Tetsuya Nomura confirms Riku's new outfit in Kingdom Hearts III from KHX 3rd anniversary artwork; King Mickey also receives a new outfit in Kingdom Hearts III
In an interview with Dengeki Online, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, was able to discuss a bit about Kingdom Hearts III alongside Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. In the interview, Riku's new outfit for Kingdom Hearts III was touched upon a bit. Tetsuya Nomura confirms to Dengeki Online that Riku's new outfit has been completed, and that it's indeed based off of the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] 3rd anniversary artwork from July of 2016. Nomura also confirms that King Mickey also receives a new outfit for Kingdom Hearts III.
The direct quote for the interview can be found below with translations thanks to Catherine Mueller (email@example.com).
--There was also a scene with Riku and the King in new clothes, and I'm looking forward to their debut in [KHIII].
The costume design is already done, and it's really nice. Just between you and me, the outfit that Riku is wearing in the [KH X] three-year anniversary illustration was used as the base.
- Dec 31 2016 11:29 PM
- by Jake
Tetsuya Nomura confirms that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will deviate from Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] midway & discusses direction of storyline
Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, was recently interviewed by Dengeki PlayStation. In the interview, Nomura discusses the storyline for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. For fans wondering whether or not the ending for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] will also go down the same path in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, he confirms that the ending was only meant for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will be deviating to an original story midway.
Furthermore, Tetsuya Nomura talks about some of the future features coming to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, such as the confirmed multiplayer features and the first new world for the game, Castle of Dreams.
For those also curious, Nomura reassures that Luxu is not the Master of Masters, and that there are two different cloaked men. Luxu & Masters of Masters have a relationship that will be explained in Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.
You can view a translation of the relevant portion of the interview below. Thanks to Catherine Mueller (firstname.lastname@example.org) for providing us with this translation!
--Let me ask about things connected to [KH X], too. First, the browser game [KH X] ended its service at the end of September, but what are your thoughts on that three years of continued service?
Nomura: It's too bad that service ended so early, but I think having continued for three years served as a great amount of strength to us. Looking at the user number, there were more people playing the smart phone app [KH Unchained X], so we will now focus on that. As we've already announced, we are planning a season two of [KH Unchained X], so we are continuing its service. In October there will be new worlds available, and we are working on the planned multiplayer function for January release, so please look forward to it.
--You laid out the last scene of [KH X] to us, but will [KH Unchained X] develop in the same way?
Nomura: That was only the development for [KH X]. The story for [KH Unchained X] will deviate midway to a different story.
--In the latest trailer of [KH X Back Cover], there was a figure wearing a black cloak, separate from the five Foretellers, but...?
Nomura: As we've already revealed in [KH X], that is a character named Luxu. Since he's wearing that black coat, it seems like a lot of people mistook Luxu for the Master of Masters, but they're two different people. The one holding a dandelion on the package art and in the trailer is the Master of Masters, and the other person wearing a black cloak is Luxu. Their relationship is more clearly drawn out in [KH X Back Cover].
What do you think of the direction that Square Enix is taking the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ storyline?
- Oct 14 2016 05:18 PM
- by Raxaimus
After the conclusion of Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]'s story on August 25th, 2016, a special short episode was held. This follows the events of Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]'s ending and marks the end of Kingdom Hearts χ[chi].
You can check out screenshots and a summary below, in the spoilers tab. We will have translations up soon.Spoiler
- Aug 29 2016 09:11 PM
- by Jake
On August 16th, 2016, it was announced that the final main story update of Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] had been postponed for the 25th, and that an additional short episode would follow on the 29th. The finale has now gone live following the completion of August 25th’s maintenance at 16:00 JST, at last traveling straight to the core of the infamous Keyblade War.
[UPDATED] Translated Footage is now available, courtesy of Everglow and Catherine Mueller (email@example.com).Spoiler
- Aug 26 2016 06:48 PM
- by faemarch
Kingdom Hearts III Sora & hooded Riku & Kairi featured in new Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] Key Art by Tetsuya Nomura
After maintenance was concluded in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], brand new Key Art by Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, was released. In the Key Art, it shows a Kingdom Hearts III Sora illustrated, as well as a hooded Riku & Kairi. In addition, there appears to be Chirithy, Skuld, and Ephemera in the key art, as well as what appears to be Roxas (or Ventus) in a new outfit.
You can check out the Key Art below.
Besides the new Key Art, you can also obtain armor in-game depending on what union you are in. The armor that is included in-game is in resemblance to the armor introduced originally in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.
You can check out images from the recent maintenance below.
Do you think those outfits drawn by Nomura for Riku & Kairi are their new Kingdom Hearts III outfits? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jul 22 2016 05:40 PM
- by Jake
UPDATE: The new story update has been translated! Thanks to Kayla Copeland (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the translations and KH13 Archives Team member Everglow for the translated walkthrough video. You can check out the video below in the spoilers box. Be warned: There are a ton of spoilers!Spoiler
The original article follows.
On July 7, 2016, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] underwent maintenance in-game. With the maintenance, a new story update was released in Daybreak Town concerning the Foretellers and the Master of Masters. The story advances and the plot continues to thicken as secrets are revealed and scenes unravel.
Additionally, with the maintenance in-game, new features are brought back to celebrate the game's 3rd anniversary. This includes the Crystals of Light, where you must defeat enemies in order to obtain Crystals of Light, this goes on from July 7th to August 4th. Furthermore, the in-game 'Hall of Fame' has returned where the top 5 players get a signed postcard by Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series. The Hall of Fame rankings go from July 16, 2015 to July 7, 2016.
You can check out images from the story update below.
What do you think of the new story update? Are you excited? Tensed? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jul 10 2016 01:05 PM
- by Jake
With only a few months left in service, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] continues to move forward as the climax of the story approaches. This latest update focuses on the continuation of the story in Agrabah, where Aladdin is still searching for Abu.
You can view the latest walkthrough video below thanks to Everglow, with translations thanks to Kayla Copeland (email@example.com).
How do you think Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] will end? Let us know in the comments!
- May 08 2016 07:28 PM
- by soraspromise
In case you missed our tweet a while ago, the latest Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] story update is available and it begins with the player, Chirithy, and the newly introduced character, Skuld, on a search for Ephemera. Later meeting up with Master Ava, she begins to describe the looming Keyblade War and what it means for this world's Keyblade Wielders.
Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ share similar stories, and so this video can potentially contain spoilers for both games so please take caution before watching. The Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is also farther along in terms of story compared to the newly released North American version so please keep that in mind as well.
You can view the latest story clip thanks to Everglow, with translations provided by Kayla Copeland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Apr 22 2016 09:50 AM
- by soraspromise
The North American Square Enix Store has added a listing for a Chirithy plush to their website, following the announcement of the Chirithy plush for the Japanese Square Enix Store last month. The Chirithy plush is currently up for pre-order with a limit of one per customer and is expected to ship towards the end of August 2016.
