One factor may have been the year of development they lost due to the engine switch after all so putting this time elsewhere might have indeed helped the pacing tremendously. And yet any further delay would probably have spawned very bad press and a huge upheaval from the casual fan crowd.
With the mess that was FF XV still fresh in people's minds they probably wanted to prevent even a slightly similar impression with KH III at all costs.
Considering there being the possible inclusion of a single big, Final Mix-esque DLC package this would make even more sense. KH II was just as "rushed" and feeling incomplete in its vanilla version before the Final Mix brought it up to near excellence.
I prefer not to talk too much about Kairi because it tends to only cause anger no matter where you are, lol. The whole thing is largely a disgrace to her as a character and her overall role in the whole series proper. She wasn't really totally sidelined like in several of the handheld titles, but the focus she did get was among the worst ways they could have handled her. Not even Aqua, Xion and Naminé got hit this hard.
They practically returned to the confusing secret endings with III, lol.
To keep up appearances perhaps?
The thing is though that they could have avoided this if they didn't cram everything into the last quarter of the game. More build up for different characters spread out over the entire length of the game would have done wonders to prevent the whole "rushed" feeling. Like, they started amiably with having the Twilight Town story focus on Roxas, that's something they should have kept going throughout the entire game and include other characters as well.
Saving Aqua (and by extension Ventus) at the halfway point of the game instead of right before the finale would have allowed for those two to recuperate and bring up a few extra scenes with them to better build up everything for example.
It's as so often with KH not the content itself that's problematic (except Kairi's "arc", that is heaps of problematic), but the way it is paced and presented. When looking at how KH III deals with Ienzo and Ansem the Wise one can see that compelling character arcs with enough attention are possible.
Yea, it was about soul and body being separated and stuff.
It's like the old days with Deep Dive and the first glances at MX and TAV in the KH 2 secret ending again, lol.
Even more lucky. XD
From the spoilers I've read the endgame is so packed tight with stuff that several characters get only a small part of attention which makes some "resolutions" feel rushed or only surface-scratching.
Well, that some form of "death" exists in the KH verse we know from the secret Ansem reports in KH 2 already, only memories and by extension hearts are immortal to some degree.
The secret ending is a total WTF-moment, for several reasons.
Oh, got a lucky streak, huh?
Corona will be my goal today as I did Toybox first. With my schedule and workload I'm trying now to do one world each evening during the week and hopefully finish my first playthrough on the coming weekend.
Snow, lol, in the area I live we barely know how snow looks anymore due to seldom having some.
Some are truly well hidden this time around and need world specific gimmicks to be found or using free flow abilities creatively.
Heh, I originally intended that too. Just rushing through and taking in the story for the first playthrough...but then collection fever set in.
Some of the treasure chests are really well hidden this time around and you need to think outside the box to find some of them.
If you're good in school any possible homework should be quickly dealt with, lol.
In a full time job you have to do the required time and concentrate highly on your tasks. I do hope though I can continue this evening with KH III and finish Toybox.
I haven't played too far yet mainly because I already went treasure hunting and capturing Hidden Mickeys, but it is loads of fun up to now and has many little extra tidbits that give context and build up for the story.
To all who appreciate my presence here, once KH3 releases is when I may say goodbye to the forums for good. The long await will soon be done and we'll all feel satisfied to have finally have had to the chance to play the game entirely. Saying this now so that anyone who cares can know a 13-17 day ahead of time.
This website was my first social media, yep. I had nothing else but this. Just a dumb 8th grader who suffered depression twice wanting to seek others for comfort. In that process did I make mistakes that costed friendships, again I was stupid. I have embarrassed myself on many occasions, which isn't a surprise. I made very poor life decisions, getting emotionally attached to people in school who only got close to me just to know my weaknesses and use them against me. As time progressed here on the forums, I learned more and grew. I'm not saying I'm incredibly mature but definitely better than I once was almost 3 years ago.
I have a lot to do to improve myself still. I've been working hard to get into the movie industry, and hopefully one day be successful. I need to improve my art and find a style cause yeesh, I still don't like my "work" lol. And a bunch of other skills I need to work on too, but I guess one at a time.
There were tons of people here who have inspired me and have been a sort of "wake-up call" to get my life together. Many fond memories were made here, which I never expected when joining. Many things I was going to do here never came to be. My life in the real world has changed in good and bad ways, many times have I not had the time to be on here. Nowadays I'm here for Riku and KH3. But once KH3 is here and passed, the only reason I'd be here would really be Riku. And soon, once I'm graduated, the rest of my life's decisions will be more important.
So yeah, there's a lot of good people here I've met, and others that really ruined the fun. I shall always be deemed as the "girl who always changed her avatar like every week or 3 days". But I may visit here often after I leave, see how this website will have changed after KH3.
So in the meantime, those active here still who wants to keep in touch, I'll see what I can do. But for social media other than the forums, I'm not usually active on them.
So here I am, readying my leave and waiting for Riku to get his butt over here so we can walk the Road to Dawn together. One day I'll find my Riku, one whom loves me as much as I do him. In the meantime, I'll focus on graduating.
This is an early farewell note, I may do another later. I may do a few more posts here on the forums for the next couple weeks, but then I'm off.
Oh, my other accounts are in the Social Media thread, but I'll put the links here too: you can find me on my main tumblr, my fandom reblogs tumblr or my deviantArt,
You can also add me on PSN, of course, the username's DarkGrey-
though of course I log in only during vacations when I am at home, with my consoles xD
Hey there Howler dear~ sorry for the late reply, but I don't log in to KHI anymore. I'll leave this place, so I'm here to say my goodbyes
I'm glad to hear international shops are really stepping up their KH game, I can't relate to that magic here tho. I'd love the Daft Punk Vanitas pop, but that's a dream for another year
anyway... the forums won't be my place anymore, so uh... there's that. This place is full of jerks already + I avoid KH3 info/spoilers, so I'd rather take my leave now. Anyway, don't worry, ther est of my irl stuff is going very nicely, I'm studying, researching, drawing, listening to awesome music and enjoying stuff. I'll also be playing Bloodborne this vacation, I can't wait!
I hope you're having fun and I'm sending you hugs <3 take care, dear, and goodbye <3