Hearts III for the press… The closeness to E3 and other factors could be the reason for this decision. They are looking for a more efficient marketing campaign. Nomura had prepared two trailers: one for the end of last year and one for the beginning of this year. At E3/after E3 we should start getting details and, when Square Enix announces the release date, the big marketing campaign will begin.”


    José Álamo is known for having leaked a few things in the past, such as the reveal for The Last of Us Part II a week before its official announcement at PlayStation Experience 2016, and a new Fire Emblem game releasing for Nintendo Switch before the end of 2018.
    He also has some other unconfirmed rumors, such as a Pokémon announcement being delayed, a new Assassin’s Creed game announcement coming up on the week of May 15, 2017, a new Animal Crossing and a new Metroid (Prime-style) games coming to the Switch before the end of 2018, and Square Enix internally discussing The World Ends With You IP.

    It is also worth noting that in June 2016, there were some leaks in 4chan about the plot and overall game of Final Fantasy XV. Álamo stated that an inside source of his had confirmed that all those leaks were fake, but when the game released, all of those leaks turned out to be true.

    With all this in mind, we advise our readers to take what they just read with a grain of salt, as they are all rumors at this point in time that could eventually be proven wrong.

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    • Jul 16 2017 11:08 PM
    • by neil98
  14. 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
  15. New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - premiere in Los Angeles

    With the surprise appearance of series director Tetsuya Nomura on stage, the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - showcased a new Kingdom Hearts III trailer today at its North American premiere in Los Angeles, California. The trailer showcased exciting new gameplay from the upcoming game and some cutscenes. The trailer was soon uploaded on the internet by the official Square Enix YouTube channel in Japanese. You can view the trailer with English subtitles below:


    The trailer ended with a message that a new world and a new trailer will be available at the D23 Expo on July 15, 2017.

    Square Enix Press Center describes the trailer as follows:

    Earlier at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra –World Tour– concert in Los Angeles, SQUARE ENIX® and Disney Interactive dazzled fans with a new KINGDOM HEARTS III gameplay trailer featuring never before seen footage based on Disney’s animated hit, “Hercules,” which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

    In this action-packed trailer, Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy help Hercules battle various forms of Heartless on Mount Olympus through gorgeous visuals and gameplay. Fans will see Sora in a new form, which allows him to perform special powerful solo and joint attacks on his enemies. A new glimpse into the game’s storyline reveals a reunion with Disney villains Hades, Maleficent and Pete as they discuss the location of a mysterious item while Sora is faced with a dilemma in an effort to bring back an old friend.


    We will be updating this article with any new information.

    Below is the trailer with no subtitles.


    Check out over 100 screenshots from the trailer, going frame by frame! All in High Quality.

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

  16. Tetsuya Nomura confirms Riku's new outfit in Kingdom Hearts III from KHX 3rd anniversary artwork; King Mickey also receives a new outfit in Kingdom Hearts III

    In an interview with Dengeki Online, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, was able to discuss a bit about Kingdom Hearts III alongside Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. In the interview, Riku's new outfit for Kingdom Hearts III was touched upon a bit. Tetsuya Nomura confirms to Dengeki Online that Riku's new outfit has been completed, and that it's indeed based off of the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] 3rd anniversary artwork from July of 2016. Nomura also confirms that King Mickey also receives a new outfit for Kingdom Hearts III.

    The direct quote for the interview can be found below with translations thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com).

    --There was also a scene with Riku and the King in new clothes, and I'm looking forward to their debut in [KHIII].

    The costume design is already done, and it's really nice. Just between you and me, the outfit that Riku is wearing in the [KH X] three-year anniversary illustration was used as the base.


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    • Dec 31 2016 11:29 PM
    • by Jake
  17. Big Hero 6 world announced for Kingdom Hearts III

    During the Disney Interactive event at D23 Expo 2015, a world based on the movie Big Hero 6 was announced for Kingdom Hearts III! The story in Kingdom Hearts III will take place after the events of the movie. The subplot of the world will involve Heartless taking over the Baymax that was left inside the portal from the end of the film. The following image is concept art created by series artists, which showcases Sora riding on the back of Battlesuit Baymax.