You can find a few images of the Chirithy plush below, including all new stock images:
Will you be pre-ordering Chirithy? Let us know in the comments!
- Apr 22 2016 12:50 AM
- by soraspromise
UPDATE: Service for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] will end on September 1st, 2016. Following the maintenance on September 1st, it will not be possible to make new accounts. Prior to service ending, the billing period will end on August 1st, 2016 following maintenance.
Even though billing will end on August 1st, all purchases may continue to be used until the termination of service. Also, the Raise Draw and the Shop will cease to change following the termination of service as well.
The original article follows.
Square Enix have announced that service for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] will be terminated sometime in September of this year. Adjustments are planned in-game for users to enjoy the game while the game is still online. For those that do not know, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] is a Japanese-exclusive PC browser game, also known as the PC version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, releasing in North America on April 7, 2016.
We will keep you updated with any additional news to come forth.
What do you think of Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] getting terminated? Let us know in the comments below!
- Aug 01 2016 02:04 AM
- by Jake
The latest Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] story update introduces a new character named Skuld, who happens to be a female Keyblade wielder with connections to Ephemera. Also in this story update is the continuation of the clash between the foretellers. You can view the lastest story clip thanks to Everglow, with translations provided by Kayla Copeland (email@example.com).
- Mar 04 2016 10:15 PM
- by Toominator
Update: The release for the Chirithy plush has been moved up to June 11th, 2016. Additionally, the plush is available for pre-order on the Square Enix online store, and the price has dropped from 5,940 yen ($52.13) to 5,670 yen ($49.91).
The plush is also listed on Amazon Japan for pre-order. The amazon listing has the dimensions of the plush:
Body size: width of about 195mm × depth 160mm × height 240mm, weight: about 270g
The original article follows.
Back in December of 2015, a Chirithy plush was revealed during Jump Festa 2016, where Kingdom Hearts made a big appearance with a special trailer on Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Thanks to Twitter user @aibo_ac7, we now know that the Chirithy plush will release on June 30th, 2016 in Japan.
The price is 5,940 yen, which is about $52.13 USD.
For those of you who don't know, Chirithy is the guide and a main character in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] & Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.
Are you planning to import this Chirithy plush when it's available? Let us know in the comments below!
- Mar 03 2016 10:25 PM
- by Jake
Tetsuya Nomura answers fan questions about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and Kingdom Hearts III
After the release of the new trailer featuring Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III, many fans had questions circling around in their heads. The folks over at KHInsider had the incredible opportunity to formally relay fan questions to Tetsuya Nomura himself. His answers to some of the questions can be read below, and you can read the blog post in its entirety here.
1. Since you were at the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Launch Event in Burbank, how did it feel to finally have the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater in Japan?
Nomura: What sets KINGDOM HEARTS apart from other titles is that this is a title in which we have been sharing a connection with our fans for many years. So rather than being a one-time relationship like a festival, it does feel like we are partners or friends that have spent a long time together, but I do cherish these kinds of events as there aren’t very many opportunities like this where we can interact with our fans. Japanese fans are more shy than fans overseas but I was very happy that I was able to feel that the Japanese fans were having fun this time too.
2. The Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event was very well received in Japan. If the opportunity for future events is presented, would they follow a similar format? If not, what would you like to do differently?
Nomura: The content of the event would change depending on the location and timing, so the format would most likely depend on those two factors. Also, as for D23, location becomes restricted as there are rules set by the host. Since we had more applicants than the amount of participants that we could accommodate this time, if we did have another opportunity to hold an event like this one, I think I will first consider the capacity of the venue instead of the format of the event.
3. The newest update to Kingdom Hearts X [chi] introduces a new world, Beast’s Castle. Why was this world chosen to be added to the game?
Nomura: We are prioritizing the worlds of the seven princess’s based on the “fairy tale era” concept in KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi].
4. Is there any significance in the timing of Beast’s Castle’s introduction to Kingdom Hearts X [chi]? After so many main story updates, it was surprising to travel to a new world rather than continuing to investigate Ephemera and the Foretellers.
Nomura: There is no significance to the timing. We had already made a decision on which worlds to select a while ago, but because new world additions are the most time consuming, we were finally able to implement it this time.
5. In one of the recent updates of Kingdom Hearts X [chi], the term “unchained” was officially introduced and has caused quite a bit of speculation among the fans. Does this play a role in how you previously said that X [chi] and Unchained X were not exactly the same game?
Nomura: I cannot explain this without any spoilers but there is a connection between the two. Who is trying to do what will be depicted in KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi] or KINDGOM HEARTS Unchainedχ, and the reason behind it would be told in KHχ Back Cover (included in 2.8).
6. In 0.2, Yen Sid tells Riku and Kairi that it is imperative to rescue Aqua, Terra and Ventus, prompting Mickey to tell them of his recent visit to the Realm of Darkness. Is he referring to the time in the first Kingdom Hearts when he ventured in to find the Kingdom Key D?
Nomura: It is an episode that I was waiting for a long time to tell. Please wait for KH0.2 for that answer.
7. Did Mickey meet Aqua during his time in the Realm of Darkness? If so, why did he refrain from speaking of such an important matter until this moment?
Nomura: This will also be told in KH0.2 so please wait for it.
8. The conversation between Young Xehanort and Eraqus, first shown at E3, is the opening scene of Kingdom Hearts 3. Since then, more and more of the scene has been revealed through the trailers and at D23, we were able to view it in its entirety. Why was the decision made to show the scene in this manner?
Nomura: There are many reasons for this, but one of them is that we are prioritizing the creation of new worlds in KH3, and we would have to consider the reveal timing of those worlds, making sure that we discuss with Disney. That opening scene is very versatile, since it doesn’t involve those new worlds, plus it’s a great asset to use as a prologue to build up excitement towards KH3.
Also, the scenes that we have currently have released is not the final product so please look forward to any changes that we may make in the future as well.
9. We learn from Xehanort and Eraqus’s conversation that Eraqus is under consideration for masterhood, but what about Xehanort at this time?
Nomura: I’m sure that you can sense that there is some kind of thought behind Xehanort’s expression and tone of voice at the end. Xehanort’s interest is something other than a title of honor.
10. It was surprising to see the return of Nobodies in the recent Kingdom Hearts 3 footage. What sort of role will they play in the game? Can we expect to see any more enemy types besides Nobodies and Heartless?
Nomura: I want to make it so that you can tell who had come to that world by the enemies that appear there. I am thinking of the enemy types as a part of the total production this time.
11. The new Kingdom Hearts III trailer featured a new Nobody design with a scythe and flower petals, is this particular Nobody alluding to a certain former Organization member?
Nomura: I think that it’s easy to imagine but I do believe that it will appear in promotional materials sooner or later so please wait for that.
12. Mickey was seen at the Premium Theater wearing his Kingdom Hearts 2 clothing holding the Kingdom Key D Keyblade, is there a chance we can see this Mickey at Disney Parks?
Nomura: As far as I know, there are no plans right now, but I think it would be really neat if they did one day!
What intrigues you most about this surprise interview? Let us know in the comments below, and have a wonderful holiday season!
- Feb 25 2016 06:46 PM
- by Toominator
As Jump Festa 2016 went on from December 19th through the 20th in Japan (18th through 19th in the U.S.), an all new (never before seen) Chirithy plush was displayed for attendees to see. For those of you who don't know who Chirithy is, Chirithy is the cat-like dream eater in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ who guides the player through the game as they advance through the story. Multiple pictures of the new Chirithy plush were taken from Jump Festa and can be seen below.
If you got the opportunity to purchase this Chirithy plush, would you buy it? What are your thoughts on the plush? Let us know in the comments below!
- Dec 20 2015 01:49 PM
- by Jake
On November 3rd, Square Enix & Disney held an event dedicated to the Kingdom Hearts series called the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater. Throughout the event, new footage relating to the Kingdom Hearts series was shown to everyone who attended the event, along with a few extra surprises. While those who couldn't attend the event cannot view any of the footage from the event, Square Enix released a few screenshots from the new footage, along with fans sharing their impressions on all the events that took place at the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.
Below you can check out all articles, screenshots, and fan impressions from the event.
- New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ
- New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
- New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
- Beast's Castle Confirmed for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and "Mickey Code Together" Event for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
- Famitsu: Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater summary
Square Enix officially released screenshots from the new footage shown at the event, which can be seen below.
Thanks to @kh_primavera, and translations by News Team member Rin, you can check out fan impressions on the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.
KH Theater - General Outline:
Opening (CM videos of products that have been released)
Greetings from Disney Japan, Justin Scarpone
Greetings from Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto
Piano performance by Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama
Live performance of: [Dearly] Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
Short talk by Shimomura and Nakayama
Tetsuya Nomura presenting the latest information
KH HD 2.8 new information: Ven, Aqua, and Terra’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
KH3 new information: Sora, Kairi, and Riku’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
New KH3 trailer presented (mainly battle scenes)
Limited KH3 making video presented
King Mickey in KH attire appears as a special guest
Mr. Justin, Mr. Hashimoto, Ms. Shimomura, Mr. Nomura, and King Mickey photo session
Ending (video with each character’s lines and Hikaru Utada’s “Hikari” BGM)
KHx - new world,“Beast Castle (from 11/5)
KHUx - new stronger medals and avatars (from 11/3 18:00)
KH HD 2.8 - latest trailer. King Mickey, Riku, Kairi, and Yen Sid must find Ven, Terra, and Aqua in order to gather the 7 Guardians of Light. From there, King Mickey says he met Aqua in the Ream of Darkness when he was there. Afterwards, battle scene with Aqua was presented.
KH3 - latest trailer. Starts with the conversation between young Xehanort and young Eraqus previously released. There’s more to the convo this time than before (I feel like there were things I’d never heard before, like creating Kingdom Hearts out of competing lights…)
After that, Sora’s battle scenes began to run. Worlds presented: Tangled, Twilight Town, Mysterious Tower, etc. Sora used BBS’s action system (shotlock command) and KH3D’s action system (free-flow action).
About the new attraction flow: some of it is my own impression, but it kinda looked like it was based on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster.
There was one scene that showed the detailed motions of feet being soaked in a river.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy’s new abilities were also shown (footage of the 3 of them sitting on Goofy’s shield and attacking was presented).
Limited making movie - Olympus Coliseum (in production) was shown. In KH2 it was a world of spirits, in KH3, I’m not super positive, but it’s probably going to be made with heaven as the main. (Olympus Coliseum’s appearance in KH3 is unknown to begin with.)
Also, a 3D Daybreak Town (in production) was shown. (Whether this world will be in KH3 or not is unknown.)
The new Nobody’s bottom half looked like flower petals, and it used to a sickle to attack. (I remember Nomura said that people who have played KH will know who this Nobody is.)
Some Heartless that look like advanced forms of Yellow Opera were also shown.
Thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (firstname.lastname@example.org), you can read fan impressions from FF-Reunion.net.
KH: [D23EJ] Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater Report!
Today from Maihama Ikspiari, we have a report of the [Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater]. The event programs are as follows:
-Greetings from the higher-ups at Disney, Justin Scarpone and Mr. Hashimoto
-Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama held a piano performance (Songs: Dearly Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion)
-Comments from the voice actors: Megumi Toyoguchi, Ryotaro Okiayu, Koki Uchiyama, Miyu Irino, Risa Uchida, and Mamoru Miyano
-New trailers for KH0.2BbS, KhxBackCover, and KH3, no new worlds shown. New heartless appeared, KH3 creation process opened to public.
[KH Premuim Theater Opening]
-After entering the theater, we were given wristbands. Mr. Hashimoto was also at the theater entrance. Inside the KH Premium Theater before the event began, the screen had the [KINGDOM HEARTS Premium Theater] logo!
-There was a keyblade in front of the screen. Then there was an announcement. No recording the trailers, taking any video, or any photography was allowed during the event. According to the event's twitter, this was all in order not to ruin things for the second round of guests, and the ban would be lifted at 17:00.
-First, Tetsuya Nomura opened, and Nakamura said, “I'll speak while looking at the cue cards.” It was revealed that on 11/5, Beast's Castle would be a new world for KHx, and that from 18:00, the “Mickey Coordinate” event would start, with a KH2 Mickey present on 11/4 at 4:00!
-[Below are excerpts from the voice actor's comments about the PV]
Toyoguchi: Aqua's last line “we're connected” did not go well, and we had to do a lot of takes for it. My heart was starting to break. Recording for 2.8 isn't finished yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
Okiayu: The first time I met Uchiyama, I met him with the same way Terra felt: “He's Ven!” The line that left a lasting impression on me was what I said to Otsuka, “What did you do to his heart?!”
Uchiyama: In regards to Roxas, despite not being able to feel that my own world was real, I felt at that time (as a middle school student) that just like me, Roxas was real. In regards to Ven, I went on to give out such cheerfulness that I don't really have. At first, recording felt more like playing around than work.
