The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recently listed on their website a song which goes by the name "Face my Fears", also known as "OPENING THEME (KINGDOM HEARTS 3)". The website also credits Utada Hikaru, Skrillex and Boyd Jason "Poo Bear" as writers.
Both "Chikai" and "Don't Think Twice" are also listed on ASCAP as Kingdom Hearts III's ending themes.
It is also interesting to notice how Skrillex already expressed his interest towards the Kingdom Hearts videogame in the past, but he also shown his appreciation for Utada Hikaru's work on his Twitter handle:
- Yesterday, 04:45 PM
- by Yoshirai
Tokyo Games Show 2018 is on its second day already, and Kingdom Hearts III has already established a major presence there! Square Enix's booth features different activities like the Premium Showcase demo of Kingdom Hearts III, to the exclusive merchandise showcase of action figures or various goodies.
The booth also displayed the fully colored Nomura's artwork for Kingdom Hearts' 15th Anniversary, which was originally a monocromatic version. This version also appears to be slightly different from the original one, were Sora looked to be petting an unidentified animal (now absent). The artwork has been displayed in a molded form, in front of various characters' frames:
Along with playing demo, fans can also enjoy taking pictures with real Kingdom Keys in front of the giant backdrop of Kingdom Hearts III's box cover art.
Frames depicting various scenes/characters from the series and similar decorative elements can also be found around the booth:
One of the main things on which many fans had the chance to take a look at, were the items and merchandise that were exclusively showcased at TGS for the first time. Among those, an Axel Bring Arts Prototype was shown along with previously announced figures like Toy Box Sora, Donald, and Goofy, and Halloween/Christmas Town Sora, and the now finished Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Kairi was also shown. Signed Yoko Shimomura CDs (Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection - Melodies & Memories -, Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX- Original Soundtrack BOX, Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath- Album) are available for purchase.
A Sora drawing was also displayed on the booth, and many fan hinted to the similarity to the main menu art of Sora from 1 and 2, leading to speculations whether this will be the welcoming menu art when starting Kingdom Hearts III.
Two different limited edition PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro were also displayed.
Keep up to date with Kingdom Hearts III news at TGS 2018 on our Social Medias (Facebook - Twitter - Tumblr) and on our full coverage of the event here on the website!
- Yesterday, 02:04 PM
- by Yoshirai
Square Enix announces new Kingdom Hearts themed Wallets, Bifolds and Key Cases for release in North America
Square Enix North America Merchandise's Twitter account recently announced the availability of three unique merchandise articles, a leather wallet, a bifold and a key case, which are now eligible for pre-order on Square Enix's e-Store.
All those three items are available in both red and black colors, and a 10% discount will be applied for every pre-order before 9/29. Check below for all the links and the prices, which are listed on the respective Square Enix's e-Store web pages.
- Yesterday, 10:57 AM
- by Yoshirai
The live-stream will be available to watch on YouTube and Twitch.
Kingdom Hearts III will be shown on Saturday.
What are you most excited to see come from the EGX each day? Let us know in the comments below!
- Sep 20 2018 10:02 AM
- by NoHeartVersed
Following the release of the extended Kingdom Hearts III TGS trailer, the Square Enix e-store updated their website with items seen at San Diego Comic Con 2018 and other new items.
Earlier this year, Square Enix revealed a Kingdom Hearts long wallet, bi-fold wallet, and a key holder at San Diego Comic Con. The long wallet comes in two colors, black and red. The long wallet retails for 37,584 yen ($334.81 USD) and the bi-fold wallet retails for 26,784 yen ($238.67 USD). Both wallets are made out of leather and feature a design of Kingdom Hearts icons. The long wallet has a keyblade zipper pull. The Kingdom Hearts key-case retails for 18,144 yen ($161.68 USD), comes in red or black, and features the same design as the long wallet and bi-fold wallet. All three items are set to release on February 21, 2019 See the wallets in our gallery below.
Square Enix has added Kingdom Hearts canvases of the official arts that are limited to the Square Enix e-store. Canvases feature the illustration of Sora and Riku from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. All three canvases retail for 9,800 yen ($87.32 USD) and are available for pre-order. They are set to release January 25, 2019.
A Kingdom Hearts III Post Card Book has also been added to the Square Enix e-store and will retail for 1,296 yen ($11.58 USD). The post card book will have 24 hardcover postcards in size B6 and will be released on January 25, 2019. The cover shown for the post card book is currently the Kingdom Hearts III logo for now and will be updated in the future.
Update[September 19, 2018]: 7Net will be releasing a limited edition version of the Kingdom Hearts long wallet. The wallet will be white featuring the Kingdom Hearts icons design with a keyblade zipper pull. The wallet will retail for 37,800 yen ($336.81 USD) and will be released February 21, 2019.
Keep up to date with Kingdom Hearts III news at TGS 2018 on our website and via Twitter!
You can also catch up to all TGS 2018 news via our full coverage of the event!
