About Erren Van Duine

As a self-professed Final Fantasy fan, Erren created Nova Crystallis in 2009 as a place to collect the latest information on her favorite series. As owner and Editor-in-Chief, she also spends her time writing for RPG Site as Senior US Editor.

Download Sora for free in World of Final Fantasy on January 12

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Kingdom Hearts‘ own Sora is set to make his debut in World of Final Fantasy starting January 12, revealed by Tetsuya Nomura today. According to a post on Twitter, Sora will be available as a Champion Summon – free of charge.

The download period starts on January 12 and goes through March 31, 2017 on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

PlayStation 4 Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Edition hardware announced

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Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan and Square Enix have revealed the latest special hardware design featuring Kingdom Hearts. Dubbed the “Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Edition”, this limited edition PS4 is set to launch alongside Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue on January 12, 2017.

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Starting today, fans can pre-order the bundle at the Sony Store – available in two flavors. Hard drive capacity can be chosen from either 500GB (33,980 yen + tax) or 1TB (38,980 yen + tax) with the top cover featuring an original design sporting the Kingdom Hearts series 15th anniversary logo. Additionally, the top cover of the unit will be sold separately through December 22 at a cost of 3,000 yen + tax.

Contents include:

  • PS4 main unit
  • Kingdom Hearts 15 Anniversary PS4 top cover
  • Kingdom Hearts 15 Anniversary original PS4 theme
  • Kingdom Hearts 15 Anniversary original PS4 package design
  • Wireless Controller (DualShock 4) Jet Black
  • Mono headset
  • Power cord
  • HDMI cable
  • USB cable

Please note this bundle does not come packaged with the game.

Utada Hikaru’s “Hikari (Ray of Hope MIX)” EP due out January 11

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Utada Hikaru’s “Hikari (Ray of Hope MIX)” featured in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is getting the EP treatment, due out in Japan on January 11. The EP contains four tracks remixed by Japanese producer PUNPEE and a cover design by Tetsuya Nomura.

The artwork was specifically created by Nomura for Utada Hikaru back in 2014 as a gift celebrating her 15th Anniversary Cover Album.

Available for pre-order on iTunes Japan, the following tracks will be available:

  • Hikari (Ray Of Hope MIX)
  • Simple And Clean (Ray of Hope MIX)
  • Hikari (P’s CLUB MIX)
  • Simple And Clean (P’s CLUB MIX)

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NieR: Automata demo available worldwide on December 22

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NieR Automata‘s consumer demo will be available worldwide on December 22, Square Enix announced today. Soon available on the PlayStation Network, the demo features an abandoned factory as the backdrop, and follows android 2B’s mission to destroy a massive enemy weapon that lies within.

NieR: Automata is due out for PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 23, North America on March 7 and in Europe on March 10. A PC release via Steam is set for some time in 2017.

Dragon Quest Heroes II heads to North America on April 25, Europe on April 28

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Dragon Quest Heroes II will be making its way to North America on April 25 and Europe on April 28, Square Enix announced today. Shedding its PS3 and Vita versions, the game will only be available on PlayStation 4 when it arrives overseas.

Set in an all-new world with new heroes and story, Dragon Quest Heroes II is an action-RPG that sends players on a grand adventure to restore order to a once peaceful world, with thrilling battles of epic proportions along the way. With the addition of multiplayer functionality, players can form a party of up to four online to conquer swarms of enemies and defeat gigantic monsters.

Dragon Quest Heroes II sets up a cast of unique characters each with their own special moves and abilities from the classic Dragon Quest series. Similar to the first game, they’ll be joined by two original heroes – cousins Lazarel and Teresa. Square Enix has provided an announcement trailer (above) and some new screenshots from the game, which we’ve included below.

If you’d like to check out the original game, hit up our Dragon Quest Heroes review here.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue “Final Trailer”

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Square Enix has released the “Final Trailer” for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, due out in Japan on January 12.

The collection contains a fully HD and playable version of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, a movie tied in to the story of Kingdom Hearts Unchained X [Chi], and a brand-new playable episode of Birth By Sleep called 0.2 Fragmentary passage, following Aqua and her trek through the World of Darkness.

The game is due out in North America and Europe on January 24 for PlayStation 4.

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