-A new trailer for [KH0.2BbS]! The King, Riku, and Kairi stand before YenSid. He says, “The fight with Xehanort is near. We must assemble the seven wielders of light to protect the seven hearts of pure light. In order to do that, it is indispensable that we call back the three keyblade wielders who were lost to the tragedies of long ago: Ventus, Terra, and Aqua.” Then, the King says to Riku and Kairi, “I met (?) in the Realm of Darkness.” (Picture: Aqua from behind in the Realm of Darkness)
-The [KhxBackCover] trailer was the team's logos on stained glass with voices only. A man said, “Lost (?? couldn't hear the dialogue) piece missing from the Foretellers will enter.” A woman said, “Someone has the full story of the Foretellers, and the person who has that is the traitor?” A second man said, “The darkness is indeed on the move. I can't think that there is a traitor among us.” A second woman said, “We're not for sure that there's a traitor among us, right?” The first man says, “The missing piece of the story tell us of the traitor.”
-[KHDDD] trailer came next. It was the scene where Xehanort explains things in the dream world. The King and Riku take hands and the trailer said, “Someday, with your strength...” There was the scene with Tron falling, and the scene with Riku confronting Ansem (“Ansem! You've become a part of my heart...”). There was also the scene where Sora takes Namine's hand, only to have her face turn into Xion, as well as Riku fighting the person in the black coat. It showed Sora fighting Braig (“Our hearts are connected--that's my strength!”). The modeling for KHDDD was really pretty! It seems just like a remake, perhaps because it was taken from the 3DS to the PS4 in HD.
-There was a new trailer for [KH3]. It was the full scene from the beginning of KH3 with young Eraqus and Xehanort! [The music was a piano version of [The 13th Side].)
X: Do you know about the Keyblade war?
E: Of course.
X: Long ago, when keyblade wielders tried to steal away the light.
E: I've heard it again and again from the Master.
X: I wonder what they wanted to do, using the light they stole to summon Kingdom Hearts.
E: Who knows...I can't understand the reason why the fight happened in the first place.
X: Have you heard of the Lost Masters? They started the Keyblade war.
E: Never heard of it, where did you hear that from?
X: No, was it for their sake, I wonder...
E: I don't get it.
X: You know the truth, right?
E: About what?
X: That at that time, light was defeated by the darkness. I guess you as a candidate for Master wouldn't know.
E: I guess.
X: You can see it with your own eyes. It's already decided, the end of the world.
E: It'd be boring if the end was already decided. If the darkness is supposed to win, I'll rewrite the ending.
X: You're pretty confident. But aren't you at a disadvantage?
E: Light is different from darkness, because it's not just something you can see. We won't know until the end.
X: I'm looking forward to it.
-There was a KH3 trailer (music: Rage Awakened). Sora, Donald and Goofy battled Heartless that looked like dandelions in front of Rapunzel's tower, then it cut to a new part with new Nobodies that look like flowers with about eight legs?, that would separate and lift into the air while spinning (I saw this during the making video, but the keyblade looked like Marluxia). Nomura said this about the new Nobodies: “These nobodies will make you imagine someone specific. People with good intuition might get it.” It showed a new weapon for Sora. In an area that looked like a valley, Sora was able to lock on to about 10 Heartless (the lock on speed is very fast, about 1.5 seconds!) and teleport around while attacking. It was really cool!
-There was a new attraction flow for [KH3]! It showed a vehicle kind of like a space ship?, where all three had a launching pad. It was called “Shooting ride.” After invoking AF, it turns into FPS mode and you can attack the enemies! (When it turns to FPS mode, the outline of goggles appears on the screen, giving you the image of playing a FPS game with goggles on)
-While fighting Heartless in [KH3], there were points where Sora would fall into the river and scream as he slid down. The river looked really pretty! It seems the Heartless can also chase you down the river. When attacking the Heartless that resemble bells (the ones well known in the KH series), they can affect the environment around you, and they can attack that way.
-There was a [KH2 Making] video presentation by Nomura! He said, “We're developing each of the worlds. Since the developers are still working, we can't show you any new worlds, but I was able to bring this in-production (making) video here today.” When the new Nobodies (shaped like flowers? They resemble Marluxia) attack, they rain down red flower petals. (The drawing below is simplified, but this is the basic idea)
-What Nomura showed us next in the [KH3 making] video was a 3D version of Daybreak Town that hasn't been used in KH so far, but they might use it in KH3 or something. I understand that the movement of light makes the buildings move.
-Next in the [KH3 making] video was a making of [Olympus]. Olympus is set up in the heavens, and it looks very divine, with the buildings reflected on the floor it was very pretty! There were buildings in the clouds, and between the clouds were the buildings of Olympus hidden away, making it a very mysterious location! Perhaps because of the use of light, the shading makes it look very three-dimensional!
-The other parts of the [KH3 making] were shots of different Heartless with no backgrounds (Heartless with hats, bell-shaped Heartless' effects) showing their movements, etc. Nomura said, “There will be other Heartless, but they are spoilers so I can't show them. Just by looking at them you'll be able to figure out the worlds.”
-There was a [0.2BbS] making video. It was a great display of running around in the darkness and Aqua fighting off Heartless!
-In [KH3], Sora, Donald, and Goofy can ride Goofy's shield. Riding the shield like that lets you fly! Also, there's going to be a large snake-like enemy to fight.
-At the end, there was a special PV they showed us called “King Mickey Scene Mash-Up]! Just when I was thinking how it was cool just to hear the music full of the King...King Mickey came out on stage, as well as Nomura and Shimomura, and they walked around the theater greeting guests! They were shaking hands and giving hi-fives!
-Everyone involved got on stage: King Mickey, Nomura, Shimomura, and Hashimoto looked full of energy!
-The last PV was a mash-up of scenes from each game. Sora, Roxas, Namine, Xion, Riku, Axel, Kairi, Aqua, Terra, Ven...and so on were in the last scene and climax, showing their goodbyes, reunions, and connections in their hearts... Everything was connected in fragments, and it was beautiful and left an impression. It made my heart feel warm...and I cried.
-It was a wonderful KH event! There were a lot of clips, and I'm surprised at the quality! It seems some of the trailers were ones only shown at this theater, but I hope they release the other trailers soon!
Lastly, you can check out tweets from the event, thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (email@example.com) for the translations, and thanks to @aibo_ac7 for the original tweets.Spoiler
With the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater passing by, as well as all of the D23 Expo Japan event, there are 2 major events left of 2015: Jump Festa 2016 and PlayStation Experience 2015. While Kingdom Hearts has not been confirmed for any of these events yet, there is a small chance of Kingdom Hearts appearing at these events. If any Kingdom Hearts news appears as these events are starting, we will let you know!
- Nov 15 2015 07:28 PM
- by Jake
After the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event, held on November 3rd, 2015, Famitsu Weekly published an article detailing almost every aspect of the special D23 event. Take the time to read about the new details from Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and read special messages from the Japanese voice actors of the series! Thanks to News Team member Rin for the translations!