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- Sep 19 2018 12:27 PM
- by xionskeyblade
In February, KH13 released an article regarding the reveal of two new Bring Arts figures, Kingdom Hearts II: Halloween Town and Christmas Town Sora. New information regarding these figures have surfaced and KH13 is here to give you the scoop! CafeReo has released information regarding the Kingdom Hearts II: Halloween Town and Christmas Town Sora Bring Arts with new photos of the figures and release dates!
The Kingdom Hearts II: Halloween Town Sora Bring Arts is scheduled for release in February 2019 retailing for 6,800 yen ($67.80 USD). Halloween Town Sora will include two keyblades, Kingdom Key and Decisive Pumpkin, and interchangeable accessories!
Kingdom Hearts II: Christmas Town Sora Bring Arts will be released in March 2019 retailing for 6,800 yen($67.80 USD) and will also come with the Kingdom Key and Decisive Pumpkin. This Sora only has one interchangeable face.
Amiami is currently taking pre-orders for Kingdom Hearts II: Halloween Town and Christmas Town Sora Bring Arts! Pre-order from the links down below and comment on which figures you're thinking about ordering!
- Sep 18 2018 12:25 AM
- by xionskeyblade
Utada Hikaru - the artist known for her work on the Kingdom Hearts theme songs, will be performing the Kingdom Hearts III theme song "Chikai" for the first time at MUSIC STATION ultra FES 2018.
This has been confirmed by her management, @Hikki_Staff on Twitter. MUSIC STATION Ultra FES is an annual even hosted by TV Asahi's "MUSIC STATION" which showcases Japan's biggest performers newest releases and will air September 17th.
As well as performing "Chikai", Utada-san will also be discussing her new album "Hatsukoi" and reminiscing over her 20 year music career with presenter Tomori-san.
[UPDATE]: You can watch Utada's performance at MUSIC STATION Ultra FES here.
Are you excited to hear "Chikai" performed live for the first time? Let us know in the comments below!
- Sep 17 2018 11:36 AM
- by NoHeartVersed
Kingdom Hearts Concert Tour 2018 coming to PlayStation VR as revealed at the PlayStation LineUp Tour in Japan
The Kingdom Hearts Concert Tour 2018 was revealed to be coming as a VR experience to PlayStation VR at the PlayStation LineUp Tour in Japan!
The experience is said to contain 2 songs from Live Stage and is set to be released in Winter 2018. More information about this experience may be revealed during the Kingdom Hearts showcase at the Tokyo Game Show on September 22.
Are you excited to experience the Kingdom Hearts Concert Tour in VR? Let us know in the comments!
Don’t forget to stay up to date with KH13 for updates on Square Enix Presents at the Tokyo Game Show 2018! Coverage of the event can be found here!
- Sep 10 2018 05:38 AM
- by CheeseyFlame
Square Enix recently announced the release of a new company application, which will go under the name of Square Enix App, on September 7th. This smartphone application can collect and use information and services offered at different Square Enix's websites, like Square Enix e-STORE, on one app. The company assures that users will be provided many different and useful functions.
You can check below the translated information:
What is Square Enix App?
You can enjoy news feeds from SQUARE ENIX's work information as quickly as possible, ticket functions that allow you to enter events and coupons stores usable just by holding your smartphone, but also customizable membership cards etc. We will provide functions that will make our customers' daily life more enjoyable and convenient.
iOS (App Store): https://itunes.apple...1358622983?mt=8
Android (Google Play): https://play.google....lay.PortalAppjp
Official site: https://www.jp.squar...ix.com/sqexapp/
Topics of Square Enix's official website, you can list and read the information of Square members.You can clip the news you care abou and check them later. You can also use the ranking and search functions to find the exact news you are looking for.
Tickets · Coupons
It is a function that you can use right at the entrance of the selected event. using the purchased ticket as an electronic one. By doing so, the entrance will be ticketless/paperless. When using it, put your smartphone over OK! You do not need to worry about printing trouble or forgetting or losing your tickets.
You can use the membership card function in the application if you are registered with Square members. By presenting the QR code displayed on the membership card at a place such as a large event or a related store, you will be able to get benefits such as members' points and coupons.
The card face also has a design change function, and you can enjoy the design of the latest release work if you set automatic updates.
This feature delivers information on game application for smartphone directly provided by SQUARE ENIX. It is easy to install and start the game application.
More information on Tokyo Game Show app-entrance have also been shared:
Tokyo Game Show 2018 Exhibition Information
We will exhibit at the Square Enix booth of "Tokyo Game Show 2018", which is going to be held this month. By installing the Square Enix application and reading the QR code of the membership card at the dedicated terminal of the Square Enix booth, you can download the QR code of the membership card at the official shop "ARTNIA" and our official concept cafe store "TOKYO / OSAKA". We will give you free drink coupons!
For more details, please check "Tokyo Game Show 2018" at the venue.
