Kingdom Hearts Ultimania is on ‘Silent Mode’

Back on May 3rd, 2004, I created Kingdom Hearts Ultimania out of a geeky passion to track and know everything I could about the then in-progress development of Kingdom Hearts 2

I also wanted to create the best and most useful collection of Kingdom Hearts 2 information on the web. Every single image, video and storyline snippet.

As the site grew, other people volunteered to get involved, translating  and sourcing images, videos and news direct from Japan before anyone else. We even once got hold of leaked content from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories resulting in an overnight cease & desist from Square Enix themselves.

After a few years of hard work, it paid off and we became the biggest source of Kingdom Hearts infromation on the Internet. The site recieved 80,000 unique visitors on the release date of Kingdom Hearts 2 – a number that astounds me to even today.

We also created a popular forum with thousands of passionate members who discussed, argued and theorised every element of each game – who is BHK? What did that secret movie mean?

Some members ended up making real-life connections, joining the moderation team and even one today works for Nintendo.

What amazes me now is this was all way before Wikipedia, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook & Twitch either existed or were useful resources for Kingdom Hearts fans. Today, that’s where the community largely is – on those platforms.

I’m really proud of what the site became, how it’s progressed and the impact it made on my life alongside so many others.

But, it’s time to put the website on ‘silent mode’ – over the past few years (or really, even since the release of Birth By Sleep), activity on the site has quietened down – moved on to other platforms or fantastic sites like KH13.com or credit it to it, KHInsider (the longest standing site in our community now) – and the effort put into growing the site has paused also.

Churro has kept us going, thanks to his incredible talent and contribution to the Kingdom Hearts community, but I’m officially ‘letting him off the hook’ so he can use his time elsewhere – better spent on more active communities.

Today, I run a small digital marketing agency, called Kaizen, where we help businesses big and small gain traffic to their website through techniques like SEO and Content Marketing.

To be clear, we will no longer be actively posting news and archive the forums.

I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to Churro, Damien, Kupo Mog, Jiminy Cricket, SakuChan, Tidy, Declan, Yukeh, Tinny, Ryusuke, Mors, Ruby, Gaia, Shay, Ursula102, Aquarius, DDDB and the countless other contributors, moderators and members throughout the years – we would of never created the amazing community we did if it wasn’t for our wonderful team work.

Churro will be continuing to manage the Twitter and Facebook channels for now posting up the latest Kingdom Hearts developments and news.

Me, Kupo Mog & Damien will also be attending Final Symphony II later in the year also – perhaps catch you there.

Thank you, and goodbye.

Pete Campbell – @petecampbell
Founder of Kingdom Hearts Ultimania

22 Responses to “Kingdom Hearts Ultimania is on ‘Silent Mode’”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Well time comes and passes, i still remember the day i first visited this site.
    I am glad for the work of all these years.(Even if i was not an active member but a lurker reading the news). Farewell, it was a fan ride.

  2. Andy Star Says:

    This news truly saddens me. I have been following the news on this site for many, many years. I think since 2005 or 2006. I wish everyone that is part of this team luck with future endeavors. I hope all is well and thank you for such compelling, amazing Kingdom Hearts related news. I appreciate it more than you will ever know. I’ve literally visited this site every week (and sometimes two or three times a week) since 2006. :D Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the KH series.

  3. Rob Says:

    I’ve checked this site almost daily for about 7 years now. Forgot my account for the forum ages ago but this has always been my go-to KH site for general page layout and other factors. Saddens me that I’ll have to look elsewhere for info, but all good things must come to an end I guess. Hope you guys do well, it was fun~

  4. MagicFeather Says:

    Thanks for all the great work! This site has been my number 1 Kingdom Hearts source for quite some time, sad to see it go. Again, thank you for providing a great service for the past few years for Kingdom Hearts fans.

  5. Ricky Says:

    Well… crap. I’ve lurked since 2006 every few weeks to check up on KH news…. this is a sad day indeed. Thanks for all the great work.

  6. Nick Greeley Says:

    Thanks for everything! I haven’t been on in a long, long time, but I remember getting in so much trouble in 7th and 8th grade in Tech Ed for spending class time on this site, constantly checking for updates and theories on KH2, like who the “BHK” was supposed to be, and what worlds were being added. haha. Great times. You’ll be missed!

  7. Rob Says:

    Wow. I dont know what to say, but thank you. This was my 1st KH fan site that I found and started following everyday back in 2007. It all started with the KH2 secret ending, then I found you guys. After that, I was introduced to Nomura’s interviews, Ultimania, etc. I entered a whole new world of KH that I didnt know existed. It became an even bigger obsession that I never thought would even happen. I went back and read every single interview that I had missed before finding this site. If it werent for you guys, I would have been one of those KH fans that didnt know anything aside from playing the games. Unfortunately, after Birth by Sleep’s release, I started coming here less and less(went from everyday to weekly to monthly, etc.) due to finding another KH fan site. I still checked here when a new KH game was announced, E3, TGS, or Jump Festa. I just wanted to thank you guys for changing my life a bit, and I wish you the best in the future.