To celebrate the opening of Disney’s Fan Event “D23 Expo Japan 2015,” a “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater” was held on November 3, 2015, at Tokyo Disney Resort’s Cinema Ikspiari.
Another super-duper Disney Resort KH event
As previously reported, the “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater” event took place on November 3, 2015, to celebrate the opening of Disney’s Fan Event, “D23 Expo Japan 2015.” The Theater event took place at Tokyo Disney Resort’s Cinema Ikspiari, located in Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture.
Among other things during this rather lively event, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura introduced recent footage and developments, composer Yoko Shimomura gave a piano performance, and voice actors shared video messages.
What follows is a report of this “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.” Please note that photographs are few, but words are aplenty.
Opening the event was a retrospective on the [Kingdom Hearts] series done through promotional videos for each title. Afterwards, Walt Disney Company Asia and Disney Interactive Asia’s senior vice president and general manager, Justin Scarpone, appeared on stage to share that the Kingdom Hearts series has shipped 21 million units worldwide and is one of the most successful games in Disney’s long history. “I hope you’ll enjoy to the very end this special experience meant just for Kingdom Hearts fans,” Scarpone said at the start of the event.
Following Scarpone, Kingdom Hearts series executive producer, Shinji Hashimoto, took the stage. Hashimoto expressed his gratitude for an event such as this that allows him to meet with fans directly. He also introduced the series’ smartphone application released in September, Kingdom Hearts: Unchainedχ[chi], and urged fans to give it a try. “Today, we will be able to share new information, so please look forward to it,” he said.
Piano performance by Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama
First on the program for this event was a piano performance by Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura and pianist Hiroyuki Nakayama. Three songs––“Dearly Beloved,” “The Other Promise,” and “Musique pour la Tristesse de Xion”––were performed. Shimomura and Nakayama, each with their own pianos, played new arrangements in a piano duet form. Audience members listened quietly and attentively.
Following the performance was a talk given by Shimomura and Nakayama. They first met during auditions for the Kingdom Hearts piano arrangement album [recording] and have known each other for a rather long time. The pair got along quite well during the talk. However, at their very first recording session that started at midnight and took 4 hours, Shimomura kept saying, “One more time,” and wouldn’t give the OK, “so I cried in the bathroom” (Nakayama). In the end, Nakayama persisted and lived up to Shimomura’s demands, and in reminiscence, “it was because of that trial that we have a day like today” (Nakayama). Music is an indispensable element of the Kingdom Hearts series, so let’s all look forward to what Shimomura and Nakayama will be doing next.
Director Tetsuya Nomura also appears
Following the piano performance were the eagerly awaited developments. Since this event was called a “Premium Theater,” information was revealed through footage. Series director Tetsuya Nomura appeared on stage and explained the content himself.
For PC browser game Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], Beast Castle [appeared] as a new world beginning November 5. For the smartphone application Kingdom Hearts Unchainedχ[chi], beginning at 6:00pm on November 3, a new event called “Coordinate with Mickey" began]. In addition, those who [have been logging in] from November 4 at 4:00am and on, have each received a “King Mickey KHII Ver (★5)” medal.
New information on Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and Kingdom Hearts III revealed
The next segment was the presentation of the latest Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue PV. “I met Aqua in the Realm of Darkness” (King Mickey); “Someone has the complete Book of Prophecies, and that person’s the traitor” (Mysterious Figure) and other dialogue followed in rapid succession and stirred up anticipation! Before the PV, a video message from Megumi Toyoguchi (voice of Aqua), Ryoutarou Okiayu (voice of Terra), and Kouki Uchiyama (voice of Ventus and Roxas) was shared. You can read their comments below.
Megumi Toyoguchi (Aqua)
I think the very first scene that I recorded as Aqua was the one together with Maleficient, and it was my first experience having a conversation with a Disney character. Disney character acting is “big” acting, so I remember that, at the beginning, the feeling of distance between the [Disney] character’s acting and me, and the difference in the scale of the acting, was a really tough game. But as you gradually continue, once you can create your character, you’ll know how much to “give,” and it becomes very fun to do.
One particularly memorable line is, when I said the final line as Aqua, “We’re connected” (English: “There’s always a way.”), I couldn’t really get it done right. I recorded it over and over so many times, and there must have been dozens of takes (bitter smile). I recorded so many times that I felt my heart was going to break into pieces, but at the very last moment, I got an OK, and I felt incredibly relieved. I’d never done so many takes, so that was memorable for me.
The Kingdom Hearts series are commonly played games, so I was very happy to have been able to take part in it. Prior to [Kingdom Hearts], I played Paine in FFX-2, but playing a character in Kingdom Hearts is different emotionally, so I was very happy about that. Actually, I’ve been playing [Birth by Sleep], but I haven’t finished Aqua’s story yet. Finishing it would bring sadness… even though I have gotten to the end. But, since there’s a sequel coming out, I think I can “beat the last boss.” That’s my mindset.
Within the 3 works is a new episode, and a new Kingdom Hearts is coming out, so I think you all are extremely excited about that, but I think I’m the one who’s most excited (laugh). I think I’m the very first to want to play it… should I play from the beginning, or should I play alongside Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep’s chronology? I haven’t begun recording (for KH 0.2 Bbs) yet, but I’m very excited to know how I’ll get to play Aqua, so I hope you all are excited as well.
Ryoutarou Okiayu (Terra)
I first performed in a promotional trailer, and after that, there wasn’t any news about recording lines for the actual title, so I thought, “So I didn’t get picked, huh?” I became quite anxious (laugh). Finally, I got to do the recording, and for the longest time it was just me alone… As you all well know, Terra goes on a journey to find Ven, but I couldn’t really meet Uchiyama-kun (voice of Ven) myself. The opportunity didn’t present itself, I suppose. When the time finally came, I thought, “Oh! So he’s Ven.” I put myself in Terra’s state of my mind and glanced at Uchiyama-kun (laugh).
For me, the most memorable line was saying to Mr. Chikao Ootsuka, “What did you do to his heart!?” That line was used in the trailer, right? That was a foreshadowing of what would happen in the game.
While recording, I thought about whether the story of these three people’s journey would continue after [Birth by Sleep]. When I was recording, I pictured the three of us being friends in the past, and at the time, I was able to fall into an illusion where I felt I was in a never-ending story.
To all of you KH fans, I think you’re waiting for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue that will be released next year. I hear that the Birth by Sleep team will be able to talk a little about what happens from [Birth by Sleep] and on, so I’d like you to be excited. “Terra, what happened to him?” “We want Aqua to break out of that place.” “I wonder what happened to Ven… I wonder where Uchiyama-kun went?” (laugh). Along those lines, right? Please look forward to the next title.
