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  1. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts III at TGS 2018

    Welcome to our live coverage of the Tokyo Game Show 2018, which will be streaming live from Makuhari Messe, within Japan’s Chiba prefecture!

    The Tokyo Game Show often consists of exciting promotion and insights into the development of many prominent games in Japan. It takes place between September 20th to September 23rd, 2018.

    This year, it will include a Kingdom Hearts III Stage Event that will be streamed from Niconico (Nicovideo.jp) and YouTube between 12:50 and 1:40 PM JST! Kingdom Hearts voice actors Miyu Iruno (the voice of Sora), Megumi Toyoguchi (the voice of Aqua), and comedian Akira Kawashima (as the host) have been confirmed to show up at the event!

    Follow KH13’s coverage here and across our social media for more news relating to what TGS 2018 has in store for Kingdom Hearts III and more!



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    September 10, 2018 (6:30 PM JST) The Playstation LineUp Tour will be starting!
    September 10, 2018 (6:30 PM JST) The PlayStation LineUp Tour has begun!
    September 10, 2018 (6:35 PM JST) Big Hero 6 trailer being shown now!
    September 10, 2018 (6:37 PM JST) Kingdom Hearts VR confirmed!

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    September 11, 2018 (7:30 PM JST) Square Enix releases floor plan for the show!
    September 11, 2018 (11:42 PM JST) Square Enix releases floor plan for download on IOS and Android!
    September 12, 2018 (8:45 PM JST) TGS to premiere Kingdom Hearts III LINE TsumTsum with Miyu Iruno and Meyumi Toyoguchi!
    September 12, 2018 (10:16 AM PST) Official Kingdom Hearts Instagram account hits 200,000 followers!
    September 12, 2018 (6:08 PM PST) New retweet campaign to win an autograph from Miyu Iruno!
    September 17, 2018 (10:00 PM PST) Square Enix releases the Kingdom Hearts III extended TGS trailer!
    September 17, 2018 (10:15 PM PST) The Kingdom Hearts III box art has been revealed!
    September 17th, 2018 (10:39 PM PST) Nomura confirms that there will be no more Kingdom Hearts trailers coming out of TGS, but there will be additional info!
    September 19, 2018 (3:29 PM EST) Square Enix Presents, PlayStation stage, and Dengeki VS Famitsu will be live streaming Kingdom Hearts III presentations from Tokyo Game Show.










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    -Big Hero 6 trailer shown at Playstation Lineup Tour Japan!
    -Kingdom Hearts VR Experience revealed at the PlayStation LineUp Tour in Japan!
    -Kingdom Hearts Concert Tour 2018 coming to PlayStation VR as revealed at the PlayStation LineUp Tour in Japan!
    -Utada Hikaru to perform Kingdom Hearts III song Chikai live for the first time!
    -Dengeki and Famitsu showcasing Kingdom Hearts III demo live at TGS 2018!
    -Kingdom Hearts III presentation announced for the Tokyo Game Show 2018 with playable demo and t-shirts!
    -UPDATE: Release month for Kingdom Hearts II: Halloween Town Sora Bring Arts revealed!
    -Release of the extended version of the Kingdom Hearts III Big Hero 6 trailer!
    -Kingdom Hearts III Box Art revealed!
    -Square Enix e-store adds new merchandise following TGS!
    -Tetsuya Nomura promises more Kingdom Hearts info at TGS 2018!
    -Square Enix is holding a campaign on their e-store in commemoration of Kingdom Hearts III's release!
    -Kingdom Hearts III presentation announced for TGS 2018 with playable demo and t-shirts!

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  2. Kingdom Hearts III Sora Guardian Form Funko Pop NYCC Exclusive Revealed!

    A brand new Kingdom Hearts III Sora Funko Pop figure has been reported by Dis.Funko and anerdydad stating to be an NYCC exclusive. You can view the picture below!

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    Please note there has not been any official announcement from Funko Pop.

    Are you going to NYCC? If so, will you be picking Guardian Form Sora up? Lets us know in the comments!

  3. Kingdom Hearts III Limited Edition PS4 Slim and Top Cover announced at TGS2018!

    Today at the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix of Japan announced a new Kingdom Hearts III Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Slim console, with a brand new design on the top. It was on display next to the Kingdom Hearts III Limited Edition PS4 Pro model that was announced at E3 in June.

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    The bundle is available in both the 500GB model for ¥33,890 and the 1TB model for ¥38,980. Both versions are now available for pre-order at the Sony Japan Store. It releases on January 25th, 2019.

    The top cover is also currently available for pre-order if you decide not to purchase the actual console for ¥3,500.

    What do you think of the PS4 Slim and Top cover? Let us know in the comments below!

    Don’t forget to stay up to date with KH13 for updates on the Tokyo Game Show 2018! Coverage of the event can be found on our Twitter, Tumblrand Facebook pages as well as our coverage article here!

  4. Kingdom Hearts III presentation announced for the Tokyo Game Show 2018 with playable demo and t-shirts

    PlayStation Japan has announced that a Kingdom Hearts III presentation will take place on the PlayStation booth stage at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 on September 23 between 1:00 - 1:40 PM JST. The presentation will provide the latest information about Kingdom Hearts III hosted by Hatsune Matsushima and have co-director Tai Yasue along with special guest Kanata Hongo.

    Along with this announcement, the Japanese Kingdom Hearts twitter account have also stated that a Kingdom Hearts III demo will be playable at the same booth and those who attend and play the demo will be able to receive a t-shirt designed by Tetsuya Nomura. If you aren't able to play the demo at the event, both Famitsu and Dengeki will be streaming it live. Distribution of the shirts will take place at the Kingdom Hearts III corner in the PlayStation booth. More information about this promotion can be found here and the original design can be seen below:

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    Square Enix also have a presentation dedicated to Kingdom Hearts III on September 22. You can check out information regarding this presentation here.

    Thanks to Solis and GOLDPLANNER for the translations.

    Are you excited to see what information will be discussed at the presentation? Will you be attending and playing the demo? Do you think the demo will be different in relation to past iterations? Let us know in the comments!

    Update[September 19, 2018):
    Square Enix will be hosting Square Enix Presents at Tokyo Game Show on September 22, 2018 from 12:50 JST - 13:40 JST (11:50 PM EDT - 12:40 PM EDT). The stage will be presented by a Kingdom Hearts III developer and Kingdom Hearts voice actors, Miyu Irino and Megumi Toyoguchi, the voices of Sora and Aqua. Square Enix Presents can be streamed live via YouTube, Nico Live and LINE Live.

