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  1. Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Version 2.3.0 releases in Japan with new features and story quests

    The Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] has been updated to version 2.3.0! This version of the game features a new title screen, five new story quests focusing on the new Foretellers, and the addition of the pet system, which unlocks after clearing quest 14. Several other quality of life features have also been added in this new update (refer to the patch notes below).

    Version 2.3.0 update notes:


    A playthrough of the five story quests is available, courtesy of Everglow, below:

    Additionally, a pet system tutorial and an accompanying cutscene have also been provided by Everglow. Take a look!

    UPDATE: You can now view our English translated video for this new update here, courtesy of Everglow:

    What do you think of the newest update? Are you excited to finally have pets in the game? What are your thoughts on the new story developments? Let us know in the comments below!

  2. Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] teases new information for upcoming updates

    The second anniversary for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] is almost here! Currently, the game is featuring "countdown quests" to prepare for the celebration, and during these quests, a new pet feature was teased. While there isn't much information currently available for this new feature, a variety of pets will be available starting in mid-September! Thanks to Mio-chan and Lady Aleister for helping out with the translations.

    It isn't currently known how these pets will be obtained, nor if they will be purely cosmetic or provide in-game benefits.

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    Update 8/27 PT: The second countdown quest teases that a "2nd Anniversary Commemoration Cup" will be held starting September 18th JST, and with it the Union Armor sets last seen in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]'s 3rd Anniversary event will arrive!


    Update 8/28 PT: Players will be able to customize and strengthen their pets! Options shown include Head, Ears, Body, Feet, Tail, and Accessories.


    Update 8/29 PT: Also coming in September, players will be able to increase their level past the previous level cap of 300!


    Update 8/30 PT: Coming 9/1 is a new EX Medal? Who will it be?


    This feature is one of many "large-scale updates" coming to the game in the weeks ahead. Be sure to follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] to find out what will be included next!

    Are you excited to have pets accompany you on your adventures? What other features do you want to see added to the game? Let us know in the comments below!

  3. GameStop website lists Kingdom Hearts III as available for pre-order, with placeholder release date

    GameStop have posted two Kingdom Hearts III pre-order listings on their website. According to their listings, Kingdom Hearts III is being sold for the PlayStation 4 as well as the Xbox One for $59.99 USD. The game has no description available and has a placeholder date of 12/31/2019 (please note that this date is merely a placeholder at this point in time). As the game gets more concrete information, GameStop will update these listings to match.

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    Will you be pre-ordering Kingdom Hearts III from GameStop? Let us know in the comments below!

  4. Analysis of the Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra 2017 trailer

    June 10th, 2017 was a monumental day for the Kingdom Hearts community, due to the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - holding its first show in the United States on this date. According to many who attended this performance, this experience was "once in a lifetime", and as a fellow attendee, this particular sentiment is definitely shared by the writer of this article.

    A surprise appearance by series director Tetsuya Nomura and the unveiling of a brand new Kingdom Hearts III trailer, the two largest contributors to fans' enthusiasm, served as the perfect conclusion to this event. This trailer captured fans' hearts and pushed the excitement for the game to never-before-seen heights, to the point where "Kingdom Hearts III" and "Sora" became trending topics on Twitter. Today, however, we would like to peel away the initial burst of emotion and analyze every aspect of this trailer, in order to find out as much as we can about both the gameplay and story developments of Kingdom Hearts III.

    Throughout this trailer, the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - version of "Wave of Darkness" is played. Furthermore, if you happened to attend this orchestra event in-person on any of the dates that this trailer was shown, the song was played live by the orchestra!

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    The trailer begins with a quote; "Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it...and dive in." The first gameplay segment thereafter is reminiscent of the Dive sections of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance. Sora, appearing in his new outfit, is falling toward Olympus Coliseum. As he is about to land, he uses an area of effect attack against the surrounding Heartless. This Dive-esque sequence seems to be seamlessly integrated into the overall world layout, considering that we saw Sora jumping from an alarmingly tall mountain in the E3 2015 trailer. However, considering the quote at the beginning of this trailer, this gameplay element may also be a way of entering each world.

    Throughout the Olympus Coliseum portions of this trailer, the bottom right corner of the screen that a four-person party is available. In this instance, Sora, Donald, and Goofy are joined by Hercules. In previous Kingdom Hearts games, a three-person party was the standard, and the capability for guest characters was restricted to certain encounters and boss battles, but it seems to now be a regular feature.

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    As we see Sora battling the aforementioned group of Heartless, a new command, "Counter Shield" appears above the command menu, in a style identical to that of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-. Activating this Style Change puts Sora into the Counter Shield Command Style, where his outfit becomes the new Guard Form (visually reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts II's Master Form) and his Keyblade takes the form of a shield. Counter Shield uses a large area-of-effect attack as it activates, uses shield bashes as its basic attacks, and can perform a flurry of punches with giant magical fists as a special attack. This is likely a combo finisher, as the "Finish" command is not used.

