During a televised recap of the D23 Expo Japan 2015 event, which was held from November 6th through the 8th (or November 3rd for the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater), snippets from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event were shown. These snippets include footage from the Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan. Aside from extra Kingdom Hearts III footage, footage from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater in general was shown and can be seen below thanks to YouTube user I Love DCS JP who originally captured the footage.
- Dec 13 2015 01:19 PM
- by Dizzykins
Square Enix's Third Business Division are continuing to hire employees to help complete Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix were looking for suitable candidates at the beginning of January and are needing further assistance yet again as we head into the new year. Business Division 3 includes a team that is responsible for the majority of the Kingdom Hearts titles, including Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX, and the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III, while other teams within the division have worked on other projects. The eleven occupations listed below are the majority of the same jobs Square Enix advertised in January and have been open to apply for all year. The addition to this list is a 'scenario planner' role that is currently being advertised.
Business Division 3 Positions
KINGDOM HEARTS III
No. 3BD / Cutscene Designer
No. 3BD / Scenario Planner (KH Series)
No. 3BD / Menu Designer (Osaka)
No. 3BD / Character Model Designer
No. 3BD / 3D Graphics Programmer
No. 3BD / Technical Artist (Osaka)
No. 3BD / Battle Planner (Osaka)
No. 3BD / Level Planner (Osaka)
No. 3BD / 3D CG Designer (BG, Osaka)
No. 3BD / Art Designer (Osaka)
No. 3BD / Game Programmer (Osaka)
Thanks to @Tokyofog for translating the job description for the new Scenario Planner position:
Scenario Planner Position Description: "The Scenario Planner will create scenarios and text for the KINGDOM HEARTS series. Main responsibility includes creating messages for people in cities, additional story-based text, and scenario support duties."
What are your thoughts on the new Scenario Planner role and the pace of Kingdom Hearts III development cycle so far? Feel free to leave your opinions in the comment section and let us know!
- Dec 11 2015 11:06 AM
- by SnowPint7Fourths
Update: According to an update to Utada Hikaru's official website, the news reported by Yahoo! Japan was false. The update claims that, although Hikaru's new album is continuing production, a release date has not been set. You can read the full message below thanks to News Team member Kayla Copeland (email@example.com).
The other day, the media released information that Utada would be releasing an album in the spring, but that is false information.
She is continuing production, but she is not yet ready to decide a release date.
When that time does come, we will let everyone know via the official web page, as per usual.
We wanted to share the above information from an official view.
Universal music inc.
The original article follows:
Japanese vocal/recording artist Utada Hikaru, known to most Kingdom Hearts fans as the performer of the songs "Simple and Clean" and "Sanctuary", has been taking time off from her music career since July to raise a newborn baby and to, essentially, prioritize. However, according to Yahoo! News Japan, it seems as though she may be set to return to her music career in Spring of 2016 with the release of a new album.
You can read a translation of the article below, thanks to News Team member Katie Armstrong:
Singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru (32) said on the 7th that she is set to resume music activities next spring for the first time in almost six years, reports Sports Hochi. In August 2010, she announced an indefinite hiatus, stating “I want to focus on everyday human stuff”. Following the death of her mother, singer Keiko Fuji (62), she married an Italian man, and though the day-to-day activities following the birth of her child have been eventful, she has decided to return. A large tie-in campaign is set to accompany her spectacular re-launch.
According to multiple sources, Utada is recording a new song for children being raised abroad. Though work was suspended for the birth of her baby, she has resumed in earnest, and a new album is expected next spring.
To be clear, this does not confirm Utada's involvement with Kingdom Hearts III, but it does raise a few eyebrows. Could Utada's return to music this Spring signify that she is ready to work on the next Kingdom Hearts theme? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
- Dec 10 2015 07:08 PM
- by Toominator
The writer and artist of the Kingdom Hearts manga, Shiro Amano, has informed us today via an official statement on Twitter, that the manga series has come to a close. Shiro Amano confirmed he will no longer be creating any further manga's based on the Kingdom Hearts video game franchise. A translation of Amano's tweet can be read below thanks to Katie Armstrong (firstname.lastname@example.org):
So sad. Because the Kingdom Hearts manga has ended, tweets related to [KH] will probably also end. Feel free to unfollow me because of this. Thank you all so much.
The Kingdom Hearts manga began twelve years ago in 2003 and told the stories of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts II. The final manga and tenth volume of Kingdom Hearts II was released in Japan in August. The manga is well known for its humor, additional story elements, and slight alterations in plot to the franchises' original games. The manga that have yet to be released in English will still be published by Yen Press in the US.
What are your thoughts on the Kingdom Hearts manga ending? Do you have a favorite section with in the manga you would like to share? Let us know in the comments section below!
- Nov 21 2015 01:21 PM
- by SnowPint7Fourths
On November 3rd, Square Enix & Disney held an event dedicated to the Kingdom Hearts series called the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater. Throughout the event, new footage relating to the Kingdom Hearts series was shown to everyone who attended the event, along with a few extra surprises. While those who couldn't attend the event cannot view any of the footage from the event, Square Enix released a few screenshots from the new footage, along with fans sharing their impressions on all the events that took place at the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.
