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  1. Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition and Deluxe Edition + Bring Arts Figures have been announced

    Two Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition and Bring Arts Figures have been announced via press release!

    You can pre-order it from the North America store here.

    You can pre-order it from the Europe store here.
    Read the press release for this product below.

    KINGDOM HEARTS III COMING TO XBOX ONE AND PLAYSTATION®4 ON JANUARY 29

    New E3 2018 Cinematic Trailer Reveals Beloved Disney World of Frozen

    LOS ANGELES (June 11, 2018) – In advance of the E3 2018, at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra - World Tour -, SQUARE ENIX® and Disney announced that the highly anticipated action RPG, KINGDOM HEARTS IIIwill launch on January 29, 2019.

    “With the release set for next January, I apologize for having to ask for a little more time than what was previously announced” said Director, Tetsuya Nomura. “The entire development team is pouring their love for the franchise into KINGDOM HEARTS III and is striving to create a game that all players will enjoy. We are currently at the last stages of development but will work tirelessly until the end to deliver the very best KINGDOM HEARTS game to date.”

    In addition, SQUARE ENIX showcased the enchanted world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen at the Xbox E3 briefing. The new trailer transports viewers through the familiar frosty landscapes of Arendelle alongside Queen Elsa.

    “I have been so impressed working with the KINGDOM HEARTS’ team. Their artistic commitment and attention to detail creating the world of our films is truly extraordinary. It's been a great partnership,” said Roy Conli, Academy Award®-winning producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios.

    “In KINGDOM HEARTS III, we are excited that players will have a chance to explore an entirely new adventure set in the world of Frozen,” said Peter Del Vecho, Academy Award®-winning producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios. “It has been such a pleasure to work alongside their creative team to painstakingly recreate the look and feel of our world and watch them bring our beloved Frozen characters to life.”


    In addition to the Frozen announcement trailer, Square Enix released an additional gameplay video, showcasing new footage from the previously released Toy Story, Hercules and Tangled areas: https://youtu.be/GWlKEM3m2EE.

    KINGDOM HEARTS III will be available for digital pre-order on Microsoft Store and PlayStation®Store. SQUARE ENIX also revealed the special editions including:

    • Deluxe Edition - $79.99
    • Exclusive steelbook packaging
    • Mini art book with concept artwork by Tetsuya Nomura
    • Collectible KINGDOM HEARTS III pin

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    • Deluxe Edition + Bring Arts Figures - The KINGDOM HEARTS III Deluxe Edition and Bring Arts Sora, Donald, and Goofy Set bundled separately will be available in limited quantities for $229.99. Fans can now preorder the Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system versions exclusively from the SQUARE ENIX Online Store.

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    [UPDATE] June 11: The Square Enix Products Facebook has unveiled new images for the Bring Arts Figures.

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    What do you think of those two deluxe editions? Will you buy one of them? Let us know in the comments below!

    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!

    Be sure to follow our continuing coverage on the E3 2018 and our live updates on Twitter!

  2. Ratatouille makes a mini-game appearance in the Kingdom Hearts III E3 Showcase 2018

    The new Kingdom Hearts III E3 Showcase 2018 trailer was filled with amazing surprises for expectant fans, and one of these was the appearence of Remy from Disney Pixar's Ratatouille!

    In the trailer, Remy was shown to be on Sora's head, helping him cook with his classic tugging of hair method. This brief scene featured Sora and Remy in a kitchen; it is not clear whether this was a new world inspired by Rataouille's Paris, or a summon sequence.

    UPDATE [Jun 11, 2018]: Tasha Sounart, Associate Creative Director at Pixar and Kingdom Hearts III Pixar Consultant, has confirmed on Twitter that the Ratatouille scene shown in the trailer part of a cooking mini-game. Famitsu has also confirmed this.

    UPDATE [Jun 13, 2018]: Tetsuya Nomura was recently interviewed by Game Informer about Kingdom Hearts III, with Ratatouille's role in the game being one of the subjects that was discussed.

    Nomura gave some clarification about Ratatouille, stating that it's a "mini-game". The objective is to find ingredients hidden throughout the game and bring them back to Remy to make a full-cooked meal. If the player succeeds, they will receive a temporary status upgrade; otherwise, nothing happens.

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    You can read about and watch the trailer here!

    Follow our live coverage of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018 on our Twitter, and catch up with all Kingdom Hearts news from E3 via our coverage article!

  3. New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at the Square Enix E3 Showcase 2018

    During the live Square Enix conference at E3, a new Kingdom Hearts III trailer was revealed! The exclusive video features more footage of gameplay and characters such as Ratatouille, Kairi, Lea, and more!


    The footage was available previously to those that attended the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra on June 9th, 2018. The thumbnail used for the picture features Sora and Rapunzel; while this was not shown in this trailer, it was shown in the trailer shown to the the Los Angeles Kingdom Hearts Orchestra attendees. Sora and Rapunzel seemed to be engaged in what looked like a dancing mini-game. News Team staff Raxaimus reports that during the Orchestra trailer, no button prompts were seen for this scene.

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    What do you think of the new information? Let us know in the comments below!

    [Update: Jun 11, 2018] The Japanese version of the trailer has been uploaded onto Youtube!


    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!

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

  4. New Kingdom Hearts III trailer at Microsoft’s E3 2018 Presentation featuring new worlds, characters, summons, and more

    A brand new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, has been released during Microsoft’s E3 presentation! After much anticipation after the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour in Los Angeles last night, Microsoft was thrilled to announce that Kingdom Hearts would be coming to Xbox One for the first time before delivering the trailer. Kingdom Hearts III will release January 29th, 2019 in North America and Europe and January 25th, 2019 in Japan!




    As seen in the trailer above, Anna, Elsa, and friends were shown for the first time, revealing a Frozen themed world for the new game. The trailer also included a cast of characters including first time appearance of Simba who was previously a character and summon in both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II!

    This is also our first time getting a look at Larxene in the new Kingdom Hearts III engine, featuring in the Frozen world. This was one of many surprises, including an appearance of Aqua at the end of the trailer plagued with yellow Xehanort eyes!

    Are you excited for this fully-loaded trailer? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget! Follow us at our coverage here, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter!

  5. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2018

    Welcome to our live coverage for E3 2018! The conferences will be held during the business days and will be open to the public from June 12th to the 14th.

    Square Enix will host their showcase on Monday, June 11th at 10:00 AM PDT [1:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM GMT], and will be shown exclusively online on Square Enix's Youtube, Twitch, Mixer, Twitter, and Facebook. Also, our news team members Raxaimus and Toominator will be present at the event!

    This will be more likely the chance for a release date announcement and a whole lot of other stuff to come out, so don’t forget to keep following our Coverage Article here on KH13.com and on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr). Stay tuned!

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    Japan: January 25, 2019

    Worldwide: January 29, 2019



    Kingdom Hearts III - E3 2018 Frozen Trailer (English)

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    Kingdom Hearts III - E3 2018 Trailer Vol. 1 (Japanese)

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    - Frozen confirmed as a world for Kingdom Hearts III

    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer at Microsoft’s E3 2018 Presentation featuring new worlds, characters, summons, and more

    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at the Square Enix E3 Showcase

    - Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition and Deluxe Edition + Bring Arts Figures have been announced

    - Promotional pictures including Sora, Donald, and Goofy's recent renders shown off on Microsoft, PlayStation, and Kingdom Hearts websites

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

    - New Kingdom Hearts III Trailer at the Sony E3 Showcase 2018

    - Limited Kingdom Hearts III Playstation 4 Pro Revealed at Sony E3 Showcase

    - Kairi's Kingdom Hearts III Design Revealed

    - Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package digital bundle available for pre-order at the Japan and US PlayStation Store for $99.99

    - Kingdom Hearts III will be featured on Playstation Live at E3 2018 on Tuesday

    - Pirates of the Caribbean returning for Kingdom Hearts III

    - New Kingdom Hearts III renders revealed, including Sora, Donald, and Goofy in their pirate outfits

    - Game Informer interviews Nomura about DLC, Ratatouille, and big reveals

    - All-in-One Kingdom Hearts Bundle Announced at the Sony Press Conference 2018

    - Nomura says Kingdom Hearts III's delay was an attempt to release the game "as simultaneously as possible"

    - Gameplay of Big Hero 6 in Kingdom Hearts III is complete; cutscenes are not completed yet

    - No DLC planned after Kingdom Hearts III's release yet, but outfit customization could be considered; Microsoft not yet approached about Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 and 2.8 on Xbox One

    - Nomura says Kingdom Hearts doesn't need as much from Final Fantasy characters as it did before

    - Kingdom Hearts III might release with only Japanese and English dubs according to IGN France

    - Nomura talks vertical gameplay, Disney Attractions, and Roxas in Kingdom Hearts III

    - Kingdom Hearts III Now Available for Digital Pre-order on the PS4 and Xbox Store

    - Star Wars and Marvel characters unlikely to appear in Kingdom Hearts III as they are not Disney originals

    - Tetsuya Nomura's take on whether Kingdom Hearts III is the End of Sora's Story

    - Tetsuya Nomura is putting equal efforts in both Kingdom Hearts III and FFVII Remake

    - Nomura hints to Aqua's possible rescue and Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts III; talks about original worlds' playability and the new Princesses of Heart

    - Nomura confirms a recap video is going to be both released this month and in Kingdom Hearts III

    - Analysis: Kingdom Hearts III E3 2018 Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer

    - Nomura empathizes more with Xehanort than Sora and has difficulty keeping track of the many characters, but is confident that Kingdom Hearts III "is a good game"

    - Nomura talks about "Let It Go", the gameplay of Arendelle and The Caribbean, the new Princesses of Heart and Situation Commands in Kingdom Hearts III

    - Kingdom Hearts III demo is not planned for public release, but will be available at Tokyo Game Show 2018

    - Amazon Japan exclusive PS4 theme available for pre-order

    - Exclusive Fabric Poster pre-order bonus available at GameStop

    - Famitsu to feature Kingdom Hearts III: Nomura comments on secret movie, capacity storage, Final Mix, and more

    Updates

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    Pre-E3
    May 25th: Kingdom Hearts III Demo to be available at E3 2018!
    June 11th - 02:40 PM PDT: Josh Gad has confirmed he will be reprising his role as Olaf in Kingdom Hearts III!

