Five Years Kingdom Hearts… Five Years

Kingdom-Hearts-3-LogoAfter Five years of waiting since the first teaser was released, Square Enix finally has an official date for the highly anticipated third installment.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will release early next year on January 29th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. January 25th will be the release date for it in Japan. The original release date was supposed to be scheduled for this year but was delayed. Below is a statement issued by Franchise director Tetsuya Nomura via twitter regarding the delay.

 “We’ve announced the release day for KINGDOM HEARTS III ahead of E3 at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour-. I’m sorry that we’re asking for a little more time than initially planned. Please look forward to other information, including a few trailers at E3. Thank you,”

As many of you know Disney’s Frozen has been incorporated into the Kingdom Hearts world along with the inclusion of a Simba summon. If you haven’t caught the trailer you can check it out below.

They made sure to release plenty more during the conference including the return of  Organization XIII member Xigbar, as well as further story hints. Not to mention a brief appearance by Remi from Ratatouille.

In more extended looks (seen above) we got bits of the Toy Story and Hercules worlds as well. There was also confirmation of a ($230 dollar) collectors edition so get it when you can once it drops in the coming year. And for more on E3 check out our twitter @tehlunchboxpub.

Monster Hunter is coming to Final Fantasy!

Final-Fantasy-XIV-Monster-Hunter-WorldIt’s that time of the year for the best developers in the world of gaming to join together for a week and show off what they’ve been working on. Today was the day for Square Enix to display what they have and a very particular announcement made waves almost immediately.

Two dominant open world games will be joining forces this summer when Monster Hunter: World will be coming to Square Enix Final Fantasy XIV in what has been one of the more stunning developments to come out of E3 so far. Short trailer but full of fun and familiar notes that will get fans of both titles excited.

Now a couple of notes regarding the summer release. In order to get access to the joint venture, players will need to create a character in Final Fantasy XIV and obtain a level of at least 70 and complete the “Stormblood” quest. Sounds like a chore huh? Not to worry as new players will get a bit of a head start with enough exp points to reach a level of 60 if the character is created on a preferred world.

If you havent picked up the game yet or have been on the fence maybe this is just the type of move to make your decision. Either way this shaping up to be and interesting summer. If you need to catch up on news from E3 do it with @tehlunchboxpub on twitter.

Nintendo Reveals Bravely Second CE & FE: Fates New 3DS XL

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This week, Nintendo put together what they call an “RPG Showcase” to touch on upcoming RPGs set to be released for the 3DS this year.

To start off, Nintendo announced that they will be releasing a Fire Emblem Fates themed New 3DS XL system. The system will feature a two toned black and white color scheme, with artwork based on the game on the front of the system. Unfortunately, the system will not be sold with either version of Fire Emblem Fates. It will, however, be released on February 19th, the same day as the game itself.

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Next up, Nintendo announced that the upcoming Square Enix RPG, Bravely Second: End Layer, will be released on April 15. With that, they plan to release a Collector’s Edition of the game. Inside the box contains the game itself, a 10-song soundtrack sampler featuring music by composer Ryo from Supercell, and a 250-page art book, all for $69.99. 12604643_10153151111071595_47916888621647555_oIf you’re still unsure about picking up the game, Nintendo will release a free demo soon, entitled Bravely Second: The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers. The demo will feature an original story not found in the main game, but will give you the option to transfer content to it.

Lastly, Nintendo touched on a few release dates from a few smaller titles, with Final Fantasy Explorers releasing on January 26th, Project X Zone 2 on February 16th, and the original Pokémon games on the Virtual Console on February 27th. Although vague, we finally got revelation that Dragon Quest VII will release this summer, with Dragon Quest VIII releasing later in the year.

This year is looking quite good for fans of RPGs on the 3DS. Which game are you most looking forward to?