Below you can check out all articles, screenshots, and fan impressions from the event.
- New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ
- New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
- New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
- Beast's Castle Confirmed for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and "Mickey Code Together" Event for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
- Famitsu: Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater summary
Square Enix officially released screenshots from the new footage shown at the event, which can be seen below.
Thanks to @kh_primavera, and translations by News Team member Rin, you can check out fan impressions on the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.
KH Theater - General Outline:
Opening (CM videos of products that have been released)
Greetings from Disney Japan, Justin Scarpone
Greetings from Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto
Piano performance by Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama
Live performance of: [Dearly] Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
Short talk by Shimomura and Nakayama
Tetsuya Nomura presenting the latest information
KH HD 2.8 new information: Ven, Aqua, and Terra’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
KH3 new information: Sora, Kairi, and Riku’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
New KH3 trailer presented (mainly battle scenes)
Limited KH3 making video presented
King Mickey in KH attire appears as a special guest
Mr. Justin, Mr. Hashimoto, Ms. Shimomura, Mr. Nomura, and King Mickey photo session
Ending (video with each character’s lines and Hikaru Utada’s “Hikari” BGM)
KHx - new world,“Beast Castle (from 11/5)
KHUx - new stronger medals and avatars (from 11/3 18:00)
KH HD 2.8 - latest trailer. King Mickey, Riku, Kairi, and Yen Sid must find Ven, Terra, and Aqua in order to gather the 7 Guardians of Light. From there, King Mickey says he met Aqua in the Ream of Darkness when he was there. Afterwards, battle scene with Aqua was presented.
KH3 - latest trailer. Starts with the conversation between young Xehanort and young Eraqus previously released. There’s more to the convo this time than before (I feel like there were things I’d never heard before, like creating Kingdom Hearts out of competing lights…)
After that, Sora’s battle scenes began to run. Worlds presented: Tangled, Twilight Town, Mysterious Tower, etc. Sora used BBS’s action system (shotlock command) and KH3D’s action system (free-flow action).
About the new attraction flow: some of it is my own impression, but it kinda looked like it was based on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster.
There was one scene that showed the detailed motions of feet being soaked in a river.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy’s new abilities were also shown (footage of the 3 of them sitting on Goofy’s shield and attacking was presented).
Limited making movie - Olympus Coliseum (in production) was shown. In KH2 it was a world of spirits, in KH3, I’m not super positive, but it’s probably going to be made with heaven as the main. (Olympus Coliseum’s appearance in KH3 is unknown to begin with.)
Also, a 3D Daybreak Town (in production) was shown. (Whether this world will be in KH3 or not is unknown.)
The new Nobody’s bottom half looked like flower petals, and it used to a sickle to attack. (I remember Nomura said that people who have played KH will know who this Nobody is.)
Some Heartless that look like advanced forms of Yellow Opera were also shown.
Thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (email@example.com), you can read fan impressions from FF-Reunion.net.
KH: [D23EJ] Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater Report!
Today from Maihama Ikspiari, we have a report of the [Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater]. The event programs are as follows:
-Greetings from the higher-ups at Disney, Justin Scarpone and Mr. Hashimoto
-Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama held a piano performance (Songs: Dearly Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion)
-Comments from the voice actors: Megumi Toyoguchi, Ryotaro Okiayu, Koki Uchiyama, Miyu Irino, Risa Uchida, and Mamoru Miyano
-New trailers for KH0.2BbS, KhxBackCover, and KH3, no new worlds shown. New heartless appeared, KH3 creation process opened to public.
[KH Premuim Theater Opening]
-After entering the theater, we were given wristbands. Mr. Hashimoto was also at the theater entrance. Inside the KH Premium Theater before the event began, the screen had the [KINGDOM HEARTS Premium Theater] logo!
-There was a keyblade in front of the screen. Then there was an announcement. No recording the trailers, taking any video, or any photography was allowed during the event. According to the event's twitter, this was all in order not to ruin things for the second round of guests, and the ban would be lifted at 17:00.
-First, Tetsuya Nomura opened, and Nakamura said, “I'll speak while looking at the cue cards.” It was revealed that on 11/5, Beast's Castle would be a new world for KHx, and that from 18:00, the “Mickey Coordinate” event would start, with a KH2 Mickey present on 11/4 at 4:00!
-[Below are excerpts from the voice actor's comments about the PV]
Toyoguchi: Aqua's last line “we're connected” did not go well, and we had to do a lot of takes for it. My heart was starting to break. Recording for 2.8 isn't finished yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
Okiayu: The first time I met Uchiyama, I met him with the same way Terra felt: “He's Ven!” The line that left a lasting impression on me was what I said to Otsuka, “What did you do to his heart?!”
