II.5 Remix

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Reliable NPD sales leaker over at NeoGAF, gave some insight to software sales in the US for December. According to the NPD report, the Kingdom Hearts HD collection released last month managed to sell approximately 275,000 units in the US! These sales figures closely match what the 1.5 collection was able to sell in it's opening month back in September 2013, so congratulations KH for the continued strong sales!
KH-Vids staff member @libregkd attended the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Launch Event in California last week and wrote up a great, detailed report of what went down there. Unfortunately attendees were prohibited from taking photo or video of the Kingdom Hearts 3 goodies show there or the fan video, and we're still waiting on Square to share the former with us poor unfortunates who could not attend.

Happily, event VIP @DangostreetGames took a ton of photos throughout the event and was kind enough to share them with us! You can check out his imgur album with captions below, and get a taste of what it was like to be there yourself.

Disney and Square-Enix held a private launch event at the Walt Disney Animation Studio lot this week to celebrate the launch of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Fans that were able to attend were treated to a variety of things and I happened to be one of the fans in attendance. Unfortunately, photography or recording of any kind was prohibited during the event, so this written description is all that you'll be able to get out of me for this launch event.

To begin, once everyone was ushered into a theater, the event opened up with the two newest trailers for the latest KH collection, Disney Worlds Connect and the Disney and Final Fantasy Character Cameos, playing on the theater screen. Next up the executive producer, Shinji Hashimoto, took the stage and thanked all the fans in attendance and for their continued support throughout the years. Emiko Yamamoto, executive producer from Disney Japan, was then introduced and she recalled the story of how Kingdom Hearts all began and how the franchises has grown into something they never thought was possible.

After the executives made their introductions and gave their thanks to all their fans, the next item up for the event was live piano performances of various tracks from the Kingdom Hearts series. Livan, from the Video Game Orchestra, opened up with segment with Kairi. He would also play renditions of 1st Mov Sora, Working Together, Missing You Naminé and Scherzo di Notte, each one receiving a round of applause after being complete. After Scherzo di Notte, Yoko Shimomura was introduced to the audience and was greeted with a tremendous amount of applause. She gave her thanks to the crowd and would join Livan for a duet on The Other Promise and Dearly Beloved.

When the mini-concert concluded, the next section of the event was a developer panel, which included Shinji Hashimoto as well as director of the series, Tetsuya Nomura. The panel consisted of a set of predetermined questions from the moderator with one of the first questions asked of Nomura was which scenes from the series, specifically Kingdom Hearts II, Birth by Sleep, and Re:Coded, were his favorites. For Kingdom Hearts II, Nomura stated that his favorite scene from the game was when Sora returned to Destiny Island and saw the drawing that Kairi made in the secret cave. His favorite Birth by Sleep scene was the ending of Terra's episode, where Master Xehanort succeed in supplanting himself within Terra. For Re:Coded, his favorite scene was from the new movie included in the 2.5 collection, where Roxas and Sora confront each other at Castle Oblivion. It was a scene that Nomura originally wanted to be a cinematic cutscene in the DS release, but do to the limitations of the hardware could not be achieved, so Nomura was really excited that his original vision has been finally realized. The panel went on and Nomura and Hashimoto discussed how freeing it was that they were allowed to travel to various events around the world such as San Diego Comic Con and Japan Expo in Paris to meet fans and see how enthusiastic they all were for the series.

Following the development panel, Square debuted a new trailer for the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX trailer featuring fans from around the world discussing their love of the series and how it has impacted their lives. United States, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom; many people of all ages expressed how much they loved the series and their favorite moments, characters, and games. The trailer concluded with the development team of Kingdom Hearts viewing what their fans had to say and thanked everyone for their kind words and support.

The final segment of the night, which you may have already heard from @Roxam, was sneak peak at some new Kingdom Hearts III footage. The teaser opened up with some artwork of new Heartless designs, followed by very raw animations of the enemy's idle movements. Following that the teaser showed off Sora transforming his Keyblade into dual guns, something previously hinted the last time we saw footage from KH3 and then finishing off the animation by combining his guns into a giant canon, something very reminiscence of what Terra does with his Keyblade during his boss battle in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. The teaser then switches to concept art of a city that looks very similar to Daybreak Town, the art slowly transition into a 'work-in-process' visual that is suppose to be representative of what the area will look like in the final game. It switches again to a spacious library with a chess set sitting next to a window with curtains flowing in the wind. The camera then pans out to show Sora walking around the room towards the window and when he approaches it, the screen cuts to "More Kingdom Hearts III info will be made in 2015".

And at that point, the event was over and were asked to leave the theater. Both Tetsuya Nomura and Shinji Hashimoto are scheduled to attend both the The Game Awards and Playstation Experience events in Las Vegas, which are taking place from Dec. 5th-7th. So there is a chance that more information regarding the Kingdom Hearts series may be made in the upcoming days.
With the release of Kingdom Hearts 2.5 just a few days away, The Official Kingdom Hearts Youtube Channel has uploaded two new trailers.

Disney Worlds Connect shows the magical worlds in Kingdom Hearts 2.5, also show casing the Disney Heroes we all know and love, as well as the Disney Villains from Kingdom Hearts 2, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Re:Coded.

Memorable Disney Characters and FINAL FANTASY Cameos shows both Disney and all the characters from Final Fantasy, and also is part of the Worlds Connect trailer "Set". It also shows Sora fighting along side the Final Fantasy characters in the series, and Roxas battling them.

With the release of the original soundtrack for the Kingdom Hearts remasters in Japan today, the 7-Disc OST (containing up to 180 remastered tracks from the series) was then listed in Square-Enix's European store, set to be released on December 15th with a price of €64.99. While there's still no word on a North American release, hopefully this news means that the OST for the HD ReMixes will be available in other places pretty soon. As for all you Kingdom Hearts fans in Europe, this is definitely something you would want to add to your KH collection.


Via Square-Enix EU Store

UPDATE: And it looks like the OST was added to the North American Square-Enix music store as well, to be released on the same day with a $79.99 price tag.