    PlayStation will be presenting a Kingdom Hearts III stage event on September 23, 2018 from 13:00 JST - 13:40 JST (12:00 AM EDT - 12:40 AM EDT). Kingdom Hearts III co-director, Tai Yasue, will be presenting Kingdom Hearts III with co-host, Kanata Hongo. The presentation will be available to watch via live stream through the following platforms, Twitch and YouTube.

    During Dengeki's Game VS Famitsu at Tokyo Game Show, Famitsu will be playing Kingdom Hearts III on September 20, 2018 at 10:00 JST (9:00 PM EDT, Wednesday) and can be streamed live via Famitsu on Nico Live.

    Famitsu has also released information regarding Kingdom Hearts III for attendees of the Tokyo Game Show. Kingdom Hearts III t-shirts designed by Tetsuya Nomura will be distributed by the PlayStation booth on September 22, 2018 and September 23, 2018. T-shirts are first come, first serve. The Kingdom Hearts III demo will be playable at three different booths: Square Enix, PlayStation, and at Family Game Park. TGS map is available here for those attending. Square Enix will also be distributing pamphlets for Tokyo Game Show 2018, featuring the official Kingdom Hearts III box art on the cover. For those not attending Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix will have the pamphlets available for Square Enix Members on September 22, 2018 at 9 am JST. Square Enix Members will be able to use their points to exchange for the pamphlet.

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    Thanks to Xionskeyblade for the translations.

    Don’t forget to stay up to date with KH13 for updates on the Tokyo Game Show 2018! Coverage of the event can be found on our Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook pages as well as our coverage article here!

  5. Square Enix e-store has added new merchandise following TGS

    Following the release of the extended Kingdom Hearts III TGS trailer, the Square Enix e-store updated their website with items seen at San Diego Comic Con 2018 and other new items.

    Earlier this year, Square Enix revealed a Kingdom Hearts long wallet, bi-fold wallet, and a key holder at San Diego Comic Con. The long wallet comes in two colors, black and red. The long wallet retails for 37,584 yen ($334.81 USD) and the bi-fold wallet retails for 26,784 yen ($238.67 USD). Both wallets are made out of leather and feature a design of Kingdom Hearts icons. The long wallet has a keyblade zipper pull. The Kingdom Hearts key-case retails for 18,144 yen ($161.68 USD), comes in red or black, and features the same design as the long wallet and bi-fold wallet. All three items are set to release on February 21, 2019 See the wallets in our gallery below.


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    Square Enix has added Kingdom Hearts canvases of the official arts that are limited to the Square Enix e-store. Canvases feature the illustration of Sora and Riku from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. All three canvases retail for 9,800 yen ($87.32 USD) and are available for pre-order. They are set to release January 25, 2019.



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    A new addition to the Kingdom Hearts Novel series will also be releasing January 25, 2019 in Japan. The book is titled Kingdom Hearts X : The Story of You and the Keyblade and will be about the adventures from Kingdom Hearts X. The novel will retail for 800 yen ($7.13 USD). The cover art and NA title is still pending, and there is no NA release date as of yet.

    A Kingdom Hearts III Post Card Book has also been added to the Square Enix e-store and will retail for 1,296 yen ($11.58 USD). The post card book will have 24 hardcover postcards in size B6 and will be released on January 25, 2019. The cover shown for the post card book is currently the Kingdom Hearts III logo for now and will be updated in the future.



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    Update[September 19, 2018]: 7Net will be releasing a limited edition version of the Kingdom Hearts long wallet. The wallet will be white featuring the Kingdom Hearts icons design with a keyblade zipper pull. The wallet will retail for 37,800 yen ($336.81 USD) and will be released February 21, 2019.



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  6. Square Enix confirms time and date of Kingdom Hearts III presentation at TGS 2018 with special guests Miyu Irino and Megumi Toyoguchi

    Square Enix has confirmed that the stage presentation for Kingdom Hearts III at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 will be held on September 22 between 12:50-13:40 JST.

    The presentation is said to deliver the latest information for Kingdom Hearts III and will also have special guest appearances of Miyu Irino and Megumi Toyoguchi which are the Japanese voice actors for Sora and Aqua. Accompanying them will be Japanese comedian Akira Kawashima who will host the presentation. You can watch the stream live from both Youtube and Niconico (nicovideo.jp).

    What are you looking forward to seeing at the show? Let us know in the comments!

    Don’t forget to stay up to date with KH13 for updates on Square Enix Presents at the Tokyo Game Show 2018!

    UPDATE [Friday 14th Sep.] :

    A Twitter campaign has been set up by Disney TSUM TSUM in celebration of Miyu Irino's guest appearance at TGS.

    Retweeting enters you into the draw, with the prize being a signature from Miyu Irino himself. The campaign is being held until Sunday, September 23rd.

    UPDATE [Wednesday 19th Sep.] :

    The Sora and Riku Tsum with voice will be available from September 19 at 11:00 through September 22 at 10:59. The interview with Sora's voice actor Miyu Irino is view able until September 30.
    There is a special wallpaper available at the TGS2018 Kingdom Hearts booth! To receive it, turn on your Bluetooth near the booth!

  7. Dengeki and Famitsu showcasing Kingdom Hearts III demo live at TGS 2018

    Famitsu and Dengeki have announced they will be livestreaming gameplay of the Kingdom Hearts III demo being showcased at the Tokyo Game Show this year.

    Famitsu will be broadcasting it over on their Youtube! on September 20 at 10:00 - 10:40 AM JST

    Dengeki will be broadcasting their livestream of the demo through their channel on Nico Nico (Nicovideo.jp) and on their YouTube on September 21 at 10:00 JST

    The demo they will be playing will be showcasing two worlds, which will most likely be Mt. Olympus and Toy Box as before.

    Recently, PlayStation announced that Kingdom Hearts III would be on board the PlayStation Road to Greatness Tour, and it was reported to be an extended version of the past demos at its recent stop in Del Mar, California.

    Seeing how this is the first time Kingdom Hearts III will be played in Japan, what do you expect to see in the livestreams? Are you expecting the same demo as before or maybe a new extended version? Let us know in the comments!

    Keep up to date with Kingdom Hearts III news at TGS 2018 on our website and via Twitter! You can also catch up to all TGS 2018 news via our full coverage of the event! For major updates, follow us on Facebook and Tumblr as well!

