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Kingdom Hearts 3 Roxanne on 21 Jan 2011

Special little Interview with Daniel of KH13!

Well hello there lovelies, just today xVentus and I did a quick interview with Daniel who happens to run KH13 on his site as well as what is to come. In the future we may very well be tossing info/media back in forth between them so without further ado here are some of his thoughts and feelings on the upcoming KH Titles!

Roxanne: Daniel thanks for agreeing to meet with us, why don’t you tell us first and foremost what sort of media is available on your site?

Daniel: That’s okay Roxy, I’m glad to be a part of it. (: Well, basically with KH13.com I aim to provide *all* of the Kingdom Hearts media, anything you can think of. However, of course this is a long-term plan, as the amount of media connected with the series is unimaginable. So, only some parts have been completed yet. Our main media that we offer is the video archive, which is split into cutscenes, boss battles and trailers for each version of each game. This is a big task, recording all the past games, so at the moment we’ve only really covered everything since Re:CoM in 2008. Then, the other main type of media is images, in our gallery. Here we have some 8000 or so images related to Kingdom Hearts, including articles, manga, screenshots etc. We also have a news section, which isn’t really “media” per se, but yeah, that’s another main section I guess. So those are the 3 main things. In the future we hope to add more to our “informational” pages, which exist at the moment but aren’t as in depth as our other sections.

Tev: Tt sounds like you have a lot to include on your site in terms of media. Do you plan on including the compilation soundtrack for the Kingdom Hearts series too? I think it releases sometime next month or later.

Daniel: Having a “music” section is something we planned for the future, also. At the moment we have one, but basically it’s just a track listing for each soundtrack and a short paragraph about each. But eventually I’d like to have a page for each song, with maybe an embdeddable version to listen to, and information about the variations of it. So, the “Dearly Beloved” page might describe the song’s significance and include all of the different versions. By the time the compilation soundtrack releases at the start of February, we won’t have done this yet, though. So at that stage we’ll probably just upload it to YouTube and have it
featured in the site.

Roxanne: Remarkable, that’ll definitely be something to look forward to in the future as it’s something that we’ve also considered for KH3.net, the potential is definitely there and it’s always good to have as many forms of media available as possible. Going on, what would you say is the most difficult thing about securing news and info for the site? Besides the most obvious difficulties of course.

Daniel: Umm, well I guess the most difficult thing is being timely. You know, news surfaces at all hours of the day, and the community is quite attentive– they want news straight away, not 12 hours later. So yeah, that would be it, hearing about the news asap and actually being awake and able to get on a computer and post it, especially when it’s around other commitments. That would be the most difficultthing, I think.

Tev: I can understand the timely manner as well. Sometimes it’s a challange to be sure you have the news updated as soon as you see it, while also wondering if it’s posted already somewhere else. Speaking of news, I’m sure you’ve seen the trailer that was leaked for Kingdom Hearts 3D? If so, would you care to share your thoughts and expectations about the game?

Daniel: Yeah, that was actually something that worked well. My friend Aaron, who co-owns KH13 with me, happened to be over at my house when the trailer first surfaced, so we were able to cover that quite effectively. Anyway, my first impression of the game is quite good. I’m glad that this is a “major” game like Birth by Sleep, rather than a “minor” one like Days and Re:coded. It’s exciting that the game will include all new Disney worlds, and the Nintendo 3DS seems to be a very interesting console and I’m looking
forward to see what Nomura can do with it. Hopefully the game is as good as Birth by Sleep, which, due
to it being developed by the same team, I think it will be. So yeah, I expect it to be quite interesting.

Roxanne: I completely agree, all over i’ve read many times how fans are tired of the appetizers and are more than ready for the main course already. Hopefully Square is getting wise to this and will give us loyal fans what we deserve after a seven year saga in the making. I’m also hoping it will be by the same team, the dream team if you will. What are you expecting in terms of battle systems? Something more like BBS?

Daniel: Yeah, it’s a bit disappointing that Square are coming out with so many minor games in the series. I mean, they’re good and all, but the majority of people won’t see it that way. Dedicated KH fans will have it hard trying to find the time and energy to keep up, buying so many consoles; and casual players will find it difficult as they have no idea what is going on. Also, Birth by Sleep which is on the same degree as a main game like KH1 or KH2 wasn’t marketed as so, instead most people believe it to be insignifigant in the
scheme of things. I really think they should have called it KH3 or KH0, to convince people that it’s important. As for the battle system, I’m not really sure… it seems like each game “builds on” the previous game’s battle system, so I guess we’ll continue in this manor Re:coded was based on the battle system of both Birth by Sleep and Days, so 3D will probably improve on this again, taking the basics like deck commands and adding more depth like this “drop” bar I think I saw in the

Tev: I’ve also noticed people mentioning this “drop” bar, although I didn’t notice it myself until watching it a few times after hearing about it. I’ve also heard that this game is supposed to be about the Mark of Mastery exam Yen Sid wants to have to Sora and Riku (as seen in the Re:Coded secret ending). But I’ve also seen fans confused so to why Sora and Riku appear in their KH1 clothes. What do you think could be a possible cause for this?