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    During this segment, we also get a glimpse at the fact that two Shotlock options will be available for each Command Style, referred to as Unleash and Flowchain. Unleash seems to be the traditional Shotlock variety, consisting of a powerful attack, while Flowchain appears to be the Flowmotion-esque Shotlock seen in the E3 2016 trailer. Counter Shield's particular Unleash Shotlock consists of Sora calling down a ball of energy from the sky, and once it impacts the shield, it unleashes a devastating shower of sparks as an area-of-effect attack.

    In the following gameplay segment, we see Sora in another Command Style called "Second Form", which seems to be tied to the Kingdom Key, and is heavily based on Sora's older abilities seen in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. Perhaps this is the successor to the much-beloved Limit Form from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix? In this form, combo finishers such as Magnet Burst make a return, and some combo finishers seem to have a slightly more cinematic tone, as the camera zooms in a small amount when Sora uses Magnet Burst.

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    Returning to the default Kingdom Hearts III outfit, Sora and Goofy activate a Limit, during which Sora jumps onto Goofy's raised shield, the two launch like a rocket, and Sora throws Goofy into a swarm of Heartless below, dealing massive damage to each enemy in the impact radius.

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    In the trailer's first story segment, Maleficent and Pete exit a corridor of darkness into Olympus Coliseum, with Pete greeting Hades menacingly. When Hades tries to make the duo leave, Maleficent says that she is merely looking for information, specifically the location of a distinctive black box. The scene ends before Hades can answer the question in detail. When taking into account the events of the secret ending to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], Maleficent seems to have found Daybreak Town and has learned about the Master of Masters and the mysterious box he possessed in Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.

    The next gameplay segment has often been described as immersive, tense, and gripping. Sora is seen running along a mountain path in the middle of a storm, preparing to confront the Rock Titan. The Titan hurls a boulder in Sora's direction, narrowly missing himdamaging the path in the process. This segment then concludes with Sora using magic against two groups of Heartless. This demonstration of magic continues into the next segment, with Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga, and Aeroga all being showcased.

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    At this point, several different Situation Commands are available to Sora. These commands consist of level 4 magic, with the specific spells being Firaza, Blizzaza, Thundaza, and Aeroza. They appear to have decided to change the "-ja" suffix at the end of the level 4 spells from Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- into a "-za" suffix for Kingdom Hearts III's tier 4 spells. Both the tier 4 spells of the Japanese versions of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- and Kingdom Hearts III translate to the same thing, so it's unknown why they decided to make the names different in the English versions of the two games. Counter Shield is also shown to have an ability reminiscent of Ventus' Faith command in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.

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    Next, the Kingdom Key's Style Change, "Second Form", is shown yet again. As mentioned previously, the abilities of this Command Style seem to draw from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix's Limit Form, with abilities such as Stun Impact and an aerial version of Sonic Blade being used. However, it is worth noting that one of the melee combos seems to have entirely new animations, suggesting that this form may be a hybrid between old and new techniques. This segment concludes by showing a brief clip of Flowmotion, as Sora makes his way up a slope using a rail.

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    The following segment showcases the Rock Titan boss fight. Sora is shown running up a cliff, similar to a brief clip seen in the E3 2015 trailer. Sora is mostly kept from attacking the Rock Titan due to its stomps making the top of the cliff hazardous. However, with quick use of Flowmotion, a few melee attacks are possible.

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    The trailer's final sequence shows Sora, Donald, and Goofy confronting Xemnas and Ansem, Seeker of Darkness near Twilight Town's mansion. Xemnas asks Sora how he expects to bring Roxas back when he should never have existed. The only way to accomplish this seemingly impossible task, according to Xemnas, is for Sora to call upon the darkness and presumably make himself vulnerable to Xehanort's schemes. While Donald and Goofy remain ready to fight, Sora's response is to drop his guard and assume a neutral yet confused stance. Could he be considering the option presented to him?

    The trailer concludes with a note detailing that Kingdom Hearts III will appear at D23 Expo 2017 on July 15th, 2017, complete with a new world announcement and a new trailer. Additionally, given Tetsuya Nomura's comments at the orchestra concert on June 11th, 2017, there is a possibility that he will reveal the game's "final information" at this expo, in his own words.

    Speaking entirely subjectively, I think that this trailer was absolutely incredible! The music complimented each scene flawlessly, and many scenes were very gripping in their own right! The inclusion of Second Form appeals to my borderline obsessive love for Limit Form, and that Dive sequence looks quite fun! Finally and perhaps most importantly to me, both of the story elements serve to only make me more excited to see the story unfold! I can't wait to see what Nomura will be revealing next month!

