Kingdom Hearts III Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Kingdom Hearts III RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Kingdom Hearts 3 Story Speculation and Trailer Analysis https://www.gameskinny.com/aa3v6/kingdom-hearts-3-story-speculation-and-trailer-analysis https://www.gameskinny.com/aa3v6/kingdom-hearts-3-story-speculation-and-trailer-analysis Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:22:20 -0500 Synzer

Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally almost here, and there's plenty of speculation to be had about the story, including what plots points should be resolved.

Of course, the trailers that have already been released provide some hints on what's to come, we want to know more. By combining knowledge gleaned from those trailers and the knowledge gained from previous Kingdom Hearts installments, we've put together our thoughts on the 13 Seekers of Darkness, the seven Guardians of Light, and the mysterious Scala ad Caelum.

In Kingdom Hearts 3, the most important part of Xehanort's plan is predicated on the 13 Seekers of Darkness and the seven Guardians of Light clashing so that he can form the χ-blade and reach the real Kingdom Hearts.

However, many have been left wondering: "Who are the Seekers of Darkness and the Guardians of Light?" Some of their cohorts have been confirmed through previous games and the trailers, but there are still some missing.

This is who we think they will be.

We'll assume you're up to date on your KH3 lore and have played everything up to KH3, so there will be spoilers. 

Who are the 13 Seekers of Darkness?

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Character Confirmed Inclusion
Master Xehanort Yes
Young Xehanort Yes
Ansem, Seeker of Darkness
(Xehanort's Heartless)
Yes
Xemnas
(Xehanort's Nobody)
Yes
Saix/IsaYes Yes
Xigbar/Braig Yes
Luxord Yes
Aqua ~Yes
Marluxia Yes
Larxene Yes
Vanitas Yes
Xion Not yet
Terra Not yet

 

While Aqua has been mostly confirmed, both Xion and Terra are special cases.

Xion

Xion was originally created as a fail-safe vessel in the event that Sora or Roxas could not be used. Xion was originally defeated by Roxas and was absorbed back into him (Sora).

In the "final battle" trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3, we see a hooded organization member pointing the Kingdom Key at Axel/Lea. This is either Roxas or Xion since both of them could use keyblades.

However, we believe this is Xion because she used the Kingdom Key exclusively; when we see Roxas after Kingdom Hearts 2, he typically dual wields Oblivion and Oathkeeper.

What's more, Xion never originally had a look of her own; instead, she took on a different appearance based on who saw her, which even had the ability to change over time. During 358/2 Days, she looks like a black-haired version of Kairi, but then she looks exactly like Sora later on when Roxas sees her in their final battle.

Since it was her original purpose to begin with, it's not a big stretch to think that she has either been recreated or revived somehow, having already been shown in the trailers that have been released. 

Terra

Terra is a special case as well because Master Xehanort directly took over his body as his new vessel. In fact, he becomes the very same Xehanort who then becomes Ansem the Wise's apprentice, who is then turned into a Heartless and Nobody. 

Although we haven't seen Terra since then, there are a couple of explanations to consider. Since Xehanort was directly in control of Terra, everything that happened was actually done to Xehanort, even if it was Terra's body.

This means that Master Xehanort returned once both Heartless and Nobody were defeated  since it was technically him anyway.

Since the hearts in Kingdom Hearts are basically souls, and Terra and Xehanort's hearts shared Terra's body, it is conceivable that once Xehanort's heartless and nobody were killed, both Xehanort and Terra were restored to their original selves.

This is why we see Master Xehanort and not the possessed "Terranort". 

That doesn't mean that Xehanort didn't plan for this, though, and was still able to use the original Terra as a vessel.

Who are the Seven Guardians of Light?

Kingdom Hearts Lea and Kairi

Character Confirmed Inclusion
Sora Yes
Mickey Yes
Riku Yes
Kairi Yes
Axel/Lea Yes
Ventus Not yet
Terra or Aqua Not yet

 

Ventus is seen, however briefly, in the "final battle" trailer getting pulled by chains along with Sora. This means that Ventus has finally been found and even though we don't see him do anything, it also most likely means he's been awakened. 

Why? Because we know that Riku has the ability to awaken people following Dream Drop Distance, and Sora is also working on cultivating that ability. From what we've seen so far, it is clear that Sora will eventually learn the ability  or at least of the hearts sleeping inside his own.

Further extrapolating on this hypothesis, it is most likely how not only Ventus comes back, but how Roxas and Xion come back as well.

As for the last member of the Guardians of Light, Terra or Aqua are the logical choices. We already know from the trailers Aqua falls to darkness and becomes one of Xehanort's vessels. Terra is most likely also one of the vessels.

Since everything is coming to a head in Kingdom Hearts 3, it's relatively safe to predict that one of the two will be able to break free from their bonds and fight on the side of light instead, with Terra being the most likely candidate. 

Why? If he is one of Xehanort's vessels, it also means that Xehanort does not have direct control over his body anymore.No one has ever been shown to break free before, but since Terra has been directly possessed by Xehanort in the past, he has the greatest probability of success.

Aqua has been in the darkness for so long that it is possible that there just isn't any light left, though it is still possible that she could break free if only temporarily.

What is Scala ad Caelum?

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The very end of the final Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer reveals Master Xehanort talking about a placed called Scala ad Caelum. Doing a bit of research, this roughly translates from Latin to "Stairway to Heaven".

It is generally believed that this will be the final world in Kingdom Hearts 3, especially since it is the last thing we see in the final battle trailer. However, that does not mean this is the last place we will visit since its name implies a journey toward something. 

It is reasonable to believe that Scala ad Caelum will lead Xehanort to Kingdom Hearts, and that the final battle will most like take place in the true Kingdom Hearts.

Of course, we can expect Scala ad Caelum to be a huge world (perhaps the largest in the game) with the end-game dungeon; the inevitable journey to the true Kingdom Hearts will just be a one-time, "can't-go-back" section of the story.

What's the Final Scene in the Final Battle Trailer? 

As for the scene in the "final battle" trailer, this is most likely after the events seen earlier in the Keyblade Graveyard. Scala ad Caelum might be the direct result of the fight between the 13 Seekers of Darkness and the seven Guardians of Light, being a place that defies the laws of time, allowing all 13 Seekers to morph into a single person.

Unsurprisingly, Sora is most likely also all alone, at least for some time, during this section of the game; whatever happens to the other guardians will only be temporary, but Riku or someone else close to Sora will die as a result of the final events of the game.

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What do you think about these theories? Agree? Have some ideas of your own? If so, let us know in the comments below. And as always, tell us why we're wrong; we love a discussion, especially when it's about one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2019 (read: all time). 

Don't forget to check back as there will be plenty of Kingdom Hearts 3 content to look forward to here at GameSkinny.

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9 Plot Points Kingdom Hearts 3 Needs to Resolve https://www.gameskinny.com/hdo1q/9-plot-points-kingdom-hearts-3-needs-to-resolve https://www.gameskinny.com/hdo1q/9-plot-points-kingdom-hearts-3-needs-to-resolve Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:19:15 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

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Balance Between Light and Dark

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Speaking of Xehanort’s motives, the concept of balancing light and dark needs some more detail.

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While having a world focused more on light doesn’t initially seem like a bad idea, you soon begin to see that a light-only world turns into something more like the Destiny Islands — a haven from reality that can’t last forever. It’s like an Ursula Le Guin setting, lovely on the surface, with something lurking underneath.

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In fact, ignoring the darkness led to Ansem’s original quest for knowledge and paved the way for Master Xehanort’s insatiable desire to know more. How correcting the balance between light and dark might affect the worlds is, of course, unclear — though it’s easy to guess that Master Xehanort’s methods probably aren’t the best ways to achieve this particular goal.

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Since almost everyone, good and not-so-great, has undergone some form of trial and has had to face the darkness in themselves and others, it’s not very likely the world can go back to the way it was before.

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All of the characters are more self-aware and work to incorporate balance in themselves and the world around them.

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What are you hoping to see resolved in Kingdom Hearts 3? Let us know in the comments.

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Master Xehanort's True Intentions

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It’s not a stretch to say that the villain’s ultimate goal — and even the villains themselves — change in every Kingdom Hearts game.

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There was the fairly simple fight between light and dark in the original, which changed to the more complicated machinations in Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts 2, with the inclusion of Nobodies and their individual goals plus Xehanort’s goal of remaking the universe.

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Then Birth by Sleep shattered the relatively standard RPG trope of being god by including the X-Blade and Master Xehanort’s desire to remake the worlds, addressing an imbalance between light and dark. It featured, again, in Dream Drop Distance, but there’s yet to be any concrete discussion of why.

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Granted, explanation doesn’t always happen in RPGs, but for a series spanning over a decade now, it seems unlikely it’ll end without delving deeper into the particulars.

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Master Xehanort probably won’t be one of those misunderstood villains — he’s done too much bad for that — but the core idea of balancing light and dark has gradually become more prominent as the series has progressed, especially with Terra’s and Riku’s character arcs.

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Hopefully, there’ll be some more world building and plot exposition on the subject to help explain what Master Xehanort originally wanted.

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Time Travel

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Whenever time travel pops up in a story, it causes problems. How is it possible? Why is it necessary? How did it not completely skew everything else that happened?

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It’s not an altogether unexpected development in KH, since the plot gradually becomes more complicated as the games progress anyway, but it still raises some questions.

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Xehanort isn’t the only one who turned into a Heartless, so can others who have been Heartless at one point or another travel through time as well? If so, does that mean Nobodies can travel back to before they had their hearts removed and interact with their hosts?

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Perhaps it has some bearing on why we’re seeing dead Nobodies like Marluxia return in KH3. But even more importantly, it might relate to Terra’s redemption. He’s not exactly Heartless, but he’s fused with Xehanort’s heart, and he would still have a version of himself in the past.

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It would make sense.

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Typically, villains have some part of their grand schemes come back to bite them, but that hasn’t happened yet for Xehanort; he’s long overdue for some delicious irony.

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What about Namine?

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Namine is an interesting character. Based on KH lore, she shouldn’t really exist. Well, no Nobody should exist, but Namine isn’t even really a Nobody.

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That's because Kairi has no darkness in her heart; the Ansem Reports even comment that Namine is a curious Nobody, especially given how she was formed.

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Her existence adds a lot to the mystery to Nobodies and further suggests there’s more to them than just Heartless shells. More importantly, it makes Namine’s fusing with Kairi a bit confusing.

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Kairi never lost part of herself, and Namine — though not whole — wasn’t lacking anything noticeable. Instead, she gained a substantial bit of power over her surroundings and Sora.

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There’s always the possibility that Kairi harbors some sort of hidden darkness (despite being a Princess of Heart), suggested in Namine’s jealousy, and that’s how Namine was formed to begin with.

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It wouldn’t disqualify Kairi from being one of the Light bearers (just look at Riku) and it would play into the theme of balancing light and dark.

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But perhaps she’s simply a living metaphor for the personification of light, and that’s why she still interacts with her surroundings. Regardless, Namine must still have some work to do, else she wouldn’t feature on the box art as much.

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Roxas and Xion

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You would think Roxas’ and Xion’s arcs were finished. Xion disappeared into Roxas, and Roxas had to sacrifice his consciousness for Sora. But the KH3 box art says otherwise, and it’s not too difficult to see why.

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Many of the remaining plot threads revolve around sorting out the messes made of various characters’ hearts. This, of course, includes dealing with the Russian doll-type scenario of having more than one personality in a given body.

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Roxas is too important a character to leave “disappeared,” especially since he ties in with Ventus. However, if something happens with Roxas outside of Sora, then it follows that something will happen with Xion, the littlest doll in this set.

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From an emotional satisfaction perspective, it would be nice to see each of them develop their own, distinct personalities and live happy lives from there on.

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Yet it seems there might be some character resolution between Roxas and Sora necessary for either of them to move on. If Nobodies are the dark side of a person, and Roxas is Sora’s Nobody, then there’s some darkness in Sora that hasn’t yet been dealt with.

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Given Roxas’ chief desire at the beginning of KH2, it would probably be something to do with Sora as reluctant hero. If Sora satisfactorily deals with this, maybe Roxas can be put to rest like Axel, though what it means for Xion is anyone’s guess.

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Radiant Garden

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Radiant Garden is where it all began, and, as such, it features heavily in Kingdom Hearts' lore.

