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  • It'll be an awesome game!

    Votes: 160 86.0%
  • It'll be a great game but will pale in comparison to the previous titles

    Votes: 16 8.6%
  • It'll be a good game,but not great

    Votes: 8 4.3%
  • It'll be a bad game

    Votes: 0 0.0%
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[size=+6]EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT
BIRTH BY SLEEP[/size]
[size=+3]-SO FAR-[/size]

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[size=+2]-INTRODUCTION-[/size]
Hey everyone. Riku-Keyblade here again! Well, after the "success" of my first thread, and the requests of many members, I am now here today with the next installment of my "Everything We Know So Far About..." series, with one on BIRTH BY SLEEP! Yes I know, I can tell you're all foaming at the mouth, lol. Well, I must say, Birth By Sleep is a bugger to summarize like this. When I started writing this article/thread, I figured BBS would be shorter than my 358/2 Days thread... Well... I was wrong. The BBS one is definitely longer than the 358 one. But after a lot of hard work and time, I hope you guys find this thread useful.

I made this thread to help new members, as well as old, touch up on the facts about what we know concerning Birth By Sleep. I was tired of seeing so many people clueless about the three games so I made the 358 thread, and now, this one. I hope many members find something of value in this thread, and if not, I hope you all can at least appreciate the work that I have put in for your - the members' - benefit. So, enjoy! ^__________________^

DISCLAIMER: Please note, the content and writing of this thread technically belongs to me. I put in a lot of work on these pages and they are not allowed to be copied, distributed or posted, in part or of its entirety, on any site other than KHInsider. Thank you, and I hope you can understand why.

[size=+2]-GENERAL INFORMATION-[/size]
Director: Tetsuya Nomura
Co-director: Tai Yasue
Producer: Patrick Chen
Co-producer: Yoichi Yoshimoto
Executive Producer: Shinji Hashimoto
Official Site: KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep
Platform: PlayStation Portable (PSP)

[size=+2]-THE TITLE-[/size]
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep borrows it's title from a line in the Kingdom Hearts II Secret Ending - Sunset Horizons. The line in the video goes "It all began -- with Birth By Sleep". The game's title shares the title of the KH2:FM+ Secret Ending as well. Not much is known about the meaning of the title, but, like 358/2 Days, it's meaning won't be understood until the end of the game.

[size=+2]-PRESS RELEASE-[/size]
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is the tale of a new trio of heroes, told across three scenarios utilizing the groundbreaking technology of the PSP. Exciting new features will be introduced on top of the traditional controls, game system, and visual style of its predecessors.

The Keyblade is said to hold phenomenal power. One legend says its wielder saved the world, while another says that he wrought chaos and ruin upon it. —from Ansem's Report (KINGDOM HEARTS)

Long before Sora took up the Keyblade, there were other Keyblade masters. One of these masters, Xehanort, disappeared one day along with his apprentice. This event proved to be a foreshadowing of great disaster to come. Aware of the threat, another master ordered his three apprentices to seek out Xehanort and his cohort.

[size=+2]-STORY-[/size]
Birth By Sleep takes place ten years prior to the events of Kingdom Hearts 1 and it is about three apprentices (Terra, Aqua and Ven) who are sent by their Master (a new character to the series) to search for Master Xehanort and his cohort after they disappear one day. The story is split into three separate scenarios, each following one of three heroes on their search to find Master Xehanort. For the majority of the adventure, the three heroes will be alone but there will be times where they cross paths and meet.

The game is set to explain one of four untold stories, being the story of "Xehanort's Memories". The game focuses on two main mysteries, one of them being Xehanort's Memories, and the other being Ven's Identity and connection with Roxas. Nomura has also hinted that not all three Keybladers (Terra, Aqua, Ven) are connected to the heroes of Kingdom Hearts II (Riku, Kairi, Sora) but the game will explain the original conflict of the Kingdom Hearts series and that there is also an importance in each of their identities.

Nomura has stated that Xigbar (otherwise known as Braig in Birth By Sleep) had witnessed the three heroes when he was an apprentice to Ansem the Wise, and it is implied that some of the other apprentices had seen them as well. Nomura has also said that Riku's, Sora's and Kairi's names meant Land, Sky and Sea respectfully and that the three Keybladers Terra, Ven and Aqua mean Earth, Wind and Sea respectfully. He has also made it clear that these three meanings will have a large impact on the game.

Master Xehanort is a character first seen in the KH2:FM+ Secret Ending "Birth By Sleep". He is commonly referred to as MX and is considered the game's central antagonist. The story begins when he and his cohort disappear one day. Aware of the threat of their disappearance, a Master sent his three apprentices to seek out him and his cohort.

Nomura has said that the story of Birth By Sleep will answer such questions as why MX has Xehanort's names and why he is wearing the same clothes as Xehanort's Heartless in Kingdom Hearts 1. He also made a point that each of the characters' identities are important. Master Xehanort has also been seen to wield a Keyblade, with a key-chain, in the KH2:FM= Secret Ending. Not much else is known about MX, other than that he seems to know Terra and Ven and that he wants Kingdom Hearts for an undisclosed reason.