    What was your favorite part of the trailer? Did you notice anything we missed in our analysis? Let us know in the comments below!

  5. Square Enix panels at E3 COLISEUM to take place on June 13, 2017 and June 14, 2017

    The full line-up at the E3 COLISEUM, a collaboration between The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley and ESA, has finally been revealed. Square Enix are confirmed to be hosting two panels at E3 COLISEUM. The line-up shows that the first panel is scheduled for June 13, 2017 at 3:15pm PST/6:15pm EST/11:15pm BST. During this panel, Square Enix will be demonstrating Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, a PS4 port of the series' arcade iteration. A follow-up developer showcase panel will occur on June 14, 2017 at 5:30pm PST/8:30pm EST/1:30am BST, focusing on a title which will be announced at E3 2017.

    The E3 COLISEUM presentations will take place on June 13 - 14, 2017 at The Novo at L.A. Live. The event will be open to fans, and will also be streamed live on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube with the opportunity for fans to ask questions to the panelists via Facebook. Select panels will be also streamed on Microsoft’s Mixer.com and official PlayStation channels. Click here to find out more about the event and how to attend.

    At this year's E3, Sony Interactive Entertainment will be hosting The E3 PlayStation Media Showcase on June 12, 2017 at 6pm PST/9pm EST/2am BST. Microsoft will be hosting their Xbox E3 2017 briefing on June 11, 2017 at 2pm PST/5pm EST/10pm BST. Nintendo will not be holding a press conference this year.

    What are you hoping to see at Square Enix’s E3 COLISEUM panel? Let us know in the comments below!

  6. Atlantica Donald and Atlantica Goofy T-shirts available through X-Large's Okinawa store; Releasing June 9, 2017

    The Japanese website, Dtimes, has posted promotional pages for two new Kingdom Hearts t-shirts. These shirts each feature an illustration of Donald Duck or Goofy in their Atlantica forms from Kingdom Hearts, with Atlantica's world logo underneath each shirt's featured character. Each shirt will be available from retailer X-Large's Okinawa store for 5,500 yen ($49.81 USD). These shirts release on June 9, 2017, and will be available in both black and white, in S, M, L, and XL sizes. Unfortunately, pre-orders do not seem to be available for these particular items, as X-Large has not listed them on their online store. However, these items may be made available for purchase on the online store on their release date.

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    Will you be picking up one of these shirts? Which one do you like more? Let us know in the comments below!

  7. Enchanted Dominion added to Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] in 15 new story quests

    Fifteen new story quests have been added to the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross]! Ten of these new quests mark the first appearance of Enchanted Dominion within the game. This is particularly interesting due to Enchanted Dominion's involvement in the secret ending for the original Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. You can view an translated playthrough of the fifteen new quests below, courtesy of Everglow.

    Are you excited to finally explore the long-awaited Enchanted Dominion? Let us know in the comments below!

  8. Kingdom Hearts themed iPad cases now available through Gain Garage

    The Japanese website DTimes has announced that Kingdom Hearts themed iPad cases are now available to purchase. These cases come in four varieties, each with a Kingdom Hearts image on its corner.

    The first case features Sora's Station of Awakening. The second case features the Kingdom Hearts II cover art. The third, a red case, features the "Awakening" image from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. Finally, the fourth case does not feature an image like the others, but instead features the heart, crown, Keyblade, and Mickey head symbols commonly associated with the series, emblazoned upon the entirety of the front side of the case. Each case also features the Kingdom Hearts logo on its rear side, but does not have a design on its interior. All four of these cases can be viewed in the album below:

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    These iPad cases can be purchased from the Japanese website Gain Garage for ¥5,162, but it is unknown if these cases are able to be shipped internationally.

    Will you be purchasing one of these iPad cases? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

  9. 4th leader introduced to Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] with five new story quests

    Five new story quests have been added to the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]. These exciting quests focus on a few of the Dandelions, the children who survived the Keyblade War. Particularly, the identity of the fourth Union leader is revealed in this critical installment. An untranslated playthrough of these quests can be seen below, courtesy of Everglow. A translated version will be available soon!

    Are you excited to see more information about the Dandelions? What type of person might the fourth Union leader be? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

    UPDATE: Thanks to KH13 Archives Team member Everglow, the new story update is now available with English translations for your viewing pleasure. You can check it out below.

  10. Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery now available for pre-order on Square Enix NA store; releasing end of September for $49.99 USD

    The Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery figure is now up for pre-order on the North American Square Enix Online Store for $49.99, with a release scheduled for end of September 2017. The figure's prototype was previously showcased at the New York Comic Con 2016.

