New Kingdom Hearts III footage shown at Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX NA launch event + new info to be revealed in 2015
At the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX North American launch event at the Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, California, Square Enix has shown new Kingdom Hearts III footage and revealed that they will release new information in 2015. The new footage showed concept art, new Heartless designs, a huge town titled Cable Town with Sora in a library/study room and new gun Keyblade attacks for Sora. Sora was shown in various Kingdom Hearts II outfits including Valor and Wisdom form. To expand on the gun Keyblade attacks, Sora's Keyblade transforms into dual guns and then transforms into a cannon. Chi was also written on a blackboard in the study room, this may be related to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] but this is simply speculation. Thanks go to @churroz for the information.
Update: Siliconera has posted their impressions of the footage. They reveal that Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series was also at the event and performed a couple of the series' most famous songs. They have also included what Heartless they believe were shown. You can read them below.Spoiler
Update 2: Square Enix has told those who attended the event that the footage was only intended for those who attended the North American and European launch events and that more information will be revealed in 2015. This is likely due to the footage still being quite raw. Thanks go to @churroz for the tip.
- Dec 03 2014 10:03 PM
- by Sora96
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX + HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue cover artwork have a hidden message toward Kingdom Hearts III
During an interview with Dengeki PlayStation, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series has revealed that the cover artwork for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, 2.5 ReMIX, & HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue all connect together as a hidden message for Kingdom Hearts III.
Tetsuya Nomura says that the 3 pieces of artwork start with Sora sitting, then standing, and finally walking. There is also a flow of time with the 3 pieces of artwork, where 1.5 is sunset becoming night, 2.5 is in the middle of the night, & 2.8 is night breaking into dawn. All of this connects to a hidden message for Kingdom Hearts III.
You can read Nomura's answer below, thanks to Catherine Mueller (email@example.com) for the translations.
--You also revealed a gorgeous package art.
Nomura: There are actually two secrets about the illustrations from [KH1.5] until [KH2.8]. Extremely attentive KH fans might have already discovered them, but one is that Sora's movements change from sitting, to standing, to walking. One more is that when you line up the three illustrations, you'll notice that they show the flow of time with changes in the sky. [KH1.5] is sunset becoming night, [KH2.5] is the middle of the night, and [KH2.8] is night breaking into dawn. Those three illustrations have a message regarding the final chapter, [KHIII].
--So you planned all this from the time of [KH1.5]'s release, then?
Nomura: We worried a long time about the package art for [KH2.5], and we worked on trying to connect the three productions in a continual manner. It seems like there were a lot of people who figured out Sora's movements, but there were not very many people who noticed the connection between the skies. There are two meanings to “sora” (I.E. one being the protagonist's name, and the other meaning “sky”).
While it is uncertain what this message is, this is something for fans to think about as we wait for the release of Kingdom Hearts III.
What do you think this hidden message could be? Let us know in the comments below!
- Oct 12 2016 03:12 PM
- by Jake
Just like in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, upon completion of a title in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX you unlock a custom PlayStation 3 theme. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX contains Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. In order to unlock Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix's you must simply complete the game. For Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, you must complete the Final Episode. And lastly for Kingdom Hearts Re:coded you must complete the title 100% by watching all of the Cinematic Story Videos and viewing the Character Profiles. Their custom themes can be viewed below thanks to Everglow.
- Oct 17 2014 08:08 AM
- by Sora96
Back in December, Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series revealed that both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX could make their way to PlayStation 4. However, in an interview with Ruliweb, Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series has stated there are no plans to do so.
Ruliweb: It's been two years since the first official announcement of Kingdom Hearts 3.
Nomura: Usually, most of the reactions from the KH fans and media consist of "Please put [this world] in the game!" (Laughs) Rather than comments on the game system itself, we get requests for "Put this world in, put my world in!" much more. Whichever world is a popular map should determine whether or not the masses will greatly enjoy Kingdom Hearts 3. Recently, we also received a significant increase in requests for the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix to be released on the PS4. Unfortunately, we don't have any plans for that.
The most likely reason for this appears to be that they do not want to delay Kingdom Hearts III, as both HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX were both developed by the Kingdom Hearts team for unknown reasons. Tai Yasue stated in the interview linked above that they did not want Kingdom Hearts III delayed. Another likely reason is that the PlayStation 4 requires all games to have digital versions while both HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX did not on PlayStation 3, likely due to licensing issues.
Thanks go to @RedMakuzawa for the tip, Jess from Tumblr and Amber from Tumblr for the translation.
- Oct 03 2015 08:52 AM
- by Sora96
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Collector's Edition announced for the United States, United Kingdom & France
Square Enix has announced that a Collector's Edition for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will be released in the United States, United Kingdom, and France. A limited quantity of the Collector's Edition will be available, able to be pre-ordered through the official Kingdom Hearts website for US$99.99.
The Collector's Edition contains the following:
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX game discs
- Collector's Steelbook Case
The steelbook case contains both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX discs and features premium artwork from the series Director, Tetsuya Nomura.
- Collector's Edition Box
- Shadow Heartless Plush Toy
9.4 inch tall plush of the classic Kingdom Hearts foe.
- Exclusive Disney collectible pin
Features Sora and Mickey Mouse back to back, with the iconic keyblade with Mickey dangler. Made out of a soft enamel coating on metal, this pin’s height stretches out to 1.68 inches.
- 30-Page Art Book and Dust Jacket
This art book includes an exclusive foreword and a sketch from Nomura, along with art from the series.
Various promotional images detailing the Collector's Edition have been uploaded by Square Enix, and these can be seen below.
Square Enix have also uploaded a promotional video for the Collector's Edition, and this can be seen below.
Update 1: The Collector's Edition will also be available through select Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian retailers, specifically CDON, Webhallen, Gamestop and Discshop. Thanks go to Square Portal for the clarification.
Update 2: GAME (Spain) has announced that on November 11 at 11AM (Spain time) you can pre-order the Collector's Edition on their website. Thanks go to @churroz for the tip.
Update 3: Amazon.de are now accepting pre-orders for the Collector's Edition in Germany. Thanks go to @churroz for the tip.
Update 4: EB Games Australia has confirmed the Collector's Edition will not be available in Australia or New Zealand.
Update 5: Amazon.co.uk are now accepting pre-orders for the Collector's Edition in the UK. Thanks go to @Souleater3000 for the tip.
Update 6: GameStop Italia were holding pre-orders for the Collector's Edition in Italy, unfortunately it was very limited stock and they have already ran out.
- Nov 10 2014 07:19 PM
- by DChiuch
Today, with the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX in Japan, Famitsu Weekly have included a special commemorative article in their October 2, 2014 issue. This article contains a detailed summary of the game, teases both of the new Secret Movies included with Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, and also contains a special interview with the director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tetsuya Nomura.
In this interview, Nomura has revealed that he hopes to one day tell the story of Birth by Sleep -Volume 2-, when he is given the opportunity. Birth by Sleep -Volume 2- was of course the ending "title card" of the Secret Movie for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, leading fans to speculate that this might be a mystery game in the works. However, this movie was released in 2011, and according to Nomura today, "the story was severed and wasn't told".
Read Nomura's full comment below, thanks to KH13 user SkyKeybladeHero for translations.
—Among everything that was included in the FInal Mix version, what would you recommend?
Nomura: The Secret Episode. It's an evolution of all the Secret Movies I've put in the games so far, because it's playable. You can feel the pace of the story and the battle, so I'm glad I made it like that. By the way, the indication for Birth By Sleep -Volume 2- is still there. It shows the existence of Aqua's story in the Realm of Darkness. It means that she didn't just wander about in the Darkness for ten years, but that she passed through many experiences. However, it is a "Fragmentary Passage", as the same suggests-- that story was severed and wasn't told. I hope I can tell it when given the opportunity.
