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:
August 2014 - June 2015(11 months) | Osaka, Osaka, Japan
"Kingdom Hearts 2.9" (PS3, PS4) Development (10 Months)
-Game idea planning and documentation
-Game Check and balance
-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.
- Sep 09 2015 12:18 AM
- by DChiuch
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, Rise 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:
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.
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.....
You can view the translated Xion lines thanks to @momo_krys on Twitter below:
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,
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....
@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, Rise Uchida, and Aqua's Japanese voice actress, Megumi Toyoguchi, performing their lines thanks to Game Watch below:
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.
- Yesterday, 10:46 PM
- by Elfdemon_
To kick off D23 Expo Japan 2015, Disney and Square Enix are hosting a special event called the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater. This is a private event in Japan, in which we expect some huge news for Kingdom Hearts III! Because we do not expect a livestream of the event, official or otherwise, we will be using this article to provide live updates in addition to articles covering any big announcements that come up. The doors will open at 10:00pm EST (7:00pm PT) and the event begins at 11:00pm EST (8:00pm PT). Make sure to stay tuned here, on KH13.com, and our social media pages for all Kingdom Hearts news from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater!
New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ
New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
4:06PM (USA EST): Pictures of the D23 Expo building posted!
10:00PM (USA EST): The doors for the theater have opened and people are heading in now!
10:09PM (USA EST): Fans have entered the theater!
10:16PM (USA EST): Hashimoto, executive producer of the Kingdom Hearts series, was spotted at the front of the theater!
10:26PM (USA EST): Rules of the theater announced. No video allowed.
11:00PM (USA EST): The event has begun! Information can't be released till 3AM (USA EST)
12:30AM (USA EST): The first showing has ended. Embargo ends at 3AM (USA EST).
12:45AM (USA EST): Photos of King Mickey surface!
12:48AM (USA EST): One attendee describes the Premium Theater event as having "really emotional scenes"!
1:56AM (USA EST): Attendees of the event are having a hard time keeping quiet during this social media embargo, saying "So many things I want to share, but I gotta hold it in!"
1:58AM (USA EST): Another fan tweets "Axel's words always make me cry." Could Axel be making an appearance in this new trailer?
3AM (USA EST): Two new screenshots shown! Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster attraction flow, and Riku and Kairi as they appear in KH0.2!
3AM (USA EST): No release date for KH3 or KH2.8.
3AM (USA EST): Beast's Castle world coming to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]!
3:30AM (USA EST): A new nobody was revealed during the trailer! Look like someone we know?
3:45AM (USA EST): Nomura-san showed off a 3D model of Daybreak Town in KH3 graphics!
3:50AM (USA EST): The 3D model of Daybreak Town, as well as new areas of Mount Olympus were from a "Making of KH3" video that will stay exclusive to attendees of the event.
3:50AM (USA EST): All of the union leaders in KHχ were voiced in the KH2.8 trailer!
4:00AM (USA EST): The KH3 trailer ended with Sora, Roxas, Namine, Xion, Riku, Axel, Kairi, Aqua, Terra, and Ven sharing a nice moment!
- Jan 21 2016 05:46 PM
- by Toominator
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.
- 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
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!
- Aug 17 2015 01:28 PM
- by Jake
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.Spoiler
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
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.
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.
Are you excited to have a new Kingdom Hearts intro song? Let us know in the comments!
- Dec 23 2016 02:14 PM
- by Raxaimus
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.
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.
More impressions will added as we receive and translate them. Thank you for your patience.
- Nov 07 2015 11:59 PM
- by soraspromise
With the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII's Japanese release on January 31st, 2017, Square Enix has released a new Kingdom Hearts III screenshot that shows Sora in a similar pose as Cloud in the box art/key art for the original game.
- Feb 21 2017 01:07 PM
- by neil98
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
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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 (email@example.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.
- Dec 31 2016 11:29 PM
- by Jake
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.
- Dec 13 2015 01:19 PM
- by Dizzykins
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.
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.
- Jun 23 2015 04:42 AM
- by Soravids
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!
