Square-Enix finally revealed two long-awaited games as yesterday’s E3. One was Kingdom Hearts III. I really dig Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, but have ignored all the filler games except for Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, which was the reason I ignored all the other games. Still, I’ve been holding out hope for the true sequel, but now that it’s actually happening, I’m conflicted. Will I have to play 358/2 Days, Birth by Sleep, Re:coded, and Dream Drop Distance to understand the plot of KH 3? Also, after not having played KH 2 since 2005, I wonder if I’ll still be enchanted by the franchise.
Then there’s Final Fantasy XV, formerly Final Fantasy Versus XIII, a game that was announced seven years ago, and apparently stuck in development hell forever. Instead, it was being redesigned for the next generation consoles, and looks just as silly as any other JRPG. I mean that in a complimentary way. I used to straight-up love JRPGs because of Final Fantasy VII, but now I enjoy them for their exaggerated worlds and overly-wrought melodrama. Going by the trailer, it looks like XV involves warring kingdoms and magical crystals, which is great because it’s not like Final Fantasy has done that 6 or 7 times. Hit the jump to check out both trailers. Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV will be released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Synopses and trailers via CS.
Here’s the synopsis for Kingdom Hearts III:
Kingdom Hearts III features a mature Sora as the main protagonist who sets forth on an adventure with Mickey, Donald and Goofy through new and legendary Disney worlds. Kingdom Hearts III will make full use of next generation console technologies to showcase a stunning universe packed full of worlds based on Disney properties.
Believing light and darkness must remain in balance, Master Xehanort seeks to spark war against the ‘tyranny of light’ to restore equilibrium. In an effort to undermine Xehanort’s plot, Sora, Donald and Goofy search for seven guardians of light and the “Key to Return Hearts,” while King Mickey and Riku search for previous Keyblade wielders.
Here’s the synopsis for Final Fantasy XV:
In the game, the armed forces of Niflheim launch a devastating assault upon the Kingdom of Lucis, casting Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades out of their homes and into the fray. The engaging tale to follow draws audiences into an awe-inspiring world steeped in the rich storytelling traditions of Square Enix’s renowned First Production Development team.