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  1. 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.

  2. Editorial: The Kingdom Hearts series' 15th anniversary!

    It is now the 28th of March, which means that the Kingdom Hearts franchise has officially turned 15 years old! KH13.com have comprised this article to commemorate this wonderful series that has brought us together today. Originally released in Japan on March 28th 2002, Kingdom Hearts is arguably one of the most bizarre video games ever released due to the unlikely collaboration between Disney and Square Soft (now Square Enix). Throughout the article we will be discussing the origins of the series and how it has brought many different people together.

    The Concept

    The very first idea that lead to the creation of Kingdom Hearts was a conversation between Shinji Hashimoto (now the series executive producer) and Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator of Final Fantasy). The two wanted to create a game that rivalled Super Mario 64 in terms of the way players could move around in the game. The only characters as popular as Mario at the time were in fact Disney characters. Tetsuya Nomura, the lead character designer for Final Fantasy at the time, happened to hear the conversation and asked if he could direct such a project, which the two agreed to. Through pure chance, Disney and Square were working in the same building at the time and eventually Hashimoto encountered a Disney executive in an elevator. The pitch from Square Soft to Disney was somehow a success and hence, development for the first Kingdom Hearts began in February 2000.

    The Development

    Tetsuya Nomura strived for his own original concepts for a protagonist rather than using famous Disney characters. There was a time when Sora was envisioned as a hybrid of a lion and a young boy, who wielded a chainsaw blade. Disney even considered the idea of Donald Duck being the protagonist. There were even restrictions in what Square could do with the Disney properties at the time. Kingdom Hearts was extremely ambitious and in the eyes of many, a huge risk for the company due to its peculiar nature. Square did not want to create a product that would disrespect Disney and Tetsuya Nomura did not consider the idea of a sequel to Kingdom Hearts because of his doubt in the project.

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    Sora as a lion boy wielding his chainsaw blade.

    Hironobu Sakaguchi (working as the executive producer) told Nomura that if Kingdom Hearts did not aim for the same level of quality as the Final Fantasy series, it would fail. Hence, the original Kingdom Hearts went through many drastic changes in its development cycle. Thanks to Sakaguchi’s advice, the story of Kingdom Hearts matured into something similar that you’d find in a Final Fantasy game. The main villain-Ansem Seeker Of Darkness did not appear until towards the end of the game which is similar to how villains appeared in retro Final Fantasy games. His personality is also similar to Sephiroth (FFVII). As a consequence of many of these drastic changes, there was a significant amount of cut content in the first Kingdom Hearts. Some of these include Final Fantasy VII’s Tifa Lockhart as an optional boss battle, Final Fantasy’s Bahamut as a summon and The Lion King as a playable world. However, due to time constraints and hardware limitations, these were not included in the first Kingdom Hearts game. One of the earliest trailers for Kingdom Hearts heavily implied the ability to control Donald and Goofy. Nomura eventually featured this mechanic of controlling party members in another game he would go on to direct-Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

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    Ansem, Seeker Of Darkness, drawn by Tetsuya Nomura.

    The Reception

    For many Kingdom Hearts fans, their first game in the franchise was the original Kingdom Hearts. With its first title released on March 28th 2002 for Japan, September 17th 2002 for North America and November 15th 2002 for Europe, the Kingdom Hearts series has now sold over 20 million copies worldwide as of October 2013. The first Kingdom Hearts was met with critical acclaim and high praise, receiving a 9.5 from GameInformer, a 36/40 from Famitsu and a 9/10 from IGN! Many critics praised the graphics of the CG opening and ending. Kingdom Hearts was released during a time when voice acting in video games was fairly new, and when compared to Square’s Final Fantasy X (released in 2001), the voice acting was a huge step forward. Yoko Shimomura’s musical score was also highly praised at the time, and the Kingdom Hearts series is now widely respected for its amazing soundtrack. Not all reception was positive of course, with complaints against the tediousness of the Gummi Ship missions, the poor platforming sections and bad camera angles. In spite of all of this, critical reception was still very positive, and this is reflected in the popularity of the series today.

    The Games

    Kingdom Hearts drew heavy inspiration from its older “brother”, Final Fantasy. The lighter themes of Final Fantasy games are drawn from things such as friendship, destiny and good versus evil. Tetsuya Nomura is also a huge fan of Star Wars, hence the themes of light and darkness may be considered as inspired by those films. To his delight, Mark Hamil was eventually cast to voice Master Eraqus in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep!