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Before the first game’s events, Maleficent and her horde of minions overtook the world, transforming it into the bleak and forbidding Hollow Bastion that players visit during one of Sora’s lowest points.

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It’s the exact opposite of Radiant Garden: home to terrors, darkness, and loneliness. But after the massive battle in KH2, efforts are underway to restore it to its former glory.

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That’s fine and dandy, but it isn’t until Birth by Sleep that you realize why Radiant Garden was so important to begin with. It was basically the home of everything good in the game — Kairi, Mickey, light in general, and the meeting ground for the forces of good.

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But as goodness is want to do, it gave birth to the darkness as well.

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Radiant Garden is essentially the KH universe’s barometer — thriving during the time of light, barren after darkness overtakes it, and striving for something better during Sora’s trials.

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What happens to Radiant Garden will largely reflect what happens in the story and characters, whether it’ll still be the symbolic center of the universe, or if it even should be, is another matter entirely.

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Dead Nobodies?

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Nobodies are confusing; we’ve already got that down. But what’s even more confusing is how — and whether — they die.

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Sora and Co. have dispatched quite a few Nobodies over the course of their adventures, most notably in Kingdom Hearts 2. Kingdom Hearts 3’s early trailers threw a bit of a wrench in their deaths, though, since notable Nobodies like Larxene and Vexen have apparently returned from the dead.

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Some of them have been “norted” (Oxford English Dictionary acceptance pending), which leads one to think Master Xehanort somehow revived their shells with his heart in them.

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Are these are the same Nobodies as before, or were their fledgling hearts just overrun with darkness?

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Thing is, some haven’t been and are now siding with Sora. Axel already proved it’s kinda hard for a Nobody to die, but it still leaves us wondering why.

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It could be some tie with their host that keeps them tethered to empty existence until they can be reunited once more.

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Image via The Arcade

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The Nature of Nobodies

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Nobodies are the most confusing and interesting aspect of Kingdom Hearts lore.

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Originally, they seemed fairly simple: empty, heartless shells of strong-willed people, some evil, some marginally less evil. But that changed slightly with Kingdom Hearts 2 introducing Roxas’s background and following Axel’s changes. This was before 358/2 Days chucked it completely by focusing on the very human side of Nobodies.

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With Axel disappearing into Lea again, Dream Drop Distance raised the biggest question: what makes a Nobody a Nobody  and how do they stop?

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Axel already developed human emotions and a will, but he was still a Nobody. If reuniting with the host was all it took, why didn’t all the Nobodies jealous of humanity and tricked into Xehanort’s plans fuse back with their hosts?

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It could be there’s some Persona going on here.

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Nobodies are like Shadows, dark fragments of their hosts, but it takes realizing what’s important to them — and on the host’s side, it takes understanding their own darkness — for transformation to happen. What you’re left with then is something new, like with Riku: not the old self, but not the dark self either.

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What Happens to Ventus, Terra, and Aqua?

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Aqua, Ventus, and Terra are three of KH’s most important characters, taking part in all of the background events that influenced the entire series. Their fates have yet to be resolved, though.

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Despite a dream version of Ventus making itself known here and there, the real Ventus remains asleep in Castle Oblivion. Terra is still trapped inside Xehanort, and Aqua remains lost in the Dark Meridian.

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Terra’s body is rather significant for plot purposes, so it’s likely something will happen to him, but whether that’s a good something — like getting his life back — or a bad something isn’t certain.

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The same goes for Ventus, but with a twist. If his heart is with Sora, how can Ventus be revived? And if Vanitas has something to do with it, will Ven be mostly darkness?

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Square Enix already said Aqua isn’t playable in KH3 and isn’t a major character; instead, the developer teased that she’s fallen under Master Xehanort’s influence. With the yellow eyes and all, it’s not a surprising turn of events.

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Aqua remained trapped in the Dark Meridian, while others like Mickey, Sora, and Riku could travel away from it, likely because they had conquered the darkness in their hearts.

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Having failed to save her friends can only have strengthened the darkness in Aqua, making her both an easy and a pitiable victim for Xehanort’s machinations. Whether she’s one of the 7 Guardians of Light, after all, remains to be seen.

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The Kingdom Hearts series spans multiple games, includes near-infinitely important characters, countless plot points. Unsurprisingly, it gets pretty confusing at times (thank you, Birth by Sleep).

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A series that needs entire games and decimal releases to set the plot up for the final game will naturally have some dangling plot elements that need some tidying up. Kingdom Hearts 3 is the last game in the Xehanort saga, so it's the ideal entry to set everything straight.

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We’ve put together a list of the nine plot threads we think are most important — things like what Nobodies really are, whether there’s logic in Master Xehanort’s plans and, of course, questions about fates of major characters, like Aqua and Namine.

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Many of these plot points will have to be resolved for the story to proceed, while others may forever remain a mystery. Naturally, we are about to venture into spoiler territory; proceed at your own risk. 

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Square Enix Unveils its Last Kingdom Hearts III Trailer, the Final Battle https://www.gameskinny.com/q4yin/square-enix-unveils-its-last-kingdom-hearts-iii-trailer-the-final-battle https://www.gameskinny.com/q4yin/square-enix-unveils-its-last-kingdom-hearts-iii-trailer-the-final-battle Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:17:24 -0500 Gabriella Graham

It would be a severe understatement to simply summarize Kingdom Hearts III as a "highly anticipated" game title. Longtime fans have eagerly awaited the final installment in Sora's keyblade-themed adventures for years, gobbling up every last detail they could get their hands on.

Whether due to that very same excitement spiking to new heights as we near the game's release on January 25th, or to make up for the spoiler-rific devastation of this past weekend's leaks, Square Enix released their last Kingdom Hearts III trailer a day early.

Cinematic Trailer Clips and Story Hints

Titled the "Final Battle," the latest trailer drops with high stakes, new companion and gameplay footage, and fresh cut-scenes. It also features the recently announced title song "Face my Fears," which is a collaborative piece from Skrillex and series music staple, Utada Hikaru.

Regarding new character assists, Sora teams up with Stitch from Lilo and Stitch and gets extra screen time with renowned chef Remy from Ratatouille

Of course, fans need a story with a compelling (if not somewhat confusing) plot to surround their beloved cameos. More conversations with Organization XIII fill the trailer with hints about the game's antagonists and their ominous designs.

The trailer's dark foreshadowing hits a climax by the end, complete with a heavy battle scene and what appears to be a significant loss for the game's central good-guy team.

Despite new developments in the protagonists' journey, the series' final installment shows no sign of leaving behind it's source material. For example, a scene between Axel and Kairi brings past story elements to the forefront by alluding to the events of 358/2 Days.

Additional calls to Sora's colorfully adventurous and extensive past nod to classic Disney and series villains like Maleficent and Pete.

The trailer's striking game footage puts previously revealed worlds and settings all in one video. In case you missed them, those worlds include:

  • Hercules
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Toy Story
  • Tangled
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Frozen
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Big Hero 6
  • Twilight Town's Old Mansion

As far as why the schedule was moved up for this trailer release, it may have something to do with the leak scandal from over the weekend.

Players Beware: Real Villains Bring Spoilers

If there's one thing most fans can agree on it's that there are few winners when a handful of greedy gamers break the rules. A shared desire to experience Kingdom Hearts III as intended has lead gamers across the web to warn their fellows of incoming spoilers more than a month before the game's release.

Rumor has it, the aforementioned rule breakers swiped Xbox One copies of the game from a production or distribution center. Up to thirty copies even made it onto the Facebook Marketplace, though the listing has since been deleted.

The community immediately took the threat behind uploaded videos of Kingdom Hearts III install and title screens seriously. The Kingdom Hearts subreddit even swore to ban any spoiler-happy Redditors who propagate leaks.

Director Tetsuya Normura's voice joined the sea of warnings as he pleaded for good faith from his fan base. He officially addressed the situation on Twitter.

 

The new trailer certainly contrasts the ugly feelings around the leak with exciting and positive news for fans to devour. It's a much better start to a Monday, if nothing else.

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Ten Most Anticipated Action Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/616qi/ten-most-anticipated-action-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/616qi/ten-most-anticipated-action-games-of-2019 Mon, 19 Nov 2018 16:32:50 -0500 Jordan Baranowski

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Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

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Developer: Massive Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: March 15, 2019

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Looking to build off the successes of the first game and address some of the issues that many players had, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 looks to update its brand of squad-based shooter with its 2019 release. The game takes place about half a year after the original, and will allow players to team up in small groups to take on objectives in an ever-changing world.

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The main focus for Massive Entertainment with The Division 2 is on the endgame content. A big gripe with the original was that there was not enough for players to do as they got to the end of the game, so high-level raids and large (free!) DLC support is in the plans for the sequel.

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The Division 2 is available for preorder now, and doing so will gain you access to the private beta when it becomes available. The game will release in full on March 15, 2019.

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Are there any other games you're looking forward to in 2019 that aren't on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gears 5

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Developer: The Coalition
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: 2019

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Don't let the title fool you - they may have dropped "of War," but Gears 5 is another entry in the Gears of War series. Even more confusingly, it is actually the sixth entry, since Gears of War: Judgment came between the third and fourth games.

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Those semantics aside, it seems like we can expect more of the third-person, cover-based shooting that the Gears series has always done so well. Many characters we know and love, including series mainstay Marcus Fenix, will be returning in Gears 5, but it will pick up where Gears of War 4 left off. Players will control Kait Diaz, who is searching for the origin of the Locust and her own family history.

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Gears will feature both single player and multiplayer and crossplay between Xbox One and PC players. It is expected to release sometime in 2019.

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Bayonetta 3

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Developer: Platinum Games
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Release Date: 2019

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The good news is that Bayonetta 3 is in development and should be coming out in 2019. The bad news is this: if you don't own a Nintendo Switch, you're out of luck. The third game of the trilogy is coming exclusively to Nintendo's platform, but it will look to continue the title character's story and bring plenty of blisteringly difficult challenges to players.

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The story of Bayonetta is... difficult to explain. Here goes: you play as a sexy witch who has guns for shoes and a magical outfit that is made out of her own hair. She is over-the-top flirtatious, constantly posing during fights and making double entendres. She utilizes her hair as a weapon, crafting it into giant monsters in order to battle creatures of heaven and hell.

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It's... complicated.

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What it does extremely well is crazy action - think Devil May Cry but sped up a few degrees. The combat system rewards twitch reflexes and massive combos, so there is a lot of level for mastery here. The story is, as we mentioned, totally off the wall - but the game is also well aware of that fact, and never gets to the point of being annoying with its self-awareness. Switch owners will need to keep their eyes open, as Bayonetta 3 is hopefully coming in 2019.

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DOOM Eternal

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Developer: id Software
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One
Release Date: 2019

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2016's DOOM reboot was an extremely pleasant surprise, and id Software is looking to continue that goodwill with a direct sequel, entitled DOOM Eternal. The demons have begun to invade Earth and, of course, only you can stop them.

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One of the best aspects of the reboot of DOOM was how well the developers captured the adrenaline-pumping feel of the original games. The are looking to push this even further in the sequel, offering plenty of incentive for the player to be aggressive in their demon-murdering spree. One of the coolest new additions comes in the form of the "Meat Hook," a grappling gun attachment on the shotgun that allows players to grapple into an enemy and unload a powerful shotgun blast as soon as they get close. Get ready for plenty of gore.

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DOOM Eternal will also feature a Dark Souls-esque multiplayer option that will let players invade others' games as demons. id Software appears to be hitting the "more of what people liked" button with DOOM Eternal, and it is expected sometime in 2019.

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Cyberpunk 2077

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Developer: CD Projekt Red
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA

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CD Projekt Red's follow up to one of the greatest games of all time, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, looks to be a similarly ambitious title. Cyberpunk 2077 draws its inspiration from the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020, and it looks to take the powerful story telling and grey morality of The Witcher into a science fiction future.

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In Cyberpunk 2077, players take control of a character named V. Unlike The Witcher's Geralt, V is fully customizable: look, gender, skills, and more are all determined by the player and how they want to approach the game. It takes place in a massive open world: a futuristic megacity called Night City, California. 

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Cyberpunk 2077 looks massively ambitious and, if done right, could be yet another massive win for CD Projekt Red. There's no guarantee it is coming out in 2019, but we can certainly keep our fingers crossed.

