Halfway There! (June 20th)
We're halfway through 2015 and the Journal is back with a midyear round up of this year's Kingdom Hearts news! Let's get to it, shall we?
The year was begun in sadness with the death of legendary actor Leonard Nimoy in February. Nimoy, known by many as the classic character Mr. Spock in the sci-fi series Star Trek, was known by Kingdom Hearts fans as the voice of series' antagonist Master Xehanort. It was a particularly harsh blow to fans, after the death of Xehanort's Japanese voice actor, Chikao Ōtsuka, the month before.
Unfortunately, the unpleasantness was to repeat in May, with the death of another legend: Christopher Lee, the original voice of Diz, aka Ansem the Wise. Known for his deep, booming voice and an impressive resume of roles in fantasy, horror, and more (such as playing evil sorcerer Sauron in the Lord of the Rings movie franchise), Lee is another devastating loss to the acting and Kingdom Hearts family.
In happier news, there have been a few exciting merchandise releases in the past several months. A Kingdom Hearts Tribute Album was released in Japan in March, featuring 10 Kingdom Hearts songs remastered into new versions. If you want to learn more about the album, visit the official website here. The cover art was drawn by official Disney artists and can be viewed below.
March also marked the release of the English version of Kingdom Hearts: The Novel. The second English release, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories The Novel, will be released this September.
Now onto the main event: new gaming news! Fans rejoiced in May when a new iOS/Android Kingdom Hearts game was announced! The game is called Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and is an adaptation of the already popular, Japan-only PC game Kingdom Hearts χ. The game is due for release in Japan this year and will be free to play, but in-game purchases will be available. An international version of this game is currently in development.
Pictures of Unchained χ can be viewed here and here, a message from Tetsuya Nomura about the game can be read here, and the official Japanese website for the game is open. A trailer from June's E3 2015 event can also be viewed below.
Speaking of E3, Kingdom Hearts fans were sent into a frenzy when some much anticipated updates were announced at the recent convention! Square Enix held their own special conference, where they had a few surprises in store regarding the upcoming game Kingdom Hearts III!
That's right, not only was it revealed that a world based around the wildly popular movie Tangled was going to be included in the thrilling conclusion to the Xehanort Sega, but a trailer was released showing not only what that world would look like, but some of what we can expect regarding Heartless, fighting, and even Sora's new look!
Although a release date was not given, the level of excitement regarding the future release has risen tenfold. Are you excited for Kingdom Hearts III? If you're looking for more E3 coverage, be sure to head on over to KH13 for more!
And now to wiki news! First up is the return of the Underdrome! This year we're taking a much less linear approach, with a slow paced collection of music based battles. Make sure you vote vote vote!
Issue 4 of the Twilight Times has been released! We've got music debates, tutorials for signatures, incredibly important coverage of our April Fool's 2015 pranks and the usual fun slew of puzzles, chats, lists, and art! Make sure you check this issue out, comment, and, if you're so inclined, we sure wouldn't say no to a little volunteering for the next issue.
What better way to close off a journal entry than with a little celebration? What are we celebrating? Why, the promotion of our fantastic user Aixon of course! Aixon has been promoted to moderator for his general awesomeness (work ethic was a factor in there too, I guess). In fact, it was Aixon's awesomeness that blinded us for the past five months and kept us from reaching the journal to officially announce his promotion. Thus is the effect of Aixon. Congrats buddy!
And that's all for now! We look forward to bringing you more KH news in the future!
And so begins a new year... (January 8th)
Welcome to 2015 everybody! For those of you still in the holiday spirit, why not take a look at this special holiday message from the Kingdom Hearts team?
If you were lucky enough to find a Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack in your stocking, then our friends over at KH13 have got you covered! Translator SkyKEybladeHero offers translations for all of composer Yoko Shimomura's special messages here. And if you're still waiting to get your hands on this special soundtrack, you can click the same link to see a bunch of unboxing photos provided by KH13 user tothecikpah!
The cover for the upcoming book, Kingdom Hearts: the Novel has been revealed!
The novel, which covers the first Kingdom Hearts game, will be released in English in March of this year. Will you be grabbing a copy?
Blog Oh My Disney is also playing host to an official "Which Kingdom Hearts character are you?" quiz. The quiz can be found here, featuring 10 varying questions and a range of different characters as results, such as Riku, Donald, Aqua, Sora and more!
In the last of today's Kingdom Hearts news, things in 2015 have already kicked off, which some information from Goofy's English voice actor, Bill Farmer. Through twitter, Bill has insinuated that the widely anticipated conclusion to the Xehanort Saga, Kingdom Hearts III will be released this year! Of course, this news is not officially confirmed, but you can learn more information at KH13.
At the Keyhole, we've kicked off the year with another great issue of our magazine, the Twilight Times! In our latest collaboration with KHWiki.com, you can find news, debate, fan ideas and all sorts of fun! Special content in our third issue includes a Pilot Trophies tutorial, reviews of the Nobodies, a user themed crossword, and a special page dedicated to our 2014 End of the Year Event! This is a must-see release, so go and take a look! And hey, if you like what you see, why not pitch in to the next issue, by signing up at our Journalist Spot?
A new project has been launched to kick the Keyhole/KHWiki.com community into high gear! Operation: Keychain (named after its founders, Chainoffire and KeybladeSpyMaster) has four goals in mind, which are as follows:
- Increase traffic to both the Kingdom Hearts Wiki and The Keyhole
- Strengthen the bond between communities of the Kingdom Hearts Wiki and The Keyhole
- Define, Strengthen and Expand the focus and coverage of the Kingdom Hearts Wiki and The Keyhole
- Increase internet recognition of both the Kingdom Hearts Wiki and The Keyhole
There's a range of topics to be discussed, so make sure you pitch in! The purpose of the Keyhole has also been a hot topic for discussion this last week, so take a read of our forum on the matter. Further opinions and comments are not only welcomed, but encouraged.
Finally, it's been just over a year since our last staff promotion. That's seems like a long time, right? Well, we thought so too, so that's why (well, I suppose it's also because he's a good user and hard working staffer, etc) the always awesome Chainoffire has been promoted from admin to bureaucrat! Well done, Chain! Let's hope the power doesn't go to your head!
Here's hoping that 2015 is more than successful for both the Kingdom Hearts series and the Keyhole!
2(.5) Much News (December 4th)
There's a bunch of news to get through, so, in the name of time-saving, I present to you this very quick and easy Kingdom Hearts news bulletin!
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX has been released in North America! Have you brought your copy yet?
- An official unboxing video has been released for the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Collector's Edition! Gaming site IGN had also made their own video and both can be viewed below.
- The Kingdom Hearts international website has been given a makeover in honour of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's release! The website can be viewed here, with a collection of new images shown at KH13.
- KH13 had posted an interesting roundup of London's Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX European launch event.
- If you're a review aficionado, you might be interested in this. Our lovely affiliate KH13 has compiled a roundup of reviews for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX.
- Tetsuya Nomura has given an interview with KH13. He discusses ReMIX production and Xehanort updates.
- Co-Director Tai Yasue has given an interview with IGN. He discusses ReMIX's on the next gen consoles.
- Tetsuya Nomura has given an interview with Disney Examiner. He discusses the creation of Kingdom Hearts.
- Tai Yasue has given an interview with Kotaku. He discusses Marvel and Stars Wars in the future of KH.
- In Kingdom Hearts III news, a new trailer was shown at the North American launch event for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Unfortunately, the new trailer has not been released to the public, but a promise for more news in 2015 has been made.
And now for some wiki news!
- The Quarter Finals of the Underdrome are under way and it's time for some Heroes VS Villains action! Check out the arena's home page for the latest battles!
- In collaboration with KHWiki, we are sending 2014 off with a End of Year Event! The two activities we have running are a fun user trivia game and a world creation contest. There are still a few days left to sign up, so check out this page to learn more!
- It's almost time for the release of Issue 3 of the Twilight Times! If you want to help out, sign up at this quarter's Journalist Spot.
