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  1. Square Enix PAX East 2017 Lineup announced; Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Demo to be Present

    Square Enix has announced their PAX East 2017 lineup. One of the demos to be present will be Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.

    Here is a list of the demos to be featured:

    • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
    • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
    • Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus
    • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
    • Dragon Quest Heroes II
    • I Am Setsuna
    • Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
    • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX
    • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
    • NieR: Automata
    • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - A Criminal Past
    • Ride 2
    Posters will also be given out for the following titles:
    • Dragon Quest Heroes II
    • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
    • Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
    • Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary commemorative artwork by Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano
    • Flame x Blaze
    • Guardian Codex
    • Kingdom Hearts (double-sided poster featuring Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX as well as Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue)
    • Mobius Final Fantasy
    • NieR: Automata
    PAX East 2017 takes place from March 10th to March 12th in Boston (USA).

    UPDATE 1: Check out the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX PAX East 2017 poster! "Remember, Relive, Rejoice". View it below:

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    UPDATE 2: Square Enix held a livestream of them playing a few different games at PAX East 2017. One of which was Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. View images of their livestream and setup thanks to the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter below:


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    UPDATE 3: The official Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Twitter has released pictures of the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Kingdom Hearts Union χ section of the Square Enix booth at PAX East 2017! Check it out below:

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    Also, take a closer look at the exclusive PAX East 2017 Kingdom Hearts Union χ posters and buttons, thanks to @ToucanRob on Twitter, below:

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    UPDATE 4: Square Enix has shared gameplay footage of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX at PAX East 2017, featuring gameplay of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix. You can view the video below, courtesy of Giuseppe's Gaming. Our own video on our YouTube channel will follow shortly.


    UPDATE 5: The official Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Twitter has released a few more pictures of the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Kingdom Hearts Union χ section of the Square Enix booth at PAX East 2017 as well as a picture of the previously shown poster. Check it out the pictures below:

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  2. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX calendars now available for Japanese Square Enix members

    The official Japanese Square Enix members website has revealed a new three month calendar for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. The calendar is available to download here in one of six preferred resolutions.

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    Thanks to @aibo_ac7 for the tip!

  3. Square Enix is hosting a Kingdom Hearts acrylic stand giveaway to members

    Beginning March 9th, Square Enix is hosting a giveaway of one of three Kingdom Hearts acrylic stands for people who have Square Enix memberships. You can view the giveaway site here.

    Applicants must enter the serial codes and point cards found with their copies of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (presumably copies from the Japanese Square Enix e-store) for a chance at winning one of the stands, drawn by Tetsuya Nomura. The deadline for entries is March 22nd (up until 23:59 Japan time).

    A picture of the stands can be seen below, these stands were also given away during the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

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    The rules for the giveaway are as follows

    • Application will only be made once per account with serial code registered.
    • Multiple serial codes of the same product can not be registered.
    • The download version will be excluded from the campaign.
    • Once you have applied, you can not change the type of acrylic stand you wish.
    • After a strict drawing, we will send you "winning announcement" e-mail to the winner at a later date.
    • Those who are elected will be required to enter the winning prize delivery address from the URL described in the mail.
    • * If there is no shipping destination input within the period specified by e-mail, winning will be invalid.
    • Please refrain from the right after winning and the exhibition to the net auction such as assignment / conversion of prize

  4. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX pre-order theme now available on the NA PlayStation Network

    A PS4 theme for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is now available if you pre-order the game from the NA PlayStation Network. It will be available on February 28, 2017 in Europe.

    The theme features memorable stained glass emblems of Sora, Ventus, and Vanitas. You can see the theme below:

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    In addition, the sound beeps that accompany this theme are the same ones found in the games' menus. You can view a video of them here thanks to twitter user @MyKatsuki.

    UPDATE 1: The theme is also available to download on the Japanese PS Store!

    UPDATE 2: Although previously stated by Square to be available on February 28th, it seems like the theme will be available internationally after the release of the game if you pre-order.