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Skull & Bones

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Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: 2019

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Sadly, Skull & Bones is not a stealth-action game featuring George W. Bush as he infiltrates his alma mater’s secret society. Rather, it takes elements from the much beloved Assassin’s Creed pirate-themed entry Black Flag, and will allow players to live out their favorite pirate fantasies - no bottle of rum needed. However, for maximum enjoyment, one would be highly encouraged.

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Skull & Bones is a third-person game that features a single player campaign, but its main draw is its multiplayer naval combat. Each player will play as a pirate captain, and can party up with up to five others to sail the high seas and engage in ship-to-ship combat. Ubisoft is promising all sorts of variables to play into the game’s combat, including wind conditions and how rough the ocean is. It will also provide players with a variety of ships to choose from, mimicking the “classes” of squad-based shooters. This promises a variety of strategies and playstyles, and will hopefully keep things fresh as the game ages.

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There is no definitive release date yet for Skull & Bones yet, but it is expected in 2019. Keep your eyes on the horizon for more details as they become available.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Developer: FromSoftware
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: March 22, 2019

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FromSoftware, best known for the Dark Souls series and its spiritual sequel Bloodborne, has a new third person, melee combat title coming out in 2019. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice looks like it isn’t a complete Souls-alike, while still utilizing elements of its character design and combat.

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Sekiro takes place in 16th century Japan, and the player takes control of a shinobi who has lost his arm in battle. When the shinobi awakens, he has been given a prosthetic arm (which the player can customize with different tools and upgrades) and leaves to seek revenge - the man who wounded him also kidnapped his master.

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Rather than utilizing the mysterious story and character creation of Dark Souls, Sekiro looks to tell a bit more of a coherent story while offering plenty of the chunky, timing-based combat that players expect from FromSoftware. There will be stealth elements involved as well as a unique combat system that allows players to open up enemy defenses before striking with a precise killing blow. Look for it in late March.

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Devil May Cry 5

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Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: March 8, 2019

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Capcom’s stylish, over-the-top action series is returning in March of 2019. Dante and Nero will be returning, slaying demons and looking both cool and cheesy as they do it. A new, playable character named only “V” will also be joining the fray, and a lot of our favorite elements of the series will be on full display.

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Of course, the outrageous set pieces are always a highlight of the Devil May Cry series, and Capcom has released footage from the game so far that shows that this element will be back in full force. Dante will be wielding several new weapons, including a pair of gauntlets named after Balrog from the Street Fighter series and a pair of buzzsaws that transform into a motorcycle (!) named Cavaliere. V reportedly has a completely different fighting style than both Dante and Nero, but how exactly it will work has yet to be revealed.

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Grab your wraparound sunglasses and shotgun some Mountain Dew. Devil May Cry 5 is coming in March.

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Anthem

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Developer: BioWare
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: February 22, 2019

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BioWare’s first title since putting the finishing touches on the Mass Effect series, Anthem is a brand new IP that looks to combine third person shooting and action role-playing elements into a squad-based, open world MMO. If that sounds like it ticks all your boxes, you aren’t alone. BioWare is banking on Anthem being the go to choice for groups of gamers to team up and take down foes.

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In Anthem, each player will take on the role of a Freelancer, mercenaries who battle throughout the world in customized exosuits equipped with powerful weapons and abilities. These exosuits, called Javelins, will come equipped with a variety of skill sets and will allow player customization. For taking on high-leveled quests, squads of up to four will need to work together to synchronize abilities and make the most of their Javelins’ powers.

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Anthem comes out in late February for PC and consoles.

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Kingdom Hearts 3

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Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: January 25, 2019

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Kingdom Hearts 2 came out back in 2005. 2005! Think of how young and innocent we all were back then! If you count the spinoffs, reboots, remixes, and games with crazy titles like Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. It’s tough to wrap your brain around, but 2019’s release will somehow only be the “third” game in the Square/Disney collaboration.

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One of the most interesting aspects of the Kingdom Hearts series is getting to experience all the different worlds from Disney movies, and Kingdom Hearts 3 has several new entries to the series. Worlds based on Frozen, Big Hero 6, Toy Story, Tangled, and Monsters, Inc. will all play into the game. Confirmed returning worlds and characters include inspiration from Hercules, Winnie the Pooh, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Kingdom Hearts has a pretty bonkers story, and it will be interesting where the next true entry in the series brings to the table involving the Heartless, Organization XIII, and the like. Luckily, we don’t have long to wait until its release.

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2019 is looking to push the envelope for action games. If you’re a gamer who wants to get there blood flowing, you’ve come to the right place. 

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Many of our most anticipated action games of 2019 are sequels to established franchises. Some of these franchises are long dormant, but they should be familiar to any savvy modern gamer. A few of these games are brand new IPs, however, and could offer a breath of fresh air to those who are sick of those well-worn treads.

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Whether you want shooting, swords, or Keyblades to get your jollies in, these are some of our most anticipated action titles of 2019.

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10 Awesome RPGs to Look Forward to in 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/lcqst/10-awesome-rpgs-to-look-forward-to-in-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/lcqst/10-awesome-rpgs-to-look-forward-to-in-2019 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:07:49 -0500 Tim White

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Cyberpunk 2077

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You didn't really think you'd get all the way through this list without seeing Cyberpunk 2077, did you? The legendary developers of the Witcher trilogy have turned their full attention toward crafting a futuristic dystopian RPG based on the hugely popular Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop system, and millions of gamers are aquiver with anticipation.

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Maybe I cheated a little by including Cyberpunk 2077 in a list of games slated for 2019—but only a little. Highly unofficial whispers around the internet have suggested that a 2019 release might be possible, but CD Projekt Red hasn't firmly committed to anything more than "it will be ready when it's ready."

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I, for one, am perfectly happy grudgingly willing to wait for the best Cyberpunk experience possible.

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That's it for our anticipated RPGs of 2019. Is there another RPG you're looking forward to that's not on this list? Share it in the comments below.

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Code Vein

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  • Release: TBD 2019
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Do you like vampires, magic, ruined cities, and hyper-fast combat? Then Code Vein might be for you. We've been promised a dark and intriguing story, as well as lots of weapons, upgrades, and abilities.

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Originally scheduled for a 2018 release, it's been pushed back to a still unannounced date in 2019—hopefully that means Bandai Namco is taking extra time to get it right.

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Tom Clancy's The Division 2

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The Division blurred the lines between shooter, MMO, and RPG, and did a reasonably good job of it. To developer Massive's credit, they listened to player feedback and made consistent efforts to correct aspects of the first game their customers weren't pleased with.

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Hopefully, they've held onto that flexibility and applied past experience to The Division 2. You'll have to wait until next spring for another chance to shoot terrorists and gang bangers 30,000 times each.

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Wasteland 3

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The first Wasteland quickly made a name for itself as a highly successful post-apocalyptic strategy RPG. The sequel upped the ante and took home PC World's "Game of the Year" award in 2014. Developer inXile is gearing up to bring us an even bigger, darker (and co-op!) adventure in Wasteland 3.

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There's no trailer yet—not one that shows much, anyway. Maybe that's a deliberate ploy to build up more anticipation. Either way, watch for Wasteland 3 sometime in 2019 (probably, maybe).

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Dauntless

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  • Release: TBD 2019 (open beta available now)
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There are plenty of RPGs out there and a decent selection of co-op action titles, but not much on tap in the way of true co-op RPGs. Free-to-play Dauntless looks like it's drawing at least some inspiration from the Monster Hunter series, allowing up to four players to battle tons of huge beasts together.

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Dauntless is in open beta now, with a full release scheduled for sometime next year.

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Hellsign

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  • Release: Q4 2019 (early access open now)
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"Horror-RPG" is such a great fusion of genres that it's surprising how few of them exist. Hellsign aims to fill that relative void with what looks to be a thrilling supernatural P.I. adventure. Players will initially be tasked with banishing fairly tame poltergeists, after which it will be time to buy better gear and weapons to take on more dangerous jobs.

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Check out the reveal trailer, then do your best to restrain your excitement for another year until the full release around Q4 2019—or pick up the early access version now.

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Rune: Ragnarok

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Vikings and Norse mythology have been done before, but Human Head Studios is looking to put a fresh spin on Rune: Ragnarok with an open-world setting featuring enormous and terrifying bosses.

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Fans of Odin, mead halls, and brutal action-RPGs will surely want to keep this one on their watch lists.

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Kingdom Hearts III

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  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
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Kingdom Hearts is one of the more weirdly numbered franchises out there; despite its name, Kingdom Hearts III is actually about the 119th game in the series. Sora, Donald, and Goofy are seasoned vets by now, ready to push back the Heartless once more.

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Now that Disney owns half of all franchises ever conceived, rumors abound that we might even see Star Wars or Marvel characters this time around. Nothing's official yet, though—we'll have to wait a little longer for more info.

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You can check out the official trailer here.

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17th-century Europe, despite its rich history and plentiful folklore, is a setting seldom seen in games apart from standard high fantasy tales. GreedFall aims to do something about that. Part RPG, part swashbuckling adventure game, it places players in the shoes of a mercenary exploring the shores of a mystical island in search of a cure to a mysterious disease (and treasure, of course).

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By all indications, GreedFall seems to be aiming for a gritty and realistic aesthetic, fully embracing the technological limitations and social mores of pre-American Europe. It's surely worth keeping an eye on as its release date draws closer.

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Have you ever wanted to roleplay as a claymore-wielding cyborg raccoon-fox with a sick hat and a jetpack? Me neither, but now that it's been proposed, I'm strangely intrigued.

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Featuring fast, fluid third-person combat, Biomutant is largely keeping its story under wraps, except to say that a mysterious plague is threatening the Tree of Life and it's up to you to do something about it—or to make everything worse.

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Biomutant looks super pretty, too; you can check out a cinematic trailer here to tide you over until it releases sometime in 2019.

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2019 is shaping up to be a great year for RPGs, in both the AAA and the indie spheres. Here's a varied spread of lots of different role-playing titles to look forward to—you're sure to find something that catches your interest.

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TGS 2018: Watch 30 Mintues Of Kingdom Hearts III Gameplay https://www.gameskinny.com/7palj/tgs-2018-watch-30-mintues-of-kingdom-hearts-iii-gameplay https://www.gameskinny.com/7palj/tgs-2018-watch-30-mintues-of-kingdom-hearts-iii-gameplay Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:39:32 -0400 QuintLyn

Just a few short days ago, we all got a peek at the world of Big Hero 6 as it will appear in Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix dropped the latest trailer for the game and wowed us all.

But we should have known more was coming. During their presentation at this year's Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix rolled out the big guns, offering players a nearly 30-minute look at the game in action. 

Now, I should preface this by saying that the entire panel is in Japanese and that while I've turned on the translation function in the YouTube video... Well, we all know how reliable that is.

In all honesty, it might be better to just ignore the dialog and watch the gameplay the first time around.

According to the video -- if the translation is correct -- Kingdom Hearts III has 82 worlds. Recent reports have said that the game will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 hours long, so 82 worlds might be a stretch. However, Square has not officially released the length of KH3, so we'll just have to wait and see. 

The video starts out in Olympus and demonstrates some of the combat and movement before hopping on a roller coaster for even more fighting. 

Once done in Olympus, the demo moves on to show off the Toy Story world where Sora and company fight the Heartless and meet Woody, Buzz, and the other toys. This second part of the demo is the longest, taking up about two-thirds of the time.

So far, the game looks great and Disney/Pixar fans should be pretty happy that launch is getting closer than ever. 

 

 

 

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Here's Your First Look At "Big Hero 6" In Kingdom Hearts III https://www.gameskinny.com/jjsgl/heres-your-first-look-at-big-hero-6-in-kingdom-hearts-iii https://www.gameskinny.com/jjsgl/heres-your-first-look-at-big-hero-6-in-kingdom-hearts-iii Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:02:48 -0400 QuintLyn

As the launch of Kingdom Hearts III draws closer, Disney and Square Enix are busy showing off some of the new worlds fans will be visiting. The game's Tokyo Game Show trailer features the heroes of Big Hero 6 and the city they protect, San Fansokyo. Sora, Donald, and Goofy team up with the Big Hero 6 super team to fight the bad guys and share friendship along the way.

Of course, the trailer isn't completely set in San Fransokyo. It also shows new content from some of the other previously revealed worlds including Frozen, Tangled, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

During the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix also revealed the official Kingdom Hearts III box art, featuring artwork from the series director, Tetsuya Nomura. Check it out below.