    Sunday: Microsoft Conference
    June 10th - 2:30 PM PDT: Kingdom Hearts III Trailer released!
    June 10th - 2:35 PM PDT: Frozen has been confirmed as a world for Kingdom Hearts III!

    Sunday: Youtube Live at E3
    June 10th - 4:00 PM PDT: The section of Youtube Live at E3 featuring Kingdom Hearts III will be starting at 4:00 PM PDT!
    June 10th - 4:01 PM PDT: Senior Marketing Manager for Kingdom Hearts speaking with Geoff Keighley!
    June 10th - 4:03 PM PDT: There could... potentially... be more Kingdom Hearts III news at tomorrow's conference!
    June 10th - 4:05 PM PDT: Nomura is very methodical on how he wants to deliver the worlds announcements, he just knows a 6th senseon giving the audience what they want.
    June 10th - 4:07 PM PDT The English voice acting is incredible Geoff Keigley says. Brendan: Haley Joel Osment is continuing his journey with Sora.
    June 10th - 4:08 PM PDT Nomura is coming to E3! He will be "popping around"!
    June 10th - 4:10 PM PDT They discussed recent trailers, and the Toy Box and Olympus Coliseum demos that will be playable at the SE booth at E3!
    June 10th - 4:10 PM PDT This concludes Kingdom Hearts III at Youtube Live at E3. We will see you Monday for continued live coverage of Kingdom Hearts III during the Square Enix Press Conference starting at 10:00 AM PDT!

    Monday: Square Enix E3 Showcase 2018
    June 11th - 10:00 AM PDT: The Square Enix E3 Showcase 2018 just begun!
    June 11th - 10:02 AM PDT: The SE Showcase has begun with Matsuda introducing!
    June 11th - 10:25 AM PDT: Kingdom Hearts III has finally appeared!
    June 11th - 10:29 AM PDT: More gameplay footage and cutscenes have been released!
    June 11th - 10:31 AM PDT: Kairi, Axel, and the Twilight Gang appear in the Showcase Trailer!
    June 11th - 10:36 AM PDT: The Showcase Trailer has been uploaded to Youtube!
    June 11th - 10:53 AM PDT: The Showcase Trailer is a mash-up of the Orchestra and first E3 trailer
    June 11th - 11:19 AM PDT: Remy from Ratatouille appears in the Showcase Trailer!
    June 11th - 11:31 AM PDT: Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition and Deluxe Edition + Bring Arts Figures have been announced!
    June 11th - 12:08 PM PDT: Square Enix gets ready for IGN Live E3 2018
    June 11th - 12:10 PM PDT: Square Enix and IGN discuss KH3 on IGN Live E3 2018
    June 11th - 12:11 PM PDT: Square Enix trying to engage new fans via Xbox One release
    June 11th - 12:13 PM PDT: Sora is now more dynamic and agile due to experimentation from the handhelds!
    June 11th - 12:16 PM PDT: The Kingdom Hearts III segment of IGN Live E3 2018 has concluded!
    June 11th - 12:48 PM PDT: Ratatouille segment of the Showcase Trailer confirmed to be a mini-game
    June 11th - 1:00 PM PDT: Square Enix Store NA has opened pre-orders for keychains of Sora's and Riku's new Keyblades!
    June 11th - 1:12 PM PDT: New promotional pictures featuring Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Riku uploaded to Microsoft and Playstation websites!
    June 11th - 1:23 PM PDT: The Kingdom Hearts has uploaded the Showcase Trailer!
    June 11th - 1:25 PM PDT: Famitsu confirms Ratatouille mini-game!
    June 11th - 1:48 PM PDT: The Kingdom Hearts website has updated their header with new renders of Sora, Donald, and Goofy
    June 11th - 1:55 PM PDT: Roy Conli from Disney Animation praises the KH Team on their work!
    June 11th - 2:03 PM PDT: Peter Del Vecho (Frozen Producer) talks about Kingdom Hearts III
    June 11th - 3:02 PM PDT: Square Enix Presents schedule released. Kingdom Hearts to be talked about on Day 3
    June 11th - 3:19 PM PDT: Additional photos of the Bring Arts Figures in the Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition released!

    Monday: Sony Playstation Showcase 2018
    June 11 - 6:00 PM PDT: Sony Playstation Showcase has begun!
    June 11 - 6:57 PM PDT: Pirates of the Caribbean shown as a new world in KH3!
    June 11 - 7:00 PM PDT: Kingdom Hearts All-in-One Package Announced!
    June 11 - 7:01 PM PDT: A limited edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro announced!
    June 11 - 7:05 PM PDT: E3 2018 Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer uploaded onto Youtube!
    June 11 - 7:13 PM PDT: The Playstation E3 Showcase concluded!

    Tuesday: Nintendo Direct at E3 2018
    June 11 - 9:00 AM PDT: @Churroz found a Kingdom Hearts III banner at E3!
    June 11 - 9:00 AM PDT: Nintendo Direct at E3 2018 should be starting!

    Tuesday: E3 Show Floor Day 1
    June 11 - 9:11 AM PDT: KH13 Staff Raximus and Toominator entered the show floor!
    June 11 - 12:14 PM PDT: E3 Demo shows noticeable improvements over the Premier Event Demo
    June 11 - 12:18 PM PDT: The KH3 Demo area has an amazing theme!
    June 11 - 12:23 PM PDT: Attractions and Transformations appear less often in the E3 Demo!
    June 11 - 12:32 PM PDT: KH13 Staff Raximus and Toominator tweet about KH3's presence in E3!
    June 11 - 12:33 PM PDT: Young Xehanort comparisons from D23 2017 to E3 2018!

    Tuesday: PlayStation Live at E3 2018
    June 11 - 2:15 PM PDT: The Kingdom Hearts III feature at PlayStation Live should be starting!
    June 11 - 2:19 PM PDT: The KH3 Developer Interview at PlayStation Live has started!
    June 11 - 2:20 PM PDT: KH3's title is considered the epilogue of the Dark Seeker Saga!
    June 11 - 2:21 PM PDT: Olympus gameplay is being shown!
    June 11 - 2:22 PM PDT: The All-in-One Package is being talked, as well as its pre-order bonuses!
    June 11 - 2:23 PM PDT: The new worlds are being discussed!
    June 11 - 2:25 PM PDT: Attractions and how to use them in KH3 are discussed!
    June 11 - 2:25 PM PDT: Press left and right to switch between three Keyblades!
    June 11 - 2:27 PM PDT: Donald and Goofy's AI has been improved!
    June 11 - 2:27 PM PDT: A quote on how Toybox looks the Toy Story movies!
    June 11 - 2:29 PM PDT: The passionate Kingdom Hearts fanbase is acknowledged!
    June 11 - 2:29 PM PDT: The KH3 booth at E3 has a photo op with a real Kingdom Key!
    June 11 - 2:30 PM PDT: The KH3 section of Playstation Live has ended!

    Tuesday: E3 Show Floor Day 1 (Cont.)
    June 13 - 2:36 PM PDT: KH3 has already won Momocon E3 Choice 2018 Game Award, and nominated by IGN for Best of E3 and is also a candidate for Unreal E3 Awards 2018!
    June 13 - 2:56 PM PDT: Takeo Kujiraoka (Dissidia Final Fantasy director) and Ichirou Hazama (producer) have stated: “KH3 is terrific!"
    June 13 - 8:17 PM PDT: GameInformer interviewed Nomura about potential DLC in KH3
    June 13: More features are coming to gummi ships in Kingdom Hearts III!

    Thursday: E3 Show Floor Day 2
    June 14: The Kingdom Hearts III Live Demo has begun!
    June 14: Right now, they are replaying the Frozen Trailer shown at Xbox's Press Conference
    June 14: Strawberry17 is one of the guests on stage
    June 14: They are talking about the release date, which was announced during the KHO and the Xbox conference.
    June 14: Right now they are talking about how the Kingdom Hearts team read and watch the reactions from the fans.
    June 14: The Kingdom Hearts III Premium Demo is being shown now. They are showing off the Tox Box. Cutscenes are also being shown.
    June 14: The opening scene of the Toy Box is now being shown.
    June 14: Rex is obviously the fanboy of the group.
    June 14: The demo is continuing outside of Andy's house.
    June 14: Young Xehanort has appeared in Galaxy Toys.
    June 14: They are now showing off the Gigas battle with instructions.
    June 14: The Olympus section is now being shown.
    June 14: Meow Wow summon is now being shown.
    June 14: "Look out!" Big Magic Mountain Attraction Flow being shown now.
    June 14: Some of the questions that were being asked in the Twitch comments were informations about the PS4 Pro Limited Edition and a public edition. Sadly, none could be answered at this time.
    June 14: When asked about a soundtrack: "It's a secret."
    June 14: The Kingdom Hearts III Live Demo has ended.

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  6. More information on and a "few" trailers for Kingdom Hearts III to be released at E3 2018

    Kingdom Hearts III has been announced at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- for release on January 25, 2019 in Japan, and on January 29, 2019, worldwide. The announcement on Twitter was followed by a note from series director Tetsuya Nomura, which can be read below.

    We’ve announced the release day for KINGDOM HEARTS III ahead of E3 at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour-. I’m sorry that we’re asking for a little more time than initially planned. Please look forward to other information, including a few trailers at E3. Thank you - Nomura


    In this tweet, Nomura stated that more information, and a few trailers will be released at E3 2018.

    It is unclear if this means that the same trailer will be released on Youtube for different countries, or if a brand new trailer or trailers will be available to watch in the next few days.

    UPDATE [Jun 10, 2018]: In Hour 5 of the Youtube Live at E3 show streamed on Sunday, it was stated that Toy Box and Olympus Coliseum will be the Kingdom Hearts III demos playable at E3.

    Follow our live coverage of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- on Twitter for live updates, and check our coverage for all updates from the event!