    The story of the Kingdom Hearts series has evolved in a dramatic way that no one would have ever imagined. The original game was extremely straightforward and a tale of good versus evil; a young boy must find his friends and restore peace to the worlds. However, even the first game left a staggering number of questions at the end. Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II helped answer these questions, but also introduced the Organization XIII and the concepts of Nobodies, which to some were confusing. Since KH1, themes of time travel (Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance) and alternate dimensions (χ [Chi/Cross] series) have been introduced. Every Kingdom Hearts game has left fans wondering if their questions will be answered in the next instalment. As a result, Kingdom Hearts III is now one of the most anticipated video games of the decade.

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    A screenshot taken from the footage shown at Jump Festa 2016

    Kingdom Hearts II was released in 2006, and since then, many handheld games and side projects have been released to fill in the story gaps as well as introduce new lore. In a sense, they have created and built up the story for Kingdom Hearts III.

    Although there may be a lack of concrete plot details, and many things have been retconned, there are many emotional and character-driven moments that have caused fans to fall in love with the series. A small few include - Xion’s death (358/2 Days), the endings of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II and Birth by Sleep, Riku’s redemption and the battle between Sora and Roxas (KHII). The confusing nature of the plot led to Square Enix slowly bringing every Kingdom Hearts game to home consoles, beginning with the HD ReMIXes on PS3 and ending with both collections being available on PS4 this week.

    Kingdom Hearts as a series has managed to reach a very wide audience; for example, KH13’s own staff and forum members come from a variety of age groups, cultures and countries! The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London had fans travelling from Germany, Italy, Greece and even Canada! This is because the story deals with a wide range of different emotions that any person can feel, such as empathy, hatred, sorrow and happiness, regardless of their personal backgrounds. Many different people can relate to having these feelings. We feel this diversity makes the fanbase one of the most interesting in the community of video gamers. The fact that such a incredible story can appeal to so many different people is very peculiar!

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    A photo taken from the KH13MeetUp at the London concert.

    The Gameplay

    In terms of its hack and slash combat, the series has seen many changes due to the switch in development teams after Kingdom Hearts II was released. Both KH and KHII focused on using the command menu, with more of a priority given to combo attacks. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Dream Drop Distance and Re:coded made use of a command deck, where players could stack a deck of abilities and would each recharge after being executed. Kingdom Hearts fans refer to the handhelds production team as the Osaka team, and the original team as the Tokyo team; with the Osaka team directing Kingdom Hearts III, many fans are anticipating how the game will feel after experiencing Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A fragmentary passage-. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix is highly respected by many speed runners due to its in depth game mechanics, and to many fans, it is the best Kingdom Hearts game.

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    The box art for the western version of Kingdom Hearts II, drawn by Tetsuya Nomura.

    Many people have become fans of the series due to the Disney elements such as the various characters and worlds. Exploring worlds based on famous Disney films has always been a delight for players, with continuous discussions about which Disney worlds, characters and cameos should be featured in the next games! The games have always featured some form of treasure hunting: sticker collecting, collecting Ansem reports, finding the 101 Dalmatians and completing Jiminy Cricket’s journal. The platforming mechanics have improved over the last 15 years, with Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance allowing the player to use flowmotion and launch themselves off of walls. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- has a refined version of flowmotion that enables players to better interact with surroundings, something that has many times been addressed as one of the main developments in the gameplay of the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. Many players have criticised the series for not including enough NPCs in the Disney worlds, which can make the worlds feel like hallways and rooms rather than actual worlds. Kingdom Hearts III is believed to be changing this aspect for the better! Throughout Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-, this feeling of emptiness is not present despite the player being alone in the Realm of Darkness, primarily because of the high level of detail in world design, enhanced by lighting and textures that the Unreal Engine 4 is using.

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    A screenshot from the Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A fragmentary passage- opening.

    Allies in each Kingdom Hearts game can be interacted with in a very unique fashion and teamwork attacks. Kingdom Hearts did this through summons; Kingdom Hearts II through Drive Forms, Limit Breaks and summons; Re:COM allowed the player to call for Donald and Goofy’s help; Dream Drop Distance included Spirit Links; and D Links were a main feature in Birth by Sleep!

    The gameplay in the Kingdom Hearts series has always varied from one instalment to another, and Kingdom Hearts III seems to be taking the best mechanics from each and implementing them in its own unique way. The game will feature Shotlocks, Drive Forms, Summons, the evolution of Magic, Flowmotion, Attraction Flow, Keyblade transformations and possibly other methods of defeating enemies that we are not yet aware of! Gameplay has always been something that fans of the series have loved because each instalment introduces a new feature.