He has been seen in the TGS Trailer explaining to Terra that he is tired of waiting for him, and that he wants Terra to cross the wall between light and dark to him. MX also believes that those who submit to darkness aren't qualified to use the Keyblade, however, whether or not he is lying is yet to be seen. He goes on to say that that man is already a monster infused with darkness and asks someone (we don't know who) to defeat the darkness and correct his mistake. He is believed to be referring to the Dark Soldier.

In the DKΣ3713 Party Trailer, Terra claims that Master Xehanort has an interest in beings with hearts of pure light (Princess of Heart) and that if they were to follow the light, MX would appear.


The Dark Soldier, commonly referred to as DS, is a character first seen in the KH2:FM+ Secret Ending "Birth By Sleep". He is described as MX's cohort/apprentice and is believed to be referred to as "a monster infused with darkness" by MX. Little is known about the DS at this point other than that he also wields a Keyblade that bears a bit of a resemblance to Riku's Soul Eater and wears a suit that is similar to Riku's Dark Suit. His Keyblade also has a keychain on it and in the TGS Trailer, we see him in a fight against Ven which he knocks Ven off his feet.

Ten years prior to Kingdom Hearts 1, we see Mickey accompanied with Donald and Goofy, as he is in training with Master Yen Sid in order to become a stronger Keyblade Wielder. While we don't know the exact reason as to why Mickey is in training, we see him come in to save Ven when he is bested in a fight against the DS. Nomura has said that he cannot reveal whether or not he is a "King" at that age.

The first scenario and playable character confirmed was Terra. Terra is one of three apprentices under an unnamed and unseen Master who was sent to seek out Master Xehanort and his cohort when they disappeared one day. Terra wields a Keyblade without a keychain that can be seen Here. Terra's name means Earth, and has an implied connection to Riku. Nomura has also dropped hints that Terra had chosen Riku to be a Keyblade Master in KH2:FM+.

In the TGS Trailer of Birth By Sleep, Terra makes mention of a certain "power" he has but the details on exactly what this power is is currently unknown. He refers to Ven as his "friend" and believes that Master Xehanort had done something to his heart. It was also said that Ven has saved Terra at one point.

Terra has also been seen in various scans and in the Jump Festa trailer with Maleficent and Nomura has commented that Terra and Maleficent are working together and the smile Terra has in that scene is hinting at a connection. He has also been described as Master Xehanort's Avenger and that he has not yet "awakened".

In the DKΣ3713 Party Trailer, Terra learns of Master Xehanort's interest in beings with hearts of pure light (Princess of Hearts) and he says that if they were to follow the light, surely MX would appear. Later in the trailer he is seen approaching Snow White and says that he can feel the pure light radiating from her. Maleficent later says in the trailer that Terra is ignorant of his power and falls to darkness to which Aqua becomes outraged.


The second scenario and playable character confirmed was Ven. Ven is also one of three apprentices under the unnamed/unseen Master who sent Ven and the other apprentices out to seek Master Xehanort when he and his cohort disappeared. Ven wields a Keyblade without a keychain (an artist rendition can be seen Here). Ven's name means Winds and has an implied connection to Sora. Nomura has also noted that Ven's name is just an alias, or a nick-name and that his real name is longer.

One of the game's central mysteries is the identity of Ven and exactly what his connection is between Roxas, and by extension, Sora. Nomura says that when playing the game, you will easily be able to separate Roxas and Ven but by connecting the story between Roxas and Sora, you will understand just who Ven is.

In the TGS Trailer, the opening scene shows Terra thanking Ven for saving him. Also, when Terra is confronting MX, he says that he has a "friend". He is believed to be referring to Ven in this instance and Terra asks MX what he has done to Ven's heart. Later in the trailer, MX meets Ven at the coliseum and says "Long time no see" implying that he had known Ven before but Ven doesn't recognize MX at all. MX then says that he is losing "it" (what this "it" is we don't know) and that in order to obtain it, he needs to give up and he will recover everything and know the truth.

We then see Ven in a battle against DS where he is flown back and lands on the ground with the DS approaching him. Mickey then jumps onto the scene, withdrawing his Keyblade in an act to protect Ven. Later on, we also see a knocked out Ven in Terra's arm as he proclaims to use his power for his friends. The trailer ends with Ven asking someone to "erase" him.

In the DKΣ3713 Party Trailer, there were a few scenes showcasing Ven. There were a scene in Cinderella world where Ven had seemingly been shrunk in size to that of the mice and was being chased by Lucifer - A cat. Furthermore in the trailer, Aqua says that Ven is being lied to about Terra, and that whatever Maleficent is telling him isn't the truth. Later on Aqua approaches Maleficent again and demands for her to say that what she told Ven was a lie, but Maleficent tells her it was all true which causes Aqua to demand her to leave.