  7. New trailer for Kingdom Hearts III shown at Kingdom Hearts Orchestra in Los Angeles

    A new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III was shown to the attendees of Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- in Los Angeles! It featured exciting footage from the upcoming game, and concluded with a release date reveal for January 29, 2019!

    Series director Tetsuya Nomura, who was on-stage at the concert to present the trailer, also said that more information will be coming during E3 2018.

    Unfortunately, we have been requested to not discuss the contents of the trailer in our news articles, and there are yet no words on a public release of the footage. Keep an eye on this space for more updates on the footage when they are released to the public!

    Follow our live coverage of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- on Twitter for live updates, and check our coverage for all updates from the event!

  8. Kingdom Hearts III releasing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25, 2019 in Japan, and January 29, 2019 worldwide

    After 5 years since its announcement, the release date for Kingdom Hearts III has been revealed!

    Kingdom Hearts III will be releasing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25, 2019, in Japan, and January 29, 2019, worldwide!

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    This was revealed in a new Kingdom Hearts III trailer that was shown to the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- attendees at the Los Angeles concert today, and on Twitter. Series director Tetsuya Nomura, who presented the trailer on stage, apologized profusely for the slight delay. He also issued the following apology on Twitter:

    We’ve announced the release day for KINGDOM HEARTS III ahead of E3 at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour-. I’m sorry that we’re asking for a little more time than initially planned. Please look forward to other information, including a few trailers at E3. Thank you.


    The Kingdom Hearts Portal Site has also been updated.

    Follow our live coverage of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- on Twitter for live updates, and check our coverage for all updates from the event!

  9. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - Encore in Los Angeles, California

    The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - Encore kicks off its 2018 season tonight! It will be premiering at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, at 8pm PDT today.

    Welcome to KH13.com's live coverage of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour - Encore concert in Los Angeles, California!

    After our successful presence at the KHO concerts last year in London, LA, and New York, we have decided to host another #KH13MeetUp! Staff member Raxaimus will be in attendance and hosting today's meet-up and distributing exclusive KH13 stickers! The meet-up will take place near the main entrance so that even fans without concert tickets will be able to attend!

    Stay tuned to KH13.com for full live coverage of the event and don't forget to also stay tuned to our social media accounts for instant live updates!

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    -Kingdom Hearts III releasing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25, 2019 in Japan, and January 29, 2019 worldwide

    -New trailer for Kingdom Hearts III shown at Kingdom Hearts Orchestra in Los Angeles

    -More information on and a "few" trailers for Kingdom Hearts III to be released at E3 2018

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    RELEASING: JANUARY 29, 2019 (NA/EU)

    JANUARY 25, 2019 (JAPAN)


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    Pre-concert
    (June 7, 2018 - 1:18 AM PDT) Kaoru Wada, who worked on the arrangements for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- and the series, is boarding the plane to Los Angeles to attend the show!
    (June 8, 2018 - 1:31 PM PDT) Yoko Shimomura, the Kingdom Hearts series composer, went to Los Angeles to rehearse for the show! She will try hard this year so that everyone who attends it will enjoy it!
    (June 9, 2018 - 2:04 AM PDT) Yoko Shimomura, Kaoru Wada, Natsumi Kameoka, and other Square Enix staff have enjoyed Walt Disney Studios before the rehearsal!

    Concert Day
    (June 9, 2018 - 4:07 PM PDT) News Team staff Raxaimus, who is representing KH13 at the concert today, is getting ready! Spot him in his Project Destati shirt, hosting a #KH13MeetUp! He may be handing out KH13 stickers!
    (June 9, 2018 - 6:40 PM PDT) We have started our #KH13MeetUp, and have already met some fans and the X-Keepers!
    (June 9, 2018 - 8:00 PM PDT) Our team member, @RaxaimusKH13 has met with Kingdom Hearts Executive Producer, Shinji Hashimoto and the Vice President of Disney Japan, Justin Scarpone!
    (June 9, 2018 - 8:00 PM PDT) The concert is about to start! @RaxaimusKH13 has taken his seat next to @LimitForm72 and @Soraalam1!
    (June 9, 2018 - 8:04 PM PDT) According to @churroz, a lot of executives are present at the orchestra!
    (June 9, 2018 - 9:07 PM PDT) Intermission time! Two new songs added to the setlist: Dearly Beloved - Back Cover ver. and Traverse Town, Raxaimus reports!
    (June 9, 2018 - 10:17 PM PDT) Raxamius reports that they're playing a Toy Story Medley, "a special piece, just for us"!
    (June 9, 2018 - 10:23 PM PDT) Nomura is on stage!
    (June 9, 2018 - 10:25 PM PDT) They're showing attendees a new video!
    (June 9, 2018 - 10:28 PM PDT) Kingdom Hearts III release date announced!
    (June 9, 2018 - 10:36 PM PDT) Nomura apolgizes for the delay, but showcased a new trailer. January 29, 2019 in North America and Europe and January 25, 2019 in Japan!
    (June 9, 2018 - 10:36 PM PDT) Final piece of the evening is Fantasia alla Marcia performed by Shimomura herself!
    (June 9, 2018 - 11:01 PM PDT) Remy from Ratatouille confirmed to be in Kingdom Hearts III!
    (June 9, 2018 - 11:53 PM PDT) We have been asked to not post anything further on the concert today! We will update as soon as there is a public release!

    #KH13MeetUp and Kingdom Hearts Orchestra Gallery

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  10. Famitsu Weekly's Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Recap

    Famitsu Weekly released an article recapping everything revealed during the Kingdom Hearts III premiere event. Screenshots and their translations, provided by news team members Mio-Chan and NihonScribe, can be viewed below!

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    Text in red squares: Follow-up Report
    On May 17th (local time), the event held in the USA presented the world’s first demo. The characters shown below have also been revealed!

    Text on the middle right: Kingdom Hearts III (KH III for short) is the latest game of the world’s most famous action RPG series born from Disney and Square Enix. The demo, held in Santa Monica, USA, have finally shed some light on the game’s contents.

    (JPG 1 and 3) Golden text: In this first demo, new information comes one after another!


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    Under the copyright: The following pictures show contents under development.

    Blue frame: The power to call and borrow your friends’ power, the "Link."

    "Link" is a command that appeared in the previous games. When activated it consumes MP, you can borrow the power of a reliable friend, and use them to perform various actions. Each action depends on the summoned ally’s personality. Ralph from the movie "Wreck it Ralph" makes his appearance for the first time in the series, and you can summon him!

    Golden small text; Ariel picture: We were able to try out Ariel’s Link (from the movie "The Little Mermaid"); while bouncing she attacks and makes splashes. It is also known that linking with a Meow Wow is possible.

    Golden small text, Ralph pictures: The light that comes from the blocks that Ralph has created can stop the movement of enemies. Additionally, the finishing move causes a big explosion and one-shot wrecks the enemy!

    Game data: Kingdom Hearts III; Developer: Square Enix
    Release date: Expected in 2018; Price: To be announced; Genre: Action RPG; Rating: In review
    Team: Director: Nomura Tetsuya, Co-director: Yasue Tai, Composer: Shimomura Yoko, Producer: Nishi Rie


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    Hercule's world OLYMPUS

    In the demo, we experimented with dynamic actions, trying to defeat the powerful enemy standing at the mountain peak, the Rock Titan, all while running up the cliff and heading to the top.
    The moments when we were climbing its body, (the feeling of moving Sora) was emphasized.
    Boarding the Big Magic Mountain and shooting fireworks was refreshing too!

    Small golden text: Heading to the shining spots allows you to run on surfaces freely.
    The field in this game is fairly extensive and the coexistence with this new action is outstanding.


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    Toy Story’s world TOY BOX

    It’s the first appearance of this world in the series. There are plenty of event scenes including Woody and Buzz. Sora and his friends changed into toys to maintain the balance of this world. Many elements are highlighted, such as hopping in a robot, engaging in a battle against other robots, and more!

    Golden text: In the toy store, you can explore every corner of the floors. In addition to many playful and shining gimmicks, new varieties of Heartless appear!

    (text in blue) Animated Robot Battles

    In Toy Box, there are robots named "Gigas," which you can control and fight with, in a subjective viewpoint. Three different types exist: the blue Gigas have a rangee of bomb attacks, the red ones are good at physical attacks, and finally you can shoot and stun the enemies with the purple ones. It’s possible to switch between robots.
    And so in KH’s worlds, it’s possible to have a FPS-like experience.


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    Sora, the protagonist that we control, was chosen by a weapon called the "Keyblade."
    In the demo, pressing the left and right direction keys make switch Keyblade without opening the main menu. In addition, elements such as weapon transformations and the attack movements offer a refreshing feeling of in-battle strategy and actions.

    Transparent frame: Transformations through Situation commands!
    After a few hits, a "Situation Command" appears depending on the skills and Keyblade you use, and the situation you are in. When activated, a flashy animation with great effects occurs, and the Keyblade changes form. There are multiple stages of transformations, the attacks movements drastically change, enabling the player to unleash a powerful finish move.

    (JPG 5 and 7) Golden text: A rich amount of Keyblades


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    Monsters Inc.'s Keyblade SMILE GEAR

    The first transformation is named "Assault Claw." This form equips you with claws in both hands, making fierce combos available.
    After that the Keyblade can change into a second form, "The Twins Yo-yo," offering a wide range of attacks!

    Small golden text: The Twins Yo-yo are flexible. Their use is varied: bumping the yo-yo against the opponent, shortening the string and moving someone closer to you, and also stretching it and swinging it around. There is a lot of possibilities.


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    Toy Story’s Keyblade INFINITY BADGE


    (Top left corner) The “Drill Punch” form allows you to hit multiple enemies easily, and the enemies HP can be seen as sparks fly surrounding them. Also, dodge roll allows you to drill into the ground and spike up, doing a lot of damage.

    Golden Text: Multiple Keyblades

    (Bottom right corner) The first Keyblade transformation can be used for powerful groups of enemies and is called, “Boost Hammer.” It extends your reach, allowing you to swing long and wide. In the second stage of the transformation, “Drill Punch,” you can perform a high concentration of attacks over a large group across a large space from in and out of the ground.