    This news comes a day after Square Enix (Japan) e-Store started accepting pre-orders for the figure, with a Japanese release date of July 29, 2017.

    You can view pictures of the figure below. A description of the product follows.

    The Static Arts Gallery series is focused on pursuing the faithful depiction of characters within its 6-inch size limitation. Now Riku as he appears in KINGDOM HEARTS II will be the latest to join the lineup!
    Despite its small scale, this figure’s exquisite paintwork is applied down to the fine details. Furthermore, the delicate and intricate design of the sculpt will surely surprise those that pick up the figure with all the details in its hair and clothes.

    The star and shadow at his feet are created with translucent material to appear as though the star is casting light at Riku’s feet.

    The presentation is a vivid reminder of the theme of light and darkness that is rooted in KINGDOM HEARTS, and so carefully expressed in the character of Riku.

    Product Size (inches): Approx. W 2.91” x D 2.91" x H 5.6”

    Release scheduled for end of September 2017

    Limit two (2) per customer.

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    Will you be pre-ordering this figure? Let us know in the comments below!

  11. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Aqua PAK now available for pre-order on Square Enix NA store; releasing end of August for $129.99 USD

    The Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Play Arts Kai Aqua showcased at various events this year is now up for pre-order on the North American Square Enix Online Store. The release date is listed as end of August 2017, with a price of $129.99.

    This comes only a day after the figure's listing on the Square Enix (Japan) e-Store and AmiAmi, which list the Japanese release date of the figure to be July 8, 2017.

    You can view images of the figure below. The Square Enix Online Store description follows.

    Aqua, the first female protagonist in the KINGDOM HEARTS series, has the inner fortitude to withstand adversity. This Play Arts -KAI- figure is sure to please as it showcases her unwavering spirit in its expression.

    The various included accessory parts allow for a multitude of action poses. The paintwork, varying calculated intensities of light and shadow, gives her a realistic presence, all while taking great care to show off of her signature blue color. We also aimed to give her armor and keyblade a heavy feel through the paint-applied metal textures.

    Whether she is charging gallantly into battle with Rainfell or showing her softer side in scenes with Terra and Ventus, we have condensed every bit of her charm into this figure to make it quintessentially Aqua.

    Figure includes display stand.

    Figure Size (inches): W 3.62” x D 1.9” x H 9.1”

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    Will you be pre-ordering this figure? Let us know in the comments!

  12. Review: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX

    The Kingdom Hearts series recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with a bang, as renowned RPG developer Square Enix has paved the way to the series' long-awaited climax with a massive compilation. Released for Sony's PlayStation 4, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX offers some of the best experiences that Kingdom Hearts has presented to date, and consists of the first six works in the series. For the uninitiated, these six titles are:

    • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the original game
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, a console-oriented overhaul of the Game Boy Advance interquel
    • HD cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, the series' first Nintendo DS outing
    • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the second numbered entry
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the series' prequel
    • HD cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the series' second Nintendo DS outing
    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX presents something for every fan to enjoy. Whether you are a newcomer who has decided to jump into the series, a seasoned veteran who has been an avid follower since 2002, or anywhere in between, this collection is sure to contain something of interest to you.

    When considering the perspective of newcomers, it's no secret that Kingdom Hearts has historically had a reputation for having a confusing plot, due in large part to having its titles spread thin across many platforms. However, in recent years, series director Tetsuya Nomura expressed his desire to remedy this stigma by releasing every Kingdom Hearts title on a single platform. Through both this collection and the recently-released Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Nomura's wishes have been fulfilled; nearly every game in the series is available on the PlayStation 4, with the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III set to continue this trend.

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    As seen above, the newest iteration of the Kingdom Hearts timeline features only four overall releases. The two aforementioned collections and Kingdom Hearts III all have a simple, numerically-ascending order which highlights the intended play order. Meanwhile, while the series' mobile installment, Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross], is presented as being first in the timeline, it is meant to be played late into the series, as it relies heavily on knowledge learned throughout most of the other games. In summary, with just a PlayStation 4 and a smartphone or tablet, the entirety of the Kingdom Hearts series can be easily understood and enjoyed by newer fans!
    For returning Kingdom Hearts diehards, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX unfortunately offers little in the way of completely new experiences. While the Final Mix-exclusive additions and revamped HD cutscenes are carried over from the PlayStation 3 releases of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, there is no sign of any additional content which is exclusive to this PlayStation 4 release. Instead, much of the incentive for veterans to purchase this compilation comes in the form of technical improvements.

    Kingdom Hearts speedrunner Bizkit047 outlines both the technical improvements and problems within Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.

