Square Enix doesn't seem interested in waiting for the main E3 event to make announcements, as they have once again given us information on another up-coming game. This game has a very odd title, even for the standards of its series, and that title is Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Square Enix and Disney has given us plenty of information about what will be featured in the game, as well as an awesome trailer and a worldwide release date.
Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 is actually the sequel to 2014's Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 Remix, for the PS3. Much alike its predecessor, KHII.8 features HD remasters of previous Kingdom Hearts games. KHII.5 Remix featured Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded; all with redone HD textures, as well as trophy support. KHII.8 will include a HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, which, until now, was a 3DS exclusive. It will also include two brand new entries into the series; Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage. You can check out the trailer for KHII.8 below.
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD takes place after the events of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. The game features seven playable worlds and two playable characters, as well as additional monsters known as Dream Eaters who can be recruited as allies. The game has Sora and Riku as the main characters, and focuses around their 'Mark of Mastery' exam, in which they have to protect and defend multiple worlds in preparation for the return of Master Xehanort, the main antagonist. It isn't known if the HD remake will have additional content or not, but it is known that this one is planned to be more of a remake than a remaster, due to the fact that the 3DS version utilized both screens, which isn't available on console.
Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover is said to be a sort of sequel to 2015's Kingdom Hearts X, also know as Kingdom Hearts Unchained X. The story is said to be closely tied to that of Kingdom Hearts III, due to the fact that both games were written at the same time. The story of Back Cover is said to tell the tale of the Foretellers, as well as delving into the history of the series to reveal some of its many secrets, all in crisp HD, and is said to be only about an hour long. This game is rumored to be taking its spot as the ninth installment in the series.
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage is a continuation to 2011's Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix, which was originally released as a PSP exclusive. A Fragmentary Passage takes place just after the events of the original game, and is told from the perspective of Aqua, one of the three playable characters in Birth By Sleep. The story of the game is a retelling of the past, and begins with the story set immediately after Dream Drop Distance. King Mickey begins the story, and gameplay picks up right after the secret ending of Birth By Sleep Final Mix. This game is also short, and only consists of one world. This game will take its place as the tenth entry in the series.
The game is set to release December 2016 worldwide, as a PS4 exclusive. More news about what Square Enix is up to is expected to be shown at E3, such as additional information on Final Fantasy XII HD, Final Fantasy VII HD, and Final Fantasy XV. On top of that, as seen in the trailer above, an announcement regarding Kingdom Hearts III is planned for Winter 2016.
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