And let's sign off with the newly revealed launch trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX!
Merchandise Mania (November 10th)
If you've been anticipating the release of the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX soundtracks, get ready to get even more excited! The packaging for the dual soundtrack has been revealed, and boy is it a beauty! Check out the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX inside below, or head on over to KH13 for more images.
A wall scroll has also been revealed for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, featuring the cover art for the recently released game. The scroll will be made available December 23, 2014 in Japan.
On November 29, 2014, the Kingdom Hearts II Limit Form Sora Play Arts Kai figure will be made available. This figure was previously only available through Square Enix's e-STORE as an add-on for purchases of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, so this will be exciting news for fans who had been unable to get their hands on the figure before. The figure comes with the Starseeker Keyblade and can be pre-ordered here.
In the last of the Merchandise news, we have an exciting collectors edition for international fans! A collector's edition of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will be released in the United States and some parts of Europe. The special release will include a Shadow plush, art book and steelbook case alongside other cool goodies. To top things off, the collector's edition will also include a copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX! Get a better look at the collection in the image below, or check out KH13 for more information.
Further Developments (October 13th)
Let's kick things off with the biggest news of the moment: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX has been released in Japan! Although it's a few months more before the HD release graces international shelves, a tidal wive of information about the game is sweeping the internet and the game is selling like hotcakes!
To keep the excitement flowing a new English trailer, titled Introducing the Magic, was released for the game. Gaming store Gamestop also released a new trailer for the ReMIX, featuring lots of new scenes. Both of these awesome trailers can be viewed below
The Kingdom Hearts Memorial Ultimania has also hit the stores, spoiling fans with a wealth of exciting new information. You can read some of the translations over at our affiliate KH13's article here, alongside some interesting relationship charts.
An official Kingdom Hearts instagram has just been launched! Not much has been posted on the account just yet, but the account has already been flooded with a bunch of support in the form of Kingdom Hearts fans followers!
In other social media news, the Keyhole is happy to announce the launch of its official Tumblr! Check it out and follow us for Kingdom Hearts appreciation!
Another big release for our wiki comes in the form of a magazine. That's right, Issue 2 of our wiki magazine is now available to read! The joint project between the Keyhole and KHWiki now comes with a proper name, the Twilight Times. Check out the second issue for puzzles, theories, news, podcasts and so so much more!
That's all from the Journal for now! See you next time!
New Releases (September 29th)
It's a quick update today, but one filled with lots of Kingdom Hearts news!
Keeping in the HD theme, the official soundtracks for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX have been announced! The soundtracks will be released individually in Japan on November 26, with a special bundled box that includes both soundtracks also ready for release. You can find more details over at KH13.
In more merchandise news, three Kingdom Hearts II themed keychains have been revealed. The keychains come in the form of Sleeping Lion, Ultima Weapon and Fenrir and will be available sometime in December. Check them out below!
Our last piece of news comes from popular gaming magazine Famitsu Weekly, which recently featured a special interview with the creator of Kingdom Hearts, Tetsuya Nomura. You can read the interview in full over on KH13, thanks to the translations provided by thier user goldplanner!
Phase Two (September 8th)
It's not long before Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX hits the shelves, so it makes sense that the upcoming remaster has been the forefront of the Kingdom Hearts collection in recent weeks! The game was featured at PAX Prime 2014, where a special playable demo was available to Enix fans. IGN uploaded not one but two videos of gameplay gold, which you can check out below!
Days later a special Japanese trailer was released, showcasing Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the three games that will be collected in 2.5 ReMIX. Make sure you watch in 1080p to see how stunning the new release will be!
Keeping on the topic of HD remasters, a huge milestone has been reached by Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-! The game has officially been announced as a PS3 greatest hits title, which means it has sold over 500,000 copies! This means that a greatest hit ribbon will now adorn the 1.5 ReMIX boxart.
Back here at the Keyhole, the Underdrome has come to a close and the next group of champions has been selected! Head on over to the Paradox Cup and the Second Chance Bracket to check out who progressed! Make sure you vote for who you think should be the champion of 2014!