Square Enix "Tokyo Game Show 2018" Special Site: https://www.jp.square-enix.com/tgs18/
- Sep 07 2018 07:22 AM
- by Yoshirai
Nogitako46 has tweeted about Tsum Tsum recently announcing the release of two new Kingdom Hearts tsums, Kairi and Aqua! The tsum tsums are set to release on September 22, 2018 at 11:00 JST. The probability of attaining the Kairi and Aqua tsum tsums will be higher on September 22nd - September 25. Aqua and Kairi's special skills are still unknown.
Along with Kairi and Aqua, Sora and Riku will be making a reappearance to the game.
What other tsum tsums would you like to see in the game? Let us know in the comments!
- Sep 06 2018 08:38 PM
- by xionskeyblade
CafeReo announces Kingdom Hearts Pouch, Stained Glass Stickers, and Organization XIII Badge Collection
Japanese retailer, CafeReo, has announced a line of Kingdom Hearts goods to be released later this year. Their items include a clear Kingdom Hearts pouch, Kingdom Hearts stained glass designed stickers, and an Organization XIII badge collection.
CafeReo's Kingdom Hearts clear pouch is made from polyester and comes in three designs: Heartless, Sora, and a pattern of Kingdom Hearts symbols The back side of the pouches are transparent and has dimensions of W250mm x D15mm x H195mm. Each pouch is scheduled for release in December 2018 and retails for 3,200 yen ($28.70 USD).
A Kingdom Hearts stained glass sticker set will be released by CafeReo retailing at 1,600 yen ($14.35 USD) and is scheduled to release in November 2018.
CafeReo has announced a blind box collection of Organization XIII badges. Each box comes with thirteen badges and has a retail price of 5,200 yen ($46.63 USD). Single badges from the blind box can also be purchased for 400 yen ($3.59 USD) and will be random. These badges are set to release in December 2018.
All items can be purchased from CafeReo's partner shops in Japan or hobby stores. Items will be released for pre-order from major online hobby retailers. Keep an eye out for updates on where to pre-order these items on KH13.com!
- Sep 05 2018 05:06 PM
- by xionskeyblade
Summer vacation is over and KH13 has rounded up some Kingdom Hearts merchandise from August to make you a keyblade wielder for the new school year!
First off on the list is a Kingdom Hearts mobile wallet by Trends International. Prices and which retailers will be carrying the mobile wallet is still pending.
Hot Topic has got your back with an exclusive Kingdom Hearts polyester backpack by Loungefly to keep your elixirs, and your homework, safe. The backpack is retailing for $34.99 but currently has a discounted price of $15.00.
An Organization XIII Order T-shirt is also for sale at Hot Topic retailing for $20.90-$24.90. Get 20% off this item if you purchase the t-shirt online.
Thinkgeek has a Kingdom Hearts Sora themed backpack featuring an argyle pattern of Kingdom Hearts icons and a Sora color theme. A metal crown is displayed on the front pocket of the backpack and has a keyblade zipper pull. The backpack retails for $39.99.
Spencer's Halloween store, Spirit, has also released their keyblades just in time for Halloween! The Kingdom Key and King Mickey's Kingdom Key Dark-side has been spotted thanks to Churro at Spirit's stores. Both keyblades retail for $39.99 and can also be purchased from Spirit's online store.
Churro has provided comparison pictures of all the keyblades that have been released thus far.
Last year's Spirit Kingdom Key (left) VS Spirit's 2018 Kingdom Key and Kingdom Key Dark-side (right)
The Proplica Kingdom Key, last year's Spirit Kingdom Key, Spirit's 2018 Kingdom Key, Spirit's 2018 Kingdom Key Dark-side, and a foam Kingdom Key Churro purchased at Anime Expo.
Diamond Select Toys have released a plethora of figures! Starting with the Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Aqua and Goofy figures. Aqua, Goofy, and the remainder of Series 2 figures are exclusive to comic shops and specialty stores and retail for $24.99. Diamond Select has also created a Kingdom Hearts Select Series 3 set that contains 3 figures. The figures that are available in the multi-character sets are Black Coat Mickey with a Shadow Assassin and a Shadow, Space Paranoids Goofy and Tron with a Shadow, and Space Paranoids Sora (includes Photon Debugger) and Donald with Sark. Figure three packs retail for $24.99 and are set to release in December 2018. Last on Diamond Select's Kingdom Hearts releases are the Kingdom Hearts III Vininmates Vinyl Figures Series 1! These vinyl figures are set to release in February 2019 and feature Kingdom Hearts III Toy Story Sora, Donald, and Goofy . Each 4 inch figure has articulated necks to easily customize poses for display. Figures are packaged in a full-color windowed box and are available for pre-order for $9.99. See all Diamond Select Figures mentioned here down below!
- Sep 01 2018 02:34 AM
- by xionskeyblade
Nomura stresses the importance of direct translations on story comprehension, and talks about world development as well as the Gummi Ship
In a recent interview with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura, conducted by Everyeye.it, Nomura spoke about the tone of Kingdom Hearts III as well as whether clothes will have an effect on the gameplay.
