Showing posts with label JRPG. Show all posts
Showing posts with label JRPG. Show all posts

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Kingdom Hearts 3 Director Skeptical on Future Worldwide Releases

Following an early leak of Kingdom Hearts 3, game director Tetsuya Nomura is hesitant on future worldwide releases.

Fans are eagerly waiting for the release of upcoming Kingdom Hearts III on January 29, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from massively popular action role-playing game series Kingdom Hearts by developer/publisher Square Enix with only a few days left.

As the whole world jumping in excitement for one of the most anticipated games of 2019 to launch shortly, game director Tetsuya Nomura is currently rethinking worldwide releases for his upcoming projects in future because of an early leak of KH3.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Director Skeptical on Future Worldwide Releases

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Back in December 2018, four physical copies of KH III game got leaked online months before its launch and even though Nomura pre-conceived a contingency plan for a situation like this to prevent spoilers, it was a great disappointment for the director.

The last mainline entry into the franchise was Kingdom Hearts II, which came out on 2005 for PlayStation 2 and the studio had the fans wait for another fourteen years for a true sequel featuring Sora and friends, which is a really long time to wait for.

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If you think that was a long period of waiting then you may as well expect it be prolonged even more inn future for projects that Tetsuya Nomura will be working on, because his frustration as Kingdom Hearts series creator and director of KH3 about the situation is pretty obvious.

One of his solutions to avoid such leak ahead of time is to release the game in other regions first before eventually releasing them around the globe on a later date other than simultaneous worldwide release for the retail version at the very least.

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When it comes to game development, Nomura is quite adamant on his control over the process and he even gave Disney a condition to let him include Toy Story during initial planning phase, otherwise not willing to make KH III at all.

Luckily for him, things worked nicely for him for the project but fans now fear that the highly anticipated, upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake for PlayStation 4 may not see a concurrent worldwide release or at least not for the physical version.

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Once Kingdom Hearts III is released within the next few days, Nomura would be shifting his entire focus on FFVII project but would still be attached to KH3 and he has good reasons to do that if rumors of a Nintendo Switch port of the game being in works are correct.

Now, it would be hugely upsetting for fans of the Final Fantasy role-playing game series if they are being limited to enjoy his work digitally for a certain time but we don't see anything at this moment that could make him change his mind.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Dragon Quest 11 Coming to Nintendo Switch

One of the best turn-based JRPG title from Square Enix, Dragon Quest 11 will be coming to Nintendo Switch on 2019.

The latest release from the long-running turn-based Japanese role-playing game series Dragon Quest by developer/publisher Square Enix was Dragon Quest XI, which came out in Japan for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 on July 2017.

September 2018 saw the worldwide release of the game on PC and PS4, garnering mostly positive feedback from critics and fans alike for design and gameplay. Recently at the Jump Festa event this weekend, a Nintendo Switch is announced for 2019.

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Dragon Quest 11 Coming to Nintendo Switch

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Titled Dragon Quest XI S, the game is coming next year on Japan and we have the first teaser trailer for it below.




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In its original release for Japan, the title didn't include any voiced characters but when it was brought over to a broader audience, they added English-language voice over alongside a bunch of new gameplay mechanics.

Also, the Switch version will add some aspects that will alter the ending of the game because players will now be allowed to choose their bride and it is not locked to a single marriage choice. Players can also decide to live with two male characters Erik or Hendrik if they want.

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More details on Dragon Quest XI S will be revealed later on a Square Enix live-stream in January, when they will also share the official release date for the title. We are currently guessing for a possible release window for April 2019 but nothing is set in the stones yet.

It is still unclear that when there will be a North American release of the game since they haven't given much details of the Japanese release but given that the original game took nearly fourteen months to see a worldwide release, it is not coming for the rest of the world anytime soon.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Kingdom Hearts 3 Leaked Before Launch

Only a month before the release, copies of Kingdom Hearts 3 Xbox One version got leaked and fans are worried about spoilers!

Even though upcoming Kingdom Hearts III from action role-playing game series Kingdom Hearts by developer/publisher Square Enix is a month away from global launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, copies of the game has been leaked.

Courtesy of that breach, screenshots and videos of the title are now being leaked into social media after it surfaced on a now-deleted Facebook Marketplace listing. Several YouTubers took it upon them to warn the others of potential spoilers.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Leaked Before Launch

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The Kingdom Hearts SubReddit has also taken a rapid action by announcing post removal and bans for anyone who would try to post spoilers or even contribute in spreading those somehow.



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Apparently, someone got copies of Xbox One version of the crossover RPG and it was collected from somewhere within disc-printing or distribution flow. As proof, the person shared a video of booting up screen of the game and the main menu.

Many people on social platforms have claimed to know the seller who has a history with illegitimate sales and somehow has gotten 30 copies of the game using a channel to the manufacturing and printing stream in North Carolina.

RELATED: Kingdom Hearts 3 Tangled Trailer

Game director Tetsuya Nomura of KH3 has taken Twitter to address the fans not to share any spoilers through images and videos after acknowledging the leak.



