Kingdom Hearts Series

News covering the general Kingdom Hearts series, including merchandise and other miscellany.

In a surprise announcement, Square-Enix has revealed that both 'Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 HD ReMix' and 'Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue' will be released on the Xbox One in 2020! This marks the first time that the entire series can now be experienced on the Xbox One as opposed to just the PS4.

Square-Enix recently updated its job listings to include openings in Osaka related to "HD Development of the Kingdom Hearts series," with Square-Enix looking for a UI Designer, Effect Designer, and Technical Artist to join the Osaka team (the same team that has worked on every title in the series ever since Birth by Sleep). Considering the 'Kingdom Hearts III' DLC will be releasing within a few months, it is highly unlikely these positions are for the DLC, and instead feel like they will be focused on the next entry in the series.
In addition to getting an announcement for a new trailer next week for the 'Kingdom Hearts III Re:MIND' DLC, fans were also provided with a message from the KH series director, Tetsuya Nomura, to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the release of 'Kingdom Hearts Union X[cross]' in Japan, where he details upcoming details for the game, while also hinting at the future of series. Check out Nomura's message below (translation courtesy of goldpanner from KHInsider):
Merely days after reporting on the death of Rutger Hauer, we sadly have to report on yet another death of a voice actor associated with the Kingdom Hearts series. This time, it's Russi Taylor, who has been the official voice of Minnie Mouse since 1986, while also voicing Huey Dewey, and Louie since 1987. Russi Taylor has voiced the above characters (as well as Fauna) in all of their voiced appearances in the Kingdom Hearts series up to date. Sadly, her loss will be a heavy one for both Kingdom Hearts fans, and Disney fans who have enjoyed hearing her lend her voice to Minnie Mouse and other characters over the years. Thank you for your contributions Russi Taylor. You will be missed dearly.

RIP Russi Taylor

This past Thursday, the 'Kingdom Hearts III' Ultimania was released in Japan, providing fans with a ton of information on the recently released entry in the series. Included in the book was an interview with series director, Tetsuya Nomura, as well as members of the staff who worked on the game. Check out the interview with Nomura below (divided into two parts), along with links to interviews with staff members:

Nomura (Part 1):
Nomura (Part 2):
Other Interviews:

Tamotsu Goto (Programmer)
Masashi Nakamichi (Programmer)
Kengo Naka (Programmer)
Takashi Isowaki (Technical Director)
Tomokazu Shibata (Battle Director)
Masaru Oka (Scenario + Cutscene Director)

Credit to @lunesacree for translating the first part of Nomura's interview as well as the interviews with other staff members, and credit to KHInsider's goldpanner for translating the second part of Nomura's interview