Mar 17, 2015
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD has at least landed on Western shores (well, North America at least), so that becomes our featured discussing this episode. We are joined by Stealth, who talks about his memories of checking out the original PSP version, while Darryl and Lauren talk about their experiences with the PS4 version of the game. In addition, Darryl had the chance to check out the Final Fantasy XV demo last week, so he runs through some of the elements, with a primary focus on combat and weaponry. We also have some news about Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and Final Fantasy Record Keeper and we have the triumphant return of the Ultimate Final Fantasy Quiz! Yes, it's back with a renewed format ready for another year of trivia. Featured music this episode is from Final Fantasy XV, we had to really.
Mar 15, 2015
Bryce Hitchcock (Deuce in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD) joins us on Final Fantasy Union for this speciial edition episode as we continue speaking with the voice actors from Square Enix's latest RPG. Bryce has been acting for quite a few years now and has dabbled in TV work, voice acting and music. Join us as we ask Bryce about her role within Type-0 HD, her wider career and how she's going to start a new trend with ukelele music. It's a really fun interview and with it arriving so close to the launch of the game, we hope it will get you super psyched... maybe even hyped, for Type-0 HD.
Mar 6, 2015
In our second interview for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, we are joined by Jonathon McClendon, who plays the lead character Ace! We have some great questions as part of this show and without wanting to spoil it too much, you will all be pleased to know that Jonathon is a huge gamer who was thrilled to be able to talk about his role as Ace and more importantly, how he landed the role. There are also some wider discussions about the video games industry and of course, Type-0 HD. Thanks to all who asked questions, we had a blast and we hope you do too when listening!
Mar 3, 2015
Kingdom Hearts Union Episode 76 and it is marked by the return of Kingdom Hearts University! Yes, that's right, Branden is back with Churro and Sabrina to educate listeners on a brand new topic from the world of Kingdom Hearts and this time it's Kingdom Hearts Chi. The topic was suggested by Patreon backer William Helmrich and it proves a rather interesting one, as without going into spoilers, the group talk about the connections with Chi and the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3. The group also have the unfortunate news of talking about some recent passings in the world of Kingdom Hearts as both the English and Japanese voices for Master Xehanort passed away and there is also another special mention for Monty Oum. There's also some room for some intense questions from the community at the end of the show and we have a track from Mree (on YouTube), which you really won't want to miss out on.
Feb 20, 2015
We are joined by the hugely talented Orion Acaba for a special Final Fantasy Union interview. Orion voices Nine in Final Fantasy Type-0, but has also had roles in other games such as the Phoenix Wright franchise and the Tales franchise. We ask a whole ton of questions offered up by the community and it turns out that Orion is both a huge gamer and a huge fan of Final Fantasy We get into some great discussions about the franchise and how his role as Nine came about. This is one interview you won't want to miss out on!
Feb 17, 2015
We are joined by Mark Robins for Episode 101 of Final Fantasy Union as we talk about the music of Final Fantasy and video game music as a whole. Mark has been campaigning to get video game music more recognition for a few years now and it all started with Aerith's Theme, a track that allowed the community to rally together towards a common goal. Since then, numerous video game franchises have been featured in the Classic FM Hall of Fame, which is the largest commercial radio station in the UK and it's lead to a lot more air time for video game music. We also have a featured discussion about the potential for a Final Fantasy XII HD Remaster, with opinions from the community and also the hosts. Oh, and there's a little bit of news about the impending release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, which was featured during some of the trailers for Type-0 HD.
Feb 3, 2015
In Episode 75 of Kingdom Hearts Union, Branden is joined by Churro for their second special valentines episode. Yes, that's right the dynamic duo of Kingdom Hearts will be discussing how love could work as a
theme in Kingdom Hearts 3 and how they feel it would be best perceived by audiences should Nomura and the crew over at Square Enix decide to make the connection between Sora and Kairi more obvious. Thoughts are shared about the new Kingdom Hearts Tribute Album and there is also news regarding some job postings at Square Enix relating to Kingdom Hearts 3. There are also two fan questions, one about Kingdom Hearts Chi coming to Western audiences and another asking why Kingdom Hearts games aren't available for digital download. It's another cracking episode and you won't want to miss out!