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He also promise to reveal the epilogue for KH3 and a secret movie at a later date, after the release for bearing the biggest spoilers and it was all planned, so that no one could spoil it and end the experience for other players.

However, the person who got the copies had no intent of spoiling the game and the videos were a proof of the game's authenticity for interested buyers. Kingdom Hearts III is scheduled to launch on January 29, 2019 on PS4 and Xbox One.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts 3 PS4 Pro Bundle Revealed

A brand-new PlayStation 4 Pro Bundle is coming for Square Enix's upcoming anticipated game Kingdom Hearts 3.

We are only a month away to reunite with Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy for a magical journey into the world of Disney and Pixar in upcoming action role-playing game Kingdom Hearts III by Square Enix for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

To celebrate the launch of the game on January 29, 2019, a limited edition Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 Pro bundle is announced, which will be available in U.S. and Canada. Your spectacular journey is about to become more exciting.

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Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts 3 PS4 Pro Bundle Revealed

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This bundle comes with a fully customized 1TB PS4 Pro system that is fully stylized in iconic Kingdom Hearts elements and a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller. Also, you are getting a copy of the game on Blu-ray disc and some PS4 exclusive digital content.

Already owning a 4K TV or an HD TV will benefit the players to enjoy the epic journey of Sora and friends in an enhanced resolution as they venture through Disney-Pixar worlds. The Supersampling Mode of PS4 Pro gives you that edge over any standard PS4 console.

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For U.S. regions, this limited edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro bundle will only be available at Gamestop and will be exclusively available at EB Games for Canada. Priced $399.99 only, the console is already available for pre-order.

If you haven't experience the advanced features of a PS4 Pro yet and happen to be a fan of Kingdom Hearts series, then you don't need too many reasons to give this bundle a try and fight the darkness when the title finally arrives next year.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Kingdom Hearts 3 Tangled Trailer

Kingdom Hearts 3 sets Sora, Donald and Goofy to Kingdom of Corona from Tangled to meet with Flynn and Rapunzel.

With Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far seeing a successful run on PlayStation 4, players are preparing themselves and building hype for the upcoming action role-playing game Kingdom Hearts III, which is scheduled to be released on January 25, 2019.

Developer/publisher Square Enix is bringing back Sora and his gang consisting Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey and Riku for the twelfth installment of the series on PS4 and Xbox One. In the sideline, they are launching some exciting trailers related to the plot.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Tangled Trailer

RELATED: Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far Announced for PS4

The newest trailer of Kingdom Hearts III explores the Kingdom of Corona from Disney animated movie Tangled from 2010.




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Sora ended up on Corona with his friends only to come across Rapunzel, who just came out of the tower to see the outside world as Flynn Rider was climbing on it. The golden haired girl is then quickly confronted by plant-like creatures that Mother Gothel probably left behind to keep an eye on her.

Sweet talking thief Flynn points out that he can get her to the Kingdom but to him, Sora and his friends seem to be more accustomed for combat. So, they jump in to help and together they defeated all creatures. The trailer ends with Rapunzel saying "Best day ever!", just like she does at one point in the movie.

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Another fun-filled Kingdom Hearts III trailer has just teased players with more exciting stories and it just keeps getting better each time. After crossing over with Big Hero 6, Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean, bringing Tangled into the mix really set the bar on top.

The last mainline game from the series came out more than a decade ago and so many movies have come out in the mean time. Now that Disney has acquired Pixar, other popular franchise like Monsters, Inc and Toy Story came to play as well.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far Announced for PS4

A collection of 9-game from the long-running Kingdom Hearts franchise is coming to PS4 later this month.

Upcoming crossover action role-playing game Kingdom Hearts III from developer/publisher Square Enix is set for a release window of January 2019, aiming for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you are new to the series, chances are that you have a lot to catch up as this is the twelfth installment of the series.

However, Square Enix has made it easy to help you get hold of the complex timeline by announcing a collection of games into one titled Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far for PS4, coming on October 30, 2018.

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Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far for PS4

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Since the first game of the series was released in 2002, it has been difficult for fans to keep up with the story premise of Kingdom Hearts. The Story So Far collects every important piece together for the price of $39.99 and doesn't require anything else. Let's take a look at the games added to the compilation.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
  • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)

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Although these are an assortment of old games you've played before, updates and minor changes are added along with HD graphics to deliver a refreshing experience to the fans. Even a feature-length film is also included in the package and it is available for pre-order now.

Unfortunately, they didn't announce an Xbox version of the collection and considering how the entire franchise has built up its legacy on PlayStation consoles throughout the years, players on Xbox are the ones who probably needed it the most to catch up with the adventures of Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy.

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Adventures of Sora and Company

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Until now, there hasn't been a single collection that offered every important part of the overall story and The Story So Far is the most complete bundle ever. Only problem it has is that the games are not listed in chronological order and there are no new content in it.

