Unreal Engine released an article as part of their Project Spotlight, a project that focuses on recent titles that were developed using Unreal Engine 4, and this time, Kingdom Hearts III was featured.
For more details on it, you can view a video below. You can also view the original article here.
The article says:
The Square Enix e-Store has revealed three new pieces of Kingdom Hearts merchandise, including a Donald Duck plush, a Goofy Plush, and Kingdom Hearts themed Air Pod cases.
Currently, the Airpod Cases are available through Square Enix's Japanese e-Store for ¥3,520, and are set to release on November 7th, 2020.
The Donald Duck and Goofy Plush are set for a November 21st release in Japan for ¥5,940, and a December 2020 release from the Square Enix North America Store for $59.99 each.
You can pre-order the Donald Duck plush from the Square Enix North America store here and the Square Enix Japanese e-Store here. You can also pre-order the Goofy plush from the Square Enix North America store here and the Square Enix Japanese e-Store here.
Check out each of the items in our galleries below:
Will you be adding any of these items to your collection? Let us know in the comments below!
The entertainment website otocoto have published a column by strategist Shuji Utsumi, who wrote about his involvement in the Kingdom Hearts project and how it came to be approved by Disney.
Utsumi joined Disney in 2000 and became the Asia-Pacific representative at Disney Interactive. At the time, he was surprised to learn that Kingdom Hearts was more of an experimental project that hadn't received an official approval by Disney – something Squaresoft was not aware of as they eagerly worked on it.
Disney Japan did not have a license to work with a completely new world, and the act of incorporating multiple Disney titles into a single work was unprecedented at Disney. There existed no Mickey Mouse style guide for 3D modeling, and there was no one on the Japanese side who could judge this project, which seems to be the reason why even the head office did not have the authorization to work on it.
Some of Disney's veteran staff in Japan advised Utsumi to stop the project early, saying "no way that's gonna work". At the time, he never dreamed that he would present it to Eisner and obtain approval for its commercialization.
In the early 2000's, Eisner decided to come to Japan after a long time. Disney Japan representatives were to present a performance report to Eisner, and the Division Managing Director was to give the business report. Utsumi was also a member of the presentation.
On the day of the presentation, more than 100 people from both Japanese and American management attended, but everyone's attention was set on Eisner. Eisner sat in the front seat and asked each presenter one question after another.
Utsumi says that meetings at Disney without Eisner were completely different. He described Eisner as an "Ancient Chinese Emperor".
Utsumi's presentation on that day also included Kingdom Hearts, which he was concerned about. However, it was worth doing well, and the session went smoothly in the end, with Eisner's encouragement and official approval to continue the project. After the presentation, many Disney executives and staff smiled and even asked for Utsumi for a handshake.
Thanks to KH13 News Writer @Ryuji_Shiryu for his help translating the column!
For more details on the history of Kingdom Hearts, watch KH13's "The Road to Kingdom Hearts III", a 48-minute documentary-style film directed by @HaakonHawk in collaboration with SarahKey, KZXcellent, and other content creators from the fan community. Starting with the first game's inception, the film moves over to how the franchise director Tetsuya Nomura got involved, the famous elevator story, character licensing, voice actors, the announcement of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2013, and much much more.
Episode 2 of Kingdom Hearts Dark Road has finally released in English! You can view the translations below, courtesy of KH_Damo. You can also view our translations of Episode 2 from our team's Ryuji! Due to the nature of the final cutscene, it will be marked in spoiler brackets, so viewer discretion is advised.
What is your take on the events that have unfolded in Episode 2, and what, if any predictions do you have for Episode 3? Let us know in the comments below!
Gangan Online have posted Chapter 11 for the Kingdom Hearts III manga. You can check out the manga either on their site or in the gallery below. You can also read it on their online app.
Chapter 12 will be available in September.
You can also check out the articles for the previous chapters by clicking on the links below!
