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Square Enix Shares New Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake Screenshots

At the 2017 Monaco Anime Game International Conference, Square Enix shared one new screenshot from Kingdom Hearts III and two new screenshots from the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake. There wasn’t a lot of info on offer but we got something at least. Check out the images below followed by some info relayed by (translation courtesy of Gematsu): At @MagicMonaco, #KH director Tetsuya Nomura spoke about his work & career and revealed this new #KH3 screenshot! — Kingdom Hearts (@KINGDOMHEARTS) February 18, 2017 “This is the first time we show this screenshot of Kingdom Hearts III. It’s happening in Thebes and they are fighting a new model of the Heartless. The Keyblade turns into a lot of things. Here it is a shield, but it can also be transformed into a chariot. This is called Power Form.” Looks like Cloud has been spotted in this new #FFVII Remake screenshot Tetsuya Nomura revealed at @MagicMonaco — Final Fantasy (@FinalFantasy) February 18, 2017 “I’ve put a lot of attention into the combat system, and it’s going to happen without interruption. In meetings, we’ve had a lot of problems with the grenades.” We’re told allies won’t take damage from READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix Will Run at 4K/60fps on PS4 Pro

When it releases on March 28 in North America and March 31 in Europe, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix will include support for 4K/60 frames-per-second gameplay on PlayStation 4 Pro, Square Enix announced today. It was also revealed that there will be Limited Edition, available exclusively through Square Enix’s Online Store. Priced at $49.99 USD (just like the regular edition), the Limited Edition includes a collectible pin featuring Sora. Here’s everything you’ll find on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix’s one disc: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics) According to the below video from Digital Foundry, the most recent release, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, includes 4K support on PS4 Pro for the remastered version of Dream Drop Distance. Frame-rate, meanwhile, is 30fps on both PS4 and PS4 Pro during cutscenes, and 60fps on both systems during gameplay. In Aqua’s episode, A Fragmentary Passage, Digital Foundry says you’ll find 1080p resolution on both PS4 and PS4 Pro, while frame-rate is 30fps on PS4 READ FULL STORY…


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Kingdom Hearts’ Aqua Announced as New Play Arts Kai Figure

Kingdom Hearts III Celebrates Final Fantasy VII 20th Anniversary

Today is Final Fantasy VII’s 20th anniversary as well as the 30th anniversary of the entire franchise and part of Square Enix’s celebration included releasing key artwork for the upcoming and highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake earlier today. The celebrations did not end there though as the people behind the company’s other big project, Kingdom Hearts III, also commemorated the event by posting a new screenshot from the game on the Kingdom Hearts official Twitter account. The screenshot shows the game’s protagonist Sora from behind looking up at a large tower. The image is reminiscent and is an obvious tribute to the original and iconic Final Fantasy VII key artwork that showed Cloud wielding his Buster Sword looking up at Shinra tower. While Cloud has appeared in previous Kingdom Hearts games before, there’s no indication that the character will make an appearance in Kingdom Hearts III and that the screenshot is nothing more than a celebratory gesture. Funnily enough, Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII remake are both games from Square Enix that have no set release dates. But with Kingdom Hearts also celebrating an anniversary later this year, it’s possible that Square Enix may unveil some…

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Update 1.02 Today Adjusts Aqua’s Episode

Square Enix released Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue update 1.02 today on PlayStation 4, which weighs in at 133MB and makes adjustments to Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage –, Aqua’s playable episode. Here’s the full list of patch notes for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 update 1.02: Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage – Main update content Controls Adjusted reflect (guard) response Adjusted cartwheel (evade) response Adjusted cancellation timing after a Barrier Cracker (counter) Adjusted MP consumption UI Adjusted camera speed Adjusted shortcut button response Adjusted magic command display System Proud Mode adjustments (lowered the amount of damage received from enemies) Critical Mode adjustments (increased the amount of damage dealt to enemies) Enemies Adjusted enemy AI and parameters Shortly after Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 launched earlier this week, players discovered that you were rewarded with free PS4 themes upon beating each game within the collection. However, at least in North America, players were charged $2.99 USD when they tried to download them. This pricing issue was fixed today (head to Extras once you’ve beaten a game). According to Reddit user hiimnewhere123, “For anyone wondering if the themes have music or anything special, they don’t. Icons are normal and…

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Launch Trailer Roars Online

Following its initial Japanese launch on January 12, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has now expanded worldwide — and the launch trailer is here to prove it. Embedded below, the sizzle reel outlines the story that awaits across Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage, not to mention the HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance and the Kingdom Hearts χ [chi]: Back Cover movie. You can also catch our review right here. In related news, Sora is set to make his way into the World of Final Fantasy, where the Kingdom Hearts character will be introduced as a Champion summon. Now available across North America and Europe, it should be noted that the Sora add-on will be removed from PSN at the end of March. In celebration of the release of KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Sora is entering the world of Grymoire! As a brave Keyblade wielder with a strong heart, Sora will fight for the light and his friends no matter what challenges lay ahead! If you’ve installed the latest patch and unlocked the ability to invoke Champions, you will receive Sora’s Champion Medal. Sora is only available for a limited READ FULL…

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Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD: Final Chapter Prologue Review – Still Terrible Titles (PS4)

Square Enix seems to enjoy abusing their Kingdom Hearts fans. In order to get the full story behind the game, you need to purchase all of the various sequels that appear on various devices. Some were on PS2, one was on the Gameboy Advanced, two made their way to the DS, one to the 3DS, two to mobile, and one to the PSP. Do note that none of these were “official” sequels to the series, but offshoots that were crucial to understanding the main line of games. If you were brand loyal to the PlayStation, well, you had to wait until the 1.5 and 2.5 ReMixes in order to play most of them. Even then, the DS titles weren’t playable and were only presented as movies of their cut scenes. It’s hard being a Kingdom Hearts fan at times, and it requires a lot of patience. We’re still waiting for Kingdom Hearts III. We’re tired of these offshoots, even though they are fun. Who knows when KH3 will grace us with its presence, but in the meantime, here’s another port/offshoot compilation called (wait for it) Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD: Final Chapter Prologue. It contains a port of the 3DS game Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance (it’s 3 Ds…as in READ…

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Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Gives Us A Taste of Kingdom Hearts III, And It's Good

While the Dream Drop Distance HD remake is nice, and the extended cutscene for Kingdom Hearts χ is something you can watch, the real reason to pick up Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is the three hours we get to spend playing a big teaser for Kingdom Hearts III. Advertisement Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a PlayStation 4 collection consisting of an HD remake of 3DS game Dream Drop Distance, an hour-long cinematic for Kingdom Hearts χ and a short playable side story that expands upon a secret chapter from the PSP exclusive Birth By Sleep. It’s that last bit that’s the best of the bunch. Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage was created to give fans a taste of the elements coming in Kingdom Hearts III. With a lot of work still to be done on the third non-fraction numbered entry in the series, this is as close as players are going to get to Kingdom Hearts III for a while. A Fragmentary Passage picks up exactly where the secret READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Trophy List Revealed, Includes One Platinum

When Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue launches on January 24 for PlayStation 4, it will have 70 Trophies to unlock, including one Platinum. As Exophase reveals, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD has 55 Trophies, and to unlock them all you’ll need to achieve 100% completion in Combat, Story, Items, and Game Records; complete all Secret Portals as both Sora and Riku; and more. Here’s the full list: Platinum Dream Drop Distance Master – Obtain all trophies. Gold Record Keeper – Achieve 100% completion in Combat, Story, Items, and Game Records. Seekers of Secrets – Complete all Secret Portals as both Sora and Riku. Silver Star Combatant – Achieve 100% completion in Combat. Storyteller – Achieve 100% completion in Story. Item Collector – Achieve 100% completion in Items. Level Masters – Achieve a cumulative level of 100. Flick Rush Fever – Achieve a Rush Level of 20. Bronze Droplet Magnet – Rack up 300 or more Drop Points in a single turn. Dream Dropper – Drop 100 or more times. Deft Diver – Complete a dive without taking damage. Ace Diver – Perform an A-Rank dive. Loyal Customer – Make a purchase at every Moogle Shop. Command Collector – Obtain all READ FULL…

