There's something of a cross-over on this episode of Kingdom Hearts Union, as Branden and Churro tackle a question relating to how Final Fantasy characters are dealt with in the Kingdom Hearts universe.
It comes based on two questions, one related to how well they are integrated, and another relating to the Cloud/Sephiroth/Tifa story-arch that appears throughout the main games.
That's not all though, we have further topics relating to the kind of voice talent they might now be able to attract considering Disney has taken more of an interest again in the franchise and whether Sora will receive any keyblade armour.
It makes for another fun-packed episode, with plenty of meaty topics for Branden and Churro to discuss.
With the hype starting to build around Final Fantasy XV, based on a fan suggestion Lauren and I discuss why it could end up being great and why it might not be. It actually ends up being a rather lengthy discussion and topics range from the director, the characters to the depth of announcements and gameplay.
We also have another community fan gathering come up on the 19th of March, 2016. So if you're in the UK, be sure to check out the site to find out more information. There will be triple triad tournaments, a massive quiz and even Bryce Hitchcock is attending!
In addition to running our main Final Fantasy XV topic, we also have a couple of news stories. In a related angle, we get to talk about the previous Active Time Report, but also talk about the release of Final Fantasy IX on iPhone/Android and Final Fantasy II being free on the portal app.
We also have some questions related to character design and Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, rounding out a rather packed episode!
Welcome to Kingdom Hearts Union Episode 89! We've got plenty of awesome discussion topics this time around, with the main one focussing on the ports of Kingdom Hearts games we've received so far.
This was suggested by a community member, and it's perfect for Branden, Churro and Sabrina to dive into. The topic was brought up in relation to speed runners and their complaints about the quality of the games. Potential PS4 versions of 1.5 and 2.5 are also brought into the discussion.
It doesn't take too long for things to move onto Kingdom Hearts 3 though and we have some questions about summons and release dates!
Final Fantasy Explorers released this past week, so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have an episode dedicated to the first of many Square Enix Japan releases this year!
Lauren and Darryl are joined by Jared, with the three offering rather different opinions based on their previous experience within the monster hunting sub-genre. We've got Monster Hunter veterans covered, fans of games like Toukiden and Soul Sacrifice, and we also have the opinion of someone who hasn't ventured too much into this type of game before.
We also take the opportunity to run-through some fan questions. These relate to the game's difficulty, the voice acting and also the job classes that are offer. Hopefully you guys find it interesting and if you've already purchased Explorers, we hope you're enjoying it!
It's time for Kingdom Hearts Union: Episode 88 everyone! For this episode Branden is joined by Churro and Sabrina as they talk about numerous topics, including whether or not they feel Kingdom Hearts 3 is close to completion!
This main topic relates to rumours circulating due to the comments of some voice actors. They were taking part in a panel at Albuquerque Comic Con and let slip!
Next up, we have he featured discussion which relates to what Kingdom Hearts can learn from other successful video games and what genres the Kingdom Hearts franchise should potentially venture into. There's even some additional questions thrown in for good measure at the end, making this one bumper, action packed episode for all your Kingdom Hearts needs!
Why is Final Fantasy VII Remake going to be a multi-part series? It's a damned good question! Darryl and Lauren discuss the ins and outs of this semi-controversial move on this week's edition of Final Fantasy Union.
Aside from this pretty detailed discussion, we also answer some questions from the community related to the longevity of Lightning as a protagonist in the Final Fantasy universe and talk about classical music and how those from outside of the video games industry potentially perceive it.
Closing out we have a lovely Final Fantasy IV cover for you all. All that and more this episode of Final Fantasy Union!
We're back with the first Kingdom Hearts Union episode of the year, and Branden is joined by Churro and Sabrina to run through quite a few different topics!
The main topic of this episode relates to the writing we've seen in the franchise to date - specifically, which game has had the best writing so far? The gang goes through each of their favorite games in the series and which ones they felt needed a bit more love.
There was also a new Kingdom Hearts 2.8/Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer that surfaced at Jump Festa which released over our holiday break. The crew discusses along with a few questions from our fans. One of which is about whether or not they think Kingdom Hearts 3 has the potential to be game of the year.
Welcome to 2016! Boy do we have a year in store for you guys!
To start off, Lauren and I run through a lot of the plans we have for Final Fantasy Union this year, including some awesome changes to the podcast schedule (and Patreon), the launch of a new site in the near future and how we're hitting YouTube pretty damn hard. It's exciting times for us and your support through all our endeavours is much appreciated!
Next up, we talk through some of the recent news relating to Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy VI, as well as a rather interesting piece surrounding Lightning and Louis Vuitton!
Then we head into our main segment, Final Fantasy in 2016, where we run through all of the games planned for release this year, plus all the other titles confirmed for release this year out of Square Enix Japan. It's going to be a superb year for gamers, but I don't think our wallets are going to be too happy by the end of it!
Last, but not least, we have questions from the community. The first one relates to what Toriyama's up to, then we talk about a potential Final Fantasy VI Remake. All in all, it's a massive episode and a fantastic way to start off the year. Onwards, and upwards!
We have a full-on episode of Kingdom Hearts Union for you this time, as Branden, Churro and Sabrina issue a state of Kingdom Hearts address.
It sounds pretty serious, and it is! We take a look at how much the Kingdom Hearts franchise has sold and how this compares to other games out there on the market today. This then moves onto the present state of Kingdom Hearts and finally, the future of the franchise and what we think it will hold.
This itself comes with plenty of questions, such as what we think will happen in 2016 (aside from the obvious), how we deal with such long development cycles and what we're hoping from for Kingdom Hearts 3.
