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Kingdom Hearts III DLC to arrive in Jan/Feb 2020

Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming DLC for Kingdom Hearts III. Though the information and video were accidentally leaked a few days prior; it is now official. Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC becomes available on January 23th, 2020 for PlayStation 4 and on February 25th, 2020 for Xbox One consoles.

In the video, Final Fantasy characters Aerith, Yuffie and Leon return, as well as delving deeper into the pain Aqua suffers through. Also shown is Sora’s ability to set glowing rails that he can glide upon through worlds; even Kairi becomes playable for certain battle sequences.

Pre-orders for Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind went on sale today.

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Previous Kingdom Hearts titles coming to Xbox One in 2020

The Kingdom Hearts series has spanned nearly two decades and a handful of consoles (both Sony and Nintendo). With Kingdom Hearts III being available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Square Enix has revealed they are bringing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue to the Xbox One in 2020.

These titles are remasters of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts χ which included improved gameplay and enhanced cinematics, which as released for the PlayStation 3.

No date for when the Xbox One versions of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was provided.

If you've never played a KINGDOM HEARTS game before, want to play some titles you missed out on, or relive the magical experiences once again then look no further! KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX & KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are coming to Xbox One in 2020!

Posted by Kingdom Hearts on Thursday, November 14, 2019

 

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Final Fantasy VII Remake to launch March 3, 2020

Even though this year’s E3 has yet to officially start, there has been no shortage of trailers and announcements. Probably one of the largest is the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake teaser which also includes a worldwide launch of the title: March 3rd, 2020.

The video focuses on the opening stages of the game, set in the dystopian metropolis of Midgar, where members of the group AVALANCHE target the city’s mako reactors with explosives. Members of the group, Cloud, Barret, Jessie, Biggs and Wedge are seen in the aftermath of their handiwork, while a distraught Aerith pleads for help from Cloud.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be available only on the PlayStation 4.

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Kingdom Hearts III DLC to come in Winter 2019

Square-Enix released a video for the upcoming DLC for Kingdom Hearts III which launched earlier this year titled Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind.

The trailer briefly shows interactions between Organization XIII members and scenes where Riku, Roxas and Aqua are playable in battle.

Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind is expected in Winter 2019 and will be available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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New trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake unveiled

Square Enix dropped a teaser video for the much anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is a total overhaul of the popular Final Fantasy VII that was released 20 years ago on the original PlayStation.

The brief video uses footage from the beginning of the game in the dismal city of Midgar and opens with Aerith and Cloud before introducing members of AVALANCHE: Barrett, Jessie, Biggs and Wedge. Of course, some familiar enemies make an appearance, including the feared Guard Scorpion with its feared tail laser.

There is no release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake as the title is still under development for the PlayStation 4.

More information is expected in June 2019, potentially during E3.

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First impressions of Kingdom Hearts III

Three days have passed since I received my deluxe edition copy of Kingdom Hearts III for the PlayStation 4 and from what I’ve played so far, I’ve enjoyed. Since the game was announced in 2013, it’s been a long time coming for the fans of the Disney/Square Enix adventure RPG series. So, does Kingdom Hearts III live up to its hype?

The Deluxe Edition comprises of the game disc itself in the standard retail packaging, with a black steelbox case imprinted with the symbols of Mickey Mouse, hearts, and keys. The inside of the box is clear plastic, like the standard package. There’s also a small hard-cover book with different artwork of characters, items, weapons and worlds. It’s not glamorous, but cool to flip through. Finally, there’s small enamel pin of Sora wearing a crown secured to the outer packaging. Overall, not bad for $111.99 CAD (the game itself retails at $79.99 CAD).

For those who’ve never played a Kingdom Hearts game, the story can be daunting (even for someone who’s played all or most of), considering this is the third “main” title in the series, intertwined with half-dozen spin-off titles as well as remixes and remasters of the first two main titles. Without any spoilers, the first hour or so of the game helps recap the events previous to bring the player up to speed on what’s happened, who’s who and so forth.

Kingdom Hearts III - Thebes Battle
Donald Duck and Sora fighting in the ruins.

As anyone who’s kept tabs on the development of Kingdom Hearts III knows that it this is a work of art. Over the years, clips from the game were shown at E3, D23 and whenever Square Enix felt like teasing fans, it generated a lot of buzz over how the Disney worlds are recreated in stunning detail, as well down to the outfits and weapons. With the power of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, Square Enix was able to take advantage of the hardware and the Unreal Engine to make Kingdom Hearts III so visually appealing. In an interesting twist, they kept the designs the same when dealing with cut scenes from previous games in the series instead of recreating them in this new space. I will say this, Kingdom Hearts III is cut-scene heavy, so keep that in mind as you will go 10+ minutes at a time without any battles or exploration.

Kingdom Hearts III - Mad Tea Cups
Mad Tea Cups Attraction Flow in use.

The game-play is improved and Square Enix has crammed as much new functionality into the game as they can. Attraction Flow brings various rides and attractions from Disney Parks around the world to use to as well-timed and coordinated battle tactics — using Splash Ride, for instance, lets you move around and jump to create a trail, once Finish is selected, the ride follows the trail created to take out enemies in its path. It’s a neat way to take out large groups of Heartless in one fun swoop. With Mad Tea Cups, Sora, Donald and Goofy, jump into oversized cups and saucers which spin around and damage nearby Heartless or Nobodies. It’s not as nauseating as the actual ride, though. Shotlock is new allowing Sora to target multiple enemies or one enemy multiple times — it’s tricky to use as each use depletes the gauge; once expired it needs time to refill. In conjunction with Shotlock is Airstepping which allows Sora to jump to objects or bosses in the distance (also helpful in escaping said bosses). Airstepping still works if the gauge is empty, which is handy in tight situations.

Kingdom Hearts III - Sora's Face
Sora in his new outfit in Kingdom Hearts III.

Music is a huge part of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, and yes, there are familiar themes and leitmotifs — especially “Destati”, “Hand in Hand”, and more. But on top of these classics, there’s also new music, even songs from previous worlds were remixed to give them more oomph for this game. Of course, the biggest hit is the Utada Hikaru and Skrillex composition, Face My Fears, as the opening song for the game. It fits so well into the game overall, given how everyone has to overcome their fears to find those that matter to them. The voice acting is decent, considering the return of Haley Joel Osment as Sora, Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck and Bill Farmer as Goofy, though in some scenes the voices sound slightly awkward. And in Olympus and contrary to his character, Phil does not speak at all (not sure if Danny DeVito was available for the role).

My adventure so far with Sora, Donald and Goofy is off to a great start and I look forward to the enjoying more of the magic Kingdom Hearts III has to offer.

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- to tour world in 2019

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-
Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-

With Kingdom Hearts III releasing on January 29th, 2019, a new concert series of the popular game franchise will tour the world as Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-.

Beginning on April 27th, 2019, the tour includes stops in 17 cities, some with multiple performances. Only one Canadian city made the list — Toronto, Ontario.

Each show includes selected scores from 15+ years of Kingdom Hearts games and set to scenes from these games.

Pre-sale tickets for certain cities start on January 30th, 2019, with the public able to purchase tickets on February 12th, 2019 through La Fée Sauvage.

  • April 26th-27th, 2019 at the International Forum A in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 18th, 2019 at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore
  • June 1st, 2019 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • June 8th, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA
  • June 22nd, 2019 at the Walt Disney Theater in Orlando, Florida, USA
  • June 28th-29th, 2019 at the United Palace in New York City, New York, USA
  • July 13th, 2019 at the Sony Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • August 24th, 2019 at the Kölner Philharmonie in Köln, Germany
  • September 14th, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • September 28th, 2019 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France
  • October 5th, 2019 at the Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, Italy
  • October 19th, 2019 at the Sydney Town Hall Centennial Hall in Sydney, Australia
  • October 26th, 2019 at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas, Texas, USA
  • November 2nd, 2019 at the Espaçodas Americas in São Paulo, Brazil
  • November 17th, 2019 at the Eventim Apollo in London, UK
  • November 23rd, 2019 at the Auditorium Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico
  • November 30th, 2019 at the Grand Cube in Osaka, Japan

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New Kingdom Hearts III trailer with Winnie the Pooh

With only a few months to go before the release of Kingdom Hearts III, Square-Enix has dropped another trailer of the long-awaited game.

Scenes included are from Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Big Hero 6 and Pirates of the Caribbean, along with a glimpse at some of the new mini-games, as well as interactions with Organization XIII members Demyx and Vexen.

Kingdom Hearts III has a release date of January 29th, 2019 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Pirates of Caribbean returns to Kingdom Hearts III

At the Sony E3 Conference Monday evening, another teaser for Kingdom Hearts III was unveiled, this time focusing on the Pirates of the Caribbean world.

Captain Jack Sparrow is back, teaming up with Sora, Donald and Goofy, who, like in other worlds (e.g. Toy Story, Monsters, Inc.) now don era appropriate buccaneer attire. Sora also wields a new keyblade, now much different from the Follow the Wind in Kingdom Hearts II. Scenes in the video are replicated from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, the third film in the franchise, where Captain Barbossa, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swan journey to Davey Jones’ Locker to save a “dead” Captain Sparrow. Also revealed is a new battle function where Sora captain’s a full-on pirate ship and goes head-to-head in an all out sea battle, cannon’s blazing. Sora now can hitch rides on flying Heartless and skim colourful rainbow clouds over the deep blue sea.

Following the nautical clips were recaps of the Frozen, Tangled and Monsters, Inc. worlds and a reveal of some familiar Organization XIII members — Xigbar, Larxene, Axel and Xehanort. Kairi and Riku round out the end of the video, in their updated wardrobes.

Kingdom Hearts III has a release date of January 29th, 2019 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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