Fans looking forward to Kingdom Hearts III can unlock the Starlight Keyblade early by playing Kingdom Heats Union χ[Cross] now.

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PlayStation Lineup Tour Biggest Announcements https://www.gameskinny.com/w2bit/playstation-lineup-tour-biggest-announcements https://www.gameskinny.com/w2bit/playstation-lineup-tour-biggest-announcements Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:51:14 -0400 Bryant Pereira

In anticipation of the Tokyo Game Show later this month, PlayStation broadcasted a special event called the PlayStation Lineup Tour where they made a number of announcements and gave updates on some anticipated games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. We heard from the Yakuza studio, Square Enix, and even SNK for some very special announcements.

Kingdom Hearts III & VR Experience

 

With Kingdom Hearts III seemingly around the corner, updates on the game seem to be coming more frequently. The latest KH3 trailer shows Sora and friends crossing paths with Baymax from Big Hero 6, along with a new Keyblade, and a chapter with characters from Tangled. We also get a sneak peek at some of the new Gummi Ships and the combat we can expect in those levels. 

In addition to the new trailer, Square Enix also announced Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience for the PlayStation VR. Coming for free this holiday season, the VR experience is a 10-minute interactive video with a collection of highlights from the Kingdom Hearts series. There's no official date yet for this title.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered

 

Square Enix announced it's bringing back the original Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles to the PS4 and Nintendo Switch in 2019 with a remastered edition. It's Gamecube-era multiplayer action RPG that utilized Game Boy Advance systems to play, and serve as controllers with a second screen you could navigate menus with.

Out of all of the Square Enix RPGs that could have been ported to Switch, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was at the top of our list. Regardless of the clunky hardware necessities, the co-op fairy tale adventure is an absolute blast to play with friends -- and replacing that with internet connectivity only increases the accessibility and give this game the opportunity to shine it deserves. 

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles spawned a number of sequels after its initial success, and the remaster will be the first time it will appear on a non-Nintendo platform. 

Project JUDGE

 

Completely out of left field, Yakuza studio Ryu Ga Gotoku turned heads with it's CG trailer for Judge Eyes (Project Judge). The game follows a heavy-handed narrative where you play as a lawyer and investigator solving a series of mysterious murders. Fueled by revenge, truth, and explosions -- the story trailer definitely sets the stage for an expansive world.

Sega knows that CG-only trailers don't do a game justice, so they were generous enough to hand us a gameplay trailer as well. In it, we see a mix of Yakuza-style gameplay with a touch LA Noire investigating. Our protagonist can stealthily follow suspects around, observe their movements, and when confronted -- duel it out in over-the-top smooth Yakuza style combat. Quick-time events flesh out chase scenes a bit, but the hand to hand combat is where the game seems to really shine. 

 

Similar to the Hitman series, you can don a variety of disguises to trick NPCs into letting you into their facilities. Once inside, you can look for evidence by breaking into rooms and snapping pictures with your phone. The trailer even showed drones as an option for collecting evidence. 

In classic Yakuza fashion, there's going to be tons to do when you're not actively working on a mission. You'll be able to play all sorts of original mini-games from drone piloting to pinball to...whatever the rocket launcher game is. 

Project JUDGE will release in 2019 for the PS4.

Samurai Spirits

 

Fans of 90's fighting games can rejoice with the announcement of a new entry in the Samurai Showdown series -- coming to PS4 in 2019. Utilizing Unreal Engine, Samurai Spirits appears to draw heavily from the graphics in Street Fighter 5. The few seconds of actual gameplay we see in the trailer shows some tight combat, flashy moves, and lots of blood. Samurai Spirits is expected to release in 2019. 

The last Samurai Showdown came out in 2008 for the Xbox 360.

Project Prelude Rune

 

A title most people probably know very little about, Project Prelude Rune is developed by a new Square Enix studio called Studio Istolia -- led by Hideo Baba, the former producer for the Tales of series of games.

The teaser trailer doesn't have much to show, other than a Breath of the Wild style reveal of what the coloring book brought to life looks like. Although we don't know much, we can expect the game to be a JRPG of some sorts and for it to release on the PS4. 

Everybody's Golf VR

Sony's foray into golf games is one that has truly stood the tests of time. Formally known as Hot Shots Golf in North America, Everybody's Golf is a 20-year-old series with seven main entries under its belt -- the most recent being the 2017 PS4 title that won best sports game from one of our writers last year. 

The newest entry is a fully immersive VR experience that sees the series shift into first-person. The game allows players to use their PS Move or regular Dualshock 4 controller as a golf club. Everybody's Golf VR is slated for release sometime in 2019.

Déraciné

 

While FromSoftware may be busy slashing away at Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, they still have enough resources to collaborate with Studio Japan to create an exclusive PSVR experience. Announced at E3 2018, Déraciné is a narrative-driven game that mixes an eery old-film aesthetic with a somber, melancholy soundtrack. Players take control of a spirit summoned by a young girl in a boarding school and must build bonds with the students in order to prove its existence. 

The release date trailer shows some new shots of the inside of the boarding school and teases the story a bit through the words of one of the girls. Déraciné will be available on November 6, 2018, for digital download, or exclusively at GameStop for a physical copy.

Project Awakening

 

CyGames is a studio that may not be on your immediate radar. Developers of primarily mobile games like Shadowverse and the upcoming Nintendo published Dragalia Lost, CyGames doesn't have a ton of experience developing for consoles -- other than Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner HD Remake for PS4 and Steam. 

That's not to say that Project Awakening shouldn't be on your radar. The PlayStation Lineup Tour video shows some impressively tight gameplay that looks to rival Monster Hunter. The beast in the trailer doesn't hold back any punches, traversing around the landscape with ease and bashing you into walls like a fly. The combat seems to emulate that of Monster Hunter with a bit of a faster pace.

There isn't much to say about Project Awakening yet, but it is in development for the PS4 and will release in Japan and the U.S.

Gungrave G.O.R.E

 

Gungrave VR hits PS4 quickly next month, but the cult-classic series is getting a core entry to the series next year in Japan as Gungrave G.O.R.E. Not much is shown in the teaser trailer other than our revered gunslinger, but in a previous interview, the developers stated that Gungrave VR is a prequel for G.O.R.E.

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There was so much more to show at the PlayStation Tour Lineup, including new trailers for Left Alive, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and a number of PSVR games like Kill X and Deemo. Expect even more gameplay trailers, updates, and surprises at Tokyo Game Show September 20th through the 23rd.

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Kingdom Hearts Union x[Cross] Gets Kingdom Hearts 3 Minigames https://www.gameskinny.com/z9vp7/kingdom-hearts-union-xcross-gets-kingdom-hearts-3-minigames https://www.gameskinny.com/z9vp7/kingdom-hearts-union-xcross-gets-kingdom-hearts-3-minigames Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:21:25 -0400 Bryant Pereira

The overlapping story of Kingdom Hearts is a pretty confusing one to digest. Up until Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, fans had to prepare for the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3 by playing a plethora of games on several different consoles -- both home and portable. If you're up to date on the series, Square-Enix has one last task for you before diving into the long-awaited title.

Starting today, players can update their Kingdom Heats Union χ[Cross] mobile game to play 'Classic Kingdom' minigames. These are based on classic Disney short films and will be playable in Kingdom Hearts 3 when it releases January 29, 2019, for PS4 and Xbox One.

If players can meet certain requirements in the minigames, they'll receive a code for the Starlight Keyblade that can be used in Kingdom Hearts 3. The codes will be distributed in-app and give fans the option to pick which console they'd like to redeem it on. The stats and additional details on the Starlight Keyblad have not been provided yet.

Kingdom Heats Union χ[Cross] is available on the App Store and the Google Play Store. The game is a prequel to the series as a whole and puts players in charge of a customized avatar fighting through Disney worlds found in the series.

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The Tea: This Kingdom Hearts Project Turns a Let's Play Into Art https://www.gameskinny.com/0wkts/the-tea-this-kingdom-hearts-project-turns-a-lets-play-into-art https://www.gameskinny.com/0wkts/the-tea-this-kingdom-hearts-project-turns-a-lets-play-into-art Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:09:30 -0400 Jackson Ingram

Remember when Kingdom Hearts was just “Disney meets Final Fantasy”? Who knew that would be as simple (and clean) as it’d get. Spanning nine titles and nearly as many platforms, KH has built a franchise the way I might build a cake: foregoing the advice of actual bakers to add layer after layer until I have a deliciously unstable cake-tower, loosely held together by candy-sweet frosting and regret.

Call it complexity or convolution, but we’re like seven “side games” from calling KH coherent. It’s a growing pain Square-Enix has been scrambling to alleviate with PS4 remasters of the entire series, all in the hopes that new fans can theoretically get up to speed before the long-long-long-awaited release of Kingdom Hearts III next year.

But let’s be real: who has time to replay all those games? Better question: who actually wants to keep playing Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]? Yes, there are now official recap videos, but this story’s been brewin’ for 15 years. How can a cutscene compilation do it any justice?

Enter Marco, better known as Everglow, who’s made a bit of a name for himself among KH diehards for his playthroughs, Union χ[Cross] story translations, and, of course, the 30-min extended KH tracks that have quickly taken over my music playlists. À la Jiminy Cricket, Everglow’s been a steady KH chronicler since 2012, but this past April, he launched his most ambitious project to date: retelling the entirety of the Kingdom Hearts saga. In video. Chronologically.

At first glance, Everglow’s Kingdom Hearts Timeline (KHT) might sound deceptively simple, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another playthrough. KHT lines the very scattered pieces up in the exact order they occur. So like, Aqua is chugging through the Realm of Darkness while Sora is making his first (of so, so many) trips through Agrabah. Untangling 15 years of interwoven plot threads would be a huge undertaking on its own, but KHT takes it several Sora-shoe-sized steps further by setting out to retell the KH saga as effectively (and affectingly) as possible.

Top and above: Most episodes pull from several titles to realign the story chronologically.

We’ve seen cutscene compilations before, of course, but even Nomura-certified ones, like the Days and Coded “movies”, fall flat because video games, by virtue of their medium, tell the bulk of their stories through first-hand experience. With this in mind, Everglow creates each episode with a balanced mix of cutscenes and gameplay, carefully curating a unique rhythm that gives viewers a full experience without getting bogged down with wave after wave of button-mashing.

It’s Everglow’s unique blend that sets KHT apart, and, in my opinion, the franchise should look to this style and pace of storytelling as we take our first uncharted steps into whatever the hell they have cooked up after the Xehanort Saga.

[Re]Birth by Sleep

The Timeline begins, of course, by taming the international cash cow that is Kingdom Hearts χ (including its browser title, the mobile game before and after its rebranding, and the almost nonsensical CGI movie) into a story that not only makes sense, but means something. As impressive a feat as that is, however, it’s when we hit Birth by Sleep that the Timeline really begins to shine.

To be quite honest, I’ve never been a huge BBS fan. It’s whole ~thing~ back in 2010 was having three player-characters, which is conceptually dope as hell. The less dope part was that the tri-pronged approach made you play through the same events through three different perspectives, in three separate playthroughs. And let me tell you, Disney Town’s happy-go-lucky minigames weren’t any more charming the third time around than they were the first.

The pacing goes to hell almost immediately, and the characterization goes with it. We spend about 15 hours with each of the main protagonists -- Terra, Aqua, and Ven -- and get told over and over what a special friendship they have, but we never see it for ourselves because the gameplay demands that they stay isolated until the game's climax (which KH2’s secret movie spoils almost in full).

That makes it really hard to care about them as a fractured friend group, instead of just seeing a handful of whiny young adults who could use some communication counseling. Stop telling me about your problems! Talk to each other! Geez!

Everglow braids these three separate threads into a much stronger, united story. Instead of running the level gauntlet one keybearer at a time, we stick around in each world for complete, cohesive, well-paced arcs (typically starting with Terra accidentally screwing something up, Ven wandering around like a dope, and Aqua trailing after them, picking up the pieces).

The dissonant highs and lows of their friendship begin to harmonize.

More Than a Let’s Play

The way I see it, there are two types of people: those who ask, “Why would anyone want to watch a video game?” and those who backlog their Watch Later playlist with Let’s Plays. Like it or not, video games have carved out a cultural moment in which Mario Tennis is as much a spectator sport as its real-life counterpart. It’s a thing.