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    Tangled’s Keyblade EVER AFTER


    (Top left) When dodge roll is utilized, copied forms in the shape of Sora appear. Alongside this, when enough of these Sora copies appear, they move towards the target and all attack at the same time, providing major damage.

    (Top Right) When the Keyblade transforms into “Mirage Staff,” while sliding one can attack and fight with magic to stand out. Even from far distances, your attacks are powerful and have a wide influence. Also, as a “finisher,” you create a tower and attack, affecting enemies within the entire frame of the screen for a wide range attack.

    (Bottom) A Note on Commands: At the same time Situation Commands can appear and you can choose where to do them, but they are contained within a time limit. After that, you will be unable to use these commands until the counter reaches zero. After you complete the finisher, the counter will reach zero and your keyblade will go back to its initial state.

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    (Upper Right) During battle, besides Keyblade transformations, you can also attack using commands after fulfilling certain conditions. Managing these operations are uncomplicated and somehow with just the press of a button one can become efficient and perform a variety of actions.

    Golden Text: To Battle

    (Bottom left) Shooting Ride: Within a first-person perspective, players can attack in a command similar to a shooting game. Depending on how you shoot your score will change. It looks interesting and fun seeing how players can adjust and obtain a high score.

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    (Top) The Power of Friends: With Donald you can release a countless number of fireworks flying into the air, attacking your surroundings. This attack doesn’t require a 4 button input and is a simple and effective range attack.

    (Bottom Right) Rocket Ruckus: With Woody and Buzz you ride the rocket and press various buttons to control the ride. For the finishing move the group jumps off and the rocket heads towards the target, attacking in a big explosion. This attack is also convenient for moving around?!

    (Middle Left) For efficient attacks, movement depends on the angle of the left and right stick, which allows you to make loops and attack while spinning (In case of using the rocket).

    (Bottom) Note on other commands: 1) Pirate Ship: one of the first that can be obtained through, “attraction flow.” Allows for big attacks rising up from the left to the right in an ride similar to the viking attraction. 2) Tea Party Cups: can be accessed using the same kind of attraction flow as the command mentioned above. The player rides in coffee cups, spinning and drawing enemies closer in a versatile attack.

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    Golden Text: Various commands pile up

    (Middle Right) Shotluck: Holding the lock on button allows you to simultaneously attack a large group of enemies. This system was utilized in “KH Birth By Sleep,” allowing the player to prioritize and choose which enemies to attack and focus on. It is useful for dealing with troublesome enemies that are overwhelming from far away or located in the sky.

    (Bottom Left) The focus gauge is important for executing shotluck commands. The methods for locking on and attacking will change depending on the Keyblade you are using within your environment.

    (Bottom Right): With the spell, “blizzara,” you can slide and move on an icy path in the direction of the blast you fired. Situation commands and spells like “Fire” can also be used while in the air.

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    (Top Left Corner) Magic: Once you consume MP, you will be able to attack through spells like fire or blizzard or heal yourself. Once your MP reaches zero it will start charging and while the meter is slowly filling up you will have to fight without magic. Magic can be quickly chosen and carried out outside of the command menu through the shortcut menu.

    (Middle) Minigame “Classic Kingdom” also revealed! Info regarding the retro style mini games resembling old school cartoons, “Classic Kingdom,” was discovered. Now below we will review the four different games revealed. 1) The Barnyard Battle: Sora and King Mickey move at the same time and dance and fight their opponents 2) The Karnival Kid: You serve customers according to what they request in their orders from the menu. 3) Giantland: Strike the giant and keep moving up higher to reach the goal and escape. 4) Musical Farmer: adjust the pipes and collect the falling eggs. (Left bottom corner of this section) There are plans to make these minigames playable in the phone app, “Kingdom Hearts Union X[Cross]”. There are over 20 minigames!
    (Bottom) A Note on Keyblades: When switching between Keyblades, the countdown for Keyblade A, if it is currently in a Keyblade transformation, will stop. This transformation will be saved and progress from its last point once you select this Keyblade again later on

  11. KH3 Confirmed For Youtube Live at E3 This Sunday

    Kingdom Hearts III has been announced to be a part of Youtube Live at E3, which will start from 11:45AM PDT. Kingdom Hearts III will be discussed at 7-8/4-5pm ET/PT, among other games this Sunday, June 10. No word on if new content will be shown. Youtube Live at E3 is a show dedicated to discuss news coming out of E3. Geoff Keighly will be hosting and during the hour Kingdom Hearts is slated to be discussed, he will be joined by industry analyst Michael Pachter to discuss E3 expectations.

    You can view the livestream here:












    E3 is here. What new KH3 content are you most hoping to see? Tell us in the comments!

  12. Listen to the extended preview of Utada Hikaru's "Chikai"!

    As we near the release of Utada Hikaru's seventh album, Hatsukoi, her website has uploaded an extended look at the highly anticipated Japanese track "Chikai".

    The song has received a 43 second sound clip that can be previewed here on her website. "Chikai" or "Oath" will be the fourth song on her new album and is noted on her site as being the theme from Kingdom Hearts III!

    Hatsukoi will be released on June 27th, 2018 and is currently available for pre-order through CDJapan!

    Are you as excited as we are for the new theme? Let us know in the comments below!

  13. Raxaimus' impressions of the Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Event demo

    As an attendee of the Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Event, I got the chance to play the highly-anticipated Kingdom Hearts III alongside other Kingdom Hearts content creators, as well as the opportunity to provide direct feedback to the game’s developers. Before I begin, I’d like to thank Square Enix and the other members of KH13.com’s staff yet again, for allowing me the privilege to attend this event. It was a lot of fun to see some familiar faces, meet a bunch of new friends, and finally get my hands on Kingdom Hearts III. I hope that similar community-focused events will continue to take place in the future!

    The two segments of Kingdom Hearts III that we were given the opportunity to play were the Rock Titan boss fight in Olympus, and around 30% of the much more exploration-focused Toy Box. In the short Olympus segment, Sora had access to Second Form, Wonder Balloon, and Big Magic Mountain, and players used these to defeat the Rock Titan. In the Toy Box demo, players explored Andy’s room, Andy’s front yard, and the massive Galaxy Toys toy store, experimenting with the rest of Sora’s abilities.

    Within the demo, there were a great deal of positives interspersed with some very noticeable negatives. To provide a more structured critique, I’d like to give my impressions of this demo in the following format; I will be starting with pros, followed by cons, and then a few concerns that I have for Kingdom Hearts III that are unrelated to the demo itself. Keep in mind that Square Enix informed the event's attendees that they would be watching for our feedback in the week following the event. If it seems as though I am bringing up my concerns in a way that would directly address Square Enix and the Kingdom Hearts development team, please be aware that presenting this feedback for the team is one of my primary goals. I hope you enjoy my critique!

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    Pros


    First, I’d like to praise the sheer amount of options that are available in Kingdom Hearts III's combat. Between regular combos, Keyblade transformations, Links, Attraction Flows, Flowmotion, and Situation Commands that utilize party members, players are able to construct a very detailed play style that is ideal for their own tastes. In addition, many of these options are currently well-balanced, so a significant portion of the game’s combat system is equally valuable, rather than just a handful of abilities that shine above all others. The Fire/Thunder/Barrier Surge and Balloon/Balloonra/Balloonga commands in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, respectively, both come to mind as examples of absurdly powerful abilities that outranked everything else, and for the most part, it seems that Square Enix has elected to avoid this flaw when designing the intricacies of the combat.

    Keyblade transformations are a staple of Kingdom Hearts III’s combat, changing Sora’s attack patterns and allowing for unique play styles to shine. For instance, the magic-heavy Mirage Staff (my personal favorite of the three we got) features movement similar to Kingdom Hearts II’s Wisdom Form, and also allows Sora to attack from farther away. In addition, its Air Slide leaves copies of Sora that will shoot at enemies when prompted. Hyper Hammer, by contrast, is used to deal damage in a wide area of effect, and tends to stun enemies that get caught in its wide swings. These transformations also include additional tiers, bringing new attacks and finishers into the mix. They also change the player's magic spells, to keep them consistent with the design philosophy behind each transformation. All of this is great, and gets even better with my next point.

    Alongside Keyblade transformations, Keyblade switching is a new (and hopefully permanent) addition to the Kingdom Hearts series. Within the Toy Box portion of the demo, we were able to switch between the Infinity Badge, Ever After, and Smile Gear Keyblades in the middle of combat (in the middle of a combo, even!). These Keyblades all come with their own transformations, and if the player activates a transformation and then switches their Keyblade, the transformed Keyblade is “stored” for later use, allowing players to go straight from a standard combo to a transformation with the press of a button. In line with this feeling of fluidity, I’m happy to report that combos can be modified with a mix of melee and magic attacks, which is a welcome inclusion from Kingdom Hearts II’s combat system. In addition, Sora now has an aerial guard maneuver, giving players the capability to remain defensive in most situations.

    While some players may worry that the Focus gauge may not be utilized enough, I was pleasantly surprised to find that traditional Shotlocks and Flowchain both provide good uses of the Focus gauge, and don’t sacrifice game balance for the sake of flashy, overly stylish attacks. These attacks are all fast and responsive, and most importantly, the damage they deal is quite reasonable.

    Compared to previous installments, Sora’s movement options have been expanded and changed for the better. Flowmotion returns from Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, but has been heavily re-balanced. The infamous Flowmotion attacks have become drastically less powerful (Shock Dive no longer produces a large shockwave, for instance), and players can only jump off of walls about two or three times, meaning that it is now impossible to scale giant objects with Flowmotion alone. However, this does not mean that scaling walls is impossible. Certain walls, indicated by an upward-traveling wave effect, can be used to wall-run. This movement is three-directional, allowing Sora to travel upwards or to the left or right. If Sora falls off of a wall, or needs to get onto the wall from midair, simply pressing against the wall while falling will allow players to continue their ascent. Due to the aforementioned factors, platforming has never been more fun to partake in, since Sora’s varied movement options present players with both a great deal of freedom, as well as a significant feeling of responsiveness.