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    Roy Conli, producer of Tangled and Big Hero 6 also shared a message saying how thrilled he is to be featuring his movies in Kingdom Hearts games, and that he loves the connections the movies and the Kingdom Hearts series share. You can check out his video below.

  18. Bill Farmer (Goofy's English voice actor) says Kingdom Hearts III will be released in 2015

    Some very interesting tweets have been made by Bill Farmer, Goofy's English voice actor, stating that he has finished voice recording for Kingdom Hearts III and that the game is coming in 2015. While we have no way of knowing if this is correct, Bill seems pretty confident in his word. He has made many comments about the game and his part in it. Is it really possible for Kingdom Hearts III to come out in 2015? It doesn't seem likely, and it seems that it is likely that Bill Farmer is just mistaken about what game he recorded for, but all we can do is hope.

    You can view Bill Farmer's Twitter page here, or you can read some of Bill's most significant tweets below. These tweets have been removed so please remember to take these with a grain of salt.

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    Update: Square Enix has made it clear that there was a mistake on Bill Farmer's part and the release date for Kingdom Hearts III remains unannounced.

  19. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts III & Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ at E3 2015

    We've officially kicked off our E3 2015 coverage! Held from June 15 to June 17, 2015, E3 2015 is a gaming trade show where many companies will be showing off their announcements, including Square Enix with their very own conference. Our Twitch channel will be streaming coverage throughout the event, Churro (@churroz) will be representing us on the show floor, and our News Team will be updating you here with any and all Kingdom Hearts news that appears – so stay tuned!

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    Day 0
    9:30AM (USA PST): Microsoft's press conference has started. Unfortunately, Kingdom Hearts was not shown.
    6:00PM (USA PST): Sony's press conference has started.
    6:03PM (USA PST): Footage from the old Kingdom Hearts III announcement trailer was shown at the start of Sony's conference.

    Day 1
    8:55AM (USA PST): A Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ poster has been spotted in Square Enix France's conference room at E3 2015
    9:00AM (USA PST): Nintendo's Digital Event has begun!
    10:00AM (USA PST): Square Enix's press conference has begun!
    10:10AM (USA PST): @_KINGDOMHEARTS tweets out the conference!
    10:35AM (USA PST): Kingdom Hearts executive Shinji Hashimoto comes on-stage!
    10:37AM (USA PST): Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is announced for an overseas release, coming soon for iOS & Android!
    10:40AM (USA PST): A Tangled world is announced to be included in Kingdom Hearts III!
    10:42AM (USA PST): A new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III is shown, showing off the Tangled world, Sora's new look, gameplay, as well as Young Eraqus and Young Xehanort setting up the plot.
    11:22AM (USA PST): Square Enix's E3 2015 press conference has ended.
    12:00PM (USA PST): Square Enix have announced that they will be streaming a "Spotlight on Kingdom Hearts" event at 5PM PST.
    12:04PM (USA PST): Here's a photo of a Kingdom Hearts III banner on the show floor:
    1:36PM (USA PST): The Video Game Orchestra have confirmed that they were behind the music in the Kingdom Hearts III trailer.
    1:58PM (USA PST): The official Facebook page for Kingdom Hearts has updated its profile picture and cover photo.
    2:30PM (USA PST): It was announced that the Tangled world will be the first Disney world you visit in Kingdom Hearts III.
    3:55PM (USA PST): The official YouTube page for Kingdom Hearts has been updated with a huge new banner, showing off Sora's new outfit.
    6:11PM (USA PST): Square Enix has updated the official Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and Kingdom Hearts III sites with their respective E3 2015 Trailers!

    Day 1 - Spotlight on Kingdom Hearts
    5:00PM (USA PST): "Spotlight on Kingdom Hearts" has begun! All Spotlight on Kingdom Hearts updates can be read in our dedicated coverage article, here.

    Day 2 & 3 - Interviews with Tetsuya Nomura & more

    1:01PM (USA PST): An interview between Nomura & Destructoid reveals that Drive Forms are being considered to return in Kingdom Hearts III.
    1:07PM (USA PST): Engadget interviews Tetsuya Nomura, which shows his desire for online multiplayer support and discusses future world selection.
    1:11PM (USA PST): Gamesbeat & Tetsuya Nomura discusses the possibility of a Star Wars world in Kingdom Hearts III.
    5:11AM (USA PST): Gameblog, a French website interviews Tetsuya Nomura who states that Kingdom Hearts III's development is at an advanced level.
    11:00AM (USA PST): Square Enix have revealed that the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ announcement was for North America only, and that releases in other regions are "still TBC".
    4:19AM (USA PST): Nomura reveals that the basic foundation of Kingdom Hearts III is almost complete.
    9:18AM (USA PST): 4Gamer.net interviews Tetsuya Nomura, summons, load times, and spinoffs discussed.
    9:38PM (USA PST): Dengeki Online interviews Nomura once again, reveals that Quick Time Events will not be present in Kingdom Hearts III.






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    - Dengeki interviews Nomura, reveals that Quick Time Events will not be present in Kingdom Hearts III
    - 4Gamer.net talks Kingdom Hearts III and Unchained χ with Testuya Nomura - summons, load times, and spinoffs discussed
    - Nomura says basic foundation for Kingdom Hearts III is 'close to complete'
    - Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ announcement at E3 2015 was for North America only, release elsewhere is "still TBC"
    - Gameblog interviews Tetsuya Nomura, states that the development of Kingdom Hearts III is at an advanced level
    - Nomura discusses the possibility of a Star Wars world in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Nomura talks Kingdom Hearts III with Engadget
    - Destructoid interviews Tetsuya Nomura, reveals that Drive Forms are being considered for Kingdom Hearts III
    - Nomura discusses Kingdom Hearts III trailer with Dengeki, explains Attraction flow & more about the conversation scene
    - KH13 description of new Kingdom Hearts III footage at E3 2015
    - Series director Tetsuya Nomura discusses Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ at Square Enix's "Spotlight on Kingdom Hearts" event
    - Tangled's world is the first Disney world you visit in Kingdom Hearts III
    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at E3 2015, Tangled world announced, Sora's new look shown, & gameplay revealed
    - Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ announced for overseas release, a free-to-play title for iPhone, iPad & Android
    - A Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ poster has been spotted in Square Enix France's conference room at E3 2015
    - Old Kingdom Hearts III footage appears in Sony's E3 2015 intro

  20. Extra Kingdom Hearts III footage from D23 Expo Japan 2015 surfaces online

    During a televised recap of the D23 Expo Japan 2015 event, which was held from November 6th through the 8th (or November 3rd for the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater), snippets from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event were shown. These snippets include footage from the Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan. Aside from extra Kingdom Hearts III footage, footage from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater in general was shown and can be seen below thanks to YouTube user I Love DCS JP who originally captured the footage.


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  21. New information from Ruliweb interview with Tetsuya Nomura: Maps from previous numbered Kingdom Hearts games will NOT appear in Kingdom Hearts III

    In a previous article, we reported that Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, was interviewed by Ruliweb and claimed that there were no plans to release Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX on the PlayStation 4. However, as we and others further investigated this interview, one paragraph stuck out. Using Google Translate, rumors were spread about worlds like Pride Lands and Halloween Town not returning in Kingdom Hearts III. However, thanks to Jess from Tumblr and Amber from Tumblr, we have translated a section of the interview that will clear things up:

    Nomura: Any map used in the first two [numbered] Kingdom Hearts games will not appear in Kingdom Hearts III.


    To clarify, Nomura states that maps used in the previous games will not return. This does not rule out movies that we have seen before, as evidenced by the return of the Hercules world seen in the E3 2015 trailer for Kingdom Hearts III. We have never ventured in the areas around Mount Olympus, but we have been in the Coliseum, a "Town Near Thebes", and the Underworld from the Hercules movie. While it is likely that Halloween Town and other such worlds from movies featured in previous games will not return, simply because of the lack of new maps/areas, it does not rule them out completely.

    With this new information, which new areas from worlds we have visited in the series would you like to see in Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments!

  22. New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at E3 2015, Tangled world announced, Sora's new look shown, & gameplay revealed

    Today at Square Enix's E3 2015 press conference, a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III has been shown. This is the first time that Kingdom Hearts III footage has been released since 2013, so we are very excited to be able to share it with you!

    Update 1: We have now uploaded this trailer in its original quality, 1080p!
    Update 2: If you're interested in the Japanese-dubbed trailer, here it is.