Jan 20, 2015
It's time for the first episode of Final Fantasy Union in 2015 and what an episode to start off with! Yes, this episode is our 100th and we have brought back some familiar faces from the podcast's history to help celebrate the occasion. It means that Darryl and Lauren are joined by the original host, Kyle Wynen, as well as Lauren McFadden and Colin Tan! Join us as we do some hardcore reminiscing about our history with the podcast, play catch-up to find out what those three rascals have been up to and of course, get their opinions about the current state of Final Fantasy. It's an episode you don't want to miss. Oh, and there's even a little blooper at the end!
Jan 6, 2015
Welcome to the first Kingdom Hearts Union episode of 2015! The gang is back to ring in the new year with all things KH. Branden, Churro, and Sabrina jump right into the fray. First up is the news but not much has been released since the special KH holiday special. However, we did get footage from the KH2.5 launch event and Yasue tells us that development for KH3 is moving along at a pace. In lieu of news, the trio spends some time with a special segment in which they recommend games to play in 2015 to hold your interest while we wait for the next KH installment to hit stores. They all offer suggestions of SE games coming out in 2015, non SE games coming out, and even past games that you should play if you haven’t already! You will certainly not be hurting for titles to play! Next up are your questions and this show finds the group discussing topics such as Riku’s relation to Xehanort, favorite key blades and why, and what will happen in the final battle with Xehanort. And rounding out the show is a customary remix and we kick off the year with a beautiful piano rearrangement of Dearly Beloved. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2015 and we hope you guys will join us for what’s sure to be a crazy ride!
Dec 30, 2014
Surprise everyone! Just when you thought you wouldn't hear another Kingdom Hearts Union until 2015, Branden, Churro, and Sabrina got together to record a special show just for you! In this Holiday special the gang discuss the recent Kingdom Hearts 3 footage that was shown at the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 launch events and what they're planning to do during the Holiday season. Rounding out the show is a special recreation of Hikari with the old school Final Fantasy VII synthesizer. Fill up on some Christmas cheer and enjoy the show!
Dec 23, 2014
Thank you everyone for your support throughout 2014, here's a little Xmas message from all the hosts. We'll see you in 2015 for what should be a fantastic year!
Dec 9, 2014
Welcome back everyone to the last episode of Final Fantasy Union for the year of 2014! Darryl and Lauren sit down one final time this year to dive into all thing Final Fantasy. The duo round out the year with some site updates, some news, and a TON of your questions! After announcing the general updates from the site, Darryl and Lauren take a look at the recent news that’s been released. First is the Final Fantasy 15 demo and how it won’t be available at the launch of Type-0 AND it will only be available for a short time. Speaking of Type-0, there have been a few new trailers for the game that have showcased some rather gritty subject matter that could be very interesting! And finally, Final Fantasy 13-2 is coming to PC with all the DLC included! Next up: your questions and there are a LOT this episode! The duo discuss issues such as favorite characters from FF9, what FF needs more or less of, which FF worlds should be expanded further, river vs. mountain chocobos, new forms of transportation in FF15, what other podcasts would they do other than FF, whether FF games should have a faster release cycle, and more (literally, there are several more). As you can imagine, there are plenty of tangents and rants to enjoy! We round out the year of FFU episodes with a great remix from Final Fantasy 7 that sends 2014 out with style! We hope you guys have a wonderful and safe holiday season and we’ll see you all again in 2015 for episode 100!
Nov 25, 2014
The end of 2014 is almost upon us and this brings the final episode for Kingdom Hearts Union of the year! But don’t fret; we have a super long show to keep you entertained and to send us into the new year the right way! Branden sits down with Churro and Sabrina to talk all things KH. First up is the news and unfortunately there isn’t much. Kingdom Hearts 2.5 has release dates set for the west as well as some big launch events in London and California. The gang from KHU and Gaming Union will be at some of the events, so be sure to stay tuned for any news! The trio then go into a special segment called “Hope for the Future” which takes a look at what’s happened in life of the video game industry as well as KH in the past year and how it could benefit the future of Kingdom Hearts games! What will we see? What’s going to happen? 2015 is winding up to be a great year. And then the gang answer your questions and this time, they deal with issues such as what the HD remakes on the PS4 would look like, which KH game they each like the most, and is it possible that KH3 will be released on the next gen systems (e.g. PlayStation 5). Rounding out the show is a great remix from KH 358/2 that we really enjoy! We hope you guys have a safe and happy holiday season and we’ll see you all in the new year!
