All The Kingdom Hearts Games Are Being Re-Released, Again

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Square Enix has a a habit of pumping out tons of Kingdom Hearts games. It's funny because the third sequential game in the series isn't due out until next year, but they already have more than 10 games in the series. Well, you'll be able to get them again thanks to yet another re-release.

Over on the official Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel, the news was spread far and wide that PS4 owners would be able to get their hands on a celebratory 15 year anniversary collection of the Kingdom Hearts franchise- with a compilation release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, set to go live at the end of March in 2017.

The bundle includes the Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, which featured additional weapons, characters, and cut-scenes not present in the first iteration of Kingdom Hearts, which came out in early 2002 for the PS2.

The bundle also includes Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, which was a remake of the original Gameboy Advance game _Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories _that came out in late 2004. The re-release of the game ended up on the PS2, and another remake of the game was included in Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, which is also part of the re-release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix. It first came out back in 2014 for the PS3, but has been updated as part of the anniversary set for the PS4.

Additionally, Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix is also included in the bundle, which came out in 2005 for the PS2 after originally releasing in Japan a couple of years earlier. It's joined by Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which was a Nintendo DS game originally, releasing back in 2009. These games are included as part of the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, which first came out back in 2013 but is also included in the collector's pack for the PS4 as part of the 15 year anniversary celebration.

But that's not all! There's also Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix, which first came out in 2010 for Sony's dead PSP, but they later re-released the game in Western territories in 2011 with English voice overs. This will be joined by Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded, which is a remake of a mobile phone version of Kingdom Hearts Coded that was updated and upgraded for for the Nintendo DS.

All of these remade, remastered, remixed and final edition versions of the Kingdom Hearts franchise will be included in the collector's edition for the PlayStation 4 starting March 28th, 2017 next year.

In total, there will be six games included in the package, and all of them will be fine-tuned for HD output. This is Square's way of likely getting a bunch of gamers to catch up on the story and characters throughout the Kingdom Hearts franchise as they prep for the release of Kingdom Hearts III.

All of these different iterations make it tough to keep up, but they roll through them as succinctly as possible in the minute and 40 second long trailer that you can check out below.

If you've been a fan of Kingdom Hearts but missed out on a few key gems, the collector's Kingdom Hearts HD pack isn't a bad way to go. If you haven't played any of the games but you wanted to finally take a dive, I think this is likely your best opportunity at understanding the story all within a single package.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.