What is Kingdom Hearts 2.9?

If it isn’t apparent by now, let me just say I love Kingdom Hearts (seriously, it feels like over half of the articles I’ve written  on this site have been Kingdom Hearts related!) so this leak does nothing but bring me happiness.

According to a LinkedIn profile of a Square Enix game designer from Osaka, along with working on Kingdom Hearts 3, they were also working on a title called Kingdom Hearts 2.9 on PS4 and PS3. So what is Kingdom Hearts 2.9 and is it real? Well, all answers seems to point to “yes” for the latter question due to the title temporarily appearing on the schedule of Square Enix Presents for E3 2015 before being pulled. As far as the former question goes, the answer can only be speculated by fans at the moment, but it’s not too difficult to piece together.

Kingdom Hearts 2.9 is obviously another collection. On PS3 it will most likely be 2.5 with the addition of Kingdom Hearts 3D HD and maybe another secret ending to link into Kingdom Hearts 3. On the other-hand, on the PS4 it will probably also include the content of the 1.5 Collection along with all the features of the PS3 edition. Square Enix has been hinting at releasing the Remasters on PS4 for a while now, so this move would make sense and would be a relatively inexpensive way to make money. As a fan, it would also give me a good reason to play through the games again.

The game was probably planned to be announced at E3 2015, but got delayed due to Nomura working on the Final Fantasy VII Remake and other production issues. Now, it will most likely be announced at either Tokyo Game Show later this month or at E3 2016 for a 2016 release. Since the release of Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories in 2008, Square Enix has been adamant about releasing one Kingdom Hearts game each year, so this game would potentially serve as the release after this year’s Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. This would also be placing Kingdom Hearts 3 for a 2017 release date, which is a little disappointing since that would make the announcement of the game 4 years old by that point, and that’s just ridiculous.

Either way, I’m ecstatic about this. More Kingdom Hearts is always a good thing, and if a 2.9 Collection is the way Square Enix wants to hold our appetite until KH3, that’s just fine by me.

Expect more news on the Kingdom Hearts series, and other Square Enix games, in the upcoming weeks and months at TGS, Jump Festa, and possibly at Playstation Experience.

What Big Hero 6 Means for Kingdom Hearts III

Earlier at D23, one of my Kingdom Hearts III predictions from awhile back got confirmed. Big Hero 6 will appear as a world within the game. When I wrote my article predicting the worlds in Kingdom Hearts III, I said that the two franchises would be a good fit because of their similar tones. It also isn’t hard to picture Sora on the same screen as Hiro and Neku.

What I mean by Neku and Hiro sharing the screen with Sora is that I have a theory (a GAME theory) this world will feature the cast of The World Ends With You. To me, it makes sense because San Fransokyo is a logical place for Neku and the rest of the team to show up next since it’s similar to the real location of their game, Shibuya. Despite that, today another revelation was made on the game that might kill my theory.

During the same presentation where the world was announced, it was also revealed that San Fransokyo has a certain quality that separates it from most of the other worlds in the game series. This aspect is that the world will not retell the story of the movie, instead continuing it. In a way, that could mean that the story presented in the game could serve as a midway point between the original movie and the sequel. While a sequel isn’t officially announced as being made yet, Honey Lemon actress, Genesis Rodriguez, has confirmed that talks of a sequel have been occurring at Disney. In regards to the sequel, Rodriguez said the following:

“There’s rumblings of something else happening. I mean yesterday I just saw that it’s the third most grossing Disney animated feature, so this is huge for them. I doubt that they wouldn’t want to do another one. It was a huge success.”

However, just because the world is continuing the Big Hero 6 story doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be canon within that universe. It could turn out to be just that the story is like an elseworld idea or something. If that is indeed the case, the TWEWY characters still could show up to resolve some of their plotlines from KH3D.

Regardless of the TWEWY characters, Big Hero 6 shows something pretty significant about the state of Kingdom Hearts III. First, the announcement of the game in 2013 was way too early. Most fans already assumed that, but I doubt this Big Hero 6 world was even planned for the game when the announcement happened. Second, it looks like most of the worlds for the game will be coming from more modern titles. That’s interesting because the series has repeatedly shown that it strives off of the nostalgia of the players and only a handful of times has dabbled in more modern movies. Lastly, with Big Hero 6 and Tangled worlds announced, it seems even more clear to me that a Frozen world will appear in the game. For how big that movie is, especially in Japan, it would actually be really weird if it didn’t appear in the game.

