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 Release Dates
 Developer: Square-Enix
 Publisher: Square-Enix
 System: Playstation Portable
 Genre: Roleplaying
 Number of Players: 1
 Disks: Unknown
 ESRB Rating: Unknown
 Our Rating: N/A
 Directed By: Tetsuya Nomura & Tomohiro Hasegawa
 Japan KH2 Release Date Japan: Currently Unknown
 Europe KH2 Release Date Europe: Currently Unknown
 USA KH2 Release Date North America: Currently Unknown
The legendary Keyblade is said to hold phenomenal power.
Some legends say that long ago, its wielder saved the world, while some say that he brought chaos and ruin upon it.
(Ansem Report 8)

The trailer shown at the Tokyo Game Show 2007 has got everyone on their toes for the first of three new Kingdom Hearts games, here we have Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep for the Playstation Portable which is a prequel to KH1. Here is the trailer summary:

The beginning of the trailer shows scenes from the ending of Kingdom Hearts 1 followed by text that reads "Deep Past" and "Shut-Eyes gives birth to the concealed fate".
Next we see two young males (who were in the secret ending of Kingdom Hearts 2) in a place resembling Hollow Bastion. The first young male can only be described as a Roxas look-a-like. He's talking to the other boy who sports black hair (we believe he's called Terra) and says "Ven.".

Many scenes flash on the screen before stopping on a bald old man with goatee known as "Master Xehanort", he calls the black haired male "Terra". A Keyblade appears in Terra's hands.

The scene cuts and we're shown two worlds, Olympus Coliseum is back (how can you have a Kingdom Hearts game without tournaments?) Followed by a world that can only be described as "Sleeping Beauty" which makes sense as Maleficent has been the villain (and co-villain) for the past games.

Next we see Terra (the black haired young male) engaging combat against the darkly dressed male warrior who we saw in KH2's secret ending video that Master Xehanort created. Terra manages to force the helmet off his dark opponent but we're unable to see his face.

King Mickey is shown summoning a Keyblade that is a cross between sword and wand, he is wearing different clothes from usual so we know that Birth By Sleep is a prequel to KH1. The scene cuts quickly to Terra on a beach observing two kids, the two figures become clearer, it's Sora and Riku playing. The trailer ends with these words from Terra:
"Please don't depend on me, just erase me...friend."
One Line Rumours
Dark warrior (helmet unknown) is Terra's brother. ~Jetzudan
Master Xehanort posesses Terra and creates KH2 Xehanort. ~KabbageLynn
Terra is Xehanort's apprentice/disciple ~Xagzan

Mickey Theory
You will be able to play as Mickey and travel through time as him, which is the only possibility that Mickey can talk to Sora in a prequel (as seen in the scan from yesterday of Traverse Town). Also in the trailer summary it said that Terra was looking at Sora on the beach, which could be the moment that he chose Sora as the new keyblade bearer. ~ kingsora

Name Analysis
In the Famitsu Trailer overall summary, it says "It seems the above three are full story on the new projects. At the end of the trailers, we see "Hidden" "Days are" "Born from sleep", words which embody the three trailers. Then we see "The story leads on to an approaching time." which puts us in the mind of the three titles being linked to the next game."
"Hidden" meaning the lost memory in Coded - "Days are" signifying 358/2 Days - "Born from sleep" referring ro Birth by Sleep.
"Hidden Days are Born by Sleep" - This phrase is probably highly significant for a future title that ties everything together from the three games (Kingdom Hearts 3?). ~ Quoted from KHU Forums, written by The Graceful Assassin

Terra and Xehanort Theory
Master Xehanort will takeover Terra--the resemblance between Xehanort (young) and Terra is just too much. After the takeover some part of Terra may remain. This is the part you face in Kingdom Hearts 2 and is possibly why he asks his friends to forget about him because he is no longer a whole person. ~Chill

Xehanort Theory
Xehanort didn't do his job as a Keyblade Wielder, he was evil and it was up to Terra, Ven and Aqua to stop him in his tracks. They win the battle which makes Xehanort disappear. Perhaps when he disappeared he fell into a deep sleep and he wakes up, or is reborn (Birth by Sleep) during Kingdom Hearts (or Kingdom Hearts 2). Ansem stumbles apon Xehanort, but he can't remember anything but his name. At some point Xehanort transforms into a Heartless and Nobody (Xemnes) and Sora vanquishes him which puts him back in a deep sleep and he is reborn (again) after Kingdom Hearts 2 but this time he has retained his memories. This is a good theory because Nomura said a big part of the new series is Xehanorts memories. ~Igloo9

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 Kingdom Hearts 2 / II News

Kingdom Hearts 2 icon Kingdom Hearts 2 ~ Nomura and Shimomura Interview
Journalist: Phoenix
Date: 31 Mar 2007

It seems that Nomura-san has been a very busy man since FM+ was released.  Nomura-san has done yet another interview and this time Yoko Shimomura was also interviewed!  Here is the interview for all of you to see:

Nomura's Interview

~A PART of the secret ending in FM+ is in some way related to the new Kingdom Hearts series

~Apparently there is a skill in the beginning of FM+ that will NOT allow Roxas to gain any experience, EXP 0.  It was made to make the game more difficult for the people who do/will think that 'Critical Mode' is too easy.

