Remember the Kingdom Hearts collections, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 Remix, on the PlayStation 3? Apparently, there are still enough Kingdom Hearts games for another collection.
Square Enix revealed Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue at Tokyo Game Show 2015 during Sony’s press conference. This announcement confirms rumors of a Kingdom Hearts 2.9, although the final title of the game is slightly different and it doesn’t appear that a PlayStation 3 version will be released.
The collection will include Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage. Unlike the aforementioned collections, only one title is a high-definition remake of an older title. Dream Drop Distance was a title originally released on the Nintendo 3DS and is the latest entry in the timeline before the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. The other two inclusions are brand new content not available elsewhere.
Back Cover is a yet unreleased movie that “tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history.” It’s tied to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, a mobile title that has already been released in Japan and is set for a North American release later this year. Finally, Birth by Sleep 0.2 is “completely new playable episode” that takes place after the original Birth by Sleep from the perspective of character Aqua, and ties into the story of the upcoming third game.
The compilation will be released on PlayStation 4 in 2016.
Square Enix just can’t give games normal titles, can they? Especially with Kingdom Hearts, nothing is ever simple with them. Final Chapter Prologue? That’s a contradiction! As for the collection itself, it looks like Square Enix is reaching as only one game is an actual re-release. For fans of the series, I hope the new content isn’t plot elements that could’ve been included in Kingdom Hearts III. I personally gave up on the series since keeping track of the various games became too convoluted, especially since I wasn’t interested in Chain of Memories and its card-based combat and Kingdom Hearts II bored me. I do still have fond memories of the first game and I bought that first Kingdom Hearts collection for that game alone. It’s also pretty strange that this collection isn’t coming to the PlayStation 3 since the other collections are there.
Esteban Cuevas is an Associate Editor for Middle of Nowhere Gaming and really wished Epic Mickey was a good game so we could get more Disney games like that. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.