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Square Enix

Square Enix has announced their line-up for gamescom 2019, that will take place in Cologne, Germany from 20 till 24 August. The following games will be present:

Final Fantasy VII Remake

For the first time in Europe a hands-on demo can be played of Final Fantasy VII Remake across 72 stations. Expect a long line.

Final Fantasy XIV Online

Featuring a number of stage shows across the week with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Main Scenario Writer and World Lore Creator Banri Oda. On Friday a big cosplay competition will be held and in the evening the Final Fantasy XIV Online Fan Gathering.

Trials of Mana

The remake of the classic RPG, that was recently released in the Collection of Mana on the Nintendo Switch. Experience an early section of the game and try out the characters.

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A playable demo of the game that has been released earlier this year.

Life is Strange 2: Episode 4 ‘Faith’

A new trailer will be released on 19 August ahead of the release on 22 August.

Final Fantasy XV at gamescom 2016

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During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-  concert in Los Angeles Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, appeared on stage to talk about the DLC for Kingdom Hearts III. This Winter Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind will be available that let players fight battles as Aqua, Roxas and Riku.

In the trailer, that you can watch below, gameplay footage is shown and also conversations between members of Organisation XIII. More information will be released during Square Enix Live today at 18:00 PT / 02:00 BST.

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Earlier this week Tetsuya Nomura, director of Kingdom Hearts III, has announced that the long-awaited Critical Mode will be arriving soon in a free update.

As of yesterday Critical Mode is available in update 1.04 along side several other updates to the game. Also update 1.05 was released bringing the option to carry Keyblades over when selecting New Game.

Version 1.04

  • A new game mode (Critical Mode) with new abilities has been added.
  • Some enemy mechanics have been adjusted.
  • Treasures obtained in the Frozen Slider minigame now appear in the Summary screen and can also be viewed in the Gummiphone.
  • A check mark now appears next to items in the Workshop menu that have already been synthesized.
  • New Game Help text and other various messages have been added.
  • Various issues have been fixed.
  • New save data will be created upon installing this version.

Version 1.05

  • Keyblades and other elements from clear data can now be carried over when selecting New Game to replay the game.
  • A maximum of 200 photos can now be saved.
  • Various issues have been fixed.

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Square Enix has announced in a press release that Kingdom Hearts III has shipped more than 5 million units globally, both physical and digital, across all platform since it's release on 29 January. This makes Kingdom Hearts III the fatest selling game in the history of the Kingdom Hearts series.

From the press release:

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 4, 2019) – SQUARE ENIX® proudly announces that KINGDOM HEARTS III, the latest mainline entry in the beloved action RPG series, has shipped more than five million units globally, both physically and digitally, across all platforms since its January 29 release, making it the fastest selling game in the history of the series.
 
The shipment and digital sales numbers for the long-awaited installment in the blockbuster franchise have been matched with critical adoration. Media across the world are lauding KINGDOM HEARTS III for its breathtaking visuals and widespread appeal to newcomers and series veterans alike, with Bleacher Report praising that the adventure is “accessible for even the most casual of gamers” and “a sheer thrill to take in,” and CNET raving that KINGDOM HEARTS III is “the best looking Kingdom Hearts game.”

You can read the full press release here.

Kingdom Hearts III ships 5 million units worldwide

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Kingdom Hearts III, the long awaited installment in the beloved action role-playing game series, is now available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One! The game has been received very well, scoring an 88 for the PlayStation 4 and an 80 for the Xbox One version on Metacritic at the moment.

Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, had the following to say:

I am thrilled that Kingdom Hearts III is now officially out. There are many mysteries in the story, so players will want to take their time so that they don’t miss anything. The adventure lies within the journey, and not just the destination. This story marks one of the greatest experiences Sora will have with his friends, so I hope that the players enjoy it. To all of our fans around the world, thank you for eagerly awaiting this day.

In The Netherlands the game is already available in most stores since Saturday. If you don't have it yet, go and buy the game! My shipment didn't arrive today, so hopefully it's here tomorrow.

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Today at the D23 Expo in Anaheim (USA) has been revealed by Square Enix and Disney that Big Hero 6 is coming to Kingdom Hearts III. The characters of the 2014 animated film complete with the San Fransokyo setting will be featured in the upcoming game. The story will take place after the film.

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During Square Enix's E3 2015 press conference a new trailer was revealed from Kingdom Hearts III. The trailer reveals the lush world of the animated movie Tangled and features new gameplay footage here new elements are shown.

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In an interview with Famitsu magazine this week director Tetsuya Nomura announced that the development of Kingdom Hearts III has moved from the Luminous Studios engine to Unreal Engine 4. It was announced earlier that Square Enix had some problems rendering with their in-house engine (Luminous Studios). They are now working closely with Epic Games to work through any issues the development team are having with the new engine.

---Once more, may we as about the state of development on KH3?

Nomura: It’s moving steadily along the estimated schedule. As an effect of us changing the game engine to Unreal Engine 4, which we did for several reasons, we had a lot of problems with the image creation, but we have been able to progress without incident with the collaboration of Epic Games.

Final Fantasy XV

During a recent interview by Famitsu, Shinji Hashimoto, producer at Square Enix, said that they will release no new information of Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which are currently in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, at next week's E3 2014.

When Famitsu asked if there will be information of Final Fantasy XV, Hashimoto replied with the following:

Well, first I’d like to say that development for FFXV is going well. Internally, we try to ascertain the best timing for revealing new information about FFXV to the fans. So when we were going over our promotion plans, we judged that this year’s E3 would not be the best time to exhibit information about FFXV. Instead we are currently planning to exhibit new information at events after E3 2014. I am extremely grateful to all the fans who excitedly anticipate FFXV, and I’m looking forward to share new information when the timing is right. I would appreciate if fans hold out until then.

About Kingdom Hearts III, Hashimoto said the following:

We are are working diligently on KH3, but I think releasing new information will still take some time. We included a small part regarding the story of KH3 In the new trailer KH 2.5 prepared for E3 2014, so please check that out.

Anyone surprised? It's dissapointing, but was kinda expected.

Kingdom Hearts II

Square Enix has released the E3 2014 trailer of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and has announced that this HD collection will be released on 2 December 2014 in North America and 5 December 2014 in Europe exclusively for PlayStation 3. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX contains the HD remastered versions of Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix and movie scenematics of Kingdom Hearts re:coded.

The trailer also contains a teaser of Kingdom Hearts III, which is currently in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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