    In the PlayStation 3 releases, load times were unusually long, and the included games all ran at 720p and 30 frames per second. In the PlayStation 4 version, by contrast, the load times have all but vanished, the resolution has been increased to 1080p, and the playable titles run at 60 frames per second, resulting in a clearer and more fluid image. The option to play at 4k resolution is even available to PlayStation 4 Pro owners, further increasing the collection's visual quality. Unfortunately, the framerate increase does not apply to any of the cutscenes present in the collection; this is only applicable to gameplay, as the cutscenes are strictly programmed to run at 30 frames per second.

    While these improvements have been widely praised by players, the games are not without their own problems. Several players, including prominent speedrunners Bl00dyBizkitz and Bizkit047, have pointed out several glaring issues with the PlayStation 4 versions of each game. Several crashes and bugs which were present in the PlayStation 3 releases have been carried over, some new crashes have been reported, and the transition to 60 frames per second has introduced several inconsistencies regarding game physics and timings. Thankfully, Square Enix has already begun to roll out updates and patches to lessen or eliminate many of the offending issues.

    Overall, while Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is by no means a perfect product, and still has a great deal of technical hurdles to overcome, the collection provides an excellent starting point for new players, a large amount of nostalgia for returning players, and a great deal of improvement under-the-hood for those who seek a good-looking, smooth experience. If you've hesitated at the thought of playing the series, or simply want to experience the games in higher detail than ever before, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will not disappoint.

  13. New story quests added to Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ

    With the launch of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] in Japan, five new main story quests have been added. The newest story update introduces the concept of "Union Cross", and the characters within say that it would be good for the player character to do missions with their fellow Keyblade wielders. You can view an untranslated video of the new quests below, courtesy of Everglow. A translated version of this video will be available soon.

    UPDATE: The translated video of the new quests by Everglow is now out! Watch the video below:

    Are you excited for the launch of the multiplayer update? Let us know in the comments below!

  14. New story quests added to Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

    The time has come! Since the release of Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, fans have awaited the continuation of the main story of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ with bated breath. As of March 10th, 2017, five new story quests have been added to the Japanese version of the game. While small, this update is a large development to the story, focusing on events within Daybreak Town, as well as the game's divergence from the ending of Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. This update seems to be laying the foundations for the upcoming re-branding to Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross]. You can view info and trailers for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] here.

    UPDATE 1: We have received an untranslated playthrough of the update, courtesy of our good friend Everglow, so please take a look! Translated footage will be available soon.

    UPDATE 2: We now have an English translated playthrough of the update, courtesy of Everglow! View it below:

    Are you excited for the long-awaited continuation to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, and the lead-in to Kingdom Hearts Union χ? Let us know in the comments!

  15. New story quests added to international version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

    On March 9th, 2017, the international version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ received 15 new story quests! Players will return to Agrabah and help Aladdin search for Abu in this new update. As always, every five quests will reward you with a small amount of jewels. Additionally, finishing all 15 of these quests rewards you with an Orichalcum, used to strengthen a Keyblade of your choice. Be sure to do these quests as soon as possible, as there is a zero AP event currently underway, set to end incredibly soon. Have fun!

    In related news, the game will be undergoing a two-hour maintenance on March 12th, lasting from 1 AM PST to 4 AM PDT. The extra hour is due to the Daylight Savings Time change, so please don't be alarmed!

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    Are you excited to continue the story? Let us know in the comments!

  16. Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Box announced

    A Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Box was revealed on the Square Enix Japan e-Store, exclusively available for fans who preorder Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX. This box features the cover artwork pieces for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The box is intended to store players' copies of KH2.8, as well as the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, set to be released in March.

    In his most recent interview with Famitsu Weekly, series director Tetsuya Nomura discussed plans to release a commemorative box for fans to store the games in, providing a special treat to collectors.

    This box will be available in limited quantities, and it is not currently known if an identical or similar product will be available in other regions.

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    Are you excited for such a special way to store your Kingdom Hearts collection? Let us know in the comments below!

  17. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue receives launch trailer

    To celebrate the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Square Enix has unveiled one last trailer for the fans. A short montage of clips accompanies the showcase of each entry in the compilation, with dialogue and Utada's "Simple and Clean -Ray of Hope MIX-" in the background.

    You can view this trailer below.

    What are your thoughts on this new trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

  18. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has officially been released worldwide

    The wait is finally over! Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, the latest chapter of the Kingdom Hearts series, is now available worldwide!

    After releasing in Japan on January 12th, 2017, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue topped both physical and digital sales throughout the country. Despite a delay of one month and an early release in several parts of the world, the HD compilation has been met with a large amount of positive feedback by journalists around the world, as well as a lot of excitement from fans about its prominent ties to Kingdom Hearts III.