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Nomura: Final Fantasy VII Remake & Kingdom Hearts III Still Have a Way to Go

In the latest issue of Famitsu this week, director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that the wait for Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III will be a bit longer, but he hopes to share more details on each at some point this year. Asked about the state of Kingdom Hearts III’s development (translated by Gematsu), Nomura said there is still some ways to go: While I can’t make a sweeping statement because the development process is different from what we’ve done so far, there are still worlds untouched. Production is progressing on unannounced worlds, in a state that we cannot show them off. In terms of the state of development, there is still some way to go. Asked the same question about Final Fantasy VII Remake, Nomura said we’ll have to wait a bit longer for both games because he wants to make sure they meet our expectations: We’re steadily progressing on production. While we are making them, I apologize that the wait will be a bit longer for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake. I am very sorry, but to that degree I will make a game that will meet your expectations. Last year, I didn’t put out much information on either title, READ FULL STORY AT…

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 on PS4 Have the Same Content as the PS3 Versions

[embedded content] When Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix come to PlayStation 4 in March as part of the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, they won’t have any additional content over the PlayStation 3 versions. Asked by Dengeki Online about any possible changes to the 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, Director Tetsuya Nomura said (translated by Google Translate): The contents are the same as the two HD remaster in the past. Because six games are recorded on one game disc of PS4, it is easier to play. Back when Square Enix brought the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster to PS4, they added cross-save functionality and the ability to switch between the original and remastered music in Final Fantasy X. The final box art for the Remix hasn’t been revealed by Square Enix yet, but Nomura says you shouldn’t expect any changes from the PS3 versions: I do not think so. Because three illustrations are connected to KH 1.5, KH 2.5, KH 2.8 packages, meaning will not connect if you draw newly. Those who think, ‘What?’, please arrange three illustrations and see the poses and background of Sora. The 1.5 + 2.5 Remix is priced at $49.99 USD, includes everything on one disc, and will have 60 frames-per-second gameplay. Here’s…

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Check Out the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix Jump Festa 2017 Trailer

[embedded content] Square Enix showed off a very brief but nostalgic trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix at Jump Festa 2017, which you check out above. We don’t have an official video for it but this clip courtesy of YouTube user, for Kingdom Hearts shall suffice in the meanwhile. In case you missed it, here’s what you’ll find in the $49.99 disc for 1.5 + 2.5 Remix: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Re:coded The games will run at 60 frames-per-second and will include more than 160 hours of gameplay. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix is coming to PlayStation 4 on March 28, 2017 in North America and March 31, 2017 in Europe. Are our readers looking forward to it? For more on Kingdom Hearts, check out our previous coverage and stay tuned for updates. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Trailer Is Simple and Clean

[embedded content] In a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Square Enix offers up a look at the gameplay and cutscenes of the PlayStation 4 collection, all set to Simple and Clean Ray of Hope Mix, a remix version of the theme by Utada Hikaru. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 launches on January 24, 2017, and it includes Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD; Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage –, a playable episode that stars Aqua, takes place after Birth By Sleep, and links to the story of Kingdom Hearts III; and Kingdom Hearts χ [chi] Back Cover, an HD movie that tells the story of the Foretellers. Square Enix adds that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 is “the final update leading up to the highly-anticipated entry in the franchise, Kingdom Hearts III, which will conclude Xehanort’s Dark Seeker Saga.” We should hear more about KHIII after HD 2.8 is released. In Japan, Square Enix will offer a special Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary 500GB and 1TB PS4 Slims through the Sony Store. Japan’s also getting the Champion Summon: Sora DLC for World of Final Fantasy on January 12 (the same day HD 2.8 comes out), suggesting that North America and Europe will get the DLC on January 24. If you want more Kingdom Hearts in 2017, don’t forget that Kingdom Hearts…