  8. Square Enix is holding a campaign on their e-STORE in commemoration of Kingdom Hearts III's release

    Square Enix has announced they will be holding a campaign on their e-store from September 18, 2019 - March 31, 2019. The campaign is in commemoration of Kingdom Hearts III's release. If you purchased Kingdom Hearts related merchandise from the Square Enix Japan e-store, you may receive a Kingdom Hearts gift with your order. Pre-ordered items count towards this campaign. Square Enix notes that if the gifts run out they will be making an announcement ending the campaign on their campaign page.

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    There are two phases of the campaign in which Square Enix will be distributing the gifts. The first phase of the campaign will take place September 18, 2018 14:00 JST - January 10, 2019 midnight JST. The second phase of the campaign will take place January 10, 2019 midnight JST - March 31, 2019 midnight JST.

    The gifts that will be given out through the campaign will be one of the five ringed notebooks that features the designs from the Kingdom Hearts recap series. During the first phase of gifts, 2,000 lucky people will receive one of the five notebooks. During the second phase, only 1,000 people will be chosen for the notebooks. In order to qualify for this gift, a purchase of 3,500yen or more must be made.


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    A Kingdom Hearts III original mirror will be available as a gift with a purchase of 13,500 yen or more. The first phase, 800 people will be chosen to receive this gift. During the second phase, only 200 people will be chosen to receive this gift.

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    Keep up to date with Kingdom Hearts III news at TGS 2018 on our website and via Twitter!

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  9. Tetsuya Nomura makes comments promising more Kingdom Hearts info at TGS 2018

    Shortly after the release of Kingdom Hearts III's extended Tokyo Game Show trailer, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura made comments on his Twitter about Kingdom Hearts III's presence at Tokyo Game Show 2018.

    In the first tweet, Nomura expressed his thoughts on Utada Hikaru's live performance of the Kingdom Hearts III theme song, Chikai. Nomura also confirmed that there will not be any more trailers coming out of TGS, but that there will still be more info, which he encourages fans to look forward to.

    Nomura also wanted to reveal the Kingdom Hearts III box art himself in the second tweet, before it was released elsewhere. There will be a large version of this box art on display at the expo itself. While that's all he will be saying, he reinforces that there will be further information revealed during TGS.

    Thank you to Goldpanner for translating these tweets!

    What do you think of Nomura's comments? What do you think this upcoming info entails? Let us know in the comments below!

    Keep up to date with Kingdom Hearts III news at TGS 2018 on our website and via Twitter!

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  10. Kingdom Hearts III Box Art Revealed

    Following the Kingdom Hearts III extended TGS trailer release, Square Enix revealed the official box art for Kingdom Hearts III, drawn by Tetsuya Nomura, on the official Kingdom Hearts twitter. The official box art features a similar design from the Kingdom Hearts box art.



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    What do you think of the Kingdom Hearts III box art? Comment down below!

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  11. Kingdom Hearts III Big Hero 6 extended trailer has been released

    As promised, an extended version of the Kingdom Hearts III Big Hero 6 trailer has finally been released by Square Enix! You can watch it below.


    The new trailer features Japanese dub as before, with additional gameplay and cutscene snippets from the world of Big Hero 6 as well as the Carribean.



    What are your impressions and analyses of the new trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

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  12. New area of Olympus spotted as part of a Kingdom Hearts III demo in Del Mar, California

    It seems Kingdom Hearts III really is showing up everywhere, even in the most unexpected places.

    PlayStation's Road to Greatness tour's recent stop arrived at the Kaaboo Music Festival in Del Mar, California taking place September 14-16, and seemingly brought a demo of Kingdom Hearts III!

    Surprisingly, an Instagram story from rod83092, who attended the festival showed a brand new screenshot of the Olympus world. You can check out the image below:


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    When asked about the screenshot, he said, "You begin near Athens I believe, headed towards Mt. Olympus. The point is to keep getting up higher and higher through the cliffs. You can use a dash gliding ability and fight many different heartless. It rapidly changes scenes until you get to the Rock Titan fight where you defeat him using Big Magic Mountain."

    rod83092 also said, "You can choose either Olympus or Toy Box, no time limit at all until completed, and very different from the trailers [shown] before with different colors and environment areas."

    The demo seemed to not include the "Premium Showcase" title.

    *UPDATE [Sep 15, 2018]:* rod83092 has reported that taking photos within the truck has now been prohibited.

    If anyone is interested in attending the Road to Greatness Tour, here are the tour dates!

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  13. Big Hero 6 trailer shown at Playstation Lineup Tour Japan

    A new trailer was just revealed for Kingdom Hearts III at the PlayStation LineUp Tour in Japan! It showcased the Big Hero 6 world where Sora, Donald and Goofy meet Baymax and Hiro in San Fransokyo along with a closer look at the Monsters Inc, Tangled and Toy Story worlds.

    A new keyblade transformation was also shown titled Nano Arms as well as new Gummi Ship parts and gameplay, a new keyblade and a brief glimpse at Aqua! You can check out the new trailer below:


    What were you most excited to see in this new trailer? Let us know in the comments!

    Don’t forget to stay up to date with KH13 for updates on Square Enix Presents at the Tokyo Game Show 2018! Coverage of the event can be found here!

  14. [UPDATE] Kingdom Hearts III to appear at EGX 2018 in Birmingham

    Kingdom Hearts III has been showing up in some capacity at all the big gaming conventions recently, usually the highlight of which is the playable Kingdom Hearts III demo, along with new merchandise etc.

    EGX 2018 will be receiving the same treatment - showcasing all the latest and greatest there is to see from Kingdom Hearts III!

    EGX 2018 will take place at The NEC in Birmingham, UK on from September 20 - 23. It will run from 10am - 6pm on Thursday and Sunday and will run from 10am - 7pm on Friday and Saturday.


    You can purchase tickets here.

    UPDATE [Sunday 9th Sept.]:
    A demo for Kingdom Hearts III has been officially announced to contain a battle against the Rock Titan in Olympus Coliseum and the opportunity to explore the Toy Box alongside Woody and Buzz.

    Also available at EGX is the chance to feel like a toy with a photo op in Andy's room, as well as a huge metal Kingdom Key being on display.

  15. Nomura has announced updates to the Kingdom Hearts Union χ main story connecting to Kingdom Hearts III

    In commemoration of the 3rd Kingdom Hearts Union χ Anniversary, Nomura has released a message thanking players for playing Kingdom Hearts Union χ! He has also announced the Kingdom Hearts III mini-games, Classic Kingdom, has arrived to Kingdom Hearts Union χ! Read Nomura's translated statement below.

    Thank you for celebrating the 3rd anniversary of KHUX.

