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Gaming roundup: PS4 starts Fortnite crossplay; Castlevania updates; new Kingdom Hearts voice actors

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Sep 26, 2018

Today’s gaming roundup covers all angles (casting, new releases, and gameplay options) but they all have a common throughline in the PlayStation 4. Some reflect a bit better on the system and its company than others, however.

After getting dragged all over the internet for not playing well with others, Sony and its PS4 are opening up Fortnite to cross-system play in an open beta. That means PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC players will be able to wage war against each other to be the final surviving member of each round.

According to the PlayStation Blog, the beta (of indeterminate length) will be the first step in establishing better crossplay for certain games. John Kodera, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said that the company has "identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content," with the first step being Fortnite’s beta.

This is a major change in Sony’s stingy crossplay policy that had recently come under fire after Fortnite debuted on the Nintendo Switch and highlighted how Sony’s current setup would cause problems for players attempting to play the game on multiple consoles. As the beta develops, it could mean that other games with extreme multi-platform popularity could see increased cooperation from Sony.

Next up, Kingdom Hearts fans actually have some good news for once. According to EW, Kingdom Hearts III, the Disney-meets-Final-Fantasy game that’s been on its way almost as long as the mythical Half-Life 3, has added the voices of some of the Disney stars emerging since its last game’s release back in 2005.

Films like Frozen and Tangled meant adding Idina Menzel’s Elsa, Kristen Bell’s Anna, Josh Gad’s Olaf, Jonathan Groff’s Kristoff, Donna Murphy’s Mother Gethel, and Zachary Levi’s Flynn - but that doesn’t mean old favorites aren’t joining the party as well.

The dynamic duo of Toy Story - the dinosaur and piggy bank - are joining the fun, bringing along the iconic voices of John Ratzenberger and Wallace Shawn, while Hercules brings Tate Donovan and Pirates of the Caribbean tows Kevin R. McNally. For the main crew, however, nothing has changed. Donald, Goofy, and Sora will all keep their voice talent as Kingdom Hearts III hits PS4 and Xbox One on Jan. 29.

Finally, when we reported that the Korean Games Ratings Board likely foretold of an upcoming Castlevania release, we weren’t wrong. Castlevania Requiem is in fact bringing the combination of Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night to the PS4.

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That’s awesome, because these throwbacks are widely regarded as the best in the franchise. But don’t think it’s all nostalgia. The games are also getting a nice graphical polish, new achievements, and full use of the controller’s vibration abilities.

Castlevania Requiem hits the PS4 on Oct. 26th.

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