Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX AND Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue have suddenly popped up on Xbox One with little to no build up and fanfare, outside of their announcement at XO19 last year.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX AND Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are now available on Xbox One 💚
— Xbox UK (@xboxuk) February 18, 2020
This was actually leaked by the Microsoft Store earlier this month, as the store entry for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue appeared on the Microsoft Store and revealed the 18th February release date. At the time there was no word on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix or Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, but it would have been pretty odd for Square Enix to release these three entries one at a time in reverse order. So they… didn’t.
Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX bundles together six games and experiences – Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics) Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics) – while Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a compilation of spin offs to the main series. That includes Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, originally released on 3DS, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage – from the PSP and Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, an hour long movie giving a fresh perspective on the series’ events.
There’s an awful lot of new (old) Kingdom Hearts for Xbox One owners not to sink their teeth into, but it’ll set you back a princely sum. Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX is priced at £39.99, while Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is £47.99.
Still, it’s nice that the full series is now available on Xbox One, after Kingdom Hearts III ditched its previous PlayStation exclusivity and went multiplatform.
They’ll likely feel worth it for fans new and old, though. Reviewing the PS4 release of 2.8 Final Chapter, Dom said, “Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue may be saddled with a ridiculous title, but the package offers plenty to enjoy. It may not be the most welcoming of games, thanks to Kingdom Hearts being amongst the worst offenders for convoluted narratives, but the HD remaster of Dream Drop Distance combined with a glimpse of what is to come for the franchise makes this more or less essential for fans.”