    Long time no see, though it might not be the case lately. To be exact, it hasn't been three years since Unionχ, but we apparently are counting from Unchained χ . That means it would be 5 years since "χ [chi]". but I guess that's not how it works. It's kind of a loose 3rd anniversary, but this year we are doing things a little differently.

    We are near the end of developing Kingdom Hearts III, but the mini-game "Classic Kingdom" will be a "Playable System". "Playable System" is a little long, so let's call it "x3".

    It's short ,but it's also tricky to read. It is pronounced "ex-tres".

    In x3, not only are you able to play the Classic Kingdom, but you can also use the communication tool and other new contents. The menu design is also from the device Sora uses in Kingdom Hearts III. Please wait for more details, which will be announced soon.

    We have made players wait so long, but the main scenario will be updated next month. The wait has been long because the same staff, including me, are working on both scenarios for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and Kingdom Hearts III.

    This time the story will move closer to the core. The main story will be updated again in the next update, including the introduction to a new character(s) The connection among the characters may be revealed. I think the story will head to a very interesting point.

    So far we were exploring Disney worlds that already existed, but we will finally explore new worlds soon. We are preparing more mysteries and new developments, so I hope you continue to enjoy playing Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. To thank everyone, we will be giving out jewels!

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    In this limited quest, complete the Kingdom Hearts III Classic mini-games with high scores and receive the Starlight Keyblade in Kingdom Hearts III!


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    Update[September 6, 2018]: New content has been updated for Kingdom Hearts Union χ3 (ex-tres) mode has been added to version 3.0.0. χ3's design was created to imitate Sora's menu screen on his device in Kingdom Hearts III. Through the χ3 menu, players can access the Classic Kingdom mini-games and the new communication feature.


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    The Classic Kingdom mini-games are available through the χ3 menu. There are five mini-games available to play: Giantland, The Musical Farmer, The Karnival Kid, The Barnyard Battle, and Fishin' Frenzy. High scores are required to attain the Starlight Keyblade product code for Kingdom Hearts III. Players are allowed many attempts to get a high score for the Starlight Keyblade limited quest, but only until the quest deadline.



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    A new communication feature has been added to Kingdom Hearts Union χ through the χ3 menu. Through this new communication feature, players can talk to other players across various parties and unions, not just their own.


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    A full render of Sora holding the Starlight Keyblade has also been released. You can view it below.


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    Update 3.0.0 is now available in Japan and is to be available for North America on September 7, 2018.

  16. Square Enix list Kingdom Hearts III in their lineup and share Square Enix Present's Livestreams for TGS 2018

    Square Enix has provided part of their lineup for The Tokyo Game Show this year lasting from September 20th to September 23rd, 2018! You can find the list of confirmed games and the links to Square Enix Present’s livestream below!

    Game list announcement and message translated by KH13 team member @NihonScribe.

    This year Square Enix TGS 2018 is planned again for a live broadcast from the stage and our special studio! Kingdom Hearts III, Dragon Quest X, Final Fantasy XIV, and other notable titles will appear. Everyone's expectations can only be delivered here from Square Enix's TGS stage and special studio. Don't miss it!


    Here is where you can find the links to Square Enix Present’s live broadcast of the event on Niconico (nicovideo.jp)!

    September 22nd (Studio livestream)
    September 22nd (Stage livestream)
    September 23rd (Studio livestream)
    September 23rd (Stage livestream)


    Here is where you can find the links to their live broadcasts on YouTube!

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    September 22nd (Stage livestream)
    September 23rd (Studio livestream)
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    Are you excited for the Tokyo Game Show this year? What are you hoping for in their presentations of these games? Let us know in the comments below!

    Don’t forget to stay up to date with KH13 for updates on Square Enix Present’s schedule for Tokyo Game Show 2018!

  17. Nomura's favorite world is where Kingdom Hearts III's last battle will take place

    French writer, Filipe Da Silva Barbosa from Gameblog, released an exclusive interview from Gamescom 2018 with Tetsuya Nomura regarding Kingdom Hearts III. Read the translated interview below:

    Gameblog: More than sixteen years after his debut, the adventure of Sora and his friends is coming to an end. I was a young teen myself when the first game came out. How are you feeling after working for so long on this franchise and are you measuring the impact these games have on many fans around the world?

    Nomura: First of all, this is not the end of the story of Sora and his friends. Only the conclusion of their confrontation against Xehanort, the end of the saga of the Dark Seeker started with the first game. Their story does not end with Kingdom Hearts III. What I remember is not so much the impact that these games had on the fans around the world, but the one that the players had on the series itself and that is the reason for its longevity. I am very grateful to them for allowing the series to last so long.

    Gameblog: Many French fans were really disappointed to hear that Kingdom Hearts III would not benefit from dubbing in their language. This was the case in their day for Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, and the French players were really attached to these voices. How did you come to this difficult decision?

    Nomura: Kingdom Hearts III is fully dubbed. On top of that, for the previous episodes, we adapted the lip movements so that they matched the doubled language, so we had to consider the additional production costs that would have resulted. Given the technological gap between the current generation of consoles and the one in which Kingdom Hearts I and II were produced, we had to proceed in a completely different way. The casting for each country, the recording of the voices, the different schedules, the entire dubbing process itself had to be done concomitantly for the English and Japanese dubbing. Just recording voices takes a lot of time, work, and budget, which means that the game could not have benefited from a worldwide release. We wanted it to be a priority for this game to be the first Kingdom Hearts to be released at the same time around the world.

    Gameblog: You've said it many times already: Kingdom Hearts III is the most ambitious episode of the franchise so far. In previous gameplay trailers, we have seen worlds such as Mount Olympus and Corona of Rapunzel have larger areas to explore than in previous games. Can you tell us how Kingdom Hearts III encourages the player to discover every bit of these worlds?

    Nomura: With Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance at first and now Kingdom Hearts III, we have been striving to make the action more dynamic than ever before. As a result, I felt that providing more verticality in exploration - rather than horizontality - would be more appropriate for the worlds traversed. There are many places you can reach and from which you can jump freely, and I do not think that players will resist a long time to try it. There are also many items to collect, which will push players to browse in every corner.

    Gameblog: With the worlds of Toy Story and Monsters Inc., and the recent announcement of a mini-game dedicated to Ratatouille, Pixar movies are finally at the party in Kingdom Hearts. How did you create these worlds, especially in your conversations with Pixar's creative teams?

    Nomura: While we were still in negotiations, I myself visited Pixar's premises a number of times. We then exchanged and shared our creative visions around the project. After that, we first focused on the plot of the world of Toy Story and, after that, it took a long time to reach an agreement. In the meantime, the teams involved in the project strengthened, and after all this time working together for the same goal, we naturally came to an agreement.

    Gameblog: Of all the worlds from the series, which one is your favorite?

    Nomura: My favorite world comes from Kingdom Hearts III, and as we have not shown it yet, I can not reveal too much! What I can tell you though is that this is the world in which the game's last clash is taking place, and I'm really looking forward to fans discovering and playing it.

    Gameblog: During the last game presentation, we saw several new gameplay elements, such as Attraction Flow or the ability to change Keyblade during combat. How did you make sure that all these gameplay possibilities fit together well to provide a fun and exhilarating experience?

    Nomura: I think that one of the essential elements that make an interesting title is the fact of making it a playground. Without granting a certain freedom to the players, this is not possible, so we did to include as many choices as possible. Even if I had to recommend a particular approach, it is up to the players themselves to choose the one that suits them best and to feel free to experiment with the different possibilities of gameplay.
    For each situation, all the ones that could be used were displayed in the command bar, but I wanted this to change, so that the same choices are not made each time. Now you can select more techniques than just the ones that appear in the command bar; these accumulate then and have a gauge of use limited in time. This aspect of the gameplay has become, during development, something that I really wanted to include.

    Gameblog: In 2002, when the first Kingdom Hearts came out, the game was considered by many to be the meeting between the Final Fantasy franchise and the Disney worlds. Even if it's less obvious with the latest episodes, how does this apply to Kingdom Hearts III?

    Nomura: It's been more than ten years, and the original and once-unknown characters of Kingdom Hearts now have their fans and have become popular themselves. In the time of the release of the first Kingdom Hearts, bringing together several Final Fantasy characters in a single game was something really new and unique. However, this is not the case anymore. If I had the opportunity to include Final Fantasy characters again and again in a Kingdom Hearts, I would be delighted to do so. But lately in the series, we also dwell on the history of the original characters and how it develops more by itself.

    Gameblog: Indeed, Kingdom Hearts is a franchise that brings together a large number of memorable characters and is built around a complex plot developed through many games for sixteen years. How do you intend to satisfy both the newcomers and the fans present since the beginning of the trip?

    Nomura: There are not many examples in the field of video games but I think of some sagas movies or TV series for which viewers can find interest without necessarily resume everything from the beginning. For those who have never been introduced to the series before, we have included various elements in Kingdom Hearts III to expose the ins and outs of history and allow newcomers to achieve the minimum level of understanding required, with the introduction at the beginning of the game of a series of videos that summarize the plot. Moreover, we will obviously gorge the game of content to satisfy the fans of the first hour! Kingdom Hearts III is truly a game suitable for both types of players. And for those who discover the saga with this episode, I would be delighted if it gave them the opportunity to take an interest in the series and also immerse themselves in the other episodes.


    You can read the original article here.

  18. Kingdom Hearts III to be featured live at PAX WEST 2018 on the official Kingdom Hearts Facebook account

    The official Kingdom Hearts Facebook account is planning a livestream featuring Kingdom Hearts III at PAX WEST 2018! The stream is scheduled for today at 2:30 PM PDT, and can be accessed on Facebook.

    Attendees of PAX WEST this year are able to enjoy the Toy Box and Olympus demos of the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III, releasing January 29, 2019, worldwide. Square Enix is also giving away Kingdom Hearts III phone holders, and have put on display replicas of the Keyblades Shooting Star and Infinity Badge.

    Let us know if you are/will be at PAX WEST 2018, otherwise, or tune into the livestream to find out what's going on at the event!

  19. Limited quantities of PlayStation 4 Pro Kingdom Hearts III Limited Edition still available for pre-order at some Japanese retailers

    PlayStation 4 Pro Kingdom Hearts III Limited Edition was announced back in E3, and although initially available through a lottery system, it became available for preorder through numerous Japanese online retailers soon after.

    You can check here below the list of Japanese retailers that are still taking online preorders:

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    Please notice that although you might be able to place your order, some of the listed retailers may not offer a shipping service outside Japan (e.g. Amazon.jp) or to your country of residence.

    Are you going to pre-order one of those Limited Edition PS4 Pro? Let us know in the comment section below!

  20. Kingdom Hearts III will be present at Comic Con Nordics in Stockholm with two playable demos

    Kingdom Hearts III is going to be present at Comic Con Nordics. The convention will be hosted in Stockholm (Sweden) from September 14th to 16th.

    Comic Con Nordics attendees will be able to access to two playable demos, although it is still unclear if they are actually going to feature the already seen settings of Toy Box and the Rock Titan battle as in the previously shared demos. You can check here the announcement tweet done by Koch Media Nordic.

    Will you be able to attend Comic Con Nordics and try the Kingdom Hearts III demo yourself? Let us know in the comments!

  21. Nomura talks about a Frozen mini-game, Port Royal, Scrooge's restaurant in Twilight Town, world order, Aqua's transformation, Riku Replica, and more with Dengeki PlayStation

    In last week's issue of Dengeki PlayStation, a Kingdom Hearts III feature included an exclusive interview with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura. We previously published a summary of the key points as posted by the blog Hokanko(Alt).

    You can view the scans below.

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    You can read the full interview below, with translations provided by KH13 News Staff NihonScribe and Mio-chan, and Keytotruth and Katie Armstrong.

    [UPDATE Jul 3, 2018] We have slightly revised our translations thanks to SQEX☆GAL and Keytotruth; we have written the revised translations in blue for your benefit.

    Director’s voice
    Mr. Tetsuya Nomura

    People’s expectations have been increased by the reveal of a long-term release date and two new worlds [KHIII]! We will ask Director Tetsuya Nomura about the highlighted informations in details.


    —Two worlds and a long-term release date have been revealed in the new trailer! First, please tell us more about the first appearance of Frozen in the series.

    Nomura: I planned to put Frozen in the game quite early in the development. It is a such a wonderful movie, I had the opportunity to go to its premiere. It was thE moment when I was thinking of which worlds to add so I decided to put it in the game. I knew that a lot of people asked for this world.

    —What kind of scenario will occur?

    Nomura: The time axis follows the main part of the movie. While Elsa and Anna’s story is in motion, there is a feeling that Sora’s story progresses too. In Frozen’s world, there is a scene where Goofy slides on a shield like a sled, that’s one of the important highlights. It’s a part of the main story, but will also be a mini-game.

