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#1964583 World with new playable character confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III; future D2...

Posted by Aquaberry on 17 October 2017 - 08:56 PM

Amongst the Kingdom Hearts III information revealed at the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night held at Square Enix Café Osaka on October 13th, 2017, there was also some discussion pertaining the worlds in the upcoming title and future reveals. Kingdom Hearts III development leads, such as series director Tetsuya Nomura and lead character modeler Mr. Yamasaki, answered related questions.

It was confirmed that a new playable character other than Sora will be present in Kingdom Hearts III. They said:

Such a world will come out [where this is possible]... But it is something we cannot tell you right now.

This follows a previous statement where Nomura hinted at the possibility of a second playable character.

When asked about the world selection criteria in Kingdom Hearts III, the staff in attendance answered:

Although we put emphasis on the play-element of worlds, sometimes we like for the new worlds to be a surprise.

When asked if they meet with Disney representatives abroad to discuss world selection, Yamasaki replied that he does so on a regular basis to share his point of view with the world, and that "each leader goes [abroad] as a delegate."

Lastly, the staff stated that while D23 Expo has been confirmed in the past to present new information on Kingdom Hearts III, it is undecided whether this will be the case for the event's upcoming 2018 installation.

Translations have been provided by KH13 translators Mio-chan and Lady Aleister.

You can read more about the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night and view pictures of it here.

The Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night at Square Enix Café Osaka is a campaign that precedes the joint campaign between Square Enix Café Osaka, Square Enix Café Tokyo, and ARTNIA, which is held to celebrate the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary as well. You can read more about this joint campaign and view pictures of it here. This collective campaign will run at ARTNIA until December 14th, 2017, and at both Square Enix Café Osaka and Square Enix Café Tokyo until November 10th, 2017.

You can also keep in touch with the ongoing updates on our Twitter here.

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#1964545 Kingdom Hearts III developers comment on Xehanort, Sora, Riku, and Kairi char...

Posted by Aquaberry on 17 October 2017 - 05:01 PM

During the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night held at Square Enix Café Osaka on October 13th, 2017, staff in charge of the development of Kingdom Hearts III, such as series director Tetsuya Nomura, executive producer Shinji Hashimoto, and co-director Tai Yasue, met with fans and answered questions, providing snippets of information regarding the upcoming title.

During the event, Nomura introduced Mr. Yamasaki as the person in charge of character models for Kingdom Hearts III, jokingly saying, "If you’re not satisfied with a character, please remember Mr Yamasaki!"

Yamasaki reported the following:

Young Xehanort and Xemnas are still under development for Kingdom Hearts III, so their faces still need some adjustments. Since they're different from Kingdom Hearts II, the jaw is getting longer and the adjustments are laborious.

A model for Xemnas was previously shown in the Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra trailer, and a model for Young Xehanort was show in the Toy Story trailer at D23 Expo 2017. From the statement above, it can be inferred that they may not have been the final models.

Sora's height was also reported to be 160 cm - 3 cm shorter than Yamasaki himself. It is unclear whether this is Sora's original or current height; however, as Yamasaki had been commenting on models for Kingdom Hearts III, it is possible this is referring to the height of Sora in Kingdom Hearts III.

Regarding other characters' heights, Yamasaki said:

I have a proper idea of them. It is undecided whether to announce it or not though. But based on it, we can create models. For Xehanort…I cannot say it but, who knows, maybe he’s over 180cm?

Furthermore, when asked a question about whether he has been planning to create models for hooded characters such as the Master of Masters, Yamasaki responded:

Yes! I’ll make sure to do it! But [whether or not] to make them public depends on Mr Nomura. I’ve colored* in black the one I did.

*He might have been referring to the black cloak that the Master of Masters is seen wearing in Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.

It was also reported that Riku's and Kairi's Kingdom Hearts III outfits are not quite done yet as they’re evolving everyday, and that they will have a hood. This statement may have been referring to the in-game models rather than the design, as Nomura had previously stated that Riku's outfit design had been completed. He had also commented that Riku's Kingdom Hearts III outfit was based on the one he's shown in in the Kingdom Hearts χ 3rd anniversary Key Art. In the illustration, Kairi is also seen wearing an outfit with a hood.

Translations have been provided by KH13 translator Mio-chan.

You can read more about the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night and view pictures of it here.

The Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night at Square Enix Café Osaka is a campaign that precedes the joint campaign between Square Enix Café Osaka, Square Enix Café Tokyo, and ARTNIA, which is held to celebrate the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary as well. You can read more about this joint campaign and view pictures of it here. This collective campaign will run at ARTNIA until December 14th, 2017, and at both Square Enix Café Osaka and Square Enix Café Tokyo until November 10th, 2017.

You can also keep in touch with the ongoing updates on our Twitter here.

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#1961417 Donald Duck and Goofy make an appearance in Kingdom Hearts attire at Cast App...

Posted by Aquaberry on 03 September 2017 - 10:23 PM

Disney Cast Members in Donald Duck and Goofy Kingdom Hearts costumes were spotted at a Cast Appreciation Party that took place on Thursday, August 31 in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. The party was exclusive to entertainment cast only.

The costumes seem to be the same, if not similar, to the ones worn on Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween event in 2004 at the Magic Kingdom, just prior to the release of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. You can compare the costumes in the albums below.

Thanks to Jorge de Sousa Costa (@jorgecostacom) for the tip. The photos below of Donald and Goofy at the Cast Appreciation Party were taken by Brynée Kitaoka and JV (@borealis.dreams).

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Kingdom Hearts's other appearances at Disney parks include the sales of an exclusive Organization XIII Mickey Mouse pin, a Kingdom Hearts Re:coded statue and print seal machines at Tokyo Disney Sea, footage of Kingdom Hearts fans at Disneyland Paris in the Inside the Kingdom, with Heart and Favorite Fan Moments promotional videos for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, and a Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Snapchat geofilter.

What do you think of the recent Kingdom Hearts presence at the Disney parks? What are you expecting of it in the future? Let us know in the comments!

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#1960634 Kingdom Hearts III featured in October issue of PlayStation Official Magazine UK

Posted by Aquaberry on 27 August 2017 - 05:09 PM

The PlayStation Official Magazine UK has published a feature on Kingdom Hearts III on its October issue, commenting on the latest news on its development.

The spread focused on the inclusion of a Toy Story world in the game and aspects of the gameplay so far, as revealed in the D23 trailer released last month. It also summarizes some facts about the game, such as that it will be the last title of the "Dark Seeker Saga," and that Big Hero 6 was the last Disney movie chosen to be a part the game, and hence all other movies released after 2014 will not be in it.

You can view scans of the feature thanks to KH13 Social Media Team Leader Andrew Hankinson.

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Give it a read and tell us what you think!

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#1959734 EGX 2017 - who's going?

Posted by Aquaberry on 19 August 2017 - 12:41 PM

Hi guys, Aquaberry here wondering if anyone from KH13 community (apart from me hehe) is attending EGX (Eurogamer) next month in Birmingham?

 

I'll be going on Friday, and maybe Sunday.

 

If anyone is planning to go let me know what day! 

 

Square hasn't announced any their own game lineup yet, hopefully tho we'll have it by the second week of September.




#1959641 Kingdom Hearts III featured in Game Informer's September 2017 issue

Posted by Aquaberry on 18 August 2017 - 04:45 PM

In the latest issue of Game Informer, Kimberley Wallace wrote a feature giving a summary of information of Kingdom Hearts III from interviews held after the Toy Story trailer reveal at D23 Expo 2017.

The feature includes comments made by series director Tetsuya Nomura during his interview with Game Informer published in July. While talking about the Toy Story trailer, Nomura discussed the plot and gameplay of the Toy Story level and the return of Gummi Ships.

The second part of the feature includes unpublished answers from Game Informer’s interview with Nomura, where he expressed the production team’s enthusiasm in using current-generation technology in Kingdom Hearts III.

“With Kingdom Hearts III, I feel like we were able to recreate the world of the original CG film pieces close to its original quality in terms of its graphics and the look of the different worlds. Up until then, we created the worlds so that it looks like it is a stylized Kingdom Hearts world, but now with Kingdom Hearts III, we were able to depict the world of the original film close to its original form as possible.”

“The staff members on our development team always want to try something new, so even with previously introduced mechanics, they always try to make it their own or tweak it. Even if it is small or minor, we customize it so it’s for Kingdom Hearts III.”

Nomura talked once again about Athletic Flow, the parkour-like mechanics showcased in Kingdom Hearts III trailers that allows Sora to interact with the environment. He also hinted at the return of Aqua, Terra, Ventus, and Roxas.

