[UPDATED]: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue confirmed for PlayStation 4 Pro release, Hikari music produced for KH 0.2 opening & more


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UPDATE: A full translation has been provided by Goldpanner! You can read it below.

 

Usually when new information is released I speak about it in interviews with the media etc., but this time the opportunity didn't line up, so I'm going to speak to you directly through Twitter.

 

First, I must apologise. As was stated today, due to the adjustment of contiguous titles, our estimated release date for KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 of December 2016 has become (for Japan) the 12th January 2017. To everyone who was looking forward to a release before the end of the year, I'm so sorry. Please rest assured that development itself is moving along as planned without a single issue and we are nearly finished.

 

There will again be two kinds of demo booths at TGS, 0.2 and DDD. The number of DDD booths in particular will be quite low, so if you have your heart set on experiencing KH at 60fps, please leave plenty of time to come to the booths. The smoothness and feel of the controls of DDD in actual motion is very fresh. Also, the 0.2 demo booths are the same style as the ones that were out at E3 this year. That means the style is already different compared to the style in the trailer we just released. The final commercial version is currently undergoing even more quality upping, but I think you can get a pretty good taste of the controls themselves from the demo. Please take this chance to get a feel of the first KH game produced for PS4.

 

In the trailer released at the same time as this message, I included some rather interesting scenes, as this won't be the last trailer, and it's designed to make you look forward to what's coming next. Best of all, the Hikaru Utada's Hikari -Ray of Hope Mix- included in the trailer was remixed ESPECIALLY FOR the opening of 0.2. Please look forward to getting to hear this new version of Hikari along with the opening movie.

 

With the development deadline approaching we are currently busy with last-minute work on 2.8, but for the first time in history our box art was actually ready before the release date announcement. I think I'll let the awesomeness of this miraculous planning speak for how well things are going. By the way, it will of course be compatible with the PS4Pro, so be excited. Furthermore, the other game we are working on while doing this, KH3, is coming along steadily. There are new worlds in which you can run, jump, [spoilers], [spoilers]... I'm very excited about moving Sora around in the wider space with his higher range of maneuverability. Next year is the 15th year anniversary, and first there's the release of 2.8, then that same month Unchained χ gains multiplayer functionality, and in March the full orchestra world tour (reservations for which opened today) begins, and actually, there's something else being planned for around then that I can't announce yet… One way or another, I think next year will be full of chances for me to announce new information, and I will be blessed to have reached fifteen memory-filled years with all of you.

 

 

Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura

 

The original article follows.

 

Tetsuya Nomura shared a message on Twitter about recent Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue news. In this message, he has confirmed a PlayStation 4 Pro version will be made for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. He also says that the trailer will not be the last, and says that the music in the recent trailer was produced for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep's opening.

 

You can read some translations below thanks to @r_kane1

This is not the final 2.8 PV, so please look forward to the next one. The new Hikari arrangement we hear was produced for 0.2's opening.

 

2.8 will get a PS4 Pro version, Nomura says to look forward to it.

 

Nomura says there are still some things he can't announce that are planned for early next as part of KH's 15th anniversary celebration.

 

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases on January 12, 2017 in Japan, and on January 24, 2017 everywhere else. An extended Tokyo Game Show 2016 trailer was released today.

 

Are you getting Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for the PS4 Pro? Let us know!

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I was going to get a normal slim, just to be sure I had a PS4 in time for December, but now with the delay and with the confirmation of enhanced Pro features, looks like I'll just be getting a Pro. 

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I was going to get a normal slim, just to be sure I had a PS4 in time for December, but now with the delay and with the confirmation of enhanced Pro features, looks like I'll just be getting a Pro.

 

Same here

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Does anyone know where I can find the new Hikari mix? I've looked everywhere but it doesn't exist to my knowledge. Or do we have to wait till II.8 comes out until we get it online? I hope not :[

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Does anyone know where I can find the new Hikari mix? I've looked everywhere but it doesn't exist to my knowledge. Or do we have to wait till II.8 comes out until we get it online? I hope not :[

 

Its a new remix so its never been released (or announced) before. At this point, a YouTube rip's probably your best bet unfortunately... not to shatter your hopes further but we also don't know if we'll even get a release for this, it's happened for some of Utada's remixes previously...

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Some day when I do get a Pro, I will buy this game again just for that experience. Until then though, I'll just be happy to have this baby for my PS4.

 

And oh man, that remix sounds even better in English. I still hope that they are working with Utada on a new single for Kingdom Hearts 3's opening and closing, but for 2.8, this remix is golden. It fits so well with the mood that the 0.2 opening is going for. I can't wait to experience that!

 

And oh be still my heart, I can't wait to hear what else Nomura has in store for us!

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Its a new remix so its never been released (or announced) before. At this point, a YouTube rip's probably your best bet unfortunately... not to shatter your hopes further but we also don't know if we'll even get a release for this, it's happened for some of Utada's remixes previously...

Oh no :/ Maybe I'll get it off Youtube when good versions come out. Thanks for the heads up though xD

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Some things he can't share for the 15th anniversary yet... it's got to be kh 3 release date it can't be anything else it's just perfect timing

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I like it when Nomura is this open and honest about progression. He should do stuff like this more often! I'm still surprised that there's one mroe trailer left for 0.2. This package is gonna be bigger than I initally expected.

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I like it when Nomura is this open and honest about progression. He should do stuff like this more often! I'm still surprised that there's one mroe trailer left for 0.2. This package is gonna be bigger than I initally expected.

jump festa  would be the perfect date for the final trailer along with kh3 stuff maybe sothing small like kairi and riku new outfits reveal

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Guys, I wouldn't worry about the song at all. Someone is bound to upload the entire OST to Youtube when the game releases. The song is a really good remix and surprisingly feel good.

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Wonder if that "something else" being planned for the same time the Orchestra World Tour happens between March and June is an Uncovered Event like with Final Fantasy XV and gives the release date set for the end of 2017

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A Youtuber by the name of Super Devon has edited out the dialogue, so here's the song.

Edited by Hallowseve

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 One way or another, I think next year will be full of chances for me to announce new information, and I will be blessed to have reached fifteen memory-filled years with all of you.

 

Hope Nomura makes the most of this chances because we're dying here.

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