    Moving on to the game’s visual presentation, I have to say that I am very impressed by the level of detail on display. The addition of idle animations for the party members and physics-based interactions have given Kingdom Hearts III those extra touches that elevate its already legendary visuals to new heights. For a few examples, individual blades of grass react to the movement of characters, a crumpled paper ball can be juggled, and Sora’s hair blows faintly in the wind. The game’s worlds feel very alive, containing plenty of interactive elements and secrets. Even though there weren’t many NPCs like there will be in the Kingdom of Corona world, there are plenty of little touches and details that make exploring Toy Box a real treat. I’m fairly certain that none of the attendees were able to explore and find everything that the demo had to offer on their own, and with only 30% of Toy Box available to us with this demo, it seems like the exploration aspect of the game will only get much bigger and much better as we explore the final game.

    As my final positive point, I’d like to touch on the game’s music. Kingdom Hearts has consistently provided me with some of my favorite musical tracks ever, and Kingdom Hearts III is certainly no slouch in this department. The new tracks present within Toy Box are very catchy, with Toy Story’s famous song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” making an appearance as the field theme. The battle theme is equal parts uplifting and frenetic, in classic Disney fashion. However, we also heard several returning tracks that got a welcome overhaul. “The Deep End” is probably the most notable of these, being fully orchestrated and having entirely new segments interwoven into the familiar melody. However, tracks such as “Hand in Hand” are also present, and have received a slight EDM-style flair. Overall, I think Yoko Shimomura has absolutely given the soundtrack of Kingdom Hearts III everything that she can muster, and I’m extremely happy with the results.

    Cons


    Moving on to discuss Kingdom Hearts III’s current flaws, I’d be doing this critique a disservice if I did not mention the floaty feeling within the combat. After attacking in the air or performing an Air Slide, Sora has a bit of a delay before starting to fall to the ground. This can most closely be compared to Aqua’s physics in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-, where any action taken in the air carried a delay of a fraction of a second, before the animation resolved and gravity took over. This floaty feeling was not present in Kingdom Hearts II, where Sora’s actions would be subject to gravity while an animation was in its final frames. In addition, a lot of the attacks themselves feel somewhat sluggish and clunky to transition between, making Sora feel a little stiff to control in the middle of a combo, especially when compared to the quick, fluid, and responsive combos from Kingdom Hearts II. A stronger adherence to Kingdom Hearts II's physics and responsiveness would be very well received by the majority of fans.

    One of the other major complaints that has arisen in response to prior trailers and this demo is the frequency of Situation Commands. I’d like to think that the values were tweaked regarding how often these commands appear, as trailers and demos are meant to market a game, and showing off some of the flashier attacks that Sora can use is an effective way of doing that. These values, therefore, may not be representative of the final product. However, when playing Kingdom Hearts III in a more free-form environment, being overwhelmed by a large amount of Situation Commands will present the feeling that these are meant to be the primary form of combat, above all other methods, which I think is an unfortunately shallow representation of the game (see the Surge/Balloon point I made at the beginning of my discussion on the game’s pros).

    An ideal philosophy, mechanics-wise, would be for Sora’s innate abilities to have their place in the spotlight, and then to use the secondary abilities and Situation Commands as a complement to Sora’s own power, rather than making them the focus. These abilities should instead feel rewarding to obtain, rather than being handed to players for using one or two spells, for example. By making them the focus and having them be so frequent, Sora's combos, spells, and original abilities are devalued, and players will elect not to use them as a result.

    In addition, based on what I played, the various Attraction Flows and Limits (Situation Commands utilizing Sora’s party members) seemed to appear quite randomly, rather than having some easily discernible cause for being given. I initially thought that Attraction Flows showed up based solely on the present location, but these commands have apparently appeared for other players when they are in completely different environments. For instance, the Pirate Ship command only appeared in Andy’s front yard for me, but it is also apparently available in various sections of the toy store, according to other players’ footage of the game.

    Due to the aforementioned points, perhaps allowing us to adjust the frequency of Situation Commands, or even completely disable those we don't like, would be a good gameplay element to include. These attacks are an extension of Sora's abilities and those of his friends, so they should be treated as such, rather than becoming the main weapon in their arsenal. They should also be able to be toggled, and their frequency tweaked, just like similar abilities' options in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. Another good course of action, in addition to what I just mentioned, would be to make the seemingly random conditions for activating certain commands more apparent.

    I previously believed that summons (referred to as Links in the game) were also overhauled, keeping party members around while the summon is occurring. Unfortunately, this is not the case, even though the party's health bars are still present. These health bars should disappear to avoid causing confusion, as several players made this mistake the first time they saw a summon.

    On a related note, though, I'd like to talk about how invincibility frames are handled. During the finishers of several different commands, including the aforementioned summons, Sora is locked into a particular animation, unable to avoid any damage. Players don't have any invincibility during these sections, which can often lead to Sora suffering an unfortunate death through no fault of the player.

    This next point may seem minor, but has been a serious concern amongst those who’ve played the demo. The colored wave effect that travels up the entirety of a wall-run compatible surface has often been noted as being “too distracting” and “a case of visual overload”. Since the wave effect travels along any surface that can be climbed, it has capacity to appear far too often, potentially overwhelming the appearance of an area, and distracting players who are exploring or fighting. A more subtle effect would be a much better way to effectively communicate the intended function to the player, without sacrificing the aesthetic of the area or dividing the player’s attention.

    As the final negative critique I have, I'd like to bring up the topic of input lag. All of the demo setups at the event had a large amount of delay between pressing a button and receiving a response from the game, making actions feel even more sluggish than they already appear and feel. This could be a result of the specific TV models we were playing on, but it’s a point that has been very commonly complained about by attendees, so it is worth taking into serious consideration. If there is any sort of input delay inherent within Kingdom Hearts III, it should ideally be fixed while optimizing other aspects of performance such as the game’s framerate.

    Miscellaneous Concerns


    Finally, there are a few concerns that I would like to bring up that are unrelated to the material that I played in the demo. Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance started the trend of having to play the game once to unlock the much-beloved Critical Mode, and this trend continued with the release of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-. A large portion of the fanbase, myself included, believe that Critical Mode should be made available from the start of Kingdom Hearts III, rather than being unlocked by beating the game once. Speaking personally, I usually play Kingdom Hearts games on the highest difficulty available, because I love a good challenge. Having to play through a game once to unlock a higher difficulty is usually an unwanted chore that challenge-oriented players just slog through to get what they wanted in the first place. There is no reason for Kingdom Hearts III to feel like a chore, especially when it is meant to be fun for anyone who plays. As a result, Critical Mode should be an immediately available option for players looking to challenge themselves, rather than a reward to be unlocked later.

    Similar to the previous point, Critical Mode should also be properly balanced and rewarding. In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-, Critical Mode not only increased enemies’ damage output, as one would expect, but also took away crucial abilities and halved the player’s MP. This made Critical Mode feel like an unfair and punishing experience, rather than a fair challenge that is fun to proceed through. Instead of making Critical Mode absurdly hard for the sake of being absurdly hard, this difficulty should be developed with the philosophy of offering the player a legitimate and fun challenge.

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    I hope you've enjoyed what I have to say! Whether you are a developer at Square Enix who is working on Kingdom Hearts III, or just an average fan who wants the best for a series we love, I hope you value my impressions and feedback, as well as the impressions and feedback of everyone else who got to play the game!

    What do you think of my impressions of the Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Event demo? Do you have any concerns of your own that you hope Square Enix will address? Let us know in the comments below!

  14. RUMOR: More Kingdom Hearts III Funko Pop Announcement

    Another wave of Kingdom Hearts III Funko POP figures has been rumored to release by popcurated. This wave is reported to include Kingdom Hearts III Mickey, Riku, Soldier Heartless, and Vanitas.

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    This rumor comes a week after the first wave was rumored. There isn't a release date announced yet or confirmation by Funko.

    What do you think of this set? Will there be more Kingdom Hearts III Funko figures? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Aug 08 2018 08:03 PM
    • by Leamax
  15. Kingdom Hearts III Premium Invitation Fact Sheet gives details on what to expect

    Square Enix released a press release detailing some key points from the Kingdom Hearts III Premium Event. Included on the key points are Keyblade transformations, interacting with the environments (dive deep underwater, scaling massive cliffs, free-falling), using Attractions in combat, and Classic Kingdom minigames.

    You can view the transcript below.

    Overview

    KINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure and support each other through difficult times. Set in a vast array of Disney worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, a young boy and unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy, two emissaries sent by King Mickey from Disney Castle, to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe. Through the power of positivity and friendship, Sora, Donald and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to prevail tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds.

    Key Features

    Adventure in Disney and Pixar Worlds
    Embark on an adventure that spans the Disney universe: Travel across Disney-Pixar worlds to protect them from the Heartless invasion, and befriend and join heroes from Toy Story, Big Hero 6, Tangled, Hercules and more.

    Unlock the Power of the Keyblades
    The powerful Keyblade can now transform into additional forms with new attacks, moves and animations. Players can equip multiple Keyblades, and combo their attacks between different themed Keyblades.

    Experience the Magic
    Cast visually stunning, powerful magic spells to battle the Heartless. Call upon Disney-Pixar friends and partner with them for support. Turn the tide of combat by summoning theme park inspired attractions using the all-new “Attractions.”

    Prepare for Battle
    Interact directly with the Disney-Pixar world. Players will fight off swarms of Heartless as they scale massive cliffs, dive deep underwater or even as they fall freely through the air.

    Relive Classic Disney Shorts Through Minigames
    Take a break from saving the world with minigames inspired by classic Disney short films.



    What do you think of this fact sheet? Let us know in the comments below and check out our coverage from the Premiere Event here!

    • May 23 2018 02:47 AM
    • by Leamax
  16. Voice Actors for Mike and Sulley for Kingdom Hearts III revealed in Press Release

    In a press release from Square Enix about the Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Event, the voice actors for Mike and Sulley were revealed. Carlos Alazraqui will be providing the voice of Mike while Christopher Swindle will be voicing Sulley.

