Shinji Hashimoto took the stage AT Lucca Games and Comics 2018 to reveal a brand new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III!
The trailer, which you can see above, gives us a closer look at some of the cinematics in the Kingdom of Corona world of Kingdom Hearts III, as well as finally showing off the English voice acting and some brand new gameplay footage. You can check out the trailer screenshots here!
What do you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments below!
Mickey: The True Original Exhibition is an upcoming event for New York, starting on November 8 2018 to finishing on February 10 2019. The event is celebrating Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture over 90 years. A 16,000 square-foot exhibition of many artworks from renowned artists can be explored by guests.
King Mickey has played an important role in Kingdom Hearts; because of this creator Tetsuya Nomura is contributing one of his Kingdom Hearts: coded artworks into the upcoming Mickey: The True Original Exhibition.
IGN has exclusively revealed an original sketch from Nomura down below:
Nomura has also left a description of the sketch in the Ultimania book.
Nomura's sketch will be featured in the Original Muse section of the exhibition and it is the first time people can view the sketch in person.
Will you be attending the Mickey Mouse exhibition? Let us know in the comments!
From November 8th, 2018 to February 10th, 2019, Disney will be hosting a pop-up exhibition in New York to celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday! Mickey: The True Original exhibition is 16,000 square-feet and features many different art styles proving Mickey's impact on pop-culture as a 'True Original'. Art pieces by Kingdom Hearts director, Tetsuya Nomura, will be featured at the exhibit!
The event will be held at: 60 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10014. Tickets are $38.00 and are purchased by appointment time. Purchase your tickets through the website here! Follow the event with #mickeytrueoriginal on Instagram and Twitter! Our own KH13 News Team member, xionskeyblade, will be attending the Mickey Mouse exhibit on November 16th, 2018! Come by and say hello!
Will you be going to the Mickey Mouse Exhibition? Let us know in the comments down below!
We're at the end of another month and that means it's time for a new round-up for all of Octobers merch!
First up we have a new Kingdom Hearts throw being sold by Target. The throw feature multiple Keyblades from the series! The throw is retailing for $19.99.
Hot Topic are selling 3 different Kingdom Hearts tee's: a long sleeve Kana style, a short sleeve Sora Sun style and a short sleeve Circle Logo style. The prices vary depending on size. For the Kana style, the price is between $26.90 - $30.90. For the Sora Sun style, the price is between $20.90 - $22.90. For the Circle Logo style, the price is between $20.90 - $24.90. You can check these out below:
Hot Topic also have their own Kingdom Hearts group throw blanket for $24.90. This throw features Sora, Donald, Mickey, and Goofy.
Next up from Hot Topic are 2 Funko Pop!'s; the Soldier Heartless and Kingdom Hearts III Sora, both retailing for $12.50.
Next we have some iron on Kingdom Hearts patches from Target. The patches feature the crown, the key, the heart and the Heartless motifs! A price is not currently available and these have only been spotted in-store so they will not be available on the Target website as of now. You can check out these awesome patches below:
Best Buy are now listing the Kingdom Hearts III Sora (Brave Form) Funko Pop! as coming soon with a current release date of 23/11/18, though this is subject to change. The currently listed price is $9.99.
Diamond Select Toys had new Q&A where they answered multiple questions regarding new and planned Kingdom Hearts products. The first thing they mentioned is that a new Roxas figure was a the top of the list for the Gallery line, as long as they continue to sell. There will also be more Organisation XIII members and new Keyblades!
Diamond Select Toys have also released new Sora and Goofy figures for $49.99!
A Sora MetalFig figure was spotted by Churro at GameStop in-store for $24.99.
Also from Diamond Select Toys, Maleficent and Sora with the Shooting Star Keyblade figures will be sold as a double pack for $24.99.
That's it for DST, now we jump back into clothing with Hot Topic's Kingdom Hearts icon pajama pants retailing at $15.92! These would go well with the throw!
Bookwalker are releasing a Kingdom Hearts coaster set coming late January 2019, which will feature 4 coasters, one featuring Sora, one for Mickey, one for Donald and one for Goofy. There is currently no price specified.
Bookwalker are also releasing Kingdom Hearts pin sets in late January 2019. There is no price available for this item either. You can check these out below:
A set including both the coasters and pins will release alongside Kingdom Hearts III in Japan on 25/01/2019.
Again from Hot Topic, we have a new Kingdom Hearts lanyard featuring a "Dive into the Heart" stained glass design, costing $8.90 and a Kingdom Hearts symbols beanie costing $19.90.
Box Lunch are selling 2 Kingdom Hearts t-shirt designs! A Light vs Dark design and a Photo design. Both designs are selling for $28.90.
Also from Box Lunch is a Kingdom Hearts Christmas sweater going for $59.90.
The final item from Box Lunch is a Kingdom Hearts Keyblade dad hat! The hat costs $18.90.
Buckle-Down Inc. have got some Kingdom Hearts belts for sale. There are 5 different designs in total all retailing for $23.95! There's a Sora and Friends design, a 6 character design, a Shadow design, a second Shadow design, and a second 6 character design! It is yet to be confirmed whether these are licensed products.
