But Why Tho? – Square Enix Edition
Spoilers are pretty much the worst thing ever. People publicly claim to organise their entire internet habits around not spoiling the ending for [X] upcoming game. In fact it is not just the end that people care about spoiling, as sometimes it is something as mundane as a hitherto unrevealed gameplay mechanic, or other such garbage. Well, worry not Kingdom Hearts fans, because Nomura knows your concerns, and has a genius plan for avoiding spoilers for the highly anticipated upcoming installment of the franchise, Kingdom Hearts III. Recently a hundred copies of Kingdom Hearts III were stolen, and then resold them, much to the chagrin of spoiler-fearful Kingdom Hearts fans, who were afraid that Kingdom Hearts III‘s Shakespearean plot would be ruined for them. But not so, says Tetsuya Nomura – you see he has an absolutely foolproof plan to beat the spoilers!
“We’re aware that a small portion of KINGDOM HEARTS III has been circulating online before its official release. We are also aware as to how this has all happened. We’re sorry to see this caused concern amongst our fans who are excited for the release.
The whole team has been working together since yesterday night (Japan time) to investigate what we can do to better this situation, but first we would like o ask that you do not share these videos.
The game’s epilogue and secret movie, which are the biggest spoilers in this game, are planned to be released at a later date just in case, so they will not be shown before the game’s release.
We want everyone to be able to equally experience the full game after its release, so we ask for your continued support on this matter.
We’re also very grateful that our fans have been warning each other already about the spoilers. Thank you very much.
We’re one month out from the release. Let’s enjoy the game together when it releases on January 29, 2019.”
Yes, you read that correctly. In order to to avoid spoiling the game’s ending, Nomura has instead decided to just spoil the product instead! Genius! Now Kingdom Hearts fans need have no fear of ending spoilers, because the game has shipped without an ending! Nomura really missed a trick here though, because while shipping the game without an ending avoids ending spoilers, shipping the game without any content whatsoever would completely avoid any spoilers at all! Kingdom Hearts IV should just ship with a download code!!
Ending Production of Vita Cards Bites into Limited Run’s Plans
Sony have never done right by the Vita. They did not know how to effectively advertise it during its early days, and then when it failed to take off Sony very quickly removed the bulk of their support for it, reallocating it to the PS4 and VR. It was left largely up to Indy developers to keep the Vita going, and they did a splendid job of it for the most part – but only within the constraints that Sony had already placed on the platform. Now it would seem that Sony has struck again.
We have known since May that Sony intended to cease production of Vita game cards by March of 2019, but none of us could have guessed of the inelegance with which things have ground to a halt three months before this cut off date. Limited Run games have this week had to put ten Vita games on hold, to be cancelled unless they are able to somehow acquire some additional Vita cards. The business side of physically releasing these games has already been concluded, but Sony simply did not provide Limited Run with the quantity of game cards that they were expecting.
Limited Run’s Josh Fairhurst relayed the bad news on Twitter:
“Having to do something I hate doing today – our remaining Vita cartridge allotment with Sony is far lower than we expected. We are being forced to put a pretty large swath of releases (over 10) on hold unless another publisher gives us some of their allotment. :(”
He was then joined in his dejection by former IGN writer Colin Moriarty:
“God forbid Sony manufactures enough Vita carts to fulfill demand. A difficult ask for them, I know. It’s weird watching a manufacturer (and publisher) try to kill its own hardware for like six consecutive years, even though there’s a passionate fanbase asking them not to.”
Fairhurst then replied to him:
“It makes me sad to see the end. It’s a great piece of hardware that I owe my success to. I wish we could keep supporting it for another decade.”
As did Limited Run employee Joe Modzeleski:
“This wasn’t fun for us. If we weren’t forced to stop, we likely would of went on supporting Vita for a few more years. Definitely through 2019.”
It is looking like this is really it for the Vita. It was a fantastic little piece of hardware, and one which a number of people are not ready to let go of just yet. Sony cannot wait to be rid of it though.