    You can read a exert from the press release below.

    "The new game features the wondrous worlds and characters from Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6, Tangled and more. The evening gala gave celebrities and entertainment industry professionals the chance to journey through the Toy Story and Hercules worlds as they appear in the game. Event attendees included celebrity influencers, including Strawburry17, Kelly Eden, KittiesMama, GhostRobo, Wongfu and Maxmillian Dood, and voiceover actors Bill Farmer (Goofy), Tony Anselmo (Donald Duck), Carlos Alazraqui (Mike Wazowski) and Christopher Swindle (Sulley) among other top talent."


    You can check out our coverage of the Premiere Event here.

    What do you think of the voice actors for Mike and Sulley? Let us know in the comments below!

    • May 21 2018 02:06 PM
    • by Leamax
  17. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Event

    Welcome to KH13.com’s live coverage of the Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Event in Santa Monica, California!

    The event will run from 11:00 AM PDT to 3:00 PM PDT. Doors will open at 10:30 AM PDT. The event is invite-only, and we've got staff members Toominator (@ToominatorKH13) and Raxaimus (@RaxaimusKH13) representing us at the event!

    Kingdom Hearts Director Tetsuya Nomura will be in attendance alongside Co-Director Tai Yasue and several Square Enix staff members. Attendees will be using the hashtag #KH3Premiere to share information from the event!

    Stay tuned to our live coverage and on Twitter as we keep you up to date with info provided by attendees and all available news!

    For more news updates, follow us on Facebook and Tumblr!



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    Pre-event
    May 15, 2018: Kingdom Hearts III Invitational Premiere Event overview

    Event Day [May 18th, 2018]
    5:50 AM PDT: The Kingdom Hearts Twitter is getting ready for the event!
    6:00 AM PDT: The Embargo has been lifted!
    6:01 AM PDT: Kingdom Hearts Facebook uploaded new screenshots, including Wreck-ItRalph as a summon!
    6:40 AM PDT: Toy Story's world name revealed to be Toy Box!
    7:30 AM PDT: Button assignments and commands available in English for the first time!
    8:30 AM PDT Staff MembersRaxaimus and Toominator have arrived at the #KH3Premiere!
    8:42 AM PDT: It has been confirmed that the names of the Keyblades will be "Ever After" for Tangled, "Infinity Badge" for Toy Story, and "Smile Gear" for Monsters, Inc.!
    9:28 AM PDT: Ariel's Link is called "Lagoon Showtime" and Wreck-It Ralph's is "8-Bit Blast"!
    10:23 AM PDT: Everyone has arrived for the event!
    10:27 AM PDT: And they're headed in!
    11:00 AM PDT: A first glimpse at the venue as our staff head inside!
    11:00 AM PDT: The panel is starting soon!
    11:02 AM PDT: Shinji Hashimoto has taken the stage!
    11:03 AM PDT: The demo played today will be fully in English!
    11:05 AM PDT: Tetsuya Nomura and Tai Yasue begin the panel. They explain the theme of KH3 is heart and resolution. Expect some surprises and the ending might be hard for us to take!
    11:10 AM PDT: Pixar has been "a necessity". Nomura talks about the scale of the Pixar worlds and Square Enix's unique influence!
    11:16 AM PDT: The panel offers some tips for playing the demo!
    11:18 AM PDT: Audience was shown a video of the development process for Tangled and Monster, Inc.!
    11:19 AM PDT: You can switch Keyblades while using Keyblade Transformations!
    11:22 AM PDT: Yasue and Nomura gives closing messages, Yasue notes how he loves how expressive YouTubers are and looks foward to their reactions while playing today!
    11:25 AM PDT: Nomura's closing message: more information coming next month that will help us understand the game better! Says we might have a hard time keeping up with info!
    11:33 AM PDT: King Mickey is here to celebrate and take pictures with the attendees!
    11:38 AM PDT: Nomura spotted wearing a Stark Industries shirt!
    11:39 AM PDT: Attendees get a better look at the venue and are invited to try Sea-Salt Ice Cream!
    12:17 PM PDT: Toominator and Raxaimus meet co-director Tai Yasue and try some Sea-Salt Ice Cream!


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    • May 25 2018 11:15 PM
    • by Leamax
  18. Famitsu features Question and Answer Discussion Panel with Tetsuya Nomura discussing development of Kingdom Hearts Union x[Cross] and More!

    Famitsu released an issue on April 18th, 2018 showcasing a three-page feature on the Kingdom Hearts Union x[cross] 2018 fan event, aka "Dandelion Meeting," which took place at Disney's House of Blues Anaheim in Anaheim, California. The feature talks about the activities carried out across the event, the Classic Kingdom Trailer, and the question and answer section of the discussion panel with Tetsuya Nomura among the development staff!

    Here is the full article with the panel discussion translated by team members Mio-Chan and NihonScribe. Images below are from the design panel discussion.


    A fan event "Dandelion Meeting" for the smartphone game "Kingdom Hearts Union Cross" (KHUχ for sort) was held in Anaheim, California on April 15, 2018.

    We will give a report of the event, in which was announced elements linked to Kingdom Hearts III (KH III for short). Some stages and panels wasn’t allowed to be shoot or filmed, so we apologize for the lack of images for those parts.


    The Dandelion Meeting took place at the House of Blues located near Disneyland in Anaheim.
    At this KHUx themed place, 1,000 fans were gathered. The interior was decorated for the event as well.
    In addition, KHUχ was playable on a huge touch screen, there were sections where photos could be taken, and a panel where you could write messages along with various other amenities provided to satisfy the fans.


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    (Fans in line legend): The opening of the doors was planned around 10 o’clock, the first fans began to be in line at 9 o’clock. Some famous Youtubers were also spotted among them.
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    (Interior decorations 1 legend): There are plenty of highlights, such as the walls decorated with KHUχ artworks, stage decorations imitating Daybreak Town, and character panels.

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    (Nomura illustration): There were also illustrations drawn by Tetsuya Nomura displayed!

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    (Huge touch screen legend): Playing at KHUχ on a huge touch screen was really compelling. In addition to this, there were various activities such as draw battles, a message board, and a stamp rally.

    Fans were allowed to sift through the attractions and assembly hall at their leisure, and when Kingdom Hearts brand manager, Shinji Hashimoto, appeared on stage, at last the “Dandelion Meeting” was able to start. On behalf of the fans, as the the panels were being announced, Hashimoto carried on with the commencement with a well-known quote by Sora in English stating, “My friends are my power!” (Literally in Japanese, “The people bound to my heart are my power!”), which was met with loud applause from the audience.




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    (Caption: When I went out for a break, Hashimoto was surrounded by fans. He was signing various items!)

    Next, as the director, the moment that Tetsuya Nomura was called and entered the stage there were shouts of excitement from all directions! Though the leftover tension permeated within the fans throughout the assembly hall, Nomura waited for them to calm down, reminding everyone that this was an event to celebrate “KHUx,” before stating, “there is something I wanted to show you.” After that, a Kingdom Hearts III video showcasing LSI mini-games (LCD in the US) started streaming, which was accompanied by more excited cheers erupting from the audience!

    Following the video was also a message from Kingdom Hearts III’s Co-director, Yasuuji Yasue. Yasue prefaced the video with, “About a year ago I received an unusual request from Tetsuya Nomura . . . this happened quite often,” and laughed before acknowledging what Nomura ordered; Nomura wanted the main development team to create LSI mini-games in the style of 1980s cartoons using cutting edge technology and free software. Out of the more than 20 mini games they completed using Unreal Engine 4, Mr. Yasue was most pleased with the game that involved changing the pipes in order to retrieve falling eggs. He laughed again, saying, “I didn’t think something like this, gathering eggs, could be fun,” and the audience laughed along with him.

    These mini games, created in black and white following the motif of classic Disney animations, were available for those to play within the assembly hall. There were places where fans could sit and be able to see and play the four mini-games shown in the video (Including Mr. Yasue’s egg game, “Musical Farmer”). Here we will reveal the rules and the feel of playing each game.

    THE BARNYARD BATTLE

    The player simultaneously controls Sora and Mickey to repel Pete who approaches towards the player from the background. Pressing the button causes Sora and Mickey to swing a hammer, and depending on the timing a score of GOOD or PERFECT is rewarded; the goal is to receive the highest score possible. As you succeed Pete increases the speed of his movements and moves over the hedge on the left and right, creating a thrilling experience. The game feels similar to that of rhythm action (rhythm games) with parts that depend on sound.





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    THE KARNIVAL KID

    This is a mini game in which the player provides drinks, french fries, and hotdogs depending on the customer’s order. Once the prescribed score is reached within the time limit you advance to the next stage. To avoid getting the order wrong and only receiving a low score, you must carefully check the orders such as whether the hotdog requires ketchup or not. The hotdog has to cook for a certain time to be fit to serve, but if you let it cook for too long the hotdog will be scorched!






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    GIANTLAND

    This mini adventure involves aiming towards the spot where Mickey is located on the top right of the screen by the window. After avoiding the feet of the giant, getting propelled up to the desk by spoon, and moving to the right to pull the chord, the curtain covering the window opens and causes the lamps to shake with the breeze. You then must go back the way you came, dodging the giant’s arms, and get carried by his sneeze in order to move across the lamps, which requires using the pepper . . . etc. In order to progress quickly one must be wary of the timing of the giant’s movements.


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    MUSICAL FARMER

    For this game you must manage the connections of the pipes in order to keep the eggs produced by the chickens from breaking and guide them into the crates. You clear the stage once you deliver the prescribed number of eggs to Mickey or Minney. It’s important that Sora moves up and down besides just left and right, for if you focus on delivering the eggs within the crates and neglect to monitor the ones traveling along the pipes, they will crash into each other and break. You will be very busy choosing your actions while foreseeing the eggs movements! The difference between game A and game B presented as buttons on the top right of the screen are the difficulty levels.
    “Toy Story Land” Project also in the works!
    Toy Story’s green army men also appear?! A fan generously chosen to attend Walt Disney World’s planned opening for “Toy Story Land,” on June 30th, 2018, was also invited up on stage. In celebration for the opening of “Toy Story Land,” according to Kingdom Hearts Union x[cross] producer, Mr. Hiroki Okayama, there are plans to introduce a Toy Story land limited to the English version of Kingdom Hearts Union x[cross].