    UPDATE 3: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is now available on the Japanese PlayStation store! Check out the store icon below:
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  5. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is featured in the latest VJump issue

    The latest issue of VJump magazine features Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. You can view a picture of the magazine's article below. Translations will be added soon. Special thanks to @ErrenVanDuine.

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  6. The Square Enix Online Store is holding sweepstakes with Kingdom Hearts themed prizes

    Square Enix are holding sweepstakes with Kingdom Hearts merchandise as prizes. The sweepstakes can be entered by the purchase of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and the pre-order of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.

    The prizes with the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix pre-order are:

    • 1 Mini Chirithy Static Arts
    • 1 Mini Shadow Static Arts
    • 1 Oblivion Keychain
    The prizes with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue purchase are:
    • 1 Mini Chirithy Static Arts
    • 1 Mini Meow Wow Static Arts
    • 1 Oathkeeper Keychain
    The prizes can be viewed below:

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    The sweepstakes will end on March 27, 2017 and is only available in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec and Rhode Island). Entrants must be 18 years or older.

    While the official rules state that no purchase is necessary, it goes on saying to enter an entrant must purchase or pre-oder the listed games. Entrants can also send a handwritten letter to Square Enix with the following details: name, age, phone number, mailing address, and email.

    Full details are available in the attached document below:

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  7. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX pre-order cards are in stores now

    Cards that allow you to pre-order Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX have been found in stores. These certificates have art of Sora, Donald, and Goofy on the front with the release date and information about the game compilation on the back. It also has the slogan "Remember, Relive, Rejoice" on the front which appears to be a slogan that hasn't ever been used before in the series.

    The card requires a minimum deposit of $5.00 USD.

    Photos of the card taken by Churro can be seen below:

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  8. The Japanese website for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been updated

    The official Japanese website for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has experienced a new update. Whilst the homepage remains the same as it was previously, screenshots of each game in the collection can now be viewed.

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    What do you think of these new changes? Are you excited for the collection? Let us know in the comments below!

  9. The Japanese box art for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been updated

    The Twitter account for the Japanese Square Enix store has stated that the Japanese box art for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been updated. You can view the box art below:

    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Japanese box art

  10. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX title selection screen revealed

    Today the official Japanese PlayStation website covered an article talking about Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and revealed the official title selection screen of the game in a screenshot. You can view the title screen, in addition to some new in-game screenshots below:

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    Tell us your thoughts on the new title selection screen in the comment section below!

    • Mar 23 2017 10:15 PM
    • by neil98
  11. A Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Limited Edition has been announced

    The official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account has announced the limited edition of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX for sale exclusively on the Square Enix Online Store. The Limited Edition contains both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX for PS4, and a unique pin featuring Sora from the cover art of each of the two titles in the collection. You can view the promotional image included with the tweet below:

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  12. Gamestop displays a digital version of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+.2.5 ReMIX on their website

    Gamestop USA has displayed Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX on their website as both a physical and digital purchase for $49.99. Many fans were pleased with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue also being a digital download. You can view the listing down below.


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    What do you think of this listing? Is it likely that Kingdom Hearts III may have a digital download also? Let us know in the comments! Credit to Down from NeoGaf and KHinsider for the tip!

  13. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX to feature PS4 Pro support.

    With the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue many fans have been ecstatic to play 0.2 in 4K 60fps with the PS4 Pro. The official Japanese hardware list for PS4 Pro support now displays Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, which can be viewed below! Tetsuya Nomura has also mentioned that the four playable titles will run at 60fps on the standard PS4.

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    Update: It has been officially confirmed by Square Enix that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will include support for 4K/60 fps on the Playstation 4 Pro.

    Are you excited to experience the the four playable titles in 4K? Let us know in the comments!

    Credit to Andrefpvs of NeoGAF for the find!

  14. Boxart for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 has been revealed by Amazon Canada

    The boxart for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been revealed via its listing on Amazon Canada. You can view the image below, thanks to reddit user m0rtadello.


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    Nomura previously stated that no new art would be made for this collection, and based off of this new image, it seems as though that holds true. What do you think of the boxart? Let us know in the comments!

