Lots of interesting articles from over the weekend to help kick off the week. It was also Black Friday with today being Cyber Monday. What good deals are you all finding? Sound off in the comments. While you start the week, here’s news and reviews you might have missed.
Dark Horse Books, Square Enix, and Disney present Kingdom Hearts Ultimania: The Story Before Kingdom Hearts III. Originally published in Japanese, this English translation of the fan-favorite reference guide is sure to capture the imaginations of Disney fans and gamers everywhere, arriving June 2021.
A gorgeous oversized hardcover collecting Kingdom Hearts art and trivia, leading up to the events of the most current entry in the beloved saga!
Enter the magical worlds of Disney as featured in the hit Kingdom Hearts video game series! This meticulously crafted tome showcases each of Kingdom Hearts’ unique worlds, characters, and equipment, encompassing all the games predating Kingdom Hearts III. Explore character profiles from icons like King Mickey and Goofy to modern favorites like Tron or Captain Jack Sparrow. Study detailed summaries of story arcs, along with rare concept designs and storyboards! No stone is left unturned in this grand overview, which includes content from Kingdom Hearts Final Mix through Kingdom Hearts Unchained X.
Kingdom Hearts Ultimania: The Story Before Kingdom Hearts III arrives in comic shops and bookstores June 15, 2021, and is available for pre-order now for $44.99.
The Avengers video game from Square Enix is out now, and fans everywhere are immersing themselves in its epic storyline. But what do they do when they’re not playing the game? They play with Minimates! The 2-inch mini-figure line has a new assortment available at Walgreens stores, and they’re based on the Avengers team’s new Gamerverse looks!
Two 2-packs are available, featuring Iron Man with Hulk and Black Widow with Captain America. Iron Man includes a removable helmet and interchangeable hairpiece, plus a flight stand. Captain America includes his trusty shield and a removable helmet with analternate hairpiece, while Black Widow has two batons and two pistols.
Each 2-inch mini-figure features 14 points of articulation, for a variety of action poses, and parts are fully interchangeable for endless customization. Find a Walgreens near you at Walgreens.com!
A new trailer has been released for the upcoming video game Marvel’s Avengers. The game is by Square Enix, Eidos Montreal, and Crystal Dynamics.
In it, we get a better sense of the storyline which puts Kamala Khan at the center of reassembling the Avengers after an event they’re blamed for. In the new video, we get a sense of some gameplay and cinematics which… are a mixed bag. There’s also hints as to what sort of currency system will be in the game leading to some speculation that you may be spending out of pocket to get everything. The game will allow you to team up with three players to take on AIM.
Marvel’s Avengers come to shelves September 4, 2020.
Since the first game’s release in 1991, Square Enix has been dazzling fans worldwide with the fantastical and action-packed world of Mana. More than twenty-five years later, the magic of Mana still lives on and now Dark Horse Books and Square Enix are proud to present The Art of Mana.
The first official art book of Square Enix’s hit Mana video game series, The Art of Mana collects more than twenty-five years’ worth of memories with over 200 pages featuring more than 400 illustrations from the original creative team along with detailed explorations of every character, original sketches, world designs, and much more. Presented in English for the first time, this beautiful collection is not to be missed.
The Art of Managoes on sale January 28, 2019, and is available for pre-order. Be sure to pick up a copy of this 216-page art book for $39.99.
Sony Pictures Television and Hivemind announced a new partnership with global video game powerhouse Square Enix to develop a first-of-its-kind, live-action adaptation of a beloved chapter from the blockbuster Final Fantasyseries, which has sold more than 144 million units worldwide across three decades.
The live-action television series will tell an original story set in the fantastic world of Eorzea, based on Final Fantasy XIV, the franchise’s blockbuster online role-playing game. Since it first debuted in 2013, the online title has continued to delight and amass millions of players around the world year over year and only further cemented Final Fantasy as one of the most storied and influential franchises in gaming history.
Inspired directly by the world and characters of the title’s fourteenth installment, the project will embrace the bold and genre-bending sensibilities of the revered and long-running Final Fantasy series as it explores the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict. Filled with iconic hallmarks of the title’s revered mythology – magitek and beastmen, airships and chocobos – the forthcoming series will feature a mixture of new and familiar faces. Those will, notably, include the live-action debut of Cid – one of the games’ central and most beloved characters who has appeared in almost every installment of the franchise to date.
Final Fantasy’s multibillion-dollar legacy is one of the most influential pieces of global pop culture of the past 30 years with a footprint that now encompasses all major home and handheld consoles, as well as toys, card games, manga, soundtracks, concerts and live events on three continents. The upcoming television adaptation represents a momentous new milestone for the franchise and will mark the first time a Final Fantasy world – and its many beloved inhabitants – will be realized in live action.
Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, and Dinesh Shamdasani of Hivemind will serve as Executive Producers on the series. Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton have been commissioned to write for the series and will also serve as Executive Producers.
During their E3 press conference, Square Enix revealed our first look at Marvel’s Avengers developed by Crystal Dynamics.
The game takes place on A-Day in San Francisco where the Avengers are opening a new headquarters. Something goes terribly wrong resulting in destruction and death and the Avengers are to blame. The Avengers are outlawed and five years later must come together when a new threat arises.
The game is both single player and co-op combining cinematic storytelling and action in an original story. You’ll play as Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Iron Man.
The game features four player co-op where you can “customize a growing roster of heroes.” You’ll play against new threats. Every new hero, in every region, will be delivered at no additional cost. No loot boxes. No pay to win scenarios.
Marvel’s Avengers is out for PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC worldwide. “Awesome surprises” will be coming to the Playstation audience including early beta access and “unique benefits” to be revealed in the future.
E3 is right around the corner and one of the most anticipated games is Marvel’s Avengers by Square Enix. Its been revealed that not only is the game coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but also to Google Stadia.
The revelation came fromt he game’s Twitter account where an image of the poster on the side of a building shows the four platforms.
We can also assume it won’t by coming to the Nintendo Switch based on this.
The game is the first of a multi-game partnership between Marvel and Square Enix. We’ll learn more about it very soon.
The highly successful partnership continues to expand as Dark Horse and Square Enix offer two new Final Fantasy art books, Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large and FF DOT: The Pixel Art of Final Fantasy.
In Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large, Final Fantasy fans can have a unique and adorable experience with beloved art from throughout the franchise as miniature photographer Tatsuya Tanka takes a whimsical approach to iconic scenes from the Final Fantasy series.
Tanaka’s vibrant and cheerful miniature photography is showcased side-by-side with concept art that details the process of each photo’s creation. This 96-page hard cover tome catalogs fan-favorite moments captured from across the Final Fantasy series, followed by a longform interview with Tatsuya Tanaka himself.
In FF DOT: The Pixel Art of Final Fantasy, experience the intriguing evolution of pixel art from the Final Fantasy series! Containing detailed sprite sheets that showcase the pixel composition of Final Fantasy’s beloved characters, highlighting tools used by the developers, and including a special interview with Kazuko Shibuya—the character pixel artist for the Final Fantasy series. FF DOTis an extraordinary 296-page hard cover art book that immerses readers into an iconic aspect of the Final Fantasy history and experience.
Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large arrives in comic shops and bookstores December 17, 2019 and FF DOTarrives a month later on January 28, 2020 for $24.99. Miniature Final Fantasy is available for pre-order for $19.99.
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