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    (Caption photo 1: Hashimoto (left), Okayama (center), and North Asia Senior Vice President/General Manager Justin Scarpone representing World Disney Japan, also made an attendance. He conveyed his gratitude, stating, "I and my team are very honored to be working with Square Enix's development team on games such as KHUx and KHIII.")
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    (Caption: There was also a spot in the assembly hall where you could have your picture taken with the Green Army Men)

    After that announcement, a total of 7 artists led by the Art Director Mr. Tatsuya Kando entered the stage and talked about medals, Keyblades, characters, Heartless, background design, and the production struggles during the designer panel. We have drawn some points of the Q&A session and posted them below.

    DESIGNER PANEL

    Although it was forbidden to take photos during this session, several pictures were shown at the event, such as the stages of progress within design creation. This is usually a part of the development that does not appear easy to show, but the fans seemed really interested in it.




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    Artists photo legend: Members of the Art team are lined up, among them a lot of brilliant women are present. “I’m feeling bashful among all these women, I’ll try not to be kicked out by spoiling the mood (laughs)” said Mr. Daigo Tsukada, working on KHUχ and KHIII’s keyblades and Heartless design.


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    Heartless picture legend: The picture is framed and put as a decoration on a wall in the hall. A heartless is showed, with details and explanations written.

    For the creation of the medals, the team received orders from Mr. Kando, they think about the position of the characters, draw some patterns. If there’s a need to modify it, they rework, retouch and add effects until it’s complete. They show a Sephiroth medal as an example to support their explanation.

    Development Staff (DS): KHUχ original app icon was “KH mobile”. From there, we reviewed many elements such as the amount of actions, the size of the avatar’s head among others, it became the version we can see now.

    For Strelitzia’s design, Nomura specified that her name was inspired from a flower, that her theme color was orange and she was a quiet person, as such we submitted 13 different designs. Seeing them, Mr. Nomura said “Her hair is more like this, its color like that, but her hair’s tied like this, she got hair clips and her boots are……” his reaction was trivial and messy. We finally fixed it and here is how Strelitzia looks now.

    For the Heartless design, we received a concept from a planner, and from there our imagination amplifies. Furthermore, we also received motion instructions for the art parts, when we looked at its totality, we kept in mind to create a cute, interesting design with a fairy tale atmosphere.

    For the upcoming enemies, we are currently working on summoned creatures from Final Fantasy: Titan, Ramuh, and Shiva.

    Keyblade elements such as colors and shape, are consciously designed so they can fit on small smartphones screen.

    The backgrounds basically conform to the look of the original movies. After viewing the movie, we check the localization of the buildings; if there’s a relevant place later in the plot we make sure to select it. We also look for a balance of exploration elements and a three dimensional feeling. In some cases map areas may be newly created and adjusted for KHUχ.

    For the cutscenes, first we decided which background we need to use, then the position of the characters, movement route, and camera movements. It’s difficult because the point is that we mustn’t exactly recreate the movie. You can’t see it much due to the framing and the camera movement, but I’d like you to pay attention to the details as we put a lot of effort into them.

    For the initial design of the Keyblade “Starlight,” since players collect Lux that is star-shaped, we thought that all the Keyblade wielders should possess a weapon with a star on it.

    Q. There are many avatar parts limited by gender, do you plan in the future to create parts that can be equipped to men and women?

    To which Mr. Kando answered, “We will consider it if more people request it”.
    At a point in development, there was one difficulty: “Character deformation, especially the deformed version of the Charming Prince. It was hard to detach the over-cute version from the original while keeping the heartless design that our seniors have drawn; we’re struggling to bring out new aspects as well. It’s not easy to make non-human motion with 2D.”


    New elements of KHUχ have been revealed one after another!


    Next, Director Tetsuya Nomura re-appeared on stage. Along with Mr. Kando and Mr. Okayama, they talked about LSI mini-games, showed at the beginning of the event, and KHUχ updates.

    There are a total of 20 LSI-like mini-games, and are collectively called “Classic Kingdom.”
    Instead of being in a Kingdom Hearts III style, Sora moves one frame at a time in a linear way.

    Nomura: “In KHII, he adventured into a black and white world known as the Timeless River. This time I have prepared a mini-game inspired by Mickey’s classic shorts.”
    You’ll feel like you are playing KHIII in advance while playing the Classic Kingdom, and if you’re playing KHUχ, they are considering linking both games for good for people who play both.

    The Barnyard Battle legend: At the reveal of the Classic Kingdom, visitors were able to play at a demo on regular tablets, as well as on a huge touch screen at the event.


    QUESTION AND ANSWER PANEL/FINAL DISCUSSION

    Q. How are the players in KHUx carrying around their medals as they travel?

    Mr. Nomura: Wouldn’t they just be carrying them in their pockets? (laughter fills the room)

    Mr. Kando: What . . . then how do they equip them onto their keyblades?

    Mr. Nomura: Perhaps you can insert them once the Keyblade has been opened from the pocket, right? After all, this is derived from dreams and magic (laughs)

    Q. Are there any new worlds you want to add in KHUx?

    Mr. Nomura: There are plans to add a world that will not appear in Kingdom Hearts III. The main point is that this character will appear as a summon. However, this character hasn’t been introduced yet, so I think right now you won’t understand. From now on, pay attention to future Kingdom Hearts III trailers and you might get it.

    Q. (On the English Version) “Guilt,” is translated as, “Special Attack Bonus,” what was the reason for that?

    Mr. Nomura: Maybe . . . “Guilt” is short for Special Attack Bonus (Laughs)


    Q. Are there any collaboration events you would like to do in the future?

    Mr. Okayama: As I announced earlier, there will be the Toy Story Land collaboration.

    Mr. Nomura: And along with that, Mr. Kando would like to give us an interesting answer.

    Mr. Kando: Wha…do we have THAT freedom here?! Then how about a collaboration, you and me? *very resolved* (The room filled with laughter)

    Mr. Kando: See! (with a bright look on his face) What about you, Nomura?

    Mr. Nomura: There are currently a lot of collaborations between different Japanese games. KHUχ doesn’t need to focus on that. Although it is just an example, it might be interesting if collaborations with platforms such as Twitter and LINE, which are not games, occurred.
    A medal with Twitter’s bird logo perhaps? (laughs)

    Mr. Kando: A 7★ medal?

    Mr. Okayama: You sounds like you’re drunk, please don’t take it seriously everybody!

    Mr. Nomura: You can’t get drunk if you don’t drink in the first place (laughs). Everyone, if you have any requests about collaborations, please send it to the official Twitter account.

    Q. Please tell us more about the new Union leaders Ephemera and Skuld’s design, and about the intention behind their appearance.
    Mr. Nomura: It feels like you want to know about their story, rather than learning more about their design. In KHIII, their shadows have been caught in a flickering story. I think that you will often feel their presence, more than the five former Union leaders. The fate of the new Union leaders is sealed, their names have a relevant meaning.

    Mr. Okayama: The meaning of the names includes the spelling, do they not?

    Mr. Nomura: That’s right. Everything has a meaning. Including Strelitzia, who isn’t part of the other 5. A new character will also appear in the future, and the story of KHUχ will become something that cannot be simply overlooked.


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    After the panel, for the second time Nomura and company were all seen coming out to the podium and there were countless cheers and admiration in the form of whistling coming from the fans. In words of encouragement and hope for their next reunion, Hashimoto stated, (in English) “Kingdom Hearts is forever with you! See you next year . . . maybe.” Once he stated this there was positive applause and affirmation for a repeat of this event. Nomura then addressed everyone with, “For the purpose of promoting KHIII, we will be visiting the US again I think. Please look forward to it,” which led to the joyful shouts of, “Thank you!!!” and “We love you!” from the entire assembly hall in a string of Japanese from the fans, ending the Dandelion Meeting in a climactic finish. From such a positive response and the joyful, sparkling aura of the crowd there was no mistaking that this had been a highly festive and memorable event that American fans were more than satisfied with.

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    (Souvenirs were also distributed (tote bag, postcard set, badge set, languard) Till the very end this event was filled with consideration for the fans’ enjoyment)

  19. Kingdom Hearts III Invitational Premiere Event overview

    The wait is almost over! In just a few days, a select group of community members and media outlets will attend Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts III Invitational Premiere Event in Santa Monica, California! This invite-only event will give attendees the ability to play Kingdom Hearts III, as well as share hands-on impressions of their experiences! Several prominent Square Enix staff members will also be present, including Kingdom Hearts co-director Tai Yasue!

    We previously announced that KH13 have been given the great honor of being invited to this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and also announced that staff members Toominator and Raxaimus will be representing us at the event! Once again, we would like to thank the staff of Square Enix for this incredible opportunity!

    As seen from photos of the venue's exterior, Square Enix will be using the Twitter hashtag #KH3Premiere to promote this event. Several attendees and fans have already started using and spreading this hashtag, including those of us at KH13, so be on the lookout for it! Whenever you see it, you can be sure that information about the event will not be far behind!

    The embargo for this event ends on Friday, May 18th at 6:00 AM PT! Staff members Toominator (@ToominatorKH13) and Raxaimus (@RaxaimusKH13) will share information during the event using the #KH3Premiere hashtag, and we will post their full impressions of Kingdom Hearts III and the Kingdom Hearts Invitational Premiere Event shortly after the event concludes! Please be excited, everyone!

    IMPORTANT: We would like to stress once again that this event is invite-only. If you do not have an official invitation from Square Enix, we politely request that you do not show up to the venue on the day of the event with the hopes of getting inside. Please wait patiently for information and we will share what we can with you!

    What are you most excited to learn about from the Kingdom Hearts Invitational Premiere Event? Let us know in the comments below!