“There was some feedback that it [Flowmotion in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance] was too free and hard to manage, maybe because the title was on a handheld device. So I wanted to make it so that there’s the ability to control it properly. It’s basically revamped and introduced as a new mechanic in Kingdom Hearts III. You’ll be utilizing the environment to propel yourself to an area that you’re not normally able to go to, or again, running up the cliff during battle. Those can be expected in each of the different worlds you’ll be traversing through.

“The motivation for Sora and his allies’ journey in Kingdom Hearts III is to help those people who met a tragic ending such as Terra, Ventus, Aqua, and Roxas, and to rescue them from that tragedy. How they relate to the narrative, and if we were to reveal any sort of information about that, it would probably spoil everything.”

You can read more about Atheletic Flow and Roxas’s return in Nomura’s previous interview with IGN.

The first two pages of the article can be previewed below. Thanks to KH13 community member Alexandra Risner for the scans.

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If you would like to read the full feature, you can purchase a digital copy of this issue here.

Have you read the feature yet? What do you make of the world of Toy Story, Athletic Flow, and seeing Roxas and the "Wayfinder trio" again? Let us know in the comments!

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#1958345 Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Kingdom Hearts costumes by Rubie's Japan Cos...

Posted by Aquaberry on 08 August 2017 - 07:05 PM

Rubie's Japan Costume Collection have recently advertised the arrival of two costumes inspired by Kingdom Hearts. The first is Mickey Mouse in his "King Mickey" attire, and the second is a Donald Duck costume inspired by his recurring Kingdom Hearts outfit. Both costumes have been advertised as "female versions."

They are planned for a late August arrival.

Pre-orders for the King Mickey costume are available here.

Pre-orders for the Donald Duck costume are available here.

Advertised information about the costumes can be found below, along with pictures. Translations are courtesy of KH13 staff members Mio-chan and soraspromise.

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King Mickey female version:

Price: 9,050 yen (tax included)

Size:
Top length 65cm
Shoulder width 40cm
Width 48cm
Sleeve length 30cm
Pants length 72cm
Waist (rubber) 64~90cm
Inseam 40cm
Glove length 18cm.

Mickey Mouse’s costume from the popular game « Kingdom Hearts » makes its appearance.

In Kingdom Hearts, Mickey is a kind king with a strong sense of justice.

You can casually wear this clothing to catch the attention with its fantasy details.

Its big zippers are the focus.

The set includes: a top, pants, a headband, and gloves.

Donald Kingdom Hearts female version:

Price: 9,698 yen (tax included)

Size:
Top length 57cm (total length 75cm)
Shoulder width 54cm
Width 53cm
Sleeve length 35cm
Pants length 43cm
Waist (rubber) 64~90cm
Hat circumference 54 x length 43cm

Donald Duck’s costume from the popular game « Kingdom Hearts ».

In Kingdom Hearts, Donald is a cute wizard with a short-temper ☆

The cute and comfy pants is a form that is true to the world of the game.

The set includes: a top, pants and a hat.

Recently, Sora and Kairi costumes have been announced for pre-order from Spencer's and their sister brand Spirit Halloween, due to be shipped on or before September 15, 2017.

Will you be pre-ordering these costumes? Or would you rather make them yourselves? Let us know in the comments below!

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#1957639 U-TREASURE announces more Kingdom Hearts jewelry, including character necklac...

Posted by Aquaberry on 03 August 2017 - 05:32 PM

U-TREASURE, a collection of custom-made pop culture-based jewelry from the Japanese brand K.uno, has announced the release of three new Kingdom Hearts character necklaces and a ring. On August 14th, the brand will be releasing necklaces featuring King Mickey, Donald, Goofy in their Kingdom Hearts attire, and a ring featuring the Kingdom Hearts logo.

U-treasure have previously released a variety of Kingdom Hearts jewelry, including an engagement ring, a wedding ring, and six necklaces most recently on June 21, 2017.

The merchandise will be sold at U-TREASURE Pop Up Shop (in Shinjuku), U-TREASURE online shop, and the K.uno Sapporo store, Yokohama Motomachi store, Nagoya · Sakae, Kanazawa store, Shizuoka store, and Umeda store, Kobe. The sales will start on August 14th at the U-TREASURE Pop Up Store and Fukuoka store. They will be successively developed in other stores starting September 6th.

You can find pictures of the products below.