With this game coming closer to release every day, we are probably only a few months away from getting a release date. Please be excited, KH fans.

Predicting the Worlds of Kingdom Hearts III

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WARNING! This post contains spoilers for the Kingdom Hearts III. If you’ve played all the games or just don’t care about spoilers, feel free to read on.

So, as all of us Kingdom Hearts fan know, the new trailer came out a few days ago, and it was awesome. I have pages upon pages of notes I took from that trailer, analyzing every last pixel within it. Now, I could use these notes to post a thorough trailer analysis, but I think it’ll be more fun to instead write about what is indirectly told through the trailers and information revealed thus far. So, below is Part 1 of 2 (possibly 3) of a series where I predict and discuss everything Kingdom Hearts III.

I did a similar thing with my friends when Kingdom Hearts 3D was about to come out, and I was 99% correct on my predictions, so I feel confident to share my thoughts on the new one. Everything here isn’t necessarily what I want to happen either, they are predictions based on the history of the game series and comments made by people working on the game. This first part is all about the worlds that I feel like will appear in the game, part 2 will be about the story, and the possible part 3 will be anything I felt like I left out. Now, let’s get started!

1. Our Confirmed Worlds

  • Tangled (likely to be called “Corona”)
  • Twilight Town
  • Olympus Coliseum
  • Destiny Islands
  • Cable Town

No real surprises here. All of these worlds have been shown in trailers, and throughout the history of the series, every world in a trailer has so far been inside the game it was advertising. The only questioning world is this new Cable Town that was shown at a private event held late in 2014. But, judging by the descriptions of Cable Town, it is likely the world that Xehanort and Eraqus are having their conversation in during the E3 2015 trailer.

Also, from what we know so far about Cable Town, it’s easy to assume that it is the hub world for KH3, much like Twilight Town and Radiant Garden were in KH2. Judging on the games release and how popular these characters are in Japan, I would bet money that the Kingdom Hearts version of Lighting Farron from Final Fantasy XIII and Noctis from Final Fantasy XV are going to appear in this world as well. These two characters have been mentioned in passing for a while now to appear in Kingdom Hearts, so I wouldn’t be shocked if it ended up happening.

Anyway, now to the more interesting stuff.

2. Predicted Worlds

  • Traverse Town
  • Atlantica
  • Agrabah
  • The Mysterious Tower
  • Halloween Town/Christmas Town
  • Disney Castle
  • Hundred Acre Woods
  • Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion
  • Castle Oblivion/Land of Departure
  • The Keyblade Graveyard
  • Frozen (likely called “Arendelle”)
  • The Jungle Book (I’m not sure what the world for this one would be called)
  • Big Hero 6 (likely called “San Fransokyo”)
  • Lilo and Stitch (likely called something on the lines of “The Big Island”)
  • Toy Story (likely called “Andy’s Room”)
  • A new, unannounced, original world

The first 10 on my prediction list are returning worlds from the past games, but all of them make sense for a return. Agrabah, Atlantica, Hollow Bastion, Halloween Town, and the Hundred Acre Wood have all appeared in both of the main game titles, so their return is expected. The Mysterious Castle will presumably be in the game as well, since as revealed at the end of KH3D, Kairi needs to be trained with a keyblade. Yen Sid’s home might also serve as a “base of operations” of sorts, but more on that in part 2. Disney Castle is also likely to return in a bigger way since Mickey will seemingly have more screen time than ever before as he is one of the Seven Lights. The Keyblade Graveyard will also likely be the last world in the game since the opening of Kingdom Hearts 3D depicts it as being the site for the final battle between Sora and Xehanort. Thematically, it would also make sense for Traverse Town to return since it’s the first world you visit in the first game, which makes me think it might be one of the closing worlds in this new one. Lastly for the returning worlds, Castle Oblivion is a lock for appearing since Sora, or a keyblade master, still needs to save Ventus, and to our knowledge he’s still sleeping in the Castle.