Aqua is the third apprentice of the mystery Master in Birth By Sleep. She, like the other apprentices, was sent to seek out MX and DS when they disappeared. Aqua wields a Keyblade without a keychain that can be seen Here. Not much is known about Aqua, and she has yet to be confirmed as a playable character or the third scenario of the game. In fact, she has yet to be even seen in any game screen shots or trailers yet, and the only image of her is from a single piece of official artwork (click on her name above to see it). Nomura has been surprisingly tight-lipped about her in the game, though it is speculated that she is the apprentice he is referring to when he said that one of them didn't have a connection with Kingdom Hearts 2's heroes.

At the DKΣ3713 Party in August 2008, the latest trailer for Birth By Sleep finally showcased the blue-haired wonder. She was featured in a number of scenes, however images of her have yet to be scene. Furthermore in the trailer, Aqua says that Ven is being lied to about Terra, and that whatever Maleficent is telling him isn't the truth. Later on Aqua approaches Maleficent again and demands for her to say that what she told Ven was a lie, but Maleficent tells her it was all true which causes Aqua to demand her to leave. There has still been no confirmation of her being playable, however.


[size=+2]-THE NEW ENEMY-[/size]
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In Birth By Sleep, there is a new enemy that has set foot across the worlds. It should be noted that these enemies aren't Heartless or Nobodies because Birth By Sleep takes place before those enemies were created. These new enemies also bare a symbol on their bodies (See artist rendition above) and are said to have a wild concept and fast moves. An artist rendition of these enemies, based on the scans and screenshots can been seen Here as well as an in-game screen-shot Here, Here and Here. For some reason, these enemies no longer exist after Birth By Sleep and the reasons as to why this is will be explained in the game.

[size=+2]-SECRET ENDINGS-[/size]
[size=+1]-SUNSET HORIZONS-[/size]

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At the end of Kingdom Hearts II, if you had completed certain requirements, you would be greeted by the video above titled "Sunset Horizons". Not much was known about the video at the time, but Nomura said that the three characters were all brand new characters that we had yet to have seen. He said that he put them in armour because he wasn't sure exactly what they would look like, and this let him conceal their identities for a period of time. In the movie, we see the three knights walk into a desert and pick up three familiar Keyblades: the Kingdom Key, the Inverse Kingdom Key and the Way to Dawn. Nomura has said that them picking up these keyblades was purely symbolic and was to show that these three new characters might have a connection with the owners of those Keyblades, but that isn't to say that they are them. Given what we now know about Birth By Sleep, this video is purely conceptional and the presence of the KK, IKK and WtD were simply for symbolic purposes.

[size=+1]-BIRTH BY SLEEP-[/size]
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Birth By Sleep is the name of the Secret Ending of KH2:FM+. It features the three knights: Terra, Aqua and Ven, as they battle against Master Xehanort and his cohort, the Dark Soldier (DS). The secret ending has been confirmed to be an actual scene within the game and may, or may not be a scene very close to the end of the game, though it is uncertain if it will stay the same as it is in the secret ending, or will have some changes for the actual game.

[size=+2]-WORLDS-[/size]
In Birth By Sleep, Disney worlds make a return, and among them are some familiar places, and some brand new worlds to be seen. They (the KH Development Team) believe that it is better to keep a "normal feeling" within the Disney worlds but also adds that there a new worlds and there will also be two or more worlds that "Will surprise you". Nomura has also stated that the primary enjoyment of the Disney worlds will be their story and because the game is set in the past, the worlds will also experience a time shift.

Confirmed Worlds so far include:
-Radiant Gardens
-Sleeping Beauty
-Snow White
-Cinderella
-Olympus Coliseum
-Destiny Islands
-Yen Sid's Tower/Twilight Town
-The Gathering Place/Sunset Horizons (Location of KH2:FM+ Secret Ending).

[size=+2]-GAMEPLAY-[/size]
[size=+1]-BATTLE SYSTEM-[/size]
The gameplay gets an overhaul from past Kingdom Hearts titles, though it is said to have a feeling similar to Re:CoM. A system close to that of Re:CoM was created to successfully feel like a Command Deck but they felt that the previous appearance of the command menu, as seen Here, was too similar to that of Re:CoM so they had it changed to the way it is Here, soon after the game was announced at TGS.

He has also stated that the new gameplay has a slight influence from S-E's Nintendo DS game "The World Ends With You".

The Birth By Sleep gameplay differs from the KH series greatly in that it has no use of MP. It instead has a new gauge known as "Focus", though the exact details of how this gauge works is unknown. Whenever you attack, the "Command Gauge" rises and when it accumulates, a new command appears that allows you to use a rather powerful attack.

The Command Gauge rises when you attack with the circle button and the triangle, but when you stop attacking the Command Gauge begins to decrease. When you use a move with circle, the command bar will turn orange and when it does this you cannot use the attack again until it is finished charging. In addition, you can change what the triangle button is set to, so in order to efficiently continue to attack you will most likely keep being able to customize its settings.

Each character has a slightly different battle system and feel to them, and Terra is no exception. Something exclusive to Terra is the ability to enter something known as "Fatal Mode". In this mode you constantly move around and use additional skills to increase the "Fatal Mode Gauge". When the Fatal Mode Gauge becomes "Max" an additional command appears that lets to connect your skills with a powerful finishing move that "scatters" the enemy.

