Kingdom Keynote ~ January 2017

Hello everybody, and welcome to our first ever Kingdom Keynote: your one-stop shop for all Kingdom Hearts news for the month of January 2017!

KH II.8 News

January 1, 2017

Square Enix releases KH II.8 Official Wallpaper for PC use.

Kingdom Hearts II.8 PC Wallpaper

January 10, 2017

Weekly Famitsu features releases a multi-page article covering KH II.8, including a SPOILER-FILLED interview with series creator, Tetsuya Nomura. Credit goes to KH Insider for these scans.

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You can also read KH Insider’s full translation of the interview here.

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Square Enix reveals the full list of Playstation Trophies for KH II.8. The collection features 70 Trophies in all: 15 for KH 0.2 and 55 for Dream Drop Distance HD. It seems the Back Cover cinematic will feature no Trophies. A full list of these Trophies will be added to our site as soon as possible.

January 12, 2017

KINGDOM HEARTS HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue is released in Japan! Within its first week of release, the game topped the charts with sales of 137,797 units!

KINGDOM HEARTS HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue

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The full English and Japanese casts for the Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover cinematic has been revealed.

English Cast

Luxu: Max Mittelman
Invi: Karissa Lee Staples
Ira: Matthew Mercer
Aced: Travis Willingham
Ava: Isabela Moner
Gula: Kevin Quinn
Ephemer: Michael Johnston
Chirithy: Lara Jill Miller
The Master of Masters: Ray Chase

Japanese Cast

Luxu: Kenjiro Tsuda
Invi: Kana Hanazawa
Ira: Yuichiro Umehara
Aced: Subaru Kimura
Ava: Yume Miyamoto
Gula: Kaito Ishikawa
Ephemer: Yuto Uemura
Chirithy: Tomoko Kaneda
The Master of Masters: Tomokazu Sugita

January 13, 2017

Dengaki Playstation featured a 10-page spread on KH II.8, including an interview with series composer, Yoko Shimomura. Credit goes to KH Insider for the scans (click to enlarge).

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January 24, 2017

KINGDOM HEARTS HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue is released internationally! Alongside its release, the Official Kingdom Hearts YouTube uploaded a launch trailer for the game, which you can view below:

January 25, 2017

An error with the pricing of the KH II.8 Playstation Themes was detected. The themes were supposed to be unlocked for free upon completing each title in the collection, as they had done in previous HD Collections. However, when players would try to download and install the free themes, they were being charged $2.99 to do so.

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The issue has since been resolved by Square Enix, and the themes are now available to download for free upon completion of each title in the collection.

January 26, 2017

Patch 1.02 was released for KH II.8 on the Playstation 4. The patch addressed the following issues with KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-:

Operation-related

– Reflect (guard) response adjusted
– Response time of cartwheel adjusted
– Cancel timing adjusted after barrier cracker (counter)
– MP consumption adjusted

UI-related

– Camera speed adjusted
– Response of shortcut button adjusted
– Changed display of magic commands

System-related

– Proud mode adjusted (decreased amount of damage from enemies)
– Critical mode adjusted (increased amount of damage to enemies)

Enemy-related

– Adjusted parameters of enemy AI

KH Unchained χ News

January 1, 2017

New Medals

Classic Goofy ★
Classic Goofy 2★
Classic Goofy 3★
Classic Goofy 4★
Classic Goofy 5★
Classic Goofy 6★

New Boards

– Fur Coat (Male) – 2500 Jewels
– Fur Coat (Female) – 2500 Jewels
– Armored Terra – Coliseum Board
– Armored Aqua – Coliseum Board
– Tier 10 Bonus – Coliseum Board

New Events

– Classic Goofy Event
– January 2017 Coliseum

New Shop Deals

– New Year’s Deal (Illustrated Terra)
– New Year’s Deal (Illustrated Ventus)
– New Year’s Deal (Illustrated Aqua)
– New Year’s Deal (Illustrated Cloud)
– New Year’s Deal (Illustrated Sora & Pals)

New Campaigns

– New Year’s 0 AP Campaign

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 2, 2017

New Events

– Upgrade Your Medals VIP Quests
– Daily Challenge Event 12

New Campaigns

– Special Attack Bonus Campaign

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 6, 2017

New Events

– Mini High Score Event

New Campaigns

– Year-End Party Ranking Results

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 7, 2017

New Boards

– Weekend Warrior Raid Board (January 2017)

New Events

– Weekend Raid Boss Event (January 2017)

January 8, 2017

New Medals

Classic Donald 5★
Classic Donald 6★

New Events

– Classic Donald Event

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 9, 2017

New Events

– Daily Challenge Event 13
– Magic Mirror VIP Quests

New Shop Deals

– Epic Attackers Deal

New Campaigns

– Weekly Solo Rankings – Capricorn

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 12, 2017

New Medals

Atlantica Goofy 5★
Atlantica Goofy 6★
Atlantica Sora 5★
Atlantica Sora 6★
Atlantica Donald 5★
Atlantica Donald 6★

New Events

– Story Quests Update

New Shop Deals

– Epic Medal Carnival (Illustrated Kairi)

New Campaigns

– Decreased Avatar Board Prices
– Maintenance

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 13, 2017

New Medals

Xemnas B 5★
Xemnas B 6★

New Events

– XIII Event (Xemnas)
– World of Final Fantasy Event

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 16, 2017

New Events

– Earn Medals All Week 2

New Shop Deals

– Skills to Thrill Deal (Attack Boost III)
– Skills to Thrill Deal (Defense Boost III)