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You can read descriptions of each product below, provided by Famitsu. Translations are courtesy of staff member Lady Aleister.

King Mickey Necklace

If you want to feel like a reliable king, we recommend Mickey! With his brave appearance and keyblade in hand, he is 48,000 yen (In K18 yellow, pink, and white gold) and 12,000 yen (In silver).


Donald Duck Necklace

Donald has traveled with Sora and Goofy on many adventures. He is reproduced with a brave look in his eyes, and his magic wand in hand! Donald is 48,000 yen (In K18 yellow, pink, and white Gold), and 12,000 yen (In silver).


Goofy Necklace

Goofy has traveled with Donald and Sora on many adventures. He is faithfully reproduced with a brave look, holding onto his shield! Goofy is 48,000 yen (In K18 yellow, pink, and white gold), and 12,000 yen (In silver).

Kingdom Hearts ring

With the official title of “Kingdom Hearts”, this ring highlights a delicate design and expresses the two dimensional logo in three dimensions. The outline of the letters is uneven, and its difference in level and heart motif adds depth to the ring. This gorgeous ring is 180,000 yen (In platinum 950), 130,000 yen (In K18 yellow, pink, and white gold), and 15,000 yen (In silver)!

UPDATE: King Mickey, Donald, and Goofy necklaces are now available for pre-order on Seven Net. Each necklace is 12,000 yen (silver) and 28,000 yen (K18 yellow, pink). The release date is set for October 27, 2017. You can pre-order them here.

Thanks to @yohirooo for the tip!

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#1957389 Kingdom Hearts Sora and Kairi costumes, wigs, and Keyblades on pre-order at S...

Posted by Aquaberry on 01 August 2017 - 09:47 PM

A number of officially licensed Kingdom Hearts products are now available for pre-order at Spencer's Online store as well as on its sister brand store, Spirit Halloween. Among these are Sora and Kairi Kingdom Hearts II wigs, costumes, and default Keyblades: the Kingdom Key and Destiny's Embrace respectively.

These items are expected to ship on or before September 15, 2017. Shipping is only available to the United States, Canada, and overseas military APO/FPO/DPO addresses.

Spencer's and Spirit Halloween also have other Kingdom Hearts merchandise currently in stock. They are listed below with prices and links for purchasing.You can find pictures of all the merchandise below:

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You can find descriptions of the new Spirit Halloween Kingdom Hearts merchandise below, along with pre-order links.

Thanks to Churro for the tip!

Adult Sora Costume Deluxe - Kingdom Hearts

$49.99

Team up with Goofy and Donald to fight against the Heartless and find Riku and Kairi when you dress up in this Sora costume! This officially licensed Sora costume features his signature outfit and shoes to make you ready for your next major journey across worlds.

  • Officially licensed
  • Exclusively at Spirit
  • Includes:
    • Jacket
    • Top
    • Pants
    • Pair of fingerless gloves
    • Pair of bootcovers
  • Material: Polyester, polyurethane
  • Velcro closure
  • Care: Spot clean
  • Imported
  • Note: Wig and keyblade prop sold separately
Pre-oder it at Spirit Halloween.

Adult Kairi Costume Deluxe - Kingdom Hearts

$49.99

Join Sora and the others as they journey through the worlds when you dress up as Kairi! Show your appreciation for the Kingdom Hearts series and make Halloween all the more fun as you wear her signature pink dress and black pouch. Wield her signature keyblade (sold separately) to fight alongside Sora and protect your friends!
  • Officially licensed
  • Exclusively at Spirit
  • Includes:
    • Dress
    • Detachable belt and pouch
    • 3 bracelets
  • Material: Polyester, polyurethane
  • Velcro closure
  • Care: Spot clean
  • Imported
  • Note: Keyblade prop sold separately
Pre-order it at Spencer's.
Pre-order it at Spirit Halloween.

Sora Wig - Disney Kingdom Hearts

$16.99

Getting Sora's signature spikes is a piece of cake with this perfectly pointed wig. No Kingdom Hearts look will be the same without it! Grab your keyblade and serve King Mickey just like a true keyblade master with this officially licensed wig.
  • Officially licnesed [sp]
  • Length: About 8"
  • Material: Synthetic fiber
  • Care: Hand wash with cool water and mild shampoo
  • Imported
Pre-order it at Spencer's.
Pre-order it at Spirit Halloween.

