The Square Enix Store is releasing their Limited Version Final Fantasy Cloud Strife (Kingdom Hearts version) Bring Arts figure in May 2019! It can be preordered from their site for 9,504 Yen (around $86.90)! Check out this detailed figure in the images below! Special thanks goes to @churroz for sharing this news!
Will you be getting your hands on this gorgeous figure? Has your wallet survived the onslaught of merchandise? Let us know in the comments below!
Within the new two-minute commercial for Kingdom Hearts III, Square Enix revealed a brief glimpse of Sora's new Rage Form in action. Similar to Anti-Form from Kingdom Hearts II, Rage Form uses unpredictable movements and attacks to give off a sense of speed, anger, and lack of control. Unlike Anti-Form, however, this new iteration wields the Keyblade and can be entered (or avoided) if the player chooses to do so.
Rage Form locks Sora out of his secondary commands like magic and items, so it seems to be incredibly powerful at the cost of these other abilities, or it could be some way to punish the player in the same vein as Anti-Form, which appeared if players overused the Kingdom Hearts II's Drive Forms...but what could this be a punishment for? Using too many situation commands or Keyblade transformations in a given time period?
Only time will tell what this form has in store for us, as we quickly approach the release of Kingdom Hearts III!
Let us know what you think of Rage Form, its strengths, and its limitations in the comments below!
Utada Hikaru's CD for "Face My Fears" is now available in Japan. The CD includes both English and Japanese versions of "Face My Fears" as well as "Chikai" (Japanese) and "Don't Think Twice" (English).
The songs are also available to buy on iTunes Japan. You can buy them by clicking here.
Utada's Youtube channel has also posted 15-second spots for both the Japanese and English versions of "Face My Fears". You can check them out below.
Face My Fears (Japanese version)
Face My Fears (English version)
UPDATE [January 18th, 2019]: "Face My Fears" is now available worldwide! The song can be bought from the Apple Store, Google Play Music, and Amazon as well as streamed on Spotify.
The worlds of Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, and Tangled were recently previewed by IGN as a hands-off demo by the Kingdom Hearts III co-director Tai Yasue. Jonathon Dornbush has published his impressions on the preview of these worlds, giving insight into new gameplay elements from the worlds. Below are some highlights from his review; they do not include any story-related spoilers.
Jonathon described The Caribbean (he calls it Port Royal in the article) as a "mini Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag" and "one of the most intriguing Kingdom Hearts levels yet" due to its impressive levels of exploration. He talks of the many explorable islands that provide an incredible treasure hunting experience, which extends to beneath the sea.
All means of travel - on air, water, land - and transitions in the world has been described as seamless. Underwater travel is also more agile than past games in the series, and in air, you can jump from one Heartless to the next freely.
Combat styles change from world to world. Goofy's special bombardier attack involves him being swallowed whole by a sandworm Heartless in this world, only to attack from within. Magic attacks such as Blizzard, Thunder, and Water behave differently underwater. The fish in the sea can be brought back to Remy in Scrooge McDuck's restaurant in Twilight Town.
Jonathon briefly described a boss battle in this world. You can read about it in the spoiler box below.
Yasue said that the development team collaborated with the Frozen team to design enemies true to the style of the world. The Heartless in Arendelle, which behave differently in air and land, were described by Jonathon to have a similar scope of entertainment as boss battles.
Yasue showed one of the first sledding experiences in Arendelle, which branched off to numerous paths and offered many treasures. Jonathon commented that it felt a bit too lengthy.
Kingdom of Corona
Rapunzel's character and personality have been blended into the gameplay of this world. Scenes involving Rapunzel's wonder for the outside world can be triggered by, for instance, casting Aero on surrounding dandelions. Following Rapunzel as she wanders off by herself to a nearby lake will also trigger an interaction. Yasue said that activating these triggers are part of building up Rapunzel's trust in Sora.
Following Rapunzel will also lead to combat scenarios and finding treasures.
Jonathon commented that Corona's fights become "a crazy ballet of oversized household items swiping through the air and Disney characters hurling themselves at baddies." Some enemies in this world had armor to break through first instead of HP, and others had human-like appearances, showing a great deal of variety to be expected in enemy design.
Did you enjoy our highlights? Then you will enjoy Jonathon's full review of these demos even more!
Utada Hikaru's PlayStation VR performances from her "Laughter in the Dark 2018" tour is now available for all PlayStation Japan members . The VR performance includes the songs "Hikari" from Kingdom Hearts and "Chikai" from Kingdom Hearts III. You can get the performance by clicking the link here.
Utada's Youtube channel has also posted a 90-second teaser of the live performance of "Chikai". You can check it below.
The VR concert will be available worldwide later today. Be sure to check back later for when it will be available!
The latest issue of Shonen Jump reveals new screenshots of Kingdom Hearts III with some more references on the Remi mini-game and selfie mode! Image below courtesy of @RedMakuzawa! Image translations done by KH13 News Staff @n_scribe13.
Who are you looking forward to taking pictures with using selfie mode? Are you excited for the mini-game with Remi? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Today marks another day down on Kingdom Hearts III's countdown! Each day until January 25, director Tetsuya Nomura is making an announcement. Today, he reminded everyone that the two-minute Kingdom Hearts III commercial will be uploaded after it airs during the AFC Asian Cup tonight on TV Asahi (the program starts at 10.:20PM and ends at 12:30 AM JST on January 18). The media he shared featured Lea and Kairi, where he's accepted the name Axel even as a somebody.
BoxLunch has launched a Kingdom Hearts III sweepstakes. It comprises a prize pack that includes your choice of the Xbox One X or the PS4 Pro, along with the console of your choice of the Deluxe Edition of Kingdom Hearts III, and a $250 gift card.
Information needed is your name, date of birth, and email. Only one person will win. Link to registration here.
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