Uchiyama: In regards to Roxas, despite not being able to feel that my own world was real, I felt at that time (as a middle school student) that just like me, Roxas was real. In regards to Ven, I went on to give out such cheerfulness that I don't really have. At first, recording felt more like playing around than work.
-A new trailer for [KH0.2BbS]! The King, Riku, and Kairi stand before YenSid. He says, “The fight with Xehanort is near. We must assemble the seven wielders of light to protect the seven hearts of pure light. In order to do that, it is indispensable that we call back the three keyblade wielders who were lost to the tragedies of long ago: Ventus, Terra, and Aqua.” Then, the King says to Riku and Kairi, “I met (?) in the Realm of Darkness.” (Picture: Aqua from behind in the Realm of Darkness)
-The [KhxBackCover] trailer was the team's logos on stained glass with voices only. A man said, “Lost (?? couldn't hear the dialogue) piece missing from the Foretellers will enter.” A woman said, “Someone has the full story of the Foretellers, and the person who has that is the traitor?” A second man said, “The darkness is indeed on the move. I can't think that there is a traitor among us.” A second woman said, “We're not for sure that there's a traitor among us, right?” The first man says, “The missing piece of the story tell us of the traitor.”
-[KHDDD] trailer came next. It was the scene where Xehanort explains things in the dream world. The King and Riku take hands and the trailer said, “Someday, with your strength...” There was the scene with Tron falling, and the scene with Riku confronting Ansem (“Ansem! You've become a part of my heart...”). There was also the scene where Sora takes Namine's hand, only to have her face turn into Xion, as well as Riku fighting the person in the black coat. It showed Sora fighting Braig (“Our hearts are connected--that's my strength!”). The modeling for KHDDD was really pretty! It seems just like a remake, perhaps because it was taken from the 3DS to the PS4 in HD.
-There was a new trailer for [KH3]. It was the full scene from the beginning of KH3 with young Eraqus and Xehanort! [The music was a piano version of [The 13th Side].)
X: Do you know about the Keyblade war?
E: Of course.
X: Long ago, when keyblade wielders tried to steal away the light.
E: I've heard it again and again from the Master.
X: I wonder what they wanted to do, using the light they stole to summon Kingdom Hearts.
E: Who knows...I can't understand the reason why the fight happened in the first place.
X: Have you heard of the Lost Masters? They started the Keyblade war.
E: Never heard of it, where did you hear that from?
X: No, was it for their sake, I wonder...
E: I don't get it.
X: You know the truth, right?
E: About what?
X: That at that time, light was defeated by the darkness. I guess you as a candidate for Master wouldn't know.
E: I guess.
X: You can see it with your own eyes. It's already decided, the end of the world.
E: It'd be boring if the end was already decided. If the darkness is supposed to win, I'll rewrite the ending.
X: You're pretty confident. But aren't you at a disadvantage?
E: Light is different from darkness, because it's not just something you can see. We won't know until the end.
X: I'm looking forward to it.
-There was a KH3 trailer (music: Rage Awakened). Sora, Donald and Goofy battled Heartless that looked like dandelions in front of Rapunzel's tower, then it cut to a new part with new Nobodies that look like flowers with about eight legs?, that would separate and lift into the air while spinning (I saw this during the making video, but the keyblade looked like Marluxia). Nomura said this about the new Nobodies: “These nobodies will make you imagine someone specific. People with good intuition might get it.” It showed a new weapon for Sora. In an area that looked like a valley, Sora was able to lock on to about 10 Heartless (the lock on speed is very fast, about 1.5 seconds!) and teleport around while attacking. It was really cool!
-There was a new attraction flow for [KH3]! It showed a vehicle kind of like a space ship?, where all three had a launching pad. It was called “Shooting ride.” After invoking AF, it turns into FPS mode and you can attack the enemies! (When it turns to FPS mode, the outline of goggles appears on the screen, giving you the image of playing a FPS game with goggles on)
-While fighting Heartless in [KH3], there were points where Sora would fall into the river and scream as he slid down. The river looked really pretty! It seems the Heartless can also chase you down the river. When attacking the Heartless that resemble bells (the ones well known in the KH series), they can affect the environment around you, and they can attack that way.
-There was a [KH2 Making] video presentation by Nomura! He said, “We're developing each of the worlds. Since the developers are still working, we can't show you any new worlds, but I was able to bring this in-production (making) video here today.” When the new Nobodies (shaped like flowers? They resemble Marluxia) attack, they rain down red flower petals. (The drawing below is simplified, but this is the basic idea)
-What Nomura showed us next in the [KH3 making] video was a 3D version of Daybreak Town that hasn't been used in KH so far, but they might use it in KH3 or something. I understand that the movement of light makes the buildings move.
-Next in the [KH3 making] video was a making of [Olympus]. Olympus is set up in the heavens, and it looks very divine, with the buildings reflected on the floor it was very pretty! There were buildings in the clouds, and between the clouds were the buildings of Olympus hidden away, making it a very mysterious location! Perhaps because of the use of light, the shading makes it look very three-dimensional!