Before I go into my reasoning and thoughts on the new worlds, let me address why I didn’t include the two most requested worlds: a Star Wars World and a Marvel World. I didn’t include a Marvel world where Sora would be swinging with Spider-Man, or beating heartless with Black Widow because quite frankly, the Marvel movies don’t have a tone that would make sense in Kingdom Hearts. The series tried making a world out of a movie with a differing tone of the game with Port Royal in the second game. Because that world wasn’t generally well received I don’t see Square Enix testing the waters again with another series. Star Wars is a completely different beast from Marvel though, because the tones can mesh well with each other. For the longest time, fans of the series have been clamoring for the obvious lightsaber keyblade. It would be awesome, but there is one big thing preventing this world from happening, EA. Currently, EA has the rights to do anything and everything Star Wars in the video game front, and it would be very unlikely for them to share that with Square Enix. Sure, the parent company of Disney could still potentially let them do it like they just announced they’re doing with Avalanche Software for Disney Infinity 3.0, but that still seems unlikely.

However, despite what I just said about a Marvel world, I did make an exception in a way. I have a strong feeling there is going to be a world set in San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6. This movie is technically Marvel, but since it would be based off the movie there’s no real connection between it and Marvel besides a few Easter eggs, so it doesn’t really count. The movie is fairly recent, which might make it hard for there to be a world on it, but we also have to consider that Tron Legacy had a world in KH3D and there was only about 18 months between the release dates of those two. Also, and this is where this idea gets a bit weirder, since San Fransokyo is partially based on Tokyo, I believe this is also the world where we will see the return of the cast of The World Ends with You. Tone wise it makes sense, and it’s not impossible to imagine Sora sharing the screen with Neku and Hiro.

I also put down that there is a big chance there will be a Jungle Book world in the game. This is because there was supposed to be a Jungle Book world in Birth by Sleep, but it was cut out. You can actually find some code of the world inside the game still. Anyway, the Kingdom Hearts series has had a history of going back to worlds that were scrapped from previous games relatively late in the development cycle, some notable examples being the Pride Lands and Prankster’s Paradise. There is also a high chance of there being a Frozen world solely because of how popular that movie is, especially in Japan. Toy Story also seems like a likely chance for a world since Buzz and Woody were planned to be a summon in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and technology is powerful enough now for a game to look as good as the CGI in the movie does. For the last new Disney world, I believe it will be one based off of Lilo and Stitch that takes place sometime after Stitch escaped in Birth by Sleep and when he meets Lilo.

Lastly, I believe there will be one more original world besides Cable Town. This world will be one of the last in the game and serve as this games The World That Never Was. It will most likely serve as a point between the main story and the Keyblade Graveyard. There’s not much more to say about it considering that it would be brand new.

So that’s it for part 1 and please share your thoughts in the comments on whether or not you agree with me and what worlds you you think are going to be in the game. Look forward to part 2 in the next few days where I will be talking about the story.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Fans Hype

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Kingdom hearts fans rejoiced this past week as Square-Enix finally gave the fans a new trailer with some gameplay of the game that just disappeared years ago : Kingdom Hearts 3.

It’s been 10 years since Kingdom Hearts 2 was released on the ps2 and right after people beat that game they were ready for KH3. Little did they know they would have to wait many years for any rumor or footage of KH3. However to keep the fans busy they made many other Kingdom Heart games such as: Birth by Sleep, Re:coded, 385/2 Days, and Dream Drop Distance. Not to mention Kingdom Hearts  HD 1.5 and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 for the ps3.

To me KH3 looks promising but I can’t say I’m super excited for it but rather I’m interested in what Square-Enix has up their sleeves. With Tangled announced for KH3 it makes me wonder if they are going to add Frozen or maybe even Star Wars? I personally think it would be cool to go to a Final Fantasy world or even have a Monsters Inc world. There are so many things they could do with this game but we will just have to wait and keep an ear out for anything new on KH3.

While there isn’t a release date for KH3, fans can only hope they will release it next year. Let’s just hope KH3 doesn’t keep us waiting for two years or more.

Let me know what features you guys are looking forward to the  most for Kingdom Hearts 3 and what new worlds you would like to see!