Nov 18, 2014
Another week brings another episode of Final Fantasy Union! Darryl and Lauren are back once again to discuss all things Final Fantasy. The duo have been on some great FF adventures recently and they can’t wait to regale you with their tales. First up was their experience at the Final Fantasy 14 Fan Festival in London. Hear how wonderful and detailed the festival was and what Darryl and Lauren were able to do while they were there. They then talk about their back-to-back Final Fantasy concerts they were able to attend: The big Distant Worlds orchestral concert and the more intimate A New World concert. Next up is the news from the past couple of weeks. The couple talks about the new Final Fantasy 15 footage, enemies, and how both the English and Japanese dubs may be available in the western release. Also, SE announced that they have set an internal release date for the game. Next is the news for Type-0 which came in the form of a new trailer as well as Tabata expressing an interest in making more Type games. We’ll see what happens. Darryl and Lauren then connect with special guest Brian who is the final FFU Quiz contestant. Is he able to take the lead? There’s only one way to find out. Rounding out the show is the customary remix and this show brings you a wonderful re-arrangement of a Type-0 track that’s a ton of fun. Bundle up, keep warm, and we’ll see you guys again in a few weeks!
Oct 28, 2014
Hello to our fellow Kingdom Hearts fans and welcome back to another episode of Kingdom Hearts Union! Branden, Churro, and Sabrina sit down together and dive into a discussion about all things KH. First up on the docket is the news. The gang talks about how KH2.5 HD has been released in Japan and that there are spoilers for you to check out on the internet. However, don’t worry, we don’t talk about them at all! They also talk about the recent announcement that KH3 is being developed in the Unreal Engine. What does that mean for the game and how will it make the game better? Listen in and you’ll find out! After the news, the trio moves into a brand new segment called KH University. This segment is designed to help everyone understand the more complicated and esoteric parts of Kingdom Hearts. Let’s face it, Nomura hasn’t made the story terribly easy to follow and KH University will help you unravel the mystery and confusion. The first chapter in this new segment is all about Xehanort! Immediately after KH University, the gang jump into your questions and this show, they talk about whether or not Birth By Sleep Part 2 will actually be developed and released or if it’s just an empty promise. The show comes to close with a wonderful cover of the Halloween Town theme song that you’re going to enjoy! Are you as excited for the future of Kingdom Hearts as we are? We hope you are and we’ll see you guys again in just a few weeks!
Oct 14, 2014
Final Fantasy Union is back once again to give you your weekly serving of all things Final Fantasy. Darry and Lauren sit down with special guest, Stealth, and they dive headfirst into the fray. First up, the trio talks about the rumor concerning Final Fantasy 16 that’s been going around. Is it too early to speculate? How accurate could it be? Next is news concerning Final Fantasy 15; the biggest piece of news has been that Nomura has been removed as the director for the project. Is this a good thing or will it hurt the franchise? Rants, tangents, and discussions are ever present on this hot button issue. In addition to Nomura leaving the project, they also talk about the game being half completed, a new combat system being announced, the game wanting to reach a new and broader audience, and the huge demo that will be out with the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD remake. Speaking of Type-0, we FINALLY have a release date in the west! They also talk about how Agito+ will be coming to the Vita as well as FF13 being released on PC for the first time! Next up, the Final Fantasy Quiz. Listen in as contestant Josh tries his luck. Does he give our current leader a run for his money or does he fall short? Listen in to find out. The show rounds out with a great remix from Final Fantasy 4 that ends the show with style! We hope you guys are as excited about the future of Final Fantasy as we are and we’ll see you all again in just a few short weeks!
Sep 30, 2014
What a crazy couple of weeks it’s been in the world of Kingdom Hearts! It’s time for another episode of KHU to take you through all the new developments in the franchise. Branden and Churro sit down once again and jump right into the fray. First up is the bomb-shell piece of news that Nomura has been taken off the development team for Final Fantasy 15! What does that mean, how will it effect KH3, will he stay at Square Enix? So many questions. They also then go through the new information about KH3 development, KH2.5 new secret movies, and the status of KH:X. After a lot of discussion over this news, the duo launch into a discussion about the Tokyo Game Show. They discuss the different announcements that Square Enix provided and how it can effect the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Hopefully, more KH news will be released soon! The guys then turn their thoughts and discussion to the world of merchandise where they discuss what would be the best Kingdom Hearts merchandise that SE and Disney could make for the fans. The show comes to an end as it always does with a fan made remix of a Kingdom Hearts tune . This show, we have a KH2 remix in store for you that you’re sure to enjoy! Sit back, relax, enjoy the show, and we’ll see you guys again in a few weeks!