    Feel free to discuss the game with other users in our forum, and be sure to subscribe to Everglow’s YouTube channel to see plenty of high-quality content related to the game!

    How are you enjoying Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue so far? Let us know in the comments below!

  19. ESRB rates Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX as E10+

    The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. The game is rated E10+, for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, and Use of Alcohol. However, Mild Blood and Use of Alcohol only apply to the Port Royal segments of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix HD, so they are not very prevalent.

    You can view a screenshot of their rating and full summary below.

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    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will release on March 9th, 2017 in Japan, March 28th, 2017 in North America, and March 30th, 2017 in Europe for the PlayStation 4.

  20. English walkthrough of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ quests 631-645 now available

    A walkthrough of quests 631 through 645 in the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now available. Quests 631 through 645 are all set in Daybreak Town, focusing on the game's main story. This update has the player teaming up with NPC Keyblade wielders to take down a brand new type of Heartless!

    This video walkthrough has been provided thanks to Everglow, with translations thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) and can be viewed below.

    This video walkthrough has been provided thanks to Everglow, with translations thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) and can be viewed below.

  21. Dengeki PlayStation features 10-page Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue segment, includes interview with Yoko Shimomura

    In their most recent issue, Dengeki PlayStation included a 10-page feature on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The spread features screenshots and several game tips regarding both Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. A brief promo for Sora's inclusion as a Champion Summon in World of Final Fantasy was also included.

    Additionally, Dengeki PlayStation interviewed Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura, speaking with her about her involvement in the game's soundtrack.

    Translations for the spread and interview will be posted as soon as they are available. Images from the spread and interview can be found below.

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    The interview has now been translated thanks to @goldpanner. You can view it below.

    > The Master's theme song takes a previously unexplored route!

    —Ms Shimomura, in KH2.8 we are able to listen to new music you worked on for KH0.2 and KHBC, aren't we.
    Ms Yoko Shimomura (hereon shortened): There were fewer new pieces compared to before, but I did do some.

    — Ms Shimomura, you were also in charge of new songs for FFXV. Was it extremely hectic with the jobs overlapping?
    Shimomura: I started the brunt of the work on KH2.8 after work on FFXV was basically finished, so it didn't get to the point of biting off more than I could chew. There was a period where I was very busy, though.

    —We could really feel the Shimomura magic in the pieces that play during KHBC and the last boss battle in KH0.2.
    Shimomura: Thank you! Every one of the new tracks passed the harsh inspection of Mr Tetsu (KH series director Tetsuya Nomura). When the wind orchestra performance in Tokyo had just finished, just as I was about to head to the after party, I got a scary call from Mr Tetsu about a track… The memories…

    —Among the new pieces, are there any that particularly left an impression on you?
    Shimomura: There is one absolutely amazing track! It's a piece that takes a route never before done in the KH series, and the piano adlib is amazing.

    —In which specific scene does the music appear?
    Shimomura: It's the music that plays during a scene in KHBC where the Master of Masters is speaking to Luxu. It's the Master's theme song, and it's actually a much longer track, but only one part plays during the cutscene. The feedback I got the first time I made and and sent for review a theme for the Master was, "This piece itself is good so we will use it somewhere else, but this isn't how the Master's theme should go." It was a piece I finished after a long and gruelling battle.

    —The theme for the final boss battle of KH0.2 is so fiery, listening to it really pumps you up.
    Shimomura: When making battle music, I pay attention to setting things in a balanced way that pumps you up without making you sick of it or hurting your ears. I can't let the song sound like I'm shoving how cool I think it is in your face. That's self-complacency. But having said that, I can't let it feel like I'm holding myself back, either, so it is pretty hard. And, I have to be pumped up myself first before I can make music that pumps people up, and that mental control is another way battle music is difficult. By the way, the final boss battle music was an arrangement done for me by another individual, so there are two versions recorded.

    —For previous HD remasters, you arranged the music of KH Final Mix and KHII Final Mix for HD. Did you arrange any pieces for KHDDD?
    Shimomura: It is the exact same soundtrack from the original KHDDD. It has to do with hardware; back in the days of KH1 and KH2 the soundtrack played from a built-in sound generator. The sound quality is no good when you re-listen now, so I had to arrange them to fit KH1.5 and KH2.5. KH Birth by Sleep onward uses streaming, where the recorded source audio is inserted, so the HD versions don't need anything in particular to be processed. Thinking back on the old days, I used to compose for KH1 and KH2 on the PS2 while planning how the music would be set and played in the system memory, and things like that.

    >I want you to taste the visceral experience of the game at the concert

    —Please tell us once more your impressions on First Breath, the wind orchestra concert held last August.
    Shimomura: I myself was in the brass band in high school, so the wind orchestra gave me all the emotions! All the pleasant thoughts I heard from those who attended after the First Breath performance are a special memory too.

