Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Sep 142016

kingdom-hearts-2-8-box-artYesterday, we finally got a release date for my most-anticipated game of 2016, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. So when in December will it be out?

January 12 in Japan and January 24 worldwide! ……Oh.

Yes, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 has been delayed. Only by a month, but it’s still disappointing. On the bright side, at least it won’t be right up against Final Fantasy XV now.

We also got to finally see the game’s box art, and it’s beautiful.

In the center, we have Dream Drop Distance characters dramatically imitating the Final Fantasy XV cast, in the upper left corner we see Aqua and Mickey as they appear in 0.2 Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage, and the upper right corner features the critical characters of χ Back Cover.

(Specifically, the five Foretellers, Luxu, and the Master of Masters.)

I can’t decide which part of 2.8 I’m looking forward to the most: the HD remaster of Dream Drop Distance so I’ll finally be caught up on the series, A Fragmentary Passage because Aqua’s experiences in the Realm of Darkness look like they’ll be thrilling, or χ Back Cover to find out what the heck is going on.

Let’s take a look at the trailer.

(Warning: it implies some Birth By Sleep spoilers.)

Now that’s an exciting trailer! It looks like Aqua is having a rough time in the darkness, and I want to know more… but it’s the Back Cover section that really captured my attention.

Why aren’t the Foretellers allowed to form alliances? What did Invi do that made things worse? And what really got me, why does Luxu sound worried about the others at 2:07? Is he not such a bad guy after all?! Will we feel bad for him?

Meanwhile, the Master of Masters seems really sinister… oh, and is he doing his best Xigbar impression on purpose?

As you can tell, I’m more excited than ever for Kingdom Hearts 2.8. I just wish I didn’t have to wait until January. Oh well, I have a large backlog to work through in the meantime.

Things don’t look good for this year’s list of my most-anticipated games. Two are delayed until 2017, one is unknown, and I didn’t enjoy the two that came out as much as I hoped to. But at the time I made the list, Spirit of Justice didn’t have a release date, so I’ll retroactively make it my most-anticipated game of 2016. You know how good it is so far? It made me temporarily stop thinking about this trailer!

What do you think about Luxu, the Master of Masters, and the latest Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer?

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