And while I’m truly allergic to obnoxious YouTuber culture, I often power through the bad jokes and running commentary because there are some games that I want to experience even when my bank account won’t let me. It’s kind of like having to go over to an annoying friend’s house to play something, and they almost ruin it by never shutting up.

With the Timeline, it’s all the joys of Kingdom Hearts with none of the usual Let’s Play detractions. In fact, I’d almost rather watch Everglow’s videos than play the games myself. His gameplay is so masterful and so artistic that it quickly becomes an integral part of the storytelling.

Birth by Sleep has one of the most robust ability systems in the franchise, filling out each character’s deck with individualized skillsets with which Everglow makes every fight dynamic. Some of the larger beats of each boss battle I’m sure he planned out in advance, but because this is a video game, he also has to choreograph as he goes, tweaking and improvising so that the finishers goes off like clockwork, leaving the most lasting impact every step of the way.

Like a painter in front of three distinct color palettes, Everglow uses Terra, Aqua, and Ven's moves to engineer cinematic moments on the fly, all while incorporating stylized touches to evoke their distinct personalities. Watching him, it’s almost like seeing an actor embody a character onstage.

Ever-patient Aqua takes her time in battle, often letting her opponent strike first and, in the climax of the story, shows serious restraint in some of the fights against her own friends. Meanwhile, Terra rushes in, fitting for his impulsive nature. And the way Ventus breezes around the arena, the fights are as much a carefree game to him as they are to the player.

It’s these tiny, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it details that elevate the gameplay to an art form I’ve never seen in Let’s Plays before.

Check out the 16:00 mark for an excellent example of how Everglow blends gameplay and storytelling.

Perhaps the best example of this project’s thoughtful innovation is its use of Trinity Limits. While the Trinity Limit has been a staple Kingdom Hearts attack, Birth by Sleep uses it specifically to evoke the bond between Terra, Ven, and Aqua. When Everglow deploys his Limits at key moments, he ups the emotional stakes by editing in character voiceover that best illustrates the complex dynamics between the three.

Let me tell ya, the "dynamic" in question is not always unconditional love, which makes it all the more interesting. I honestly thought I’d get bored of them toward the end, when there was at least one Trinity Limit per episode, but because of the nuance behind the chosen dialogue and the Limit’s use as a finisher to critical boss fights, Everglow makes each of them feel just as fresh and impactful as the first.

The cutscene edits and in-game characterization truly work wonders together, fittingly coming to a head at the climax of the game in “Episode 30: Destiny is Never Left to Chance,” whose montage (recapping the Wayfinder Trio’s friendship amidst its collapse) actually left me breathless.

Fandom Freak-Out

This week’s entire column is technically the the Fandom Freak-Out, but it’d be wrong of me to (rightfully) laud the Timeline as the greatest multimedia contribution to the Kingdom Hearts fandom without giving mad kudos to some of the brilliant contributors to the "A" side of this AV masterpiece.

Beginning around Radiant Garden in the Birth by Sleep leg of the Timeline, Everglow begins incorporating several of Project Destati’s acclaimed orchestrations at key moments. My favorite so far has to be the inclusion of Riku’s theme from their first full-length album Light at the part of Birth by Sleep in which he inherits the keyblade from Terra.

Project Destati made waves this past March with the long-awaited release of their second album, Darkness, and have already hinted (through their surprisingly robust social media presence) at a third in the works (because the best things in KH come in threes).

Project Destati describes themselves as “a celebration of the rich musical score of the Kingdom Hearts games.” Outside the context the cutscenes and boss battles, the music tells a story itself, constructing impressive and moving arcs that flow across their discography. In this sense, Project Destati pairs perfectly with Everglow’s project, both succeeding telling a tale (as old as time) in a completely new way.

I can only imagine what the Timeline will do with Darkness’s 10-minute "Xion" track once we hit Days. I’ll keep tissues on-hand for that one.

The Final Swallow

I can't say it enough: Everglow’s Kingdom Hearts Timeline is a gift. If you’re a newbie trying to machete your way through the lore before KH3 or an old fan looking to experience the story in a fresh light, this project is for you.

Right now, Everglow’s still working his way through KH1 (which plays out interspersed with Aqua’s journey in 0.2), and the parallels are bananas good. Don't believe me? Check out what he did with Neverland. If you start now (and watch pretty much non-stop for three days), you should catch up right before KH's climax, which promises to be a hell of a show.

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That's all for this week, folks. In the comments below, tell me about your Let's Play experiences. What are your favorites? Why do you watch them? Let's get talkin'.

The Tea (never timely, always hot) is a weekly column steeped in gaming culture and the fandom experience. Tune in Thursdays for another cup of content!

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Playstation E3 2018 Showcase Recap: The Last Of Us 2, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Death Stranding, and More! https://www.gameskinny.com/yj17h/playstation-e3-2018-showcase-recap-the-last-of-us-2-resident-evil-2-remake-death-stranding-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/yj17h/playstation-e3-2018-showcase-recap-the-last-of-us-2-resident-evil-2-remake-death-stranding-and-more Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:54:46 -0400 Ty Arthur

Kicking off the Monday evening's E3 festivities, Sony was running up against stiff competition from the bombshell Bethesda E3 press conference and the debut of the Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer this past weekend at the Microsoft showcase.

With new games we didn't know about, as well as killer looks at The Last Of Us 2, Death Stranding, and more, Sony was more than up to the task of standing against their competitors.

All in all, it was a nice little showcase, even if it was marred by some odd jokes and musical segments that seemed to have the audience scratching their heads.

Here's everything you need to know if you missed the PlayStation E3 live stream!

The Last of Us Part 2

Easily the most-anticipated offering from Sony, the E3 trailer onslaught kicked off with a cut scene finally featuring our first good look at the world -- and a badass Ellie.

Giving the audience absolutely whiplash, the trailer went from Ellie kissing a new character named Dina to stabbing a dude in the throat and showing off some insane stealth game play.

There's some serious brutality this time around, featuring disembowelment, throat slitting, and much more. The environments also seem to be more heavily used and integrated into the game more seamlessly than in the first entry of this award-winning series.

Resident Evil 2 Remake

While we didn't see anything from that Final Fantasy 7 remake (which reportedly is descending into development hell), we did get a nice long look at the updated rendition of Resident Evil 2.

Featuring the over-the-shoulder look from RE4, it seems like we're getting an updated story as well when the game lands January 25, 2019.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops III

Yep, you read that correctly -- the conference did, in fact, cover the previous Black Ops entry instead of the new one. An odd choice, but there's good reason for PS+ players.

Remastered renditions of popular maps from earlier in the franchise will be available for Black Ops III if you pre-order the upcoming battle royale entry Black Ops 4. And if you don't have the previous game? Black Ops III is now a Playstation+ surprise free entry tonight!

Trover Saves The Universe

We didn't see much of this bizarro platformer, instead getting some rambling from two characters who are very much in the vein of Rick And Morty (which shouldn't be surprising, as this is from Squanch Games). We'll have to wait and see what's in store with the cartoon insanity ahead.

Kingdom Hearts III

Yep, after the first look from Microsoft (and the second same look from Square), we got another glimpse at Jack Sparrow joining Goofy and Sora for pirate adventures in this long, long-overdue sequel.

The number of universes colliding here has absolutely exploded from the older titles. Final Fantasy, Toy Story, Frozen, and more all showing up this time!

A special edition PS4 will launch alongside the game on January 29 and include all the games in the series, including Kingdom Hearts III

Control

This was a completely unexpected entry that we didn't have much info about prior to E3. The game appears to be about a woman with telekinetic powers in what is clearly going to be a mind-bending story that gave off a Quantum Break vibe. 

Deracine

We knew there would be something VR related at E3 2018 when the Playroom VR dudes made an appearance during the conference's intro, but we did not expect it to go this direction! 

This is set to be an artistic, atmospheric experience totally different than what you'd expect from From Software. Presumably there won't be nearly as much obnoxious, brutal death this time around.

All we really saw was paintings of wildlife, a house, and some sort of magic flower, so its totally up in the air as to what's going on here.

Destiny 2

Although there wasn't any gameplay, we did get a cut scene trailer for Destiny 2's upcoming Forsaken DLC, which comes September 4 and will include the new Gambit mode. This PvPvE mode will feature both cooperative and competitive elements, so get ready to jump back into the game!

Ghost of Tsushima 

E3 was our first game play glimpse at this open world entry set in feudal Japan. There's a lot of clear influences from different games here that look like they will add up to something unique.

The stealth aspects and an enemy in a stronghold calling for reinforcements gave off a Far Cry/Horizon Zero Dawn flavor, although the action-oriented combat seems brutal and brings to mind Nioh.

Speaking of, Nioh 2 was also officially confirmed, although we saw nothing of the gameplay and just got a little cut scene of a character turning into an oni.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

This slick super hero entry is looking very strongly like an upgraded version of previous game Shattered Dimensions, with a return of the fan-requested web swinging.

The story seems to revolve around a prison break featuring Electro, Rhino, Vulture, Negative Man, and Scorpion, and will showcase strong open world elements with sandbox combat improvisation.

Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima's messy split with Konami, resulting in the announcement of this Norman Reedus-driven bizarro horror game way back in 2016, has been one of the biggest mysteries of the gaming universe.

Don't expect any answers, as there are now only more questions, with the trailer featuring a baby in the birth canal. That's just the beginning of the "delivery" motifs, as gameplay showcased two different characters carting around increasingly huge loads on their backpacks across the game world.

Other than some invisible thing that apparently walks on its hands as an enemy, and dying apparently being part of the gameplay, we probably came away from this trailer more confused than before.

There's no release date yet, but we do know now that Mads Mikkelson from Hannibal will also be a character.

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That's all the biggest announcements and reveals from the Playstation E3 2018 showcase! What was your favorite trailer, and what game are you most looking forward to playing?

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Square Enix E3 Showcase Roundup: Kingdom Hearts 3, Tomb Raider, and More! https://www.gameskinny.com/h049d/square-enix-e3-showcase-roundup-kingdom-hearts-3-tomb-raider-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/h049d/square-enix-e3-showcase-roundup-kingdom-hearts-3-tomb-raider-and-more Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:53:29 -0400 Ashley Shankle

This year's showcase from Square Enix may not have been long, but it did pack a punch. Fans of their long-running series like Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Tomb Raider have plenty to look forward to based on what was shown during their showcase during E3 2018 -- but there's definitely something for everyone among the lineup.

Without further ado, let's get to what was shown during this year's Square Enix showcase.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay reveal

Shadow of the Tomb Raider got a brand new trailer yesterday during Microsoft's showcase, but it seems Square Enix wanted the real hype-inducing meat to be during their own presentation. It's some juicy meat.

 

The gameplay demo featured above shows some great gameplay footage, especially focusing on stealth combat. The developers claim Shadow of the Tomb Raider will have wall-running, grappling, underwater swimming and survival, and will feature the largest world of the series yet. Laura Croft has really come a long way from the PlayStation, that's for sure.

Final Fantasy XIV Under the Moonlight 4.3 trailer

All I wanted from FFXIV at this point was some Final Fantasy XII-related content and it looks like we're finally getting it. The trailer for patch 4.3 is sure to send FFXII fans up the wall.

 

The trailer features familiar music, outfits, themes, and even the Bangaa race from the Ivalice Final Fantasy games. These certainly aren't the only things Final Fantasy XIV fans have to get excited about in the above trailer, though. There's a lot going on, and it all looks great.

Final Fantasy XIV x Monster Hunter World collaboration trailer

This was my personal hype machine.

 

Not much to say, not much to see! But nothing in the world can get you as excited to play a game like the Monster Hunter theme. This seems to be a collaboration that will take place in FFXIV, and will be coming sometime this summer. HYPE!

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit trailer

We got a second look at Life Is Strange developer Dontnot Entertainment's new spin-off for the series called The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, which they promise will have an impact on the upcoming Life Is Strange 2.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age trailer

Fans of the classic Enix RPG series will be happy to find that Dragon Quest XI now has an official North American release date: September 4, 2018.

 

As with previous entries released overseas, Dragon Quest XI will feature voice acting not present in the original Japanese release. We may be getting it over a year after it released in Japan, but late is better than never in the case of this classic turn-based series.

Babylon's Fall trailer

A Japanese publisher needs to have at least one Platinum game in their lineup, right? Right, that's what I assume. Even if it's not really the case.

Enter Square Enix's newest game from developer Platinum Games, Babylon's Fall.

