Welcome to KH13.com’s live coverage of the Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Event in Santa Monica, California!
The event will run from 11:00 AM PDT to 3:00 PM PDT. Doors will open at 10:30 AM PDT. The event is invite-only, and we've got staff members Toominator (@ToominatorKH13) and Raxaimus (@RaxaimusKH13) representing us at the event!
Kingdom Hearts Director Tetsuya Nomura will be in attendance alongside Co-Director Tai Yasue and several Square Enix staff members. Attendees will be using the hashtag #KH3Premiere to share information from the event!
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May 15, 2018: Kingdom Hearts III Invitational Premiere Event overview
Event Day [May 18th, 2018]
5:50 AM PDT: The Kingdom Hearts Twitter is getting ready for the event!
6:00 AM PDT: The Embargo has been lifted!
6:01 AM PDT: Kingdom Hearts Facebook uploaded new screenshots, including Wreck-It Ralph as a summon!
6:40 AM PDT: Toy Story's world name revealed to be Toy Box!
7:30 AM PDT: Button assignments and commands available in English for the first time!
8:30 AM PDT Staff Members Raxaimus and Toominator have arrived at the #KH3Premiere!
8:42 AM PDT: It has been confirmed that the names of the Keyblades will be "Ever After" for Tangled, "Infinity Badge" for Toy Story, and "Smile Gear" for Monsters, Inc.!
9:28 AM PDT: Ariel's Link is called "Lagoon Showtime" and Wreck-It Ralph's is "8-Bit Blast"!
10:23 AM PDT: Everyone has arrived for the event!
10:27 AM PDT: And they're headed in!
11:00 AM PDT: A first glimpse at the venue as our staff head inside!
11:00 AM PDT: The panel is starting soon!
11:02 AM PDT: Shinji Hashimoto has taken the stage!
11:03 AM PDT: The demo played today will be fully in English!
11:05 AM PDT: Tetsuya Nomura and Tai Yasue begin the panel. They explain the theme of KH3 is heart and resolution. Expect some surprises and the ending might be hard for us to take!
11:10 AM PDT: Pixar has been "a necessity". Nomura talks about the scale of the Pixar worlds and Square Enix's unique influence!
11:16 AM PDT: The panel offers some tips for playing the demo!
11:18 AM PDT: Audience was shown a video of the development process for Tangled and Monster, Inc.!
11:19 AM PDT: You can switch Keyblades while using Keyblade Transformations!
11:22 AM PDT: Yasue and Nomura gives closing messages, Yasue notes how he loves how expressive YouTubers are and looks foward to their reactions while playing today!
11:25 AM PDT: Nomura's closing message: more information coming next month that will help us understand the game better! Says we might have a hard time keeping up with info!
11:33 AM PDT: King Mickey is here to celebrate and take pictures with the attendees!
11:38 AM PDT: Nomura spotted wearing a Stark Industries shirt!
11:39 AM PDT: Attendees get a better look at the venue and are invited to try Sea-Salt Ice Cream!
12:17 PM PDT: Toominator and Raxaimus meet co-director Tai Yasue and try some Sea-Salt Ice Cream!