In the latest Shonen Jump scans (See Here) a new special technique called the "Shoot Lock System". This new ability lets Terra consequtively attack by shooting bullets of light out of his Keyblade. If you find yourself losing against a blaze of enemies the Shoot Lock System is ready to fire, allowing you to lock onto a large group of enemies all at once. During this technique the command menu changes, however whether or not this new technique is exclusive to Terra has yet to be confirmed.

[size=+1]-GROWTH SYSTEM-[/size]
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep also adds something new to the series - A new Growth (Leveling) system. Nomura has said this was because of the need to meet four undisclosed obligations with each scenario. He has said that this system incorporates a new idea that hasn't been seen before and that it is hard to explain without seeing a screen shot of it, so we will have to wait a bit longer before it is revealed. They also added in a hint that the system is "like growing".

In October 2007, Nomura had an interview with Gemanga Magazine where he let slip that Square-Enix could make an entire game on the growth system alone, but didn't dive into specifics.

[size=+2]-MULTIPLAYER-[/size]
Nomura and his team have announced in a Famitsu Interview that they were thinking about including a Multiplayer feature. They expected it to be either something co-operative, or competitive, but that they want to make an element that will use the PSP to it's fullest. Nomura also commented that if there were to be Multiplayer in BBS it would be different from 358/2 Days. No mention of the possibility of Multiplayer has been brought up since.

[size=+2]-TECHNICAL INFORMATION-[/size]
[size=+1]-GRAPHICS-[/size]
The graphics are pushing the PSP to their limit this time around, as they become nearly identical to the graphics of past KH titles. The in-game gameplay graphics match that of it's predecessor as it offers brand new gameplay schemes. Birth By Sleep most definitely has the superior graphics of the three side games.

[size=+1]-VOICE ACTING-[/size]
Birth By Sleep si set to include voice acting during its cutscenes like previous Kingdom Hearts titles. Currently, however, the only voice actor confirmed for return is the voice actor of Roxas for Ven. Which is Koki Uchiyama in the Japanese version of the game, and Jesse McCartney in the English version.

[size=+1]-CUTSCENES-[/size]
The cutscenes, like the graphics, push the PSP to their limits and are very close to past installments, though the cutscenes seem to have improved from what we saw in Kingdom Hearts II. In Kingdom Hearts II, the character models in cutscenes were rather still, with only their facial expressions and bodies moving. Usually the cutscenes also had a sense of delay, where one character would speak and it would take a moment for the other to respond. But this seems gone when we look at the TGS Trailer. Even small details like the movement of hair and clothing in the wind have been added into the cutscenes making them feel a lot more real compared to past titles. Hopefully what we've seen in the TGS Trailer will become the staple for KH cutscenes, with better character detail, more fluid movements and reactions and scenes that seem a lot more real.

[size=+2]-TRAILER IMPRESSIONS-[/size]
[size=+1]-TOKYO GAME SHOW-[/size]
クローズドメガシアターの内容です。
Details from the Closed Mega Theater.

「遠い過去 眠りは隠された運命を生む」
In the distant past, sleep gives way to hidden truth.

既存公開のテラとヴェンの会話シーン
A conversation scene between Terra and Ven is presented.

テラは岩に座っていて、ヴェンは立っている。
Terra is sitting on a rock, Ven is standing.

テラ「いつかお前が俺を救ってくれるんだろ?」
Terra: Sometime ago you rescued me, right?

ヴェン「救う?当たり前だろ、友だちだからな」
Ven: Rescued? It was the natural thing to do, because we're friends.

テラ「そうだな。」
Terra: Right

そういって笑いかけるヴェン。テラが岩から飛び降りる、テラがヴェンの肩に手を置く。
Saying as much, Ven begins to laugh. Terra jumps down from a rock, and places a hand upon Ven's shoulder.

テラ「ありがとう、ヴェン」
Terra: Thanks, Ven
___________

荒野でKH2FM+のシークレットムービーに登場した老人と対峙するテラ。
Terra confronts the old man from the KH2FM+ secret movie at the wasteland.

ゼアノート「お前ならば 辿り着くと信じていた――」
Xehanort: I believed you'd find your way by now――

ゼアノート「光と闇の壁を越え、私の元へ」
Xehanort: Cross the wall between the light and darkness, to me

ゼアノート「待ちわびたぞ、テラ」
Xehanort: I'm tired of waiting for you, Terra

老人は嬉しそうに手を広げる。逆にテラは険しい表情。
The old man offers out his hand. Oppositely, Terra makes a grim face.

テラ「…俺には『友』がいる」
Terra: …I have a "friend"

テラ「答えろゼアノート、あいつの心に何をした!!」
Terra: Answer me, Xehanort. What have you done to his heart?!

テラが右手にキーブレードを呼び出す。
Terra summons a keyblade into his right hand.
___________

既存ゼアノートはヴェンとオリンポスコロシアムで出会う。
An encounter between Xehanort and Ven at Olympus Coliseum.

ゼアノート「Ohisashiburi」*
Xehanort: Long time no see.

