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Final Fantasy & Kingdom Hearts Union

From GamingUnion.net, the 'Final Fantasy & Kingdom Hearts Union' series features two shows, 'Final Fantasy Union', hosted by Darryl and 'Kingdom Hearts Union' hosted by Branden. Each podcast concentrates on different areas of the these particular franchises with news, featured discussions, tons of community interaction and interviews with famous peoples! Join the crew for some great discussion.
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Nov 14, 2017

We had the amazing opportunity to interview Naoki Yoshida, producer and director on Final Fantasy XIV, not too long ago and this episode, we're talking all about the experience!

On top of that, we've also got some news relating to Dissidia NT and also Final Fantasy XV...

Then, to round things out, we have a couple of different question topics. It means we'll be talking briefly about FFTCG, which elements of Final Fantasy XV we'd like to see them carry forward and whether we think there will ever be another turn-based game!

Nov 7, 2017

We've got another bumper questions episode for you guys this time around where we tackle questions like... could Kingdom Hearts 3 work on Nintendo Switch?

Branden is joined by Churro and Sabrina to talk about all things Kingdom Hearts, with questions around coverage at upcoming trade shows, Gummi Ship sections and how the story might pan out in future Kingdom Hearts games.

It makes for a rather varied episode, and we hope you enjoy it!

Oct 31, 2017

With Final Fantasy XV almost a year old and only the Final Fantasy 7 Remake on the horizon... when should Final Fantasy XVI Release?

It's a question that was asked by a member of our community as they wanted to understand whether we'd prefer they release Final Fantasy 16 sooner, or focus on spin-offs and other titles within the franchise first?

In other questions, we also speak about the localised Ultimania guidebooks and which game we would want to have a sequel or prequel

It makes for a fun-filled episode, and we hope you enjoy it!

Oct 24, 2017

To help you recover from our deep dive into Kingdom Hearts X, we've got some news relating to Kingdom Hearts 3 this episode.

We learnt about the heights of some famous characters, some new world information and got a small update on the progress into some of the game's character models.

For the questions, we delve into the future of single player games and some theories about the story of Kingdom Hearts X!

Oct 17, 2017

It's been a bit quiet on the Final Fantasy news front over the past few weeks, but in an interview that took part during the Tokyo Game Show that was just published, Tabata spoke about the Final Fantasy VII Remake.

He was asked a rather direct question, but the topic somehow got onto him directing a potential sequel to the Final Fantasy VII Remake - craziness! We therefore discuss what this might mean from a narrative perspective.

Outside of that, we do actually have a few morsels of news that Square Enix drip fed to us, so there are some fun discussions around Mobius!

Oct 10, 2017

For today's masterful analysis, we're taking a massive look at Kingdom Hearts X!

We'll be answering questions like, what's the deal with the Unchained State? What's the deal with Luxu and what's the deal with the Master of Masters?

We'll also be talking about what our expectations are for Kingdom Hearts after the release of Kingdom Hearts 3... which is a scary thought!

Oct 3, 2017

It's time for a mini-wrap up episode from the 2017 Tokyo Game Show, where the big news related to Final Fantasy XV!

Our main topic is directly related to this, as we discuss the announcement that Final Fantasy XV will be receiving new story content throughout 2018, something which is rather unprecedented!

Outside of that, we also run-through the various news stories that cropped up, such as the announcement of a new Dissidia NT character and another VR game for Final Fantasy XV!

Sep 26, 2017

Following on from last episode, the crew are now taking a deep dive into Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover!

This sees a look into the characters you should know about, as well as how the story plays out! It's a pretty detailed segment, so if you're interested in finding out more, you will definitely enjoy it!

On top of that, we also have a ton of questions... such as Whose Nobody Xion and whether they've heard of newcomers to the franchise struggling with getting into the franchise!

Sep 19, 2017

Today we're discussing the future of the Final Fantasy franchise, but in a way that you might not expect!

It comes after legendary creator Yoshinori Kitase spoke to Kotaku about his vision for future games within the franchise and how he wants to incorporate things he's learnt on Mobius into home console titles.

It's an interesting thought and it leads onto interesting discussions around the potential for an early access Final Fantasy title, as well as the direction things could potentially go from a gameplay perspective.

Outside of that, we have the customary news update including the announcement of a new game and an update on the future of the Type franchise!

Sep 12, 2017

Kingdom Hearts X is often somewhat forgotten about, so for this episode we thought it'd be grand to do a COMPLETE summary of Season 1!

It means we're therefore going to be talking about the premise, the characters and of course, the scenario. Yep, we're going to be hitting the scenario hard here, as there are a ton of little details within the story that could be rather important!

We hope you enjoy the recap, even if you perhaps aren't playing Kingdom Hearts X!

Sep 5, 2017

We're very privileged to have legendary Final Fantasy music arranger TPR join us this episode, as he talks about his new album launch and answers plenty of our questions!

He also joins us as we recap what was a rather crazy Gamescom 2017, where there were an absolute ton of announcements relating to the Final Fantasy XV Universe.

We'll be talking about surprise announcements such as Final Fantasy XV PC and Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, as well as the new downloadable festival!

Aug 29, 2017

With Kingdom Hearts 3 pretty much skipping Gamescom 2017, we thought it would be the perfect time to have a questions episode! 

It means we'll be discussing plenty of fun topics, such as the likelihood of Kingdom Hearts 3 appearing on PC and whether we think there's a chance other Disney films will appear within the game.

On a different tact, there are also questions relating to... how you can try to get your friends into Kingdom Hearts and whether we think a "Super Smash Bros" style game could work for the franchise.

Aug 22, 2017

Just prior to Gamescom, Square Enix decided to do a huge news blast for Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT, the console version of Dissidia Arcade!

