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OPINION: Locking Away the Ending of KINGDOM HEARTS III



“Harry is the ultimate horcrux! Ron marries Hermoine! Snape was actually on Dumbledore’s aspect!”

In case you have been anyplace close to a bookstore at midnight on July 21, 2007 – the day that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (the seventh guide within the Harry Potter franchise) was launched worldwide, there was a non-zero probability that you’d have heard these phrases shouted at you as you have been ready in line to safe your midnight copy of the ebook.

When you don’t consider me, simply take a look at the video under because the Deathly Hallows ending will get spoiled for individuals in line for the ultimate ebook launch:

It turned out that 4 days earlier than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was launched to the general public, the complete 784-page ebook hardbound guide was revealed on-line for anybody to learn in a collection of photographs on file-sharing web sites. And for these unfortunate individuals who had the epilogue ruined for them whereas ready in line to find it for themselves, it needed to be simply one of the irritating experiences attainable.

Extra lately, two weeks earlier than Tremendous Smash Bros. Final was launched, the complete recreation was dumped and leaked on-line, apparently originating from a WarezNX Discord server. The whole lot was placed on show: from the levels and music to the characters and opening video and extra.

Do you need to understand how Isabelle from Animal Crossing settles it in Smash?

You’d have been capable of finding out early on in case you went looking for it.

Which brings us to the message posted over the weekend by KINGDOM HEARTS III Director Tetsuya Nomura over on the official KINGDOM HEARTS Fb web page:


Director Tetsuya Nomura lays out how SQUARE ENIX prevents spoilers for KINGDOM HEARTS III. (Picture owned by SQUARE ENIX).

Within the observe, Director Nomura-san states, bluntly, that KINGDOM HEARTS III has leaked. He then reveals that the staff at SQUARE ENIX held again the epilogue and secret film for KINGDOM HEARTS III, which he calls “the most important spoilers on this recreation” and he states that they “are deliberate to be launched at a later date simply in case, so they won’t be proven earlier than the sport’s launch.” Director Nomura-san concludes by stating that the intent of doing this was so that everybody can “benefit from the recreation collectively when it releases on January 29, 2019.”

Whereas SQUARE ENIX has not, as of this publication, said precisely how the epilogue and secret film will probably be distributed, it’s truthful to say that it’ll in all probability contain it both being locked on-disc with it turning into unlocked upon verifying with the web servers that it’s certainly at the least launch day or that it is going to be out there as a (presumably free) day-one patch.

“On this period of accelerating [online] connectivity…it solely is sensible that SQUARE ENIX, as a way to forestall the sport from being actually ruined for individuals who simply need to full the storyline of Sora, Riku, Kairi, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy that they started in 2002, would take preventative steps like this.”

I say that this can be a good factor, even when I nonetheless have critical reservations on how will probably be dealt with within the long-term.

Reminiscent of the examples I cited at first of the article, individuals are going to need to spoil main leisure franchises. The KINGDOM HEARTS franchise has been ongoing since 2002, and there have been a number of online game titles, a number of manga collection, two full orchestra live performance collection (certainly one of which I coated after E3 2017), a meet up for the KINGDOM HEARTS cellular recreation (which I additionally attended in April this yr), and extra. KINGDOM HEARTS III has been some of the extremely anticipated and extremely demanded titles throughout your complete online game historical past consequently. Naturally, individuals need to get ahold of the sport early on to take pleasure in it as early as potential, leak it so extra can take pleasure in it, and (let’s be trustworthy) spoil it for others.


Simply one of many many, MANY tweets on the market of people that have been calling for KINGDOM HEARTS III to be launched for years. (Picture taken from Twitter).

And truthfully, these steps are an excellent factor. It permits individuals who need to benefit from the full KINGDOM HEARTS III recreation to have the ability to achieve this with out dealing with the potential consequence that the KINGDOM HEARTS III epilogue and secret film gained’t be ruined for the unsuspecting in a buried remark within the /r/knitting subreddit. It additionally permits SQUARE ENIX to take care of government management over their product, regardless of the remainder of the world’s greatest efforts, till launch day when the complete world can discover all of it collectively (in contrast to these unlucky souls who had the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows spoiled for them within the midnight launch line).