Daniel: One theory I’ve read that I like is that this game will sort’ve be a “what if” scenario of “what if Sora and Riku got on the raft”. In the trailer, when Sora and Riku are standing on the beach, they repeat one of the lines from the original KH, “how far could a raft take us?”. To me, this sort’ve hints that the game will be about them taking the raft, and as a result, ending up in new worlds that haven’t yet been visited. This would explain why all Disney worlds are new. But yeah, I guess how this “what if” scenario occurs is just some magic trickery by Yen Sid, in order to test both of them for mastery.

Roxanne: That’s a really interesting theory and I had similar thought when I was looking at the trailer today, this is the sort of storyline that I would personally find a bit interesting because it takes me back to the times when many fansites would discuss such possibilities as well as their inevitable repercussions. This could easily breed a far more fascinating story arc in the same vein as BBS. Going on for a bit, which of the two games grabs your interest more, KH:ReCoded or 3D?

Daniel: Definitely 3D, no contest. Re:coded was probably the most disappointing game to me, honestly. First of all, we already had coded, so the only new content we received was a secret ending. But then, even if we count Re:coded as a completely new game, and disregard coded, there’s still not much new content. If you talk about it in episodes, only the last episode, Episode 8 of coded revealed anything, that people need to be saved. So we got basically a couple of pieces of new content from the whole of coded, which wasn’t enough for me, really… 3D looks to be much more interesting, with the majority of the game being new content, and a whole new game engine.

Tev: I completely agree, although I do like that Re:Coded was more accessible to those of us that don’t have that Dokomo Prime model phone that the original Coded was released on. I for one am looking forward to exploring the world of the Hunchback of Notre Dame as well when 3D finally is released. So, if I may ask, this will be the third time we’ll be able to play as Riku, I believe. How are you expecting his gameplay to be in this installment?

Daniel: Hmm, I haven’t really paid that much attention to the gameplay, but from what I know… Riku is shown jumping from building to building, right? In Traverse Town… based on this I’d say his gameplay seems to be a bit faster, and more exciting. Riku’s ability to use darkness gives Nomura a lot more freedom when designing his gameplay style, as there’s many different things to be done with it.

Roxanne: Yeah I was definitely loving how the gameplay looked, it seemed like it would be twice as fun this time to maneuver through and utterly destroy your enemies. I can really only imagine at this point what sort of abilities and moves would be made availability, though it certainly looks like Nomura is ready to deliver this time around. As a final question from me, what do you think fans should look forward to the most with these upcoming games and storylines?

Daniel: *Definitely, for the moment, I think fans should focus themselves on the recently announced Birth by Sleep -Volume Two-.
Although nothing has been officially announced yet, in my opinion this game is probably going to be released *before* KH3D. The reason for this is that the “mystery game” has been in the works since the release of BBS, and now that we know it’s BBS2, it’s pretty obvious that it will use the same game engine, same character models, and a lot of the same maps, etc. For this reason, I dont think it will take them long to develop it, and I expect a very late 2011 release for the game. It looks to be very interesting, as Birth by Sleep was my favourite game of the series, I’m expecting BBS 2 to be just as good.

Tev: One last question for me as well. The focus should definitely shift over to BBS2, and I’m hoping your estimate on its release will manage to come true too. Now, I’ve heard in various places that the team that is supposed to work on KH3 is currently working on Final Fantasy Versus XIII. That and Nomura stating that they won’t begin production on KH3 until after Versus XIII is finished. After a long time waiting, a new trailer for Versus XIII was finally shown just a few days ago. I know you told us yesterday that you don’t cover Final Fantasy, but if you have seen the trailer, are you expecting anything bigger in KH3 (given the same team working on it) than we’ve seen in previous Kingdom Hearts titles? Or even if you haven’t seen the trailer, I’d still like to hear what you’re expecting from the anticipated KH3.