    The KH13.com Experience

    During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - opening night show in London, KH13.com had the pleasure to meet Miss Yoko Shimomura, the composer who has been making unforgettable and heart-wrenching music that reduced us to tears during the concert; music that made everyone in the concert hall rise up simultaneously for a loud standing ovation after the final performance!

    The 15 years we individually spent adoring this series, the 8 years KH13.com dedicated to bring out the best in its fandom and the weeks we spent planning our #KH13MeetUp were rewarded in a single moment on Friday the 24th of March. Our “Thank You” booklet containing messages from fans, a KH13 exclusive journal and KH13 stickers were only a small token of our gratitude to her and those who made the World Tour a reality. Her delight when receiving our gift and briefly hearing about our meet-up was more than worth the wait! At that time it was past 1AM, but we persevered!

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    KH13 social media team leader Andrew Hankinson with Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura.

    The video of our KH13MeetUp for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London.

    During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - Paris and London concerts, we put out constant live coverage of the two events, and are planning on doing the same for the future concerts to come. Check out our live coverage on the Paris concert here, and check out our live coverage on the London concert here.

    KH13.com is now looking forward to meeting with the passionate fans of the Kingdom Hearts series at other events this year, such as E3 and the other Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - concerts!

    If it weren’t for the amount of care, work, and trust Square Enix and Disney put into this series for the past 15 years, we would not be where we are now. The series has inspired countless people like KH13.com who dedicate their time to cover Kingdom Hearts news, discuss lore, make video skits, and produce amazing fan art, music covers, crafts, cosplay and more. The wait for Kingdom Hearts III has united Kingdom Hearts fans of all shapes and sizes. There is a light deep down that will never go out, and we would like to thank Tetsuya Nomura and everyone who has been involved in the process of making, distributing and promoting these games for bringing us all together under the same sky.

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    The crew from the first Kingdom Hearts, drawn by Tetsuya Nomura.

    For future updates on all things Kingdom Hearts news and information, follow us on our social media below:

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  3. #KH13MeetUp for London Concert

    Some of the KH13 team (including Andrew Hankinson and Fàtima Kàiyum) are attending the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London on the 24th of March. So we thought this would be a great opportunity to arrange a quick meet up with fans before the concert begins!

    #KH13MeetUp for London Concert!

    We will be meeting at the Central Hall Westminster on Friday the 24th of March from 5:30pm!

    As well as a meet up, KH13 have created a booklet to give to Yoko Shimomura (composer of Kingdom Hearts soundtrack) after the concert to show our appreciation of her musical talents in the franchise.

    Fans who meet us at the concert hall beforehand and write a small compliment/message within the booklet, will receive an exclusive KH13 sticker! We will have 3 choices, but they will be limited!

    Few things to consider before writing in booklet:
    • Maybe write it out beforehand so you can just copy it in booklet on the day; we want to reduce the amount of spelling errors or mistakes as much as we can so it’s flawless.
    • We’ll ask that you write in capital letters so it’s easier to understand/translate.
    If you take any pics with us be sure tweet about them using the hashtag #KH13MeetUp Look forward to seeing you all there!

    You can also join our Facebook event page to get all the updates about the meeting by clicking here.

    UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who came out to the meet up! We had a blast! If you want to check out updates from the meet up and from the concert, view this article. If you want to view images of the meet up, check them out below:

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  4. Official KH13 Merchandise

    With the fast approach of the Kingdom Hearts Concert - World Tour -, many fans around the world will be attending the various concerts everywhere. Keeping that in mind, we’d like to announce something new for you all: Official KH13.com merchandise! That’s right, we now have our own merchandise for all of you wonderful fans to purchase, all designed by KH13 staff member Andrew Hankinson!

    Currently, we have two collections on Redbubble: "Organization KH13" and the "KH13 Logo Collection". All designs are adapted to clothes as well as stickers and phone cases. Aside from the designs, you can also customize the color on Redbubble, which include Grey, Black, Blue, Red, Brown, etc.