ヴェン「誰だ? あんたに会ったことなんか…」
Ven: Who are you?  As for having met you…

ゼアノート「そうだ、お前は失っている。」
Xehanort: Seems that you're losing it.

ゼアノート「しかしそれは永遠の喪失ではない 手に入れるために失ったのだ!」
Xehanort: However, you haven't lost it permanently. In order to obtain it, give up.

ゼアノート「今こそ全てを取り戻し、真実を掴み取るのだ!」
Xehanort: Now recover everything, and discover the truth!

老人が手で魔法?を発動、ヴェンは混乱と恐怖に陥ったような表情。
The old man releases magic from his hands, Ven's expression becomes confused and fearful.
___________

In between these cutscenes they show the footage of playing the game as Terra.
___________

ディスティニーアイランド
Destiny Island

夕暮れ時、海岸を見つめるテラ
Terra stares at the shore as the sun sets.

テラが見つめる先には、木立を剣代わりに遊ぶ二人の少年(おそらくソラとリク)
Terra stares onward at two boys sword fighting near a grove of trees. (Perhaps it is Sora and Riku)

(周囲にはテラとその二人しかいない)
(Only Terra and and the two boys are around.)
___________

その後、舞台は再び荒野に。
Afterwards, the scene changes again to the wasteland.

ヴェンと、黒いヘルメットと鎧に身を包んだ人物(KH2FM+のシークレットに登場した人物)
Ven and the character wearing a black helmet and armor (The person who appeared in the secret of KH2FM +) are there.

謎の人物に吹っ飛ばされるヴェン。
The mysterious character throws back Ven.

ゼアノート(声だけ)「闇に染まってしまった者に、キーブレードを扱う資格はない」
Xehanort (Voice only): Those that submit to darkness are not qualified to wield the keyblade.

ヴェンが顔を上げると筋肉スーツが迫ってくる。
When Ven lifts his face, the suited man approaches.

今までとは一変し、何かを訴えかけるような表情の老人。
Now the old man's face changes completely into an expression of yearning.

倒れたヴェンを抱えるテラと、ゼアノートが対峙する。
Xehanort faces Terra, who carries the collapsed Ven in his arms.

ゼアノート「奴はもう、闇にそまった魔物だ」
Xehanort: Already, that man is a monster infused with darkness.

ゼアノート「で闇を討ち、わが過ちを正してくれ!」
Xehanort: Defeat the darkness and correct my mistake!

レイディアントガーデンのような岩場
In a rocky place like Radiant Gardens

テラ「マスターだろうと関係ない。この力、友のために使う!!」
Terra: I don't care about being master. This power, I use for my friends!!
___________

ディスティニーアイランド
Destiny Island

夕暮れ時に海岸を見つめるヴェン。
Ven stares at the shore as the sun sets.

うつむき加減で、少しくらい表情のヴェン。
He is looking downward with a despondent expression.

「『友達』だから頼みたいんだ、俺を、消してくれ」
We're "friends", therefore I wanted to ask something. Erase me.

ラスト、羅列ですが…
It's the last scene…

KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep
WORK IN PROGRESS
For PSP

[size=+1]-JUMP FESTA-[/size]
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「遠い過去 眠りは隠された運命を生む」

In the distant past, sleep gives way to hidden truth.

既存公開のテラとヴェンの会話シーン
A conversation scene between Terra and Ven is presented.

テラは岩に座っていて、ヴェンは立っている。
Terra is sitting on a rock, Ven is standing.

テラ「いつかお前が俺を救ってくれるんだろ?」
Terra: Sometime ago you rescued me, right?

ヴェン「救う?当たり前だろ、友だちだからな」
Ven: Rescued? It was the natural thing to do, because we're friends.

テラ「そうだな。」
Terra: Right

そういって笑いかけるヴェン。テラが岩から飛び降りる、テラがヴェンの肩に手を置く。
Saying as much, Ven begins to laugh. Terra jumps down from a rock, and places a hand upon Ven's shoulder.

テラ「ありがとう、ヴェン」
Terra: Thanks, Ven
___________

荒野でKH2FM+のシークレットムービーに登場した老人と対峙するテラ。
Terra confronts the old man from the KH2FM+ secret movie at the wasteland.

ゼアノート「お前ならば 辿り着くと信じていた――」
Xehanort: I believed you'd find your way by now――

ゼアノート「光と闇の壁を越え、私の元へ」
Xehanort: Cross the wall between the light and darkness, to me

ゼアノート「待ちわびたぞ、テラ」
Xehanort: I'm tired of waiting for you, Terra

老人は嬉しそうに手を広げる。逆にテラは険しい表情。
The old man offers out his hand. Oppositely, Terra makes a grim face.

テラ「…俺には『友』がいる」
Terra: …I have a "friend"

テラ「答えろゼアノート、あいつの心に何をした!!」
Terra: Answer me, Xehanort. What have you done to his heart?!

テラが右手にキーブレードを呼び出す。
Terra summons a keyblade into his right hand.
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既存ゼアノートはヴェンとオリンポスコロシアムで出会う。
An encounter between Xehanort and Ven at Olympus Coliseum.

