If you haven’t been keeping up with the Kingdom Hearts games over the years, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have absolutely no idea what’s going on in Kingdom Hearts III. Ahead of that game’s release next year, Square Enix is offering up Kingdom Hearts — The Story So Far, a bundle that will get you all caught up on the lore and history to date … probably.
Kingdom Hearts – The Story So Far is a bundle containing two other compilations. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX includes seven different games. They are Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re: coded.
Confused yet? If you are, that may be because Kingdom Hearts 2D 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is also included in the bundle. That compilation includes the games Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep — A fragmentary passage — as well as the Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover movie.
The compilation should give you what you need to prepare for Kingdom Hearts III, though you won’t be getting the original experience for Chain of Memories. First released on Game Boy Advance, the game was later remade for PlayStation 2 with visuals more in line with the rest of the series. The games are very similar, but it’s worth picking up a copy of the sprite-based original if you can find it.
If you don’t have the time to play through eight games and watch a movie, YouTube creator videogamedunkey did his best to catch you up to speed with a recent explainer video. We honestly have no idea what’s happening at this point, either, but his explanation sounds like it’s probably mostly accurate, so be aware of spoilers!
Kingdom Hearts – The Story So Far is available for pre-order now on the Square Enix store, and a listing is also live on Amazon. It will release for PlayStation 4 on October 30, following by Kingdom Hearts III for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25, 2019. The latter game has been delayed numerous times, and is the first true numbered sequel in more than 13 years.
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