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  1. Concept art for Disney's cancelled iOS/Android Kingdom Hearts game revealed, including Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Tangled & Star Wars worlds

    Yesterday, we discovered that Disney was developing a Kingdom Hearts title for iOS and Android in 2013 called Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys, which has since been cancelled. Today, we've found out via Philip Cruden's LinkedIn page that the company Go For Launch Productions, also known as GFL Animation Studios, were in charge of creating locations and character designs for Disney Interactive's upcoming Kingdom Hearts online game between September 2011 and March 2013.

    The official website for GFL Animation Studios has two pages about their work for Disney Interactive and Kingdom Hearts, and these pages contain a huge amount of information, as well as over 100 pieces of concept art for the cancelled title. The two pages are titled "Disney Kingdom Hearts" and "Kingdom Hearts App Game", and together seem to show a very rough, initial concept for GFL's vision of Disney Interactive's Kingdom Hearts game.

    The game was to have "several Kingdom Hearts heroes" (these seem to be original characters) transported to Disney worlds through a Grand Central like station, where they would join forces with the heroes of those worlds in battle arenas to defeat their enemies. These worlds included ones based on Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Snow White, Wreck It Ralph, Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, Star Wars, Tron and Tangled, all represented in the concept art for the game. An original town was also created called "New Town". All concept art can be seen below, originally sourced from the GFL Animation Studios website.

    - Original concept art
    - Game Hubs concept art
    - Aladdin concept art
    - Alice in Wonderland concept art
    - Peter Pan concept art
    - Snow White concept art
    - New Town concept art
    - Wreck It Ralph concept art
    - Frozen concept art
    - Lilo & Stitch concept art
    - Star Wars concept art
    - Tron concept art
    - Tangled concept art

    It is unclear if all of these worlds made it past the concept/design stage that GFL Animation Studios were working on, but it is clear that Disney Interactive were working with GFL on this concept art for their upcoming Kingdom Hearts app, and that game designers and Disney executives from both the United States and Japan were all involved.

    Here are the full descriptions for the concept art:

    The concepts for this game was to have several Kingdom Hearts heroes transported to the worlds of our favorite Disney Characters. Traveling through a Grand Central like station our heroes could visit any Disney world of their choosing and join forces with the heroes of those worlds to defeat their enemies. Below is a collection of concept and game play design work. We also created “World Tour” video that introduced the Kingdom Hearts characters to the Disney worlds and culminated in a game play simulation battle on the rooftops of Peter Pan’s London, England. The video formed a large part of a video presentation given to Disney US and Disney Japan executives.

    Go For Launch Productions, in association with CgMations in Ireland, designed numerous characters and sets for Disney’s new Kingdom Hearts game. The concept was simple; bring the beloved Kingdom Hearts’ characters into the iconic worlds of Disney. The characters of Wreck It Ralph, Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, Star Wars, Tron, Tangled and more, were all to do battle with the Kingdom Hearts heroes against epic foes! On this project we re-imagined the classic Disney worlds as game play battle arenas and worked with the game designers to create fun and challenging game play scenarios.

    [Here] is a selection of concept and game play design work.


    Update: We've got twenty more concept art images showing battles on London rooftops, most likely from Neverland. You can view them here. Thanks go to KH13 member Roxasman1231 for the tip.

  2. Disney was developing a Kingdom Hearts title for iOS & Android named "Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys" in 2013, since cancelled

    A former programmer at Disney Interactive has revealed the name and details of a cancelled Kingdom Hearts title. The game was called "Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys", and is said to have been deep in development during 2013 by Wideload Games, a studio of Disney Interactive. Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys was being developed using Unity and C#, and would have been released for the iPhone, iPad and Android markets if it weren't for its cancellation sometime early 2014.

    Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys was to be a "mobile, free-to-play action RPG", and from the game's development summary, we know that it would have at least contained items, crafting, an inventory, user interface, and networked high score portions. Unfortunately, no more details about the game are known.