Kouki Uchiyama (Ventus & Roxas)
About Roxas, should I say [he’s] life-sized…. this character called Roxas cannot feel that the world he lives in is real, and he doubts whether this is the real world. At that time when I was a middle school student, somehow I also thought the same. It hit home for me, or, it was a very real feeling for me. I injected the thoughts I had at that time into my lines, and in that way, I remember [the recording] being rather easy.
For Ven, I brought out cheerfulness and the strength to invigorate others. I don’t have those traits. Normally, I’m more quiet. It felt like I was adding things on top of what I didn’t have.
I don’t usually get involved with a single work from a series that is this long. I was young back then, so when I would get involved with a project and thought, “Okay, I’ll do it,” it wasn’t really work, but…. it’s kind of hard to say, but I remember, when I went to the studio, I thought of it as going in to play around, and then I said my lines. During KHII, I recorded lines together with Roxas’s friends, Hayner, Pence, and Olette (their voice actors). It felt like going to school, and I felt excited going into the studio. Time’s passed since then, and once again I’m in the same series, but as a different character in a different title. I’ve played various roles, and made so many memories...call it a life in 1 work or something. The series will probably continue on, I think, and I’m excited how I’ll be able to stay involved. I don’t want [my part] to end just yet.
The series will probably go on, huh. No one’s told me anything, so I’m looking forward to the future as all of you are. I ask for your continued support in the KH series.
“Making of Kingdom Hearts III” also shown
Following on the heels of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue were the latest developments on Kingdom Hearts III. This segment also began with video messages from voice actors.
Miyu Irino (Sora)
In these last dozen years or so, there have been parts where Sora and I have grown together, and parts where Sora and I have grown in different places. I wonder if these parts that have changed, together with the parts that haven’t, are how Sora has changed in the span of 15 years.
I’ve worked on the Kingdom Hearts series together with Mamoru Miyano, who plays Riku, and Risa Uchida, who plays Kairi, since we were all teens, and I can feel our incredibly strong bond, as if they’re really my childhood friends.
Before I was involved with Kingdom Hearts, I had a general sense of Disney’s Donald and Goofy, but now, when I see them at Disneyland or in movies, I feel something different in these characters. Like, they’re my friends. I feel really proud.
I really like the story of Roxas’s existence, and the scene in the second half of II where he and Sora melt together has left a great impression on me. I feel a closeness to him as well.
One memorable thing was singing “Under the Sea” in the Little Mermaid world. I was really happy that I didn’t sing it as karaoke, but rather, as my own song.
The memories of doing recording as a middle school student are linked with the memories of my middle school days, and I feel that [Kingdom Hearts] is a special work. Also, when I go abroad, people know me as doing voice acting for Kingdom Hearts, and I can sense the globalness even more.
There are more works coming for Kingdom Hearts, and there are plenty of works already available to look back on. I hope you’ll enjoy those until the sequel is here.
Risa Uchida (Kairi)
In the world of Kingdom Hearts, Kairi is light. I’ve performed my role with this in mind, but how to capture this light is different between now and before. To continue to stay in the light, one must be incredibly strong; I had felt that when I became an adult. Kairi, who has been able to stay in the light, is a wonderful child, and there are so many things I can learn from her.
Xion didn’t have a sense of self at the beginning, and gradually she was able to think for herself… representing this course of change was especially difficult. The anxiety of, “I’m just a nobody, aren’t I? I’m just a tool,” is something that I think everyone feels at one point, so I don’t think Xion is unusual in this regard. I thought it’d be great if I could embrace loneliness, anxiety and perform my role…. in the end, I felt quite sad, after all.
Sora is a beloved person who goes beyond romantic love and friendship. To Sora, Kairi is [his] light, but I think to Kairi, Sora is also her light. Kairi views Riku differently from Sora; I think she sees [Riku] as more of a big brother. In II, when Kairi grows into a person who can wield her Keyblade and fight, I can’t help but think that it must be because she’s watched Riku from behind. They cherish one another, and the three who are growing together are extremely special and amazing. I admire them very much.
When I accepted the audition, I had done a lot of stage work and thought that voice acting wasn’t my skill, so I wasn’t sure if I should challenge myself and try out. I had all this anxiety, but I received the script and fell in love with the world of Kingdom Hearts. I really wanted to enter into this world no matter what, and my passion grew. I thought, “Being able to be a part of this world is a once-in-a-lifetime and thrilling chance.” I want to keep growing more and more together with Kairi, so I want to thank you for your continued support.
Mamoru Miyano (Riku)
The Riku in Kingdom Hearts up until now has had to fight a long battle against the darkness within him. He’s atoned for it, and he’s mustered up the courage to fight against it. Growing into light’s existence has been his salvation, I think. The reality of overcoming this experience and fighting with his Keyblade in hand has been a big change, so I wanted to perform my role with all of that in mind.
There aren’t many jobs that I can participate in that have spanned as long as Kingdom Hearts has. [Kingdom Hearts] is a work that’s been with me every step in my entire acting life, so Riku’s existence is special. He’s growing, and I think I’ve also been growing a little bit, too. There’s a lot of deep emotion in [Riku’s] transformation.
To Riku, Sora is forever radiant, and his admiration for Sora has never changed. It’s been said that, because of Kairi, Riku was able to connect with Sora, so [Sora] is a special existence, isn’t he?
The time that I received the Kingdom Hearts role was around the same time that I began my voice acting career. I was young, but being able to act alongside my senior, Miyu Irino-kun, inside the studio was fun. I learned a lot, and that time was invaluable. This is my own whimsical thought, but I think Irino-kun and I are connected by a strong bond, like Sora and Riku are.
I want to cherish the Kingdom Hearts series together with all of you, and I ask for your continued support from here on out.
For the latest Kingdom Hearts III footage, an event-exclusive movie was revealed, featuring the full version of the conversation between two people playing what looks like a chess match (the one that begins with “Have you heard of the Ancient Keyblade War?”). Both seem to know something, but they do not utter it. They are friends, but they also appear to be rivals… their relationship is quite palpable.
In the action footage, new Heartless, a Nobody wielding a sickle, and a scene where [Sora] unleashes a Birth By Sleep shotlock-like attack from an attraction flow (a special technique that can be triggered under certain conditions), among other things, were present. New battle scenes were packed with action.
Tetsuya Nomura once again took to the stage and presented another event-exclusive PV, a rare movie of the making of Kingdom Hearts. “During development, we proceed by working on each world, and we’re moving into worlds that we cannot, at this moment, show you. I can’t present any new worlds today, so in place of that, I’ve brought some in-production footage that we normally do not make public” (Nomura).
90% of Kingdom Hearts development is done at the Osaka Studio, and 10% done in Tokyo. The contents revealed in today’s footage are from the Tokyo Studio. In this PV, we saw once again the figure of the Nobody wielding the sickle from the latest trailer. “This is the Nobody that was also in the new KHIII trailer. As to what this Nobody is, I’m sure there are fans who are aware” (Nomura). Is this connected to Marluxia!?
