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    Kingdom Hearts series coming to PC on March 30

    By Koby,

    Square Enix will release Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind, and Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory for PC via the Epic Games Store on March 30, the company announced during the Epic Games Store Spring Showcase.

     

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    “It is truly a great pleasure to bring so many Kingdom Hearts adventures to PC gamers around the world,” said producer Ichiro Hazama in a press release. “Our collaboration with Epic Games is one that stretches back to the development of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and as part of this ongoing relationship, the team at Epic Games have been incredibly supportive in helping us make this a reality. I’m incredibly excited for so many new players to discover and enjoy the action, magic and friendship of Kingdom Hearts on PC.”

     

    Each title is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is also available on Switch.

     

    Here is an overview of each game, via their store pages:

    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix ($49.99)

     

    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix is an HD remastered collection is an essential collection, featuring:

    • 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)

    Start your Kingdom Hearts journey now!

     

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue ($59.99)

    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD – A full-HD remaster. Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for their coming showdown with Master Xehanort.
    • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie) – A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers from the series’ origins
    • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage – – A brand new episode that links to Kingdom Hearts III.

     

    Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind ($59.99)

    Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy, two emissaries sent by King Mickey from Disney Castle, to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe. Through the power of positivity and friendship, Sora, Donald and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to prevail tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds

    Also includes Re Mind—the other tale that unfolded during the climax of Kingdom Hearts III. In this additional chapter, Sora travels to the Keyblade Graveyard determined to rescue Kairi and discovers truths that he never before imagined.

    • Exclusive new “Element Encoder” Keyblade with purchase.
    • Adventure in Disney and Pixar Worlds.
    • Unlock the Power of the Keyblades.
    • Relive Classic Disney Shorts Through Minigames.
    • Includes Re Mind (downloadable content).

     

    Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory ($59.99)

    Featuring many characters from the Kingdom Hearts Series as playable characters. In some stages, Disney characters will appear as guest members to lend you a hand.

    With tracks from both the Kingdom Hearts series and Disney, relive the music of this series with over 140 featured tracks. Battle solo or team up with a friend as you join Sora, Donald, and Goofy to battle the Heartless.

     

     


    First Details & Screenshots of The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

    By Koby,

    Falcom has released the first official information and screenshots for The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki, the newly announced latest entry in the Trails series and its 40th anniversary commemoration title. It will launch in 2021 in Japan for unannounced platform(s).

     

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    Beyond the blue sky, ahead of a flashing light, a land of dawning resides—.

     

    This latter half of the Trails series is about to begin! The setting moves to the Calvard Republic—.

     

    In 2021, Falcom will release The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki, the latest entry in the Trails series, as its 40th anniversary commemorative work.

     

    The Calvard Republic is a multi-ethnic nation experiencing unprecedented economic growth brought about by postwar reparations. In a corner of the capital of a huge nation where immigration issues bring about political instability and a new president is pushing for radical reform, a young man who works as a “Spriggan” (Underground Fixer) receives a peculiar job, which eventually develops into a situation that shakes the entire nation of Calvard.

     

    The command-style AT (Action Time) battle system used in previous Trails titles has been revamped! Seamlessly transition from action-oriented field battles to turn-based command battle systems while making use of the unique elements of the sixth generation combat orbment “Xipha” in a battle system evolved from the previous Trails titles.

     

    Kuro no Kiseki will feature many original elements that utilize its setting, including a “Topics” system that enables you to gather intel (topics) by communicating with NPCs throughout towns to create situations in your favor when you act as a Spriggan; and an “Alignment Flames” system in which your character’s three alignments (“Lawful,” “Gray,” and “Chaotic”) fluctuate depending on your play style, influencing various statuses, allies and adversaries, and even scenario developments.

     

    Please look forward to The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki, the latest entry in the Trails series, depicted in rich expression by Falcom’s new original engine!

     

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    ■ Prologue

    Spriggans—a kind of “underground profession” born from the melting pot of diversity that is the Calvard Republic.

     

    Some days as detectives, some days as negotiators, and other days as bounty hunters, they are up for any job from any client. That includes cases even the police are unable to handle and issues citizens cannot discuss in public, as well as “honest” work from criminals and underground organizations.

     

    That was the style of the “underground fixers,” as they were called.

     

    S.1208. A schoolgirl wearing the uniform of a prestigious school visits an rundown building located in the old town of the Republic’s capital.

     

    “The Arclide Fixer Agency.”

     

    With a dignified gaze, the girl glances at the cold typography of a slate that bears this name.

     

    She swallows her breath and knocks three times with determination.

     

    “Yaaawn, well a client before noon is rare…”

     

    The mature, yet young; sloppy, yet composed voice of a man echoes as the doorknob slowly turned.

     

    —This is the beginning of a new Trails.