    We have two variations of our "Organization KH13" design including a regular version, and a white version. Feel free to try each color through the preview and see which one you like before purchasing! You can check out a preview of our "Organization KH13" design below:

    Organization KH13 hardback journal Organization KH13 hoodie Organization KH13 long sleeve Organization KH13 mobile cover Organization KH13 Mug Organization KH13 sticker Organization KH13 t-shirt Organization KH13 t-shirt white Organization KH13 woman tshirt

    Here are direct links for each "Organization KH13" design:As well as our "Organization KH13" design, we also have the "KH13 Logo Collection" which includes some of our previous logo designs also for stickers, t-shirts, and phones cases! We have three choices available at the moment; the classic blue and white crown (KH13 / 001; it has the cheapest prices), the 2.8 style crown (KH13 / 013) and our current music themed crown (KH13 / 019). Check out our logo designs below:

    KH13 / 019 mobile cover KH13 / 001 sticker KH13 / 001 sticker (2) KH13 / 013 sticker KH13 / 013 sticker (2) KH13 / 019 sticker KH13 / 001 t-shirt

    Here are direct links for each logo design:If you’re heading to Kingdom Hearts Concert - World Tour -, we hope you enjoy our merchandise and hopefully wear them with pride!

  5. 8 years of KH13.com in the Kingdom Hearts community

    On October 9th, 2008, KH13.com was officially created. Today marks 8 years since the creation of KH13, and we'd like to celebrate that with a refresher on the history of KH13 and how it became to be one of the best Kingdom Hearts fansites for news and media.

    KH13.com originally started in 2008 by KH13 Webmaster DChiuch, with the help of Co-Webmaster Aaron. The website started out as a simple project between friends, however, soon became a full-fledged website for Kingdom Hearts news, media and discussion. At the time, high quality videos and media were hard to come by, so KH13 initially established itself by providing high quality trailer and cutscene downloads.

    The name "KH13" was eventually settled on in a brainstorming session, after it was discovered that KH1.com through KH12.com were all taken – it seemed fitting that the first available domain would match up with Organization XIII. Around this time, KH13.com began to report Kingdom Hearts news, with the first article on Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

    In January, 2009, KH13 decided to do the first major redesign, which was then released on January 14th, 2009. You can check out the design below.

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    (Looks weird today, doesn't it?)

    The design that is currently in use today is the 3rd iteration of KH13.

    Skipping ahead to 2011, KH13 had become more well known, allowing us to start sending representatives to E3 as part of the press. sqexgal (now from SQEX.INFO) was our first representative, and former KH13 News Team member Oishii, Kingdom Hearts community veteran @Churroz and KH13 staff member Toominator have all been part of the experience since.

    One important feature that has been prominent throughout KH13 is our gallery & video archives. Former KH13 Archives Team Leader and News Team member Sora96 has brought the video archives and gallery to what it is today, featuring over 25,000 images and hundreds of videos from the Kingdom Hearts series. Thanks also goes to Everglow, our partner, for recording thousands of cutscenes and playthrough videos for KH13's archives. Our wide selection of videos and images has brought in many visitors for KH13.

    As 8 years have passed, there have been many individuals who have helped bring KH13.com to what it is today. We'd like to thank the current team leaders of the KH13 staff, which are HarLea Quinn, Toominator, soraspromise, & AndrewHankinson. Aside from the team leaders, we'd also like to thank the current and past team members who have contributed to KH13.com such as (Past) Sora96, (Past) Lu Xun, and many, many more.

    We'd like to also give the most important thanks of all: to all of you, our readers and the Kingdom Hearts community. Thanks to everyone here on KH13 for sticking with us for these 8 years. We hope to be around for many more, and to continue to provide the latest Kingdom Hearts news and media.

    We'd also like to share one more thing: KH13 member Aqua7KH recently met Quinton Flynn, voice actor of Axel and Lea from the Kingdom Hearts series. Check out his message to KH13.com below.

    What has your favorite moment been in the KH13 community in the past 8 years? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Oct 08 2016 10:30 PM
    • by Jake
  6. KH13 Contest: Show us your best Keyblade design and win a custom T-Shirt!

    Hey everyone! Hope have been enjoying Spring so far! Good news; we’ve decided to collaborate with TeeFury! TeeFury was formed in 2008 as the brainchild of a bunch of artists with a passion for limited edition t-shirts. At TeeFury you will find your favourite pop culture tees, with a brand new limited edition design every 24 hours.
    Anyway, TeeFury have kindly provided us with 3 of their new Kingdom Hearts themed t-shirts, so we can offer 3 talented KH13 users an opportunity to win a t-shirt each! Have a look at the t-shirt below!