They revealed the release date for the game, but also detailed the Ultimate Collector's Edition and also announced that there would be a Season Pass that will contain six additional characters.

This episode, we're reacting to all of this news, while giving some other general thoughts about Gamescom and some of the other small pieces that have happened in the last few weeks!

Aug 15, 2017

For this episode of Kingdom Hearts Union, we're joined by renowned voice actress Erika Harlacher. She has appeared in quite a few Japanese games over the years, and most recently appeared in Persona 5! Did we mention she's also a huge Kingdom Hearts fan?

Aside from a rather neat interview, this episode runs through a recent interview with Shinji Hashimoto, who was appearing at MAGIC 2017. He spoke about Marvel appearing in Kingdom Hearts 3 and also why they haven't spoken too much about the game.

As always, there's also quite a few in-depth questions, so we hope you enjoy listening to them!

Aug 8, 2017

The music of Final Fantasy has been something of a marvel over the years so we've decided to dedicate this episode to just that, Final Fantasy music.

Throughout the episode, we discuss numerous topics such as... when did you actually start paying attention to the music of Final Fantasy, outside of it being just generic background music?

We also discuss our favourite composers in addition to the famed Nobuo Uematsu and discuss the world after his departure - specifically with reference to Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy XV.

We hope you enjoy!

Aug 1, 2017

Branden tackles the ever-exciting world of Kingdom Hearts by himself today as he runs-through numerous pieces of news relating to job hirings on Kingdom Hearts 3. 

There are also a few different questions, one of which relates to whether or not Branden feels Kingdom Hearts 3 will feel like an incomplete game, in similar fashion to Final Fantasy XV.

Things then move onto theoretics, as there's a question relating the Keyblade of Hearts from the original Kingdom Hearts.

We hope you guys enjoy!

Jul 25, 2017

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has now released and we're talking all about it in this special episode!

Yep, we're going to be running through our initial experiences with Final Fantasy XII back when it initially released, but then we'll be running onto how we feel about The Zodiac Age so far - have our opinions changed over time? It means there's a significant focus on the story, the soundtrack and more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Jul 18, 2017

Wow, D23 was awesome! There was a ton of new information about Kingdom Hearts 3 and we can't wait to delve into it!

This show is therefore quite extensive, as we run through the new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, which of course revealed a brand new world in Toy Story. 

Things then move onto discussions about the release year for Kingdom Hearts 3, as Square Enix revealed that the game will be releasing in 2018 and there's also a run-through around some comments Nomura has made regarding the depth of the worlds featured.

All in all, it makes for one hell of a show!

Jul 11, 2017

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy, was recently asked about whether he'd like to return to work on the Final Fantasy franchise. His response was very open ended, but he didn't shoot down the suggestion.

But it begs the question, should Sakaguchi return? Would it be a good thing for the franchise or should they give some other people the opportunity so shine?

We take a big old look at the current state of play when it comes to directors on the main Final Fantasy series, while also taking a look at where they've all ended up. We also shine a small spotlight on some of the upcoming talent within Square Enix when it comes to directing bigger games.

Hopefully you enjoy the deep dive into Final Fantasy directors!

Jul 4, 2017

We've been promised something of a big show for Kingdom Hearts 3 at D23 Expo, but there's still tons to speculate about!

For example, we know there's going to be a new world announced for Kingdom Hearts 3, but which world will it be? Last time they announced Big Hero 6! We've also been told that we will receive a much longer trailer and that it will contain new content.

Nomura has said that the new trailer will make people much happier than the one they showed prior to E3 2017. Who knows, they may even through a release window our way.

The guys also talk about their experiences at the Kingdom Hearts World Tour, including their favourite songs and parts of the concerts.

Jun 27, 2017

E3 2017 has been and gone everyone, but it's time to take a look back at the show and digest everything that came out of it!

This episode Darryl is joined by Chris aka Hoogathy, who has been a regular contributor to the Final Fantasy Union website for many years. Together, they look at everything that happened prior to E3, the show itself and a couple of things that have come after.

It means we'll be talking about a few different topics, such as Dissidia NT, the focus on mobile phone games and Episode Prompto!

Jun 20, 2017

E3 2017 is now done and dusted and from a Kingdom Hearts perspective, it was surprisingly good! We actually had quite a bit of information, from a new trailer, through to what we have to look forward to in the near future.

Branden and Churro (who was at E3) breakdown everything we saw from Kingdom Hearts at this year's show and run-through what we're expecting to see at D23 in July, where they've said a new world will be shown!

We hope you enjoy the show guys, it's a bumper edition!

Jun 12, 2017

Square Enix has hit E3 2017 pretty hard, with a ton of announcements, trailers and reveals before the show even started!

This episode is therefore to run-through everything that's happened so far and also to run-through the Square Enix Presents schedule, so you guys know everything that's coming up!

It should be a good E3 everyone, here's hoping we make it out the other side all in one piece!

Jun 6, 2017

Kingdom Hearts 3 has had quite the journey throughout E3 already following its announcement back in 2013. We take look through history to help inform our predictions!

Yep, that's right, we're looking at every major event since the E3 2013 announcement, running through all of the key moments throughout the game's development so far.

And this all culminates in our predictions for the Kingdom Hearts franchise at E3 2017 - so please be excited!

May 30, 2017

Even though it doesn't feel like it should be, E3 2017 is right around the corner, so it's prediction time! And that's the first major segment of the show, as we talk about the games we think will be there and in what capacity they will appear!

Following on from that, we have a ton of questions from the community, relating to a whole host of topics.

We've got questions about Dissidia: Final Fantasy Arcade, Final Fantasy XVI and even our views on what distinguishes Western RPGs from Japanese RPGs!

It makes for a pretty action-packed episode!

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