     

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    Weekly Famitsu has a five-page interview with Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo, who shares the following additional tidbits:

     

    • The game is set in the Republic of Calvard (the east side of the continent) in the year S.1208.
    • The title is derived from the Japanese word for “Daybreak” (Reimei). This is reflected in the colors associated with the protagonist.
    • The story is focused on characters who can be described as somewhat in the gray zone of society (a detective, a negotiator, a bounty hunter, etc.)
    • Kondo said it would have been nice if The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki was titled Shiro no Kiseki (Trails of White) instead to compliment Kuro no Kiseki.
    • The game engine is brand-new.
    • Character modelling has evolved. There is a significantly different feel when the character is in motion.
    • Calvard is a cultural sphere in the vein of Eastern Europe with an influx of people from the Middle East. It feels like a mixture of Europe and Asia.
    • It is somewhat small compared to Erebonia. The scale of the map is equivalent to that of the Cold Steel series. It is still in development, but Kondo believes it will be very close in terms of size.
    • You could say the additional episode “Hajimari no Saki e” in Hajimari no Kiseki acts as a prologue to Kuro no Kiseki.
    • 90 percent of the characters in Kuro no Kiseki are new. If you did not know any better, you might look at the game screen and not realize it is a Trails game. The remaining 10 percent of the cast will be characters that are highly anticipated by fans.
    • Three characters have been revealed so far: a Kirito-looking character, a dual-wielding redhead character with a Middle Eastearn appearance, and a character that looks like Alisa minus the attitude and with the chest of Ryza. Kondo would not say which one is the protagonist. (Though it is obvious if you recall the earlier note about the protagonist’s associated colors.)
    • Fans would be disappointed if the Society was not depicted. Kondo also was unable to comment on the Oaths. But each will be depicted properly.
    • The game will have a proper ending.
    • If a game does not sell well, there will not be a sequel, and the Trails series is no exception.
    • The amount of content in the game is about the equal to a single Trails of Cold Steel title.
    • The Trails of Cold Steel games had a large number of allies, but Kuro no Kiseki will not have as many due to the protagonist’s line of work.
    • Instead, there will be more enemies.
    • There will not be 50 playable characters.
    • There is a screenshot of a battle scene.
    • Movement and battles are seamless.
    • While action elements have been added, Falcom is not considering anything that requires any sort of input skills.
    • Commands are input in real-time instead of pausing.
    • You will also have the option to switch to command-style battles.
    • Arts and Crafts remain as they were, but ARCUS is replaced by Xipha.
    • There are no Combat Links or Brave Orders. But there is a new system in place that is said to be quite amazing.
    • There is a “Topic System” that has to do with conversations with NPCs.
    • “Alignment Flame” is a system in which, depending on your play-style, your character’s alignment as “Lawful,” “Gray,” and “Chaotic” will change, influencing your status as well as the story. But there will not be any situation where an event does not occur due to your specific alignment.
    • There is an alternative to bond events.
    • As for platforms, Kondo says he would like to release it on PlayStation 4 as well as other platforms where there is demand. He said, “Since there are the usual technical challenges, we will consider starting where there’s the most demand.”
    • Nihon Falcom as a whole is making preparations to support PlayStation 5.

     

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    “The Expanse” Renewed For Final Season

    By Koby,

    Amazon has renewed the highly acclaimed sci-fi drama “The Expanse” for a sixth and final season. The order comes in just a few weeks ahead of the show’s fifth season premiere on December 16th.

     

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    The series is based on James S. A. Corey’s novel series which has a ninth entry on the way in 2021. The seventh book sees a time jump of thirty years and so a sixth season based on the sixth book seems a natural disembarkation point.

     

    The series aired its first three seasons on Syfy with the cable network cancelling it. Then Amazon went into talks and picked up the series with the fourth season released late last year.

     

    The show stars the likes of Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams. All will return except Anvar following his facing numerous sexual misconduct allegations during the summer.

     

    Showrunner Naren Shankar is also back for the last batch of episodes which will begin production in January.


    Netflix Reveals Spriggan Anime Series' New Teaser Trailer

    By Koby,

    Netflix revealed a teaser trailer for David Production's new anime series based on Hiroshi Takashige and Ryōji Minagawa's Spriggan (Striker) manga.

     

     

    Hiroshi Kobayashi (Rage of Bahamut Genesis assistant director, Kill la Kill episode director) is directing the anime. Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan, Mob Psycho 100, Jujutsu Kaisen) is supervising and writing the series scripts, and Shūhei Handa (Little Witch Academia) is designing the characters.

     

    Netflix will debut the anime worldwide in 2021.

     

    The manga's story centers on Yū Ominae, a high school student who is also a Spriggan, an agent charged by the ARCAM Corporation to protect the ancient relics of an advanced older civilization from falling into the hands of states and entities who wish to misuse them.

     

    Takashige wrote the Spriggan manga with artist Minagawa beginning in 1989. Viz Media published edited versions of three of the manga's eleven volumes as Striker in North America from 1998 to 1999. The manga inspired an anime film in 1998. ADV Films released the film in 2002 with an English dub.


    Way of the Househusband Manga Gets 2021 Anime Series Starring Kenjiro Tsuda

    By Koby,

    oUTG2pb.jpgNetflix Anime Festival 2020 announced that Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga is inspiring an anime series debuting worldwide on Netflix in 2021. The anime stars Kenjiro Tsuda, who both directed and starred as Tatsu in a live-action promotional video for the manga last December.

     

    Chiaki Kon (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III, Devils and Realist, Junjō Romantica) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff, and Susumu Yamakawa (Back Street Girls: Gokudols) is supervising the series scripts.

     

    The Way of the Househusband follows a retired yakuza member known as "Immortal Tatsu" who is living out his post-crime career as a househusband. He still manages to find his way into trouble from time to time, except it's in the grocery aisle instead of some back alley.

     

    Oono launched the manga on Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch website in February 2018, and Shinchosha published the fifth volume on June 9. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English, and it released the fourth volume on September 15.

     

    The manga won the Best Humor Publication category at this year's Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The series was acknowledged as a runner-up in last year's Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards' web manga category and came in at #9 in this year's Web Manga General Election. The Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook for 2019 ranked the manga at #8 for its top manga series for men. The series also ranked on Honya Club's "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics" lists for 2018 and 2019.

     

    The manga inspired an ongoing live-action television series.


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