Sep 16, 2014
Welcome back everyone to another episode of Final Fantasy Union. Darryl and Lauren sit down once again to chat about the world of Final Fantasy but this time, they are joined by a very special guest: Michael from RPGamer! This show, you are in for a massive amount of discussion and ranting about Square Enix, so sit back and enjoy! First up is an in depth discussion about the upcoming Tokyo Game Show. The gang talks not about what will be there, but rather what won’t be at the show. Is not having FF15 or Type-0 at the show a good thing or a bad thing? Next up is more news about some of the Final Fantasy projects. The trio talks about Type-0’s showing at PAX and the new info we got from the show, new release dates and job classes announced for Final Fantasy Explorers, as well as some miscellaneous information coming from the company including things like a new studio, new additions to FF14, and a new streaming service. The flood of news brings about a lot of tangents and ranting that you’re sure to enjoy! Rounding out the show like always is the music segment and this show, we have a great remix from Final Fantasy 8 that you’re sure to enjoy. We really hope you enjoy the longer show and we’ll see you guys again soon!
Sep 2, 2014
We’re back again everyone! September is here and Kingdom Hearts Union is here to ring in the fall season. Branden is joined by Churro and Sabrina and as always, they dive right into the Kingdom Hearts fray. First up, the news. As you might expect, unfortunately there isn’t much at all. However, SE has opened a casting call to all KH fans for something related to Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD. What could it be for? Now that we are in September, there is a big event right around the corner: the Tokyo Game Show. The trio discuss what we might expect to see at the show. Will there be any news on Kingdom Hearts 3? Will anything new be released about KH 2.5HD? Should we get our hopes up or just play it cool? Listen in to hear what the gang thinks! And then, they move on to your questions and we have some wonderful ones to go through! The trio talk about issues such as what will happen with Roxas and Ventus and what would it be like if we could direct the next KH game after KH3. Rounding out the show as it always does is the music segment and this week, we have an awesome 8-bit remix from Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix that’s a lot of fun! We hope you guys enjoy the show and we’ll be back again in just a few weeks!
Aug 19, 2014
Another week brings another episode of Final Fantasy Union to entertain you! Darryl and Lauren sit down to talk all things Final Fantasy and they launch straight into the show. This episode starts off with a wonderful discussion on Final Fantasy 8. It is argued by many to be the most open ended story in all the FF games. Darryl and Lauren discuss it at great length and read your comments and input on the issue. After the lengthy discussion, the duo moves into the news. Unfortunately, Square Enix has left us in a bit of a lull for anything new but there are a few scraps of info for you. They talk about how one of the main programmers leaves SE and how SE has acquired a new trademark called “Prequel Trilogy”. What does it mean? What will it apply to? We don’t know, but that certainly doesn’t keep up from speculating! Next up, the gang joins up with special guest Mike who is the newest contestant on the Final Fantasy Quiz. How does he do? Listen to find out. A wonderful remix from Final Fantasy 4 rounds out the show nicely. Enjoy the episode and we’ll see you guys again soon!
Aug 5, 2014
The future of Kingdom Hearts Union is upon us! Branden, Churro, and Sabrina sit down once again to discuss all things Kingdom Hearts. First thing on the docket is the State of the Kingdom Hearts Union address. Listen in to hear what the gang has planed for the future of the show and how you can help and get involved! After the update, the trio moves on to the news. They go in depth into the announcements such as Nomura at San Diego Comic Con (and how Churro met him), Square Enix losing a big technical director, the KH 2.5 HD cover being revealed, the KH 1.5/2.5 collector’s editions for the Japanese release, and the KH 2.5 HD collector’s edition for North America. Hearing Churro’s story of meeting Nomura is exciting and touching! Next up, questions! The hosts sit down and answer some great questions: do they want Kingdom Hearts X (Chi), what was their favorite part of KH2, and which enemy class from the KH series is their favorite? Enjoy the end of the show with a great Kingdom Hearts 2 remix. We really hope you enjoyed this extra long episode and we’ll be back with you in a few weeks!
