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#1938175 Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda weighs in on simultaneous worldwide releases,...

Posted by Aquaberry on 11 April 2017 - 10:27 PM

KHIII released everywhere at the same time and KH ReMIXes available everywhere I go on the Switch? Hell yes, sign me up!


I mean I know the point of the remixes was to unify everything onto one console, but I think that concept can still be spread to other consoles as well, as long as everything is included for each system. I mean it's just distributing the ReMIXes to 3 systems, 4 if you want to throw PC in there for the hell of it, and it's the same exact experience on each one available to more people than ever before. I love KH being on the Playstation, but even I think it's kind of silly to try and hoard everything when the series has already had a diverse enough history as it is. Plus, those poor Microsoft users still deserve to have these titles available on the system that's going to host it's first KH game ever, a sequel to 2 other ones they've never played before.


Keeping everything on one console isn't "unity", it's isolation. Unity is bringing everyone together, including the new customers you're planning to win over with KH3. Can't do that if they don't prefer to have a PS4 AND an XBone at the same time.


I wish more people shared your perspective!

#1938166 Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda weighs in on simultaneous worldwide releases,...

Posted by Aquaberry on 11 April 2017 - 09:29 PM

In a recent interview with Nikkei magazine, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda commented on the company's future sales strategies, including the intention to focus on simultaneous worldwide releases and the Nintendo Switch.

Simultaneous worldwide releases

Matsuda is of the opinion that Final Fantasy XV sold 6 million total physical and virtual copies worldwide (as of January 10, 2017) in a relatively short period compared to previous Final Fantasy games due to its simultaneous worldwide launch. He commented that as the European and US markets tend to continue their sales long term, Square Enix is planning to maximize the life time values of their games through updates and DLCs.

Matsuda observed that simultaneous worldwide releases are an important aspect of marketing, as gamers will want to play a new game as soon as possible and may even lose interest if the game's international release is delayed. He said that it is therefore important for the company to decrease those delays, especially for RPGs and the action/adventure genre, as, due to their emphasis on narratives, they are difficult to sell abroad unless released simultaneously.

Matsuda is also showing interest in gamers sharing gaming experiences over social media such as YouTube. This has become more relevant to Square Enix's sales strategy as they expect their consumers to share gameplay videos and create a "buzz" to lead game titles to become more noticeable.

When asked about the necessity of cultural changes in games, Matsuda replied that Square Enix games are appreciated for retaining their own cultural originality.

Lastly, Matsuda reflected on taking advantage of the emerging market in countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and especially India, where the once negative perspective on video games has been changing steadily.

The Nintendo Switch and other platforms

Following up on new platforms such as the Nintendo Switch and Microsoft's Project Scorpio this year, Matsuda believes that having more platforms is good for content creators. Square Enix is in fact increasing its interest in the Nintendo Switch in particular. The company has already released a few titles on the console and announced more future releases. Matsuda remarked that in addition to developing new titles for the Switch, the company would also like to port existing games to the console. He mentioned that while Nintendo may propose amazing ways to "switch" certain game characteristics, Square Enix aims to make games that will leverage the functions of the Switch following their own creative paths.

Matsuda also commented on the smartphone game business, mentioning that Square Enix's smartphone titles released in the beginning of 2016 struggled in general due to the market having matured beyond the existing templates used to create those games. He also listed other issues such as limited storage capacity. He stressed that the company will need to research its competitors and figure out how to make their games different and engaging.

Lastly, regarding Virtual Reality, Matsuda thinks that the focus is not to make a game specially for VR, but rather to use VR as a factor to make games interesting.

What do you think of this rundown of Square Enix's future strategies, and how do you think it will affect future Kingdom Hearts titles? Would you like to see a worldwide simultaneous release of Kingdom Hearts III, or Kingdom Hearts games ported to the Switch? Let us know below!

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#1937445 "Welcome to Kingdom Hearts" - New promotional spot released for Kingd...

Posted by Aquaberry on 06 April 2017 - 02:01 PM

they are DELICIOUS bread crumbs fite me

#1937396 "Welcome to Kingdom Hearts" - New promotional spot released for Kingd...

Posted by Aquaberry on 06 April 2017 - 03:14 AM

A short video titled "Welcome to Kingdom Hearts" has been released by Square Enix to promote Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, which is out now in all countries. You can watch the video in English below, and in other languages on the official Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel:

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#1937299 Kingdom Hearts featured in the latest Famitsu for the series 15th anniversary

Posted by Aquaberry on 05 April 2017 - 02:17 PM

Oh yeah, I love "f", he's my most favorite male KH character. xD


Allow it fam

the website crashed in the middle of editing lol

#1937135 Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery will be released on July 29th, 201...

Posted by Aquaberry on 04 April 2017 - 08:09 AM

Pre-orders for the Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery figure will be starting soon at AmiAmi on April 5, 2017, 12am JST. Its listed price is 5,184 yen, with AmiAmi offering a 29% discount.

A prototype for this figure was previously in display at New York Comic Con 2016.

The figure is due for release on July 2017 in Japan.

UPDATE: Square Enix is now accepting pre-orders in the Square Enix Japan store for 4,940 yen (about $45 USD) and the figure is set to be released on July 29th, 2017. It's currently unknown when it will be available in the North American store.

You can view pictures of it below:


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#1936378 The April Fool's Joke is Here.