-The other parts of the [KH3 making] were shots of different Heartless with no backgrounds (Heartless with hats, bell-shaped Heartless' effects) showing their movements, etc. Nomura said, “There will be other Heartless, but they are spoilers so I can't show them. Just by looking at them you'll be able to figure out the worlds.”
-There was a [0.2BbS] making video. It was a great display of running around in the darkness and Aqua fighting off Heartless!
-In [KH3], Sora, Donald, and Goofy can ride Goofy's shield. Riding the shield like that lets you fly! Also, there's going to be a large snake-like enemy to fight.
-At the end, there was a special PV they showed us called “King Mickey Scene Mash-Up]! Just when I was thinking how it was cool just to hear the music full of the King...King Mickey came out on stage, as well as Nomura and Shimomura, and they walked around the theater greeting guests! They were shaking hands and giving hi-fives!
-Everyone involved got on stage: King Mickey, Nomura, Shimomura, and Hashimoto looked full of energy!
-The last PV was a mash-up of scenes from each game. Sora, Roxas, Namine, Xion, Riku, Axel, Kairi, Aqua, Terra, Ven...and so on were in the last scene and climax, showing their goodbyes, reunions, and connections in their hearts... Everything was connected in fragments, and it was beautiful and left an impression. It made my heart feel warm...and I cried.
-It was a wonderful KH event! There were a lot of clips, and I'm surprised at the quality! It seems some of the trailers were ones only shown at this theater, but I hope they release the other trailers soon!
Lastly, you can check out tweets from the event, thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the translations, and thanks to @aibo_ac7 for the original tweets.Spoiler
With the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater passing by, as well as all of the D23 Expo Japan event, there are 2 major events left of 2015: Jump Festa 2016 and PlayStation Experience 2015. While Kingdom Hearts has not been confirmed for any of these events yet, there is a small chance of Kingdom Hearts appearing at these events. If any Kingdom Hearts news appears as these events are starting, we will let you know!
- Nov 15 2015 07:28 PM
- by Jake
[Updated] Kingdom Hearts II Sora Final Form Play Arts Kai figure & Kingdom Hearts II print signed by Nomura for auction - D23 Expo Japan
Update 1: The auction for the Kingdom Hearts poster signed by series director, Tetsuya Nomura is now live! Again, you must have a Yahoo! Japan ID in order to place a bid. The auction will end on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 10:24PM (JST). The description says the poster is a bit worn with a few wrinkles.
Visit this link if you wish to place a bid. Good luck!
Update 2: The auction for the Play Arts Kai figure of Kingdom Hearts II Sora in his Final Form signed by Tetsuya Nomura is now live.
For bids, please visit this link.
The official D23 Japan website has updated with an online auction that will be opening shortly after the event. Tying in with the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event planned for D23 Expo Japan, several Kingdom Hearts items have been listed. The items included in the auction are a Kingdom Hearts II Sora Final Form ver. Play Arts Kai figure and a Kingdom Hearts II print, both of which are signed by Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series.
In order to enter for a chance to get the signed limited edition Play Arts Kai figure, as well as the Kingdom Hearts II print, you will need a Japanese Yahoo! ID and be 15 or older. If you are not 15 or older, you will need a guardian's consent.
The auction begins on the 10th of November at 8:00 AM (JST) and ends on the 15th of November at 10:00 PM (JST).
For those not entering the auction, limited quantities of the Play Arts Kai figure will be for sale at D23 Expo Japan. However, these figures will not be signed.
You can check out the signed Kingdom Hearts II print below:
Will you enter the auction and attempt to get the limited edition Play Arts Kai & print signed by Nomura? Let us know in the comments below!
- Nov 11 2015 04:11 PM
- by Jake
In case you've forgotten through the midst of all the recent Kingdom Hearts news, the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event is being held on November 3rd, 2015, which is just over two weeks away (as of October 15th, 2015)! We are expecting new information (most likely a new trailer according to the name "premium theater") regarding Kingdom Hearts III, in addition to possible news about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.
We are assuming the event will be private, with heavy restrictions on recording devices and flash photography. That being said, we will be livetweeting information as it comes on our KH13.com Twitter account. Of course, we will be updating the site with an article as quickly as possible as we receive, interpret, and understand information we are given.
In order to commemorate the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event, we will be counting down days until the event on our social media accounts by revisiting news we've received about Kingdom Hearts III for the past few years. Please be sure to follow us on social media to receive instant Kingdom Hearts news and to receive reminders about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event!
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What do you expect or want to see from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event? Let us know in the comments!
- Oct 25 2015 12:06 AM
- by Toominator
New Tetsuya Nomura artwork commemorating the Kingdom Hearts series revealed in the 600th issue of Dengeki PlayStation
A new Kingdom Hearts illustration by Tetsuya Nomura has been revealed today via the 600th issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine. The drawing by the Kingdom Hearts series director appears on the cover of the issue, and commemorates this milestone together with a special Kingdom Hearts series feature. Check out the new artwork below, released on the official Dengeki website:
The issue releases on October 8, 2015 (October 7, 2015 in the U.S.) and will contain information about both Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. We will keep you updated as more information appears – look forward to both scans and full translations!