Kairi Wig - Disney Kingdom Hearts

$16.99

Grab a keyblade and charge into battle as Kairi! Her red locks are a must for any Kingdom Hearts inspired costume, and this officially licensed wig is sure to do the trick. Brush up on your fighting skills; you have some heartless to take down!

  • Officially licensed
  • Length: About 13"
  • Material: Synthetic fiber
  • Care: Hand wash with cool water and mild shampoo; air dry
  • Imported
Pre-order it at Spencer's.
Pre-order it at Spirit Halloween.

Sora Kingdom Key Keyblade - Disney Kingdom Hearts

$24.99

The most iconic keyblade of them all, Sora's signature weapon can now be yours! Details like the King Mickey chain will have you feeling powered up and ready to take down the Heartless once and for all. The cosplay-quality key is the perfect way to finish off your Sora costume!
  • Officially licensed
  • Dimensions: 32" L
  • Material: Polyvinyl chloride
  • Care: Spot clean
  • Imported
Pre-order it at Spencer's.
Pre-order it at Spirit Halloween.

Kairi Destiny's Embrace Keyblade - Disney Kingdom Hearts

$24.99

Take on the Heartless head on with Kairi's keyblade! Straight from the Realm of Light, the floral design boasts keychain details and a metallic gold-tone finish that are sure to make you a keyblade master in no time. It's a must-have for your Kingdom Hearts inspired look!
  • Officially licensed
  • Dimensions: 32" L
  • Material: Polyvinyl Chloride
  • Care: Spot clean
  • Imported
Pre-order it at Spencer's.
Pre-order it at Spirit Halloween.

Let us know if you'll be purchasing any of these in the comments below!

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#1955634 Famitsu features Kingdom Hearts III exclusive interview with Tetsuya Nomura d...

Posted by Aquaberry on 19 July 2017 - 11:51 AM

Famitsu has released its latest weekly issue today, showcasing a 12-pages feature on Kingdom Hearts III in light of its newest trailer and Toy Story world announcement at D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California. The feature talks about the events that unfolded at the Expo and the latest trailer, and includes an exclusive interview with series director Tetsuya Nomura.

We have already published a summary of highlights of the feature, including discussion points on the plot and characters in Kingdom Hearts III, information about its worlds and gameplay, and upcoming updates on the Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] story.

You can read the summaries here and here, and look at the scans of the magazine below:

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You can read the full translation of the interview below:

“KHIII” Director

TETSUYA NOMURA INTERVIEW

Director Tetsuya Nomura sat down to talk to us this time about the Toy Story world, the feel of the battle
system, (and more.)

–- The release window has been announced! You said 2018...anything more specific?

Nomura: As expected, please wait for the follow up report. (laugh)

--- I understand. (laugh) So, let’s talk about the trailer that was released at D23, and the trailer that was released at the orchestral concert. The same wording was used in both trailers, what kind of intention was behind that?

Nomura: The catchphrase was added after editing on both trailers, but since Sora begins with diving and sliding energetically. I absolutely wanted to close with the words "jump in." Based on that, I thought about the original catchphrase, and returned to the original concept of KH. I argued that the Toy Story world was absolutely necessary in KHIII. As I was setting up for the first Kingdom Hearts game, I was talking through the various parts of the story...that was long ago. (laughs) John Lasseter was in Japan, and I was asked to tell him about the specifications, and tell him what I wanted to include.

--- Is this during the first Toy Story movie in the timeline?

Nomura: The Toy Story world has an original story that cuts out [from the timeline] after the second film, Sora and company aren’t tied up in the [film stories]. It’s not a parallel setting. Events in KHIII will also be included in the Toy Story series timeline.

--- In a sense, this is a new Toy Story tale. What kind of story are you developing here?

Nomura: In the opening, Sora will be mistaken for a character from the latest game released in that world. Although it’s not in the trailer, the dinosaur toy Rex sees Sora and mistakes him for that game character.

--- Sora seems to be a toy based on that character, huh? Sora and company’s designs all seem like toys.

Nomura: The KH team’s art director repeatedly interacted with the other side to give the design we have now. At first, we were hoping for a design more like an action figure, but from the other side we got advice to match the aesthetic of the world of “Toy Story” as much as possible. I got a lot of suggestions from various people in charge of the story, settings, characters, etc. until the world was completed. There was stubbornness on both sides, so we had to take a lot of time to discuss until we settled on this design, where both sides are satisfied.

--- Because of that, the characters from the original films, including Woody and Buzz, look just like the original animation.

Nomura: Although we had the sample data, I didn’t think it would reproduce so well in the game. The staff was shocked. Thanks to the considerable improvement in expressiveness in KH so far, each world can have it’s own unique visuals, gimmicks, etc. that are all different. It’s kind of like making a lot of separate games at the same time—it’s hard. (laughs)

–- I see. This time, the big topic of this trailer is the public reveal of the Toy Story world. I was waiting for it, and felt like "It finally came!"

Nomura: It’s the same for me. It’s a world I wanted to put in since KH2, so now that it’s finally been realized, I’m having some really deep emotions.

-- What makes you decide to show Toy Story trailer at this event in particular "D23 2017?"

Nomura: We couldn't show much of the new worlds during the last D23 because of Disney so we decided to show the Big Hero 6 world because we could only show one image, we originally wanted to show the Toy story world back then.

Nomura have also shed light on some points that were mentioned previously in some other interviews, such as:

- They wanted to follow on KH0.2's path and make it so that you could chose what to do next while continuing the fight. It may seems hard at first sight but it's actually pretty simple.

- You won't be forced to use a specific Keyblade in order to beat a boss, this way each player can use the one they prefer.

- Every character's story will be settled, and this will involve members from the former Organization XIII.

- Nomura is involved with many titles, such as a character designer, but he is directing nothing besides the announced titles (KH3 and FF7 Remake.) Some people are mistakenly crediting him as the main character designer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

- The world where Young Xehanort and Eraqus are at is an original Kingdom Hearts world and there will be less Disney worlds than KH2, but with more playable content in them.

- The story will be dark, but there are no plans for ending everything at once.

- The Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] fifth Union leader chapter has been written and it will be released early August, the character is going to be cute.

- On the next KHIII reveal, they will try to focus on showing the battle more. "Different battle situations."


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#1955443 Tetsuya Nomura discusses Maleficient's role in Kingdom Hearts III, the po...

Posted by Aquaberry on 18 July 2017 - 06:21 PM

Following up on Tetsuya Nomura's statements on a higher tier of magic and the return on Gummi Ships in Kingdom Hearts III, IGN published more interview insights from the Kingdom Hearts series director. They are summarized below.
  • Despite series executive producer Shinji Hashimoto's reassurance, some fans have still been questioning the existence of a future "Kingdom Hearts 2.9", especially after the epilogue of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- bearing the name "2.9: The First Volume". But Nomura dispelled that concern stating that the epilogue has already bridged the gap to Kingdom Hearts III. He said:

“Of course [the 2.9: The First Volume] narrative does connect to Kingdom Hearts III, but I understand that there were some speculations about, like, is there going to be another 2.9 that's going to come out? But rest assured, it is already – that bridge, that link is already bridged, so we are now leading up towards Kingdom Hearts III."

  • Nomura also talked about some plot points in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. He said that Maleficient and Pete are working separately from the (new) Organization XIII without conflicting with them or Sora. His statement is as follows:

“Whenever [Maleficent and Pete] go to different worlds, they may interact with some of the villains, Disney villains that exist in that world, but they are their own thing, with Maleficent leading the way. They have no sort of cooperation [with Organization XIII], nor are they conflicting or enemies against those people. Sora is battling the 13 Darkness, but Maleficent and Pete are kind of separate from that... So she doesn't necessarily actively poke at Sora or try to bother him.”

  • In regards to the scene in the Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra trailer where Xemnas asks Sora if he is ready to "call upon the darkness", Nomura stated that that scene "is actually a bit longer" and suggestive to Xemnas and Ansem Seeker of Darkness - Xehanort's Nobody and Heartless - existing at the same time.

“That brings to Sora's attention, if a Heartless and Nobody can exist at the same time, can Sora and Roxas exist at the same time, too? And to do that, Xemnas is asking Sora, do you intend on utilizing the power of darkness? So that's the kind of narrative that we wanted to talk about in that section [of the game].”

  • In regards to the exclusive scene performed by Kairi's Japanese voice actress for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -, where Kairi narrates a letter she wrote about training with Lea, Nomura only said that in Kingdom Hearts III, she is training in a timeless environment to face the battles ahead.

“With the help of Merlin, she's now in the sort of environment where there's no limitation of time. So she can train, and focus on training, to become a Keyblade wielder. And so, in Kingdom Hearts III itself, also, it will be touched upon that those two are currently training.”

