The lights are on
Two of the bigger game announcements coming out of E3 2013 belonged to Square Enix. The company finally revealed Kingdom Hearts III, while also declaring a shift in a long-absent entry in the Final Fantasy series.
The publisher has delivered a new piece of art for Final Fantasy XV (neé Versus XIII) and Kingdom Hearts III. Nothing new is revealed about the gameplay of these titles, but some information was provided on the cast members of Final Fantasy XV.
Noctis Lucis Caelum: A childhood affliction endowed Noctis, heir apparent to the throne of Lucis, with the mystical power to see a heavenly light, through which he could sense others' deaths. Noctis rejects rigid royal conventions and acts as somewhat of a renegade, much to the dismay of those who tend to him. Yet while "Noct" may act brash at times, he does so in defense of those loyal to him.
Gladiolus Amicitia: As lord of the noble House Amicitia, Gladiolus continues a line sworn to protect the crown. "Gladio" shares a friendship with Noctis that transcends birth and title, and his loyalty to his liege is born not of duty, but of brotherhood.
Ignis Scientia: Ever the unwavering voice of reason, Ignis was weaned on shrewd logic and a classical education from boyhood so that he might one day counsel the would-be king, Noctis. He applies the deep mutual understanding and trust they have built over time to help smooth over Noctis's brusqueness with others.
Prompto Argentum: The puckish playboy Prompto befriended Noctis in his school days. He wears a chip on his shoulder as an outsider to the royal circle, but remains eager to do all he can for the cause.
Cor Leonis: A living legend of Lucian lore, Lord Commander Cor Leonis's devotion to the art of war is surpassed only by that to his king. Little love is lost between the ill-starred stalwart and Noctis's retinue, yet honor binds him to keep watch over the group all the same.
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As we mentioned at E3, it's going to be a while before we actually have our hands on Final Fantasy XV. As for Kingdom Hearts III, we expect we'll have plenty of time to catch up on the series side-stories, including Birth By Sleep and Dream Drop Distance.
Thankfully, the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix bundles three of the earliest titles (Kingdom Hearts, Re:Chain of Memories, and a nearly three-hour cinematic retelling of 358/2 Days). Look for that compilation on September 10, 2013.