Kingdom Hearts III finally releases this month, continuing a story many have been following since the first game on PS2. Even if you buy the disc version, you will want to make sure you leave some of your data cap for the very end of this month as some rather important stuff is being patched in after the fact.
Square Enix published an update schedule for the game on Twitter, detailing the game’s launch week. On launch day there will be a patch with several data fixes and the Memory Archive will be added, which includes a bunch of videos explaining the story up to the beginning of Kingdom Hearts III, to either jog your memory or get you up to speed.
The following day the Epilogue video will be added, a video which will apparently “enhance player’s enjoyment of the world of Kingdom Hearts.” The next day a secret video will be added, which requires finishing the game and doing a few other criteria to unlock.
While we have gotten used to the idea of day one patches, it seems a bit odd that so many videos will be added right in launch week. There is no mention of the size of all these videos, so who knows what will happen to people with limited internet connections at home. I also wonder how this will affect reviews of the game, if reviewers get the game before the memory archive and epilogue are added.
The reason for the videos being downloaded after launch is to avoid big spoilers leaking out before release, according to this Twitter post:
Why this includes the videos for the recap of previous games isn’t explained. I guess we will just have to wait until the end of the month to see.