Back in January, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy Record Keeper and Kingdom Hearts will have a collaboration event in celebration of the worldwide release of Kingdom Hearts III.
A press release for the event has been posted on Square Enix's press site. You can read it below.
Screenshots of Sora and Riku along with Axel and Roxas and battle scenes have also been posted to our gallery. You can view them below.
A teaser trailer for the collaboration was uploaded on Youtube. You can watch it below.
In addition to the event for Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Kingdom Hearts Union x [Cross] will be having their own event that will be bringing new medals, deals, and raid boss events to enjoy. You can read more about them here.
The collaboration will run until March 6th.
Will you be participating in this collaboration event on either Final Fantasy Record Keeper or Kingdom Hearts Union x [Cross]? Let us know in the comments below!
As Kingdom Hearts III came out almost one month ago on January 29, so did the first attempts to look up for all the “hidden truths” veiled into the deepest parts of the game. Although datamining seems impossible at the moment, in this article we will try to sum up all the known discoveries to date made through save editing. Be aware that some of the following medias might be spoiler, so keep reading at your own risk.
The first and the most curious finding goes to @Keytotruth. Apparently, Kingdom Hearts III does have some sort of “Critical” Mode. In a quick image comparison, you can spot a clear difference between the HP and MP bar from a Proud Mode save file, and a “Critical” Mode one, as in the letter, the two are considerably reduced. More infos to come.
Plus, it looks like beating the game on “Critical” is not going to be displayed into the final Battle Report (credits to @Soraalam1).
Thanks to @xeeynamo and @Keytotruth, Aqua managed to get working outside the Vanitas boss fight (which is her only playable moment in the whole game). The negative side is that she is playable on Land of The Departure only. It is also interesting to notice that Aqua has an unused idle face, which might lead to the hypothesis of previous development plans to make her playable during other game phases. Here you can both check out some in-game screenshots and a recorded video from @xeeynamo.
One more interesting finding goes to @xeeynamo and @Keytotruth, who accomplished to equip some of the unused (but existent within the game) Keyblades, like Braveheart (Riku’s new Keyblade), Way to Dawn, Master’s Defender and Mickey’s (still) unnamed new Keyblade. In one of his screenshots, @xeeynamo also displayed the possibility to wield Donald’s Mage’s Staff+. Note that no Keyblade beyond Riku ones seem to deal any kind of damage. Here you can both check out some in-game screenshots and a recorded video from @xeeynamo.
Thanks to @The13thVessel it is now available a guide to explore San Fransokyo out of its boundaries. You might be willing to check it out, so be sure to follow the exact steps to avoid getting sora despawned.
Another compelling discovery from @Keytotruth is that Cura’s 4th spell level, Curaza, does actually exist within the game. However, it seems it can only be triggered by eating some specific food. He also managed to cast in-water spells on the ground.
@Keytotruth also noticed an interesting detail concerning the plushies from the King of Toys UFO boss-fight room. Apparently, they have their own unique sounds, which are almost unnoticeable during the boss fight because of both BGM and SFXs.
What’s your opinion on these newly found discoveries about the game?
Remember that we’ll make sure to constantly update this article whenever something new comes out.
Rumors of Kingdom Hearts being ported to the Nintendo Switch have been making its way around. Imran Khan, Senior Editor at GameInformer, guest-starred on Kinda Funny Games and spoke about the possibility of Kingdom Hearts III being ported onto the Switch. Khan stated that there has been talks between Nintendo and Square Enix regarding the possibility of Kingdom Hearts III on the Switch, but Kingdom Hearts III has been deemed unfeasible and is too demanding of a game. However, Khan believes that there is a higher possibility of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix being ported to the Switch and the remasters are probably where Nintendo and Square Enix settled it, but it hasn't been confirmed. You can watch Kinda Funny Games featuring Imran Khan here. Would you want Kingdom Hearts to be available on the Switch? Let us know below!
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In a recent interview with Xbox Wire, Kingdom Hearts III Co-Director Tai Yasue talks about how the enhancements of the Xbox One X have impacted the gameplay of Kingdom Hearts III. You can read the interview below.