Nomura also addressed why there are only English and Japanese dubs available for Kingdom Hearts III, how the selection of worlds are decided and expanded on the Gummi Ship portion of the game.
You can read about this below:
Everyeye.it: It seems that every world is able to embody a different style and type of gameplay. Mount Olympus, Rapunzel’s forest and the Monsters, Inc. Factory show great verticality and ample spaces, in Toy Story everything seems focused on freedom of action (even driving mecha-style toys), in the Arendelle distances can be covered by speed-travel skiing with Goofy’s shield; in Pirates of the Caribbean, finally, we will have naval battles and underwater explorations. Talk to us about the process of creating each world and how you've come to translate these Disney realities into gameplay.
Nomura: For this chapter, the development team put a large number of ideas on paper. Starting from the flow of proposals received from all the staff, I then added my personal ideas to ensure that the concepts achieved a certain [degree of] completeness. This does not mean that the ideas of the other developers didn't play an important role; indeed, when, originally, we began to select the worlds that we would have put [in the game], I personally asked each one of them to propose to me a presentation illustrating how each world should be played. The final selection, which of course rewarded the best ideas, of which Disney realities would be part of the final game took place on the basis of this criterion.
Everyeye.it: Let's talk about the Gummi Ship. From the videos shown so far it seems to be the only feature that has not been particularly revolutionized. Can we expect any surprises, in this sense? How much space will this feature have?
Nomura: In the first game, the Gummi Ship had a strong symbolic significance. In the second chapter [of the series], however, it ended up becoming a kind of amusement park attraction. This time, however, the space in which you can move the spaceship will seem much more expanded and very similar to the map of a role-playing game. Clearly we have added some customization options and re-proposed the shooting sections, which make the Gummi Ship what it is. But we also introduced a number of new elements thanks to a specific section of the development team that worked on it. Basically, the element of exploration is now much deeper.
Everyeye.it: Regarding the localization, what are the times and the difficulties of the adaptation and translation of a work such as Kingdom Hearts 3, which collaborates closely with local franchises (Final Fantasy) and with a Western brand as important as Disney and the attached animation brands?
Nomura: The biggest challenge is not so much the differences between the Kingdom Hearts franchise and other brands. When I direct a game, I ask for translations to be as direct and faithful as possible, no matter how complex the subject is. This implies the question of which of the two localizations (Japanese or English) is the best. The truth is that, especially for Kingdom Hearts, an incorrect or defective translation risks compromising the comprehension of the whole story, and this is why I care about it so much. On the other side of the scale, however, I also understand the dynamics that characterize the team's approach to the location of the game, which are quite complicated. After all, it is not an issue I can deal with firsthand, therefore I prefer leaving dealing with this problems to others.
Thank you to KH13's Aquaberry for the translations!
What do you think of the new information Nomura has given? Let us know in the comments below!
- Aug 28 2018 10:39 AM
- by NoHeartVersed
"Kingdom Hearts III could even tear out more laughter than in the past", says Nomura; comments on costume design and states outfits will not affect gameplay this time around
A new interview with Kingdom Hearts series director, Tetsuya Nomura, has surfaced from Everyeye.it. The interview spoke about the tone of Kingdom Hearts III, Nomura's character design process and how outfits will affect the gameplay.
You can read the interview below:
Everyeye.it: KH3 will be, according to your statements, the darkest chapter of the saga, which will put Sora and the other protagonists in several dramatic moments. The series, however, is not completely new to large doses of pathos, so how are these statements reflected in the script? And, compared to the past, how difficult was the writing between the darkest introspection of the heroes and a plot that must draw the sums of a ten years old franchise?
Nomura: The battle against Xehanort, which came to life in the first game of the series, will finally come to an end; moreover, since the journey Sora is traveling serves to alleviate the pain of having lost his friends in the past, the general atmosphere will be truly dramatic, at least in some phases, compared to the previous chapters. In actuality, I think the Kingdom Hearts 3 plot will not really be that grim after all. Neither the relationships between the characters, whether between the main ones or between the protagonists of the various worlds, nor the journey of Sora alongside Donald Duck and Goofy will be particularly dark. In fact, I will tell you: it could even tear out more laughter [in the audience] than in the past! In this sense, therefore, we could say that it will be a truly wide-ranging story, well balanced between the dramaturgical aspect and the comic one.
Everyeye.it: One of the predominant elements of the aesthetics of Kingdom Hearts are the clothes, real kingpins in the character design of each character and capable of amalgamating the cartoon style with that of Final Fantasy. How did you conceive the new character designs? What were the inspirations towards their realization?
