KH3 Re Mind trailer confirms return of Final Fantasy characters12th December 2019
The final trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3: Re Mind has been leaked, presumably much to the chagrin of Square Enix and Disney.
Earlier this month, eGaming Desk reported on the latest details to emerge surrounding the downloadable content (DLC) expansion.
At the time, there was no confirmed release date and all the information related to gameplay mechanics.
Mastermind Tetsuya Nomura also said he couldn’t provide the release date because “people would get mad at him”. He did tease that a trailer would be on its way.
The very same trailer has now been leaked and it sheds light on many aspects of the expansion.
Following the leak, popular Kingdom Hearts YouTubers took to the platform to speculate on how it was leaked and when it was intended to be released.
People believe the trailer was uploaded to YouTube privately ready for the actual release, however along the way there was a mix-up and it was left ‘uncategorised’.
This meant that once the link had been shared, anyone could view it. Needless to say, it didn’t take long before numerous copies spread like wildfire.
The trailer went so far as announcing the release date – January and February – with PlayStation gamers having access before Xbox users.
This led to several people suggesting the intended release was for the final PlayStation-led ‘State of Play’ event of the year, hence its arrival on PS first.
Furthermore, it even said that people could begin preordering the expansion. Once again content creators were rife with theories.
In some instances in the past, when a trailer has been leaked either Square Enix or Disney will release it officially.
The trailer was officially unveiled on the final ‘State of Play’ event live streamed across all of PlayStation’s social media channels such as Twitch.
There will be three packages on offer with the base version of the DLC costing $29.99.
This will include post-game story, 13 boss battles, a secret episode and secret boss fight, a data greeting feature alongside the difficulty adjustment previously reported by eGaming Desk.
Alongside this, there will be a premium version of the DLC costing $39.99 that includes a 19-track concert video.
However, there will also be a free update to the vanilla game including the popular ‘Oathkeeper’ and ‘Oblivion’ keyblades (form changes included) with story updates and new abilities.
Final Fantasy characters return confirmed
Aside from the release date, the most-talked about aspect of the leaked final trailer was none other than the return of Leon (Final Fantasy 8), Aerith, and Yuffie (Final Fantasy 7). Tifa hasn’t been spotted, though it is reasonable to assume she may be featured considering the previous three are.
The classic Final Fantasy characters – another Square Enix franchise – have always held a notable presence in earlier entries to the series.
Their absence was felt throughout Kingdom Hearts 3 leaving many with a sour taste.
A popular belief was, with the impending Final Fantasy 7 remake – due early 2020, Square did not want to complicate matters having them spread between two different franchises.
Cloud and Sephiroth (Final Fantasy 7) also haven’t been spotted in the trailer, leaving some wondering if they will reappear. The latter has also a secret boss fight staple in previous numbered entries (KH1, KH2).
Interestingly, fan-favourite Kairi has now also been confirmed as a playable character giving her significantly more to do than simply being a side-show character and plot device in the game.
Among a host of important story details also lies much footage of new boss fights with monstrous-sized health bars akin to the Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix data battles.
The release dates provided by the trailer are January 23, 2020 for PlayStation 4 and February 25, 2020 for Xbox One.
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