Source: PR email


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Final Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U Direct Rundown

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Ever since E3 2013, game director Masahiro Sakurai has been constantly giving the public various trailers for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U, revealing new characters and stages along the way. Now, a year after the game has been released Sakurai has released one final presentation demonstrating the new content soon to be released.

To start, it was announced that Corrin, the protagonist of the upcoming 3DS game Fire Emblem Fates, will be a brand new playable character. This makes Corrin the sixth playable character from the Fire Emblem series. The character does have a swappable gender, like Robin from Fire Emblem Awakening and Wii Fit Trainer, so you can choose to play as a boy or girl. Outside of standard sword slashes, Corrin’s main draw is various temporary dragon transformations. Corrin’s Final Smash, Torrential Roar, sucks in anyone nearby and blasts them away with a giant whirlpool of water. Corrin won’t come with a new stage, but two new music tracks from Fire Emblem Fates will be added to the existing Fire Emblem stages. Corrin will be available for download in February 2016.

As announced in a previous direct, Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, will be added to the roster as well. Cloud was revealed to be the most requested character from the Final Fantasy series. He will appear in both his FFVII outfit, as well as his look from FFVII: Advent Children. Cloud’s attacks feature wide, fast slashes from his Buster Sword, and a Limit Break that works similar to Little Mac’s KO meter. Unlike Little Mac, however, Cloud can charge his Limit Break meter through his Down Special. Bringing the Limit Break meter to full charge will allow one Limit Break attack, stronger than his normal attacks. His Final Smash is Omnislash, which works very similarly to Ike, which will bring an opponent to the air and thrusted back down after a volley of attacks.

Cloud will come along with a new stage based on Midgar. In the stage, Materia will appear randomly. If a player collects enough Materia, they’ll be able to bring forth a Summon, which will cause various destructive hazards to appear. Ifrit, Ramuh, Odin, Leviathan, and Bahamut Zero are all confirmed to appear. The Midgar stage and all its functionality is confirmed to appear in the 3DS version of the game. Unlike Corrin, Cloud and Midgar will be available immediately.

Sakurai then showed off a wealth of new Mii Fighter costumes, as this will be the last wave in the Mii Fighter releases. This time around, we have Geno from Super Mario RPG, Chocobo hats from the Final Fantasy series, Bionic Armor for the Brawlers, Takamaru from The Mysterious Murasame Castle, Ashley from WarioWare, Inc., Gil from The Tower of Druaga, and Tails & Knuckles from the Sonic The Hedgehog series.

In one final announcement, Sakurai revealed one final character, and the winner of the previously held Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot: Bayonetta. Unlike most of the roster, Bayonetta is a combo fighter as she is in her respective game. She can fire her guns in the middle of combos, grant herself midair combos with Witch Twist and AfterBurner Kick, and summon Madama Butterfly through her Smash attacks. When countering opponents, Bayonetta can use Witch Time to slow them down and get the upper hand. Her Final Smash, Infernal Climax, puts everyone under Witch Time, allowing you time to strike your opponents enough times to summon Gamorrah to chomp at anyone who opposes her. Like Cloud, Bayonetta comes with a stage: the Umbra Clock Tower, a platform of a falling broken clock tower seen in the first stage of the original Bayonetta. Bayonetta and the Umbra Clock Tower stage will be available for download alongside Corrin in February 2016.

To close out, it was announced that amiibos of Roy, Ryu, and Famicom R.O.B. will be released on March 18, 2016, with Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta amiibos currently in development.

While development of overall productivity of the game is winding down, it was revealed that all DLC was created after development of the main game was finished, a rarity in this current gaming climate. With a game that is already so feature rich on its own, the announcement of today’s DLC, as well as all previously released stages and characters, made for a fitting send off to a well-produced game. We thank and salute you, Sakurai.

Now let’s start campaigning for Shantae to appear in the next Smash…


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New Footage For Kingdom Hearts 3 Coming to Disney D23 Expo in Japan

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Not long after the D23 Expo ended in North America talk already began about what would be left to show at D23 Expo in Japan. Well, apparently quite a bit.