    "Antihero" by dalethesk8er

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    To enter the competition you do two things:
    • Follow/Like TeeFury’s Twitter/Facebook pages and retweet/share the competition posts! Simple!
    • We want to see your Keyblade designs for a world we haven’t yet seen in previous Kingdom Hearts games!

    Two simple things! Make sure to do both! As well as the look of the Keyblade, you could show how it’d be used, it’s abilities, advantages, and it’s influences; visuals or notes! There are many worlds out there you can use including animations like Tangled, Big Hero 6, Robin Hood; or live action films like Narnia, Mary Poppins, Maleficent; or even Square Enix games like Final Fantasy X, XV, etc. Entirely up to you!

    How to enter:
    1 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.
    2 The fan-art must be a Keyblade design for a world we haven’t yet seen in the Kingdom Hearts franchise! You can enter multiple times if you want to increase your chances, but they all must be created for this competition!
    3 At midnight EST on April 16th, 2016, our team will deliberate and decide on our favourite fan-art submitted, contact the winner of the contest, and contact them letting them know how to get their free t-shirt!

    Good luck to everyone! Even if you don't win, there is still a chance we will feature your fan-art on the KH13 Facebook, KH13 Community Twitter and the KH13 Tumblr. Above all, have fun!







  7. [Updated] Announcing the official Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ KH13 party!

    Update: Now that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is out in full swing, the Official KH13 party has decided to have slight member purges for users who contribute very little to the party. As the weekly union rankings come in, we will be removing the bottom 3 players (in terms of Lux collected) and recruiting new people to join the party. That is not to say that if you have been in the party and got removed that you can't join again. If you show improvement, we will gladly add you back! That said, we are now looking to fill 7 spots in our party! We would like to have people of higher levels/Lux collection! Just leave a screenshot of your character in the comments!
    The original article follows.

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    We hope everyone is enjoying Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, which released on April 7th! The staff of KH13 have decided to open up an official party for the entire KH13 community - especially people who wish to seriously compete for a top spot in the leaderboards! This is the perfect opportunity to play with other members of the site! However, there are a few restrictions:
    • We have chosen the Vulpes union! That means that, in order to join our party, you must be in the Vulpes union. In order to change unions, tap Menu -> Other -> Switch Unions.
    • There are a limited number of spaces available (max 30) so this will be a bit competitive.
    • We are genuinely aiming to reach the top of the leaderboards, so please be serious in achieving this as well.
    All you need to do at this point is share your ID number in the comments below, and share a photo of your character's stats (tap your player icon on the top left of the screen, then take a screenshot). If you receive an invite, then you're in! Good luck!

  8. Join KH13's PlayStation Network Community & Xbox One Club

    In late November, Sony released a mobile app for their Playstation Community feature (which launched in 2015). Communities allow you to do a variety of things with other people such as message the group via the group messaging system, allowing you to share screenshots, and you will be able to join parties/games.

    With this in mind, KH13 created its own community page which is free to join by anyone! What this means is that members of our community can communicate on our PlayStation 4 systems via PlayStation Network in our community and get to know everyone better.

    Along with the KH13 Community on Playstation, we've recently made a KH13 Xbox Club! All Xbox One users on KH13 can now enjoy the same features in the official KH13 Club!

    Here's how you can join us:

    Playstation 4

    • Start the Communities app on your system and search for "KH13". You'll find "KH13 Kingdom Hearts Community" and be able to join, easy peasy!
    • Would you rather use your phone? Download and install the Playstation Communities app from your mobile store, log in to your PSN account in the app and search for "KH13". You'll find our page there!
    Xbox One
    • Go to Community, select the Clubs category and search for "KH13". The club is named "KH13 Kingdom Hearts Club". Join up!
    • On mobile? Download and install the Xbox mobile app and log in to your Xbox account. Enter the Club-section of the app and search for "KH13". Now you're ready to join!
    Once you've done that, you're officially in our community. Enjoy!

    If Kingdom Hearts III ends up having online multiplayer support, will you utilize our community to play with other avid Kingdom Hearts fans? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Jan 09 2017 06:05 PM
    • by Jake
  9. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts III & Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ at E3 2015

    We've officially kicked off our E3 2015 coverage! Held from June 15 to June 17, 2015, E3 2015 is a gaming trade show where many companies will be showing off their announcements, including Square Enix with their very own conference. Our Twitch channel will be streaming coverage throughout the event, Churro (@churroz) will be representing us on the show floor, and our News Team will be updating you here with any and all Kingdom Hearts news that appears – so stay tuned!

