Spirit Halloween has revealed a Kingdom Hearts Starlight keyblade that is scheduled to ship by September 30th, 2020 for $39.99! You can pre-order it, here. View it in via our gallery below!
Additionally, this retailer has other Kingdom Hearts themed merchandise such as Way to Dawn, Oblivion and Pumpkinhead keyblades!
Do you see yourself pre-ordering this keyblade or purchasing any others? Let us know in the comments below!
Testsuya Nomura has released a brand new illustration, and message celebrating the 5th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]! You can view the translated message below, courtesy of @KH_English!
Additionally, the brand new main story scenario update for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] has also launched! You can view the update below, courtesy of Everglow!
What are your thoughts on these recent events? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: The special message from Tetsuya Nomura has been officially translated to English. You can read it below.
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory has been confirmed to appear at Tokyo Game Show 2020's online event on September 25th, 2020! The event will be at 8:15 PM Japan time [11:15 AM GMT/7:15 AM EDT/4:15 AM PDT] and will be streaming on Square Enix Presents via Youtube and Twitch.
Additional details state that a live piano performance will be held as well as discussions with the staff behind the game, including Tetsuya Nomura and Yoko Shimomura! Also in attendance will be Melody of Memory co-director Masanobu Suzui and producer Ichiro Hazama.
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory will be launching on November 11th in Japan and November 13th worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.
Are you excited for Melody of Memory making a showing at this year's Tokyo Game Show? Let us know in the comments below!
The Japanese Square Enix Bridge website has recently been updated with upcoming content for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] and Kingdom Hearts Dark Road! Of these numerous updates, one particular update stands out, with it stating that a main story update is planned for September!
The last main story update for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] in Japan was back in April, so this update was a long time coming and will hopefully feature some new story scenes that fans have been craving!
What are your expectations for this upcoming story update? Let us know in the comments below!
Thanks to @KH_Damo for the find!
Every year D23, the official Disney Fanclub provides exclusive gifts to fans who partake in their Gold Membership program. This year the offerings include an exclusive patch, pin set, postcard set, bandana, and a 24x36 inch D23 Fantastic Worlds Map, designed by Disney artist Bryan Mon.
Among the 250 places, vehicles, and characters representing more than 150 film, television and theme park locations created by Disney and Pixar, Twilight Town from the Kingdom Hearts series can be seen on the map. You can take a closer look in our gallery below
Kingdom Hearts has previously been represented in an exclusive print for D23 Gold Members in 2019.
Thanks to @churroz for the tip!
This breakdown was written by News Team member Delenn Deszcz, and co-written/edited by Orpheus Joshua.
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory is slated for release on November 11th, 2020 in Japan, and November 13th, 2020 globally. With these release dates came two new trailers; one being released by Nintendo during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase on August 26th, 2020, and the other being released by the Kingdom Hearts team themselves via YouTube on August 27th 2020.
The trailer begins with a brief monologue of Kairi recounting the ending of Kingdom Hearts III, but ends off by stating that "...it was still far from over." These words can be alluding to the search for Sora, but it can also allude to a new threat on the horizon that Kairi and the others have learned about such as the Foretellers. The former is much more likely however as finding Sora is a dire mission for Kairi.
The trailer during the Nintendo Direct Mini revealed a few key important details. There are multiple playable characters; Roxas is seen as playable for instance, along with Aqua and Riku. There will be musical boss battles, such as Maleficent who was used as an example during the trailer, in which you will have to hit certain notes (using the action buttons for PS4, the digital buttons for Xbox, and ABXY buttons for the Switch, and perhaps the analog) to attack the boss. Additionally, her battle quotes and arena are directly from Enchanted Dominion in Birth by Sleep! Every world has its own unique HUD which is a very neat touch reminiscent of the changing command menus in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts III.
Local cooperative play is confirmed! It is unknown if this can be performed during story or if it is an entirely separate mode altogether.
Online multiplayer is available for all consoles in which players do their best to try and get high scores across the board and rise their way to the top! Chirithy seems to be the announcer for these versus battles where he announces harm coming to the player. These 'Tricks' as he calls them are akin to debuffs that can deter your consistency and upkeep with the track you are playing. 'Interference' and 'Harsh Judge' are shown off in this trailer as harmful tricks going towards the player, and 'Tiny Targets' and 'Vanishing Enemies' are shown off as tricks being sent to the opposing player. While the latter two tricks are self explanatory, the former two are not as transparent.