Daniel: I haven’t looked at any Versus XIII content, unfortunately. But based on what I know, yeah, I’d expect really good
things from KH3. You can think of it this way– Versus XIII was the Kingdom Hearts team’s first PS3 game, I think, and because
of this it was like a test for them. The team will now be good at developing for that console, or the current generation of
consoles, and with Versus XIII they would have been able to test many ideas and gameplay mechanics which they could then
implement or even improve on for KH3. So yeah, I’m expecting a lot from that game.

Roxanne: We can only hope that the development team is indeed heading in that direction, it certainly would be a long time coming. Moreover here’s to hoping all that comes next lives up to expectations both story-wise and in terms of gameplay. In Nomura we trust eh? Meanwhile Thank you so much Daniel for taking the time to talk with us and share your thoughts it’s been a really interesting conversation and hopefully we could do something similar in the future as more news becomes readily available. Until then thank you both for being here!

Daniel: Alrighty, thanks for interviewing me, I’m flattered. (: Take care, hope everything goes well with you, and I hope the KH community are enjoying the BBSFM coverage

Well there you have it folks, hope you somewhat enjoyed it and as always stay tuned for the latest and greatest in KH News!

Kingdom Hearts 3 xVentus on 20 Jan 2011

The story is far from over

Yes, you heard me correctly. Recently we got a hold of the secret ending from Birth by Sleep Final Mix!  A very special thank you to DCiuch of KH13 for finding and uploading this video.  However, YouTube has placed a worldwide block on it due to copyright, so I’ll have to link you here to view it: http://vimeo.com/18961214

In this screen shot, we can see Aqua overlooking the Castle of Dreams that appears to have made its way into the Realm of Darkness.  Now I don’t know if you all remember or not, but in Kingdom Hearts, remember what the Fairy Godmother tells you about her own world?  She tells you it was destroyed and wonders what happened to Cinderella.  If you follow what I’m saying, then you guessed it!  This video is more than likely the beginning of the Heartless attacking and devouring worlds in our beloved Kingdom Hearts series.

With more information being released lately, it’s looking like we now have one more game to expect before Kingdom Hearts III.  The ending of this video produces the potential name, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Volume Two. Showing various scenes from each of the Kingdom Hearts games, will this new title be about what goes on in Aqua’s point of view?  Will she be able to do something to assist Sora on her own end?  Only time will tell, as the epic saga of Kingdom Hearts nears its grand finale!  Or will it?  Stay tuned!

Source: Vimeo, KH13

Kingdom Hearts 3 Reflection on 19 Jan 2011

Dreams Really Do Come True!

Well, well, well. I do believe it’s been quite some time since my last update. In fact, I haven’t written an article since last year. My that’s much too long. Either way, there’s some news that I must inform you about.

First of all, the dream has dropped. That’s right, Kingdom Hearts 3D {Dream, Drop, Distance}’s trailer has finally surfaced. (Seriously, it’s about time). Although it isn’t the best quality out there, I don’t htink it matters since it’s the KH 3D trailer. Check it out below, no seriously, you should…..Like right now. V V Click and you’re there.
Kingdom Hearts 3D {Dream, Drop, Distance} Trailer
Domo Arigato to our friends at KHinsider for subtitling it. What will the future hold for both Sora and Riku? Is this the second to last Kingdom Hearts game we’ll see before the series comes to a close? Or is there more to come? Only time will tell.
Tetsuya Nomura has also confirmed that The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be playable in the upcoming title.
About Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance]

The famous “Kingdom Hearts” series is reaching towards the Nintendo 3DS. Marvellous characters go into Disney worlds in 3D and enjoy a story full of emotion. Worlds from the past in the series are appearing but there are also new Disney worlds, of course. All this with a new game system like you’ve never seen before.

The game’s director Nomura will give us some comments about it.

Tetsuya Nomura

Kingdom Hearts is about to reach its tenth anniversary and the story is finally reaching its climax. This will be the prologue to the final battle, and as always it will be filled with surprises for the players. This time, to show those “surprises” I decided to use the “Nintendo 3DS”. A completely new [battle] system is being prepared and that will give you an idea on how the next “Kingdom Hearts” [games] are going to be, with even more exhilarating action. I hope you look forward to it.

Both new and old worlds eh? Sounds promising for you classic disney fanatics.

To add to the anticipation, the Kingdom Hearts 3D site has officially opened! Check it out here. While you’re there you can even see the logo for the brand new title.

If all of that hasn’t satisfied your Kingdom Hearts fix there’s even more news to sink your teeth into.

4Gamer has released some HQ shots from the 3D trailer, they’re quite intriguing to say the least. Especially the last one.

Multiple Soras?? How interesting…Clones? Or illusions? Hmm…that’s something to ponder over.