The most important concern that can be undoubtedly raised might be “However what about these individuals who don’t join their Xbox One/PlayStation four on-line?! How will they have the ability to expertise the epilogue or the key film?!” The straightforward general message is plain: Individuals play and buy on-line in more and more giant numbers. This conclusion is buttressed by the truth that within the Might 23, 2017 Sony Company Technique Assembly, Sony revealed that there have been 70 million “Month-to-month Lively Customers” of the PlayStation Community:


That’s a critically great amount of people that use the online-only PlayStation Community. (Picture owned by Sony).

When saying the PlayStation four Professional 500 MIllion Restricted Version, Sony said that there have been 81.2 million PlayStation four models bought as of July 22, 2018. Whereas the PSN-online numbers undoubtedly additionally embrace PlayStation three and PlayStation Vita (keep in mind, we love the Vita right here at oprainfall) consoles which might be used on-line, it’s clear that the variety of gamers who don’t recreation on-line in SOME style on Sony platforms (and can’t subsequently unlock the KINGDOM HEARTS III epilogue and secret film) are vanishingly few in quantity.

In a unique and extra particular online game instance, Activision Blizzard, Inc. revealed throughout their Q3 2017 earnings name that greater than 50% of the copies bought via for Future 2 have been digital purchases. We’re, in reality, related sufficient to the web to be past the times the place the Xbox One was first revealed by Microsoft (which was mocked by Sony) and subsequently rebuked on-line in 2013 for the straightforward requirement of needing to attach sometimes on-line:

KINGDOM HEARTS III | Xbox One Connectivity

This principally says that Xbox One may be performed offline, however does require the occasional web connection. Taken from a 2013 Xbox One FAQ that was put up after the reveal presentation. (Picture owned by Microsoft).

On this period of accelerating connectivity, with extra players than ever earlier than shopping for content material on-line and connecting their consoles on-line, it solely is sensible that SQUARE ENIX, in an effort to forestall the plot for KINGDOM HEARTS III from being actually ruined for individuals who simply need to full the storyline of Sora, Riku, Kairi, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy that they started in 2002, would take preventative steps like this. This novel concept of locking the KINGDOM HEARTS III epilogue and secret film away as a safety towards leaks, in a world the place more and more fewer and fewer consoles are usually not related on-line, is a wonderfully affordable step to take and I personally applaud SQUARE ENIX for having the unlucky foresight to take action.

Lastly, and to a (barely) much less necessary diploma, it incentivizes individuals to obtain and set up the day-one patch for recreation bug fixes. In any case – you get the epilogue and the key film as a bonus to take pleasure in when you end KINGDOM HEARTS III! That is actually one thing that can’t be missed, and is a intelligent method to make sure that individuals play one of the best model of the sport attainable.

That each one stated, there are critical unanswered questions that SQUARE ENIX wants to deal with with the gamer group at giant, even when I’m usually supportive of what they did for KINGDOM HEARTS III.

If the KINGDOM HEARTS III epilogue and secret ending will not be presently on the market within the leaked copies, then precisely how will players acquire them? Will SQUARE ENIX lock this content material away in a approach to forestall the sport from having a resale worth and subsequently forestall the utilization of the ‘first-sale’ doctrine? What is going to SQUARE ENIX do when the PlayStation four servers ultimately go offline and this epilogue/secret film content material is not accessible (as we now have seen with the web providers for the PlayStation 2/Unique Xbox)?

I truthfully hope that no matter SQUARE ENIX has labored out will satisfactorily reply all of those questions, however I significantly can’t consider a passable answer to those questions.

Regardless, I’m nonetheless shopping for KINGDOM HEARTS III -and I’m wanting ahead to enjoying it- on launch day.


Sora with Rapunzel (from the film “Tangled”) in KINGDOM HEARTS III. (Picture owned by SQUARE ENIX).

You possibly can pre-order KINGDOM HEARTS III for the PlayStation four (Common & Deluxe Editions) and Xbox One (Common & Deluxe Editions) now.

You may also take a look at my hands-on impressions of KINGDOM HEARTS III from E3 2018 and take a look at our information to get the Starlight Keyblade DLC for KINGDOM HEARTS III RIGHT NOW earlier than the sport launches January 29, 2019.

What do you consider SQUARE ENIX locking away the epilogue and secret film for KINGDOM HEARTS III? Do you agree with me? 

Tell us within the feedback under!

About Quentin H.

Likes pina coladas and getting caught within the rain. And video video games. Can’t overlook these video video games. Anime too. Shouldn’t overlook that both.

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