    Kingdom Hearts III E3 2015 trailer

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    Live updates

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    Day 0
    9:30AM (USA PST): Microsoft's press conference has started. Unfortunately, Kingdom Hearts was not shown.
    6:00PM (USA PST): Sony's press conference has started.
    6:03PM (USA PST): Footage from the old Kingdom Hearts III announcement trailer was shown at the start of Sony's conference.

    Day 1
    8:55AM (USA PST): A Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ poster has been spotted in Square Enix France's conference room at E3 2015
    9:00AM (USA PST): Nintendo's Digital Event has begun!
    10:00AM (USA PST): Square Enix's press conference has begun!
    10:10AM (USA PST): @_KINGDOMHEARTS tweets out the conference!
    10:35AM (USA PST): Kingdom Hearts executive Shinji Hashimoto comes on-stage!
    10:37AM (USA PST): Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is announced for an overseas release, coming soon for iOS & Android!
    10:40AM (USA PST): A Tangled world is announced to be included in Kingdom Hearts III!
    10:42AM (USA PST): A new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III is shown, showing off the Tangled world, Sora's new look, gameplay, as well as Young Eraqus and Young Xehanort setting up the plot.
    11:22AM (USA PST): Square Enix's E3 2015 press conference has ended.
    12:00PM (USA PST): Square Enix have announced that they will be streaming a "Spotlight on Kingdom Hearts" event at 5PM PST.
    12:04PM (USA PST): Here's a photo of a Kingdom Hearts III banner on the show floor:
    1:36PM (USA PST): The Video Game Orchestra have confirmed that they were behind the music in the Kingdom Hearts III trailer.
    1:58PM (USA PST): The official Facebook page for Kingdom Hearts has updated its profile picture and cover photo.
    2:30PM (USA PST): It was announced that the Tangled world will be the first Disney world you visit in Kingdom Hearts III.
    3:55PM (USA PST): The official YouTube page for Kingdom Hearts has been updated with a huge new banner, showing off Sora's new outfit.
    6:11PM (USA PST): Square Enix has updated the official Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and Kingdom Hearts III sites with their respective E3 2015 Trailers!

    Day 1 - Spotlight on Kingdom Hearts
    5:00PM (USA PST): "Spotlight on Kingdom Hearts" has begun! All Spotlight on Kingdom Hearts updates can be read in our dedicated coverage article, here.

    Day 2 & 3 - Interviews with Tetsuya Nomura & more

    1:01PM (USA PST): An interview between Nomura & Destructoid reveals that Drive Forms are being considered to return in Kingdom Hearts III.
    1:07PM (USA PST): Engadget interviews Tetsuya Nomura, which shows his desire for online multiplayer support and discusses future world selection.
    1:11PM (USA PST): Gamesbeat & Tetsuya Nomura discusses the possibility of a Star Wars world in Kingdom Hearts III.
    5:11AM (USA PST): Gameblog, a French website interviews Tetsuya Nomura who states that Kingdom Hearts III's development is at an advanced level.
    11:00AM (USA PST): Square Enix have revealed that the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ announcement was for North America only, and that releases in other regions are "still TBC".
    4:19AM (USA PST): Nomura reveals that the basic foundation of Kingdom Hearts III is almost complete.
    9:18AM (USA PST): 4Gamer.net interviews Tetsuya Nomura, summons, load times, and spinoffs discussed.
    9:38PM (USA PST): Dengeki Online interviews Nomura once again, reveals that Quick Time Events will not be present in Kingdom Hearts III.


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    - Dengeki interviews Nomura, reveals that Quick Time Events will not be present in Kingdom Hearts III
    - 4Gamer.net talks Kingdom Hearts III and Unchained χ with Testuya Nomura - summons, load times, and spinoffs discussed
    - Nomura says basic foundation for Kingdom Hearts III is 'close to complete'
    - Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ announcement at E3 2015 was for North America only, release elsewhere is "still TBC"
    - Gameblog interviews Tetsuya Nomura, states that the development of Kingdom Hearts III is at an advanced level
    - Nomura discusses the possibility of a Star Wars world in Kingdom Hearts III
    - Nomura talks Kingdom Hearts III with Engadget
    - Destructoid interviews Tetsuya Nomura, reveals that Drive Forms are being considered for Kingdom Hearts III
    - Nomura discusses Kingdom Hearts III trailer with Dengeki, explains Attraction flow & more about the conversation scene
    - KH13 description of new Kingdom Hearts III footage at E3 2015
    - Series director Tetsuya Nomura discusses Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ at Square Enix's "Spotlight on Kingdom Hearts" event
    - Tangled's world is the first Disney world you visit in Kingdom Hearts III
    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at E3 2015, Tangled world announced, Sora's new look shown, & gameplay revealed
    - Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ announced for overseas release, a free-to-play title for iPhone, iPad & Android
    - A Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ poster has been spotted in Square Enix France's conference room at E3 2015
    - Old Kingdom Hearts III footage appears in Sony's E3 2015 intro