- Oct 06 2015 05:52 AM
- by DChiuch
Yoko Shimomura discusses her experience working on the Kingdom Hearts series during the Square Enix Music Presents Composer Talk Show
During the Square Enix Music Presents Composer Talk Show, Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, discussed her experience working on the Kingdom Hearts series. She was asked a few questions concerning Kingdom Hearts, such as her work on Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. She took the opportunity to listen to a unique version of "Dearly Beloved" during the talk show, and she discussed her work for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. Other discussions included what it was like to work with certain directors, where Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series was mentioned. Toward the end of the talk show, Yoko Shimomura mentioned some future plans about a Kingdom Hearts presentation, which seems to hint toward the Kingdom Hearts D23 Japan Fan Event that she will be attending.
- Sep 19 2015 10:04 PM
- by Jake
During San Diego Comic-Con 2015, prototypes for new Play Arts Kai action figures of characters in the Kingdom Hearts series were shown. These same prototype figures shown at San Diego Comic-Con have also appeared at Tokyo Game Show 2015. Figures include Halloween Town Sora with an interchangeable pumpkin mask, Kingdom Hearts II Riku, and Kingdom Hearts II Final Form Sora which will be available for purchase at D23 Expo Japan in very limited quantities. You can view them below thanks to @churroz and @M_Alloc.
Do you plan on purchasing these figures upon release? Let us know in the comments!
- Sep 17 2015 05:00 AM
- by Toominator
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's pre-TGS 2015 press conference is today, and we're having our own livestream so that we can all watch the event! Could the Kingdom Hearts series appear at the event with any announcements? Perhaps a quick Kingdom Hearts III mention, or a Kingdom Hearts 2.9 announcement? We're not sure (and let's be clear, Kingdom Hearts is *not* confirmed to appear), but let's find out together.
Update: Kingdom Hearts did indeed appear at the event, with a Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue announcement!
- Sep 15 2015 09:28 AM
- by DChiuch
Square Enix has announced the new Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Flood plush toy that was revealed earlier this year will be released in Japan on September 26, 2015. The Flood plush toy will cost 4,940 Yen.
They also announced the Kingdom Hearts Shadow plush toy will be released on October 30, 2015. The Shadow plush toy will cost 3,300 Yen. The Shadow plush toy was released in December 2012, but we are unsure why it's being re-released now.
Note: The Japanese Square Enix online store will not ship outside of Japan.
You can view pictures of these two plush toys below. Thanks go to @aibo_ac7 for the tip.
- Aug 21 2015 05:48 AM
- by Sora96
At the Disney Interactive event at D23 Expo 2015, Kingdom Hearts had the spotlight where there were some exciting announcements made by Square Enix that can be found here.
Jimmy Pitaro, president of Disney Interactive, started off the presentation by stating that the franchise of Kingdom Hearts has sold over 21 million copies world-wide. This pushes Kingdom Hearts from 80th place to at least 70th place on the Wikia page for video game franchise sales.
The Kingdom Hearts series began with its release in 2002. Over the past 13 years it has grown into series that is dearly beloved by fans. It has also created a better bond between Disney and Square Enix over the years which is proven by Disney's continued and increased support.
How long have you been a fan of the series? Did you expect it to grow as much as it has? Which games did you contribute with? Tell us in the comments below!
- Aug 19 2015 12:34 AM
- by EskimoSquirrel
Comicbook.com interviews John Vignocchi, VP of production for Disney Infinity - "Hopefully this leads to us doing more."
In an interview with Comicbook.com, John Vignocchi, the vice president of production for Disney Infinity, claims that he hopes the recent inclusion of Kingdom Hearts in Disney Infinity 3.0 "leads to more".
Vignocchi: Hopefully this leads to us doing more. We've had a lot of fun doing it, and I love Kingdom Hearts, so that's the goal.
In the interview, Vignocchi also reveals that the inclusion of Kingdom Hearts in Disney Infinity has been planned for quite some time:
Vignocchi: Everyone keeps asking me about Kingdom Hearts. I've been alluding to a passion project that I've been working on for some time, and that's what this is. We have had this planned out for about 8 months, with a lot of back and forth with our partners at Square-Enix.
Also, as if that wasn't enough, he made a series of tweets that could further suggest a larger role for Kingdom Hearts in Disney Infinity.
Take these tweets with a grain of salt, seeing as they neither confirm or deny more Kingdom Hearts in future versions of Disney Infinity, but the winky face and the caps-locked "LOL" imply a sarcastic remark.
Do you think Kingdom Hearts could be the focus of Disney Infinity 4.0? Do you even want more Kingdom Hearts in Disney Infinity? Let us know in the comments!