- Oct 01 2014 01:37 PM
- by DChiuch
Translated diagrams from the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania explaining character relationships & Xehanort's history now available
Diagrams from pages of the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania, which was released in Japan on October 2, 2014, have been translated. The diagrams show the correlations between the characters in the Kingdom Hearts series, as well as the full record of Xehanort's history. The images can be seen below, thanks to heijikudou for all of the scans, translations and putting it all together!
- Oct 11 2014 01:57 PM
- by Demyx.
Nomura talks Kingdom Hearts III, new outfits for Sora & Riku, link with KHχ, KH3D being considered & more
The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly, releasing on Thursday, September 25, 2014, is to include an article about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, containing an interview with the director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tetsuya Nomura.
A summary of this interview has appeared online, and it covers Kingdom Hearts III, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. Some of the major points from this interview include that Kingdom Hearts III's development is on schedule, new outfits for Sora and Riku have been designed, that Kingdom Hearts III will link closely with Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], among many other things.
Thanks to hokanko-alt for the original interview summary, and to translator goldpanner for translating everything into English, you can read it below.
This is a pre-release special feature including a review of all currently known info, play impressions, and an interview with director Tetsuya Nomura.
KH2.5 parts aside:
- when asked if reports that KH3 co-director Yasue spoke about Frozen overseas were incorrect, apparently not giving a clear yes or no meant that overseas some took it as fact
- choosing what to say you want to do as a new world for KH3 or at some other point in the future is difficult, they are highly passionate
- the conversation between the mystery pair is even longer, over 2 minutes
- Between KH2.5 and KH3 they want to leave the least possible time for fans who understand the developments of KHχ to get separated
- The scenarios of KHχ and KH3 are closely related, and are currently being written simultaneously
- They don't want to leave KH3D out all by itself, so they are considering key things
- KH3 is moving along steadily and according to plan
- They are having issues creating the images because of the engine, but they are writing the scenario and selecting worlds
- Sora and Riku etc's new clothes have been drawn up
- The Osaka team said Sora's mobility was too high and he felt invincible (in his final stages of growth)
- Keyblade transformation/shape variations are turning out amazing
- They have various other projects outside of KH3, but thanks to all the offers coming currently they are going to respond to it first
- They plan to publish Nomura comments in the next issue too
Update: Kotaku have also published a summary of the article, you can read it below.
Square Enix recently revealed that Tetsuya Nomura is no longer helming Final Fantasy XV. Now he can work on getting Kingdom Hearts III out quickly.
"We're regularly meeting schedule deadlines." Nomura said in an interview with Weekly Famitsu. "Unfortunately, due to the engine, there are areas on the visual side where we're struggling."
Talking about the Kingdom Hearts III intro teaser that is included with Kingdom Hearts II.5 HD ReMIX, Nomura said, "When we showed the gameplay demo, we received the fan feedback and I felt a lot of anticipation was directed at Kingdom Hearts III. At present we can't really show more, but I wanted to send out some sort of message [to the fans]." Nomura also added, "I also wanted to show people that [Kingdom Hearts III] is going to start from a place they won't expect."
Nomura couldn't specify exactly how far along development Kingdom Hearts III is, but he did note: "I'm currently writing the scenario and selecting worlds. I'm also designing new outfits for Sora and Riku." That kind of gives you a general idea.
In regards to the change in directors for Final Fantasy XV, Nomura stated, "It was a company decision. That's all I can say about it right now."
- Sep 25 2014 08:39 AM
- by Sora96
The new Secret Movie included in the Kingdom Hearts Re:coded portion of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX has finally been uploaded online, thanks to YouTube user なかじまちゃんねる 2nd. You can view it below, in 1080p with English subtitles. Thanks go to goldpanner for the translations.
- Oct 02 2014 05:46 AM
- by Sora96
- Mar 07 2017 08:40 AM
- by Jake
Square Enix has made a very curious tweet on the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account. The tweet says "We've been busy today working on a secret project", and shows a Square Enix staff member with a Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX jacket, standing outside what looks to be Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris! The full image attached to the tweet can be seen below.