And last but not of the least importance in anyway, it has been reported that the BbSFM site has been updated. Notably, the site has been updated with some new screens and information on the secretive “Secret Episode” (No pun intended…Aw, alright may just a little). Take a trip and click.

Sadly, I do believe that concludes my very first article of the New Year. 2011 shall go in a blink of an eye, I’m sure of it. And before you know it, 3D will be released and eventually beaten. Stay tuned, more news will follow.

Sources: KHinsider, 4Gamer, Birth By Sleep Final Mix Official Site

Kingdom Hearts 3 Roxanne on 19 Jan 2011

A Formal Announcement!

First off I want to thank xVentus personally for taking it upon himself to update the site in such an expedient and highly professional manner. Considering what has been going on recently with people going back to school and getting ready for the new year that was quite the undertaking on his part. Ironically enough his first update of the new year took place around the same time as rolecall I did for Site Staff. Yes you heard me Role-Call. I’m looking to hire new writers and get things back into shape again after what can only be considered as a slump that only I am responsible for.

I apologize for not keeping the site updated and will provide no excuses other than I got caught up with life and literally lost the will to keep up with this area of the site. That being said as Site Staff Leader it’s my job to try and bring you the latest and greatest in KH News. I thank you for your patience and hope that those of you who are still with us will continue to read on yes?

Lastly before this becomes too long I’d like to re-extend an invitation to xventus to come back and work officially for site staff or at the very least with the team current being put back in place. If he would rather work alone with his own sources I completely understand and again thank him for what he’s already done, meanwhile no hard feelings and I will do everything in my power to ensure that news flow in regularly once again!

Kingdom Hearts 3 xVentus on 18 Jan 2011

New Games around the Corner

With the Square Enix 1st Production Department Premiere having been announced, we’ve received news about the new and upcoming titles from Square Enix.  First, as I’m sure everyone has been waiting endlessly on, Kingdom Hearts 3D was announced to be called Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance.  For a trailer on this game, please visit Kingdom Hearts Insider while they still have it.  The title will indeed take place AFTER Kingdom Hearts Coded, and will feature both Sora and Riku as playable characters.  This game also has showcased a particular scene in which Riku is in Traverse Town face to face with Xehanort’s Heartless, while Sora is also in Traverse Town faced with Xemnas.  This does not mean that the two were not destroyed in previous games, but it does raise some interest as to why they are there in this game to begin with.  Another scene shows Sora running through a tower with bells ringing.  Any die-hard Disney fan should be able to recognize that area very well as he jumps from the tower and a brief overlook of France is shown in the distance.  You guessed it, the Hunchback of Notre Dame has been confirmed to appear as one of the new worlds to visit in KH3D.

Now on another note, it appears that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is reaching the end of its production, and I must say, there looks to be a TON of work that went into this game.  Keep in mind that the team responsible for bringing us the Kingdom Hearts series is also the same team working on Versus XIII.  With that in mind, seeing the gameplay of Versus XIII makes me think that the gameplay in Kingdom Hearts III will not be a disappointment.  Notice in the trailer below, that you can apparently switch to a different member in your party to run around and attack as, a feature that was done very well in Final Fantasy XII.

For everyone that was awaiting Final Fantasy Agito XIII, it has been renamed.  The title is now Final Fantasy Type-0.  It looks like this game will be about a war regarding the four crystals, a theme any Final Fantasy fan will notice right away.  Below is the new trailer for the game, in which blood does fly at certain points.  Does this mark a more realistic turning point in the FF franchise?  Possibly!

Next, I’d like to share the future of Dissidia Duodecim.  You all know that there are six new playable characters, but up until now, it has been unknown as to how our sixth character, Yuna, will be played, as there there is no gameplay of her at this time.  Well, after searching around, I found out that Yuna will be played as her Summoner role, just like in Final Fantasy X.  She has been confirmed to summon the Aeons Shiva, Ixion and Bahamut into the field as she does battle.  Her EX Burst attack is said to feature her summon all Aeons at once.  Whether or not this only includes the three initial ones, or literally every Aeon featured in Final Fantasy X has yet to be seen.

One last thing, thanks to Slavo Ragazzo of our forums for finding and pointing it out to me, is that in the Winter of next year, we will be seeing the sequel to the ever popular Final Fantasy XIII.  There are currently no videos of this, but there IS a screen shot in which Lightning is seen in an all new attire.  Looks like things on Pulse weren’t as peaceful as we thought!

Well, this has been an update at just a few of the things Square Enix is working to bring us in the following years.  Hopefully we will continue to see more information, especially about Kingdom Hearts 3D, in the coming weeks!

Source: Kingdom Hearts Insider, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Andriasang

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