- Aug 17 2015 08:46 AM
- by Toominator
The Keyblade is the Ultimate Unlock in Disney Infinity 3.0 & Kingdom Hearts King Mickey costume to be given out to D23 attendees
During the Disney Interactive presentation at D23 Expo 2015, the team at Disney Infinity revealed that the Keyblade will be the the Ultimate Unlock in Disney Infinity 3.0. The Ultimate Unlock is achieved by collecting every figure available for Disney Infinity. This gives players the opportunity to use the Keyblade as a weapon in the game.
Additionally, fans attending D23 were rewarded a King Mickey costume, which is Mickey Mouse's attire from the Kingdom Hearts series. This costume will NOT be sold in stores.
Here are some pictures of the King Mickey power disk thanks to @WDWNT
Additionally, an image of the Ultimate Unlock Keyblade in Disney Infinity 3.0 can be seen below thanks to KH13 Archives Team member WakelessDream as well as an image of King Mickey's new outfit in Disney Infinity 3.0 thanks to @ThePirateSteven.
- Aug 21 2015 03:32 AM
- by Toominator
Hey everyone! Today marks the first anniversary of the KH13 community’s involvement in the social media pages. Also, the Disney D23 Expo is just around the corner so to celebrate we have decided to have another competition. This will be a fan-art competition that will running for TWO weeks, and will give creative individuals the chance to win the two volumes of the first Kingdom Hearts manga (translated in English by Yen Press).
To enter the competition you must create a fan-art which envisions what you’d like to see in Kingdom Hearts III. Throwing ideas out, this can mean multiple things like:
- Summons (characters or the newly announced attraction flow rides),
- Keyblade Transformations (weapons or gliders like in Birth by Sleep)
- Character Outfits (other characters’ outfits, drive forms, armour like in Birth by Sleep, or for different worlds)
How to enter:
- Upload your fanart to KH13 (either to the Fan-made Images gallery, or by making a new topic somewhere), and then put a link to your fan-art in the comments below so that we can find it easily.
- Fan-art must be related to Kingdom Hearts, fall into one of 3 categories above and it must be created specifically for the competition. You can enter multiple times if you want to increase your chances.
- At midnight EDT on August 27th, 2015, our team will deliberate and decide on our favourite fan-art submitted, contact the winner of the contest, and send them their copy of the first two Kingdom Hearts manga! This contest is open to everyone as long as the manga can be shipped to their location via Amazon, etc.
- Aug 15 2015 02:54 AM
- by AndrewHankinson
I was given the honour of interviewing the CEO/Producer of VGO - Video Game Orchestra, Shota Nakama on behalf of KH13.com. VGO is a combined orchestra and rock band that performs contemporary arrangements of video game music. They're located in Boston, United States where they have in recent years recorded the soundtracks for Square Enix games, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and now Final Fantasy XV. I asked him about how he started working with Square Enix, what its like playing the games after working on their soundtracks, differences between working on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's soundtrack, what its like working with Masashi Hamauzu, the lead composer of the Final Fantasy XIII series and Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series and more. You can read the entire interview below. Big thanks to VGO for making this happen.
Sora96: Firstly, how did you first start working with Square Enix? How did you get the honour of working on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's soundtrack?
Shota: Masashi Hamauzu and I became good friends after our first encounter back in 2012. VGO had an opportunity to perform with his project, Imeruat, at a large anime convention over in Chicago called Anime Central. We had such a great time there performing, talking about our life and everything. Shortly after, he called me saying if I want to work on “that”, which I had no idea what it was about. Of course I said yes just like I do to pretty much everything. That is how the collaboration began, and that was the first time I worked with SQEX.
By the way, I must mention that Masashi Hamauzu is one of the very few gifted composers in the video game industry who writes music at such a high level of artistry. His music is just at a different level and I truly love his works.
Sora96: During the development of Lightning Returns did you work with all 3 composers or just Masashi Hamauzu?
Shota: We did not work with the other two although I got to meet both of them during some production meetings over in SQEX.
Sora96: How do you communicate with the composers with the language barrier? Do you have translators working at your studio or do Square Enix have theirs work with you?
Shota: As my name kind of implies, I was born and raised in Japan. Being bilingual both in English and Japanese really did help. We do have an assistant, Maho Azuma, who is native in both languages and also a diehard video game fan, helping out sessions too.
Sora96: What was it like working on Lightning Returns' soundtrack? Were you daunted at all by the prospect of working on such a massive franchise? Or were you simply excited by working on it?
Shota: When something new comes up, it is always exciting regardless of what the project is. For that particular gig, yes personally I was more excited because it is Final Fantasy that I played so much when I was a kid.
Sora96: Was it much different working on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's soundtrack than Lightning Returns'? What were some similarities or differences?
Shota: The working method itself was not that different, but there were several differences between those projects such as the instrumentation and how we managed the entire production. By the time we did KH2.5, we knew what not to do so everything went a lot smoother.
Sora96: Do you get to meet directors or producers of the titles you're working on? Eg. Motomu Toriyama or Yoshinori Kitase for Lightning Returns or Tai Yasue for HD 2.5 ReMIX?