    —In the trailer we saw Sora attacking with ice skates-like weapon, what is it?

    Nomura: That’s a Keyblade transformation, you obtain them in the Frozen world.

    —In the frozen world, will characters like Elsa and Olaf join the party?

    Nomura: Unfortunately Elsa will not join you. Instead, there are scenes where Marshmallow (the ice monster) will lend its strength.

    —Following this, about Pirates of the Caribbean, the impact that the graphics had was mind-blowing!

    Nomura: Speaking of desire, I wanted to make a breakthrough in term of graphics. In this world Sora, his friends and even Luxord are made of realistic graphics according to their surroundings.

    —The pirate appearance on Sora gives him a fresh look.

    Nomura: That was something that I really wanted to do. I always thought of putting pirate clothes on Sora if I ever made a sequel of the Pirates of the Caribean world.

    —Why did you decided to put Pirates of Caribbean in KH2 in the first place?


    Nomura: It’s just because I wanted to have one live action film in the game. While looking into which world would be best, I looked through the documents the staff made with suggestions. Many of them had controls for a pirate ship from Pirates of the Caribbean and I felt that that would be wonderful to have. With the ship you can have battles on the sea and mid-air, so in that one world you have battles in all types of terrains: sea, land and air. Of course the city of Port Royal is in there as well.

    —The world is based on the third movie, At World’s End, right?

    Nomura: Exactly. As most people who have seen the movie, they know that the third one is actually a sequel to the second one. In KHII, we used the first movie as a base for the world, and the logical step would have been to use the second one for KHIII, but I didn’t want to end the world with the story halfway done, so we decided it would be best to base it on the third movie. However, we wrote the script so you will still get what happens during the second movie.

    —Having battles on top of the ships and using them to attack really made it feel like you have
    a lot of ways to play in this world.


    Nomura: As I previously stated, all the elements such as the land, sea, and sky were included, so the amount of gimmicks in the world is quite large. The Pirates of the Caribbean world was made relatively freely, so there are plenty of elements to play around. Also, the Keyblade of this world transforms into a spear and a flag.

    —In this footage, are we given a gist of the Disney worlds that have been announced?

    Nomura: The only world we still have to show from our announcements is Big Hero 6. Our timeline has it set to announced in the next video I think.

    —In terms of Disney works, other elements shown for the first time were Wreck-It Ralph, and Remy’s Delicious Restaurant (Note: They mean Ratatouille).

    Nomura: Wreck-It Ralph is a type of Link command within battle that was revealed the other day I think. “Remy’s Delicious Restaurant” was revealed for the first time in this video and is a mini-game. In Twilight Town there is a new restaurant that Scrooge opens, where Sora cooks with Remy with the ingredients he gathers from various worlds for recipes.

    —In May you held an event overseas that allowed people to play this. How were their reactions?

    Nomura: I invited people from the media and influencers who report information, but the enthusiasm for KHIII was amazing. Because I was able to go for a couple of hours at that event, those who participated were playing the two modes I edited carefully.

    —In this demo we were able to play in the worlds of Hercules and Toy Story, but why
    did you choose these two?

    Nomura: That was a request from the Osaka team. Because those two worlds could be played in a state of quality that was the closest to that of the finished product.

    —Was there feedback that added to elements being put into the finished product?

    Nomura: There are a couple of things, but for example, the camera surroundings were adjusted further. KHIII has too much mobility for the character, which makes it hard for the camera to catch up with the movement, but this is an important point so I will keep checking on this until the last minute.

    —Actually I got a chance to play the game, and not only was I surprised by the gameplay content, but also the quality of the graphics. Certainly, when watching the event scenes of the world of Toy Story, one can mistake them for the Disney/Pixar movie itself.

    Nomura: I'm happy to hear you say this. This time it was difficult because we didn’t use any of our past work - it was all built from scratch. Not just with Toy Story, but also all of the worlds that have been announced were worked on to implement quality graphics, so please look forward to it.

    —Were the contents packed into the Toy Story world within this demo roughly what we
    can expect in the release version?

    Nomura: That's right. I think that there are a variety of battle systems, but it was designed to be experienced by a single person.

    —By the way, is the difficulty level of this demo akin to standard mode in the final version?

    Nomura: Since I wanted to test the gameplay from the other day as much as possible before moving ahead, I set the difficulty level at a place that was less challenging compared to standard mode in order to effectively defeat enemies. It is easier to compared to the standard mode, but it is not to be confused with beginner mode. Though I wanted to test various attacks consecutively in the trial, the enemy would be defeated in an instant, but in the standard mode of the released version, during that time I've been discussing increasing the placement of enemies.

    —Though aspects of character's development have not been revealed in detail yet, basically up to now one raises the level of the character and becomes stronger by remembering abilities; up to now this structure has remained the same, yes?

    Nomura: That is in the same vein as KHI and KHII. The process of mastering and strengthening magic also follows in the same footsteps of the numbered titles.

    —In the new trailer, we were also able to check out the Gummi Ship scenes, which seems
    to be quite enjoyable.

    Nomura: About the Gummi Ships, we’ve got the creator of Einhänder (a side-scrolling shooter released in 1997) making it, and I liked it, so I myself am looking forward to seeing it completed. There are battle modes and free movement modes, I call it “Open World Gummi Ship”. As there’s always been, there’s the ability to customize your Gummi Ship, please wait for more information.

    —In KH3, it seems we come and go from worlds with the Gummi Ship, have you decided on the order for the worlds to be visited?

    Nomura: Just as it’s been up until now, the order of worlds you can access is determined to some degree in stages*. This time there virtually isn’t any world that you can skip**. In previous titles, we prepared the worlds to allow the player a certain degree of freedom to do as they please, but nearly everyone goes to all the worlds anyways, so it’s sort of pointless.
    (Notes:
    *If you think in terms of how the worlds worked in previous games, I think you can make the sense of it like this: You start, you have a few worlds, you beat them and then a few more become available, so in that sense the worlds unfold in stages.
    **
    For eg. if Tarzan and Alice in Wonderland worlds are both available to you, but you should go to Tarzan first to make sense storyline wise, then Tarzan would be #1 and Alice would be #2. Nomura is saying there isn't any of that kind of numbering in KH3.)

    —How do you feel about online elements?

    Nomura: There’s nothing right now, but I’m considering some things. There are some plans.

    —For the fans it will be a long wait before its release; is there any plan of revealing things like the demo we saw at the E3?