 

The above trailer doesn't show much, but it does show some of that signature over-the-top Platinum style. Hopefully we will hear more about this game during or soon after E3.

Octopath Traveler trailer

Octopath Traveler is looking like the first completely original classic-style JRPG on the Switch and, for all intends and purposes, it looks fantastic for what it is.

 

This is one game we've known about for some time but we're mere weeks away from its release. Octopath Traveler looks very much like a SaGa game, with cues from Romancing SaGa and even SaGa Frontier. How will it actually play, though? Hopefully it'll play like it looks.

Just Cause 4 trailer

In case you needed some true chaos in your Square Enix presentation, Just Cause 4's trailer is here to give you just that. The off-the-rails open world series returns with a bigger and more varied world than ever.

 

The new weather system looks to be the biggest introduction in this release, with full-size tornadoes, massive thunderstorms, and more. And let's not even get into the vehicles and open world. Just watch the trailer!

The Quiet Man trailer

There's not much said in the below trailer and it goes lengths to blur the lines between live-action footage and in-game footage, but it does look interesting. It's an understatement to say there are not many games with deaf protagonists.

 

Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer

It's been how long since we've gotten a mainline Kingdom Hearts game? It's been 12 years since Kingdom Hearts 2 was released on the PlayStation 2. The series has survived in remixes and spin-offs since then and it's gone on strong, but all anyone wanted was a third game.

 

This time around Sora and the game will going into both Disney and Pixar worlds, featuring Hercules, Wreck-It-Ralph, Frozen, Monsters, Inc., Tarzan, and more. Fans will be watching this trailer over and over for sure, just to get a glimpse of what might be.

That's it for what Square Enix had to offer in their showcase during E3 2018. Later today we have more from Sony, Ubisoft, and more as E3 and its nearly endless stream of reveals pushes forward.

Square Enix's showing was strong, but there is surely stronger to come! Did one of these games make your E3? I have to admit, the FFXIV patch and collab have me worked up. Let us know in the comments!

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Kingdom Hearts 3 to Launch in January https://www.gameskinny.com/5pof2/kingdom-hearts-3-to-launch-in-january https://www.gameskinny.com/5pof2/kingdom-hearts-3-to-launch-in-january Sun, 10 Jun 2018 10:49:56 -0400 Erroll Maas

At the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Los Angeles, it was announced that Kingdom Hearts 3 will now launch on January 29, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a delay from the original 2018 launch window.

Game Director Tetsuya Nomura apologized for the slight delay and said to look forward to several trailers during E3 2018.

Square Enix will have their own E3 2018 video presentation on Monday June 11 at 10 AM PST, and Kingdom Hearts 3 will be playable on the E3 show floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 12 through June 14.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 29, 2019.

Kingdom Hearts 3 was first announced to be in development during the E3 2013 Sony Press Conference and has had a number of different trailers throughout the last five years. Although Kingdom Hearts 3 is meant to be the last game in the 'Xehanort Saga', we should expect to see the series continue in the future.

Keep an eye on GameSkinny for more E3 2018 news as it happens.

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Kingdom Hearts 3: Riku's "Other Him?" https://www.gameskinny.com/uaw1b/kingdom-hearts-3-rikus-other-him https://www.gameskinny.com/uaw1b/kingdom-hearts-3-rikus-other-him Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:58:50 -0500 Joe Garcia

The Kingdom Hearts 3 community was recently blown away by the two epic trailers that dropped during the D23 2018 Expo in Japan. The trailer that I will be talking about today is the second trailer, which debuted the new theme song for the game by Hikaru Utada. More specifically, I'll be examining a scene at the end of the trailer with Riku and King Mickey (wearing the awesome outfits given to them by Master Yen Sid).

Here we see the duo in the realm of darkness on the dark shore. Riku's Way to Dawn Keyblade is broken (and we obviously don't know why or how yet). Riku walks up and plants the broken blade into the ground while saying he doesn't need it anymore, so the other "him" can use it.

In Kingdom Hearts 3, Riku's new outfit matches quite well with Mickey's

This brings up a load of questions that the fandom is trying to figure out. I may have done just that, sort of ....

There are three possibilities as to who Riku is talking about. The first and most obvious choice is the Riku Replica from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. The last time we heard from him was back in Castle Oblivion, when Sora had managed to save Namine from Organization XIII. The Riku Replica was freed from being controlled by Vexen (Organization XIII Member) and was allowed to live his own life in the castle. This could be who he is talking about, as this clone used the powers of darkness, and he could have ended up in the realm of darkness.

The next possibility is that somehow Riku has his own Nobody, just like how Sora and Kairi have their own as Roxas and Namine respectively. This is possible because during the events of Kingdom Hearts 1, Riku let the darkness take control of his heart and  lost his body to Ansem. This could be an unorthodox way of making a Nobody, so maybe Riku can sense his Nobody and is leaving his Keyblade to him so they can join them and see the light. 

A puzzled Riku in Kingdom Hearts 3

The next and last option is the personification of Riku's dark half that was revealed in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. This version of Riku is all of the darkness that he had built up and abused during the first game when he was working with Maleficent. With such a strong tie to the realm of darkness, it's very likely that this "version" of Riku could be the one he is mentioning to Mickey.

As with any Kingdom Hearts trailer or news, we are always left with way more questions than answers, so we will just have to wait and see what he means when the game comes out later this year. 

What are your thoughts on this? Who do you think Riku is talking about? Comment below and let's talk it out!

For everything Kingdom Hearts, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailers Unveiled at D23 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/a7q49/kingdom-hearts-3-trailers-unveiled-at-d23-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/a7q49/kingdom-hearts-3-trailers-unveiled-at-d23-2018 Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:28:39 -0500 Joe Garcia

Earlier today at D23 2018 in Japan, the world was blessed with not only one new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer but two of them! One trailer showcases a new world along with new gameplay, new abilities, and two returning characters. The second trailer also showcases new cut-scenes, new gameplay, Riku and King Mickey's new outfits, and the brand-new theme song by the artist Utada Hikaru.

Trailer 1: New World Confirmed

screenshot from new Kingdom Hearts game

In the first trailer, we are greeted by a returning member of Organization XIII, Marluxia. It was speculated and teased that he will return to the series in one of the early trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3, which debuted the world for Tangled and Nobodies themed after him. We see Sora looking even more polished in this trailer, which, based off the reaction videos on YouTube, is a big deal.

As the trailer goes on, we see Sora display new abilities, such as two new Keyblade transformations, Twin Yo-Yos, and Twin Claws. Sora also shows off some new flashy attacks, and we get a glimpse of a new summon -- Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

Ariel will be a new summon in Kingdom Hearts 3

The biggest part of this trailer is not only Sora showing off his new moves and powers, but the confirmation of the Monsters Inc world. The leaks from December 2017 were actually real, and man, does it look amazing! The look of this world is like watching the original movie with Sora and gang added to the mix for fun. Is it just me, or does Sora's "Monster form" look edgy and cool? This first trailer is more of an experience just because it showcases so much and gives dedicated fans of the franchise much-needed glimpses into what's to come story-wise and what we can dish out on the encroaching darkness.

Trailer 2: New Theme Song

As mentioned before, we got two trailers out of D23 today. The second trailer has the new theme song, named "Don't Think Twice." This song is different from the previous songs, as it seems to hit deeper and is a lot more fitting of the theme and heaviness of Kingdom Hearts 3's story. 

another screenshot from KH3

There is a lot more piano in the background, which seems to elevate the song to a more mature height that just makes it work for this game. While we are blessed with the new song, we have some clips from previous trailers playing in the background, along with new scenes mixed in. 

The biggest takeaway from the second trailer aside from the new song is the scene with Riku and King Mickey in their new outfits. Their new outfits seem very similar to Sora's new outfit, and Riku's especially looks more "real world" than what we've seen before. This will make cosplaying Riku extremely easy for those Riku fans out there. 

another screen shot from the upcoming Kingdom Hearts game

There is one more huge piece of news that I have to mention. It has been confirmed that the full release date for Kingdom Hearts 3 will be revealed at E3! So mark your calendars and stay on the look out because they are most likely going to have another new trailer with the release date at the end of it. 

That's all I have for you guys today, and I hope you enjoyed these trailers as much as I did! For more info on all things Kingdom Hearts, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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8 Games We Want to Experience in Augmented Reality (AR) https://www.gameskinny.com/5tthu/8-games-we-want-to-experience-in-augmented-reality-ar https://www.gameskinny.com/5tthu/8-games-we-want-to-experience-in-augmented-reality-ar Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:46:41 -0400 Highties

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As you can tell, AR is still in an experimental state. Despite that, there's a lot of games and genres that would work well in AR that have never been explored before. Hopefully, with time and resources, developers will want to take a serious look into AR so that it will grow from being a niche product we dream about to being a real augmented reality.

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What did you think of this list? Were these titles you had in mind, or did you never think about them as AR games? What games would you like to see get the AR treatment? Leave a comment on what you would like to see in AR.

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Kingdom Hearts
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Square Enix is no stranger to having unique experiences, just look at Kingdom Hearts and its multiple spin-off titles. It has also ventured into the mobile market several times. 

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Being able to walk in the shoes of the series' Keyblade wielders would be an experience unlike any other. In the world of Kingdom Hearts, you battle the heartless and nobodies on countless Disney worlds. In this AR experience, you would visit each location through portals in the real world, on a journey to stop the heartless from taking over.

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With Disney's money and Square's penchant for cutting-edge graphics, it would shine with creative, surreal worlds while showing how massive AR could really be. 

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Splatoon 2
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Nintendo already has one of the most popular AR experiences out there with Pokemon Go, so it would make sense if they took a second venture into AR. They have a wide selection of IPs to pick from, but the one I thought would work pretty well, and is more relevant because of its recent popularity boost on the Nintendo Switch, would be Splatoon 2. This is a franchise that grew despite the weak sales of the Wii U, gathering a fanbase that keeps growing to this date.

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With Splatoon 2 the core goal is to cover the entire map in ink. Now imagine if that were in real life. With this AR experience, you would be able to completely paint the whole floor with ink without actually needing all that ink, and without Bendy haunting your nightmares for weeks. It would also offer a fun competitive multiplayer. This would have a local multiplayer experience that could be played anywhere, making it a massive hit. Because of the variety of weapons and play styles, it could change the way you play depending on the environment in which you start up the match.   

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Bendy and the Ink Machine
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Despite the seemingly natural fit, horror is one genre that is sorely lacking when it comes to AR. Sure there are games like Fatal Frame that had an AR aspect and ARZombies, which offers a Nazi Zombie type mode. But those are more action-focused, without the horror aspect that consumers desire.

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While Bendy and the Ink Machine heavily relies upon environmental horror, the creatures in it would still work outside of the game. In the game, they follow you around without you noticing, which would work well to scare you as you walk around the house at night or out on a stroll. This would offer a haunting experience as you go through the day wondering where Bendy and the rest of the Ink Machine cast are hiding in the most unexpected areas waiting to spook you.

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Angry Birds 
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Angry Birds. Just in case you've been living under a rock for the better part of the last decade, Angry Birds is a mobile physics puzzler where you catapult birds, presumably angry ones, into pigs' hastily (i.e., poorly) built homes. Having grown far past a mere mobile game since its release, being the subject of hundreds of merchandising deals, and even getting its own theatrical release, it has evolved to become something much bigger than intended.

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Much like the XCOM concept, Angry Birds AR would utilize custom maps created from your own surroundings. Imagine creating an Angry Birds map in the park. It'd not only be massive, but it'd also potentially be rife with interesting obstacles. In addition, you could use a smaller area like a kitchen table for a less cluttered environment that would offer an easier time.

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Digimon 
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Digimon is another franchise that kids fell in love with during the early aughts, albeit, not to the same extent as Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh! Nonetheless, it still has a massive fan base that would love to see these critters in the real world.

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Digimon is similar to Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! due to its similar creature battles. However, since Digimon relies more on the stats and training than the player interactions, it should still have a unique feel all its own.

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It could be similar to Pokemon Go, where you go out finding Digimon in the real world and catching them or interacting with them. It would also fit in narratively since the Digimon are digital monsters that can potentially interact with or visit our world. It could also be similar to Yu-Gi-Oh!, where you start off with Digimon and you earn more by buying Digimon online or battling other people.

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XCOM 2
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At first, I thought XCOM 2 couldn't work with AR thanks to its rigid strategic combat. It wasn't until I watched Directive Games' prototype, The Machines AR, that I was convinced of what AR could do.