    Here is a 1080p version of the Tangled world announcement mini-trailer:


    And lastly, we have uploaded around 100 HD screenshots from the trailer to our gallery. View them below!

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  23. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Expo 2017

    Our coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California has begun!

    Beginning on July 14th and continuing through the 16th, D23 Expo is the ultimate Disney fan event where major Disney-owned companies and trademarks make various announcements related to Disney movies, games, etc. to create the ultimate experience for Disney fans.

    At the first Orchestra concert in Los Angeles, California, Tetsuya Nomura confirmed that Kingdom Hearts III will make an appearance at D23 Expo 2017 on July 15th. This appearance includes a brand new trailer and a new world announcement. The official D23 website confirms that Kingdom Hearts III will appear during the Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase at 1:00 PM USA PDT inside the D23 Expo Arena.

    During D23 Expo 2015, Square Enix revealed a brand new world featuring the Disney film, Big Hero 6. What will they have in store for us this time? Stay tuned throughout the event to find out what announcements will be made for Kingdom Hearts III!

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    - Kingdom Hearts III confirmed to be at D23 Expo 2017 Anaheim
    - Square Enix confirms a "special surprise" is coming to Kingdom Hearts Union χ%5BCross%5D to celebrate D23 Expo 2017
    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo 2017
    - New Toy Story world for Kingdom Hearts III revealed at D23 Expo 2017
    - D23 Expo 2017: Kingdom Hearts III releasing on PlayStation 4 & Xbox One in 2018
    - New Kingdom Hearts III BRING ARTS action figures of Toy Sora, Donald, and Goofy announced
    - New Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Sora (Guardian Form) available for pre-order on SENA store; releasing End of September 2017 for $69.99
    - Analysis of the Kingdom Hearts III – D23 2017 Toy Story Trailer
    - Kingdom Hearts III will feature in Weekly Famitsu with a Tetsuya Nomura interview and a recap of D23 Expo 2017

    Interviews

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    - Tetsuya Nomura says a Nintendo Switch version of Kingdom Hearts III is possible after the PS4 and Xbox One versions
    - Tetsuya Nomura hints that another playable character besides Sora will be available in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses the Gummi Ship in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses the Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses a "higher tier of magic" in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses a new mechanic "Athletic Flow", Summons, and Keyblade transformations in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura explains why Kingdom Hearts III has taken so long; also says they'll likely reveal all worlds before release
    - Tetsuya Nomura is “confident” about 2018 release, and is not changing his original plans for Kingdom Hearts III
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses Attraction Flow in Kingdom Hearts III; says it'll be a surprise depending on the area
    - Less Disney worlds in KH3 than KH2, but with more content; Big Hero 6 world development going well and next info is on its way; Toy Story world canon to the Toy Story timeline
    - Tetsuya Nomura discusses Maleficient's role in Kingdom Hearts III, the possibility of Roxas's return, and more with IGN
    - Every character's story will be settled in Kingdom Hearts III; the world Young Xehanort and Eraqus are at is an original world; Kingdom Hearts Union χ%5BCross%5D 5th Union leader reveal in early August
    - Famitsu features Kingdom Hearts III with exclusive interview with Tetsuya Nomura discussing development and promotion of the game, Toy Story, and more
    - Tetsuya Nomura answers fan questions about Kingdom Hearts III; discusses Square Enix characters, secret bosses, CGI movie, and more
    - Tetsuya Nomura reveals new Kingdom Hearts III details in Dengeki Online interview; discusses tutorial stage, toy robots, and Keyblade transformations

    Updates

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    8:00 AM (USA PDT) - Exclusive Kingdom Hearts III posters will be given out to D23 attendees!
    8:06 AM (USA PDT) - D23 Expo is already packed with dedicated fans waiting for today's presentations!
    10:54 AM (USA PDT) - People are starting to line up. Only 2 hours to go!
    11:00 AM (USA PDT) - It's starting!
    11:01 AM (USA PDT) - Starting off with a sizzle reel!
    11:02 AM (USA PDT) - Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of Disney Consumer Products is now on stage!
    11:09 AM (USA PDT) - Kingdom Hearts III news will be last in the panel!
    11:51 AM (USA PDT) - Orchestra trailer playing now
    11:52 AM (USA PDT) - Testsuya Nomura is on the stage now!
    11:57 AM (USA PDT) - New trailer is being shown!
    11:58 AM (USA PDT) - Toy Story is the new world in Kingdom Hearts III!
    12:02 PM (USA PDT) - Finally! Kingdom Hearts III will release in 2018!
    12:04 PM (USA PDT) - A special Kingdom Hearts III Sora medal has been distributed to players of Kingdom Hearts Union Cross!