ゼアノート「Ohisashiburi」*
Xehanort: Long time no see.

ヴェン「誰だ? あんたに会ったことなんか…」
Ven: Who are you?  As for having met you…

ゼアノート「そうだ、お前は失っている。」
Xehanort: Seems that you're losing it.

ゼアノート「しかしそれは永遠の喪失ではない 手に入れるために失ったのだ!」
Xehanort: However, you haven't lost it permanently. In order to obtain it, give up.

ゼアノート「今こそ全てを取り戻し、真実を掴み取るのだ!」
Xehanort: Now recover everything, and discover the truth!

老人が手で魔法?を発動、ヴェンは混乱と恐怖に陥ったような表情。
The old man releases magic from his hands, Ven's expression becomes confused and fearful.
___________

In between these cutscenes they show the footage of playing the game as Ven and Terra.
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イェンシッドの城
Yen Sid's Tower

サンダーを避けるミッキー、ところが2発避けたところでバランスを崩し直撃を受けてしまう。
Thunder is being cast at Mickey, he avoids it twice, but then loses his balance and takes a direct hit.

側で見ていたドナルドとグーフィーはおもわず目を覆う。
Goofy covers his eyes and Donald looks worried.

ミッキーが再び体勢を直す。
Mickey summons the Starseeker again.

満足そうな気な顔をするイェンシッド。
Yen Sid appears satisfied.
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「眠りの森の美女」
The Forest from Sleeping Beauty

「眠りの森の美女」のイバラに覆われた城をながめるマレフィセント(肩にはカラス)
Maleficent stares in the direction of the thorn covered castle at the forest from Sleeping Beauty, her crow sitting upon her shoulder.

マレフィセントの後ろにはテラが
Terra is standing behind Maleficent .

マレフィセントと目が合い、怪しく笑うテラ
Their eyes meet, and Terra laughs strangely.
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シンデレラの世界
Cinderella's World

扉の大きさに驚くヴェン。
Ven looks amazed at the size of the door.

シンデレラに気づく。
Cinderella is there too.
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ディスティニーアイランド
Destiny Island

夕暮れ時、海岸を見つめるテラ
Terra stares at the shore as the sun sets.

テラが見つめる先には、木立を剣代わりに遊ぶ二人の少年(おそらくソラとリク)
Terra stares onward at two boys sword fighting near a grove of trees. (Perhaps it is Sora and Riku)

(周囲にはテラとその二人しかいない)
(Only Terra and and the two boys are around.)
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その後、舞台は再び荒野に。
Afterwards, the scene changes again to the wasteland.

ヴェンと、黒いヘルメットと鎧に身を包んだ人物(KH2FM+のシークレットに登場した人物)
Ven and the character wearing a black helmet and armor (The person who appeared in the secret of KH2FM +) are there.

謎の人物に吹っ飛ばされるヴェン。
The mysterious character throws back Ven.

ゼアノート(声だけ)「闇に染まってしまった者に、キーブレードを扱う資格はない」
Xehanort (Voice only): Those that submit to darkness are not qualified to wield the keyblade.

ヴェンが顔を上げると筋肉スーツが迫ってくる。
When Ven lifts his face, the suited man approaches.

今までとは一変し、何かを訴えかけるような表情の老人。
Now the old man's face changes completely into an expression of yearning.

倒れたヴェンを抱えるテラと、ゼアノートが対峙する。
Xehanort faces Terra, who carries the collapsed Ven in his arms.

ゼアノート「奴はもう、闇にそまった魔物だ」
Xehanort: Already, that man is a monster infused with darkness.

ゼアノート「で闇を討ち、わが過ちを正してくれ!」
Xehanort: Defeat the darkness and correct my mistake!

レイディアントガーデンのような岩場
In a rocky place like Radiant Gardens

テラ「マスターだろうと関係ない。この力、友のために使う!!」
Terra: I don't care about being master. This power, I use for my friends!!
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ディスティニーアイランド
Destiny Island

夕暮れ時に海岸を見つめるヴェン。
Ven stares at the shore as the sun sets.

うつむき加減で、少しくらい表情のヴェン。
He is looking downward with a despondent expression.

「『友達』だから頼みたいんだ、俺を、消してくれ」
We're "friends", therefore I wanted to ask something. Erase me.

ラスト、羅列ですが…
It's the last scene…

KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep
WORK IN PROGRESS
For PSP

[size=+1]-LEAKED TRAILER-[/size]
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This Leaked Trailer of Birth By Sleep surfaced in June of 2008. Judging by the trailer's content it is most likely the trailer shown at the Tokyo Game Show, though it is missing the opening scene between Ven and Terra - most likely due to the trailer having been recorded by hand, the scene may had been cut off. Nevertheless, it is the first footage we have of Birth By Sleep in action.

[size=+1]-DK∑7313 PARTY-[/size]
Castle courtyard, Aqua is dancing, Ven and Terra are watching. Someone approaches from the entrance, and the three gather.

Castle of Dreams.
Ven is running around holding a blue ball.
Lucifer (The cat in Cinderella) pounces on top of Ven.
Mouse yells, "Watch out! Run away into the house!"
(It's the mouse from Cinderella, not Mickey.)