Spencer's have released 2 different Kingdom Hearts inspired watches. An LED watch with Keyblades on the strap and a watch with the Heartless/Nobody symbol on the face. The LED watch is retailing for $14.99 and the symbol watch is $24.99.
This merch round-up was a big one! What items caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below!
New footage of Kingdom Hearts III worlds has been recently displayed on a special GIF tweeted for Halloween by Kingdom Hearts' Twitter account. The GIF shows Sora posing in different locations, giving a new perspective of worlds like The Colisseum, San Franstokyo, The Caribbean, Monstropolis and also Toy Box.
It is also noticeable, during the Caribbean frames, a clear resemblance of a Moguri Shop, which, until now, was an unconfirmed return. Moreover, in the Colisseum part of the GIF, a temple (presumabily Zeus') can be seen in the background.
Is there any new detail which you were able to grasp in this new footage? Let us know in the comments!
Kingdom Hearts III is making an appearance at Lucca Comics & Games, the biggest comics festival in Europe! To promote the upcoming game, Shinji Hashimoto will be present at the event at the Share the Magic panel on Saturday November 3, at 5.30 PM CET (12.30 PM EST) at the auditorium in Chiesa di San Francesco. The doors will open at 5.00 PM CET. The panel will last 1 hour 30 minutes, with a signing session will follow. Entry will only be allowed to those holding special tickets, which, in limited quantity, will be distributed at the ticket office at the Teatro del Giglio from Saturday morning. It will only be available to those who have already purchased tickets and collected their wristbands for the event.
KH13 News Team Associate Editor Yoshirai will be reporting for us at this Kingdom Hearts III panel!
Contrary to earlier reports, this panel will NOT be streamed live.
Keep an eye on this article to follow our coverage of the panel, and follow our Twitter for live updates!
For those interested in cosplay, there will also be a Kingdom Comes: Final Fantasy e Kingdom Hearts Cosplay Contest on Saturday November 3 at the Chiesa di San Franceso at 12.30 PM CET!
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Kingdom Hearts III Lucca Comics and Games 2018 Tangled Trailer [ENG]
Kingdom Hearts III Lucca Comics and Games 2018 Tangled Trailer [JPN]
August 20, 2018 [12:27 PM CET]: Kingdom Hearts III demo announced to be playable at Lucca Comics & Games 2018! Oct 12, 2018 [10:01 AM CET]: Shinji Hashimoto to be present at a special Kingdom Hearts III panel at Lucca Comics & Games 2018 on November 3! Oct 30, 2018 [9:43 AM CET]: Giant Kingdom Key statue has been erected at Piazza San Michele! Oct 30, 2018 [1:24 PM CET]: See gallery below for even more pictures of the giant Kingdom Key!
Day 1: Wednesday October 31, 2018
[11:36 AM CET] Free seasalt ice cream, since 2005! Perfect for your summer vacations. Collect yours from the #KingdomHeartsIII cart! [While stocks last] [12:00 PM CET] Attendees can enter the Kingdom with a special Kingdom Hearts III passport and visit gorgeous worlds [backdrops] such as The Caribbean and San Fransokyo! There's even a Baymax cutout! The KH3 decor looks lovely at Villa Bottini. [1:26 PM CET] Visitors enter the Kingdom Hearts III "building"! Seasalt icecream has also been spotted! There are different areas for the worlds of The Caribbean, Toy Box & San Fransokyo. Demo playtime seems to be restricted to 10-15 minutes per person. [2:13 PM CET] While waiting in line to play the demo, fans are given sea salt ice cream! (Tastes of vanilla...) [8:26 PM CET] Lucca CG 2018 has by far the best photo ops for Kingdom Hearts III! What do you guys think? [9:28 PM CET] The Kingdom Hearts III worlds' decorations inside Villa Bottini are absolutely stunning! There is a sled with 'snow' and 'ice' in Arendelle, and chests, wooden floorboards and 'shrouds' at The Caribbean!
Day 2: Thursday, November 1, 2018
[12:13 PM CET] Tubbo Nubbo have published a video showing and discussing the Kingdom Hearts III getup at Lucca CG 2018! They showed off what's inside their passport (which includes world pages that were stamped as they visited each world-themed room in Villa Bottini). Visitors also received a pin. You can watch their field footage below! (At around 12:41, you can even see Sora hurling Goofy down the cliff...) [12:22 PM CET] "You're about to start an exciting journey through some of the fantastic worlds of Kingdom Hearts III. Enter to discover all the available activities, including the opportunities to take pictures, try the demo, and collect stamps to fill your passport!" [12:46 PM] A close-up picture of The Caribbean room decorations!
Day 3: Friday, November 2, 2018
[1:34 PM CET] Pictures of all the pages of the Kingdom Hearts III passport can now be seen in our gallery (and in this thread)! [1:43 PM CET] Some lovely angles of the Villa Bottini entrance and The Caribbean room! [1:45 PM CET] Each room of the Villa Bottini features the battle theme of a specific Kingdom Hearts III world! [3:38 PM CET] Our Associate Editor Yoshirai has now appeared at Lucca CG 2018! Spotted some sweet Kingdom Hearts III promo at the station!
