Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX UK Community Event Coverage

Kingdom Hearts HD II-5

It seems that the Kingdom Hearts franchise has some of the most dedicated fans around. When the tickets were announced for release on Eventbrite for 21st November at 12:30pm, I don’t think anyone could have anticipated that the free tickets would all be claimed within four minutes.

Fast forward to Wednesday 3rd December 2014 and just under 200 fans queued outside of the Old Billingsgate building eagerly waiting to be let in. A combination of shivering fans (some of whom were cosplaying) were wide grinned as they spoke to each other about the franchise they all loved.

As soon as the clock struck 6:00pm the doors were open. We were let in and went down the steps into the vault. The first thing that met my face was a Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix wall, which we were encouraged to sign. This definitely was a factor which continued their emphasis on who this event was for. We then signed in, got raffle tickets and were met with beverages, and a beautifully coloured lounge which matched several worlds found within the games.

Within the lounge we were also met with various opportunities. We were implored to take part in the infamous balcony scene within Kingdom Hearts 2, and take photos. There was also an opportunity to make your own flipbook with your images which were taken there along backdrops found within the games. The Square Enix shop was also open, giving fans the opportunity to buy merchandise, such as soundtracks, figures, plushies and keyrings.

Just before 6:30pm, we were allowed to go into the theatre. The presentation began with several quotes, and an interesting introduction by Square Enix Japan EU Community Manager Daniel Seto. Before the presentation went into full swing, we were asked to not photograph or record any of the presentation. Daniel introduced a fan video which Square Enix created with fans around the world. The video featured fans sharing what Kingdom Hearts meant to them, what it did for them and their most memorable moments.

It was followed by rapturous applause. Then Producer Rie Nishi and Co-Director Tai Yasue appeared and the theme from the video by sharing favourite moments of the Kingdom Hearts franchise. The fans were gifted with a free raffle which included limited edition artwork, games, figures and manga.

Before concluding the quick presentation, they gifted the fans with a sneak look at Kingdom Hearts III. The footage highlighted Sora’s new Keyblade form, which was greeted with screams, as well as designs of newer Heartless. Notably, the graphics of the new game were absolutely stunning. The clips ended with the promise of more information coming in 2015.

After the presentation, a signing commenced. Whilst the event was different from the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMix event which included visits from Producer Shinji Hashimoto and Composer Yoko Shimomura, it definitely got fans excited for what was about to come from the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

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