Sleeping Beauty World (?)
Maleficent: "Those who do not have any darkness, seven of pure light――"
Maleficent: "To collect them, I must obtain all the worlds."

Inside a castle.
Aqua: "Is there a clue of Master Xehanort?"
Terra: "He is interested in hearts of pure light"
Aqua: "A heart of pure light..."
Terra: "We'll chase the light too."
Terra: "Master Xehanort should appear if we do so."

Snow White's World(?)
Snow White: "Oh! Who are you?"
Terra: "Aren't you surprised?"
Snow White: "Why?"
Terra: (I can feel the pure light...)
Terra: (After all, does this girl have a heart of pure light?)

In a dark place. (Thorns?)
Ven: "It's a lie..."
Aqua: "Don't be deceived!"
Aqua: "Terra isn't like that, you know that!"
Maleficent: "But the truth is harsh to hear."

Unknown Location
Aqua: "I'll ask again."
Aqua: "What was said to Ven was a lie."
Maleficent: "It was all true."
Maleficent: "Terra is ignorant of his power and falls to darkness."
Aqua: "Get out of here!"


Birth By Sleep is set to be the last of the three side-games to be released, with Coded being the first. With 358/2 Days, the middle game, having a more-than-likely release of late '08, Birth By Sleep will most likely be released in Japan in 2009.

In October 2007, Nomura had an interview with Gemanga Magazine where he let slip that 358/2 Days would most likely be the first game released, with Coded soon afterward that. He said that he believed Birth By Sleep would still be the last of the titles to be released.

At the DKΣ3713 Party in August, S-E announced that BBS would be released in 2009 for Japan.

[size=+1]-DEVELOPMENT STATUS-[/size]
As of July 2008, Nomura has said that Birth By Sleep is no where near a finished product in it's current stage.

[size=+2]-SOURCES-[/size]
General Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Information
Title Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Slleep - Nomura Interview
TGS Press Release - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Information
KH:BBS Logo - Provided by Riku-Keyblade
Story Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - TGS Press Report
Story Info - KHInsider - New Information on all Three Titles!
Story Info - KHInsider - Nomura Interview on Birth By Sleep+358/2 Days!
Story Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Developer Interview
Story Info - KH-Vids - Scenario Mysteries Interview
Story Info - Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ Additional Event "The Truth About the Chamber of Sleep"
MX Info - KHInsider - Images
MX Info - KHInsider - Nomura Interview on Birth By Sleep+358/2 Days!
MX Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Developer Interview
MX Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - TGS Press Report
MX Info - YouTube - Birth By Sleep, Leaked Trailer w/Sub
MX Info - YouTube Video - KH2:FM+ Secret Ending 'Birth By Sleep'
MX Info - BKHInsider - DKΣ3713 Trailer Impressions, courtesy of bittermeats
DS Info - KHInsider - Images
DS Info - YouTube - Birth By Sleep, Leaked Trailer w/Sub
DS Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - TGS Press Report
Mickey Info - KHInsider - Images
Mickey Info - YouTube - Birth By Sleep, Leaked Trailer w/Sub
Mickey Info - KHInsider - Nomura Interview on Birth By Sleep+358/2 Days!
Mickey Info - KHInsider - New Information on all three tittles!
Terra Info - KHInsider - Images
Terra Info - Keyblade Image courtesy of Grace Assassin
Terra Info - KHInsider - Nomura Interview on Birth By Sleep+358/2 Days!
Terra Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - TGS Press Report
Terra Info - YouTube - Birth By Sleep, Leaked Trailer w/Sub
Terra Info - KH-Vids - Scenario Mysteries Interview
Terra Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Developer Interview
Terra Info - KHInsider - New Information on all three tittles!
Terra Info - BKHInsider - DKΣ3713 Trailer Impressions, courtesy of bittermeats
Ven Info - KHInsider - Images
Ven Info - Keyblade Image courtesy of Grace Assassin
Ven Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Developer Interview
Ven Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - TGS Press Report
Ven Info - KHInsider - Nomura Interview on Birth By Sleep+358/2 Days!
Ven Info - YouTube - Birth By Sleep, Leaked Trailer w/Sub
Ven Info - KHInsider - New Information on all three tittles!
Ven Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - TGS Press Report
Ven Info - BKHInsider - DKΣ3713 Trailer Impressions, courtesy of bittermeats
Aqua Info - KHInsider - Images
Aqua Info - Keyblade Image courtesy of Grace Assassin
Aqua Info - KH-Vids - Scenario Mysteries Interview
Aqua Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - TGS Press Report
Aqua Info - KHInsider - New Information on all three tittles!
Aqua Info - BKHInsider - DKΣ3713 Trailer Impressions, courtesy of bittermeats
New Enemy Logo - Provided by Riku-Keyblade
New Enemy Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Nomura Interview
New Enemy Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Developer Interview
New Enemy Info - Birth By Sleep Enemy Drawing by Gunzcon of deviantART.
New Enemy Info - Birth By Sleep In-Game Screenshot
New Enemy Info - Birth By Sleep In-Game Screenshot
New Enemy Info - Birth By Sleep In-Game Screenshot
Sunset Horizons Info - YouTube Video - KH2 Secret Ending "Sunset Horizons"
Sunset Horizons Ifno - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH2 Ultimania - Nomura Interview
Birth By Sleep Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Nomura Interview
Birth By Sleep Info - YouTube Video - KH2:FM+ Secret Ending 'Birth By Sleep'
Worlds Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Developer Interview
Worlds Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - Image Viewer
Worlds Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - Image Viewer
Worlds Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - Image Viewer
Worlds Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - Image Viewer
Worlds Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - Image Viewer
World Info - KHInsider - Images
Battle System Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Nomura Interview
Battle System Info - Screenshots courtesy of KHInsider
Battle System Info - KHInsider - Famitsu Scan and Article Report!
Battle System Info - KHInsider - New scan features BBS, Days and Coded
Growth System Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Nomura Interview
Growth System Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Developer Interview
Growth System Info - KHInsider - Nomura Talks More Kingdom Hearts!
Multiplayer Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Developer Interview
Graphics Info - YouTube - Birth By Sleep, Leaked Trailer w/Sub
Voice Acting Info - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Birth By Sleep - Nomura Interview
Cutscene Info - YouTube - Birth By Sleep, Leaked Trailer w/Sub
TGS Trailer Impression - Trailer Impressions courtesy of bittermeat.
JF Trailer Impression - Trailer Impressions courtesy of bittermeat.
JF Trailer Impression - YouTube - bittermeat's Jump Festa Mock Trailer
Leaked Trailer - YouTube - Birth By Sleep, Leaked Trailer w/Sub
DKΣ3713 Trailer Impressions - BKHInsider - DKΣ3713 Trailer Impressions, courtesy of bittermeats
Scans - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - Image Viewer
Scans - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - Image Viewer
Scans - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - Image Viewer
Scans - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - Image Viewer
Scans - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - Image Viewer
Scans - KHInsider - Images
Scans - Additional Scans courtesy of KHInsider
Scans - Translated Scans courtesy of bittermeat
Images - Images courtesy of KHInsider
Translations - All Translations courtesy of bittermeat
Release Date - DK∑7313 PARTY + Nomura Interview
Release Date - Kingdom Hearts Ultimania - KH Coded - Nomura Interview
Release Date - KHInsider - Nomura Talks More Kingdom Hearts!
Release Date Info - KHInsider - DKΣ3713 Starts Now!
Development Status - DK∑7313 PARTY + Nomura Interview