Thank you all for a wonderful 2015, and we'll see you all next year!
Final Fantasy X-3 is the topic of discussion this episode, as it's been something we've wanted to delve into for a while. It's been mentioned here and there, but we figured it was about time to actually go through some theories for some interesting story lines that could exist should Final Fantasy X-3 ever be created by the guys at Square Enix.
To start off, Lauren takes the mic and takes us through a scenario where Final Fantasy X-3 acts as a prequel focussed on Braska, Auron and Jecht. This is then followed by Darryl's scenario, where Final Fantasy X-3 acts as a sequel focussed on Rikku, Paine and the Al Bhed.
Of course, we also have some news! It's a little shorter than normal, but we still have a chance to tackle Mooglegate, the ramp up for Dissidia Arcade in Japan and the revealing of Cloud Strife in Super Smash Bros.! We've also got some fan questions on these topics too, so we hope you enjoy our responses!
D23 Japan happened a short while ago and it was pretty awesome from a Kingdom Hearts perspective. We had news relating to Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD and Kingdom Hearts 3, as well as information for the Kingdom Hearts X [Chi] games.
During the show, there was a ton of footage shown to audiences, and we're hoping it will be made public. We got to see some new attraction flows and a new world for Kingdom Hearts X [Chi]. If you're curious what they showed, we've got you covered.
In addition, we had some fan questions relating to Kingdom Hearts 1.5/2.5 coming to PS4 and what a Kingdom Hearts version of Persona 4 Dancing All Night would be like... rather interesting!
We hope you guys enjoy the show and always, please share it around/review if you like it :)
Following the release of Square Enix's recent financials, we take a look at how the company has changed its approach within recent years and how the company's new mantras have manifested themselves into the games we are now seeing.
Things have changed considerably following the departure of Yoichi Wada and from a Final Fantasy perspective, things are looking pretty good. We've seen the production of mobile games that have actual substance, and we have a handful of very promising console games on the horizon.
The later part of the episode relates to some recent news from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XV, Dissidia: Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy XIV!
We hope you enjoy it, and also agree that the future is looking pretty good for the franchise that we love!
Kingdom Hearts Union: Episode 84 has arrived and it's another brocast with Branden and Churro! For the first part of this episode, the pair discuss an interview conducted by Dengeki Magazine in Japan with the series' creator Tetsuya Nomura. It means there is plenty to talk about including the pertinent topic of what is "Kingdom Hearts?"
In addition, the two field questions from the community! There are two rather specific topics, with the first relating to Kingdom Hearts 2.8 receiving a digital release. The second asks whether or not we feel Kingdom Hearts 3 will be able to attract some bigger name voice actors again, like we saw in previous main-line installments within the franchise.
It all makes for rather exciting episode and we hope you enjoy it!
Although we covered a fair amount of news from Tokyo Game Show 2015 during our special episode, Hajime Tabata continued to reveal new information following the event. Darryl, Lauren and Jared do a not-so-quick round-up of this, discussing why people were so attached to Stella and what other potential content cuts mean for the game.
Outside of this, we wanted to do a feature to talk about who some of our favourite Final Fantasy characters are. Each of the hosts were tasked with choosing one character who they felt represented something strong and good about the franchise, with the idea being that they would make a case for why that character deserves to be treasured as one of their favourites. We hope you enjoy it, as we get a little emotional at points.
Music this episode is provided by a YouTuber called RebeccaETripp, who did a wonderful arrangement of the music that plays while in the Salikawood.
Square Enix pretty much rendered half of Kingdom Hearts Union 83 redundant, but we're here with a special episode to give you all the info on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 and Final Fantasy XV!
Yes, pretty much straight off, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 was announced during the Sony Press Conference, but things didn't stop there. We had a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV, a new game announcement in the form of Final Fantasy Type-0 Online and of course, there was the Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report with Hajime Tabata.
Darryl is joined by Branden as they run through all of the pressing concerns and information that was detailed (albeit in a slightly condensed form for some topics), perfect for catching up on Square Enix's interests at this year's Tokyo Game Show.
As a preface to this episode, Square Enix rendered about half of the show kind of redundant with the announcement of Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue today, so apologies for that! We will be recording a separate episode later this week with our full TGS reactions to the news.
Anyway, a large bulk of the show sees Branden, Churro and Sabrina discussing the rumours of Kingdom Hearts 2.9 and what it could potentially be. It's interesting how close some of their deductions were! In addition, there are some questions from the community, so be sure to listen to the episode and take some of it with a pinch of salt!
We had something of a news explosion this episode, with both Gamescom and PAX Prime throwing up plenty of topics for discussion. The main point is that Hajime Tabata has declared that Final Fantasy XV will release in 2016! We also delve into the Dawn trailer and give our thoughts, while also discussing how Tabata is steering the ship!
That's not all though, as we have a few questions from the community this episode. It gives us the chance to talk about the newly launched Triple Triad, the infamous Final Fantasy X~Will and X-2.5, as well as the importance of vocal themes. We hope you enjoy the episode, which is rounded out by a cover of Terra's theme by YouTuber Josiah McDaniel.
D23 just wrapped up, and with it came a lot of news! Big Hero 6 will officially be a world in Kingdom Hearts 3 and will feature a new storyline that takes place after the film.
Branden, Churro, and Sabrina discuss this as well as questions from the community! What do we think about other Disney Worlds like Tangled being in Kingdom Hearts 3? What kind of secret movie should Kingdom Hearts 3 have? You'll have to listen to the show to find out what we think! Also, to commemorate the announcement of a new world, we have a rocking cover of the Gummi Ship theme from jam2995!