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News:A Year in Review - 2023 on the Kingdom Hearts Database

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A Year in Review - 2023 on the Kingdom Hearts Database
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  • A review of 2023 by the Kingdom Hearts Database


As the year 2023 wraps up, we want to take a look back at another incredible year on the Kingdom Hearts Database and the Kingdom Hearts community this last year.

Top pages and end of year stats.

Following is the top 20 most popular pages on the Kingdom Hearts Database this year:

This year, we reached 154,794 views, almost 50,000 more than last year. The Kingdom Hearts Database has achieved nearly 500,000 unique page views since its founding in 2018.

Events in 2023

Quite a bit happened this year.

First, in January, the first closed beta for Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link released in Japan.[1] Participants were strictly prohibited from sharing content from the beta, and so we saw very little from the beta release publicly. However, images of the customization options did become public.

Additionally, the first vinyl album of Kingdom Hearts music, featuring the Kingdom Hearts IV trailer track "Reality in the Dark", was announced in January for release in April.[2]

In February, the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack albums were released to all major streaming services.[3] For the first time, tracks from Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix were available on services like Spotify, YouTube Music, and Tidal.[4] With this latest release, the full albums for Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance are still missing from these services.

Also in February, the second Kingdom Hearts concert, Kingdom Hearts Concert -Second Breath-, was held in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.[5]

In March, we celebrated our fifth anniversary,[6] which included a new design, a new logo, and more content.[7] The beginning of our Tweet Archive (soon to be revealed) began to be compiled, as well.

The third annual "March Caprice: A Celebration of Kingdom Hearts" online event was held at the end of March this year. This year stretched the event out to three days for the first time, featuring many more participants than in years past.[8]

The Kingdom Hearts Database Twitter account, our first social media account, hit 1,000 followers on May 9 this year.[9] Throughout the year, we began to expand our reach on other social platforms, including Threads and Mastodon.[10][11] You can find our current socials on our Social Media page.

Additionally, "Reconnect: A Kingdom Hearts Community Celebration", the first fan-organized, in-person Kingdom Hearts fan event, was held in Austin, Texas in mid-September. Organized by our friend KHGuides and his team, the three-day event included a variety of activities for both in-person and online participants.[12][13]

2023 saw a renewed interest in our support for independent wikis. Starting with our joining the Gaming Wiki Network at the end of last year, the Database was involved with publicly supporting the launches of the new Minecraft Wiki, Megami Tensei Wiki, and Hollow Knight Wiki. Senior Admin KeybladeSpyMaster also published an article summarizing the problem with the Fandom wiki farm and the basics of going independent, which we have shared several times.[14][15] The Kingdom Hearts Database became a founding member of the new Independent Wiki Federation, which was officially unveiled on September 5, 2023.[16]

The year rounded off with a slew of announcements and developments for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link. In October, the official Twitter account for Kingdom Hearts Union χ was updated for the upcoming mobile game.[17] A new trailer was revealed shortly thereafter.[18] The title, announced last year for Android and iOS, saw a new closed beta test which released in Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia in late November. This time, participants could share the beta online, allowing many more to get a sneak peak at the upcoming mobile game. An Android beta is scheduled for January.[19]

Thank you to all of you for supporting us during this year. We're excited for all the things we've got lined up for 2024, and all the new things coming to the Kingdom Hearts community as we start a new year. Happy new year from all of us at the Kingdom Hearts Database!

References

  1. Kingdom Hearts Database: "Square Enix opens Japanese Missing-Link website for closed beta testing sign-ups"
  2. KINGDOM HEARTS (@KINGDOMHEARTS) on Twitter: "Celebrate 20 years of music with the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Vinyl LP Box! #KH20th Spanning three discs, the set features 36 tracks including "Reality in the Dark", first heard during the Kingdom Hearts IV announcement. Pre-order yours now: http://sqex.to/4Xh8d"]
  3. Kingdom Hearts Database: "Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX Soundtrack Albums arrive on streaming services"
  4. Kingdom Hearts Database (@KHDatabase) on Twitter: "The soundtracks for #KingdomHearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX are now visible in both Spotify and Apple Music, and are expected to become available tonight at midnight!"
  5. Kingdom Hearts Database: "Square Enix announces Kingdom Hearts Concert -Second Breath- performances in Japan"
  6. Kingdom Hearts Database (@KHDatabase) on Twitter: "#KHOTD: The Kingdom Hearts Database launched on this day in 2018! And it's kind of our birthday. Just so you know.)"
  7. Kingdom Hearts Database (@KHDatabase) on Twitter: "New logo. New design. New projects. Same mission: To build the ultimate source for news, information, and media from the #KingdomHearts series by preserving all its official content. Come check out our new design in celebration of our 5th Anniversary!"
  8. Kingdom Hearts Database: "Annual March Caprice celebration kicks off three days of Kingdom Hearts fan content"
  9. Kingdom Hearts Database (@KHDatabase) on Twitter: "We’ve reached 1,000 followers! Thank you all for being a part of the magic so far! We couldn’t have done it without you! Can't wait to see what comes next! #KingdomHearts"
  10. Kingdom Hearts Database (@KHDatabase) on Twitter: "Keep up with the latest from Kingdom Hearts Database by joining our newly-reorganized Discord! Talk all about the latest news from the series and community! https://discord.gg/RPEaT9WJuH Follow all our social media accounts:"
  11. Kingdom Hearts Database (KHDatabase@paopu.social) on Mastodon: "You may have noticed, we've moved our Mastodon account to our own server! Follow us here @khdatabase for the latest on the #KingdomHearts series!"
  12. Kingdom Hearts Database: "Kingdom Hearts community celebration event Reconnect kicks off"
  13. Kingdom Hearts Database (KHDatabase@paopu.social) on Mastodon: "The three-day in-person event celebrates the #KingdomHearts community and is being live-streamed on Twitch as well! Senior Admin Chainoffire is live at the event, so be sure to say hi! If you couldn't join the in-person event, Senior Admin @KeySpyMaster is hanging out in the Twitch stream chat as well! Come, join the community celebration!"]
  14. Kingdom Hearts Database (@KHDatabase) on Twitter: "There's sure been a lot of talk about independent wikis lately. Not sure what it all means? No worries! Sr. Admin @KeySpyMaster is here with an introductory guide on what independent wikis are, based on his way-too-much time on the Internet."
  15. Kingdom Hearts Database (@KHDatabase) on Twitter: "Today on the Problem with Fandom: Using generative AI to incorrectly answer questions that are correctly answered on the very same page."
  16. Kingdom Hearts Database (@KHDatabase) on Twitter: "We believe in independent wikis and the right of editors to be able to dictate the direction of the wikis they contribute to. We're proud to join other wikis in joining the Indie Wiki Federation! #indiewikis"
  17. Kingdom Hearts Database: "Square Enix changes Twitter account handle from Union χ to Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link"
  18. Kingdom Hearts Database: "Closed Beta Test officially announced for Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link, teaser trailer revealed
  19. Kingdom Hearts Database: "Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link closed beta begins tonight"
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