Nomura: Actually, I almost never get much from the character design process. Most of the time I find myself buying so many clothes that I like, I try them on and they inspire me. And indeed, there have been occasions, in the past, when I used some clothes I had bought for myself as character designs for some characters. A rather exhaustive example will be found in Kingdom Hearts 3 and concerns the look that Sora will have in the world of Pirates of the Caribbean: the design of his buccaneer jacket, in fact, is inspired by one of my coats!
Everyeye.it: Even in previous games, clothes became a playful excuse to give life to the Drive Forms which, in terms of gameplay, gave enormous variety to the combat system and to the playful experience. Will we find the same manic attention to the use of clothing in Kingdom Hearts 3?
Nomura: No, this time the clothes of the protagonists will have no effect on the gameplay or on the combat phases, but the type of battle that you can manage will depend exclusively on the use of the Keyblades. The form they will take is the very representation of this novelty and will have no direct effect on the characters.
You can find the full interview here.
Thank you to KH13's Aquaberry for the translations!
- Aug 28 2018 10:40 AM
- by NoHeartVersed
Disney Fan magazine features Organization XIII cloak from Secret Honey, coming October 2018 for ¥42,000; Rubie's Japan Store also offering Organization cloaks for ¥9,250, and Goofy costume for ¥8,990
Secret Honey will release a Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII cloak on October 2018 for 42,000 yen (approx. $377) as advertised in the latest issue of the Disney Fan magazine. You can see it in the scan below.
You can read the translation below, thanks to KH13 Staff @sololonlon!
Here’s a Fall 2018 lineup perfect for easy Disney costumes!
Afraid of making your own costumes for Halloween? Then these costumes with refined detail are perfect for you! Find your favorite!
Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII
Kingdom Hearts fans will love this!
This is based on the coat Organization XIII members wear in Kingdom Hearts. With this one item, you can rock [your costume]! ¥42,000/scheduled for October
Rubie's Japan Store is also offering an Organization XIII cloak (male and female versions); they are currently selling them for 9,250 yen (approx. $84). You can see the pictures below.
Additionally, Rubie's Japan Store offers a Kingdom Hearts Goofy costume (see pictures below) which is currently out of stock, but is planned to be restocked sometimes in late August. It is listed for 8,990 yen (approx. $81).
Descriptions for the Goofy and Organization XIII cloaks from Rubie's Japan Store can be viewed below.
37173 Goofy [Kingdom Hearts]
*Planned to stock in end of August*
Model height: 162cm (≈5’4”)
Here is the Goofy costume complete with the top, bottom, vest, headband, and glove.
The turtleneck top has a wide sleeve, complete with the decoration.
The vest has a big zipper and 4 fake pockets with printed zippers. These are done so to keep the price low.
The bottom also has fake pockets and decorations on the hem.
The ear headband has the hat and goggle accessory attached.
The glove has the same pattern as Goofy’s, recreating the look from the game.
Size: Top length 51cm (≈1’8”)/Vest length 44cm (≈1’5”)/Bottom length 82cm (≈2’8”)
Set includes: Top/Bottom/Vest/Belt/Glove/Headband
37174 Kingdom Hearts Organization Xiii
(currently being sold)
Model height (male): 174cm (≈5’9”)
Model height (female): 162cm (≈5’4”)
This Organization Xiii robe has a leather-like finish with a clean silhouette around the chest.
The length of the robe just barely shows your feet, just like the game. You can cover your face if you wear the big hood.
We created the game-like silhouette by tightening the upper waist and widening the hem of the coat.
We used a 2-way zipper to recreate the design from the game. The glove is included in the set, so with both the robe and the glove, you can become a member of the Organization Xiii at any time.
This is a unisex item that comes in 2 sizes.
Set includes: Robe/Glove/Chain(only listed in the female model, but the item # is the same)
M: Robe length 129cm (≈4’3”)
L: Robe length 139cm (≈4’7”)
Other costumes featured in the Disney Fan magazine can be ordered here.
KH13 previously reported on Secret Honey's Organization XIII long and short coats and parka hoodies, and on Rubie's Japan Store's Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Kingdom Hearts themed costumes.
Are you planning on ordering these costumes? What KH merch are you currently excited for? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: Secret Honey will officially release their KH Organization XIII cloak on August 31st, 2018! Check out the details from the featured blog post and Rakuten translated by KH13 member @sololonlon below! Below are also more pictures of the Organization XIII cloak!
This Halloween Collection is selling starting 8/31 (Rakuten starts at 8/31 18:00 JST)
Recreated the look of the Organization XIII coat.
Long zip up style fake leather coat.
Length is 136cm. Pockets on both sides.
Chains have hooks that are detachable.
Lining has a stripe pattern.
Outer fabric: Fake leather
Lining: Polyester 100%
Model: Sophie (163cm)
Youtube channel “PeachMilky”
- Aug 29 2018 10:24 AM
- by NihonScribe
Kingdom Hearts III featured on IGN Live during Gamescom 2018; Hidden Mickeys, world-specific boss reveals and more discussed
During Gamescom 2018, Sunil Godhania, Square Enix Europe's community manager, went on IGN's Live Developer Playthrough to show off the Toy Box demo for Kingdom Hearts III.