Day 4: Saturday November 3, 2018
[5:30 PM CET] Kingdom Hearts III Share the Magic panel with series producer Shinji Hashimoto will begin! [5:50PM CET] Kingdom Hearts III Share the Magic panel has begun! [5:51PM CET] Photos are allowed, but no video recording. [5:52PM CET] Sunil Godhania has taken the stage! He thanks all the fans who are gathered for the occasion. [5:53PM CET] The panel will be in English, and will discuss new gameplay aspects! [5:55PM CET] Square Enix is currently summarising the series' lore whilst showing slides! One of the key themes for Kingdom Hearts III is 'resolution'. [5:57PM CET] They are currently showing a video about Keyblade transformations! [6:02PM CET] The panel showed about 10 seconds of new Baymax gameplay, and are now discussing the Link system! [6:04PM CET] New Gummi Ship gameplay has been shown, with both freeroam and on-rails sections! [6:05PM CET] Various mini-games are being showcased, including Ratatouille cooking and Goofy snowboarding! [6:05PM CET] Hashimoto is on stage! [6:07PM CET] Hashimoto says he is very grateful for his years with the KH series! He is also giving details about the elevator meeting that started it all! [6:10PM CET] Apparently, Miss Yamamoto from Disney pitched the idea of a collaboration to Hashimoto first, asking if he was from Square Enix! Disney was very interested in Square Enix as a company back then! [6:12PM CET] Q&A is starting! The staff on the panel have apparently selected several community questions! [6:14PM CET] "To be honest, I can't say too much about this before the release, but we are considering DLCs, and those will eventually be revealed." [6:15PM CET] Hashimoto says that Big Hero 6 is his favorite world! Developing new worlds was difficult, considering new assets and elements. [6:17PM CET] "16 years ago, the game was released. I wasn't expecting such a success!" [6:18PM CET] "This is hard to answer. Everyone is different, but there is a lot of drama. You guys will be very fulfilled!" [6:22PM CET] "Making a new game is a lot of work. When it's the first game of the series, you're not really sure if it is going to be a success. I was really happy it sold out!" [6:25PM CET] Hashimoto has one last message, thanking fans for coming to the panel. It's not long until the game's release, so be sure not to miss out! [6:27PM CET] A special video is being shown for the first time! [6:29PM CET] The trailer is showing more Kingdom of Corona footage, with English voice acting! [6:30PM CET] The panel has officially ended. A full report from us will be coming soon!
On the field footage of Lucca CG 2018
A brand new seasonal piece of artwork has been revealed for Kingdom Hearts III. You can view it below.
The piece was unveiled on the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account, and was drawn by Daigo Tsukada, a 2D character artist on Kingdom Hearts III.
In the art we can see a variety of already revealed Kingdom Hearts III Heartless and Nobodies surrounding Sora. A caption was also shown saying,
Are you celebrating Kingdom Hearts this Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!
Less than three months remain until the release of Kingdom Hearts III! The Olympus and Toy Box demos have made appearances all over the world, including Paris Games Week 2018.
Speaking of Paris Games Week, Xbox One X Actu uploaded a video of a player at the Kingdom Hearts III demo booth, leaving the intended Olympus demo area at 5:13. The player was able to see a bit of the area that is blocked by the Titan's rocks, which is not possible to do in the current demo that has also been available at other events. You can see the full video below and let us know what you think in the comments!
It is with great pleasure that we present to you the premiere episode of KH13.com's brand new Kingdom Hearts-centered podcast - The Usual Spot. Hosted by Toominator and SeaSaltShelby, this first episode is our Dive to the Heart; we tell you how we became fans of the series, list off our "favorites" and "least favorites" of the series, and end with a unique challenge. We quiz each other on our knowledge of boss fight quotes in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. Come listen or watch, and see if you can do better!
There are two unique experiences with our podcast. We will be simultaneously releasing episodes on YouTube and Podbean. YouTube allows you to watch the recording of our podcast, but is better saved for an online experience. Podbean allows you to listen to the audio file online, or you can download it to any device and listen to the episode on the go. The choice is yours!
Click here to download or listen on Podbean!
We plan on releasing episodes every other Sunday. Episode 2 will release on Sunday, November 11. We hope you enjoy the premiere episode of The Usual Spot!
Utada Hikaru's new single, Face My Fears, is going to be released on January 18 in a CD listed as Normal Edition on Sony Music Shop Japan, which is now available for preorder at the price of ¥1,400 (yen). The CD will also feature a collection of other tracks: Chikai, Face My Fears (English Version) and Don't Think Twice. No product image has been shown at this time. Although not having been released yet, Face My Fears was already confirmed as Kingdom Hearts III opening, featuring for the first time a collaboration between Utada Hikaru and the DJ, singer and musician, Skrillex. You can check below for the translated description of the product:
Are you going to preorder it or will you wait for a western release? Let us know in the comments!