Chapter 0 Prologue Japanese English
Chapter 1 A New Journey Japanese English
Chapter 2 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 3 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 4 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 5 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 6 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 7 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 8 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 9 World of Darkness Japanese English
Chapter 10 Connected Japanese English
In addition, Vol. 1 (which contains Chapter 0 thru Chapter 8 ) is available in Japan and will be available in November in English.
AmiAmi is accepting pre-orders on two new Kingdom Hearts 150-piece puzzles based on Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories. Each puzzle will cost ¥1,400 (about $13.00) and will be available in late October. You can view each puzzle in our galleries below.
The second story update for Kingdom Hearts Dark Road has launched in Japan with a total of three story scenes! Unfortunately, the global version of this update has been delayed to early August with no specified reason and date of release given.
You can view the Japanese cutscenes below, courtesy of KH_Damo who also provided videos of the first Episode's cutscenes. Due to the nature of the final scene, it will be spoiler tagged so viewer discretion is advised.
What are your thoughts on these developments and when exactly do you think the next global update for Kingdom Hearts Dark Road will launch? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: Our team's Ryuji has translated the three new cutscenes added in Episode 2 of Kingdom Hearts Dark Road! You can view the provided translations below.
Cutscene 1's translations:
Cutscene 2's translations:
Cutscene 3's translations:
Kingdom Hearts III: The Novel Vol.2, Seven New Hearts is now available in English for purchase as a paperback and digital from Yen Press. The novel is 160 pages long and will cost $14.00 (US)/$18.50 (CAN) for paperback or $7.99 (US)/$9.99 (CAN) digitally.
You can buy the volume as a paperback on AAA Anime, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indigo, Indiebound and RightStuf or digitally on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Walker, ComiXology, Google Play, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.
The novel has already been released in Japan as "GAME NOVELS Kingdom Hearts III Vol. 2 New Seven Hearts". Vol. 1 Re:Start is also available in Japanese and English. Vol. 3 ReMind Me Again is currently available on Amazon Japan and the Square Enix E-Store and the English localization has yet to be announced.
Announced by the most recent official Final Fantasy Brave Exvius live stream, a collaboration event between Kingdom Hearts Union Cross & Dark Road and Final Fantasy Brave Exvius will take place on both July 31st at 3PM JT, and August 16th at 11:59PM JT!
Brand new character sprites for the Sora, Kairi, Young Xehanort and Riku units have been revealed! Additionally, three cards depicting events from Kingdom Hearts III have also been shown!
You can view images of these sprites and cards in our gallery below. If you want a more intricate look into this collaboration, view the official live stream that shared this information.
Furthermore, there will be a retweeting campaign from July 31st to August 6th where if the tweet that is posted on that day gets 3000 RTs, rewards are given out on both games! The rewards are as follows:
How do you feel about the new Kingdom Hearts units and cards being implemented into Final Fantasy Brave Exvius? Let us know in the comments below!
Thanks to aitaikimochi and Roboloid for the tips!
Square Enix Japan E-Store has updated with new Kingdom Hearts-style dining ware. These include: fork and spoons sets in Monogram Silver, Monogram Black, Campetti Sliver, and Campetti Black; plates detailed with either the crown (small and large) or Roxas' symbol (small and large); and a Knife Rest. Color sets are also available for Silver and Black.
The fork and spoon set will cost ¥2,750 (about $26.00) each while the plates will cost ¥2,200 [about $21.00] (small) and ¥2,640 [about $25.00] (large) and the knife rest will cost ¥2,200 (about $21.00). The sets of 5 (which contains a set of Campetti, a set of Monogram, and a knife rest) will cost ¥6,800 (about $65.00).
All these items will be available on November 14th. You can view each set in the galleries below.
