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In yet another interview following the major KH3 news reveal this past weekend at D23 Expo, 'Kingdom Hearts' director, Tetsuya Nomura, got to speak with Ryan Brown of the Daily Mirror. This time though, the questions are from fans of the KH series, with Nomura's responses to them ranging from interesting to hilarious. Check out the interview below:
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This week's issue of Famitsu is covering the KH3 news from D23, along with a lengthy interview with 'Kingdom Hearts' series director, Tetsuya Nomura. While a fully translated interview is not yet available, some interesting points have been detailed:
  • (In response to the question of around when in 2018 Kingdom Hearts III will be released) “Please wait for the proper followup report. (Smiles.)”
  • Nomura wanted a Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts since around Kingdom Hearts II. For Kingdom Hearts III, there have been repeated negotiations as its inclusion was of absolute necessity.
  • The Toy Story world is set after Toy Story 2. It isn’t a parallel world. Rather, the events of Kingdom Hearts III are part of the Toy Story time axis. (In other words, it is canon.)
  • While it is not shown in the trailer, at the start Sora is mistaken for a character in the latest game to be released in this world.
  • The Toy Story staff were considerably surprised at the reproduction quality of the Toy Story characters in-game.
  • Nomura told the development team he wanted riding and fighting in a mech early in development. A different mechanism is being prepared for when you go to another floor in Galaxy Toys.
  • The Big Hero Six world is progressing well, but news on that is still down the line.
  • While the number of Disney worlds are less than the amount included in Kingdom Hearts II, the density of each world is greater, including gameplay. **
  • “Although there are parts [of Final Fantasy VII Remake] further along than Kingdom Hearts III, such as cutscenes, it is unlikely we’ll share information for a while as we switch from mainly external to mainly internal development.”
** For reference on how many Disney worlds there were in KH games that introduced new Disney worlds:
  • KH1: 9
  • KH2: 12
  • BBS: 7
  • DDD: 5
Source: Gematsu

EDIT:

Translation of the first half of the interview is now available:
Credit to Saken of KHInsider for the translations!

EDIT2:

Added the rest of the translated interview above.
To take a break from interviews for a hot second, we have some merchandise news to pass along.

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First things first is a Kingdom Hearts clear file set. These files feature the artwork of Kingdom Hearts 1.5, 2.5, and 2.8. The entire set will cost 1,296 yen (around $12) and will be released in August from the Japanese Square Enix Store.

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Last are Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories keychains. These keychains feature Sora and Riku and will cost 1,944 yen (around 17$ each). These keychains are currently available for preorder from the Japanese Square Enix store and will be released in September.

What do you think about the new merch? Let us know if you plan on picking any of it up!
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Welcome back to Daybreak Town! Actually on time for once! Everyone ready to see how your hard work has stacked up?

In fifth place this week is KHV_Ursus with a total of 3,953,780 Lux! The top scorer was @tamale with 3,951,665 Lux—about 99% of the party's earnings. @O.KnightofTwilight followed with 1,480 Lux, and @Krowley with 635 Lux.

In fourth place this week is KHV_Leopardos with a total of 6,576,796 Lux! The top scorer was @Scarred Nobody with 3,203,555 Lux—about 49% of the party's earnings. @Noizless followed with 1,580,468 Lux, and @Haseo with 1,124,426 Lux.

In third place this week is KHV_Vulpeus with a total of 12,173,767 Lux! The top scorer was @Xephos with 8,417,220 Lux—about 69% of the party's earnings. @Randy kelly followed with 3,659,331 Lux, and @Fearless with 47,066 Lux.

In second place this week is KHV_Anguis with a total of 17,326,397 Lux! The top scorer was @Explode with 17,308,721 Lux—about 99% of the party's earnings. @Day~Dream followed with 13,049 Lux, and @61 with 4,627 Lux.

In first place this week is KHV_Unicornis with a total of 21,436,588 Lux! The top scorer was @KHGrl15 with 8,159,230 Lux—about 38% of the party's earnings. @GarrettFinch followed with 7,557,668 Lux, and @Swordsman_John with 5,719,690 Lux.

  1. KHV_Unicornis
  2. KHV_Anguis
  3. KHV_Vulpeus
  4. KHV_Leopardos
  5. KHV_Ursus
Congratulations to the Keyblade wielders of KHV_Unicornis! Master Ira would be thrilled with all your work!

Special congratulations to this week's top scorers from each party—tamale, Scarred Nobody, Xephos, Explode, and KHGrl15! You'll all be sent special pins to commemorate your accomplishments if you've not yet received one!

If you want to join in the competition, you can still sign up for our official KHV parties here!

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See you all back here at the fountain plaza next week!