Besides giving us a good look at Kingdom Hearts III's gameplay, Sunil also talked about some new details about the game.
Sunil started out by talking about the Toy Box world and the fact that this was the first title in the series on Xbox.
Every Kingdom Hearts game can be a jumping in point for everyone. I'd say to anyone that's potentially worried about that, please just play the game, get into it, and I think you'll find a lot you'll love about it.
After showing off the transformation for the Tangled Keyblade, Mirage Staff, Sunil commented on the number of Keyblade transformations in the game.
I've seen at least two (transformations) per Keyblade so far.
Sunil also commented on world-specific bosses and whether we'll find out about them before launch.
Things like that we're going to keep very very secret and wrapped up until the game launches.
When using a Gigas for the first time, Sunil commented on the number of tutorials and user accessibility.
Whenever you enter a new minigame in Kingdom Hearts, you'll always get a short tutorial just to let you know how to play, because the game features so many different ways of playing. This is basically a first-person shooter now, which is completely different to what we've been seeing.
One of the most exciting bits of information from this interview came when Sunil went into detail about the purpose of Hidden Mickeys within the game.
If you can see, there's actually a Hidden Mickey in the background on the wall. Those are another mini-game throughout Kingdom Hearts III, you have to try and find all of those in each world. There may be some prizes.
The demo then ended after the battle against the Gigas, with Sunil finishing up by talking about how excited he and Square Enix are about finally releasing Kingdom Hearts III.
You can watch the IGN Live Developer Playthrough video below.
What do you think of a Hidden Mickey mini-game in Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below!
- Aug 23 2018 09:42 PM
- by George Foster
Square Enix have confirmed that Kingdom Hearts III will be playable at this years PAX West (Penny Arcade Expo) taking place in Seattle from August 31st to September 3rd.
In a press release sent out today, Square confirmed that attendees of PAX will get a chance to try the Kingdom Hearts III demo for themselves.
Advance tickets for the demo will be given out at Square's booth every day at 10:00am Pacific each day, so make sure to get there early for a chance to play!
The press release also confirmed that attendees will be playing the same Toybox and Rock Titan boss battle demo that has appeared at other recent game events.
Will you be able to attend PAX and get a chance to play Kingdom Hearts III this year? Let us know in the comments below!
Update[August 30, 2018]: Come by the Square Enix booth to demo Kingdom Hearts III! Worlds, Toy Box and Olympus, will be available to play. Get a free Kingdom Hearts III phone holder for playing the demo! The Shooting Star and Infinity Badge keyblades will be on display at PAX West as well!
- Aug 30 2018 06:00 PM
- by George Foster
The Kingdom Hearts: My Friends Are Ear With Me Earring Set is an officially licensed Disney merchandise which is now available for pre-order. The set will cost $21.99 (USD), and will feature 5 kind of differently shaped earrings, resembling some of the most known symbols from the Kingdom Hearts saga. The estimated shipping time is set for September 2018.
The stocks are limited, and only 6 are available to pre-order.
Are you going to preorder this Earring Set? Let us know in the comment section below!
- Aug 20 2018 07:42 AM
- by Yoshirai
Interview: KH13 Interviews the Italian Kingdom Hearts YouTuber, Everglow, on His Most Recent Project Kingdom Hearts Timeline
Everglow, the man behind the Kingdom Hearts Timeline, sat down with KH13’s Yoshirai and Xionskeyblade for an exclusive interview! Everglow started his project in April, and since then it’s been receiving much attention from the Kingdom Hearts community. Everglow was twelve years old when he first became a fan of Kingdom Hearts.
“I saw these Disney characters fighting alongside this cheerful kid with a giant key in his hands and giant shoes on his feet. The moment I saw all that unusual stuff on that video game magazine, I told myself ‘this must be mine!’. Probably the greatest decision of my life.”
Everglow’s decision to create the Kingdom Hearts Timeline sprouted when the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX Collection was announced for the PS4. Since Kingdom Hearts III’s release was approaching, he wanted to do something special to commemorate the game.
“I always wondered what would look like playing the games following their exact order of the events. Of course, the saga has been built throughout the years and all the flashbacks/callbacks we see dislocated in the various titles are there for a proper reason. This project is more of an alternative way to re-experience the whole saga and what I actually discovered is that you do, indeed, have a different feeling when watching it. It lets you see things with a different eye and you actually get references that wouldn't be caught otherwise. I'm pretty proud of the result so far!”
While working on this project, Everglow explained to us that piecing the timeline together revealed a few Kingdom Hearts elements that he previously didn’t recognize.