Kingdom Hearts Fork and Spoon Set (Monogram Black) - ¥2,750
Kingdom Hearts Fork and Spoon Set (Monogram Silver) - ¥2,750
Kingdom Hearts Fork and Spoon Set (Campetti Black) - ¥2,750
Kingdom Hearts Fork and Spoon Set (Campetti Silver) - ¥2,750
Kingdom Hearts Plates Crown (Small) - ¥2,200
Kingdom Hearts Plates Crown (Large) - ¥2,640
Kingdom Hearts Plates Roxas (Small) - ¥2,200
Kingdom Hearts Plates Roxas (Large) - ¥2,640
Kingdom Hearts Knife Rest - ¥2,200
Kingdom Hearts 5-piece set (Black) - ¥6,800
Kingdom Hearts 5-piece set (Silver) - ¥6,800
These items should be available in the Square Enix North America and Europe stores soon. Keep up with KH13.com the latest Kingdom Hearts news and information.
Square Enix have revealed three new pieces of Kingdom Hearts merchandise that are all available for pre-order from their official E-store.
Firstly is the Kingdom Hearts III Acrylic Stand - Gathering, which is available for pre-order for ¥3,850, and is releasing on September 19th, 2020.
Secondly is the Kingdom Hearts Japan Passport, which is available for pre-order for ¥3,300, and is releasing on November 14th, 2020.
Lastly is the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind Clear File Illustration. This is available for pre-order for ¥550, and is releasing on September 19th, 2020.
[UPDATE July 28, 2020] The Kingdom Hearts III Acrylic Stand Gather and the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind Clear File are now available for pre-order on the Square Enix North America Store. You can pre-order the Kingdom Hearts III Acrylic stand here for a discounted $35.09, and you can pre-order the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind Clear File here for a discounted $5.39. Both items are set to release in October 2020.
How do you feel about these new pieces of merchandise and do you have any intention of purchasing any of these products? Let us know how you feel in the comments below!
Square Enix has revealed that both the digital and physical versions of the Kingdom Hearts III Original Soundtrack will release worldwide on November 11th, 2020. The physical version will be available for ¥13,200 (approximately $134 USD).
The soundtrack is set to include 8 discs containing over 160 pieces across the following games
Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross]
While the tracklist will be revealed at a later time you can currently pre-order the soundtrack from the Square Enix e-STORE, Tower Records, Sony Music Shop, Yodobashi.com, Rakuten Books, Amazon Japan, and HMV&BOOKSonline.
Additionally in mid September a campaign will be held where fans can enter a lottery to receive an autographed colored paper signed by series composers Yoko Shimomura, Takeharu Ishimoto, and Tsuyoshi Sekito.
The Kingdom Hearts III soundtrack was previously announced back in June during the Kingdom Hearts 2020 trailer.
Will you be purchasing the Kingdom Hearts III soundtrack? Let us know in the comments below!
Shop Disney Japan has revealed 6 upcoming Kingdom Hearts iPhone 11 cases that are all available for pre-order on July 28th. You can view images of the cases as well as their respective store pages below.
iPhone 11 / Kingdom Hearts Symbols / Shock-resistant hybrid case (¥2,278)
iPhone 11 / Kingdom Hearts Logo / Shock-resistant hybrid case (¥2,278)
iPhone 11 Pro Max / Kingdom Hearts Symbols / Shock-resistant hybrid case (¥2,838)
iPhone 11 Pro Max / Kingdom Hearts Logo / Shock-resistant hybrid case (¥2,838)
iPhone 11 Pro / Kingdom Hearts Symbols / Shock-resistant hybrid case (¥2,728)
iPhone 11 Pro / Kingdom Hearts Logo / Shock-resistant hybrid case (¥2,728)
Are you intending on purchasing any of these charming cases to deck out your iPhone 11? Let us know in the comments below!
Thanks to aibo_ac7 for the tip!
Ichiban Kuji have announced more information about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts ~Second Memory~ lottery game. There are a total of 8 prizes that can be won. These include:
The game will begin on November 4th at Ito-Yokado and 7-Eleven stores. Each ticket will cost ¥750. Currently only the statues have been revealed. The statues were teased during the Japanese Kingdom Hearts 2020 trailer in June.
Kingdom Hearts Dark Road has released its event schedule for the second half of July, and has revealed that a main story quest update will be scheduled towards the end of the month.
You can view the full schedule of events for the rest of the month here.
What do you hope to see in the next story update? Let us know in the comments below!