Well there you go. I know most of this is probably just recap for a lot of people, but the point of this was to catch up the members that may not be up to date on Birth By Sleep info and I would love it if no one would make posts such as "tl;dr" or anything like that. This is to be used as a reference and I don't want to hear how you guys know it already.

But I hope you guys can see how much work I put into this and what not, and any rep is appreciated for the effort I took ^___^
Also, I would like to have this thread be on the first page of the forum a lot so that people will be able to continue to use it for information and what not and I plan on updating it every time we get new info such as the S-E Party in a couple of weeks. So, I hope you guys find this useful and if you have any comments/concerns/things you think I should add in or what not, please, feel free to post! Thanks.

UPADTE (08-02-08) [NOTE: All Updates in BOLD]:
-Updated MX Section
-Updated Terra Section
-Updated Ven Section
-Updated Aqua Section
-Updated Trailer Impressions Section
-Updated Release Date Section
-Updated Images Section
-Updated Sources

So guys, I'm getting reports of some people stealing the content I have written for these threads, and using it elsewhere without permission. If you guys hear about anything like this, or see this thread on any site other than KHInsider can you please let me know? It's very important, thanks.
Just a note though, due to the fact that the threads are going to make up the BBS/358/Coded/XIV/Unbirth pages on the main site, these threads are not allowed to be posted anywhere else, even if they do say "credit to R-K". So keep that in mind =]
 
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That's far too much writing. I'm not reading all of that.

Gratitude and thanks etc.
 

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Its beyond me who'd want to read all that.

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R-K reads it all the time. It is his baby and he loves it.

I do suppose he has nothing better to do with his time.
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There is a limit to how many pictures you can post.
As in, he can't post them too.

Link them perhaps instead?
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True, that enemy symbol doesn't look a whole lot like the one from that screenshot (in my eyes anyway).
 

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amazing :) thanks... I wish I could do something amazing like this :)
 
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Thanks for the images GA.
And yes, I noticed that the Enemy Logo isn't official.
For the moment, it is the best thing possible, and I find rather accurate.
But if you guys have a beef with it or what have you, i'll replace it with a screenshot.
 

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well done. hopefully might answer some questions new comers have

Well I, really appreciate all the hard work that RK put into this, and I'm not to lazy to read it.
I read through the whole thing, and I really enjoyed. Nice work, RK, this is better the the one for 358/2 days!
 

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That enemy symbol looks exactly like it, though I see where you guys are coming from you really have to look at it in the pic to see.
 
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This one didn't take long to get stickied...
Soon there will be no more "BBS" or "Coded" sticky.
 
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