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Petition to include German, Spanish, and French dubbing in Kingdom Hearts III

We have been recently contacted by our friends Jorge and Matthias from Disney Central regarding a petition to bring German, Spanish, and French dubbing in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. While this petition has existed for quite some time, Disney Central aim to close this by the end of 2017 (prior to the release of the game in 2018), and send the fans' signatures and comments to Square Enix Europe for consideration.

You can read the petition letter below:

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We at KH13.com believe this is a fantastic cause, especially for bringing together fans of different backgrounds in the Kingdom Hearts community! We are committed to promote this petition, and urge all our fans to sign it!

You can sign the petition here. It only takes 30 seconds!

Disney Central have already been receiving statements from the Square Enix team in Germany, indicating interest in the petition.

The following is the initial response from Square Enix:

Unfortunately, we can’t make this decision alone and are bound to coordinate with other territories and economic parameters. […] We will also try to realize all our customers’ wishes and requests for Kingdom Hearts III, including a German dubbing. Of course, I can’t make any promises right now as it is still too early. But I think that things aren’t looking too bad.

(2013)


Another response followed after a year of campaigning for the cause:

As for the petition, we hesitate to forward information of this type to our team in Japan, of course. KINGDOM HEARTS 2.5 appears, as you know, without German language edition. But that does not mean that it is managed for future titles. We are eager to pass on the feedback from the community directly, so it is not unheard of.

(2014)


As you may already know, Square Enix have been conducting online surveys and questionnaires asking for fan feedback, including regarding Kingdom Hearts. Disney Central and the European fan community have been voicing the need for dubbing in their respective languages through these surveys as well.

We believe it's high time the English-speaking Kingdom Hearts community joins as well!

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Signed it! Even though I would never listen to the German dub after getting used to the English one it’d be realy cool for all those who can’t speak English :)

Signed it! Even though I would never listen to the German dub after getting used to the English one it’d be realy cool for all those who can’t speak English :)

 

After the loss of Xehanorts voice and the strange voice of Sora in recent KH titles, I won't mind playing it in german.

 

However, Axels german voice will be missed. :(

If it includes Latin Spanish then I’m in.

I signed it! I don’t speak any of these languages, but I do hope the petition will work! :)

After the loss of Xehanorts voice and the strange voice of Sora in recent KH titles, I won't mind playing it in german.
 
However, Axels german voice will be missed. :(

Well it’s been over 10 years since KH2, who knows how Sora’s German voice sounds like now xD Have to admit though that the German dub was pretty good, they did a great job.

And yeah I know :/

Ooh, this is interesting, Aquaberry! Thanks for showing this to us!

 

It'd be pretty awesome if Kingdom Hearts III and other KH games had different dubs, so that people of different nationalities can be able to enjoy the KH games in their native language! I think it's an awesome cause! :D

Chance is small the game need to be released on time.

It better be on the same time as NA or worldwide.

If it includes Latin Spanish then I’m in.

Same here, I just want to hear my favorite characters speaking in my Native Language.

I wouldn't mind signing it if there's the option to switch between languages.
The German dub, and what I've heard of the others, are in no way inferior to the English one, with a few voices in each version being a little better or worse than the other.
However, I've gotten so used to the English dub that I don't want to switch now, especially since they probably have to cast new VAs for characters which already had one due to various reasons like unfortunately passing away, unavailability, etc. And there's also the tons of new characters which do not have a VA yet.

I agree that Sora's voice has sounded a bit strained in the most recent games, but I can't help but think that he might be able to sound more grown up in KH3 and I'm not sure if his voice was not edited in any way.

Back to the petition: I simply don't want to import KH3 from England and wait for it for another week just to hear the English dub. As I said, the German dub was never inferior in any way but it's simply a matter of getting used to it ever since BBS came out in Germany, which was a long time ago.
And unfortunately, they never even gave us the possibility to switch to full English, not even for something like subtitles.

And just because it was great back then doesn't mean it will now. There are examples of both good and bad dubs in recent days.
If there was a choice to choose the language, I'd sign it any day because then I would be able to switch to my heart's content and decide which version suits my taste more without buying two copies.
That really shouldn't be that big of a deal to at least include two language options, right?

I've often read about accessibility though in some comment sections, which I don't know whether it's that important for the third installment of a game that had English dubs ever since Days came out. (Re:CoM wasn't regularly available in Germany after all.)
People who get into the series now will have played all the games in English most likely, so it's not a turn-off to have KH3 in English either. Those who only buy KH3 will have more problems than the dub. And those who simply buy it for their kids or to slash away at things won't care either way.

For regular titles, I'd definitely also say that accessibility is a serious matter, but I simply can't imagine that fans would suddenly not buy KH3 because it's not in their native language. It's not a game people play without having seen the other entries of the series, and just having played KH1, KH2 and CoM won't be sufficient either. With the games being published solely in English from a certain point onward, switching back and forth is almost tedious for me. With the remixes and 2.8, everything had an English dub and I'm okay with that.

Which doesn't mean I won't support other language dubs if people can at least choose between their native language and English. That freedom should be possible with today's technology (heck, it was possible for really old games, too).

I definitely think this petition is a good thing but since KH has never given language options as far as I know, I'm afraid signing a petition for a German dub would make the English one unavailable on the German discs of the game.
I'm not an English fanatic by all means but it's simple a matter of getting used to all the voices for over 7 years now.

Signed it! Even though I would never listen to the German dub after getting used to the English one it’d be realy cool for all those who can’t speak English :)

thank you very much this is helping me atleast :D

 

while I do think the english version is a little bit better than the German I would still pay extra money to have a Dub because KH is a cornerstone of my childhood and to see soras story end the way it started for me would be a nostalgic Dream come true, it would just be the the icing on the cake.

 

Also I would have another good excuse to play it twice once in german once in English, in english for my youtube videos the german for me in private:P

 

Hope they listen to this Petition and also make a language DLC for the other games/movies aswell

I want kh3 dubbed in italiano too. What discrimination ahah

I definitely think this petition is a good thing but since KH has never given language options as far as I know, I'm afraid signing a petition for a German dub would make the English one unavailable on the German discs of the game.
I'm not an English fanatic by all means but it's simple a matter of getting used to all the voices for over 7 years now.

I don’t think that’s a thing anymore. In the past years I haven’t got a single game that forces you to use the German dub, there was always the option to switch the language. So if they really were to add German dub to KH3 I’m sure they will make it optional. If I remember correctly you could even change the sub language for 2.8? Not totally sure but I don’t think I have used a German sub.

If it includes Latin Spanish then I’m in.

If it includes Brazilian Portuguese,I'm in.

Now Rob wonders which will happen first. This or Japanese audio in the overseas version.

I hope that kh3 comes dubbed into Spanish from Spain, since one of the things that I liked about kh2 is that it was doubled in my language, it was one of the best dubbing seen in ps2, it's a pity that in kh 2.5 it was lost dubbing