There are HP gauges for both players which is also rather self explanatory. If you miss a note, your health will be decreased and there are likely some tricks that can cause that HP loss to worsen. There are Trick gauges as well which seem to build up as you increase your Chain (Combo) state.
The Switch also gets an exclusive mode called the “Free-for-All mode”, in which you may battle with others locally with up to eight players. Not much word on how this mode will work was detailed in the trailer, but it sounds chaotic to say the least!
In the trailer released by the Kingdom Hearts team on YouTube, more gameplay is revealed. There are Beginner, Standard and Proud difficulties for each song, and there are likely around three tasks to complete, called “Missions”, for each song. The level select for Twilight Town in the trailer implies that missions per world will be around that amount as well. Additionally, the track ‘Working Together’ is shown when selecting Twilight Town, which is the battle theme for when Sora is traversing the world in Kingdom Hearts II. It is safe to assume that ‘Sinister Sundown’, Roxas’ Twilight Town battle track from the same game will get its own stage too. This logic can apply to several worlds as there will most likely be several stages for each world. The level select looks incredibly familiar to the Kingdom Hearts II world selection map, which will spark nostalgia for many players! Multiple worlds that can be recognized from the Kingdom Hearts franchise were shown, including Pride Lands, Hollow Bastion, and Land of Dragons.
The playable tracks shown where characters are running do show off bits of old maps that were not in the prior games, so it will be neat to at least see a bit more of these worlds!
All of the worlds shown during this trailer on the world map are two Hollow Bastion stages, The End of the World, Destiny Islands in its endgame Kingdom Hearts state, Castle Oblivion, two stages of Twilight Town, the Station of Awakening, and Mysterious Tower. There are very brief, vague shots of what seem to be Castle of Dreams and Beasts' Castle but they are not fully shown.
The confirmation screen for selecting a stage shows your rank, chain, and high score which is to be expected. There is also a number next to the difficulty with the number 9 being next to Standard while 'Working Together' was shown in the trailer. This number can represent difficulty level perhaps but it is too vague to speculate on. The party you are playing as is also shown which is Sora, Donald and Goofy in this case. There are at least three other trios confirmed with them being, Xion, Roxas and Axel; Aqua, Ventus and Terra and Dream Drop Distance Riku alongside the Meow Wow and Komory Bat Dream Eaters.
Lastly there are selectable items on the bottom of the confirmation screen. There are a potion and hi-potion there which can be assumed to restore health, but the latter three items are a bit unfamiliar. There is a bell with the Kingdom Hearts themed crown etched onto it, some sort of yellow spiral with a blue sphere, and a star with a mickey head emblazoned on it. The star is somewhat reminiscent of the star shard Mickey had in Birth by Sleep, but the functions of these last three items are rather dubious to say the least.
A section of the game, called the Museum, gives you access to the “Collection”, “Story Archive”, “Theater”, “Jukebox”, and “Records”. The “Story Archive” seems to let you look back on sections from the Kingdom Hearts franchise that hold significant importance, and the “Jukebox” is where you can listen to music from the game at your own leisure! "Theater" likely holds the story scenes of the game itself which has become a staple mode for the series. Lastly, "Records" is rather self explanatory and will possibly include in-game achievements separate from the Playstation trophies. That is purely speculation however.
The Jukebox contains all the songs in the game, and the number of tracks per game included is even numbered which is nice to see just how much representation a respective title is receiving.
"Collection" is a bit of an unknown point as of right now. You may obtain these Collector Cards as rewards from perfecting stages. The collectors' bonuses are even more of an unknown however.
You have to fulfill missions to clear levels, and in doing so, you will obtain ingredients that you can use to synthesize new items, and get access to new songs by synthesizing them as well! You do get rewarded synthesis materials from clearing stages for the first time based off of the Twilight Town stage select screen earlier on in the trailer. There is an 'EXP bonus' labelled on the bottom. This more likely than not just gives extra experience to the Moogle. Higher leveled Moogles will seemingly be able to synthesize harder songs and more advanced items. Speaking of items, the bottom right of the synthesis screen while choosing 'Kairi I Memory Dive' says it is 'One of a kind'. That does confirm that there are consumables and such that you can synthesize such as the potions and hi-potions that were briefly shown earlier in the trailer.
