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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
There's a rather alarming rumour doing the rounds at the moment, which suggests Kingdom Hearts 3 is having content removed to hit a 2018 release date! And it's a rumour that features as the main topic of the show.
What is the rumour, where did it come from and does it matter? All these questions are answered!
We also have some questions from the community about the possibility of Kingdom Hearts 3 being shown at E3, how long we're willing to wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 to release and the likelihood of a Kingdom Hearts VR game!
We have a rather interesting episode for you guys this week, as our main topic revolves around the release of Final Fantasy XV and how it's affected our opinions of the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
There's also a few news stories relating to Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Brave Exvius and Final Fantasy XIV, as well as some questions about the 30th Anniversary, NieR Automata and representation for more types of characters within the main series games!
We hope you enjoy!
According to a new fiscal report, Kingdom Hearts 3 isn't coming out this year and it might not even release next year, as it was placed (alongside the Final Fantasy 7 Remake) in the "2018 and Beyond" category! Not the news we were hoping for!
To lighten things up though, this episode we have a Patreon support on as a guest and there's also some questions from the community for the gang to answer.
Oh, and you also get to listen to Branden complaining about having time off, what more could you ask for? xD
This episode of Final Fantasy Union has a strong focus on looking at the individual stories that we've been presented over the years and whether they had a profound effect on us.
It sees us look at many of the different stories and what they brought to the table, including the more recent Final Fantasy XV.
We hope you enjoy the featured discussion, as it's the main and only focus on the episode!
This episode of Kingdom Hearts Union focusses on what the Kingdom Hearts franchise can learn from other modern games. This relates to story structure, gameplay, quests, physics and more!
There's also a ton of questions for Branden and Churro to run through, relating to Keyblade transformations in Kingdom Hearts 3, through to what kind of DLC they'd like to see in Kingdom Hearts 3.
Oh, and there's also a question about what world Branden and Churro would like to appear in, if they were given the ability to be NPCs in the game!
Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV was just over a year ago and since that event, the Final Fantasy machine went into overdrive. Final Fantasy XV kicked off in a monstrous way, but there was also World of Final Fantasy, tons of updates around Dissidia: Final Fantasy Arcade, the mobile titles and even things on the peripheral, like The Zodiac Age and the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
But now that Episode Gladiolus is out, it's gone rather mellow! Our main segment is to therefore talk about the past year and talk about the future.
We've also got some questions, about favourite job classes, whether we'll see a Dirge of Cerberus HD and whether we think the next main-line game will be turn-based or not.
Famitsu, the most reputable video games magazine in Japan has conducted a huge survey to find out all about Kingdom Hearts.
There were numerous questions involved, such as first game, favourite characters and what people love most about the series. There are definitely some interesting results thrown in there!
The second major part of the podcast focusses around let's play videos and live streams - are they valid? Branden and the team discuss this rather interesting topic.
Despite the fact Final Fantasy XV released towards the end of last year, the news just doesn't seem to be slowing down. And there's been so much news, we had to dedicate an entire episode about it!
We have obviously had the release of Episode Gladiolus, but that wasn't all. Chapter 13 Verse 2 released alongside this, as well as some updates. The Final Fantasy XV MMO has also been officially unveiled and we've had an extended teaser trailer for Episode Prompto!
It's all go at the moment and we couldn't be more excited!
With this year celebrating the 15th anniversary of the original game, this episode we're taking a trip down memory lane as we have a special segment focussed on the development of Kingdom Hearts.
It's a very detailed look at almost every aspect of development, from clashes with Disney, through to finding the correct musical score, so we hope you enjoy it!
As always, there's also plenty of news to run through and we have a question from the community about world-specific transformations in Kingdom Hearts 3!
It's a mega question episode this time around, as Darryl and Lauren run-through over 10 questions from members of the community!
Before that though, there's a bit of news, which relates to Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and also World of Final Fantasy.
The questions themselves are very broad, ranging from which Final Fantasy games we've achieved 100 percent completion on, through to merging Final Fantasy games and even what content we'd want to see for the future of Final Fantasy XV!
It's a bumper episode of Kingdom Hearts Union this time around as there's plenty of news to run through, as well as an interview that was published that featured Tetsuya Nomura and Yoko Shimomura.
Also be sure to check out the questions segment, as there's quite a few interesting little nuggets in there, as Branden is joined by Churro and Sabrina to talk about everything that's happened in the world of Kingdom Hearts over the past two weeks!
With the release of Final Fantasy XV dividing the fan base once again, this episode's featured topic (as suggested by a long-time listener!) is about that very topic... worst game syndrome. As let's face it, what we're seeing with Final Fantasy XV isn't a new thing.
We take a look back over the years to see how the franchise has changed, with the hope of understanding how we've got the situation we find ourselves in.
Outside of that, there's also news for Final Fantasy XV, the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy Explorers Force!
We hope you enjoy!
With this year serving as the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, it's time to take another look at what this year could mean for the franchise in terms of releases.
Kingdom Hearts 2.8 has already released and there's also Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 on the horizon, but what's happening beyond that and what's the current development status for Kingdom Hearts 3. All will be discussed with episode!
We also have a question that deals with the best order to play the Kingdom Hearts 2.8 compilation, so there's plenty to discuss and enjoy!
Hajime Tabata, who is of course the director of Final Fantasy XV, has been talking about the game's story. Specifically, he's talking about what they were looking to accomplish in terms of its focus and its depth.
In a separate interview, Tabata also spoke about what he wants to do now that Final Fantasy XV has been launched. He recalled a conversation he had with series creator, Sakaguchi!
We've also got some news about various games, like Mobius and the Final Fantasy VII Remake, as well as some questions from the community!
It's Valentine's Day everyone, so it's therefore the perfect time to read some awesome fan fiction! And that's what Branden does throughout this one hour special episode.
There are three glorious fan fictions featured in this episode, each with love as a central theme. We hope you guys enjoy this special episode, before we return back to normal broadcasting next episode!
Final Fantasy has turned 30 everyone, and Square Enix hosted an official event to kick off the year-long celebration.
We're joined by YouTuber Sue Lightning this episode to run-through everything that happened during the event and the aftermath!
There's news relating to Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy XV, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, the Final Fantasy VII Remake and more! We hope you enjoy it!
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is now here everyone, and it's time for us to take a deep dive into everything that this game offers.
The first part of the podcast is our standard review, looking at the graphics, gameplay, story and music for each part of the collection.
The second part of the podcast is a full-on spoilercast where we're running through everything offered within 0.2 and Back Cover!
It's a pretty substantial episode, so we hope you guys enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed pulling it together!
As Final Fantasy turns 30 years old this year, this episode is focussed around our expectations for the year, with tons of predictions around potential announcements!
We already know that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood are releasing this year, but what about other titles such as Dissidia Arcade or Final Fantasy XV on PC?
Given the vast quantity of questions we had on our Final Fantasy XV review episode, we also have some spill-over this episode so there's an extended questions segment to run through them all!