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.
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.
- 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
- Jun 20 2015 12:30 AM
- by Soravids
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.
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.
- Jan 19 2016 07:07 AM
- by Toominator
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!
- Aug 24 2015 10:33 PM
- by Toominator
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!
- Jun 16 2015 05:23 PM
- by DChiuch
(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.
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!
- Dec 16 2016 09:55 PM
- by Aquaberry
When asked by Gamespot about the possibility of Final Fantasy based worlds in Kingdom Hearts III, co-director Tai Yasue answered that they would not be adding any.
Tai Yasue's quote follows:
"We're not adding any Final Fantasy worlds. A lot of the original [to Kingdom Hearts] worlds [Hollow Bastion, Traverse Town, e.t.c.] had Final Fantasy characters in them. At this moment, we are not really coming up with any plans for that, we're making original worlds and Disney worlds."
Yasue also went on to add that worlds are often selected for gameplay and how well they would mesh in with the Kingdom Hearts series, going on to say that they want to make sure there's a variety, with Disney worlds that are recognized but also distinct and unique.
Co-director Tai Yasue will be featured in a Square Enix Presents livestream during E3 on June 15th, 2016 dedicated to discussing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This livestream will take place from 4:00 to 4:30 PDT. For all the latest E3 news, please check out our coverage article.
How do you feel about this news and what Final Fantasy character cameos would you like to see in Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments!
- Jun 14 2016 09:05 PM
- by soraspromise
Our official coverage for Kingdom Hearts at E3 2016 has begun! Held from June 14-16, E3 2016 is a gaming trade show where many companies will be showing off their announcements, including Square Enix. We will be including a livestream of all important E3 conferences on our YouTube channel, with Churro (@Churroz) and Logan (@ToominatorKH13) representing us on the E3 floor. As those two are representing KH13 at E3, our wonderful News Team will be updating live with all coverage on Kingdom Hearts from E3 here on KH13 and all our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+), so stay tuned!
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Gameplay
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Trailer
(June 7th, 2016 - 10:02 AM, USA EST) - New mystery medal to be released in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Japan on 6/9; New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 trailer coming 6/8
(June 8th, 2016 - 8:00 AM, USA EST) - New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer released announcing release date; Kingdom Hearts III news coming this winter
(June 8th, 2016 - 8:10 AM, USA EST) Square Enix announces playable demo of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue at E3 2016
(June 8th, 2016 8:26 AM, USA EST) Mystery medal in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ revealed!
(June 8th, 2016 7:39 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue set to be featured on Square Enix Presents program on Wed. June 15th from 4:00-4:30pm PDT
(June 9th, 2016 3:46 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer recapped in Square Enix's The Road to E3 2016 Part 3 blog post, mentions playable demo at E3 booth
(June 10th, 2016 6:35 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue banner spotted within LA Convention Center
(June 12th, 2016 5:40 PM, USA EST) Churro picks up his badge for E3!
(June 12th, 2016 6:30 PM, USA EST) Clearer image taken of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue banner, depicts item similar to one shown in last year's Kingdom Hearts III trailer
(June 13th, 2016 11:20 AM, USA EST) AU/NZ retailer MightyApe lists possible release date for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: December 6, 2016
(June 13th, 2016 10:34 AM, USA EST) 2 hours till Microsoft's E3 conference, with Churro and Logan receiving their showcase bands!
(June 13th, 2016 6:56 PM, USA EST) KH13 & KHInsider group picture at E3 featured on YouTube Live at E3
(June 14th, 2016 3:00 PM, USA EST) Dengeki releases interview with Tetsuya Nomura about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III!
(June 14th, 2016 3:09 PM, USA EST) First image of the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue demo appears! For the Dream Drop Distance part of the demo, you can play as Sora in Traverse town or in The Grid/Cite des Cloches with Riku.
(June 14th, 2016 3:11 PM, USA EST) Gears in the BbS 0.2 demo will set the clock back! There are five in total to collect.
(June 14th, 2016 3:12 PM, USA EST) Shot lock returns in BbS 0.2!
