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Gaming: Kingdom Hearts III opening scene, Super Meat Boy sequel, Conan Unconquered

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Dec 10, 2018, 9:23 AM EST

We’re only a little more than a month away from the most-anticipated Square Enix game this side of the Final Fantasy VII remake, and the studio’s whetting fan appetites with all-new footage that shows off the first thing you’ll see when you make it past the loading screen for Kingdom Hearts III.

The new opening cinematic trailer for KHIII hit the game’s official Twitter account Sunday, framed by that much-discussed Skrillex theme song. The inspirational, J-pop-tinged “Face My Fears” sets up the 90-second clip as Sora re-assembles his team of Disney A-listers (that’d be Donald, Goofy, and Mickey, for you Kingdom Hearts first-timers).

For all the other recent mash-up trailers that highlight the cross-pollination between Disney and Final Fantasy, the new clip comes heavily populated by characters on the FF side of the Kingdom Hearts equation. That’s okay, though, since the game already is confirmed to take our heroes through loads of Disney areas, including the worlds of Tangled, Big Hero 6, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Hercules, Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean, and probably many more.

​​​The long-awaited sequel to Super Meat Boy, the legendarily difficult old-school platformer that followed the travails of our red-cubed hero on the search for his kidnapped girlfriend, finally has a release date (or at least a release window). 

Developer Team Meat has revealed that the followup to one of the Xbox 360’s biggest cult hits will arrive in April of next year, under the title Super Meat Boy Forever — because, as Team Meat wryly notes, it’s a “less boring name than Super Meat Boy 2.”

The new game still features the evil Dr. Fetus as the big bad, but this time out, he’s kidnapped Nugget, the new, questionably adorable offspring of Meat Boy and his beloved Bandage Girl. With “dynamically constructed” levels that scale to the game’s increasing difficulty, plus new two-button controls that promise to expand on the gameplay repertoire of the original, the developers promise “you will die…a lot.”

Check out the announcement trailer below, and start exercising both those thumbs: Super Meat Boy Forever arrives next spring for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and the Epic Games Store, followed by a Steam release in April of 2020.

Team Meat on YouTube

From survival to MMORPG to third-person adventure, the mythically hostile universe of Conan the Barbarian has already provided the backdrop for a slew of gaming genres. But Funcom is promising the next one, Conan Unconquered, will be the first of its kind. 

The publisher unveiled Conan Unconquered last week with an announcement trailer that sets up the new game in epically cinematic fashion. Narrated by a vaguely Ahh-nold-esque protagonist, the good guys summon a colossus to help them break a siege, meeting the oncoming horde on a massive battlefield. 

Funcom on YouTube

Unconquered tasks you with building and defending a stronghold to house an “unconquerable army,” one assembled to survive “wave after wave of increasingly more difficult enemies” who lay siege to your creation and force you to wisely manage your scarce resources. Single-player is the default mode, but the game also will feature two-player co-op gameplay in which players can share one base, yet “freely construct new buildings and amass an army to reach their common goal.” 

Funcom hasn’t revealed a release date, nor has it indicated the game will release to any other platform besides PC (via the Steam store), but it’s expected to arrive sometime in the second quarter of 2019.