Shota: I actually did not get to meet them. I am sure they were all busy trying to complete the games. Maybe someday!
Sora96: What's it like playing the games after working on the soundtrack?
Shota: It is a pure glory. Every scene that played our music made me smile and reminded me great moments while we were in the production.
Sora96: What are your favourite Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games?
Shota: Final Fantasy 6 is the best one of all to me. The story is so dark and there is pure evil guy who is unforgettable. I actually played the game in real time (I am an old school) and leveled everyone up way too much. The mighty Kefka was defeated in 3 turns after many 9,999 damages.
My favorite Kingdom Hearts was the second one, but now it is 2.5 because of the story and music.
Sora96: What's the best part of getting to work with Square Enix on such amazing titles?
Shota: I was a huge Squaresoft and Enix fan when I was a teenager. I can tell you that I played most of their games that came out in the 90s… the Dragon Quest series, FF series, Front Mission, Live a Live, Hanjuku Hero, and so many others. It is such an honor to be a part of their history.
Sora96: After working with legendary composers like Masashi Hamauzu and Yoko Shimomura have your admiration of them raised to new heights?
Shota: Definitely. Shimomura-san is so amazing at creating beautiful melodies especially when she writes a piano piece. Hamauzu-san always denies it when I say it yet he is truly a gifted composer. I love his music and I don’t know how he can come up with something so dynamic but delicate and sophisticated.
Sora96: What are your favourite Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts songs? Blinded by Light is a particular favourite of mine and I loved your recent performance you uploaded to YouTube of it.
Shota: Thanks for your kind words! I have always loved their epic battle music such as Blinded by Light and Big Bridge in Final Fantasy. For Kingdom Hearts, The Other Promise is the best one for me. The Shimomura-ness really shines there.
Sora96: If a new entry in the Final Fantasy X series were to be created would you like to work on its soundtrack?
Shota: I would love to. I don’t think anyone can decline an FF project.
Sora96: What are you most excited for in Final Fantasy XV?
Shota: The gameplay and music. The gameplay is just so different from the past numbering titles, and I am looking forward to see some innovative ideas in that. For the music, I cannot wait to listen to Shimomura-san unleashing her inner musical genius-ness. Music really does dictate the emotional expression of video games (and films and anime too) and it sometimes is more important than having the best graphics. I am really looking forward to the game.
- Aug 08 2015 05:59 AM
- by Sora96
Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series has participated in a Gamescom 2015 Q&A to promote the upcoming blockbuster title, Final Fantasy XV. Nova Crystallis was in attendance and tweeted some of her answers. She discusses playing action games, instruments she likes, inspirations and performing more concerts in Europe. You can read them below.
Shimomura says action games are hard for her and clearing KH2 is not easy either
Besides the piano she likes the flute and string Arrangements
She draws inspiration from being on travels or reading mangas and novels
She would love to do more concerts in Europe if SE allows it
- Aug 07 2015 09:16 PM
- by Sora96
With Gamescom coming next month on August 5th through August 9th, Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series is confirmed to appear at Gamescom and will be answering questions from fans and taking pictures. Guests will also receive an autograph and win exclusive prizes in a very exclusive event in which only 50 people will be able to attend. The event will take place on Friday, August 7th during Gamescom. This meet with Yoko Shimomura will be a lead up to the Final Fantasy XV presentation by Square Enix, but fans will be able to ask her any questions, such as questions relating to the Kingdom Hearts series. The event is going to take place at the Square Enix Products booth (Hall 5.1 - C012). If you're interested in attending the event with Yoko Shimomura, you will need to email HMG-Community@square-enix.com with the subject "SEP Meet & Greet".
- Jul 21 2015 04:51 PM
- by Jake
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has begun and new Kingdom Hearts Play Arts Kai figures have been featured. The Play Arts Kai figures are of Sora in his Halloween Town costume from Kingdom Hearts II and the other is of Riku also from Kingdom Hearts II. These figures are just prototypes so they are yet to be finished. When the finished products are revealed we'll let you know. You can view these prototypes of the Play Arts Kai figures below thanks to @churroz for originally posting these images.
- Jul 08 2015 09:36 PM
- by Jake
Kingdom Hearts hidden designs found in the Kingdom Hearts design document; Toy Story world design & Kingdom Hearts tentative title discovered
Recently there have been designs found that were never before seen from Kingdom Hearts that were hidden deep inside the Kingdom Hearts design document. With a look through the design document, it appears that Kingdom Hearts was once named Kingdom of Hearts.
Additionally, there is a picture of what looks like a Toy Story world and how it would look on the world selection map. It includes Andy's house on top of a Pizza Planet rocket. Also note that each character from the design document had a written bio describing each character and their roles in Kingdom Hearts.
The designs found in the document were never released to the public before. You can view all hidden designs and each character's written bio below with credit going to Nathan McMahon on photobucket for originally finding these images and KHInsider for the tip.
The hero of this story. Sora is a fourteen-year-old boy who has his own personal issues like every other teenager does, but he always keeps a positive attitude towards everything.