  10. We've launched KH13's official Twitch channel, featuring Kingdom Hearts streams from the community

    Today we're happy to announce that we've launched an official Twitch channel for KH13.com! If you weren't aware, Twitch is a livestreaming website that focuses on video games. Many people are streaming Kingdom Hearts titles on Twitch all of the time, and now we have an official Twitch channel of our own. Click the image below to access it, or expand the spoiler tag to see it on this page.

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    We have many exciting plans for our Twitch channel -- it's going to be a "community stream" for the Kingdom Hearts community. What this means is that if you know how to livestream games, then you'll be welcome to stream on the channel! This can be a great way to participate in the community, to have many people watch you playing at once, and to let people know about your own channel!


  11. We're looking for people to join the KH13 news team

    We're looking to expand the KH13 news team! If you're passionate about Kingdom Hearts and would enjoy helping us report on and create content about the latest developments in the series, then please either reply to this news post, or contact us by sending me a PM.

    What we're looking for:
    - A big interest in the Kingdom Hearts series.
    - Active enough to regularly watch out for news and respond quickly when something appears.
    - Reasonable writing skills.

    - Someone who keeps up-to-date with Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] would be very helpful!
    - Japanese language skills.

    If interested, please apply by replying to this news post, or contact us by sending me a PM, letting us know why you think you'd be a good addition to our team. Please apply even if you're unsure! Good luck!

  12. We're looking for people to join the KH13 community team

    We're looking to expand the KH13 community team! If you're passionate about Kingdom Hearts and would enjoy helping us find and post fan-made content regularly, organise contests or come up with new ideas that could feature on our Twitter and Tumblr pages, then please either reply to this news post, or contact us by sending me a PM.

    What we're looking for:

    • A big interest in the Kingdom Hearts series.
    • Active enough to regularly post on the KH13 Community Twitter & KH13 Tumblr pages.
    • Organise and follow through contests
    • Creativity
    • Reasonable writing skills.
    If interested, please apply by replying to this news post, or by sending me a PM, letting us know why you think you'd be a good addition to our team. Please apply even if you're unsure! Good luck!

    Update: Thanks a lot to everyone who applied for the Community Team position and I’m not accepting anymore applications now. The people who have applied to this point I have messaged; if I haven’t please let me know.

    We really appreciate your interest in becoming staff members, and if you remain active and contribute lots, then maybe one day down the track you can re-apply; there will be a chance to apply for the NEWS team in the near future as well.

  13. Announcing the first addition to our network, the Italian Kingdom Hearts community "Sora's Dream"

    KH13 is happy to announce the opening of our first sister website-- an Italian language community for Kingdom Hearts, known as Sora's Dream. Sora's Dream (http://www.sorasdream.com/) was originally hosted on ForumCommunity, but is now hosted on our server and run completely independently! One of the administrators of Sora's Dream is Everglow8444, who you may know for his Kingdom Hearts videos and massive contributions to our video archive!

    If you speak Italian, be sure to check out Sora's Dream, the first website to join our network!

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    If any other communities would like to join our network, please contact us.

  14. KH13 Giveaway: Share your fan-art & win Kingom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX!

    Hey everyone! With Tokyo Game Show 2014 fast approaching (starting on September 18, 2014), and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX confirmed to appear at the event, we thought it would be the perfect time to run a competition!

    We're running a fan-art competition for a free pre-order of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, and giving people the freedom to create any Kingdom Hearts fan-art they want for entry, with the only condition being that it must be inspired by HD 2.5 ReMIX, and created for this competition. Read on for more details.

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    How to enter:
    • Upload your fanart to KH13 (either to the Fan-made Images gallery, or by making a new topic somewhere), and then link to your fan-art in the comments below. It's that simple!
    • Fan-art must be related to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, and must have been created specifically for the competition. You can enter multiple times.
    • At midnight EST on September 21, 2014, our team will deliberate and decide on our favourite piece submitted, contact the winner of the contest, and pre-order their copy!
    Good luck to everyone! Even if you don't win, there is still a chance we will feature your fan-art on the KH13 Community Twitter and the KH13 Tumblr. Above all, have fun!