- Oct 26 2014 03:10 AM
- by DChiuch
UPDATE 1: The boxart for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been uploaded and fixed by Square. The original upload had Xion's hand mysteriously disappear in this air. You can check it out below.
@K_Everwood on Twitter! View it below:
- Feb 28 2017 02:52 PM
- by Toominator
With less than 1 day remaining until Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX releases in Japan, some people are beginning to get their hands on the game. One user on a Japanese message board, who posted this image of the game as verification (also shown below), has begun to share some very small details concerning new content in the HD collection.
Translations/interpretations are thanks to KH13 user SkyKeybladeHero:
Here are the user's comments about the game:
(At the request of the poster, we have avoided using full quotes. If this is also unsuitable, let us know.)
- The credits contain some scenes from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, as well as a scene from the Kingdom Hearts III announcement trailer where Sora is holding the Master Keeper Keyblade.Spoiler
- The user shared these images of the credits, proving their claim:
This is interesting, because in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, the credits contained scenes from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Birth by Sleep, and Re:coded-- which, of course, were a big hint towards the games that were included in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Could these scenes be hinting at a HD remaster for Kingdom Hearts 3D?
Update: We originally had spoiler warnings in this article, but we have decided to not consider the game credits to be a spoiler, anymore (since this news is likely going to appear everywhere over the next few months, and be unavoidable). Sorry for any inconvenience!
Update 2: YouTube user なかじまちゃんねる 2nd has uploaded the credits in 1080p. The credits recap Kingdom Hearts 3D and show a short clip from Kingdom Hearts III's announcement trailer. You can view it below.
- Oct 02 2014 09:51 AM
- by DChiuch
Dengeki Online have posted the first review for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, which releases in Japan on October 2, 2014. In this review, it is revealed that the Kingdom Hearts Re:coded HD Cinematic Videos will contain an all-new secret movie. Kingdom Hearts Re:coded on the Nintendo DS already contained a secret movie leading up to Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, but in the HD collection, if you look at all of the cutscenes, a *second* secret movie will be unlocked, said to be completely new and a must-see for fans!
Square Enix have updated the official Japanese website for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX with a page to share these reviews.
Translator goldpanner has completely translated this portion of the review, and with a big thanks to her, it can be seen below.
In the DS version of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded there was a secret movie that was a pull towards KH 3D [Dream Drop Distance], which is of course included in this title too. Furthermore, and this is between you and us, but if you look at all the cutscenes you'll see there's a second secret movie... It's a completely new cutscene of content that's a must-see for fans, so please check it out with your own two eyes!
- Sep 11 2014 04:08 AM
- by DChiuch
- Jul 19 2014 02:49 PM
- by Sora96
Update 1.02 now available for Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, includes KH2FM damage/gauge 60fps & other defects fix
Square Enix has officially rolled a new update for the Japanese version ofKingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. This update, which is 1.02, fixes the damage and gauge problems caused by 60fps in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, and has fixed other various defects within the collection.
The update is 235.3 MB big.
You can check out screenshots of the update (in Japanese and English) thanks to @aibo_ac7 and @churroz.
UPDATE: Square Enix has announced that they will be offering a Day One patch for North American and European players for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. It is stated that the patch is to resemble that of which was released in Japan.
- Mar 23 2017 08:55 PM
- by Jake
In a recent interview with Gamespot at E3, Tai Yasue, co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series, says that Kingdom Hearts HD collections (1.5 & 2.5) have not been ruled out completely for the PS4. You can read what he said below.
We haven't come to decision and nothing is announced yet. We listen to our fans and our players and see what they think about it--and, yeah, I'm not ruling it out, but we're not making an announcement just yet.
In addition to stating that about the possibility of HD collections on the PS4, he also says that Kingdom Hearts III is going smooth right now.