    Screenshots

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    • Jul 23 2017 09:41 PM
    • by Leamax
  24. (UPDATE) New Kingdom Hearts III Sora Play Arts Kai releasing January 30th 2017 available for pre-order at the Square Enix Store NA, box contains KH3 story teaser

    Update 1: The official Square Enix Japan online store has updated with the Kingdom Hearts III Sora Play Arts Kai. It is listed on the store as 15,240 yen with tax included, which translates to about $142 USD. The release date for the Play Arts Kai figure is scheduled for a November 6, 2016 release, which is about 2 months earlier than the North American release.

    Update 2: An English foretext is provided within the packaging of the Kingdom Hearts III Sora Play Arts Kai figure. It reads as follows:

    PLAY ARTS KAI ACTION FIGURE

    With the world under the control of a single Master, the final struggle for true peace begins.

    Through countless adventures across many worlds in his long battle against the darkness, Sora, once a little boy who only dreamed worlds beyond his island even existed, has grown up to be a dashing young man. Now he is realizing that that battle has played out exactly as Master Xehanort had planned, and the second Keyblade War, the final struggle between light and dar, looms ahead. To counter the overwhelming darkness, Sora and his friends must gather the seven guardians of light. His best friend Riku and King Mickey seek out a battle-scarred Keyblade wielder, while Sora, Donald, and Goofy set off on a journey to find "the Key to Return Hearts." Never-before-featured Disney worlds set the stage for another daring adventure to save the universe!


    Chosen by the Keyblade, he is the one whose heart's light never fails to shine as a beacon of hope.

    Sora, the brave hero chosen by the Keyblade, has always had a strong sense of justice. Through his many battles against darkness, he has grown and learned about the world immensely. Drawn to his light, many friends have lent him their support and granted him their powers to counter the darkness: Riku, the childhood friend he grew up with on Destiny Islands; Donald and Goofy, the two comrades with whom he has shared his adventures from the very beginning; and King Mickey, who unfailingly supports Sora with his own mighty strength. As the world becomes enveloped in another battle against darkness, the Keyblade wielder and his friends must rise up against Master Xehanort and thwart his plot to incite another Keyblade War.


    The text has been procured thanks to @ArikaMiz.

    Update 3: The figure is now available on Amazon, with a listed release date of February 22nd, 2017, and a price of $149.99!

    The original article follows.

    A new Play Arts Kai of Kingdom Hearts III Sora, to be released on January 30th, 2017, is now available for pre-order at the North American branch of the Square Enix Store at $149.99 retail price. The figure displays Sora in his Kingdom Hearts III outfit wielding an unnamed Keyblade that was previously featured in the trailer released during E3 2015. Pictures are shown below.



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    A description of the figure follows:

    From the latest chapter in the globally beloved KINGDOM HEARTS series by Disney and Square Enix, KINGDOM HEARTS III, the protagonist Sora now makes an appearance to the Play Arts Kai action figure line!

    Accompanying the improvements in the graphic technology of the game, our designers have paid close attention to expressing the minute details in the sculptwork of Sora in his slightly more mature and grown-up figure.

    The costume design is based on the look of Sora’s KINGDOM HEARTS II outfit, with the predominantly red and black color scheme of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D: DREAM DROP DISTANCE.

    He is highly poseable due to the utilization of flexible materials. The Keyblade that can change form into a double crossbow – which could be called the trademark of this title — is also included as an accessory part. With all these features and more, this figure is certainly an eagerly awaited collector’s item for fans.

    Figure includes display stand.

    Figure Size (inches): W 3.14" x D 2" x H 8.8" tall

    Release: January 30, 2017


    What Play Arts Kai figures do you own? Will you be adding this Kingdom Hearts III Sora to your collection? Let us know in the comments!