    Nomura: I have been asked this quite often, but releasing a trial version, that would be quite another story. Compared to the demo that you can play in a limited place, if we release a trial version widely to players, it will require a specific process and cost. So when you ask "Can you release a demo in events but not a trial version to players?", we unfortunately cannot afford to hand over a trial version.

    —This time in the trailer, Larxene and Marluxia make their appearance once again. Are they members of the True Organization XIII?

    Nomura: Well, putting all together the information that you already know, couldn’t you say that the members of the True Organization have come a long way too? So far, they have been introduced in a Disney world, and the main part of the story is still in a state in which only pieces are shown. I am planning to reveal information little by little in future announcements.

    —There is a scene in which Aqua seemed to have fallen into darkness, what can you say
    about it?

    Nomura: Aqua did her best so far in the Realm of Darkness, but a certain event occurred...

    —It appears that characters like Kairi, Lea, and Riku Replica are here too.

    Nomura: This is the first appearance of Kairi in KHIII. Her hair is shorter, and she got new clothes too. The place where Kairi and Lea are training is not accessible to the player. Regarding the person who seems to be Riku Replica, I hope that he will be expected in future developments, including the moment when Riku says "the other me."

    —If you are also playing Kingdom Hearts Union Cross, you will be very concerned by
    Marluxia’s presence, right?

    Nomura: I think you will understand if you play both games.

    —It seems that it will be the culmination of the series, given the large number of characters
    appearing.


    Nomura: Since “everyone's story gets settled” is one of the theses of KHIII, the number of characters who appear is enormous.

    —I think that Utada Hikaru’s new theme song is also an important point.

    Nomura: This time around, Utada-san’s productivity combined with her songwriting progress, and she was able to produce the song very early. She may have received the energy of KH fans from around the world. (Note: The term for ‘energy’ was literally ‘calories, heat’. However. ‘taking heat’ is a negative phrase in English, so I changed it to ‘energy’ to better communicate his intention.)

    —Nomura-san, were there any orders/requests from you about the song?

    Nomura: I sent something briefly explaining the series so far and the contents of KHIII and left it up to her after that.

    —Combined with the release of KHIII, there will be a special PS4 Pro All-In-One package that will be released.

    Nomura: The PS4 Pro has been in production for a while now, and we had to go over it over and over again to get the right color. When you actually pick it up, it’s got a special leather-like process. The controller also has a shiny finish, there’s a design on the touchpad part, and the buttons are monochrome. There’s not much so far, but I think it has a type. (Note: I might say ‘it has a style’ but he literally said ‘type’.)

    —Please give a message to everyone looking forward to KH3.


    Nomura: Sorry to keep you waiting a bit for the schedule, but the release date has been decided. Please keep playing past games and projects like the “KH Union Cross” app to prepare until we reached the release date. As a matter of fact, we are heading towards the possibility of reaching past full capacity, and due to this we are also thinking about online components, so we are planning for future online connections.

    —And lastly, how is progress on the FFVII Remake?

    Nomura: Though there has been suspense and misinformation concerning this, development on this is progressing smoothly and there's a lot of increasing depth. It is not that we are hiding information on the state of FFVII Remake; it is that our company is prioritizing the release of our title series KHIII. We are looking into the timing of our next information disclosure, so please wait a little more.


    Let us know your views and thoughts on this interview in the comments!

  22. Nomura explains the lack of dubbing other than English and Japanese in Kingdom Hearts III, and talks about its scriptwriting and translation processes

    The possibility of exclusion of dubbing in Kingdom Hearts III for audiences such as German, Spanish, and French-speakers has been an ongoing issue among the international fan community of the series, so much that even a petition was conducted in an attempt to make the upcoming game's dub more inclusive. Disappointment therefore ensued when it was confirmed by the Square Enix France CEO that Kingdom Hearts III would only be dubbed in Japanese and English.

    HobbyConsolas has recently published an interview with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura, whom they asked for explanations for the lack of dubbing in more languages. Nomura also talked about the translation process, the scriptwriting process, and whether Kingdom Hearts III can be a starting point for newcomers to the series.

    You can read the interview below. We would like to thank KH13 News Team member Overshot and KHχ staff Nymph for providing translations.

    Q. Kingdom Hearts II was dubbed in Castilian. Why is this not the case in Kingdom Hearts III?

    A. Kingdom Hearts III is completely dubbed [T/N: meaning it has full-on dubbing, from beginning to end] and, in addition, we have adapted the synchronization of the lips to the spoken language, so we had to consider the associated costs. Considering the difference in quality between current hardware and what was there when Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II were released, we had to do things in completely different ways.

    The casting of each country, the recording, the staff schedules, and the work process itself had to be done in the same way for both the English and Japanese versions. Only just recording the voices takes a lot of time, work, and budget, and consequently it would mean that we would not be able to launch the game simultaneously in the whole world. We wanted it to be a priority that it was the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series to be launched in this format.

    Q. There is usually a great deal of attention to detail in the translations of the Square Enix games. How is the translation of the texts progressing and what is the process behind this?

    A. We have spent a lot of time making the preparations, so the original text has been translated as directly as possible, while in the case of the different Disney worlds we asked the translators to keep the original dialogues of the films.

    The translation of Kingdom Hearts III is done internally, and we follow a multi-layered process; co-director Tai Yasue, who speaks English, checks the text, and Disney later checks it again.

    Q. How do you create the overall history [T/N: lore] of Kingdom Hearts III and at the same time that of the different worlds? Is Disney involved in the process?

    A. First I create the general structure of the broader narrative, and another scriptwriter uses it to fill in a more detailed plot. Then I take all that and start writing the whole story; sometimes I use it only as a guide, and other times, I “stick” other parts on top of the original plot. Finally, Disney edits it and gives us approval.

    In the case of the sections that take place in Disney worlds, the process is slightly different. When I have the outline of the story, we continue to base the workflow in the process that I just explained, but I have as a rule that the writers take into account the requirements of the individual level design teams when putting together the script. This goes through as a first edition to Disney, which comes back to me and on which I write my own editions and arrangements so that they fit into the general progression of the game and the narrative flow. Finally, it is sent back to Disney [again] to perform more checks.

    Q. For those who are new to the saga, do you think Kingdom Hearts III is a good starting point, or should they have played all of the other games?

    A. There are not many examples in video games, but I think there are cases of movies and television series in which the audience can be interested halfway. We have included several elements in Kingdom Hearts III to explain the story and get the rookies to reach the minimum speed for the required level of comprehension, including a series of videos that explain the story so far at the beginning of the game . I would be delighted if people who play Kingdom Hearts III are interested in the saga and go back to also play the rest of the titles.

