On October 21st 2016, SAG-AFTRA, which represents the rights and safety of voice actors in the video game industry, announced that negotiations regarding an update to their Interactive Contract, established in 1994, have fallen through. In protest to this turn of events, SAG-AFTRA have announced that they are going on strike against various companies who currently have games which entered production after February 17th, 2015.
Disney Character Voices, Inc. was included in the list of companies being protested. In addition, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was among the specific video games listed. This means that any actor who is part of the union and who is currently working on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue must withdraw their services. SAG-AFTRA has also encouraged those who are not members of the union to participate, although their involvement in the protest is not mandatory. Due to the proximity of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's release next year, it is unknown if this protest will have an impact on the game's voice acting and overall development. The official bulletin can be viewed here.
The strike will take place on Monday October 24th 2016, with SAG-AFTRA encouraging those who cannot attend to tweet or follow #performancematters in solidarity.
Do you think this strike will affect Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue or any future Kingdom Hearts titles? Let us know in the comments!
- Oct 23 2016 03:32 PM
- by WayfindersDestiny
It has been revealed that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be available as a playable demo at Games Week 2016 in Milan, Italy from the 14th to 16th of October. This is courtesy of Koch Media who are in charge of distribution of Square Enix games within Italy. A list of all featured titles for Games Week 2016 have been provided, and information on obtaining tickets for the event. There is currently an "Early Birds" Discount for tickets available until the 4th of October, which can all be viewed on the Milan Games Week 2016 website.
Will you be attending the event? Let us know in the comments below!
- Sep 23 2016 06:05 AM
- by WayfindersDestiny
The writer and artist of the Kingdom Hearts manga, Shiro Amano, has informed us today via an official statement on Twitter, that the manga series has come to a close. Shiro Amano confirmed he will no longer be creating any further manga's based on the Kingdom Hearts video game franchise. A translation of Amano's tweet can be read below thanks to Katie Armstrong (email@example.com):
So sad. Because the Kingdom Hearts manga has ended, tweets related to [KH] will probably also end. Feel free to unfollow me because of this. Thank you all so much.
The Kingdom Hearts manga began twelve years ago in 2003 and told the stories of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts II. The final manga and tenth volume of Kingdom Hearts II was released in Japan in August. The manga is well known for its humor, additional story elements, and slight alterations in plot to the franchises' original games. The manga that have yet to be released in English will still be published by Yen Press in the US.
What are your thoughts on the Kingdom Hearts manga ending? Do you have a favorite section with in the manga you would like to share? Let us know in the comments section below!
- Nov 21 2015 01:21 PM
- by SnowPint7Fourths