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!
Jun 10, 2014
Well, much to our disappointment, Square Enix has announced that there will be no new news for Kingdom Hearts at E3 2014. However, that doesn’t deter our awesome podcast team from making a great show. Branden is joined by Churro and Sabrina and they dive right on in to this extra long episode! First off, the gang talks about the announcement that SE made concerning KH3 and E3 this year. However, there was a new teaser trailer for the game and the trio give their thoughts and theories on what they trailer could mean. THEN, they reenact the trailer for your entertainment! Outside of KH3 news, we have release dates for KH 2.5 HD in Japan, North America, and Europe! Because E3 is upon us, the hosts have a special segment called “Games you should care about”. This is a segment about games you should play in the meantime while we wait for KH3 to hit shelves. The Burning Question for next time is “What game showed at E3 2014 are you most excited for apart from KH3 or FFXV?” Get your answers in! After that, it’s time for your questions and this show we have a great discussion about whether or not Riku will/should have a game devoted to him or if it should just stay with Sora. Shenanigans ensue! The show comes to a close with a wonderful remix from both KH and 358/2 that’s great fun. We hope you guys really enjoy E3 this year and we’ll see you again in a few weeks!
May 27, 2014
Another day, another episode of Final Fantasy Union! Welcome back everyone for the 92nd episode of FFU. Darryl is joined as always by Lauren and Spencer and they jump right into the main course of the show: what’s going to happen at E3? They start off giving their individual thoughts on what we’ll see. Are they optimistic or pessimistic? They then break down E3 based on the different FF games. First up is Final Fantasy XV; will there be a new trailer or news that we don’t already know? Maybe even a release date?!? The gang then talks about FF Type-0/Agito. There’s been almost no word on this game. Is it time for Square Enix to release the game? And let’s not forget about SE’s most popular title right now: Final Fantasy XIV. When will the new expansion be here? We have so many questions and hopes for E3 this year; with any luck, Square Enix will not disappoint. Perhaps they will raise the bar from last year. We’ll know very soon! The FF Quiz is back this show with Colson; listen in to see how he does and whether or not he tops the chart! The show rounds out with a wonderful remix from Final Fantasy 7 that you’re sure to dig. Enjoy the show, keep your fingers crossed for E3, and we’ll see you guys in a couple of weeks!
May 20, 2014
Hey everyone and welcome back to another (albeit, late) episode of Kingdom Hearts Union! The old saying, better late than never, is certainly applicable here. After many technical difficulties, the gang pushed hard and still got the show ready for you! This show has some great discussions that you won’t want to miss. First off, the trio take a look at the different ways that Square Enix released information and news for the past games in order to try and hypothesize what we just might see at E3 2014 which is JUST around the corner. In the same vein, the gang reads your responses to the Burning Question which was what you think will be shown for KH at E3 this year. Your responses are positive but also quite realistic; Nomura has fooled us more than once! However, after last year’s E3 event, who’s to say what we’ll see? Afterwards, we have an amazing question from you guys that seems to be on everyone’s mind right now: will there be a Frozen crossover in KH in the future? What about FF13 or FF15? The hosts let you now their thoughts! Rounding out the show, as always, is a great remix and this episode brings an arrangement from KH Dream Drop Distance. We can’t thank you guys enough for all the love and support you give us; we can’t wait to be back with you in just a few short weeks!
Apr 29, 2014
Greetings everyone and welcome back once again to Final Fantasy Union! The time has come for the trio, Darryl, Lauren, and Spencer, to come together and discuss all things Final Fantasy. This show brings some crazy and fun discussions that you’re sure to enjoy! The show starts off with a real bang as the gang sits down and talks, in depth, about the recent press release from Square Enix admitting to losing focus in the way they develop and release their games. There is a veritable ton of ranting, discussion, and tangents. With any luck, the FF that we once new may be returning! After this hefty segment, next up is the news. Listen in as the hosts talk about Sony dumping their SE stock shares, the new Theatrhythm game having a TON of songs from all the different FF titles (not just the games; the movies too), FF14 surpassing 2 million users, and FF15/KH3 being rumored to make an E3 appearance. There is certainly a lot to get through so hang on tight. Next on the agenda are your responses to the Burning Question which was “Which did you spend more time playing: Lightning Returns or FF10/10-2 HD?” You guys were pretty much all on the same side on this one; you’ll have to listen to hear which side it is. And following your answers are your questions for the gang. This time, they discuss issues like their thoughts on FF4 and what one hero/villain in any FF game would they change if they could. The music segment rounds out the show as usual with a really fun remix from Crisis Core. E3 is almost here and we’ll be here to let you know all the details as they come in!