    Working at Disney Interactive (Wideload Games Studio):

    Worked in a small studio setting creating mobile video games using Unity and C# that targeted the iPhone / iPad / Android markets. [...] I assisted with prototyping and implementation of the item, crafting, inventory, user interface, and networked high score portions of a mobile Kingdom Hearts action RPG title. Additionally, I created multiple debugging tools, including a network logging service that allowed games running wireless to automatically send debugging information to a central location.


    Summary of the game:

    Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys
    2013

    A mobile, free to play action rpg for iOS and Android phones, written with Unity and C#. The project was deep into development before being cancelled several months after I left the studio.


    It is unknown if Kingdom Hearts: Fragmented Keys is related to Kingdom Hearts Online, another Kingdom Hearts title that was revealed by a former Disney Interactive employee in 2013. Kingdom Hearts Online was being developed by South Korean studio "Studio EX" for Disney Interactive, as early as January 2013 and at least until November 2013, also using Unity for development and targeting "smartphones and the web". Due to the two different studios involved and different titles for the games, it seems as if these are two separate cancelled projects, both in 2013 and both managed by Disney Interactive.

    Also, as a side note: u/NDABreaker2 on reddit today has claimed to have come across a leaked screenshot of the cancelled game. There is no proof that this is a legitimate screenshot, so unlike the above verified information, this screenshot is not verified at all. We have contacted the reddit user and they have privately given us solid proof that this screenshot and information is legitimate. Nonetheless, here it is.

    Note: We have removed some details from this article on request.

  3. Leonard Nimoy (Master Xehanort's English voice actor) has passed away

    As of today, Leonard Nimoy (Master Xehanort's English voice actor) has died at age 83 from Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California.

    For those of you who don't know, he was born on March 26, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts. He began his career in his twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making brief TV and Film appearances. Leonard Nimoy was perhaps best known to the public and Sci-Fi fans as Spock from Star Trek.

    Many Kingdom Hearts fans were hoping to see him reprise his role as Master Xehanort in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III, but sadly it was not meant to be. His final tweet said "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP" He will be missed. Live long and prosper.

  4. Yoko Shimomura discusses creating Destati with Square Enix Europe

    Square Enix Europe's merchandise team recently had the opportunity to interview Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, along with many other Square Enix and Japanese video games and Kenji Ito, composer of Square Enix's SaGa video game series along with many other Square Enix and Japanese video games. During the interview, Shimomura discusses creating 'Destati', something that could be considered the theme song of the Kingdom Hearts series. You can read both parts of their interview in full below, the part discussing 'Destati' has been bolded.

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    • Feb 21 2015 05:42 AM
    • by Sora96
  5. Kingdom Hearts Tribute album cover artwork revealed, drawn by official Disney artists

    4Gamer.net has posted the official cover artwork for the Kingdom Hearts Tribute album, which was announced yesterday. The artwork features King Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy in a pose that is very similar to the famous Three Musketeers pose except with their Kingdom Hearts weapons. This artwork was drawn by official Disney artists. You can view it below. The Kingdom Hearts Tribute album releases on March 25 in Japan.

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    In addition, an official website for the soundtrack has been launched and it has revealed what is most likely the back cover artwork. You can view this below.

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    Update: The official website for the album has been updated with previews of all the songs included in the album.

    • Mar 02 2015 06:14 AM
    • by Sora96
  6. Kingdom Hearts Tribute album revealed, releasing March 25

    Square Enix has revealed a new Kingdom Hearts album will be released on March 25, 2015 in Japan. This album titled Kingdom Hearts Tribute album will include new arrangements of 10 songs from the Kingdom Hearts series. It will cost 2,160 Yen (approx. U.S $18.26). You can see what songs have been included below.

    Riku / Sora / Kairi / Always on My Mind / Rage Awakened / Dearly Beloved / Hollow Bastion / Hand in Hand / March Caprice / The 13th Struggle A Piece of Peace / Traverse Town

    • Jan 27 2015 01:44 AM
    • by Sora96
  7. Kingdom Hearts hand towels now available at Artnia

    Hidemi Matsuzuka, Square Enix's merchandise manager has revealed that Kingdom Hearts face towels are now available at Artnia. The design Hidemi Matsuzuka showed was of a Dusk, however thanks to @ArikaMiz we know that there also Shadow and Flood designs available. You can view photos of these below.

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    • Jan 23 2015 10:57 PM
    • by Sora96
  8. Yen Press reveals Kingdom Hearts: The Novel cover artwork

    Yen Press have revealed the cover artwork of Kingdom Hearts: The Novel on their website and on their Facebook page. The novel will take place during the events of the first Kingdom Hearts game and will release in March 2015 officially translated in English. Below is the description and cover artwork of the new novel.

    On the Destiny Islands, three children–Sora, Riku, and Kairi–are living out their peaceful, carefree lives while yearning for whatever lies beyond the great ocean. But one night, an unexpected disaster takes place, and the three are torn from each other and their island home. Meanwhile, at Disney Castle, Donald Duck and the other castle residents are in an uproar upon discovering King Mickey has suddenly gone missing. When fate brings them together, Sora, Donald, and Goofy set out on a grand Disney adventure to find their friends.



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  9. Disney creates "Which Kingdom Hearts Character Are You?" quiz

    Disney has posted a "What Kingdom Hearts Character Are You?" quiz on Oh My Disney as a promotion for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. The quiz has ten questions, and ends by naming a Kingdom Hearts character that best fits your answers. Which character did you get?

  10. New Kingdom Hearts "Dive To Heart" T-shirt revealed

    Square Enix's merchandise manager, Hidemi Matsuzuka has revealed a brand new Kingdom Hearts themed T-shirt. The T-shirt design features two Kingdom Key, Keyblades and the words "DIVE TO HEART" surrounded by a large circle with the words "Kingdom Hearts" and various small logos including the Kingdom Hearts crown. You can view it below. When a release date is announced we'll let you know.

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    Update: Square Enix's merchandise division has uploaded a full view of the front and back of the T-shirt. This shows the front of the T-shirt for the very first time. You can view these below.

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    • Dec 23 2014 11:41 PM
    • by Sora96
  11. Nomura talks Disney and a decade of Kingdom Hearts with DisneyExaminer

    DisneyExaminer had the privilege of interviewing Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series at the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX North American launch event. The interview discusses Disney, various favourites of Nomura's and a decade of Kingdom Hearts. You can read it below, in full thanks to DisneyExaminer.

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    • Dec 03 2014 09:33 PM
    • by Sora96
  12. Nomura to attend The Game Awards 2014

    It has been revealed by Geoff Keighley, the creator and producer of The Game Awards in one of the nominee livestreams that Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series will be in attendance at The Game Awards 2014. The Game Awards 2014 will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on Friday, December 5, 2014.

    No details about why he'll be in attendance were revealed.

    • Dec 02 2014 12:28 PM
    • by Sora96
  13. Official Kingdom Hearts T-shirt design revealed

    Square Enix's merchandise manager, Hidemi Matsuzuka has revealed the design for an official Kingdom Hearts themed T-shirt. The design features iconic Kingdom Hearts symbols including a heart, crown and various Keyblades. Once we have a release date we'll let you know. You can view a picture of this below.

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    Update: Square Enix has announced that they will be selling it at their Café, Artnia tomorrow. We also now have better photos of the T-shirt which you can view below.

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    • Nov 21 2014 08:16 AM
    • by Sora96
  14. New rendition of Dearly Beloved played at VGO concert in Taiwan

    At a VGO - Video Game Orchestra concert in Taiwan, a new rendition of Dearly Beloved was played. The composer of the Kingdom Hearts series along with Dearly Beloved, Yoko Shimomura was in attendance. You can view this new rendition below. Thanks go to @Phamboola for the tip. Do you think there is a possibility of this new rendition being used in a future Kingdom Hearts release, such as Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below.