As you wait for Kingdom Hearts III to arrive and characters from Disney, Final Fantasy, Pixar and The World Ends with You to reunite on January 2019, you have two more months in between to get yourself introduced to the entire plot of the franchise and maybe try to figure out which comes after which.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Regalia: Royal Edition Release Date Announced

A Kickstarter funded project by developer Pixelated Milk, Regalia is a JRPG video game which mainly took inspiration from the Final Fantasy days of the creators or the modern day classic Persona series. Even though the game is from a European studio, it is loosely based on JRPG theme while they also mixed up the storytelling adventure in it at the same time. Regalia in its core is a tactical RPG that has a great plot to follow you up on your journey.

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Regalia: Royal Edition Release Date Announced

The game is about a young man named Kay who is out to restore his kingdom of Ascalia, interacting with other in-game characters who will come across as he advances in his quest. As he journeys to get back his throne again, Kay will lead us to some of the most cherished JRPG moments in recent times. The combats you will get into will be well rewarding if you are tactical enough because that is the main objective of the game.




At times, you can tone down the difficulty level a bit or heck, you can even skip battles if you do not wait to see what plot point is laid ahead of you. However, avoiding fights will not simply make the trouble go away because there is always something up in Ascalia and you've got to deal with them at some point. Just as you are already troubled with a lot that is happening around your kingdom, you also have to face the drama of your teammates’ as well.

Many may think that JRPG has to do something with being Japanese but the developers at Pixelated Milk believe that it is more to do with a certain gameplaying style. They pointed out that a game made in the West will certainly have unique design differences than the one made in the East but that is not essentially a bad thing. Games like Baldur’s Gate or Final Fantasy series has taken a very different approach to the genre despite being considered as consider role-playing games.

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Theo’s Blood Aversion

Indie studios often face a few common problems like shortage of crews on board and thus, it becomes very difficult for them to get the project up and running on time. The entire process of "just make a game together" turns out to be whole lot of painful than anyone ever thinks of initially. No matter how determined you are to get out of cliche stories and sometimes bothersome trends, you always have limitations slowing you down.

The game was never meant to be a hero's journey or how he bravely saves the world, it was planned as a single plot that could produce many spin-off stories if needed. Upon its entry on the other consoles in the market, Regalia surely will make a name for it and a unique identity of its own.

Regalia is a Japan-themed tactical RPG was released back in May 2017 for PC and according to the announcement of Pixelated Milk, the game is about to make its debut on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One as Regalia: Royal Edition in 2018. There will be no Early Access on Steam for the game and nor it will allow any in-game micro-transactions either. The Royal Edition contains a 30 hours long adventure to experience and many vivid characters to interact with.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Battle Chasers: Nightwar Released

Comic-book fans of Marvel Comics might have heard the name of the famous artist Joe Madureira (Astonishing X-Men, Ultimates 3), who rose to fame with his manga-styled drawing and left huge impact on the Uncanny X-Men series. He happens to be the creative brain behind the action role-playing hack and slash video game Darksiders. There was a time when he created a creator owned mini-series for Image Comics called Battle Chasers which did not receive an ending until now.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Released
Madureira formed Airship Syndicate in 2015 and started working on the game Battle Chasers: Nightwar, which is solely based on his own comic. Finally, we are getting some closure if not an ending at all. Always inspired by the sheer awesomeness of Japanese manga and anime, Joe wanted to bring back his creation to life and Nightwar is the completion of that dream.

Games like Final Fantasy, Lunar and Suikoden always fascinated him and the impact truly shows on his work, whether it is on paper or now flourishing in his own game. Whatever the fuel of his inspiration was, it worked out in the end. Because at that time, Battle Chasers topped many other superhero books out there and Battle Chasers: Nightwar has also shown promise to its Kickstarter campaign.

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The Devilhunter Alumon

Although he left Gully, Garrison, Red Monika and others behind after issue #9, his devoted fans who loved the series never let him forget about his unfinished work. Then came the formation of Vigil Games and Darksiders series. Vigil Games split up into two fractions; Airship Syndicate and Gunfire Games. The former is working on Battle Chasers: Nightwar and the latter is trying to make Darksiders 3 a reality.

Joe and his team had little to nothing to work on except years of working experience and they decided to come up with a plan to create an RPG that will have tactical turn based combat system. Since the cast of Battle Chasers universe was already pretty diverse and remarkably fit for what they are aiming for, it quickly became the subject of the game.

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World Full of Wonder

Then working on a prototype version for a year and more, seeking publishers for the project and getting ditched, leading them to head for Kickstarter. It was literally the last resort for the game to see light at the end of the tunnel and guess what? It created enough buzz among the gamers that publishers were also interested in taking another look at the project. Things got even better when old buddies from THQ Nordic offers a helping hand to take it to the next level.

The game is officially launched now after years of the path of struggle to reach out. Battle Chasers: Nightwar is currently available to play on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Nintendo Switch owners however have to wait till the end of the year, December 31 to get their hands on this game.