  • Nomura also stuck with his initial statement about summons returning to Kingdom Hearts III.
  • He said that they've been avoiding showcasing more information on Attraction Flow as they feared they've shown it "so many times" in the previous trailers (such as the Kingdom Hearts III - E3 2015 trailer), and that the team is interested in showing it off again when when the right opportunity arises.
  • Nomura also followed up on his previous statement about almost all the worlds in Kingdom Hearts III (apart from Olympus Coliseum) being new worlds.

“With Kingdom Hearts III, there was deliberate intent to kind of focus on the more [sic] newer titles. And then in terms of previous titles, we tried to balance it so that we have a good mix of some of the older IPs as well as some of the new worlds as well. But, yeah, with Kingdom Hearts III, there was a shift in that sort of thinking so we can focus on some of the newer titles.”

  • When discussing the development team's approach to choosing a Disney world for the game, Nomura said they would firstly look at projected fan enjoyment. He said that if two worlds had a similar theme, for example two jungle worlds, or if two levels had similar content, the team would shortlist only one.
  • Nomura talked again about Athletic Flow being a refined version of Flowmotion after processing fan feedback of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Athletic Flow is shown off in the Hercules excerpt of the Kingdom Hearts III D23 2017 trailer when Sora jumps from rock to rock.

"With the previous Flowmotion... it seemed a little too free. And we did receive feedback from the consumers that it was – they didn't know what to do with it, and it was kind of hard to control on their end. So we tried to refine it and it's evolved into now what we call Athletic Flow."

  • Nomura stated that the focal point of the Toy Story arc will be at Galaxy Toys.

"That toy store is going to be sort of a very central focus of that arc of Kingdom Hearts III, and it's in that section you see those robots being sold on the shelves."

  • Lastly, he concluded by saying that the players can expect more variety in the gameplay, and that fighting in first person perspective with the mechs is just one of several engaging gameplay elements in the Toy Story world.

"You can expect to see different sort of gameplay happening in each of the different worlds, and we have those specific points that we would love for the players to pay attention to."

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#1955281 Less Disney worlds in KH3 than KH2, but with more content; Big Hero 6 world d...

Posted by Aquaberry on 18 July 2017 - 08:09 AM

Less is more . Even in KH 3 .

 

If you think about the workload and the vastness of the worlds and the size of the game, it's expected.


Calling it now, there will be KH references in Toy Story 4.

 

Peace!

 

They'll be selling Kingdom Hearts action figures




#1955277 Less Disney worlds in KH3 than KH2, but with more content; Big Hero 6 world d...

Posted by Aquaberry on 18 July 2017 - 07:47 AM

A Kingdom Hearts III feature will be included in the upcoming Weekly Famitsu issue, and Esoteru has posted a summary of its highlights online. News Team member Dengojin has translated them as below:
  • The KH3 development team have been planning for a Toy Story world since Kingdom Hearts II, but had to go through a number of negotiations for it to finally appear on KH3.
  • The story in the Toy Story world will take place after Toy Story 2, and will follow its canon timeline rather than taking place in a parallel storyline.
  • At the beginning, Sora is mistaken for another character from a new game being sold.
  • Riding a robot to fight was an early idea sent at the beginning of the development to the KH3 development team.
  • Development on the Big Hero 6 world is going well, and the next information on it is on its way.
  • The number of Disney worlds in KH3 are less than in KH2*, but they will be vast and have more content in them.
  • The number of cutscenes in Final Fantasy VII Remake is greater than in KH3, and they are taking a long time to develop.
  • Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura is designing the organization members for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It was a request that came from his old mentors who used to take a good care of him when he was a newcomer, and he couldn't refuse that request.
  • There are no unannounced titles that Nomura is directing, but he is involved in many.
*There were 12 Disney worlds (excluding original Kingdom Hearts worlds) in Kingdom Hearts II, implying that the number of Disney worlds in Kingdom Hearts III may be less than 12.

Toy Story is the latest world revealed for Kingdom Hearts III through the trailer unveiled last week at the D23 Expo in Anaheim. The Weekly Famitsu feature, which will recap the event and include an interview with Tetsuya Nomura, will be published on July 20 in Japan. Stay tuned with us for updates and translations!