Other things were also introduced in this PV, such as a new location in Olympus, the heaven map; and development footage of Aqua being controlled on KH 0.2 BbS’s map. Effects have been made more splendid and lighting processing has been increased, making the appearance even richer.
“Kingdom Hearts III will have attraction flows and weapon transformations, and party member coordination is being strengthened, so I hope you’ll look forward to these” (Nomura).
King Mickey appears!
Just as we were taking in all of these updates, there was another special movie! This footage featured King Mickey and his activities from titles to date. Once the movie had ended, the King himself appeared on stage! The audience cheered as King Mickey came to the scene! King Mickey, along with Tetsuya Nomura and Yoko Shimomura, left their seats and began to interact with fans. There were curtains and all, and the auditorium turned into an uproar.
There was much excitement accompanying King Mickey as he made his departure. Hashimoto made his appearance once again and said to the audience, “It is thanks to you, the fans, that [Kingdom Hearts] has been able to continue for 13 years after its release. We’ll be doing our best from here on out, so we appreciate your continued support.” The event concluded with thunderous applause from the fans.
What did you think about what the voice actors had to say? Let us know in the comments!
- Nov 08 2015 12:42 AM
- by Toominator
Beast's Castle Confirmed for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and "Mickey Code Together" Event for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
While the information from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III has been kept pretty quiet so far, we've got some new information from the D23 event about both Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]!
Below are translations from the latest Famitsu article, which detail the Mickey Code Together event, and the new Beast's Castle world!
-KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained X
In the smart phone app game Kingdom Hearts Unchained X, which tells us about the events of the beginning of the Kingdom Hearts story, from 18:00 (JST) on 11/3, the event [Mickey Code Together] began.
If you gather event coins during the event, you can obtain [King Mickey KHII Ver] avatars, as well as strength-boosting medals. Also! In order to cheer you on your quest in [Mickey Code Together], logging in on 11/4 after 4:00 (JST) will land you a free medal! Let's take the opportunity to get all of the Mickey items!
For Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], we have confirmation of a new world: Beast's Castle!
In the PC browser game, Kingdom Hearts X, a new world will be added at last, “Beast's Castle.” The world is based on the Disney film, Beauty and the Beast, and the story development will be something worth watching. “Beast's Castle” will be available after maintenance finishes on 11/5 (JST). Please look forward to it!
You can view images from inside Beast's Castle, and the Mickey Code Together outfit below:
What do you guys think about these new additions to the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] universe?
- Nov 07 2015 11:45 PM
- by Tadaima2006
New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]
Famitsu has updated their site following the presentation at D23 Expo Japan with a series of images and descriptions including a new attraction flow attack for Kingdom Hearts III. This new attack is based on Disney attraction named "Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster". You can find the image below:
In the section including Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, a new image shows Riku, Kairi and King Mickey standing before Yen Sid in the Mysterious Tower in Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-:
Here's a screenshot of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD with Sora surrounded by all his friends:
Last but not least, Beast's Castle was announced as a new world in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. However, it remains uncertain if Beast's Castle will be added to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ in the near future.
Translations will be added as soon as they are available.
Do you believe "Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster" may lead to a possible Toy Story world? Let us know in the comments!
- Nov 07 2015 11:47 PM
- by soraspromise
A new story update for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] was implemented on October 1st. Along with a new story update, the annual Halloween event for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] players has also begun, and to celebrate the announcement of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, players have received a SR+ Meow Wow card.
The story update for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] appears to reveal some interesting details. Such details include what Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, meant by having Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ not being the exact same as Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], however they are related. Master Ava, the foreteller of the Vulpes union, reveals that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is part of an opened state, in which Ephemera is conversing with the player from another dimension.
In this story update, you will fight Ava and test your skills. After 4 turns in the battle, the battle will end. You only use 1/4th of your strength during the battle.
Translations of the story update will be provided as soon as we receive them. You can check out images from the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] maintenance update as well as the story update below.
- Oct 04 2015 11:07 AM
- by Jake
A Guide to Understanding Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's role in the Kingdom Hearts series
With the announcement of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue coming in 2016, it's time to go make sense of all of the announcement details along with the 3 titles within the collection. For those of you who don't know, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a collection containing Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (cinematics), and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. If you aren't familiar with the entire Kingdom Hearts series, here are the descriptions for the 3 main titles contained in the collection with it's history and stance in the Kingdom Hearts series.
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD:
:Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD is an HD remaster of the original title, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2012 and was the only major game within the Kingdom Hearts series that was not included in either Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX or Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX for the PlayStation 3. However, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is being remastered in HD on the PlayStation 4 as Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD within the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection. The original story of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance takes place after the events of Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded, where Sora and Riku are summoned to take the Mark of Mastery exam, which determines who becomes the next Keyblade master. Sora and Riku are both tasked to dive into sleeping worlds and wake them from slumber, however Master Xehanort has other plans for the two as they are taking their exams.
Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover:
The next title in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection is Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover. Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is a cinematic movie in which explains the story of the original title, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. The cinematic movie will go into detail about the foretellers and the book of prophecies. Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] was originally released in 2013 on PC as a browser game, exclusively available to Japan. However a port for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], which is titled Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will allow everyone to experience the story of the original Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The story follows 5 foretellers who are sanctioned under a union, forming 5 total unions. Among the foretellers is a traitor, which has not yet been revealed. However, many have theorized who the traitor is.
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-:
The third and final title in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection is Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. In the original title, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Final Mix, there was a secret ending within the sercret episode of the game that stated a continuation of the story will be developed. Many interviews in 2011 discussed the title, which was named Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep -Volume Two-. It was apparent that the project was put off, however has returned as Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. Reasons for why Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep -Volume Two- was put off and why the title was changed is currently unknown. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- follows the events of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and continues the story on as Master Aqua. Also tied in is the events after Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance in which King Mickey reveals he has some secrets to confess to Sora. According to the screenshot contained in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer, it seems apparent that the title is using the same engine as Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix has also confirmed that Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- will contribute towards the story for Kingdom Hearts III, which is the end of the Xehanort saga.
For those that don't know, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is the third HD collection in the Kingdom Hearts series, following Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX contains the original titles of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Cinematics) all remastered in HD. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX contains the original titles of Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded (HD Cinematics) all remastered in HD.
What are your thoughts on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? Do you think this will be the biggest HD collection yet? Let us know in the comments below or post on our Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue forums!
