With the release of the Re Mind DLC just around the corner, a new patch for all Kingdom Hearts 3 players adds some new items and abilities alongside a host of fixes for "various issues." After the update hit, players discovered that some of those fixes are actually significant makeovers for a handful of Kingdom Hearts 3's cutscenes, including the ending.
At first glance, a player might not notice the difference between the pre-patch cutscenes and those added with the 1.09 and 1.07 updates, but with some of the scenes incorporating new music cues, camera cuts, and substantial visual tweaks, it's almost like seeing a director's cut of the game. YouTuber Everglow has compiled a spoiler-filled video that touches on all of the various cutscene changes, and Redditor Husbaano has made a side-by-side comparison of frames from Kingdom Hearts 3's ending (old on the left, new on the right) that shows just how pronounced the differences in lighting can be.
Thankfully, though, it looks like all of the changes are purely stylistic and don't alter the course of Kingdom Hearts 3's story, which means players should be able to leap right into the Re Mind DLC without needing to sit through the revamped cutscenes first.
Being added in a free update to #KingdomHearts III ahead of the launch of the Re Mind DLC, take a closer look at Sora's new form in #KingdomHearts III!Recognize the two Keyblades he's wielding? pic.twitter.com/lOvH7qGxMp— KINGDOM HEARTS (@KINGDOMHEARTS) January 20, 2020
The 1.09 and 1.07 updates also add in the Oathkeeper and Oblivion Keyblades, a pair of weapons that were notably absent from the original release of Kingdom Hearts 3. Usable in their respective light and dark forms added in the update, and together in the new dual-wielding double form, players can unlock the legendary Keyblades without needing to drop $30 on the Re Mind DLC.
That said, getting the Oathkeeper and Oblivion Keyblades isn't easy. For the latter, you'll have to beat Kingdom Hearts 3 on Critical Mode, the game's highest difficulty setting which was added in a free post-launch update. To earn the Oathkeeper, you'll need to take pictures of all the Lucky Emblems. Once you've completed either task, you'll receive a page you can redeem at the Moogle shop for the Keyblade in question. If you need help tracking down all 90 Lucky Emblems in Kingdom Hearts 3, we've got a guide just for that.
Kingdom Hearts 3's Re Mind DLC comes out on January 23 for PS4, and February 25 for Xbox One.