    UPDATE 1: The boxart for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been uploaded and fixed by Square. The original upload had Xion's hand mysteriously disappear in this air. You can check it out below.


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    UPDATE 2: The back of the box has been shown off thanks to @K_Everwood on Twitter! View it below:


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  15. Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Box announced

    A Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Box was revealed on the Square Enix Japan e-Store, exclusively available for fans who preorder Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX. This box features the cover artwork pieces for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The box is intended to store players' copies of KH2.8, as well as the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, set to be released in March.

    In his most recent interview with Famitsu Weekly, series director Tetsuya Nomura discussed plans to release a commemorative box for fans to store the games in, providing a special treat to collectors.

    This box will be available in limited quantities, and it is not currently known if an identical or similar product will be available in other regions.

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    Are you excited for such a special way to store your Kingdom Hearts collection? Let us know in the comments below!

  16. Tetsuya Nomura sends Holiday Greetings to all the Kingdom Hearts fans

    Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura sent out a message to all Kingdom Hearts fans, wishing everybody a happy holiday season! Despite being ashamed of his bed hair and wearing a hat to cover it, Nomura talked about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (which Nomura almost mistakenly called 1.8), and a possible new development in Kingdom Hearts Unchained x.



    What do you guys think about this video? Let us know in the comments!

    • Dec 27 2016 01:00 AM
    • by Leamax
  17. Jump Festa 2017 lineup to include Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX

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




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

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

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases on the PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 12, 2017, and worldwide on January 24, 2017. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX releases on the PS4 in Japan on March 9, 2017, North America on March 28, 2017, and in Europe and Australia on March 31, 2017.

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

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

    The translations below have been provided by Aquaberry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

  19. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX announced for the PlayStation 4, releasing in 2017

    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX has been announced for the PlayStation 4, and will released on March 9, 2017 in Japan, March 28, 2017 in North America and March 31 in Europe. The games will all run at 60 frames per second.

    You can view the trailer below.


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    Screenshots from the collection can be seen below.

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    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is available on the North American Square Enix store for US$49.99.

    Square Enix have launched the official Japanese website for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, and this lists the retail price for the Japanese version of the game at ¥6,800 (approximately US$64.71).

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

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

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

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

    --You also revealed a gorgeous package art.

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

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

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


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

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

    • Oct 12 2016 03:12 PM
    • by Jake
  21. Tai Yasue says Kingdom Hearts HD collections on PS4 not ruled out completely

    In a recent interview with Gamespot at E3, Tai Yasue, co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series, says that Kingdom Hearts HD collections (1.5 & 2.5) have not been ruled out completely for the PS4. You can read what he said below.

    We haven't come to decision and nothing is announced yet. We listen to our fans and our players and see what they think about it--and, yeah, I'm not ruling it out, but we're not making an announcement just yet.


    In addition to stating that about the possibility of HD collections on the PS4, he also says that Kingdom Hearts III is going smooth right now.

    Are you excited to hear the possibility of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX coming to the PS4? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Jun 14 2016 08:55 PM
    • by Jake
  22. KH13.com interviews VGO CEO/Producer, Shota Nakama

    I was given the honour of interviewing the CEO/Producer of VGO - Video Game Orchestra, Shota Nakama on behalf of KH13.com. VGO is a combined orchestra and rock band that performs contemporary arrangements of video game music. They're located in Boston, United States where they have in recent years recorded the soundtracks for Square Enix games, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and now Final Fantasy XV. I asked him about how he started working with Square Enix, what its like playing the games after working on their soundtracks, differences between working on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's soundtrack, what its like working with Masashi Hamauzu, the lead composer of the Final Fantasy XIII series and Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series and more. You can read the entire interview below. Big thanks to VGO for making this happen.

    Sora96: Firstly, how did you first start working with Square Enix? How did you get the honour of working on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's soundtrack?

    Shota: Masashi Hamauzu and I became good friends after our first encounter back in 2012. VGO had an opportunity to perform with his project, Imeruat, at a large anime convention over in Chicago called Anime Central. We had such a great time there performing, talking about our life and everything. Shortly after, he called me saying if I want to work on “that”, which I had no idea what it was about. Of course I said yes just like I do to pretty much everything. That is how the collaboration began, and that was the first time I worked with SQEX.