- Sep 18 2015 10:16 PM
- by Jake
[Updated] Story update on Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] + Linking avatars from Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] to Unchained χ
During the last maintenance period on August 20th, it was revealed that a new story update would be implemented within Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. As of the maintenance period on September 3rd, the story was indeed updated on Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. As you go to Daybreak Town you will encounter a new scene in the game between Ephemera and one of the foretellers. Interestingly enough, it seems that the foreteller for Vulpes' name was revealed within the story update. The name appears to be "Ava". Along with the name "Ava" being revealed, a cutscene within the game shows Ephemera disappearing in the form of dandelions within your player's dream.
In the maintenance period, information on linking avatars from Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ was also given. Some notes on avatar linking is only one Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ account per avatar linking. You can check out translations of the story update recorded by KH13 Archives Team member, Everglow. Translations provided by HikariM, soraspromise, and Aru Akise.
You may view images from the maintenance update below.
- Sep 21 2015 11:24 PM
- by Jake
Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] has finished tonight's maintenance which includes some of the routine maintenance additions. This includes new cards which consist of King Mickey (SR), Hayner, Pence, Olette (SR+), Namine (SR), and Sora, Donald, and Goofy in their Atlantica forms (SR+). Aside from the usual additions, some new additions were implemented into the game such as Watermelon Heartless, which are now appearing in the game as well as Watermelon treasure chests. As players go to the treasure chests and defeat Heartless, they will be rewarded depending on what ranks they get throughout this limited time event for Watermelon Heartless. You can read translations from the maintenance update below thanks to KH13 member HikariM.
Jackpot Prize Cards in the raise draw
The Jackpot Prize Cards have appeared in the normal raise draw!
From 8/20 Thursday no later than 23:59 JST!
Usually only available from the “limited time [SR+] Raise Draw”
Jackpot Card Sora [ SR+] will also appear from the normal raise draw.
Starting from 8/21 00:00 JST (Friday) the Jackpot [Limited SR+]raise draw will return to the limited raise draw.
Watermelon event chestsSpoiler
Rewards for the Watermelon chestsSpoiler
LV33 Watermelon Heartless RewardsSpoiler
LV555 Watermelon Heartless RewardsSpoiler
LV666 Watermelon Heartless RewardsSpoiler
Limited [SR+] Raise Draw/New Attack Card List
Limited [SR+] Raise Draw/New Attack Card List
Limited SR+ Raise Draw has Appeared! They will be available at special prices once a day. [SR] Cards and above have the special ability (Circle Sword) The new [Sora] Card has the [Combo Plus EX] ※1
◆About Limited [SR+] Raise Draw ◆
Implementation Period: 8/20 (Thursday) maintenance till after 9/3 (Thursday) until the next maintenance starts
Degree of Rarity: [SR+]6.0 %/ [SR] 14.0%/[R+] 80.05
Type: -> [SR+] Fixed Number: -> Bonus Content:
[SR+ ] 1 Card Confirm! Draw : 11 cards and 1 confirmed [SR+], Fairy Godmother [R +] × 1 Munny × 200
[SR+] 2 Card Confirm! Draw : 11 cards and 2 confirmed [SR+], Fairy Godmother [SR] × 1 Munny × 300
[SR+] 6 Card Confirm! Draw: 11 cards and 6 confirmed [SR+], Fairy Godmother [SR +] × 1 and Yen Sid [SR +] × 1 Munny × 600
Necessary Charge Munny:
[SR+ ] 1 Card Confirm! Draw : Once a day 1,000 Charge Munny !! ※ Normal 2,000 charge Munny
[SR+ ] 2 Card Confirm! Draw: Once a day 3,000 Charge Munny !! ※ Normal 4,000 charge Munny
[SR+] 6 Card Confirm!: Draw Once a day 6,000 Charge Munny !! ※ Normal 8,000 charge Munny
*For more information on which cards are in the paid raise draw check the "Card list" in the Raise Draw screen.
Along with new additions in the game, a new story update was posted. The story update consists of following the previous story mission which is located in Daybreak Town and will be implemented into the game during the next maintenance update on September 3rd. With the story update also comes an update on the levels for each Keyblade in the game increasing. From the Keyblades, an exception to the level upgrade is made for the "Moogle of Glory" Keyblade which is a Keyblade exclusively provided at the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] 2nd anniversary event. Lastly, an update was provided regarding the postcards from the 2nd anniversary event. It is scheduled that the postcards will be delivered to those who won during the 2nd anniversary next week, on August 27th. You can read translations of each update below.
Story development update
Development Team Communication # 11
Now, we will introduce the update scheduled for September. Everyone, we hope you continue to enjoy Kingdom Hearts X.
Main Story Development!
A main story developing in Daybreak town is scheduled to be added in maintenance on Thursday, 9/3.
Upper Limit Level Release for the Keyblades
In late September, we plan to release the upper limit levels of all the Keyblades. However, this does not include the Keyblade “Moogle of Glory.”
Dispatch of 2nd Anniversary Rewards!
Rewards for the winners of the 2nd Anniversary event, post cards are sealed to be delivered by mail and scheduled to be out one by one starting from 8/27.
Messages have been sent out regarding shipping to all who won.
As of 8/20 have your forwarding address inputted, for those who have not yet inputted (their address), please check for a Square Enix Bridge message.
You may also view images from the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] maintenance update below.
- Aug 25 2015 10:17 PM
- by Soravids
Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] celebrates it's second anniversary with new artwork from Nomura and new events
Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] is celebrating it's second anniversary, and events are being held to commemorate the game. Players will be getting many daily log-in bonuses, such as items or cards once a day upon logging in. New artwork from Tetsuya Nomura featuring Sora and Roxas wearing each others clothes, along with Kairi and Naminé doing the same has been showcased for the event. A new story is available, and it seems to be somewhat similar to the story held for last year's event. Are you happy with the celebrations so far? Let us know below!
- Jul 18 2015 07:24 AM
- by Soravids
New extras added to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] following the June 4, 2015 maintenance, new Wonderland story added
After tonight's update, Kingdom hearts χ[chi] now has some cool new stuff to check out. New cards have been added including Key Art #30 featuring Roxas and Xion and Key Scene #16 featuring Sora, Donald, and Goofy. Other new cards feature Aerith, Cloud, Tifa, Zack, and Pluto. A new story has been added to Wonderland in continuation of the story told so far. The Wonderland story has now reached it's climax. Other new events and missions are also in place. So what did you think of the new story?
- Jun 04 2015 03:59 AM
- by Soravids
New extras added to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] following the May 21, 2015 maintenance, collaboration with Dragon Quest Monster Parade has begun
After tonight's maintenance, some very interesting updates have been made to Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. A collaboration between Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Dragon Quest Monster Parade has begun with rewards to be gained. It's worth noting that Dragon Quest has had campaigns with both Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV in the past, so this is nothing new. This week's new cards feature Sora: Limit Form, Donald Duck, and Goofy. Some new events are also in place. Let us know what you think below!
- May 21 2015 08:54 AM
- by Soravids