Square Enix's presence is on full display at this year's New York Toy Fair with their showcase of new Kingdom Hearts Bring Arts figurines. Some of the new figures include Brings Arts Kingdom Hearts III Sora (Pirates of the Carribean version) and an uncolored prototype of Bring Arts Kingdom Hearts III Shadow Heartless.
New colored prototypes of Bring Arts Kingdom Hearts III Axel and Bring Arts Kingdom Hearts III Kairi are also on display along with Kingdom Hearts III Toy Sora, Donald, and Goofy, Bring Arts Kingdom Hearts III Riku, Bring Arts Kingdom Hearts II Halloween Town Sora and Bring Arts Kingdom Hearts II Christmas Town Sora as well as Bring Arts Kingdom Hearts III Sora (Second Form) and Bring Arts Kingdom Hearts III Sora (Guard).
You can view shots of the figures in the gallery below.
UPDATE [Feb 18, 2019]: Square Enix Merchandise have posted on their Instagram a picture of a new King Mickey Plushie wearing his black cloak from Kingdom Hearts II. You can view it below.
The New York Toy Fair runs until February 19th.
What do you think of the figures? Which one(s) would you like to have? Let us know in the comments below!
Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura will be making an appearance at Anime Boston 2019 as a Japanese musical guest. This will be her second appearance at the event (Anime Boston 2015). She will be at the event on Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th.
Anime Boston will be held on April 19th to April 21st at the Hynes Convention Center. You can register for the event by clicking here.
Will you be attending Anime Boston 2019? Let us know in the comments below!
At the start of your journey in Kingdom Hearts III, you are presented with several different options, as was the case with other mainline games in the series. This takes place in the Dive to the Heart and as you can expect, the choices you make here affect how Sora levels up throughout the game.
The first choice that the game gives you is between Balance, Wisdom and Vitality. This is the equivalent of the first two games where you had to choose which power to focus on and what to sacrifice, although the choice here affects stats.
As you’d expect, this choice effects which stat will increase more between your MP and Attack. Choosing Wisdom will start you off with more MP and increase that stat faster, but reduce your Attack and give you slightly less health to start with. If you want to focus on magic then go for Wisdom.
Choosing Vitality will do the opposite, giving you a higher Attack stat and more Health, but reduce your initial MP and its growth. If you want to focus on combos and attacking then Vitality is your best bet here.
If you don’t want to focus on any area in particular and just want an equal experience, Balance is your best bet as it gives you a much more even amount of MP and HP. This is best if you don’t want a big difference between the stats.
The exact stats for each choice are as follows:
The next choice comes from whether you want the power of the Warrior, the Guardian or the Mystic. This is the same as choosing between the Staff, Shield and Sword and effects which abilities Sora will get as he levels up.
Choosing the Mystic will have Sora gain magic-related abilities earlier on, such as MP Haste and Magic Combo Thrift. This is the best choice if you want a magic-focused Sora and if you chose Wisdom in the previous section.
The Guardian focuses on defense-based abilities such as Once More and Damage Control. If you’re playing on Proud and want to ensure you don’t die too often, this is the best choice for you, especially if paired with Vitality.
The Warrior choice gives Sora more combat-related abilities such as Combo Plus and Finishing Spiral. If you want all of Sora’s combat abilities as early as possible, then this is the right choice for you. As it doesn’t focus on one section of Sora in particular, this works well for a balanced playthrough.
What choices did you make at the start of Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below!
Square Enix ARTNIA will be selling a limited edition Kingdom Hearts parka exclusively at their store starting on February 16th. The parka, titled "Sora (Crown), features a Keyblade on the zipper, a design of Kingdom Hearts III Sora sitting in a chair with a crown, and the hood monogrammed with symbols from the Kingdom Hearts series.
You can view the parka in the gallery below.
A limited amount of parkas will be sold at Square Enix ARTNIA. Information about the price isn't available at this time. It's also unclear if they will be selling them outside the store.
The final design for the cover of the Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep light novel has been revealed. You can view it in the gallery below.
The novel was announced back in 2016 and will be available on March 19th, 2019. Pre-orders are being accepted on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, AAA Anime, Books-A-Million, Indigo, Indiebound, and RightStuf for about $20.00 as a paperback.
What do you think about the final cover? Will you be adding the novel to your collection? Let us know in the comments below!