The next issue of our wiki magazine is also coming up, so make sure you head on over to the Journalist Spot to help out! We welcome all volunteers!
That's all we've got for now! Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- has also been confirmed to make an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show (held September 18 to September 21) and the GameStop Expo (September 10), so look forward to more news!
Unlocked (July 9th)
It's time for Keyhole news! It's been a busy few months, but the work has been worth it, because it's resulted in a truly fantastic project! But we'll save that for last! First, let's head over to the affiliates section...
...so we can welcome two new affiliates to the Keyhole family! Please give a warm welcome to news sites KH13.com and DestinyIslands.com! Both sites are staple news outlets in the Kingdom Hearts community, and we're honoured to list them among our affiliates! Make sure you take a look at both sites and thank them for helping keep the Kingdom Hearts fans up to date!
If you were hanging around the Keyhole during the month of April, you may have noticed something a little... funny. Has Square Enix really just announced Goofy as a God of the Forest? And why was staff member RoxasXIIILK's name spray painted everywhere? This type of craziness must be a joke, right? Well, it was! The first of April was filled with mixed up main pages, fake Kingdom Hearts III worlds and even a bit of staff-on-staff pranking! To take a look at all the madness, head on over to our April Fool's Day Joke 2014 page!
Two big projects have recently been underway on the Keyhole! The first involves a place that most of you are familiar with: The Underdrome! That's right, your favourite voting arena is back! Custodian Chainoffire is hard at work orchestrating the heated battles, and this year we're hoping to go bigger and better! We've got special themes in place to spice things up, so make sure you get voting!
As if that wasn't big enough, there's one more project that we've put bucketloads of effort into! We are extremely happy to announce the launch of our first ever wiki magazine! After months of work alongside the lovely editors at KHWiki.com, our first issue was released at the beginning of July. The magazine contains news about Kingdom Hearts, the Keyhole and KHWiki.com, tutorials, user debate, interviews, puzzles, lists, fan theories, *takes a deep breathe*, reviews, art and SO MUCH MORE! Also nestled in it's wonderful pages is a special wiki podcast! For lots of fun listening and reading, make sure you check out the full first issue here!
The magazine will be a quarterly release, with a second issue planned for October! If you'd like to get involved, head on over to our Journalist Spot and get involved. Don't be afraid, because it's a huge amount of fun to work on!
That's all the news for now! Exciting things are always happening in the Kingdom Hearts series and at our wiki, so I'm sure I'll see you again very soon!
Wallets at the ready! (July 8th)
After the bombardment of news yesterday, we've now got a few updates on the ever expanding list of Kingdom Hearts merchandise! But before we get to that, let's take a look at some of the interviews that have been released since our last journal entry!
During the E3 convention, Tai Yasue, co-director of Kingdom Hearts, talked briefly about the special feature of Kingdom Hearts III in the latest trailer for Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- (if you missed the tease, check it out in our last journal entry). To see what he said about the small feature, head on over here!
The co-director was also busy outside of E3, giving an interesting creator's interview to Degenki magazine where he talked development changes, favourite battles and voice recording.
Yasue was also interviewed for the popular Famitsu magazine in mid-June. You can see the magazine scans and a transcript of the interview here.
Merchandising surprises were in full flow at E3, with the first excitement coming from the announcement of a Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- official soundtrack! Good news is better in pairs, which means the side announcement of a Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- soundtrack is just as awesome!
In jewellery news, a special Wayfinder pendant has been revealed!
The necklace is made of silver and will be available for approximately $110 USD on the 25th of July!
To accompany the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-, a memorial ultimania will be unleashed on October 2nd! The ultimania, which will cost around $30 USD, will offer a deep insight into the entirety of the Kingdom Hearts series, from characters to keyblades and all that's in between! Make sure you get your copy, because this book is a must have for any Kingdom Hearts collector!
Finally, a Kingdom Hearts themed treat is in store for any fans of the social app LINE. The popular messaging service has revealed a smorgasbord of Kingdom Hearts stickers, for users to send to their friends! Amongst the stickers are Unversed, Organization XIII and our favourite Disney characters, so go and take a look!