“When working on the ending parts of both KH1 and 0.2, I was so focused on delivering the best idea of continuity that I actually had to analyze every single moment and what the characters were saying. Thanks to that, I fully understood the reasons behind the urgency of closing the door to Kingdom Hearts which wasn't, IMO, well explained in the first title. It also gave me a better perception of Mickey and how efficient his plan was. The 358/2 Days portions are being synced with Chain of Memories right now as we speak, and I'm watching the Organization plans with different eyes, now. I managed to understand how members like Zexion, Axel and Saix do have something to hide, and I think most of the fans have forgotten about that. Also, I had a better perception of something else happening towards the end of 0.2, related to Terra and Aqua. I'm not gonna say what it is, yet, but thanks to KH Timeline I managed to figure in my head a very important element of the story which is essential to the lore.”
All projects have their challenges. Everglow’s challenge was trying to sync battles maintaining the same music without breaking the flow.
”The console titles of Kingdom Hearts never had an option to disable background music, and music is the most important element when switching multiple characters' perspectives. If you're listening to a certain music while playing as Terra, you must find a workaround to switch to Ventus without risking to break the flow. Therefore, the greatest challenge was working on the Keyblade Graveyard battles in Birth by Sleep and the final bosses in KH1 and 0.2. I did find a workaround for them and I'm pretty happy about how the Keyblade Graveyard episode turned out, but the KH1 and 0.2 final battles have been a real challenge, requiring a lot of time and dedication. I can't wait for you to watch it, it's really entertaining. Also, the x/Back Cover/Union Cross parts weren't easy to deal with, especially if you realize that's what people are most confused about and are desperately looking for some explanations. Can't really blame them, some story elements of the x saga have been told pretty badly, so watching them in the right order is really refreshing.”
We asked for his reactions to Aqua’s reveal as one of Xehanort’s vessels. After all, the Kingdom Hearts III trailer released at E3 this year.
“I think the game explicitly wants you to feel more empathy towards Aqua, rather than her friends. After all, she's the only one you keep playing with and her endless research for a way to save her friends does have an impact on the player. On a side note of your question, I may also point out how the KH Timeline project kind of lets you feel even more Aqua's suffering, as she's basically been there the longest by now, way before than Sora. Therefore, you still care about her and, at first, you see Sora as a "stranger"? Not sure how to explain, but it's something I noticed when working on the KH1 episodes. The way I fragmented Aqua's story (pun intended!) gives us a different perception of her fate. We've never forgotten about her–instead, we've been alongside her for more than 30 episodes by now. As for the greatest climax throughout the whole saga... it's hard to say. But the moment I read your question I had a flash of Master Xehanort first speech after he took over Terra's body. That camera angle and his smile hit me real hard when I played that part the first time, listening to the speech we all know by memory from KH1 final battle, and when Rage Awakened started to play, the same music you learned to both love and hate because of that "Enigmatic Soldier" we all struggled to defeat a few years earlier... yes, that's probably the moment that had the greatest impact on me.”
His favorite episode so far in the timeline is Episode 30: Destiny Is Never Left To Chance.
“Watching Terra, Ventus and Aqua fighting at the same time always gives chills, no matter how many times you watch it!”
Considering the amount of attention and growth the Kingdom Hearts franchise has had this year we asked Everglow what he had to say to all the new fans out there and his supporters!
“For old fans, take the remaining months to re-live the saga for the grand finale. May it be through your own console or through this project of mine, take the most fun out of the few months ahead. To new fans, my first advice would be: don't be scared from the amount of titles you see around! Catching up with the series is easier than expected. They may haven't been presented the best way, but with the HD collections now out for a single console you have no excuses! Begin your own journey with Sora. After completing the HD collections, feel free to play the Nintendo DS versions of 358/2 Days and Re:coded for catching all the details missing in the HD movies. Having such a special game like Kingdom Hearts close to you is something that every gamer should experience.”
Check out Everglow's most recent Kingdom Hearts Timeline episode here!
- Aug 17 2018 06:58 AM
- by xionskeyblade
GameStop Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark offering Monsters' Inc. Keyblade yoyo transformation replica as a pre-order bonus
Many retailers have began offering exclusive bonuses for pre-ordering Kingdom Hearts III from them. GameStop have jumped on the bandwagon and are now offering an exclusive replica of Monsters Inc Smile Gear Keyblade transformation in certain European territories.
Pre-ordering Kingdom Hearts III from GameStop Sweden, Finland, Norway or Denmark will bag you your very own replica yoyo! (While stocks last!)
The bonus has also been spotted on GameStop Ireland, though only the picture is there and it does NOT say you will receive one with your order. Please be aware of this when placing your order!
What pre-order bonus do you want the most? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE [August 21, 2018]: The Kingdom Hearts III Smile Gear yo-yo pre-order bonus is also available at Game.uk!
- Aug 21 2018 11:40 AM
- by NoHeartVersed
Kingdom Hearts III is going to be part of Square Enix's Lineup for Gamescom 2018, which will be hosted in Cologne (Germany) from August 21th to 25th.
