Kingdom Hearts 3 to feature transforming keyblades, Attraction Flow system

baymax_KH3_1Disney has spilled plenty of beans at their D23 expo earlier this week, and with it were some updates on both Disney Infinity 3.0 and Kingdom Hearts 3.

Earlier we did report that KH3 will be featuring the world of Big Hero 6, wherein you will get to experience San Fransokyo after the events of the movie. Also the rumour that the world of Tangled , as spotted in the E3 trailer has been confirmed to be in the game as well. There are also hints of mount Olympus in the trailer as well but since practically every Kingdom Hearts game has featured locations from Disney’s Hercules this doesn’t come as a surprise.

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Most importantly, they’ve touched on some of the new features to be included in Kingdom Hearts 3, namely transforming Keyblades and a new Attraction Flow system that will bequeath your heroes with super powerful moved based on iconic Disney attractions. Some examples are Alice in Wonderland’s Tea Cups and the Disney Railroad, which form standalone moves that further adds complexity and flavour to the game.

As for the transformable Keyblades, apparently every single Keyblade in the game will have its own transformations that will let you customise your gameplay style to your choosing. Some will transform into projectile weapons while others increase your range or simply give you a burst of more power. This potentially adds to the already ridiculous variety of battle styles you can have in the game, so we’re pretty much dying to get to test it out for ourselves.

Still no release date for the game but it’s already shaping up to be the best title in the series so far.

via GeekTyrant

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Disney Infinity 3.0 is getting a Kingdom Hearts unlockable, but at a price

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Yes you heard that right, Disney Infinity 3.0 is going to feature a little bit of Kingdom Hearts : Sora’s keyblade, the Kingdom Key.

As much as the move appears to be an attempt to pull in KH fans but the unlockable does come at a rather incredible price; it will unlock only if you own every single figure for the game. Every last one. For fans that actually made it to the D23 expo, Disney gave out special power discs that unlocks the King Mickey costume from Kingdom Hearts.

Previous “ultimate unlocks” included Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber for the first version of Disney Infinity and his landspeeder for Disney Infinity 2.0. It may seem a bit crazy but there do exist fans out there who will gun for their fave collectibles regardless of the cost; and lets admit it, the figures for Disney Infinity are pretty nice figurines to collect even if you don’t own the game.

The new update to the franchise will include a huge heap of new characters from Star Wars : The Force Awakens, The Good Dinosaur, Zootopia and Peter Pan; on top of Light FX Star Wars figures that are aimed at collectors.

Disney Infinity 3.0 is set for an 30 August release and will also have a special Darth Vader PlayStation 4 Bundle that comes with the new game.

via Polygon

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The second season of Fafner EXODUS coming this October

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The second cour/season of Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor -EXODUS/蒼穹のファフナー EXODUS or Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – Exodus 2nd Season is confirmed for the October screening after the first cour concluded last season with 13 episodes. The story will continue on the mankind’s desperate attempt to stem the tide of silicon based alien FESTUM from overrunning Earth.

The staff and cast should not differ so much this time around for the second cour. Toshimasa Suzuki (Heroic Age, Rinne no Lagrange) and Habara Nobuyoshi (Break Blade, Bakuretsu Hunter) will be directing the series while Masafumi Mima (Chobits, Full Metal Alchemist) doing the sound directing. Script will be written by Tou Ubukata who previously worked on Ghost in the Shell: Arise and Heroic Age. Saito Tsuneyoshi ([email protected]: Xenoglossia, xxxHolic) is the music composer this time around. Hisashi Hirai (Gundam SEED, Heroic Age) will continue his gig as character designer of the upcoming series. ANGELA will once again be the singer for the series.

Studio XEBEC (Stellvia of the Universe) will be the chief animator of the production. Voice actors/actress are Kohei Kiyasu (Soushi Minashiro), Makoto Ishii (Kazuki Manabe), Marika Matsumoto (Maya Toomi) and Tamaki Nakanishi as Tsubaki Minashiro. Check out the new trailers below, that recently aired in Japan.

via: fafnerproject

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Asus announces Cosplay Selfie Challenge, win a Zenfone Selfie

Asus recently launched their Zenfone Selfie smartphone that’s pretty much designed for the selfie lover. Now Asus wants to give you a chance to snag one for yourself in this Cosplay Selfie Challenge!

The contest is pretty simple. Starting from now till 30 August 2015, just post up your most creative cosplay selfie at the event page and get as many likes as you can. The winners and the final challenge will be issued 30 August at Midvalley Megamall from 11 am to 2pm to take part and or collect your prize.

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To recap about the phone, it has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 under the hood, mated to 3GB RAM, 32GB memory and a pair of 13 megapixels for the front and the back cameras. The cameras also include dual-LED Real Tone Flash for more natural tones in your selfies.

You can check out the events page here for more details.

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Big Hero 6 is gonna be in Kingdom Hearts III

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Its just been confirmed that Kingdom Hearts III is getting Big Hero 6 as a playable world, letting you fight alongside Baymax.

The announcement was made earlier during the D23 Expo in Anaheim which also covered a multitude of other announcements from Star Wars to the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Unfortunately there hasn’t been much more news about the upcoming game, with no release date since it was announced at E3.  However, Disney’s Rapunzel has already sort of been confirmed to be in the playable world lineup as Rapunzel’s tower is visible in the E3 gameplay video months back.

They are likely to slip us more tidbits about the game as time goes on, so maybe there’s still hope for some Marvel worlds in KH3.

via Kotaku

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New poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens surprises many fans

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During D23, Disney handed out the official movie poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as drawn by the famous artist Drew Struzan. But they were more than just simple freebies.