Posted by Aquaberry on 31 March 2017 - 08:23 PM

why tho

#1932766 -Giveaway- KH1.5+2.5 & KHUnionx posters & badges from PAX'17!

Posted by Aquaberry on 12 March 2017 - 02:33 PM

Hi guys!


Along with being a News Team member around here (been on break for a bit, but am returning in a few seconds!), I also manage Kingdom Hearts Hypetrain on Facebook and Twitter!

Lately we've been lucky enough to get hold of some goodies (and cash), so we're giving away a number of things to five lucky people, as follows:


  • x1 KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  • x5 KINGDOM HEARTS Union x [Cross] posters (20x14in)
  • x5 KINGDOM HEARTS Union x [Cross] buttons

Here's the promotional pic we've been using for it. You can participate either on Facebook, Twitter, or both. You can read more info about it in this Facebook post.


Do give it a try if you're interested!



#1932749 Can Nomura please have a time slot?

Posted by Aquaberry on 12 March 2017 - 01:37 PM

This man has lost sleep and precious time with his family to work on all his projects. :/ One thing I'm sure of is that people are sitting on their asses eating chips.

#1932720 #KH13MeetUp for London Concert

Posted by Aquaberry on 12 March 2017 - 09:59 AM

I'm coming to the concert the next day but maybe I can get there and meet with you =)


Same here... But the 25th will also be amazing for sure :D


You are welcome to the meetup even if you dont have tickets or if your show is for another day! If you RSVP to the event we'll update our location at all times during the day, and we'll meet somehwere at the venue where you dont need tickets to access!

#1932703 #KH13MeetUp for London Concert

Posted by Aquaberry on 12 March 2017 - 08:26 AM

Hoping to meet you all there! Going in Aqua cosplay!

#1907846 New trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix shown at Jump Festa 2017

Posted by Aquaberry on 16 December 2016 - 08:38 PM

Yeah but, if you think about it, DDD in 2.8 doesn't look THAT much better than 1.5/2.5 on the ps3. What else can they do? Remove fish faces?


i would buy it 13 times over if they did that! fish faces are the worst thing about the KH games hahaha even worse than people sharing donald medals

#1907837 New trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix shown at Jump Festa 2017

Posted by Aquaberry on 16 December 2016 - 08:23 PM

I wonder what that means.... I hope it's not just "4k pspro support"


i hope it means exactly what it says hhaha

#1907798 New trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix shown at Jump Festa 2017

Posted by Aquaberry on 16 December 2016 - 07:49 PM

Update: Square Enix's live program, Square Enix Presents, has just shown the new Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX trailer. It was a very short trailer, about 25 seconds long, showing different cutscenes from all the games in the collection, with the track "Destati" playing in the background.

You can view the trailer below.

The original article follows.

Square Enix have unveiled a new Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix trailer at Jump Festa 2017, according to rikunami13, an attendee at the event. This trailer was different from the game's announcement trailer.

We will update this article with the new trailer as soon as it becomes available online.

A Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer was also shown, but it was not a new one. It may have possibly been the final trailer for the game, which was released on December 8, 2016.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix releases on March 9, 2017 in Japan, March 28, 2017 in North America, and March 31, 2017 in Europe. The PS4 collection will be running at 60 frames per second, and rendered at 1080p. Additionally, the game has been reported to show an improvement in graphics from its PS3 counterparts.

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#1905976 New screenshots and renders included in the latest Famitsu Weekly's Kingd...

Posted by Aquaberry on 14 December 2016 - 10:38 AM

The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly contains a 4-page spread on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, featuring new renders and screenshots from the game that show off cinematic scenes and new and returning gameplay elements.

New images include gameplay images from Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage. The article features the costume customizations of Aqua, including a new pattern for her outfit. Aqua is also seen fighting against Darksides in the Enchanted Dominion area of the Dark World. Some of the screenshots were previewed online yesterday on the Famitsu website. Previous Weekly Shonen Jump screenshots of Aqua performing the magic-activated combo "Thundagun", and the finishing attack with Mickey for the "Wayfinder" Command Style at Destiny Islands, are also shown.

Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is also featured. A new CG image and render of Ephemer and the Master of Master's 6th apprentice (Luxu) holding Master Xehanort's Keyblade are also available. A close-up of Ephemer in a cinematic scene is also shown. Some of the new cinematic screenshots extend from the scenes shown in the final trailer for KH2.8. For instance, Master Ava and Master Gula are shown looking at a sleeping young Chirithy inside a flask. A new screenshot of the Master of Master and Luxu talking is shown. A picture of the five Foretellers in their study is included. The image of Luxu holding Master Xehanort's Keyblade was previously featured in a Famitsu web article.

Two in-game trophies for Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop Distance HD have been revealed, and Flick Rush seems to be making a comeback to the HD remaster. Gameplay images and renders include the new elephant Dream Eater, as well as another new Dream Eater with the appearance of a Penguin in a hot bath. The elephant Dream Eater is called Beat Poi, a pun on the character Beat from The World Ends WIth You on which its design is based. The penguin Dream Eater is called Yuagari Penguin, which translates to "Spa Penguin."
You can view scans of the feature below. Translations will be coming soon.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases on the PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 12, 2017, and worldwide on January 24, 2017.

Are you liking the new KHχ BC screenshots and renders of Ephemera and Luxu? Will you be playing Flick Rush and getting trophies on KH HD DDD? Let us know below!

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