Simple-minded at times, but his sense of justice is very strong.
"Sora" means "sky" in Japanese, representing his adventurous spirit.
The heroine of this story. Also aged 14.
A few years ago Kairi moved into the island where Sora and Riku live.
She may appear gentle and fragile, but inside she has a strong will that does not bend to any force.
Her name, "Kairi", bears the meaning of "sea", home of all life forms.
Sora's best friend. He may seem a lot more collected and cooler than his same-age best friend, yet he remains expressive of his own thoughts.
Always curious towards the unknown, he begins to question the small, closed world in which he lives.
His name, "Riku" means "land" in Japanese.
The court wizard.
With the order left by the king who disappears in the beginning of the story, Donald goes for an adventure searching for the hero. His vibrant character and quack-talk is sure to complicate things, adding even more fun to the story.
Captain of the royal cavalry.
Goofy, though a captain of his own troops dislikes battles and carries only a shield with him.
Goofy becomes Donald's partner in this journey, complimenting wacky Donald with his slow-talking, easy-going style.
King Mickey's queen.
As the queen she takes charge of the castle after Mickey's disappearance, appoints Goofy and Donald to search for the king in her place.
A noble lady.
A sweet maid who fancies Donald, she collects her courage(?) to send him off to his mission.
The mechanical engineer working for King Mickey.
The underground airship hanger is his working place as well as playing grounds.
It is Chip who designs the SS GummiBlock, allowing our heroes to reach other worlds.
A mechanic working with Chip.
He maintains and, if necessary, primps up the SS GummiBlock which Donald and Goofy boards for the trip.
Do you prefer the title Kingdom Hearts or Kingdom of Hearts? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jul 05 2016 08:55 AM
- by Jake
Square Enix has announced that they're releasing a Kingdom Hearts/Kingdom Hearts II folder set in Japan on August 19, 2015. It will cost 780 Yen ($6.35 U.S). The folder set features the key art for both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II that were featured on the front covers of the original PlayStation 2 releases of the two titles as well as the title screens. You can view images of this below.
Are you going to import this? Let us know in the comments below.
- Jul 06 2015 04:37 AM
- by Sora96
Utada Hikaru, known for her works in the Kingdom Hearts series such as Hikari and Passion has posted via her website that she is currently working on a new album. Along with the announcement of her new album in the works, she recently just had a new born child. While still having her son, she decided to return into the world of music and began creating her new album. Below you can read a translation by Aru Akise of what she said on her website about this great news below.
I have an announcememnt to all my fans.
I 've given birth to a baby!
He's a very calm boy, and is drinking milk and sleeping a lot.
I want to thank all the people who suppoerted me, visited me, and, once again, my parents.
During pregancy, I was working on a new album. It will take a little while before it is finished, but I am eager to resume work on it to deliver it to all of you as fast as possible.
Please wait a bit more, okay?
July 3rd, 2015.
With this news, we would like to congratulate her on the new born child and take a look back at the amazing work she has done in the Kingdom Hearts series. Congratulations!
- Jul 03 2015 07:19 AM
- by Jake
During Sony's E3 2015 press conference, Sony opened the show with a short montage of upcoming PS4 games. Among the games that were shown in the montage was none other than Kingdom Hearts III.
If nothing else, this means that Kingdom Hearts III is still alive and well, and it could mean that we have more Kingdom Hearts III news to look forward to in Square Enix's conference. Below is an image from the montage, which shows Sora gliding through the air as he is about to change into the new Kingdom Hearts III engine graphics from the announce trailer:
What do you make of this? Still think Kingdom Hearts will be mentioned in some capacity at this year's E3? Let us know in the comments!
- Jun 16 2015 05:44 AM
- by Toominator
The official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page has posted a link to a fan survey asking multiple questions about player preferences. More specifically, the survey asks questions about which systems players own, which systems players still play games on, and which Kingdom Hearts games the survey taker has played. The message posted alongside the survey is as follows:
Hi KINGDOM HEARTS fans!
If you have a free 5-10 minutes, please help us complete this survey!
The survey will be open until June 12th, 2015 at 11:45 pm PDT.
The survey also has open ended questions concerning the future of Kingdom Hearts. The survey asks players what they are looking forward to in future installments and if the player has anything else they would like developers to know.
The most interesting questions were those concerning the systems players own/still play and the question concerning localization. Perhaps these questions concern localization options for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and moving forward from the last generation of consoles.
You can take the survey here. The survey is available until June 12, 2015 at 11:45pm PDT. We encourage you to take the survey, seeing as it could help shape the future of Kingdom Hearts.
After completing the survey, how did you respond to their open ended questions? What are you most looking forward to in the future of Kingdom Hearts? Let us know in the comments below.
Update: The survey has concluded however Square Enix has promised more surveys in the future.
We wanted to thank you each and every one of you who participated in our survey this past week! Unfortunately it's closed now so if you missed this on this one, don't worry - there will always be more in the future!
- Jun 13 2015 10:04 PM
- by Toominator