Are you excited to hear the possibility of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX coming to the PS4? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jun 14 2016 08:55 PM
- by Jake
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX has been announced for the PlayStation 4, and will released on March 9, 2017 in Japan, March 28, 2017 in North America and March 31 in Europe. The games will all run at 60 frames per second.
You can view the trailer below.
The game logo can be seen here:
Screenshots from the collection can be seen below.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is available on the North American Square Enix store for US$49.99.
Square Enix have launched the official Japanese website for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, and this lists the retail price for the Japanese version of the game at ¥6,800 (approximately US$64.71).
- Oct 27 2016 09:42 PM
- by Raxaimus
Square Enix has released the full track list for the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack Box which releases tomorrow in Japan. The official website for the Original Soundtrack Box also allows you to sample select songs from the HD 1.5 ReMIX and HD 2.5 ReMIX soundtracks with both the original and HD ReMIX versions available to sample.
We've listed each track on each disc for you below.
- Nov 25 2014 03:43 AM
- by Sora96
A Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Box was revealed on the Square Enix Japan e-Store, exclusively available for fans who preorder Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX. This box features the cover artwork pieces for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The box is intended to store players' copies of KH2.8, as well as the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, set to be released in March.
In his most recent interview with Famitsu Weekly, series director Tetsuya Nomura discussed plans to release a commemorative box for fans to store the games in, providing a special treat to collectors.
This box will be available in limited quantities, and it is not currently known if an identical or similar product will be available in other regions.
Are you excited for such a special way to store your Kingdom Hearts collection? Let us know in the comments below!
- Feb 21 2017 12:54 PM
- by Raxaimus
A lucky fan has had their copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's Collector's Edition arrive early. The Collector's Edition which was in limited stock and limited to select countries and territories features an all new artbook which contains an exclusive new piece of artwork by Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series. Thanks to Tumblr user wild666jaguar777 you can view the exclusive artwork and other photos of the Collector's Edition below. Thanks go to @churroz for the tip.
- Nov 24 2014 03:49 AM
- by Sora96
Square Enix North America has updated the listing for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX on the Square Enix Online Store, revealing that North American fans will be getting a Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Limited Edition release.
Fans that pre-order the Standard Edition of the game will also receive a free upgrade to the Limited Edition (while supplies last), which includes the exclusive Disney collectible pin featuring Sora and Mickey Mouse.
This update also includes the North American cover art, which is the same as the Japanese art and can be seen below:
Update: Square Enix have since removed the Limited Edition description from the game's listing on their online store.
- Jul 23 2014 06:57 AM
- by Sora96
Square Enix are holding sweepstakes with Kingdom Hearts merchandise as prizes. The sweepstakes can be entered by the purchase of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and the pre-order of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.
The prizes with the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix pre-order are:
- 1 Mini Chirithy Static Arts
- 1 Mini Shadow Static Arts
- 1 Oblivion Keychain
- 1 Mini Chirithy Static Arts
- 1 Mini Meow Wow Static Arts
- 1 Oathkeeper Keychain
The sweepstakes will end on March 27, 2017 and is only available in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec and Rhode Island). Entrants must be 18 years or older.
While the official rules state that no purchase is necessary, it goes on saying to enter an entrant must purchase or pre-oder the listed games. Entrants can also send a handwritten letter to Square Enix with the following details: name, age, phone number, mailing address, and email.
Full details are available in the attached document below:
- Mar 23 2017 10:03 PM
- by MythrilMagician
Connection to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] revealed: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's "Tome of Prophecy" scene translated
With the recent release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX in Japan, we now know that exactly two new important cutscenes were added to the Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Cinematic Story Videos that hint towards the future of the Kingdom Hearts series-- one is the new Secret Movie for the collection, and the other is a special scene connecting the title to the Tome of Prophecy from Kingdom Hearts χ[chi].
We have now translated this scene, and thanks to KH13 translator SkyKeybladeHero, a transcript of it can be read below:Spoiler
- Oct 02 2014 03:40 PM
- by DChiuch