Gamescom attendees will be able to access to two playable demos on a huge floor space of over 1.500 square meters in hall 9.1 (booths B31/41 and C30/40), featuring a boss battle against the Rock Titan from Hercules and the Toy Box world from Toy Story alongside Woody and Buzz. Visitors can also take part in prime picture opportunities including a giant Keyblade and becoming a real life toy in a replica of Andy’s room from the Disney-Pixar classic Toy Story.
Will you be able to attend Gamescom and try the Kingdom Hearts III demo yourself? Let us know in the comments!
- Aug 06 2018 03:01 PM
- by Yoshirai
Various new Kingdom Hearts costumes and props have surfaced on the Spirit Halloween and Spencers Online websites. There are adult and children variations available for some of the costumes.
Spencers are selling Keyblade props, these are; Mickey's Kingdom Key D, Pumpkinhead and, exclusively at Spencers, Oblivion.
Spirit Halloween have both props and costumes available. Both props are also available at Spencers, these are; the Kingdom Key D and Pumpkinhead. Also available from Spirit Halloween are costumes; King Mickey's Organisation XIII robe - available in both adult and children sizes, an adult sized Kingdom Hearts II Riku outfit which includes a wig (pants and shoes sold seperately) and finally, a children's Kingdom Hearts II Sora outfit (Keyblade sold seperately).
All the Keyblade props and children's outfits are retailing at $39.99, while the adult costumes are retailing at $49.99.
Are you excited to dress up as a Kingdom Hearts character? Which Keyblade/outfit combo will you get? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jul 30 2018 05:12 PM
- by NoHeartVersed
Everglow has released episodes 42-49 in his KINGDOM HEARTS TIMELINE series!
This time around we get to see Sora, Donald and Goofy explore the worlds of Atlantica, Peter Pan and the 100 Acre Woods .
Alongside Sora's adventures, we get to see Aqua's continued journey through the realm of darkness, where she comes across an important ally and continues fighting the darkness.
Everglow's KINGDOM HEARTS TIMELINE series is an in-depth chronological recap of the entire Kingdom Hearts series; masterfully compiled to give you all the knowledge you need in the run up to Kingdom Hearts III.
You can find Everglow on Twitter and YouTube.
You can watch the episodes below:
- Jul 29 2018 05:14 PM
- by George Foster
Welcome to KH13’s roundup for Kingdom Hearts merchandise revealed during the month of July! Pictures, links, and descriptions for each piece of new merchandise revealed during July are available below!
Hot Topic have once again introduced several new items this month, including a plain black tee featuring the Kingdom Hearts III logo embossed on it for $20.90.
Also from Hot Topic, both a girls hoodie and a girls sweater are available for $44.90 and $42.90 respectively. Both feature the Heartless emblem on the front and the phrase "Heartless" on the back.
Finally Hot Topic are also selling a Kingdom Hearts III logo hoodie for $39.90. The hoodie has the same design as the black tee, with the Kingdom Hearts III logo featured prominently on the front.
Amazon have revealed a Kingdom Hearts PDP full-size Kingdom Key replicathat can be pre-ordered for $39.99 for a release on October 1st. This replica is a much more affordable alternative to the already released Proplica Kingdom Key.
Loungefly unveiled a brand new Sora-inspired bag and a new wallet at San Diego Comic Con 2018. No release date or price was given as of yet. The bag is heavily inspired by Sora's new outfit in Kingdom Hearts III whilst the wallet looks less Sora-centric.
AitaiKuji also revealed a collection of exclusive canvases, which can be ordered from their site for $50.00 each. There are three designs, with each one being based on art from Kingdom Hearts games, including one of Ventus, Terra and Aqua and two of Sora and characters from Kingdom Hearts II.
The collection of Kingdom Hearts minimates by Diamond Toys that we previously reportedon are now available for sale for $9.99 each! Characters include Sora, Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Tron and Space Paranoid variations of Sora, Donald and Goofy.
Diamond Toys have also revealed a new line of Kingdom Hearts minimates based on the upcoming Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts III. The line includes variations of Sora, Donald and Goofy in their Toy Story appearance. They can be pre-ordered for $9.99 each and will be out in February 2019.
That concludes our Kingdom Hearts merch round-up for July! Which piece of merch is your favourite? Do you plan on buying any? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jul 29 2018 05:13 PM
- by George Foster
Following the reveal of the Sora Nendoroid figure (releasing December 2018), and a tease about more Kingdom Hearts figures coming soon, a Riku Nendoroid has been revealed!
The following picture has been published on the "WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!! 28" website gallery, which provides some sneak peaks of figures that will be on display at the Wonder Festival taking place in Chiba, Japan, on July 29, 2018.
Thanks to @churroz for the tip!
UPDATE (July 28, 2018): A new photo of Riku with Soul Eater has also been revealed. You can view it in the gallery below.
Thanks to @retro_oo for the tip!
Have you pre-ordered the Sora Nendoroid yet? Are you looking to add Riku to your collection? Let us know in the comments!
- Jul 28 2018 10:12 PM
- by Aquaberry