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 19, 2017

New Medals

Sebastian 5★
Sebastian 6★
Ariel & Flounder 6★
WORLD OF FF Cloud 6★
WORLD OF FF Squall 6★
WORLD OF FF Lightning 6★
WORLD OF FF Sephiroth 6★
WORLD OF FF Yuna 6★
Tama 6★
WORLD OF FF Sora 6★

New Events

– High Score Challenge 13

New Shop Deals

– WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY Deal

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 20, 2017

New Events

– KH II.8 Celebration Event

New Campaigns

– Free HD Aqua Medal

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 23, 2017

New Boards

– Flying Carpet & Balloon Genie (Male)
– Flying Carpet & Balloon Genie (Female)
– Seasoned Wielder Bonus
– Terra – 2500 Jewels
– Aqua – 2500 Jewels

New Events

– Monthly Raid Event 2

New Shop Deals

– The XIII Deal

New Campaigns

– KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 0 AP Campaign
– Regal Ranking 2

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 26, 2017

New Events

– Proud Mode Story Quests

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 28, 2017

New Medals

Seifer 5★
Seifer 6★
Rai 5★
Rai 6★
Fuu 5★
Fuu 6★
Key Art #2 6★

New Shop Deals

– Lunar New Year’s Deal

New Campaigns

– Lunar New Year’s 0 AP Campaign

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

January 30, 2017

New Medals

Alice & Cheshire Cat 5★
Alice & Cheshire Cat 6★

New Events

– VIP Upgrade Quests
– VIP Skills Quests
– VIP Chip & Dale Quests
– Daily Challenge Event 14
– Can You Solve Wonderland’s Mystery? (Part 1)

New Campaigns

– VIP Quests for Lunar New Year
– Regal Rewards 2 Results

Full details on all of these updates will be added to our KH Unchained χ coverage as soon as possible.

KH I.5 + II.5 News

January 22, 2017

KINGDOM HEARTS HD I.5 + II.5 has officially been rated E10+ by the ESRB for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, and Use of Alcohol. The full details can be read below:

This is a compilation of action role-playing games, based on the Kingdom Hearts franchise, in which players assume the roles of young warriors trying to stop a destructive power. Players use key-shaped swords, magic spells, and attack cards to defeat classic Disney villains (e.g., Jafar, Ursula, Hades) and fantasy creatures (e.g., dragons, magical armor, shadow imps) in melee-style combat. Battles are accompanied by cries of pain and bursts of light; enemies generally disappear amid colorful orbs when defeated. Some sequences allow players to shoot projectiles from a first-person perspective; a handful of cutscenes depict characters dramatically dissolving into mist after being struck by magical swords or blasts of energy. One sequence depicts red bloodstains on coins.

January 27, 2017

A KINGDOM HEARTS 15th Anniversary Collector’s Box has been announced as a JP Square Enix e-Store exclusive for fans who pre-order KH I.5 + II.5. The box features the artwork of all three HD collections displayed as a triptych connecting all three artworks into one cohesive piece, as well as a mural featuring many of the prominent KINGDOM HEARTS characters from the series so far. You can view the product images below (click to enlarge).

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The box itself does not seem to contain any games, but rather acts as a Collector’s Edition case to store your already-purchased copies of KH I.5 + II.5 and KH II.8. No word yet on whether or not this box will also be released internationally.

January 28, 2017

The official box artwork for KH I.5 + II.5 has been revealed through an Amazon.com posting. As confirmed in a previous interview, the box art features no new artwork for the combined collection, but instead shows the previous illustrations from their original Playstation 3 releases.

KINGDOM HEARTS I.5 + II.5 Box Art

Miscellaneous KH News

January 9, 2017

Shinjuku Station in Japan opens up a KINGDOM HEARTS 15th Anniversary Memorial Stain Glass Clock Exhibit. The exhibit included a beautiful stain glass clock featuring the iconic KINGDOM HEARTS stain glass artworks (including several new ones). A mural featuring many of the series’ prominent characters was also displayed on one of the walls of the station. And finally, a countdown clock to the Japanese release of KH II.8 was also featured. You can click any of the images below to enlarge them.

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January 12, 2017

Sora has officially been released in Japan as a DLC Champion for WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY coinciding with the release of KH II.8! The DLC is free to download on Playstation Store from today until March 31, 2017.

Sora Champion DLC for WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY

January 24, 2017

The Sora DLC for WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY has been released in North America and Europe. Here’s a look at Sora’s first feature in a Final Fantasy game, uploaded by Square Enix UK’s official YouTube Channel.

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Official Funko has announced and unveiled pictures of KINGDOM HEARTS Pop! Vinyl Figures and Keychains at the 2017 London Toy Fair. So far, the set includes only KINGDOM HEARTS versions of Disney characters, and no plans for original KINGDOM HEARTS characters have been announced. You can check out images of the full line below.

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It seems like Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Chip & Dale, and Pete, as well as the Keychain versions of Mickey, Donald, and Goofy will be available at most stores that typically sell Pop! Vinyl figures. Meanwhile, the Magician Donald will be a Hot Topic Exclusive, and the Captain Goofy will be a GameStop exclusive.