Apr 15, 2014
Another day, another awesome Kingdom Hearts Union show! Welcome back to the 65th episode with Branden and Churro; the first bro-cast of the year. The guys start things off with a discussion concerning the recent comments from the Square Enix CEO regarding the direction of games that they create. Lots of fun ranting and tangents to be had! Then the gentlemen move into your responses to the last Burning Question which was what do you think will be released next after KH 2.5. Interestingly, your answers are not as geared towards new game releases but rather CE versions or supplementary material for KH. This is why we love hearing your thoughts; you never fail to keep surprising us! The next Burning Question is ready for you to answer which is “What do you expect to see from Kingdom Hearts at E3 2014?” What’s next on the itinerary? Why, it’s your questions of course. The duo address questions concerning FF summons in KH, Chain of Memories on the GBA and whether it still holds up, and will Disney help promote/hype KH3 as much as they did for KH2. The guys have fun with these! And then wrapping up the show as always is the music segment. Enjoy the KH2 Final Mix remix that we found on YouTube! We can’t wait to see you all again in a few weeks!
Apr 9, 2014
In this episode, the voice of Chocolina, Julie Nathanson, joins Final Fantasy Union for the first time to talk about her role in Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns! This marks the final interview in our series for the release of Lightning Returns and it was a pleasure to talk to Julie. As always, we had a chance to field our own questions, but also had a ton of questions from the community, which was great! This interview was recorded after the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and continues on with our series of interviews with the voice cast. It's definitely one for fans of Chocolina, even if you just listen to the beginning! (although we recommend you listen to more)
Apr 1, 2014
Hey everyone and welcome back to another episode of Final Fantasy Union! This show, Darryl is joined by Lauren and Spencer and they are all over the Final Fantasy X HD release. First up is an incredibly in depth discussion about the new game release. The trio waxes nostalgic about their very first experience playing Final Fantasy X. Hear what they thought and felt when they played the game for the first time years and years ago. They talk about who their favorite characters are as well as how popular the game is on social media right now. Is it worth picking up? After listening, you’ll have to decide for yourself! The Final Fantasy quiz is next up on the schedule. Community member Lief joins the show to try his luck at the FF quiz. See how you do with the questions he had to answer. And now we move onto your questions. The gang have discussions about wether or not remaking Final Fantasy 7 is really that hard, their thoughts on FF12: Revenant Wings, and what FF creature who has been absent from the games for a while should come back.Wrapping up the show is the music segment which comes from Lightning Returns. Enjoy the show and we’ll be back soon!
Mar 18, 2014
Kingdom Hearts Union is back again with another episode made just for you; yes, YOU, reading this sentence right now! We hope you enjoy the show, Dave and Marry! If you’re name is Dave or Marry, how freaked out are you right now?!? ANYWAY, welcome back to another show with Branden who is joined by Churro and Sabrina. This show takes a small detour from the norm with a fun new segment called the “Survey Segment”. Square Enix released a survey asking fans questions about their gaming habits as well as their favorite KH games. The trio goes through many of the questions and answer them for your enjoyment. Come see what games the gang have played and what the think about the franchise in general. After the Survey, it’s time for your responses to the Burning Question that was asked 2 episodes ago! Better late than never :). They read your responses to what you think the next KH game will be after 2.5 HD. Your answers are pretty darn varied which is always fun! We need your answers for the new Burning Question which is “What would you like to see in a KH Collector’s Edition?” The show ends on a high note with a great remix from the franchise, except this time, it’s an original composition rather than a remix. A composer has written what they think a battle theme for KH3 would sound like if there were a Frozen themed world. It’s a wonderful track that you’ll want to hear. We hope you guys really enjoyed the show, especially you Jamie and Brent. We’ll see you all again in a few weeks!
Mar 4, 2014
Welcome back everyone to another episode of Final Fantasy Union! Darryl is here and is joined by Lauren and Spencer and they don't waste any time. This episode is a especially fun as there has been a brand new game release in the FF universe and the trio start things off by going into a DEEP discussion of their thoughts and feelings for the game. However, don't worry, the show is spoiler free! They spend time giving their opinion on the story, gameplay, the trilogy as a whole, and much much more! We had asked you guys what you thought about the game and they read your responses; you were quite positive! Right after the Lightning Returns review, Darryl and Lauren team up with Arvis for the second Final Fantasy Quiz segment. You can hear how well he does! Then they move into your questions and this show they have some great topics! Listen in as they talk about issues like the relevance of the earlier FF games and whether Final Fantasy 15 be out in 2014 or not. The remix at the end of this show goes hand in hand with our featured discussion as it's a remix from Lightning Returns! We hope you guys enjoyed the show and we can't wait to be with you all in a few weeks!
Feb 24, 2014
This is a very short episode of the podcast which brings Darry, Lauren, Branden and Churro together to tell you guys us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/ffkhunion). It's a service that kind of works like Kickstarter, but it's based around supporting creators on an ongoing basis and getting some cool rewards for doing so. You can find out more about those on the page, but if we are able to get enough pledges, we will hopefully go back to doing one episode a week!