  8. Sora96 Says:

    Congrats on the amazing 11 years guys!

  9. セフィロス Says:

    Sad to see you go. I have been checking this site daily since 2005. I stumbled upon you guys from KHInsider and preferred your site ever since. Since then, I always came here to confirm any rumors I heard, or to get the latest KH news.
    Sad day.

  10. Splub Splubbington Says:

    Been coming to this place for a long time! Great website! God Bless!

  11. Roy Says:

    Sad to see you go! I remember the first time I came onto this site to see the screen caps of the Chain of Memories (GBA) opening movie. So long ago but I’ve been coming to this site ever since. Thank you for being a constant source of happiness and for keeping me up to date with KH news. I wish you all the best in everything you do!

  12. Jim Says:

    Been checking this page for 10 years and noticed that I’m still checking it, even though nothing is happening anymore. Thanks for all those years and god luck with everything that comes your way. Time for me to move on… The end of an era.

  13. DSXZ Says:

    Wait so is this there way of saying the site is shutting down and people are leaving? I understand if it’s going on hiatus for a while until KH kicks back up again but it’s crushing to hear this even though I do understand to a fair degree as to why and such.

  14. destinvanitie Says:

    Like so many other have said, I’ve kept up on this site since 2005 and check it at least weekly. It’s been a great run and I appreciate all the time and effort you guys spent on making this happen! For all of the Famitsu scans, translations of interviews, unique articles, the forums, and everything else that made this my fan site of choice: Thank you!

  15. セフィロス Says:

    Well, the context that is given is that the site will remain open, but updating has ceased. This means they are silently shutting down and will no longer make updates to the site.

  16. Shadowbane2009 Says:

    Will never forget you man. I am a veteran kh fan since the series was first conspired about 15+ years ago lol. That shows I’m ancient as the hills hahaha I want to send a personal thank you cause you kept me going in those dark times I lived in. Things were not good for me then…they’re okay for now but need to be better but that’s a story for another time. I discovered you and this site I think in the early days of 2003 I think during my final days of college ahhahaa. Man who knew a simple little collaboration like this would become a world wide phenomenon. Heck I’ve done dumb images n crafts too like this http://pre06.deviantart.net/9226/th/pre/f/2013/264/e/8/christmas___the_world_terminus_by_shadowbane2009-d6nb81q.jpg but I just couldn’t get enough of this series. I have a lot of catching up to do cause well life happened to me hahhaha minus family but work and more work to the bone but I will be a fan of this game till the bitter end.
    My personal favorite wallpaper I ever made though was this…http://fav.me/d8d0ejd

    So let me say a final thank you man for warming our hearts and letting them blend together to weave what we all loved together. THE GREAT KINGDOM HEARTS! We will always remember you and all.

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  18. TitaniumOxide Says:

    Simply, thanks. First time poster, long time reader. I read this side since it’s inception and this was my wikipedia for kh. I remember checking this site everyday, multiple times throughout the day. Back in high school a friend always made fun of me saying, look dude, the apple computers that bill gates funded are for us to get pro at macromedia applications, not kingdom farts. Why are you so obsessed? That was how much I visited this site.

    Of course, now that I’m grown, I know that this is all business and from a business standpoint, it makes sense to leave something that has been stagnant. Nevertheless, good job and goodbye. We will never know each other but you have impactex my life in a positive, nerdy, kingdom heart way. And for that, I say thanks one last time.

  19. T-X Says:

    Dang it has been a long time. I’ve been on this site at least 7-8 years, way back in highschool. Glad you guys are still active elsewhere and hope life treats you fairly! Good luck staff!

  20. Daniel Says:

    This place was my go to site for just about everything KH related since shortly after KH2 dropped.

    I’m grateful for all the work you all put in as I’m sure so many hundreds of others are as well. With KH II.8 HD Remaster (just announced in the past 24 hours) and KH III on the way, it is somewhat saddening to see you go but life does indeed move on. We all grow older and move onto other things, but thanks for the 11 years. It really meant a lot and you all kept me abreast of it all. Godspeed Pete and everyone else who made this place the best KH site on the internet (which is really saying a lot).

  21. Jim Says:

    Still using kh2.co.uk to get to KhInsider… :)

  22. Jim Says:

    Still coming back here from time to time. Almost a year since silent mode. Job well done!

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