It was a cold night in London yesterday, but that didn't stop roughly 170 dedicated Kingdom Hearts fans from celebrating at the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Launch event.
We were all let in about 5:45 despite the event starting at 6:00pm. When we entered the venue we were greeted by a massive Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX wall scroll which we were all encouraged to sign.
After about 20 minutes of waiting and walking around the venue a bit, we were let into see the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX presentation where Square Enix Community Manager Dan Seto welcomed us all and showed off some of the cool community things that Square Enix had been up to over the last few months, like the secret Disneyland California/Paris trailer that was recorded a few months ago. Unfortunately we weren't able to take any pictures or video during this portion but we can tell you that this video also featured the reactions of the team in Japan who seemed very impressed with our level of excitement.
Then Kingdom Hearts Co-Director Tai Yasue and Producer Rie Nishi took the stage to answer a few questions regarding their experience in working on the Kingdom Hearts series. Rie Nishi and Tai Yasue both admitted that their favorite games are Kingdom Hearts 2 and Birth By Sleep which was met with cheerful applause from the audience.
After the small Q&A, there was a raffle which included prizes like framed drawings of Roxas and Sora, PlayArts figures of Sora and Roxas, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX collector's editions signed by Yasue and Nishi, and 3 super rare manga storylines from Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX.
Finally the time had come for the Kingdom Hearts III footage which included some very nice surprises. There were a few shots of artwork from the game and some footage of Sora walking through a gorgeous room with long flowing curtains. It all looked extremely polished and it seemed as though everyone in the audience was in awe of how good the game was looking.
Once the footage was done, we were all left to explore the venue. There were a number of things to do like get pictures taken on the Twilight Town platform, purchase a bunch of different items like PlayArts figures and keychains, and there was even an area where you could make a flip book of yourself and some friends. Yasue and Nishi were available to take pictures with and sign autographs and there were four screens setup for fans to play Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX.
Although there wasn't any cosplay competitions at this event like there were with the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival, a few people came out in cosplay including myself (kind of!) I went as a Hipster Heartless.
All in all it was a wonderful experience and it's no wonder the tickets sold out as fast as they did. I definitely think that Square Enix Europe did a lovely job. Hopefully we'll have more events like this in the future.
You can check out our full album from the launch event below: