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Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue New Trailer Released!

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue New Trailer Released!

The new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue has just been released by Square Enix – the final one before the much-anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3!

The above new trailer shows one of the original Keyblade wielders, Aqua, battle the wicked Heartless. According to Polygon, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue gives a preview to Kingdom Hearts fans and players of what to expect on the upcoming Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 3.

 

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More gameplay from Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance and some scenes from Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover are also included in the new trailer. Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue is set for a global release for PS4 in December this year. The game’s name had bewildered people since its announcement September last year, but Director Tetsuya Nomura had already explained the reason behind the game’s name, wrote Gamespot.

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Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue will come with an HD remake of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover, and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2.

 

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Although Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue will be followed by Kingdom Hearts 3, Square Enix has not yet revealed a release date for the game.

 

 

Kingdom Hearts 3 Won't Be Released Before April 2017; Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X Reaches 2M Downloads In North America

Kingdom Hearts 3 Won't Be Released Before April 2017; Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X Reaches 2M Downloads In North America

Fans will not see Kingdom Hearts 3 before April 2017. This is the news that will not be taken easily by Kingdom Hearts fans that have been waiting ages for the release of the series’ next installment.

Videogamer reported that Kingdom Hearts 3 is not due for launch in Square Enix's current financial year, ending March 31, 2017. Square Enix showed a list of “major titles” that are scheduled for release this year in an earnings presentation last March 12th. The list includes World of Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and the Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 version.

 

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However, Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake are not included in the list, same with NieR: Automata which previously been dated for 2016. A later update from a Square Enix representative said that "the slide doesn't feature the complete line-up of titles for the year.” Still, it remains unclear whether Kingdom Hearts 3 will get a 2016 release or not.

 

Here is Square Enix - Major titles for FY ending Mar 2017 sourced from Square Enix Financial Results Briefing Session:

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - August 23, 2016
  • Final Fantasy XV - September 30, 2016
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider - Holiday 2016
  • World of Final Fantasy - 2016
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue - 2016
  • SaGa SCARLET GRAVE - 2016 (Japan)

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Meanwhile, a month after the launch of Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X in North America, the game was already downloaded more than 2M times on Android and Apple iOS devices, wrote Siliconera. Currently, Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X is having a special event, Zootopia, which came to the game on May 2, 2016 and will end 12:00 midnight of May 15th.

For those who haven’t tried it yet, you still have time to enjoy the Zootopia event. 

 

Photo Credit: Square Enix, Disney

 

 

Brand New Kingdom Hearts Game Unchained X North America Release – Confirmed!

Brand New Kingdom Hearts Game Unchained X North America Release – Confirmed!

 

Good news to Kingdom Hearts fans in North America! You will now have a new Kingdom Hearts game to keep you busy until the release of Kingdom Hearts 3.

Square Enix recently posted in their site an interview with Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura who has several exciting info to share with the fans.

“In just three days, Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is coming to North America on iOS and Android devices”, Nomura announced. That means April 7th to be exact.

 

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When asked if there’s a connection between Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and the upcoming new game Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Nomura said:

 “I hope fans and newcomers alike will find themselves absorbed in this brand new adventure that reveals the origins of KINGDOM HEARTS.”

“This is the story of the “beginning” of the KINGDOM HEARTS series; in other words, it falls into the earliest part of the narrative”, Nomura explained.

“It takes place in the world of fairy tales talked about throughout the series, during an era before the Keyblade War. There are many different keyblade wielders in the world, and you, the player, are one of them.”

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There is only one new world in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, and it’s Daybreak Town which is the players’ hometown. The Kingdom Hearts game will introduce new characters such as the five Foretellers, cat-like Chirithy, Ephemera and Skuld.

You can get the full details of the interview here.

IGN reported that the gameplay of the Kingdom Hearts game involves amassing medals and successfully finishing live events – both in competitive and cooperative set-ups with other players of the game.

 

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The upcoming Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue will include Kingdom Hearts Unchained X  side story titled Unchained X - Back Cover; remastered Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance; and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep: A Fragmentary Passage.

Brand new Kingdom Hearts game Kingdom Hearts Unchained X will arrive in North America this April 7th.

 

Photo Credit: Square Enix

 

KH3 Latest News & Update: Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date, Final Fantasy in Kingdom Hearts 3?

KH3 Latest News & Update: Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date, Final Fantasy in Kingdom Hearts 3?

It’s been three years since Square Enix announced "Kingdom of Hearts 3" in 2013 E3. Rumors and wild speculations about the upcoming game has been emerging in the Internet – boosting the hype for Kingdom Hearts 3 and making it one of the most-awaited games of the year. Although KH3 was reported to might be moved to 2017, fans are still hoping that Square Enix will be able to finish game development and have the launch before the year ends.

However, no Kingdom Hearts 3 release date has been announced as of today.

Recent reports for Kingdom Hearts 3 hint the return of Cloud Strife for the most anticipated sequel to Kingdom Hearts franchise. KH3 could also include more characters from Disney worlds, such as Big Hero 6, Hercules, and Tangled.

 

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But fans are speculating that characters from Disney’s Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and The Jungle Book as well as Pixar’s Monsters Inc., and Wall-E might also be added to the next installment.

Early this year, Kingdom Hearts 3 Japanese director Tetsuya Nomura, teased fans about the multiple player feature of the game wherein fans will be able to control three characters at the same time. But Nomura did not go into specifics as to the names of the playable characters.

 

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Kingdom Hearts 2 has already introduced two playable characters, the protagonists Sora and his Nobody Roxas. More Keyblade users will also be featured in the much-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3.

It was also reported that there might be a possible delay for the development of the game and having to work with Disney is thought to be the reason. Nomura wanted to apply the 2D artwork style of Disney in the next installment of the Kingdom Hearts series and the “Kingdom Shader” - an application of 2D animation on 3D video game graphics - was first revealed at an E3 trailer.

 

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Meanwhile, Final Fantasy characters might get involved with KH3 as Square Enix owns both of the popular series. Also, voice actor Steve Burton who gives voice to Final Fantasy VII character Cloud, confirmed his involvement in the next Kingdom Hearts game when he replied to a fan’s question in Twitter, wrote KHInsider.

 

Burton’s statement was done after fellow voice actors Bill Farmer (Goofy) and Jim Cummings (Pete, Winnie the Pooh, and Tigger too) said that they have worked previously on KH3 too.

Guess we'll only know what's true or not when Kingdom Hearts 3 finally arrives!

 

Kingdom Hearts 3 Latest Updates: A Revival Of A Canned TV Show; A Jungle Book World For KH3?

Kingdom Hearts 3 Latest Updates: A Revival Of A Canned TV Show; A Jungle Book World For KH3?

Kingdom Hearts fans now have two possible things to watch out for: a revival of a canned Kingdom Hearts TV show and a Jungle Book world for Kingdom Hearts 3.

Rumors have been emerging about the much-awaited 3rd installment in the Kingdom Hearts franchise - the Kingdom Hearts 3. The possible delay in the Kingdom Hearts release date due to several factors including the creation of new worlds; the conflicts between the game developers and Disney; reviving of a canned Kingdom Hearts TV show and a Jungle Book world for KH3.

 

Parent Herald wrote about the likelihood of a Kingdom Hearts TV show with an added Disney world in it. Filmmaker Kevin Munroe has disclosed with KH Insider some images of the screenplay he made in 2004 for the canned Kingdom Hearts TV show which apparently focuses on The Jungle Book world titled “Man’s Red Fire.” The script obviously shows that it is an adaptation of the Square Enix famous video game.

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The Jungle Book, according to The Bitbag, was supposed to be included in the playstation portable title, "Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep" but was removed for the final game. However, it can still be accessed through cheat codes.

With the upcoming release of Disney’s live-action remake “Jungle Book” in April this year, will the worlds of Kingdom Hearts and The Jungle Book could finally unite in Kingdom Hearts 3? What an excellent way to build up excitement for both franchises don’t you think?

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Although no confirmation yet for the rumors, all we know is that Kingdom Hearts 3 is surely happening. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that a Kingdom Hearts TV show and/or a Jungle Book world for KH3 will be in the horizon!