    • Oct 12 2014 09:18 AM
    • by Sora96
  15. Translated diagrams from the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania explaining character relationships & Xehanort's history now available

    Diagrams from pages of the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania, which was released in Japan on October 2, 2014, have been translated. The diagrams show the correlations between the characters in the Kingdom Hearts series, as well as the full record of Xehanort's history. The images can be seen below, thanks to heijikudou for all of the scans, translations and putting it all together!

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    • Oct 11 2014 01:57 PM
    • by Demyx.
  16. Information from the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania translated

    The Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania released alongside Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX in Japan on October 2 and we now have translations of some of the information inside the book. The information translated covers Keyblades, becoming a Keyblade wielder, Light World and Dark World Keyblades, the Keyblade War and more. You can read it all below thanks to CharismaticCreator. Thanks go to KH13 member David Jacobs for the tip.

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    Update: CharismaticCreator has translated some more pages from the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania. These pages cover "Hearts" and "Worlds". You can read it all in the spoiler tags below.

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    Update 2: CharismaticCreator has posted more translations this time covering the Forces of Darkness. You can read it all below.
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    • Oct 12 2014 07:29 PM
    • by Sora96
  17. Square Enix launches an official Kingdom Hearts Instagram account and New York Comic Con contest

    Square Enix have launched an official Kingdom Hearts Instagram account. You can follow it here. And to celebrate, they're holding a contest for those at New York Comic Con 2014. In order to enter the contest you must follow the official Kingdom Hearts Instagram account and take a photo of their new Kingdom Hearts II Sora and Roxas Play Arts figures which are on display at Square Enix's booth. You must then upload the photo to your own Instagram account with the hashtag #KingdomHearts and tag @KingdomHearts. The grand prize winner claims both Sora and Roxas Play Arts figures while eight runner-ups will claim one of the two. You can view a picture advertising this here. More details are available at Square Enix's Blog.

    • Oct 09 2014 11:26 PM
    • by Sora96
  18. Tetsuya Nomura's message in the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania translated

    The Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania released today in Japan and included in is a message from director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tetsuya Nomura. The message included concerns Kingdom Hearts III and the Kingdom Hearts series in general. You can read it below thanks to SQEX.info.

    Message from Tetsuya Nomura

    If I had to pick, I am a person more on the dark side like Xehanort and co., I harness the burning anger in my heart into what I create. Kingdom Hearts III’s current development explodes very much in this sense. Each time, it’s a battle with Sora and co. who are the exact opposite of myself, it’s been over 10 years and yet we haven’t reached a conclusion.

    This battle will surely last longer.

    In Kingdom Hearts III as well, I am scheming many challenges that Sora and his friends must overcome, because I myself cannot lose either. And in preparation for the great battle that lies ahead, we have this one book that looks back on their entire journey.

    When I think about it, I had an explosive mindset when I made the first Kingdom Hearts as well.

    Thus when I look back at all the material, I feel that fever again. Fans who will continue the journey so far alongside Sora and his friends will also recall their own feverish enthusiasm. With that passion, we will not lose to darkness, and Sora’s journey will continue onwards.

    The journey still continues, but I would be overjoyed if you stuck with us until the very end.

    • Oct 01 2014 09:29 PM
    • by Sora96
  19. A full description of the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania has released

    Studio BentStuff have published a full description of what will be included in the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania, the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX companion book that releases today in Japan.

    Thanks to KH13 translator SkyKeybladeHero for translating it, you can read it below.

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    Also, thanks to @ArikaMiz, a new photo of the book has also surfaced. You can view this below.

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    Update: @aibo_ac7 and @ArikaMiz have uploaded new photos of the book and thanks to them they can be seen below, in our gallery along with every other image we have of the book.


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    • Oct 01 2014 09:48 PM
    • by Sora96
  20. Tetsuya Nomura to attend New York Comic Con 2014

    Director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tetsuya Nomura has revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly that he will be attending New York Comic Con 2014. Nomura attended San Diego Comic-Con 2014 earlier this year to sign autographs, and it's likely that he's doing the same at New York Comic Con. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, which releases on December 2, 2014 in North America, will also likely have a playable demo and trailer. New York Comic Con takes place on October 9-12, 2014 at the Javits Center, New York City. More details about the event can be found at it's official website. Thanks go to @sqexgal for the tip.