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XCOM 2 would be able to work as a miniature battlefield that could be taken on any surface becoming a warzone between humans and aliens. This would bring out the tactician inside all of us while providing a fun and creative look at this universe. While this wouldn't be a perfect solution -- I don't think you could merely port XCOM 2 into an AR game -- there would definitely be potential for the series in this space.

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On the more playful end of the spectrum, Tiny Metal could also be a nice alternative thanks to its cartoonish, toy soldier appeal. This would work if you keep the cartoon style the game has and advertise it as a kids' miniature battlefield. Mimicking an experience many have gone through growing up, playing with miniature army men having a massive battle -- but this time, it would be through the power of AR. 

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Yu-Gi-Oh!
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Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! had kids fighting over the best trading card game throughout the early aughts. And while Pokemon is undoubtedly the powerhouse -- in fact, it was perhaps the most successful AR game to ever exist in the form of Pokemon Go -- Yu-Gi-Oh! is no slouch and has proved it has staying power after a decade of prominence in the TCG and animated spin-off scene.

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Interestingly, Yu-Gi-Oh! always seemed to be a more natural fit for AR since it was actually how the game's TV show adaption portrayed its beasts coming to life. Wherein they would have full on battle arenas that two duelists would compete on with a deck of cards rounded out with cards that would come to life thanks to holograms. But is AR really all that different?

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Sadly, Konami has not done anything involving AR. They have brought games to the mobile market, and even boast a popular Yu-Gi-Oh! title in Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links, but they've ignored the possibility of a full-on Yu-Gi-Oh! experience. There is hope that one day this franchise will get an AR title, though. While it might be unofficial, some people have already started working on an AR Yu-Gi-Oh! title, like MicrowaveSam.

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Oftentimes, games are a form of escapism, and as such, I think we have all wanted to "become part of the game" at one point or another, if only to truly see the characters and worlds that we've experienced. Sadly that is not an option yet -- or maybe it is a good thing we can't actually join the war front. Either way, that hasn't stopped the industry from coming up with ways to bring their games to our world thanks to augmented reality. 

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As of now, augmented reality is becoming more popular with uses in education, computer software, and, obviously, video games. While it's currently in its infancy, it definitely has the potential to develop into a serious gaming platform. With an eye to the future, and armed with the knowledge that game publishers love to repackage old games with shiny, new bows, let's look at some existing franchises that would make for good AR games.

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The State of RPGs in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/93cm3/the-state-of-rpgs-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/93cm3/the-state-of-rpgs-in-2017 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:32:38 -0500 Joseph Rowe

2017 saw a slew of new, noteworthy RPGs. Although most were sequels of previously established series, they were long-awaited sequels, and most were well received. Both Western and Japanese developers brought something to the table this year, so put on your RPG bib and get ready to dig in to our State of RPGs in 2017 roundup!

The Biggest RPG Releases of 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Let's start this list off a little funky. Let's tackle the mess that was Mass Effect: Andromeda. The sequel to the mostly well-received Mass Effect trilogy had been anticipated for half a decade. While by no means the worst game of the year, many fans were disappointed with the weird graphics and the less-than-stellar storyline, likely caused by the game changing hands many times throughout its development. It currently sits at a user rating of 4.8 on Metacritic, with GameSkinny's ElConquistadork including it in his 5 Worst Games of 2017, but our own Synzer gave it a 9/10, showing that some fans of the series did end up loving it. They say that true art is controversial. I'm not sure that applies to this situation, but I imagine it's something the devs tell themselves to feel better about the scores it received.

Persona 5

It finally came out! Many Persona fans, including myself, had been anticipating this game for the better half of a decade. Luckily, the wait was worth it because Persona 5 lived up to the hype. With a user score of 9.1 on Metacritic, it's safe to say it was incredibly well received by most players. And with sweet tracks like the one above, can you blame them?

If you've been sitting out on buying any new RPGs this year, I recommend picking this one up! Whether it's the beautiful graphics, the gripping plot involving a talking cat and nearly mummified hikikomori, or its stellar soundtrack, there are no downsides to this masterpiece -- except maybe spending too much time building your social links/confidants up and neglecting your actual friends.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

The spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenerais a story-rich 2.5D isometric RPG in which players take on the role of a reincarnated ancient being (more or less). In the process of controlling this dude, players have to make some pretty tough decisions that will have long-term effects on their gameplay. If you liked the original, GameSkinny's Ty Arthur thinks you'll like the new one, too. It does only have a 7 on Metacritic, indicating mixed reviews, but if you're looking for an in-depth, complex, story-based throwback RPG, you're going to be hard pressed to find a better one available right now -- unless you wanna just keep replaying Planescape and Icewind Dale.

Nioh

This game has been described as a mix between Dark Souls and Onimusha. If that's not enough to grab your interest, I don't know what is. With a user rating of 8.5 for the PS4 version on Metacritic, Nioh was received quite well. Players loved its Souls series difficulty and kind-of-similar mechanics, and they praised the game's creativity that set it apart from other Souls-like games currently on the market. It's also made by Team Ninja, so if you're a Ninja Gaiden fan, you're missing out if you haven't picked this up yet.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In a really big departure from the usual formula of the series, Nintendo went ahead and built a cooking Legend of Zelda game with an amazing open-world game built around it. Breath of the Wild is a breath of fresh air for the series, introducing tons of new gameplay elements, including a durability-based weapon system, crazy interactive environment elements that allow you to set fires, a tasty cooking system, and a degree of freedom that makes every other Zelda game look insanely linear. It currently sits at an 8.4 on Metacritic, with the only real complaints being about the durability system, but nearly everyone agrees that this is one of the best Zelda games in recent memory. 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

2017 brought with it a sequel to 2014's Stick of Truth. This time around, the focus is on superhero movie franchises. According to GameSkinny's own Ashley Gill, the game was a solid entry into the franchise and different enough from its predecessor to set it apart. Sitting at a 7.6 for the PS4 version on Metacritic, The Fractured But Whole has been praised for its combat system, its soundtrack, and its faithfulness to the humor and look of the Comedy Central original. Some players, like Ashley, weren't impressed by the crafting system, but most players enjoyed the rest of the game thoroughly regardless of its flaws.

Nier: Automata

One of the most well-received RPGs of the year, Nier: Automata sits at a user score of 8.8 on Metacritic. Practically everything about the game received praise, including its character design, its story, and especially its varied gameplay. The game is a sequel to the original Nier, made by PlatinumGames. Both games are spin-offs of the Drakengard series. Not only is the game itself amazing, but it's got a rich story that is only enhanced by any enjoyment or knowledge you have of the previous game and its sister series. Who doesn't love action RPGs with anime androids?

Hand of Fate 2

In Hand of Fate 2, players take control of a character who must fight through various multi-floored dungeons set up by a a dungeon master-like entity known as the Dealer. It combines roguelike, RPG, and deck-building gameplay to bring a unique spin to the genre. If you're a fan of D&D or other tabletop RPGs, this is definitely worth checking out. It's been generally well received, with a user score of 7.7 on Metacritic. The main criticism that pops up is its combat, but players praise its other gameplay mechanics and the improvements the sequel made over the original.

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon

 In the spirit of other second releases of Pokemon games, Pokemon: Ultra Sun/Moon is basically the same as its originals but with a few extra goodies. It comes with a new Mantine surfing mini-game, a new online battle mode that allows players to rent Pokemon to create a new team, a Fairy-type trial, totem stickers, and more. One of the biggest updates is that the game now actually contains a real gym, whereas the original games got around that with the Island Trials. The coolest new feature added to the game is its post-game: you fight a supergroup of the previous game's evil organization leaders. Their name is Team Rainbow Rocket, which is the sickest name ever, I don't care who you are. If you're a hardcore Pokemon fan, this is worth checking out, but if you're not, you're probably fine just sticking with the 2016 release.

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The Remastered RPG Releases of 2017

Final Fantasy XII: the Zodiac Age

If you weren't a fan of the original Final Fantasy XII, like GameSkinny's Ashley Gill, then you might still want to give this new game a try, as it completely remakes the MMORPG combat system into something more appropriate to the mainline Final Fantasy series. Not only does The Zodiac Age update the combat (which Ashley loved and which I will reserve my judgment on because I am one of three people who actually liked the original FFXII's MMORPG-style combat), but it also gives the game a lovely new set of updated graphics and, especially, sound.  Whether you're a fan of the original game or not, if you're looking for a new Final Fantasy to spend your time with this year, this one might be right for you.

Skyrim VR

Have you ever wanted to Fus Roh Dah a dragon face to face? Well, now thanks to the PS4 VR version of the game, you can. There's not much new to report on this other than some people really love Skyrim VR, and some people really hate it. If you're a fan of VR, though, you'll probably dig this update to the much-beloved fifth installment of the Elder Scrolls series.

.Hack//G.U. Last Recode

Forget about your Sword Art Onlines and your Log Horizons, the OG stuck-in-a-game game is back with a re-release of the original .Hack//G.U. trilogy as well as a new installment: .hack//G.U. Vol. 4//Reconnection. Fans of the original game series or the anime, manga, and light novels it's based on will love this (re)release. .Hack//G.U. Last Recode sits at a well-received score of 7.9 on Metacritic, with players praising its improvements/updates to the original, its story, and its addictive gameplay.

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What Was New in the World of Online RPGs of 2017

World of Warcraft: Legion continues

(The cinematic above contains some pretty serious spoilers, so watch at your own discretion.)

While World of WarcraftLegion came out back in 2016, it concluded this year with players finally confronting Sargeras and banishing him to space baby jail, while Illidan watches over him in a surprisingly poetic resolution to our demon hunting buddy's storyline. There's an upcoming patch that will tide players over until Battle for Azeroth releases, but for now, players will be spending their time raiding Antorus or competing in the current PvP season.

Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

Introducing the Warden as a new class as well as bringing players to the location of the beloved third Elder Scrolls game, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind received mixed scores from players, largely debating about whether the price was worth it. However, many players feel like this gave the game enough fresh content to keep them interested, especially all that new lore. Delicious. It's what finally convinced me to want to give the game a shot.

FFXIV: Stormblood

In a bold move, FFXIV: Stormblood introduces the brand-new classes Samurai and Red Mage. Oh, wait, they're not new to the series? Well, they're new to this game along with a new level cap, new areas to explore, new primals, a new raid, and a few other new features. It was given a 7.1 user score on Metacritic, indicating that it was received neither well nor poorly. Most of the negative reviews came from players who had server issues, but the content itself seems to have been well received, making this one of the better MMO expansions to check out this year.

Destiny 2 and Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris

Bungie is a bit weird. They just released Destiny 2 back in September on the PS4 and XBox One, then released it for PC on October 24th. Yet, this month brought with it the game's first expansion: Curse of Osiris. Just like the original, the game is basically an FPS MMORPG that features both PvE and PvP. Unlike the original, it came with a better matchmaking system. It was well received at launch, with most players praising its varied gameplay, its graphics, and its new storylines. However, some players have since soured to the game because of the quick release of its expansion, which involved gating content from the original behind expansion-only gear levels (as well as misleading players in the original about the amount of XP they were earning). The Curse of Osiris' Metacritic score currently sits at a 1.7 for users, but that is likely due to (warranted) salt over the developer's content gating and the XP issue.

Absolver

I wanted to like Absolver much more than I did. I really did. It's like Dark Souls and Jade Empire with a softer aesthetic. It was pretty great to play -- when it worked. However, this PvE-lite, PvP-focused online martial arts RPG was plagued with insane server issues at launch that killed a lot of the potential love I had for it. I gave it a 6, but the user score on Metacritic was a little bit higher at 6.6. It might be worth revisiting now that there's been some time to work out the server issues, but I'd rather just go back to Persona 5.

Citadel: Forged with Fire

This is another game that was plagued with issues in its early-access days when I was writing the review for itCitadel: Forged with Fire was an incredibly promising sandbox. It's like the other games, except you're a wizard and you fly on a broom. That might not sound exciting, but have you ever flown on a broom before? It's pretty dope. The main problems I had with the game were based on its early-access nature leading to numerous instances of game-breaking bugs, like server crashes, enemies who didn't attack, and an incredibly hard-to-navigate server browser. However, other players have reported that those issues have since been fixed for the most part, and the game's more recent reviews on Steam have been mostly positive. Given all that, it might be worth checking out if you want to get your Gandalf on.

