The official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account posted a series of tweets regarding the post-launch schedule for Kingdom Hearts III. As expected, the patches require an internet connection, and as of this writing, three updates were laid out.
On launch day, Jan. 29, expect a patch called Update 1.01. This day-one patch features "several data fixes." The size of the patch has not been reported. Additionally, a feature called the Memory Archives will be added to Kingdom Hearts III, which recounts the franchise's story up to this point. Considering the variety of consoles the series spans over, it's a welcome update for both longtime fans and newcomers alike.
The day after launch, on Jan. 30, the epilogue video drops for the game. Players can view the video after beating the main story of the game. Then on Jan. 31, a secret video joins the fray. This secret can be seen after seeing the ending and after fulfilling "certain criteria during play." The sparse details leave a lot to the imagination, but this video could be some sort of easter egg or secret ending. However, the developers assure players that even without these patches, the game does have an ending to it. These two videos will only "enhance player's enjoyment of the world of Kingdom Hearts," according to their Twitter feed.
#KingdomHearts III free game update release schedule— KINGDOM HEARTS (@KINGDOMHEARTS) January 11, 2019
Tuesday, January 29
Update 1.01 (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 secretive nature surrounding the tweets only makes sense. Last month, a large leak led to spoilers for the hotly anticipated title. Game director Tetsuya Nomura even released a statement, pleading for fans to not share any spoilers. He even explicitly stated that the epilogue and secret video would release after the game's launch.
Kingdom Hearts III launches on Jan. 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you're looking to catch up on the franchise before release, relive some of the weirdest worlds in the series with us, and reminisce about Kingdom Hearts II with our rewind review.
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