    • Sep 14 2014 03:43 PM
    • by Demyx.
  15. KH13 social media roundup & new Twitter accounts

    Since we've done some expanding to our KH13 social media accounts lately, we felt like we should make a short post to link to all of these and make sure everyone knows what's out there! So, here's the complete list of our social media presence:

    - Facebook facebook.com/kh13com
    - Google+ +wwwKH13com
    - Twitter @KH13com | @KH13chi (for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] updates) | @KH13community (for featured content from the community)
    - Tumblr kh13.tumblr.com
    - YouTube youtube.com/user/wwwkh13com

    The new Twitter accounts are also featured on the homepage sidebar, so you can get to the featured content and KHχ updates straight away!

  16. We're looking for people to join the KH13 news team

    We're looking to expand the KH13 news team! If you're passionate about Kingdom Hearts and would enjoy helping us report on and create content about the latest developments in the series, then please either reply to this news post, or contact us by sending me a PM.

    What we're looking for:
    - A big interest in the Kingdom Hearts series.
    - Active enough to regularly watch out for news and respond quickly when something appears.
    - Reasonable writing skills.

    - Someone who keeps up-to-date with Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] would be very helpful!
    - Japanese language skills.

    If interested, please apply by replying to this news post, or contact us by sending me a PM, letting us know why you think you'd be a good addition to our team. Please apply even if you're unsure! Good luck!

  17. Here's every Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX screenshot released so far (+ we've upgraded our gallery)

    We are excited to announce that we have launched our new image gallery on KH13. We've finally finished transferring over everything from the old system, and you can now view our close to 20,000 Kingdom Hearts images in a more organized, functional and enjoyable system-- this includes KH articles, event photos, manga scanlations, official artwork, avatars and wallpapers, every press release from the last few years and more. Check it out here!

    In order to give you a taste of what our gallery holds, here is every single screenshot released so far for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX:

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    • Jul 31 2014 03:16 PM
    • by Sora96
  18. Giving away two free pre-orders for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX!

    Hey everyone. KH13.com will be running a competition to give away two free pre-orders for the English version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX! Entering the competition is simple. For a chance to win the 1st copy of the game, you must make posts on our forum. The more you post, the better the chance you have of winning! Here's the exact procedure:


    1. At the end of each day, everyone in the top 10 of the the list of the day's top posters will receive 1 entry ticket in the competition.

    2. You can receive many tickets in the competition! If you're on the top posters list on multiple days, then you will receive multiple entries in the competition. We'll keep a detailed list of entries here. Remember, the more days you appear on the list, the higher your chance of winning! Also, please be aware that the Roleplaying, Forum Games and Random forums are not included, and that we will disqualify anyone who makes "spammy" posts.

    3. Out of these 60 tickets, 1 person will be randomly selected as the winner of the 1st HD 2.5 ReMIX pre-order!


    1. For the 2nd copy of the game, you must follow us on our Facebook or Twitter, and share our post about this article. As long as you do one of the two following things (or both, which will double your chances of winning), then you'll be in the running to win!

    - Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/kh13com) and share this post (share publicly so we can see it)
    - Follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/KH13com) and retweet this post

    2. Out of everyone who does this, we'll randomly select 1 person as the winner of the 2nd HD 2.5 ReMIX pre-order! The competition will be much more tight here (we're expecting over 1000 people to enter this way), so we recommend that people also try their best to enter the first competition as well (where your chances are much greater, due to only 60 tickets being available in total). Good luck!


    Some extra details:

    - Don't cancel any pre-orders that you've already placed. If you have already pre-ordered then we will simply cover the price of the game for you!
    - Just under a week from now, on Sunday the 3rd of August, 2014 (at 2AM EST time), the winners of the competition will be announced here. Good luck!

  19. We've upgraded KH13 to a newer, faster server

    We've bought a new server for KH13, and have spent the last week copying the website over and configuring everything. If you can see this news post, that means you're on the new server. This server is much faster than the old one, with about 4x as much theoretical capacity. Hopefully, this means we'll see KH13 loading faster, with much less crashes. With these improvements, let's look forward to uninterrupted coverage of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's appearance at San Diego Comic-Con International in under 4 day's time!