Jul 22, 2014
Final Fantasy Union is BACK AGAIN for another fun show. Darryl and Lauren sit down and talk about all things Final Fantasy. First topic on the list is controversial! The couple discuss the recent Type-0 fan translation cancellation by Square Enix. Darryl and Lauren read some of your comments to get your feelings on the situation. Interestingly, your responses are pretty varried. How do Darryl and Lauren feel? You’ll have to listen to find out. Next up, the news and we have some great announcements to talk about this episode. First up is the new Explorers game that’s been announced. They talk about its release date, the musical theme that’s been released, and the classes that have been announced. Next up is the cryptic announcement for Record Keeper. What does the timer on the teaser site mean? Will it only be a Japanese release? More information is sure to come. The Final Fantasy Quiz is the next part of the show. Join David as he tests his skills and knowledge; listen in to see how he does! Rounding out the show as usual is the music segment and we have an awesome Final Fantasy 7 remix that will kick your teeth in! We really hope you guys enjoyed the show this week and we’ll be back with you again soon! Cheers!
Jul 8, 2014
Another week is upon us and another episode of Kingdom Hearts Union is here for you! Branden and Churro sit down once again for another awesome bro-cast about all things Kingdom Hearts. First up on the itinerary is the news. The guys work through the information at hand including KH2.5 will have battle scenes for Re:Coded, Birth By Sleep will unfortunately not have multiplayer, and Tai Yasue’s favorite pick for a new Disney world is Frozen. Square Enix also addressed the general disappointment that fans expressed from lack of KH news at E3. After the news, the duo launch into a discussion about an interview that KHU landed (which is LIVE right now). The interview was with Seth Kearsley, the director of the much rumored KH animated series that, unfortunately, never came to fruition. Would the series have been a good idea? Should they still make it? What should it look and feel like? Branden and Churro leave no stone unturned! Then we have your answers to the last Burning Question. We need your answers for the new BQ which is “What would you want a Kingdom Hearts animated series to be like?” Get us your responses; we are so excited to hear your thoughts! Bringing the show to a close is a remix from Kingdom Hearts 2 that is a phenomenal re-arrangement and cover of Sanctuary; this is one you won’t want to miss! Enjoy the show and we’ll see you guys again in a couple of weeks!
Jul 8, 2014
Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a Kingdom Hearts TV show? How about a movie? Ten years ago it was rumored that Disney was developing a Kingdom Hearts animated series. As far back as November of 2004 there were reports from people that had seen a pilot episode for Kingdom Hearts, but it was never confirmed, leaked, or mentioned ever again. Now in 2014 Kingdom Hearts Union is proud to sit down with Seth Kearsley, the director and writer hired by Disney to adapt Kingdom Hearts into a television series! Seth has worked on many animated series such as Mummies Alive (1998), Family Guy (2005), and Looney Toons (2012) as well as feature films such as Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights. Mr. Kearsley has also made a small selection of the storyboard available online. Join Branden, as he travels back to 2002 with Seth Kearsley and unlock the truth behind this show that never was!
Jun 24, 2014
E3 2014 has come and gone and Final Fantasy Union is back to perform the post-mortem on the event. Darryl is joined by Lauren and special guest, Branden from Kingdom Hearts Union. They waste no time by jumping straight into the discussion. First up is the news (or lack there off) for FFXV at the show. They hypothesize when we might hear more news and where that news will come from. They then talk about Type-0 and Agito and its eventual release to the western audience. No release dates yet. Final Fantasy XIV had a lot of news about their new patch scheduled to release in early July. And finally, a brand new game was announced called Final Fantasy Explorers on the 3DS. Interestingly, it’s been rumored to be only a western release. See what the trio think about this new title and what it could mean! The Final Fantasy Quiz is BACK again and Darryl and Lauren put contestant, Chris, to the test. How does he do? Listen and find out! Rounding out this post-E3 episode is a wonderful remix from Final Fantasy 7 that you’re sure to enjoy! Even though E3 was a bit of a bust for Final Fantasy, we hope you enjoyed the show. Stay tuned for more news and podcast episodes coming soon and we’ll see you guys in a couple weeks!