    —It's surprising that there hadn't been one until then.
    Shimomura: I'd wanted to do a KH concert for a long time, and there'd been talk of doing it many times, but nothing ever came to fruition. KH is a huge title, so settling upon doing it is only the first of many hurdles to clear. When planning began, I was already able to see so many hurdles that I wondered if it'd be impossible after all, but as things moved forward I found I was clearing them surprisingly easily. But that absolutely wasn't because of me, it was because everyone around me was working so hard.

    —The orchestra concert world tour is going to have its first performance in Tokyo, then make the rounds across each country, right?
    Shimomura: The first performance being in Japan was on my firm request. According to the pro instrumentalists, most orchestra concert tours so far have begun overseas. But KH is a game created in Japan, so I thought that if we are going to have a concert then we have to start from Japan. Fulfilling my wish, two concerts were planned right away, and I couldn't have been happier. Then I heard that the orchestra was going to play at the Tokyo International Forum (Tokyo performance), and then have a world tour after that: the surprises kept coming!

    —As the very first orchestra concert for KH, we're sure the fans are paying very keen attention.
    Shimomura: Performing at the Tokyo International Forum is an enormous pressure, and I did wonder what on earth we'd do if the tickets didn't sell (laughs). To my great gratitude, we ended up in the unprecedented situation of deciding to do an encore show before tickets were even open for booking, so I am endlessly thankful for the reaction from the fans.

    —It will be interesting to see how the fans overseas respond, won't it?
    Shimomura: Overseas they tend to give energetic and straightforward reactions, so I'm looking forward to it. People respond very differently in different countries, even just within Asia. For example, my strong impression is that they tend to show big reactions in China, while in Taiwan, if I had to I'd say they give a quieter impression like us Japanese. I think this is just the nation's personality, so I would love for those who are able to attend the Japanese performance to not worry about standing ovations and simply enjoy themselves. We will be visiting seven countries including Japan, so I am really looking forward to what sorts of reactions I'll get to see in each place!

    —How is preparation for the orchestra concert?
    Shimomura: We are working our butts off to get ready for the opening show in March. Aside from one part the setlist is entirely different from First Breath, so I'm hoping even those who joined us for First Breath will have a lot of fun too!

    —What did you focus on when thinking up the setlist?
    Shimomura: This is true of any concert, but I picked music with the thought that I wanted to give the listeners the visceral feelings of playing the games. There were also things to consider from the angle of the order of performance, like, this piece sounds better on wind, or we absolutely have to do this one with the orchestra. On top of taking all those sorts of things into account, I like to be able to bring out a drama-like vibe in the concert as a whole. That's a point I focused a lot on with both First Breath and this orchestra.

    —Was Mr. Nomura also involved in choosing the music?
    Shimoura: I chose the music and created a setlist, which Mr. Tetsu checked for me, and then I'd listen to his requests and give my own opinions. That's the general flow of how we decided things. Since Mr. Tetsu and I both chose music with the same line of thinking—that we wanted to make our fans happy—I am confident in the setlist I have for you all. By the way, Mr. Tetsu had said he wanted the wind orchestra and the orchestra concert to have a "two in one" configuration. Mr. Tetsu is also the supervisor of the movie that is going to play in the hall, so please look forward to that.

    —Is Mr. Nomura also planning to surprise us with his own performance, like he did at the First Breath concert?
    Shimomura: I'm not sure about that (laughs). We were very, very much obliged to the pianist for letting him use their seat… Besides, all the pieces this time are pretty hard (laughs).

    —A message for the fans, please!
    Shimomura: My long-time dream is coming true: we are finally able to hold the first independent Kingdom Hearts orchestra concert. It's thanks to fifteen years of support from the fans that we are even able to do something like this, so we are preparing something that will be able to repay you with everything we have. Giving the fans a great time was my top priority while making the setlist and arranging the music, so let's savour the moments together on the day!

  22. Review scores for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue released

    Review scores for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue have been released!

    The four judges at Weekly Famitsu have given the game individual scores of 8/9/8/9, for a total of 34/40. Details from that review can be found here.

    Game Informer have given a score of 8.5/10 and gave a silver ranking. Details from the review can be found here.

    Destructoid have given a score of 7.5/10, praising the game while remaining tongue-in-cheek. You can read the full review here.

    GamesRadar have given a score of 4/5, stating that it is "a promising start to the series' life on PS4". You can read the full review here.

    Kotaku did not give a score, but had a generally favorable opinion. You can read the full review here.

    IGN have given a score of 7.5/10, stating that it "lacks an essential feeling that [the rest of the series] evoke". You can read the full review here.