The story picks up after Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind, and will follow Kairi’s sleeping journey as she tries to figure out the mystery of Sora’s disappearance. We do hear a brief snippet of Kairi and Ansem the Wise’s conversation, but it is unable to be fully comprehended. We also catch a glimpse of Kairi at a young age (seeming to be of a similar age as she was in Birth by Sleep) in a familiar looking machine. This machine, known as the Ark, has been shown in Kingdom Hearts Union Cross, along with Kingdom Hearts. We’re still unsure as to what this machine exactly does aside from somehow transporting the individuals inside, and we’re unsure as to what Kairi is doing inside. (It was pointed out on Twitter, thanks to @princessxemnas, that the windows look like thalassa shells.)
Ansem's Report 11 in Kingdom Hearts talks about apprentice Xehanort setting a girl who is likely a princess free in order to find the key bearer. This girl is most assuredly Kairi. That can be what apprentice Xehanort is doing right now but Kairi being in the pod raises a few other possibilities. He could be experimenting on her due to her being pure of heart but it is unknown as of right now.
The 2020 trailer showed off a young Kairi trying to escape the heartless which could directly lead to her landing on Destiny Islands. In Kingdom Hearts, Kairi does state that her younger days are hazy, and as we are seeing in these trailers, that can certainly be due to the traumatic experiences she had as a child. Possibly being experimented on by apprentice Xehanort and being attacked by heartless are already grim enough to warrant a young child's mind to nullify those experiences.
The phrase "Melodies and memories hold the secret of his final plan" is a rather vague and foreboding statement. The most likely candidate this would be referring to would be the Master of Masters since Xehanort is no longer a threat.
The 2020 reveal trailer depicted a first person perspective shot of someone looking at Apprentice Xehanort in that same room. Thanks to this trailer, we can confirm that that is indeed Kairi due to not only the room, but also the angle at which she is laying. The final shot of the trailer shows Sora looking upwards, and then the release date. Something of peculiar note are the brief flashes of inverted color that cover the screen when Sora appears. This same general effect has been used in several Kingdom Hearts III and Re Mind trailers so this could just be for dramatic effect. It is worth keeping in mind however.
Lastly, something of peculiar note are of the recently announced Melody of Memory acrylic stands releasing on the same day the game releases in Japan. One of the acrylic stands is blacked out which has caused some speculation. Personally, I believe the blacked out acrylic stand is of Kairi and is hiding a brand new Dream Realm design for her, in the same way that Riku and Sora had new outfits for Dream Drop Distance. This is pure speculation but, Kairi being absent from that merchandise raises some eyebrows to be sure.
We can go into this game expecting addicting gameplay, more bits of story, and finding out more about Kairi’s journey when Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory releases westward on November 13th 2020!
The final trailer on Melody of Memory was released this morning, and alongside it, the digital version of the title went live on the Nintendo eShop and Microsoft's store for pre-purchase.
In the game's details on the eShop however, it was revealed that the title will need 5 GB of free space to be installed and it will also support Nintendo's Save Data Cloud feature.
On the Microsoft store, it states that the game will take an approximate size of 8 GB of free internal storage to download.
What do you think of this? Do you think the game will be short, or do you think it will hold hours and hours of gameplay experiences for players? Let us know in the comments below.
Kingdom Hearts has released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory on their Youtube channel. You can watch the trailer below.
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory will release on November 11th in Japan and November 13th worldwide.
UPDATE: We have updated our gallery with screenshots from the new trailer. You can view them in the gallery below!
SuperGroupies has announced a new line of Kingdom Hearts III-inspired shoes based on Sora, Riku, Kairi, Roxas, and Axel. The shoes range from ¥16,800 to ¥18,800 (about $160-$180). The pre-order period runs until September 12th at 12:00 AM Japan Time and will be limited. Aitai Kuji has started accepting pre-orders for all 5 shoes.