  23. Nomura talks about working with Disney to find the right balance, the worlds' vertical expansion, and recap videos added at the start of Kingdom Hearts III

    VG247 has recently published Alex Donaldson's interview with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura. Here, he talked about having found the right balance while working with Disney, their approach to world expansion, recap elements and more in Kingdom Hearts III.

    In regards to his approach in directing Kingdom Hearts III, Nomura said he hasn't changed much, not unlike in his previous interview with Donaldson back in 2013.

    I have not changed the way I develop since the first game and I have continued to do so in the same style I always have for Kingdom Hearts 3. I have not really considered the kinds of complicated balancing issues that everyone imagines, and the game stories are simply the result of me making what I wanted to make freely.


    Nomura also spoke about seeing the positives of working with Disney's restrictions.

    It goes without saying that the freedom of movement I have on Kingdom Hearts is different from that on other titles because Disney oversees and edits things. But in a sense, I feel that working freely within those boundaries may have produced the balance we have today.


    Infact, the Pixar team working on Kingdom Hearts III had a lot of praise for Kingdom Hearts III's development team during the Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Event. Tasha Sounart, the Associate Creative Director at Pixar Animation Studios, and the Pixar Story Supervisor Jason Katz, spoke about the success of Toy Story's and Monsters, Inc.'s representation in the game being owed to the efforts spent in the back and forth between the studio and Square Enix.

    Sounart had said:

    "I’ve been a Kingdom Hearts fan for a long time. I played the first two games and a couple of the handheld games – and so just as a player I always wanted to see Pixar worlds represented.

    "Rob Rowe, our director in the interactive group, just came up to me one day and said that they were thinking of adding Pixar worlds to Kingdom Hearts 3, and what did I think of that? I was like… er, yes please! I really want to work on this! So, yes, I was super excited.

    "Square Enix’s process is very similar to ours on films, where they’ll go all the way from script to storyboard to layout to blocking animation – y’know, it’s a very similar path that all the scenes take, and we were involved from the very beginning and giving notes on the script just to make the characters feel authentic to how they would actually act in those situations.

    “They have such an attention to detail and really care about getting things right. That really is very similar to Pixar, where we will have a meeting where we’re all obsessing over this one little shadow or something [laughs]. The way that Square Enix is – they really try to get everything as good as they can get it, and so we really appreciated that when we were working with them.

    “Just seeing Buzz and Woody running around with Sora… I dunno, I’ve just wanted this for a long time – it’s so cool!”
    Katz had added:

    “The person who designed Buzz is giving notes, the person who designed Mike is giving notes – all to try to make the integration of Sora and Donald and Goofy into Monsters and Toy Story feel right.

    “That’s an important thing. It’s an easy thing to say and a tough thing to realize. Like – what is the monsterisation of Donald? What does Sora look like as a toy? But it’s so important, because not only does it move the story line, but it helps buy them into the world – there’s a reason for them being in that particular story.

    “All of a sudden the degree of notes and the amount we’re gonna push up our glasses and really dig in on the details… it’s gonna raise. Because if it looks like the film it needs to move like the film and feel like the film.

    “A big part of the Toy Story universe and those films is nostalgia – nostalgia for toys that we remember growing up, or that feeling of playing with a toy as a kid. I remember having really great conversations about… challenging the folk at Square Enix, asking ‘What were the toys you remember? What were the toys from your childhood?’


    When they brought back the idea for the Gigas and taking advantage of things that were specific to their experience playing with toys, that’s when it really started to click. That’s when it really began to feel like we were speaking the same language – but it’s also a very specific thing for Kingdom Hearts 3. That’s when you really take advantage of the time it takes to develop a real quality story.

    “Just like making our films, that takes time. It takes time to establish trust, to understand what we can both collectively bring to the table to make the end product reach the ideals we have.”


    When Nomura was asked about what Kingdom Hearts III would have been like it had it been developed for the previous generation of consoles, Nomura replied that he hadn't given it any thought. He simply talked about how the development team worked to make new players and those who have forgotten the series' previous experience catch up to the story in Kingdom Hearts III. He stated that recap videos will be added at the start of the game, along with other elements throughout the game to further players' understanding of the story.

    There aren’t many examples in gaming, but I think that there are cases of film and TV series where viewers can take an interest part way through.

    We have included several elements in Kingdom Hearts 3 to explain the story and get newcomers up to speed the minimum required level of understanding, including a series of videos to explain the story so far at the start of the game. I would be delighted if people who played Kingdom Hearts 3 took an interest in the series overall and went back to play the previous games as well.


    Nomura said that the quality, size, and depth of each world is prioritized over the overall world count, and that was greatly achieved through expanding them vertically. It is still not possible to make a simple comparison between the size of Kingdom Hearts III's worlds to the previous games' ones.

    As we can now render the worlds in much more subtlety, the level of detail that is put in to them is almost impossible to compare to the previous games. In order to get the most out of each individual resource, we prioritized making each world more detailed over adding more of them this time round.

    I think that by putting more emphasis into expanding the vertical aspect of the different levels, it gives a greater feeling that the space you play in has expanded. It is not really possible to do a simple comparison and say how many times bigger the worlds are compared to past ones, but I do think that you can have even more fun exploring all the different nooks and crannies than ever before.


    Nomura also referred to Gummi Ships to have "symbolic significance" in the series, and restated that Gummi Ship levels in Kingdom Hearts III will have a higher resemblance to an RPG world map and include exploration and detailed customization.

    Nomura concluded the interview by acknowledging that fans have a lot to expect and look out for in the final instalment of the Xehanort saga.

    The original stuff has grown and multiplied over the years, so there are more opportunities where the player has to be exposed to it. The fans now have even higher expectations towards the original elements than before.

  24. 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:



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    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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  25. Square Enix Presents 2018 Confirmed. Three Day Livestream To Have Kingdom Hearts Content

    Square Enix has confirmed that it is doing its annual E3 livestream, Square Enix Presents. It will be starting at 10 AM on June 12 -14th. Kingdom Hearts Union Cross and Kingdom Hearts III will be featured on June 14th at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM PDT respectively. The livestream will be on Youtube, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter and Mixer.

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    What are you hoping to see out of Square Enix Presents?

    Kingdom Hearts III releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25, 2019 in Japan, and January 29, 2019 to the rest of the world. You can now watch the latest Frozen trailer and Square Enix E3 Showcase trailer!

    Check out our coverage for Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 and keep an eye on our Twitter for our live updates!