    Update: Square Enix have confirmed Tetsuya Nomura will be holding autograph sessions at the Square Enix Merchandise Booth. The sessions will be held on Friday, October 10th, 2014 and Saturday, October 11th, 2014. Like at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, those who purchase qualifying Play Arts -Kai- figures at the Square Enix Booth (#1813) can receive tickets to attend the autograph session on the ticket. Tetsuya Nomura will be at the booth signing exclusive art cards.

    • Oct 08 2014 08:38 AM
    • by Sora96
  21. Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania sample pages released

    Amazon.co.jp have released seven sample pages for the official upcoming Ultimania companion book for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, titled Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania that will release in Japan on October 2, 2014. The sample pages showcase the various games in the series, screenshots, renders, artwork and more. Amazon.co.jp also confirm the book will feature a belt cover. You can view them below, in our gallery.

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    • Sep 25 2014 03:54 AM
    • by Sora96
  22. Project Destati's "Light" album now available + we're giving away 7 copies

    Project Destati is an enthusiastic group of musicians who have decided to pay tribute to Yoko Shimomura’s brilliant compositions in the Kingdom Hearts games, by capturing the depth, intensity and magnitude of the melodies in their own versions-- all with permission from Disney Enterprises!

    Today they released Light, the first in a set of three full-length volumes, containing 22 re-imagined tracks of Kingdom Hearts music! This follows their first album, Awakening, which released 358 days ago. Light is available here on Loudr, or here on iTunes. Here's the official track listing:



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    Thanks to the kind folks at Project Destati, we're happy to announce that we will be giving away 7 free copies of Light! (2 on Facebook, 3 on Twitter and 2 on Tumblr.) To have a chance of winning one of these download codes, simply follow one (or all) of the following instructions. The competition results will be announced at Friday midnight (USA EST) 12th September:

    - Publicly share this post on our Facebook page (2 winners will be chosen)
    - Retweet this tweet on our community Twitter page (3 winners will be chosen)
    - Reblog this post on our Tumblr page (2 winners will be chosen)

    Update: We have contacted the winners of the free download codes we were giving away, and hope that they enjoy the album! Project Destati: Light can still be purchased on iTunes or on Loudr.

  23. Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania to include a mini-poster for pre-orders

    In June, Square Enix Japan announced Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania, a companion book for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX that will cover the Kingdom Hearts series. Today, Square Enix Japan announced that as a pre-order bonus a mini-poster will be included for free via their e-STORE and is in limited numbers. The mini-poster is based off the cover artwork for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. You can view a picture of the mini-poster below. Thanks to @Obsqura for the tip.

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    The book will be released on October 2, 2014. It will be 256 pages long, and available for ¥3,132 (approximately US$30.61). You can pre-order it here.

    • Sep 09 2014 08:52 AM
    • by Sora96
  24. Nomura wants Birth by Sleep figurines + his Batman design could have influenced Kingdom Hearts armor

    In an interview with Siliconera at San Diego Comic-Con, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series has revealed that his new Batman design shown off at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 was actually from a very old cancelled video game project, could have influenced armor design in Kingdom Hearts armor. This quote is below.

    The Batman figure, especially its armor, reminds me of the Kingdom Hearts series and the armor Keyblade users wear [in Birth by Sleep].

    Actually, to be honest, the project that never got off the ground was done before Kingdom Hearts was conceived. It might be the opposite—the design from that early project influenced Kingdom Hearts and armor design in that series.


    Nomura ended the interview by mentioning that he would love for figurines of the lead characters from Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep to be created. Could we see Square Enix release these eventually?

    There are a lot of Square Enix figures based on your characters. Which figure is your favorite and what characters did you make that you want to see figures of?

    I’d love to have figures of the three lead characters from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

    • Jul 25 2014 05:03 AM
    • by Sora96