Square Enix has detailed a number of free updates coming to Kingdom Hearts III at or around launch, via a series of tweets. Director Tetsuya Nomura previously commented that the game’s Epilogue and Secret Movie would not be available on the disc, and would instead be added on later.
Well, luckily, fans won’t have to wait too long to get these extra scenes as they’ll be coming just a couple days after Kingdom Hearts III’s launch. Here’s the full schedule via Square Enix.
January 29 – Update 1.01 and Memory Archive
- Version 1.01 update (several data fixes)
- Memory Archive* (videos) – The Memory Archive option will be added to the game’s title menu and can be viewed at any time. The Memory Archive is a digest of the Kingdom Hearts story in the series up to this point.
January 30 – Epilogue
- Epilogue* (video) – Video content that will enhance player’s enjoyment of the world of Kingdom Hearts. Players will need to have completed Kingdom Hearts III and seen the ending to view this video.
January 31 – Secret Movie
- Secret* (video) – Video content that will enhance player’s enjoyment of the world of Kingdom Hearts. Players will need to have completed Kingdom Hearts III and seen the ending, as well as fulfilled certain criteria during play to view this video. The criteria vary depending on the difficulty level selected.
Just like every other Kingdom Hearts game, the secret movie will require specific conditions to unlock, but we’ll likely have to wait until it’s available to know what that is.
The Memory Archive is a nice feature that should handily bring player’s up to speed with the events of the franchise. However, if you’re looking to totally catch up on everything beforehand, I’d recommend Everglow’s Kingdom Hearts Timeline Project. It compiles every cutscene from across the series, edited together in chronological order.
It’s a huge undertaking, but Everglow has done an admirable job editing everything together.
Kingdom Hearts III will release on Jan. 29 for PS4 and Xbox One. There’s been a flood of Kingdom Hearts news lately, like high-quality images of the Keyblades featured in the game, and a series of commercials with new footage. You can also check out our in-depth analysis of the latest “Final Battle” trailer.
What do you think about Kingdom Hearts III’s Epilogue and Secret Movie releasing post-launch? Is it a good idea or a bad one? Leave a comment down below and let us know what you think.