    By the way, I must mention that Masashi Hamauzu is one of the very few gifted composers in the video game industry who writes music at such a high level of artistry. His music is just at a different level and I truly love his works.

    Sora96: During the development of Lightning Returns did you work with all 3 composers or just Masashi Hamauzu?

    Shota: We did not work with the other two although I got to meet both of them during some production meetings over in SQEX.

    Sora96: How do you communicate with the composers with the language barrier? Do you have translators working at your studio or do Square Enix have theirs work with you?

    Shota: As my name kind of implies, I was born and raised in Japan. Being bilingual both in English and Japanese really did help. We do have an assistant, Maho Azuma, who is native in both languages and also a diehard video game fan, helping out sessions too.

    Sora96: What was it like working on Lightning Returns' soundtrack? Were you daunted at all by the prospect of working on such a massive franchise? Or were you simply excited by working on it?

    Shota: When something new comes up, it is always exciting regardless of what the project is. For that particular gig, yes personally I was more excited because it is Final Fantasy that I played so much when I was a kid.

    Sora96: Was it much different working on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's soundtrack than Lightning Returns'? What were some similarities or differences?

    Shota: The working method itself was not that different, but there were several differences between those projects such as the instrumentation and how we managed the entire production. By the time we did KH2.5, we knew what not to do so everything went a lot smoother.

    Sora96: Do you get to meet directors or producers of the titles you're working on? Eg. Motomu Toriyama or Yoshinori Kitase for Lightning Returns or Tai Yasue for HD 2.5 ReMIX?

    Shota: I actually did not get to meet them. I am sure they were all busy trying to complete the games. Maybe someday!

    Sora96: What's it like playing the games after working on the soundtrack?

    Shota: It is a pure glory. Every scene that played our music made me smile and reminded me great moments while we were in the production.

    Sora96: What are your favourite Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games?

    Shota: Final Fantasy 6 is the best one of all to me. The story is so dark and there is pure evil guy who is unforgettable. I actually played the game in real time (I am an old school) and leveled everyone up way too much. The mighty Kefka was defeated in 3 turns after many 9,999 damages.

    My favorite Kingdom Hearts was the second one, but now it is 2.5 because of the story and music.

    Sora96: What's the best part of getting to work with Square Enix on such amazing titles?

    Shota: I was a huge Squaresoft and Enix fan when I was a teenager. I can tell you that I played most of their games that came out in the 90s… the Dragon Quest series, FF series, Front Mission, Live a Live, Hanjuku Hero, and so many others. It is such an honor to be a part of their history.

    Sora96: After working with legendary composers like Masashi Hamauzu and Yoko Shimomura have your admiration of them raised to new heights?

    Shota: Definitely. Shimomura-san is so amazing at creating beautiful melodies especially when she writes a piano piece. Hamauzu-san always denies it when I say it yet he is truly a gifted composer. I love his music and I don’t know how he can come up with something so dynamic but delicate and sophisticated.

    Sora96: What are your favourite Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts songs? Blinded by Light is a particular favourite of mine and I loved your recent performance you uploaded to YouTube of it.

    Shota: Thanks for your kind words! I have always loved their epic battle music such as Blinded by Light and Big Bridge in Final Fantasy. For Kingdom Hearts, The Other Promise is the best one for me. The Shimomura-ness really shines there.

    Sora96: If a new entry in the Final Fantasy X series were to be created would you like to work on its soundtrack?

    Shota: I would love to. I don’t think anyone can decline an FF project.

    Sora96: What are you most excited for in Final Fantasy XV?

    Shota: The gameplay and music. The gameplay is just so different from the past numbering titles, and I am looking forward to see some innovative ideas in that. For the music, I cannot wait to listen to Shimomura-san unleashing her inner musical genius-ness. Music really does dictate the emotional expression of video games (and films and anime too) and it sometimes is more important than having the best graphics. I am really looking forward to the game.