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What Does 2018 Have in Store for Us?

Kingdom Hearts III

While likely not coming out in 2018, a writer can hope, can't he? I've largely avoided playing the other games in the series (besides 1 and 2), so I've been waiting for Kingdom Hearts III for longer than I'd like to admit. When will Goofy come home?

All we have for now are trailers to hold us off, but luckily, this year's E3 showed off the combat system a bit more. The game looks just as good as it ever was. I can't wait to beat Pete up. Also, shout out to the accurate James Woods impersonator playing Hades in the Japanese dub.

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

The long-anticipated sequel to the original Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom comes out next year. Hype yourselves up, anime nerds, because this is looking to be a promising sequel. The Ghibli veterans who worked on the original game are reprising their roles for this, so if you got that same feeling from the trailer, you're justified. We might not get a Princess Mononoke 2 anytime soon, but at least we got this.

 

WoW: Battle for Azeroth

The Horde's done it again. We somehow managed to be aggressors again because story. So, after saving our world from utter annihilation and banishing Sargeras to titan jail, we will have another war with WoW: Battle for Azeroth. But at least we get some new allied races coming in, like the Zandalari Trolls and Void Elves. You'll catch me playing a Highmountain Tauren Druid while I explore Zandalar.

Call of Cthulu

Fans of horror RPGs and Lovecraft have a tasty little treat to look forward to next year: Call of Cthulu. Based off of the tabletop RPG of the same name, which is based off of Lovecraft's Mythos, players will be investigating some seriously spooky stuff in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

When most Americans think of Bohemians, they tend to think of beatniks, but Kingdom Come: Deliverance is about to show that the Kingdom of Bohemia is back, sans the Kerouac books. This game is billed as being based on 15th century European history in the Holy Roman Empire. Everything from the clothing to the castles to the soundtrack is meant to be period accurate. If you're looking for a medieval RPG without the fantasy, this game will be worth keeping an eye on.

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2017 has been a pretty generous year for RPG fans. Whether you're a fan of traditional JRPGs or Western MMOs, there's something for pretty much everyone. Persona 5 was hands down my favorite this year. How about you? What was your favorite RPG this year? Are there any games I overlooked? What are you looking forward to most next year? Let me know in the comments!

 

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The 11 Most Anticipated RPGs in 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/ce0bp/the-11-most-anticipated-rpgs-in-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/ce0bp/the-11-most-anticipated-rpgs-in-2018 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:47:06 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Dauntless

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Developer: Phoenix Labs
Platforms: PC
Release date: Q1/Q2 2018

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Dauntless is an action-RPG inspired by the Dark Souls series, Monster Hunter, and World of Warcraft, with classic Diablo-like gameplay in a fantasy setting.

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You will have the chance to take on the role of a hunter whose prey are none other than giant monsters that actually look very similar to dinosaurs. In Dauntless, you can go on an adventure alone, or assemble a group to hunt for monsters together.

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That's it for the most anticipated RPGs of 2018. Hopefully you have found a project or two that have you interested. Stick with GameSkinny for more upcoming game news and information, including our take on the most anticipated MMOs of 2018.

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Which upcoming RPG do you want to play the most? Leave your opinion in the comments section below.

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GreedFall

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Developer: Spiders
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: TBA 2018

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If you like to explore remote, isolated islands populated by indigenous people and supernatural beings who fend off uninvited guests, then GreedFall is your type of game. Alongside other settlers, mercenaries, and treasure hunters, you will experience a living and ever-changing world.

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Your actions, from the simplest decisions to the global ones, will effect changes in the political situation of the island, which in turn will change the course of events and your relations with the various factions that coexist within the game.

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Vampyr

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Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: Q1/Q2 2018

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Vampyr is an action-packed RPG with complex but very intuitive combat mechanics. You will be involved in an investigation during which you have to collect a lot of clues and interview a large number of NPCs on the streets of London.

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Using the vampire's skills along with improvised weapons, you will have to fight not only physical enemies but also your own fears. Anyone you meet in the game can be either a victim of the crime or the criminal. 

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Vampyr is a true gothic horror story about vampires in the real world, where death and crime on the streets reflect inevitable social and political changes after WWI.

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Shenmue III

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Developer: Neilo, Ys Net
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release date: Q3/Q4 2018

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During this year's Gamescom, fans of the Shenmue series were finally able to see the first teaser trailer for Shenmue 3. Originally, the project was set to premiere at E3 2017, but the event was canceled.

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Shenmue 3 will offer players a chance to experience several genres at once. It combines action-adventure and RPG elements with an open-world setting. Also at your service will be arcade machines, mini-games, and many interesting NPCs with their own personal stories for you to discover.

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For those of you who may have never heard of the Shenmue series, an interesting tidbit is that the first game from 2000 introduced QTE (Quick Time Events) mechanics, which are frequently used in many games up to this very day.

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Indivisible

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Developer: Lab Zero Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One
Release date: TBA 2018

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Lab Zero Games is an indie developer that became known for its work on 2D fighting game Skullgirls. Its latest project, Indivisible, is an action-RPG funded entirely with the help of IndieGoGo's crowdfunding campaign last year.

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The main character of the game is a girl named Ajna. She goes on a distant and very difficult journey to learn all about the mysterious powers she possesses. On her way, she will not only meet deadly foes but also loyal allies.

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The developers of Indivisible were mainly inspired by classic games such as Valkyrie Profile and Super Metroid. Also interesting to note is that the music for the game was written by the composer of Secret of Mana, Hiroki Kikuta.

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

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Developer: Bandai Namco (Level-5)
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release date: January 19, 2018

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the the continuation of the much-loved Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch from 2013. In the sequel you will meet the main character of the game -- Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum -- as well as his friends and allies, who find themselves tasked with saving their kingdom from the dark forces.

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Just like the first game, Revenant Kingdom is set in an open-world environment full of lush and colorful locations. If you enjoyed playing the first game, you will definitely have a blast playing this one, too.

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Monster Hunter: World

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Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: January 26, 2018

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Unlike the previous games in this popular series,  Monster Hunter: World is set in an open-world environment.

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The game will support a cooperative mode with up to four players who can jointly overcome even the biggest and strongest enemies. It is already known that players from Japan and Western countries will be able to play freely with one other.

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The playable demo will be available on consoles in December 2017, so keep your eyes open for further announcements.

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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

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Developer: TaleWorlds Entertainment
Platforms: PC
Release date: TBA 2018

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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is a medieval action-RPG developed by TaleWorlds Entertainment, which has been responsible for the Mount & Blade series from its very inception.

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The game takes place 200 years before Mount & Blade: Warband, during the period of the fall of the Empire and the formation of independent kingdoms.

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The armor, weapons and architecture in Bannerlord will correspond to the period between the seventh and thirteenth centuries.

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Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

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Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Platforms: PC
Release date: TBA 2018

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The narrative of Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire will continue the plot of the original game, which was released in 2015. Players will be able to use the save files from the original game and continue the story where they last finished it. This means that the events of the first game will directly affect the course of Deadfire.

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The developers also promise the possibility to travel not only on land but also on the sea, where players will encounter new cultures and environments. Lastly, NPCs in Deadfire will behave in a more dynamic way, which will result in a series of much more interesting side quests.

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Kingdom Hearts III

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Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Release date: TBA 2018

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As usual, Team Disney and Team Final Fantasy, including new characters from Toy Story, comprise the theme of the 12th installment of this beloved RPG franchise that first emerged way back in 2002. There have been many ups and downs on the way for the Kingdom Hearts series, but after years of development complications, Kingdom Hearts III will finally come out in 2018.

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The game runs on Unreal Engine 4, allowing all the characters from Disney movies to look as cinematic as possible, which is also the main reason why the game was delayed for so long.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

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Developer: Warhorse Studios
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: February 13, 2018

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The development of one of the most anticipated non-fantasy RPGs of 2018 is an adventure of its own. It started back in 2012, after the former developers of the Mafia franchise licensed the CryEngine for their new unknown project.

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After two uncertain years, the Kickstarter campaign was able to help Warhorse Studios finance the rest of the development. In 2016, the Kingdom Come: Deliverance team showed the results of four years of development, which was an almost finished version of the game.

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Finally, in just a few months, you will get the chance to experience one of the most realistic single-player RPGs in history, complete with period-accurate armor, combat, and a 15th-century setting.

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2017 was a fantastic year for the RPG genre. Games like Divinity: Original Sin 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and many others show that the genre still stands firm in the face of many big-budget AAA titles that dominate the gaming market these days.

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2018 will also introduce a huge variety of sub-genres, settings, characters, and combat mechanics in a number of completely original RPG projects and sequels to long-running franchises.

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Many upcoming games still don't have exact release dates, but teaser trailers are already available, so you will have the chance to see what these most anticipated RPG games of 2018 have to offer.

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Toy Story World and Release Window for Kingdom Hearts 3 Announced at D23 https://www.gameskinny.com/ftiuj/toy-story-world-and-release-window-for-kingdom-hearts-3-announced-at-d23 https://www.gameskinny.com/ftiuj/toy-story-world-and-release-window-for-kingdom-hearts-3-announced-at-d23 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:33:30 -0400 daisy_blonde

During Disney's D23 Expo Video Games Showcase this weekend, the company revealed that Toy Story would be the newest world to come to Kingdom Hearts 3

To introduce this new world, Tetsuya Nomura took the stage and began talking about fans' positive reactions at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra world tour. This was followed by a trailer which opened with Sora jumping off some clouds and what looked to be the Olympus Coliseum and Twilight Town. A quote was transposed on the screen in blue text, which read:

"Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it...and dive in."

This lead into a reveal of the new world -- where Sora, Donald, and Goofy appeared as miniature toys underneath Andy's bed. They are faced with miniature toy enemies, and then bump into Woody, Buzz, Rex, Hamm, the Pizza Planet Aliens, and the toy green soldiers.

These toys explain that Andy and his family had disappeared not long after the Heartless showed up -- and they were with a guy in a black hood. Sora suspects that this may be Organization XIII at work. And with the toys' help, he sets out to Galaxy Toys to investigate further. 

The trailer showcased gameplay outside Andy's house, where Sora uses a Drill attack and a Draw Punch attack using a powerup. Then we see gameplay inside the Galaxy Toys store, where Sora cimbed into a robot and used laser cannons to deal with the enemies surrounding him -- reminiscent of the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast ride at Disney parks.

The release year was then revealed as 2018 -- but there is no definitive date yet.

After the trailer, Nomura was joined on stage by Jason Katz and Tasha Sounart from Pixar. Jason has worked at Pixar for the past 23 years and was the Story Supervisor for Toy Story 3. He confirmed that the Kingdom Hearts story relating to the Toy Story franchise is brand new. Tasha Sounart, who is an Associate Creative Director at Pixar and animated for Toy Story 2, confirmed that she had helped to design the toy versions of Sora, Donald and Goofy, and the Keyblade for the Toy Story world.

Nomura added that players of iPhone and Android game Kingdom Hearts: Union Cross will be able to get a special Toy Story medal in-game.

You can watch the trailer above if you haven't seen it for yourself. And if you want to watch the whole D23 conference to see the interviews with Nomura and Pixar, check out the official D23 YouTube channel.

Stay tuned for more Kingdom Hearts 3 news as we get closer to release!

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Square Enix Releases New Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/bfn1m/square-enix-releases-new-kingdom-hearts-3-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/bfn1m/square-enix-releases-new-kingdom-hearts-3-trailer Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:29:09 -0400 Erroll Maas

A new trailer has been released for the long awaited upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3 at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour concert in Los Angeles.

The trailer shows off more gameplay in Olympus Coliseum -- the returning world from the Disney animated film, Hercules -- and some intriguing interactions between the heroes and villains of the series.

The end of the trailer claims that another trailer and a brand new world will be revealed at the D23 Expo -- a bi-annual Disney fan event -- on July 15.

The game has also been reconfirmed for release on Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

Over the past several weeks, some fans of the series have been concerned over the news that fans should expect Kingdom Hearts 3 -- as well as the Final Fantasy 7 Remake -- to be released in "the next three years or so." This new trailer, as well as the upcoming KH3 trailer, may point to the fact that Kingdom Hearts 3 is actually coming sooner than previously thought.

Kingdom Hearts 3 still has no firm release date for the time being, but now fans can expect to see even more game footage and news in the near future.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Kingdom Hearts 3 as it develops.

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