UPDATE 1: Since the summary of the highlights was posted online by Esoteru, more leaks have released from Hachima. Some parts of this have already been covered in the aforementioned highlights summary, but now, we have the information in more detail and new information as well. You can check it out here.

UPDATE 2: The Weekly Famitsu issue has been released! Check out full scans of it, as well as full translations, here.

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#1955178 Tetsuya Nomura is “confident” about 2018 release, and is not changing his ori...

Posted by Aquaberry on 17 July 2017 - 08:09 PM

Azario Lopez (@azariosays) from DualShockers had the chance to interview Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura only a few days after he revealed the new Kingdom Hearts III Toy Story trailer at the D23 Expo 2017.

Below are some of the highlights of the interview.
  • Nomura stated that he is confident about releasing Kingdom Hearts III within the given release window. He talked of the planning of the development process, and reiterates why the development of the game had been taking longer than planned.

“In terms of when we decided that it’s going to be 2018, I can’t say for certain, but we knew that from the start of the project… We had determined how long the development period was going to be.

We had this goal that we set in our planning: we would spend this amount of time, and then our personnel would be increased at such timing. So the plan was already there, but there were some factors that tied-in with our company’s decisions. There was the decision to change the engine, also some personnel planning that had also changed. So there were some factors that were related to the company’s decisions which affected the actual timing at which we will be releasing. That being said, the period that we were planning to spend to create the game was still there, and it just naturally shifted. So we feel that we have been moving according to plan.”

  • In fact, as stated previously in a GameSpot interview, there was a decision made by the company to change to an external engine, the Unreal Engine 4. In his interview with DualShockers, he stated that this decision was made after a whole year of development of Kingdom Hearts III. He reiterates that this delay was not due to any problems with the development team, and that he was not part of making the decision to switch engines.

“The company had to make those decisions and it didn’t work out for the targets that we were hoping to hit.”

  • In regards to directing Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake at the same time, Nomura agreed that while it is the biggest challenge, he is not finding it as difficult due to the games being so different from each other.

“The differences between them actually work to my advantage. If both titles were too similar, they might start to look the same. With the two being so different, if there was one thing that I could not do in one title. I might be able to do it in the other. This actually works out well for me in that way.”

  • Nomura admitted to feeling a “little bit of pressure” in managing expectation for Kingdom Hearts III. However, he will not be deviating from his original vision and plans for the game, (“which was ambitious to begin with”) and that there are fewer chances now to make last minute changes and do trial-and-errors.
  • He cannot comment on the number of worlds in Kingdom Hearts III, but repeats that they will all be most likely revealed leading up to the release.
  • As with his interview with GameSpot, he also repeats that while nothing is confirmed in regards to DLC in Kingdom Hearts III, he has told the development team to prepare for downloadable content in the future.
  • He briefly commented on how Keyblade transformation was one of the main transformation assets they focussed on. You can read more about it in this interview he had with Game Informer.
  • He recapitulated how the development team is allocating more “fun and gameplay” into individual worlds than in previous titles, rather than making many small different worlds.

“Since these are HD graphics, we need to be efficient on how we’re working on creating these assets.”

You can read the full interview here.

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#1954953 Tetsuya Nomura discusses a "higher tier of magic" in Kingdom Hearts III

Posted by Aquaberry on 16 July 2017 - 08:13 PM

In an interview with IGN, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura discussed new tiers of magic present in Kingdom Hearts III. When asked about "Blizzaza", an ability first revealed in the Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra trailer, he stated that it is indeed a more powerful version of Blizzaga. This was featured in the latest Kingdom Hearts III D23 2017 - Toy Story trailer, along with other similar higher tier magic abilities such as Firaza and Thundaza.

He is quoted below:

"The background of the tier of the magic, up until now, only King Mickey was able to utilize the most powerful form of magic [which was "Stopza" in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance]. It has existed, and then in 2.8, as Aqua becomes Key Blade Master, she is also able to control the highest form of certain magic. As you noticed, it is a higher tier of magic, and Sora is going to be able to use that in Kingdom Hearts III as well."

Nomura also talked about the return of Gummi Ships in Kingdom Hearts III. He reiterated what he stated in a previous interview with Game Informer:

"We can confirm that we do have Gummi Ships in Kingdom Hearts III because it is a numbered Kingdom Hearts title. You can expect that to show up, but it has evolved. We can't say how it has evolved, it's a secret, but Gummi Ships will be in Kingdom Hearts III."


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