  20. RUMOR: Kingdom Hearts III Funko Pop Announcement

    Funko Pop fans rejoice! A new wave of figures featuring the Kingdom Hearts III versions of Sora, Donald, Goofy, and “Sora Mons” (most likely being Sora’s Monster’s Inc. form), have been reported coming soon via anerdydad and popcurated. No confirmed date as of this time.

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    Please note that there was been no official announcement from Funko.

    Are you interested in this new line of Funko Pops? Let us know in the comments below!

  21. KH13's "Classic Kingdom" Kingdom Hearts III trailer analysis

    Welcome to KH13’s trailer analysis of the “Classic Kingdom” trailer revealed at this past weekend’s Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]: Dandelion Meeting fan event!

    With a title like “Classic Kingdom,” the trailer expertly hooks viewers in with a poignant call to gamers’ nostalgia in the form of LCD inspired minigames created through the unreal engine!

    But first, the graphics!

    We start off with Sora and Co. in an updated Twilight Town surrounded by Haynes, Pence, and Olette in new outfits. This is the first time the Twilight trio have been seen in the unreal engine and they look fantastic. They're rocking a new style, involving plaid similarly to Riku’s new makeover, but they are still similar enough to be recognizable as Roxas’ easygoing pals from Kingdom Hearts II.


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    Sora is in the middle of the group holding a device. In the next shot we see him and Donald and Goofy staring at a device he’s holding as well before we cut to the LCD goods (cue adorable soundtrack).

    Next we are introduced to Sora, Mickey, and Minnie in 2D, moving in a way similar to Mr. Game-And-Watch. We are then treated to a montage sequence of four mini games.

    First Sora and Mickey are introduced in the new gameplay style, traversing across unstable building beams being arranged by Pete to reach Minnie. Then the games start. Each one is based off a classic Disney cartoon with the same name.


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    The first game is called “The Barnyard Battle.” It is a rhythm game in which Mickey and Sora shift from left to right, bopping cows falling to the sides of them. It works similar in the vein of Dance Dance Revolution (and looks just as punishing).


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    The second game, “The Karnival Kid,” involves Sora working hard as a server, cooking hot dogs and piling up a specific dish upwards in the direction of a wanting customer (ranging from Goofy, Mickey, and beyond). Players will be able to tell the specifics of the order based on the speech bubble that shows up over the customer’s head.


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    “Giantland” is the next game shown with Sora working to avoid a giant’s tantrum through various obstacles before swinging on chandeliers above him to reach Mickey. This was the only minigame shown previously at the D23 Event 2017 in Japan. It’s nice to see its return here.


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    Lastly, “Musical Farmer” is the final minigame shown which has Sora shifting tubes and collecting eggs that birds drop down the tubes into baskets before delivering them to either Mickey or Minnie on the sidelines.

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    The trailer ends with Sora smiling at the pseudo-Switch-looking device before turning excitedly towards his friends. It's a great detailed close-up that really highlights Sora’s eyes and facial features. The graphics continue to improve with each trailer giving fans much hope for the finished product.

    But if you need a break from fighting heartless, these minigames should take you back to a simpler time. It serves as a nice reprieve and great addition to the various series of minigames in the Kingdom Hearts series along with the aesthetics of the Timeless River world in Kingdom Hearts II. No matter how much time passes, it looks like there will always be room for the classics and it's great to see Square Enix pull inspiration from early Disney cartoons once again! I’m looking forward to seeing what the others have in store.

    As someone who was lucky enough to experience a few of these games at the event itself, I think they are a great addition. “Karnival Kid” really had me on my toes. Cooking isn't easy folks!

    What were your favorite parts of this new trailer? Who thinks they’ll become addicted to these new minigames? And how do you feel about the Twilight trio’s new look?

    If there are any details I missed please let me know in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed this analysis!

    You can catch the charming trailer here. Don't forget to check on our live coverage of the event here for more details on some gameplay and other exciting info on Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]!

  22. Impressions of the "Musical Farmer" minigame from the Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] Dandelion Meeting

    On April 15th, Square Enix hosted the first ever Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] Dandelion Meeting, where fans could participate in various activities and meet fellow fans. One of the featured activities was called “Classics”, and was a demo for the Game & Watch-style minigames that would be featured in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III, collectively titled “Classic Kingdom”. The demo lineup consisted of four available games; Giantland, The Barnyard Battle, Musical Farmer, and The Karnival Kid. In addition, each game was played on a tablet, foreshadowing the later announcement that a selection of the Classic Kingdom minigames would be playable within Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross].

    Due to being one of the attendees of the Dandelion Meeting, I am able to give a written summary on the gameplay of the demo I played, as well as my personal impressions of the demo. Since attendees were lined up to play, we were directed to quickly take our seats, unfortunately giving us little to no choice as to the game each attendee was playing. The game I happened to be seated at was Musical Farmer, and I was given five minutes to play.

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    The Musical Farmer minigame is loosely based on the 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon of the same name. Within the game, six hens are laying numerous eggs which fall slowly through six pipes. Several of the pipes are joined by a segment that Sora can rotate to complete a given pipe’s path, at the expense of another pipe being blocked off. At the bottom of the three ending pipes, there are three boxes which can each accept up to six eggs. Sora can then descend the ladder and pass the egg boxes to the left or right. If a box is passed to another box’s position, the two boxes swap places.

    The goal of the game is to pass egg-filled boxes to Mickey and Minnie on either edge of the screen, increasing the player’s score. After a given number of eggs is reached, the round ends and a new round begins, with a higher amount of eggs needed to complete the next round. If an egg hits one of the aforementioned intersections and cannot continue through the pipe (see pipes 2 and 6 in the above image), the egg breaks and Sora loses one of three lives. The board is cleared, and the player begins again, keeping the same score and amount of eggs collected in the round. A similar situation happens if an egg hits the ground as Sora is passing a box to Mickey or Minnie, or if an egg falls onto a box that already has six eggs. Upon losing all three lives, the game is over, and the player’s score is presumably recorded. (Unfortunately, I can not confirm this last point, as neither I nor the two players adjacent to me lost all of our lives in the time allotted.)

    Overall, I enjoyed Musical Farmer quite a lot! While the game is indeed simple in its mechanics, I found it genuinely addictive, and several other attendees I talked to were enamored during their play sessions, as well. The art style is both a faithful recreation of the classic Musical Farmer cartoon (complete with the Timeless River rendition of Sora), and an exact match to the Game & Watch handhelds and others like them. Unfortunately, the venue was quite loud, so I could not hear any music from the game itself, but I would not be surprised if Square Enix decided to use a chiptune version of the music from the cartoon itself, which audibly complements both of the above aspects of the visuals. Hearing something like that would absolutely complete the experience for me! I look forward to playing Musical Farmer again, along with trying the rest of the Classic Kingdom collection!

    What do you think of Musical Farmer? Did you get to try one of the Classic Kingdom games at the Dandelion Meeting? Which one do you think will be your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

  23. "Make Your Mark" event coming to Union χ[Cross]; chance for your name to be included in Kingdom Hearts III

    A new event has begun for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]. The event, "Make Your Mark", will give 300 players a chance to have their player name included in Kingdom Hearts III. Each player can earn points based upon meeting certain conditions and filling out an entry form.


    There are 3 different sections that you can earn points. The top 100 in each section will be chosen.

    • Total Logins-Players will earn points based on the total amount of login days as on April 30, 2018. Those that login more than 600 days will receive 3 points. Those that have login between 400 and 599 days will receive 2 points. Those that have login between 300 and 399 days will receive 1 point.
    • High Score Challenge-Players will earn points based on their ranking in the High Score Challenge. Players that rank 1st to 10th will receive 3 points. Players that rank 11th to 100th will receive 2 points. Players that rank 101st to 500th will receive 1 point.
    • Toon Moogle Medals-Players will earn points based on how many Toon Moogle Medals they received. [More information will be available later] Each player that has 3 copies will receive 3 points. Each player that has 2 copies will receive 2 points. Each player that has 1 copy will receive 1 point.

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    NOTE: You must complete the entry form during the campaign period! Entry forms must be completed by May 1st at 3:59 PM PDT (6:59 PM EDT).

    What do you think of this event? Will you have a chance to get your player name in Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow our continuing coverage of the Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Dandelion Meeting!



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    • Apr 15 2018 11:15 PM
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  24. Exclusive new Kingdom Hearts III video at the Dandelion Meeting reveals over 20 LCD-type minigames playable

    During the Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]: Dandelion Meeting, new and exclusive Kingdom Hearts III footage was revealed, featuring Giantland, a minigame previously shown at the D23 Expo 2017 Japan.

    A recorded message by co-director Tai Yasue was shown, in which he talked about Giantland and said that it was created completely with Unreal Engine 4.

    In regards to LCD-type games, Kingdom Hearts III will feature over 20 different minigames! These will include elements such as carnival games, rearranging pipes, collecting eggs, and more. These games will be playable through a Game and Watch-style handheld device that Sora himself can play with; it is accessible in Twilight Town, where Sora was seen playing with it on a bench.

    It's been confirmed that Giantland is the name of one of the mini-games. The mini-games are based on short films that Mickey starred in the 1930's. Two other mini-games, Barnyard Battle and Musical Farmer, were playable at the meeting.

    To the delight of the audience, these minigames were made available to the attendees to play at the event! This footage was shown to those in attendance at the event and was later released on Youtube. You can view the trailer below.



    Screenshots of a few of the mini-games have been released. You can view them in the gallery below.



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    UPDATE: News Team staff Raxaimus got a picture of one of the mini-games: The Barnyard Battle.




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    What do you think of the new information? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow our continuing coverage of the Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Dandelion Meeting!

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  25. KH13 staff will be among first to play Kingdom Hearts III

    On April 6th, 2018 word got out that popular Kingdom Hearts YouTubers such as SkywardWing, HMK, and TheGamersJoint would be among the first people to play Kingdom Hearts III. We at KH13.com are pleased to share that staff members Toominator and Raxaimus will also be among the first people in the world to get their hands on Kingdom Hearts III! Unfortunately, we cannot share any further details.

    We thank the staff of Square Enix for this incredible opportunity, and we look forward to sharing more information in the future!