Here’s how it looks like:

What is surprising and perhaps controversial for some fans, the poster features John Boyega’s character, Finn wielding a blue coloured lightsaber instead of the widely expected Rey (Daisy Ridley). The lightsaber is strongly rumoured  to be Luke Skywalker’s old weapon and it is widely seen as a key item in Force Awakens plot.

Perhaps this movie is about the journey of the unlikely Finn to be a Jedi? It did suggest that he is Force Sensitive. The appearance of Han Solo on the poster hints a heavy presence of the hero in relation to the main duo but in what way, we have no idea yet. The most persistent rumour is the main female lead is most likely his own daughter. But fans are disappointed that iconic characters like Luke and Leia are not featured in the poster.

On the other related news, Colin Treverow (Jurassic World) is confirmed by Lucasfilm as the director of Star Wars Episode 9 at D23. His reaction to the news, “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”

Star Wars Episode 8 will be under the directing hands of Rian Johnson (Looper) which is set for release in May 2017 whereas Episode 9 is set for 2019.

Source: Twitter & StarWars.com

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Orlando Bloom is returning with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales

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Disney confirms that Orlando Bloom (Blackhawk Down, Lord of the Rings) is returning to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales.

Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow will be still the main focus of the story with the new enemy played by Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Man) haunting him. Brenton Thwaites (Son of the Gun), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), David Wenham (Lord of the Rings), Geoffrey Rush, Kevin R. McNally and Stephen Graham are confirmed in the cast but it is not known if Keira Knightley will show up in this movie. Jerry Bruckheimer will be producing the movie with Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning (Kon-Tiki) as directors based on the script by Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 1&2).

It is expected that Orlando Bloom’s character (Will Turner) will be reunited with his son, as played by Brenton Thwaites after he took the wheel of The Flying Dutchman in the third movie.

This will be the fifth installment of the franchise, with the official synopsis provided by Disney during D23:

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea …including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.”

The movie is set for sailing in the pirate fashion once more at the cinemas on 7 July 2017.

Source: Walt Disney Studios

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If you want more details for the Doctor Strange movie, its time to buckle up. During the D23 Expo, Disney unveiled the concept art for Doctor Strange.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug in the Hobbit movies, BBC Sherlock) will be set to play as the titular character. The wizard starts off as a successful and well-to-do surgeon before an accident cripples his hands; which leads him to discovery of another world under guidance of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). Every hero needs a villain so here, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years of Slave, Serenity) will be cast as the villain Baron Mordo.

The principal shooting of the movie will begin this November and the actor himself teased the fans with, “girls, cars, explosions, and astral projections into multiple universes. The usual fare.” He went a little bit further here, “I’m very excited to be taking on Doctor Strange for Marvel. He’s an extraordinary character and brings in a whole other dimension… hmmm… MULTIPLE dimensions to the Marvel universe.”

The director will be Scott Derrickson (Sinister) with the script originally written by Thomas Dean Donelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian) before being tweaked by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). The director says that the movie will focus on the origin story the fans will be most familiar with. President of Marvel, Kevin Feige commented that Doctor Strange will be , “as weird as anything we’ve done.” He continues, “The goal of these films is always to continue to expand what a comic book film is, what a Marvel Cinematic Universe film is. And starting a couple years ago with Guardians of the Galaxy, this year with Ant-Man, next year with Doctor Strange, continuing to push the boundaries of that cinematic universe.”

The magic will begin at the cinemas on 4 November 2016.

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This Final Fantasy VII fan project is a sidescrolling beat-em up

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If you like side scrolling action and are a Final Fantasy fan, this fan-game might be right up your alley. Called Final Fantasy VII : Re-Imagined, the indie project is a 2D side-scrolling beat-em up (currently) featuring Cloud and Tifa. So far the game is looking pretty fluid, and in addition to slicing and punching your enemies to a pulp, you can summon and do a bit of magic too.

The game currently has one level complete and it does support local co-op gameplay if you want to rope a housemate in on the action.

However Square Enix is quite well known for squashing fan projects in the name of protecting their IP, as has befallen the fate of many Chrono Trigger/Cross and Final Fantasy projects. So if the project mysteriously disappears into the aether, we know why.

In the mean time can grab the game’s demo here via direct download, play by browser, or check out the trailer below.

via Kotaku

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Donnie Yen shows up in first official Rogue One: A Star Wars Story image

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Looks like the rumours that Donnie Yen will be in Star Wars comes true with the release of official image of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This new title replaces the old name of Star Wars: Rogue One. We don’t know what prompted the change, because frankly Rogue One was good enough to stand on its own.

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Regardless, Disney also announced Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as new member in a performance capture role and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal series) in on board for an unspecified role. So now we have Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen and Felicity Jones to star in Gareth Edwards (Monster, Godzilla) directed flick. Scriptwriter of Cinderella, Chris Weltz will be penning this movie, while music composer Alexandre Desplat (Godzilla) doing the score and cinematographer of Zero Dark Thirty, Greig Fraser tries to be bring out the realistic nature of the conflict in Star Wars universe.

On first glance, we already can feel the grim and gritty nature of the movie, the soldiers/fighters looks like a ragtag bunch of guerrillas who are low on supplies and other necessary things you need to well, survive. Obviously being in the resistance against the Empire, these people has to be constantly on the run.

The movie has already begun shooting for the release late next year with this latest set photos taken illegally at the film set via drone camera. The fight for Death Star plan will begin at the cinemas on 16 December 2016.

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