We have updated our gallery with promotional picture of each item. You can check them out below.
Which one(s) would you want for your collection? Let us know in the comments below!
The PS4 trophy list for Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory has been revealed on Exophase. You can check out the list below. *SPOILERS AHEAD*
Our gallery has been updated with the trophies as well. You can view them below.
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory will release on November 11th in Japan and November 13th worldwide on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch.
The artwork for the Kingdom Hearts III, II.8, Unchained χ & Union χ [Cross]- Original Soundtrack has been revealed, you can view it in the gallery below
Both the physical and digital versions of the soundtrack are set to release November 11, 2020. What do you think of the album artwork? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: It has been revealed on the Japanese Square Enix website that pre-ordering both Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory and the Kingdom Hearts III, II.8, Unchained χ & Union χ [Cross]- Original Soundtrack will reward customers with a bonus disc containing two new arrangements from Melody of Memory!
No word of this promotion has been announced on the North American Square store or any other regional stores as of yet, as the soundtrack is still not purchasable from any of the non Japanese stores.
Square Enix have revealed brand new of Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory merchandise! Releasing on November 11th of this year for ¥8,580 is a set of Kingdom Hearts themed acrylic stands! 1 out of 13 types is randomly placed in one boxed order, so there is no guarantee that you will get every stand with one purchase!
You can view the released images of the acrylic stands via our gallery below:
Are you you going to try collecting each of these acrylic stands? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: (9/11/2020) The acrylic stand blind box set listed above is now also available for purchase on the North American store for $81.90 (normally $91.00) and it is scheduled for a December 2020 release!
The Japanese website for Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory has been updated! New renders of Sora, Donald and Goofy have been revealed as well as numerous screenshots. Several music tracks being included in the game are revealed as well. Check them out below
A brand new rendition of Dearly Beloved plays on the website as well!
Boxarts of each version of the game have been revealed, though their Amazon store links are not yet open. View them in the gallery below
A Playstation 4 theme is shown off at the bottom of the page too! Take a closer look in the gallery below
The English website will likely be updated soon.
Additionally, Japan is getting the game two days early on November 11th, 2020 while the global release is November 13th, 2020.
Has your excitement for Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory grown? Let us know in the comments below!
[UPDATE] September 2, 2020: The Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory PlayStation 4 theme is now available as a bonus for pre-ordering the game from the US PlayStation Store.
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory was shown off in today's surprise Nintendo Direct Mini! It showed off a brand new trailer as well as the release date which is November 13th, 2020! Japan is getting this title two days early, on November 11th, 2020!
You are able to pre-order it on the E-shop right now! There is no word on physical pre-orders or digital pre-orders on Xbox or Playstation 4 right now.
You can view the trailer below:
They key art for Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory has been revealed! You can view it below:
Additionally, the official Japanese Kingdom Hearts Twitter account revealed that another trailer will be released in a few days!
UPDATE August 26, 2020: Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory is now available for pre-order on the Square Enix North America Store, for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. It is also up for pre-order digitally on the Xbox Store .
Chapter 11 for the Kingdom Hearts III manga is now available in English from Yen Press. The Self Inside the Mirror can be bought as a digital download from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Walker, ComiXology, Google Play, iBooks, and Kobo. The issue's price varies from $1.99 for the United States to $2.99 in Canada.
Chapter 11 was released in Japanese on Gangan Online back on August 5th. Chapter 12 is planned to release on Gangan Online 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 The New Departure Japanese English
Chapter 2 Olympus Coliseum Part 1 Japanese English
Chapter 3 Olympus Coliseum Part 2 Japanese English
Chapter 4 Olympus Coliseum Part 3 Japanese English
Chapter 5 Olympus Coliseum Part 4 Japanese English
Chapter 6 Olympus Coliseum Part 5 Japanese English
Chapter 7 Olympus Coliseum Part 6 Japanese English
Chapter 8 Olympus Coliseum Part 7 Japanese English
Chapter 9 The Dark World Japanese English
Chapter 10 Unbreakable Connection Japanese English
Chapter 11 The Self inside the Mirror Japanese
In addition, Vol. 1 (which contains Chapter 0 thru Chapter 8 ) is available in Japan and will be available in November in English.