And that's all the latest merchandise news! The conclusion to this three part catch up will be released tomorrow, with a look at all the exciting things that have been happening at our very own wiki! Make sure you check back in, because some really amazing things have taken place at the Keyhole since our last journal entries! See you then!
Re:connect! (July 7th)
It has been a while since we've had an entry in our journal, hasn't it? Well, a lot has happened since our last update, so we've got quite a bit to catch up on! For today's entry, we'll be taking a look at one of the series' hottest topics right now: Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-!
Back in June the E3 convention was held, and Square Enix was there with bells on! Enix pushed the upcoming HD re-master Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- to the forefront, and kicked off a flurry of news by announcing an official release date for the new title. The new collection will be released on October 2nd in Japan, December 2nd in North America and December 5th in Europe!
To further sweeten the news, a new trailer was released for the HD game, which you can view below! Make sure you watch all the way to the end, because there's a little surprise at the end!
It was also announced that the Japanese version of the game will come with special codes for Kingdom Hearts χ! The codes will unlock an anniversary set containing a rare key art card and more!
The final piece of release news was that Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- will come in various bundles packages. These bundles include:
- A copy of both Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- and Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-
- A copy of both Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- and Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-, a Blu-ray music disc and a concept art book
- A copy of Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- and a limited edition figure of Sora in his Kingdom Hearts II Limit Form from the Play Arts Figures Kai set
- A copy of both Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- and Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- and a limited edition figure of Sora in his Kingdom Hearts II Limit Form from the Play Art Kai set
- A copy of both Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- and Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-, a Blu-ray music disc, a concept art book and a limited edition figure of Sora in his Kingdom Hearts II Limit Form from the Play Art Kai set
Which bundle do you hope to get your hands on?
An interview with the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tai Yasue, was also held at E3. During his talk it was revealed that the Mirage Arena would NOT be playable online upon Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-'s release, but tweaks have been made to the arena to allow for a new experience. New cutscenes for the Kingdom Hearts Re:coded theatre mode were also announced, and it has been confirmed that some of these cutscenes will include never before seen content! For more of Yasue's interview, check out KHInsider!
If images are your thing, then Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- has you covered! A horde of new screenshots were released late May, followed by renders and more screenshots mid-June and some brand new character renders in early July. You can see these renders here, but the new poses of Sora, Donald and Goofy are below.
That's all we've got on 2.5 for now! Check back in tomorrow, for news about interviews and merchandise! See you then!
Strapping Cards and Connected Hearts (March 15th)
Greetings from the first Jiminy's Journal entry of 2014! It's been a while, but the Kingdom Hearts merchandise train is finally rolling again, with the tease of some Kingdom Hearts II rubber straps!
The straps were revealed by Hidemi Matsuzuka, the General Manager of Square Enix's Merchandising Division, but no further information has yet been given about them. We'll keep you posted!
Hidemi also revealed a new Kingdom Hearts themed card case, which can be viewed below. There is also no information about when this product will be released.
Moving onto game news, Tetsuya Nomura has recently revealed that online game Kingdom Hearts χ would hold a small connection to the widely anticipated upcoming game Kingdom Hearts III. This tidbit of information was intergrated into the script of the mysterious 5 characters collectively known as the Foretellers, and the quote related to Kingdom Hearts III can be found below:
- "The war in that place will lead to the defeat and destruction of the Light.
The World will be enveloped in eternal Darkness."
The full context of this quote as well as more information on the foretellers can be found at.
Our last bit of news for the day comes from a recent issue of Famitsu, which included an interview with Tetsuya Nomura. Although full translations of the interview are not yet available, a translated summary by Kingdom Hearts Insider's Zephyr confirms that the recording for Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- is now complete! This is great news for anyone looking forward to the HD remakes of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts coded!
That's all we have for now! We here at the Keyhole hope that you have been having a wonderful year so far, and we also hope that this year is a great one for both the KH series, the Keyhole and, of course, all our wonderful users!