Even though we’ve long known the exact date when Kingdom Hearts III will finally unleash its Disney-Final Fantasy mashed-up gaming goodness, it’s been hard to grasp the feeling that the next long-awaited installment in the franchise is really and truly upon us. After all, and despite tons of remixes, compilations, and stop-gap installments, it’s been nearly 13 long years since Kingdom Hearts II released for the PlayStation 2 to give Sora, Donald, and Goofy a true mainline game all to themselves.
But there’s nothing like a firsthand look at the official box art of an upcoming title to put us in the frame of mind that it’s actually real, and Square Enix has done exactly that with the release of KHIII’s cover. Check it out below:
Along with the lavishly illustrated cover, the studio also released a new, Big Hero 6-themed Japanese trailer that expands on the shorter version Square Enix unveiled a few weeks back. The new clip also shows off Sora’s ability to shoot selfies (hey, it’s 2018) with his Gummiphone, and gives us additional glimpses at other Disney movie environments, including Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Tetsuya Nomura-directed Kingdom Hearts III releases on Jan. 29 of next year.
Switch fans, today’s the day: Nintendo Switch Online, the subscription service that allows cloud saving and access to dozens of NES classic titles, for starters, goes live today. Available by the month for $3.99, in three-month packages for $7.99, or for a 12-month cost of $19.99, Switch Online also opens up online features for cartridge-based games, and allows players to chat using the Switch Online app.
Another online debut — or, rather, a reboot — was unveiled today with YouTube’s reveal of a thoroughly reworked gaming hub, which the Google-owned platform hopes to fashion into a Twitch competitor.
Google announced that YouTube Gaming’s app features are being migrated to a more easily accessed, higher-visibility spur from YouTube’s main site hub. The move also comes with a new online address: youtube.com/gaming.
Finally, a pair of upcoming bundles — one hardware, the other software.
First up, Nintendo unveiled an all-new Fortnite-themed Switch bundle, which it plans to have ready for sale well ahead of the holiday shopping season. Via Venturebeat, the $300 Fortnite — Double Helix bundle comes packed in with the Switch console, Fortnite’s Double Helix gear set, and 1,000 V-bucks in in-game currency to spend inside the otherwise free-to-play blockbuster.
The new bundle reportedly is hitting store shelves beginning Oct. 5.
On the software side, Sega has just revealed plans to bring no fewer than 50 of the curated titles from its Sega Genesis Classics collection to Switch, after debuting the same package earlier this year on competing Sony and Microsoft consoles, as well as PC.
The collection features a robust lineup of fondly remembered games from Sega’s 16-bit era, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Gunstar Heroes, and Phantasy Star. The bundle doesn’t yet have a hard release date, but Sega promises it’ll be ready sometime this winter.
Nintendo also commemorated the reveal in a just-released roundup trailer, which you can check out below.