(June 14th, 2016 3:15 PM, USA EST) Double Jump/Flight returns!
(June 14th, 2016 3:17 PM, USA EST) Some footage of Dream Drop Distance HD's demo!
(June 14th, 2016 3:18 PM, USA EST) Footage of playing as Riku in Cite des Cloches
(June 14th, 2016 3:19 PM, USA EST) Footage of a brand new Dream Eater named Catnuki in Dream Drop Distance HD!
(June 14th, 2016 3:20 PM, USA EST) Another look at the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue banner as well as one for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ!
(June 14th, 2016 3:21 PM, USA EST) After obtaining the 5 gears in the BbS 0.2 demo, the road to the Castle of Dreams is restored and Aqua learns Spellweaver!
(June 14th, 2016 3:22 PM, USA EST) Spellweaver in action!
(June 14th, 2016 3:25 PM, USA EST) Footage of Aqua walking towards the Castle of Dreams
(June 14th, 2016 3:26 PM, USA EST) An image of Terra in BbS 0.2!
(June 14th, 2016 3:26 PM, USA EST) Footage of the scene involving Terra in BbS 0.2!
(June 14th, 2016 3:30 PM, USA EST) Churro's screenshots of gameplay!
(June 14th, 2016 3:31 PM, USA EST) An image of Rhyme from The World Ends With You in Dream Drop Distance HD!
(June 14th, 2016 3:32 PM, USA EST) A closer look at Catnuki!
(June 14th, 2016 3:40 PM, USA EST) More footage of BbS 0.2!
(June 14th, 2016 3:45 PM, USA EST) Footage of BbS 0.2's boss battle!
(June 14th, 2016 4:00 PM, USA EST) Footage of opening scene for BbS 0.2 [SPOILER WARNING]
(June 14th, 2016 9:16 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue confirmed to appear in the next Famitsu Weekly article
(June 14th, 2016 9:33 PM, USA EST) No Final Fantasy based worlds will be featured in Kingdom Hearts III
(June 14th, 2016 9:49 PM, USA EST) Tai Yasue says Kingdom Hearts HD collections on PS4 not ruled out completely
(June 14th, 2016 10:39 PM, USA EST) Famitsu posts interview with Tetsuya Nomura focusing on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and it's connections to Kingdom Hearts III
(June 15th, 2016 2:30 AM, USA EST) Impressions of the Kingdom Hearts 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage- E3 demo
(June 15th, 2016 4:00 PM, USA EST) KH13.com, KHInsider, KH Union and Project Destati take over the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account!
(June 15th, 2016 4:10 PM, USA EST) Churro and Branden from KH Union surprise attack Co-Director Tai Yasue with a χ Back Cover question!
(June 15th, 2016 4:21 PM, USA EST) A big Kingdom Hearts family photo including KH13.com, KHInsider, KH Union, Project Destati, Co-Director Tai Yasue, and Producer Rie Nishi!
(June 15th, 2016 7:39 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ to release in Europe at 12 AM, USA PDT! Aqua medal to be gifted to all players at 12 AM PDT as well!
(June 16th, 2016 7:58 PM, USA EST) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue given awards and nominations from Gamerspack, LEVELCAMP, and Monstervine!
- Jun 16 2016 06:59 PM
- by Jake
Nomura talks Kingdom Hearts III, new outfits for Sora & Riku, link with KHχ, KH3D being considered & more
The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly, releasing on Thursday, September 25, 2014, is to include an article about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, containing an interview with the director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tetsuya Nomura.
A summary of this interview has appeared online, and it covers Kingdom Hearts III, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. Some of the major points from this interview include that Kingdom Hearts III's development is on schedule, new outfits for Sora and Riku have been designed, that Kingdom Hearts III will link closely with Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], among many other things.
Thanks to hokanko-alt for the original interview summary, and to translator goldpanner for translating everything into English, you can read it below.
This is a pre-release special feature including a review of all currently known info, play impressions, and an interview with director Tetsuya Nomura.
