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Sq. Enix has revealed a brand new Kingdom Hearts sport for cellular, and it is tentatively titled Venture Xehanort. The explanation for this placeholder identify is so Sq. Enix can drum up press by asking everybody to affix a Twitter marketing campaign to guess the sport’s identify.
Now, I want to level out that Sq. Enix typically holds its playing cards near its chest, not often sharing significant gameplay movies or screenshots for its free-to-play cellular video games, so it is hardly a shock to see the corporate lean into this angle with the launch of as we speak’s “guess the identify” marketing campaign for Venture Xehanort. Not solely does this tactic enable the corporate to point out nothing of the title throughout this public announcement, but it surely’s additionally a simple solution to get consideration for what basically boils all the way down to an advert marketing campaign. As you’ll be able to guess, I am not a fan of corporations that announce video games with nothing to point out, particularly when it is achieved on objective.
Since Sq. Enix is so tight-lipped, we do not know a lot about Venture Xehanort, however what is thought is that the sport will include in-app purchases and that it is going to be obtainable on Android, Amazon, and iOS this spring. Previous that, there’s little to go on. Nonetheless, in the event you check out the one two tweets from the official Venture Xehanort Twitter account, you may discover that the phrase “expertise” is utilized in each cases when describing the sport, and when coupling this perception with the truth that IAPs might be obtainable, it is in all probability a secure wager to imagine the sport might be free-to-play whereas pushing costly IAPs.
If you would like to take part within the Twitter marketing campaign to guess the identify of Venture Xehanort, all it’s important to do is observe the brand new @ProjectXehanort account, after which add in a remark along with your guess whereas together with the #KHNameContest hashtag. Just one entry per Twitter account is allowed per day, and entrants might not submit entries by means of multiple account, or else they are going to be disqualified. This marketing campaign will finish on January 28th, at 6:59PM PT, and ten winners might be chosen on that date.
Square Enix reveals Project Xehanort’s official name
Two weeks ago, we learned that Square Enix has a new Kingdom Hearts experience planned for 2020, and at the time, the project was tentatively named Project Xehanort. Of course, Square Enix being Square Enix, the company made an event out of the unnamed project, allowing fans to guess the name of the game on Twitter as part of a contest. Well, that contest is now over, and the official name of the project has been revealed.
The official title for Project Xehanort is KINGDOM HEARTS DARK ROAD
Additional info will be released after mid-February.
— KINGDOM HEARTS DARK ROAD (@kh_dr_na) January 31, 2020
As you’ll be able to see within the tweet above, Kingdom Hearts Darkish Street is the official title of Venture Xehanort, and extra particulars in regards to the sport might be shared someday after the center of this month. So in the event you’re eager to have Sq. Enix drip feed you information about Kingdom Hearts Darkish Street, I suppose you may wish to keep watch over the official Kingdom Hearts Dark Road Twitter account. In fact, as soon as Sq. Enix really bothers to disclose one thing substantial in regards to the undertaking, you’ll be able to look forward to finding additional protection right here as properly. Till then, get pleasure from guessing what Sq. Enix has up its sleeve.
Oh boy, Square Enix is really on a tear with the upcoming release for Kingdom Hearts Dark Road. A month ago, the company chose to run a ridiculous campaign asking fans to guess the name of the title, and today the company has revealed that Dark Road will be released inside of the existing mobile game Kingdom Hearts Union χ. Clearly, Square Enix is looking to leverage the fanbase of Union χ by squeezing the entirety of Dark Road into the app. The good news is that Dark Road will still function as a stand-alone release since Square Enix will allow players to launch either of the two games from Union χ’s title screen.
Beyond the newly-announced launch method for Dark Road, details are still light, most likely because Square Enix is set on drip-feeding details about this title to continually stir up interest, and so all we know right now is that the game will arrive sometime after mid-February inside of Kingdom Hearts Union χ.
Square Enix delays the launch of Kingdom Hearts Dark Road
Due to current conditions, development for KINGDOM HEARTS DARK ROAD has been delayed.
We apologize for the late update, as we were trying to find some means of making a Spring release.
— KINGDOM HEARTS DARK ROAD (@kh_dr_na) May 19, 2020
It might seem that the coronavirus has thrown a wrench in Sq. Enix’s plans to carry Kingdom Hearts Darkish Street to Android this spring, and so the sport has been delayed. The official Kingdom Hearts Darkish Street Twitter account has stipulated that one other announcement is anticipated in early June. So it will stand to cause that we’ll be taught extra about when to count on the official launch of Kingdom Hearts Darkish Street within the coming month.
A new trailer reveals Kingdom Hearts Dark Road will be release on June 22
The above trailer for Kingdom Hearts Dark Road was recently published on YouTube, and while the entire video and description is in Japanese, the description clearly states the game will be released on June 22nd. As I’ve detailed in an update above, the game will launch inside of the title Kingdom Hearts Union χ. Luckily Kingdom Hearts Dark Road will still be playable as a stand-alone release, but the only way to access the game will be through Kingdom Hearts Union χ’s start screen menu. I suppose this is an ingenious way to leverage the older title’s existing fanbase, though it’s hard to ignore the aggressive nature of such a move.
So far, we still don’t know how the game will be monetized, though the trailer above makes it clear this is yet another bland card-based RPG that looks as though it plays exactly like the rest. This is why I assume the game will land as a free-to-play title chock full of in-app purchases. Of course, since Square is so slyly releasing Dark Road inside of an existing game, there’s no way to know if any of the information on the Play Store details things like install numbers or IAPs for Union χ or for Dark Road. How convenient. This means when Kingdom Hearts Dark Road is officially launched on June 22nd, fans will have to dig into Dark Road just to figure out how it’s monetized, which seems pretty shady to me. But if you don’t mind such things, then you can grab the install for Kingdom Hearts Union χ below, which should ideally be updated on June 22nd to finally allow access to Kingdom Hearts Dark Road.