Kingdom Hearts just became fun again


    OK, let’s get this out of the way. The name for latest Kingdom Hearts remaster package is ridiculous.

    Released Tuesday for the PS4, it’s called Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue. It includes the freaky-named Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage and a HD version of 3DS game Dream Drop Distance. Plus, a movie called “Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.” What are those names even?

    But hidden in that chaos is a reason for Kingdom Hearts fans to be excited. Really, truly excited.

    0.2: Birth By Sleep is the first Kingdom Hearts game specifically developed for a home console since 2006. In essence, it’s a two-and-a-half hour preview of the elusive Kingdom Hearts III.

    And it’s so, so good.

    Kingdom Hearts III was officially announced in 2013. 0.2 Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage is our best reminder that the game actually exists.

    For Kingdom Hearts players, III has been a mirage. We knew Kingdom Hearts II wasn’t the end, and it was seven years of spinoff titles before Kingdom Hearts III was officially announced in 2013. But four years later, that announcement seems a faint, distant memory, as we still don’t really know much about the game. The most concrete news we’ve heard about Kingdom Hearts III came earlier this month — when director Tetsuya Nomura said development of the game still had “some way to go.”

    So when you dive into 0.2 and see Kingdom Hearts rendered with current-gen gaming power, when you see the Kingdom Hearts we’ve been dreaming of since…

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