    • Aug 08 2015 05:59 AM
    • by Sora96
  23. Nomura: No plans to release Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX or HD 2.5 ReMIX on PlayStation 4

    Back in December, Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series revealed that both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX could make their way to PlayStation 4. However, in an interview with Ruliweb, Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series has stated there are no plans to do so.

    Ruliweb: It's been two years since the first official announcement of Kingdom Hearts 3.

    Nomura: Usually, most of the reactions from the KH fans and media consist of "Please put [this world] in the game!" (Laughs) Rather than comments on the game system itself, we get requests for "Put this world in, put my world in!" much more. Whichever world is a popular map should determine whether or not the masses will greatly enjoy Kingdom Hearts 3. Recently, we also received a significant increase in requests for the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix to be released on the PS4. Unfortunately, we don't have any plans for that.


    The most likely reason for this appears to be that they do not want to delay Kingdom Hearts III, as both HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX were both developed by the Kingdom Hearts team for unknown reasons. Tai Yasue stated in the interview linked above that they did not want Kingdom Hearts III delayed. Another likely reason is that the PlayStation 4 requires all games to have digital versions while both HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX did not on PlayStation 3, likely due to licensing issues.

    Thanks go to @RedMakuzawa for the tip, Jess from Tumblr and Amber from Tumblr for the translation.

    • Oct 03 2015 08:52 AM
    • by Sora96
  24. Yasue says 1.5 & 2.5 were 'good training' for Kingdom Hearts III & sharing ideas with FFXV team

    In an interview with Kotaku at last month's European launch event for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, Tai Yasue the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series spoke about Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX being good training for new staff members in preparation for Kingdom Hearts III. He also discusses respecting source material and sharing ideas with the Final Fantasy XV team for the new hardware. You can read the interview below.

    "We have been working on 3 and 2.5 at the same time," he explains, "so a lot of people are crossing over and doing both. There are also a lot of new people working on both. In a way, we've learned what was good about our previous Kingdom Hearts [games] by making 2.5."

    "For 3, we want to evolve it in a new direction, but at the same time we don't want to change what is fundamental about Kingdom Hearts. We're hiring new people continuously, so they are learning about Kingdom Hearts through making 2.5. It's a good learning experience."

    Kingdom Hearts is a unique thing to be working on, says Yasue, due to the necessity of finding a balance between respecting the Disney properties and incorporating original, creative ideas - so the training has been necessary.

    "There's a lot to get used to working with the Disney content," he says. "You have to have a lot of dedication and respect for their visual IPs for example, and when you play Kingdom Hearts 2 you see that: when you summon a character or use a spell there's a lot of love and care that goes into the presentation. When you see Stitch coming out of the screen, for example, it's very true to the original movie. That dedication is something you learn through the process or remaking 2."

    It must surely be restrictive working within those constraints, but Yasue enjoys the challenge that they introduce. "As Square-Enix, if someone else was making a Final Fantasy or a Dragon Quest, we'd be very protective of that too," he ventures. "So we really understand the importance of not changing the brand and respecting the fans. We want to make it true to Disney - we don't want to change it fundamentally. We always strive to make original content, but with Kingdom Hearts you have to really respect the source material, and that's something people really like about the series."

    "As someone who creates games I think the constraints make you really think. They are what make you strive to come up with new ideas - ideas that are acceptable to Disney, and also fun. That balancing act leads to a lot of surprises. It's very challenging, but we work on it daily. We continuously talk with Disney and see what they think is acceptable… but we constantly want to surprise our players, too, so we need flexibility. It is challenging and makes you think."

    The Kingdom Hearts team also benefits from sharing expertise with the other Square-Enix development units, including the Final Fantasy XV team, Yasue says - even though Kingdom Hearts development is based in Osaka. "We trade ideas - especially for PS4, Xbox One, new gen stuff," says Yasue. "We're trying to move in leaps obviously, so there is a lot to learn and a lot to explain to other people. That exchange of ideas and technology is very important and we're doing that inside Square Enix, with other teams."

    • Jan 23 2015 09:22 AM
    • by Sora96