    IGN Latin America have given a score of 8/10, stating that "some of the series' greatest mysteries are closing, and it would be a great shame to miss them". You can read the full review (in Spanish) here.

    IGN India did not give a score, but gave a series recap, as well as a positive impression. You can read the article here.

    Attack of the Fanboy have given a score of 4.5/5, stating that the game is "an excellent appetizer for those awaiting Kingdom Hearts III". You can read the review here.

    Twinfinite have given a score of 4.5/5, and gave the game their editor's choice award. You can read the full review here.

    PlayStation Universe have given a score of 9/10, calling the game "a must-have for fans, and a primo starting point for newcomers". You can read the full review here.

    Do you agree with the overall ratings for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? Let us know in the comments!

  23. Utada Hikaru's music label confirms involvement on Kingdom Hearts III intro song

    Utada Hikaru's manager and father, Utada Teruzane, has announced through his Twitter account, @u3music, that work on the Kingdom Hearts III intro song has begun! In 2013, Teruzane stated that Utada's involvement was undecided at the time. On December 22nd 2016, a curious fan followed up on this message, receiving a reply from Teruzane later that day.

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    Utada made her return to the Kingdom Hearts series earlier this year, collaborating with PUNPEE to create "Hikari/Simple and Clean -Ray of Hope MIX-", included in the opening for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-.

    UPDATE: Utada Teruzane has retracted the confirmation for Kingdom Hearts III, saying that they would like to be involved but aren't sure quite yet. You can find a screenshot of the tweet below. The original tweet confirming their involvement is still available on the U3 Twitter account.

    U3 music correction

    Are you excited to have a new Kingdom Hearts intro song? Let us know in the comments!

  24. Kingdom Hearts merchandise being sold at Square Enix's Jump Festa 2017 booth

    Square Enix is selling a variety of merchandise at their booth at Jump Festa 2017, many of which relate to the Kingdom Hearts series. These products are listed on two pages, and include keychains, plush toys, and music discs, among others. All of these products have previously been announced and released, but Square Enix may have new products on sale at some point during the event.

    The Kingdom Hearts products that Square Enix is selling are listed below.

    Physical merchandise

    Kingdom Key keychain
    Kingdom Key D keychain
    Oblivion keychain
    Oathkeeper keychain
    Lea's Keyblade keychain
    Kingdom Hearts Unchained X smartphone case
    Shadow Heartless plush
    Chirithy plush
    Flood Unversed plush
    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue wall scroll

    Music soundtracks

    Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection -Melodies & Memories-

    Do you have any of this merchandise? If you are attending Jump Festa, will you be picking anything up? Let us know in the comments!

  25. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Japanese website releases new screenshots, renders, summaries and character descriptions

    The Japanese website for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has been updated. New screenshots and character renders have been added for each installment. There is also quite a bit of story, character, and world information within.

    For Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, even more screenshots and renders are available through the "World" button, with each world receiving its own page. Additionally, the "Scene" button of the Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover page shows more screenshots from various scenes of the movie. Unfortunately, the page for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- does not include its own unique button with additional images, instead only receiving the more general "Story" and "Character" sections.

    You can view the new screenshots and renders below. Thanks to Twitter user @aibo_ac7 for notifying us! Translations of the pages' contents courtesy of Goldpanner, although information about old worlds and characters from Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance has not been translated!

    Aced - Leading the Ursus Union. He has a brave personality and there’s a strong side to him that cares too much about power. He tends to get emotionally carried away and outspoken over his personal sense of justice.

    Ava - Leading the Vulpes Union. As she is close in age to the Keyblade Wielders, they often approach her with a sense of peer-hood.

    Gula - Leading the Leopardos Union. He has a cool personality, no strong sense of camaraderie, and occasionally shows a lone-wolf side.

    Ava: I want to stay true to the Master's teachings.

    Yen Sid: And mark my
    words--he will trouble us yet again.

    MoM: Whoever the traitor is, we deal with this with cool heads.

    Yen Sid: Which is why you, Sora and Riku, are to be tested for the mark of a true Keyblade Master.

    Invi: Nonsense.

    Riku: Walking that path changed me. I'm not sure if I'm ready to wield a Keyblade.

    Riku: Right. It's started.

    Aced: In that case, what about you, huh!

    Sora: Hey, what's with my clothes?

    Gula: Huh? This is a page from a Tome of Prophecy, isn't it?

    Invi - Leading the Anguis Union. She has a noble personality, and the utmost faith in the Master.

    Ira - Leading the Unicornis Union. His solid personality gets him teased by the Master for being serious.

    Master of Masters - The teacher of the Foretellers. Nobody can tell whether the off-the-wall things he says are actually calculated.

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    Did you notice anything interesting or new in these screenshots? Let us know in the comments!