As far as Kingdom Hearts is concerned they have brand new footage to show during the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater Event.

Gematsu is also reporting that the format for the event will be a bit of a change. This time around they will be utilizing a talk show style of production which will see special guest take the stage along with the aforementioned footage scheduled to be shown.

Everyone looking forward to the event will see it take place on November 3, 2015 and for more info, check out Disney Japan’s event page.

Source: Gematsu


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Square Enix Debuts Brand New Studio With a New RPG Title

project_setsuna_concept_reveal_1Between all the news about Kingdom Hearts 3 and all the other titles on display, Square Enix took the time out to announce that it is currently developing a new studio called Tokyo RPG Factory and its first title (currently titled Project Setsuna), is set to release in 2016.2887327-screen+shot+2015-06-16+at+11.15.28+am

“RPG fans from all over the world have supported us along the years. To keep creating incredible new RPG titles, we started Project SETSUNA and it is developed by Tokyo RPG Factory, a newly established studio for the project,”

project-setsuna-screencap_1280.0.0With their dedication to creating JRPGs like Dragon Quest, and Final Fantasy, Square Enix and Tokyo RPG Factory will be releasing its first console RPG together next year that they assure will deliver “rich stories” and “memorable characters.” Though details are scarce, the crowd was  presented with three eye-popping pieces of concept art.


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Square Enix Eyes 2016 for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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In April, Square Enix sent out an announcement trailer (shown below) for the sequel to Deus Ex entitled Deus Ex: Mankind Divided following a leak of sorts the day before. During their conference they revealed that the title will receive a release date sometime in 2016.

The game will take place in the year 2029. That’s two years after the events of the Human Revolution and the Aug Incident that previously took place in Panchaea. Now there’s huge dissension between people with augmentations and those without. Other problems are bound to arise as there are other parties who plan to use the rift between the two to their own benefits.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.


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Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness Will See Western Release in 2016

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Square Enix made the announcement that Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness will be released in North America and Europe sometime in 2016. It had been said that the game would be available for both the Playstation 3 and 4, however only the Playstation 4 was referenced during the conference announcement.

The events of Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness take place on Fakelead, 6,000 light years away from Earth. The battle system itself looks to be very smooth and take place in real-time. Tri-Ace is the company behind the games development and it’s domestic release is scheduled for 2015.


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Kingdom Hearts 3 is Now Officially in Development

 

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It was what fans were anticipating the entire conference and without fail, Square Enix were gracious enough to give us actual extended gameplay for Kingdom Hearts 3.

maxresdefault (6)It was a no-show at E3 last year, but this year was much different. This time around we see a discussion between a young Xehanort and another while playing a game of chess. We then cut to Sora in battle in what could be Tangled world. The trailer also makes a trip to Twilight Town and we see a Disney ride summon of some sort that we will be getting. Plenty more battle montages occur in places such as Agrabah and we see some other battle moves from Sora which includes turning his Keyblade into dual pistols. We cut back to the conversation between Xehanort and the other chess player before the trailer ends. You can check out the premise of the game below

“Having learned that all the conflicts surrounding “Kingdom Hearts” were a part of Master Xehanort’s master plan to cause a Keyblade War, Sora and his friends search for the seven guardians of light to combat the darkness.

While King Mickey and Riku set off in search of previous Keyblade wielders, Sora, Donald and Goofy visit various Disney worlds in search of the “Key to Return Hearts.

Actual trailer will be coming soon.


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Final Fantasy VII Remake: It was Bound to Happen

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Sony and Square Enix held out for as long as possible, but the fans want what they want. Now the fans have a Final Fantasy VII HD remake to look forward to.

Before it was stated that Final Fantasy VII would come to Playstation 4, just not as an HD remake. It looks like those plans have changed. A small teaser was shown and you can see it below.

There is no news as to whether the HD remake will make it too other platforms.


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