KH2.5 parts aside:
- when asked if reports that KH3 co-director Yasue spoke about Frozen overseas were incorrect, apparently not giving a clear yes or no meant that overseas some took it as fact
- choosing what to say you want to do as a new world for KH3 or at some other point in the future is difficult, they are highly passionate
- the conversation between the mystery pair is even longer, over 2 minutes
- Between KH2.5 and KH3 they want to leave the least possible time for fans who understand the developments of KHχ to get separated
- The scenarios of KHχ and KH3 are closely related, and are currently being written simultaneously
- They don't want to leave KH3D out all by itself, so they are considering key things
- KH3 is moving along steadily and according to plan
- They are having issues creating the images because of the engine, but they are writing the scenario and selecting worlds
- Sora and Riku etc's new clothes have been drawn up
- The Osaka team said Sora's mobility was too high and he felt invincible (in his final stages of growth)
- Keyblade transformation/shape variations are turning out amazing
- They have various other projects outside of KH3, but thanks to all the offers coming currently they are going to respond to it first
- They plan to publish Nomura comments in the next issue too
Update: Kotaku have also published a summary of the article, you can read it below.
Square Enix recently revealed that Tetsuya Nomura is no longer helming Final Fantasy XV. Now he can work on getting Kingdom Hearts III out quickly.
"We're regularly meeting schedule deadlines." Nomura said in an interview with Weekly Famitsu. "Unfortunately, due to the engine, there are areas on the visual side where we're struggling."
Talking about the Kingdom Hearts III intro teaser that is included with Kingdom Hearts II.5 HD ReMIX, Nomura said, "When we showed the gameplay demo, we received the fan feedback and I felt a lot of anticipation was directed at Kingdom Hearts III. At present we can't really show more, but I wanted to send out some sort of message [to the fans]." Nomura also added, "I also wanted to show people that [Kingdom Hearts III] is going to start from a place they won't expect."
Nomura couldn't specify exactly how far along development Kingdom Hearts III is, but he did note: "I'm currently writing the scenario and selecting worlds. I'm also designing new outfits for Sora and Riku." That kind of gives you a general idea.
In regards to the change in directors for Final Fantasy XV, Nomura stated, "It was a company decision. That's all I can say about it right now."
- Sep 25 2014 08:39 AM
- by Sora96
In the special Kingdom Hearts feature of the latest Dengeki PlayStation magazine, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, has confirmed that "Kingdom Hearts" will not be revealed till the end of Kingdom Hearts III and the motivation Master Xehanort had for wanting to acquire Kingdom Hearts. The idea of "Kingdom Hearts" will be discussed further in Kingdom Hearts III than in any other previous title from the series.
You can read a translation of the excerpt below thanks to @_ikenie.
Battle with Xehanort draws to a close, his motivation for acquiring the Kingdom Hearts discussed a little
What "Kingdom Hearts" actually is won't be fully revealed until the very end of KH3. It will be discussed further than previous entries
What do you think "Kingdom Hearts" truly is? Let us know in the comments below!
- Oct 07 2015 11:49 AM
- by Jake
New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]
Famitsu has updated their site following the presentation at D23 Expo Japan with a series of images and descriptions including a new attraction flow attack for Kingdom Hearts III. This new attack is based on Disney attraction named "Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster". You can find the image below:
In the section including Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, a new image shows Riku, Kairi and King Mickey standing before Yen Sid in the Mysterious Tower in Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-:
Here's a screenshot of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD with Sora surrounded by all his friends:
Last but not least, Beast's Castle was announced as a new world in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. However, it remains uncertain if Beast's Castle will be added to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ in the near future.
Translations will be added as soon as they are available.
Do you believe "Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster" may lead to a possible Toy Story world? Let us know in the comments!
- Nov 07 2015 11:47 PM
- by soraspromise
In the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly, Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series has confirmed Kingdom Hearts III will be featured at D23 Expo 2015 on November 6. Nomura says that they "have some interesting things planned", he added there will be "Kingdom Hearts III news, and various things".
- Apr 14 2015 08:06 AM
- by Sora96