~In the Pridelands, atop Pride Rock, there will no longer be the 144 Heartless to defeat.  Instead the Heartless will become one entity.

~Apparently, making the Enigmatic Solider an optional boss fight was the idea of one of Nomura's staff members

~Nomura also stated that the battles with all of the Organization XIII members have changed a lot

~Nomura also says that there is a scene in which Organization XIII's Zexion is walking and then abruptly stops.  Apparently it is going to be up to the players to think of why Zexion stopped walking

~The idea for the Organization XIII Mushrooms was an idea that Nomura's staff had while Kingdom Hearts II was in development.  Sadly, however; they were not able to put it into the original Kingdom Hearts II because it was such a large quest.  So, it became a side quest for FM+ 

~Nomura had wanted to put the battle between Roxas and Sora in the original Kingdom Hearts II but he decided against it due to the amount of time it would take.  Also, Nomura wanted to add an additional bit to Roxas and Sora's fight as well as a new form (Limit Form?).  Apparently, Nomura was thinking about all of the abilities that Sora could use in Kingdom Hearts when he thought of Limit Form

~The music that plays after Roxas and Sora's battle was meant to showcase that event completely.  When Nomura created the battle between Roxas and Sora he wanted to convey to the players that the battle was very emotional and therefore, he created an event that occurs right after the battle.  Nomura also said that the music he envisioned for that fight was 'different'

~Nomura also stated that his staff changed things in the game that not even HE knows about

~Originally, re:COM was going to have the same camera angles as Kingdom Hearts but Nomura decided that that would make it harder for his team, so he changed it around a bit

~Nomura also stated that his team wanted to change a couple of things for the last boss fight with Sora (re:COM?) and that he was in charge of that battle.  He said that it seemed to be *** of **** of Sora. (The magazine had those * words censored)

~All Nomura would say about *** was that it has something to do with Marluxia and that the attack is extremely painful

~The New series is NOT Kingdom Hearts III (Nomura wants everyone to understand that)

Shimomura's Interview

~Shimomura and her team worked 'day-in and day-out' for the battle music to re:COM.  She said she wanted the music to have different 'feelings' such as: Happy Battle, Sad Battle, and Terrible Music.  She said that there was something about a 'Third Form' added to the last boss (Not sure if it means last boss for Sora or Riku)

~Shimomura says that she put ALL of her effort into the score for Roxas and Sora's battle.  Shimomura says that she pushed herself to her limit in composing the score for that battle.  The battle is meant to be extremely emotional and Shimomura wanted to push herself to the limits for it, even though Nomura believed that she had already met that standard for it  

EXTRA Piece of Info from the Interview

In FM+ there are two different versions of the fights with the members of Organization XIII.  The first version of the fights are scattered throughout all the different worlds.  Nomura stated that no one should have any trouble with those fights.  He did, however, say that if you want to stand a chance against the members in the re-fights you should be level 99. (Sounds like fun to me)  

Source: Light in the Chaos and 



Kingdom Hearts 2 icon Kingdom Hearts 2 ~ KH2FM+ Sales + Subbed Secret Movie + Desktop Clock
Journalist: Deep
Date: 30 Mar 2007

I used an online translation program, so sorry for the innacuracy. But the main message is quite clear, Kingdom Hearts 2 FM+ has sold 300,000 copies in the first day on sale.

"As for PS2 “[kingudamuhatsu] 2 final mix + which” is sold finally
1/3 of the first shipment approximately 300,000 books is sold at first day
It started tolerably.
As for the special edition which is seen as distribution ratio of entire 3 tenths
Already, we have become absence of stock with the many shop,
It seems that also change to edition is advanced usually.
The number of presentation say as a [rimeiku] work,
In just the title whose initial motion ratio is high, now weekend already a little
If it does not sell, the possibility usually edition becoming heavy…"

Thanks to Mors of KHU we have a subbed video of the secret movie.
Click here to view the Subbed Secret Movie
Source: KHU

KP's Edit: Apparently the official FM+ website has updated with a downloadable clock for everyone's desktop.  Check it out on the Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix half of the site, in its download page. (Fourth button down)

Final Mix+ Official Website  

Kingdom Hearts 2 FM + Q & A Thread

Kingdom Hearts 2 icon Kingdom Hearts 2 ~ Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix Q & A Thread!
Journalist: Itani
Date: 29 Mar 2007

The thread dedicated to any KHII: Final Mix questions has been created along with a mini report of my progress and what new features I've
encountered. Everyone post your questions in that thread and I will answer them as soon as possible!

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix + Q & A Thread!

Deep's Edit: Thanks to KH-Vids we have a some information from an interview with Tetsuya Nomura.
~He can not confirm wether Sora and Riku will be appearing in KH3
~The next game in the series will not be called Kingdom Hearts 3
~Nomura doesn't expect you to defeat the Knight first try
~Even Nomura hasn't figured out a strategy to defeat the Knight
~Nomura especially wanted Roxas' battle in KH2FM+ and wanted to make him strong. He didn't want anyone getting the idea Roxas was weak.
~The Knight who you see in the battle and ending will be in the next KH title.
~Mickey's back is turned to the camera because Nomura thought it would look cool.

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