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There’s a lot of Kingdom Hearts news rolling around the game-verse these days. Today, for instance, we have learned that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 will be making its way to the PlayStation 3, combining another three Keyblade-wielding adventures into one tidy package.
With Kingdom Hearts 3 finally being announced during this year’s E3 convention in June, it came as no big surprise that older KH games would be getting the HD treatment that’s been popping up quite a bit this past generation. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 launched recently, in fact, offering gamers shiny new versions of the original Kingdom Hearts game, as well as Re: Chain of Memories and the formerly Nintendo DS exclusive, 358/2 Days.
HD 2.5 will similarly combine three games into one package, this time pulling in Kingdom Heats II: Final Mix, Birth by Sleep Final Mix and the upgraded mobile game, turned DS game, now turned PS3 game, Re: coded.
That should come as great news for Kingdom Hearts fans who never got around to picking up a PlayStation Portable, as Birth by Sleep is an absolutely fantastic addition to the series that should not be missed.
Still, the question remains: What about Dream Drop Distance? Like all other 3DS games, this entry in the Kingdom Hearts series is completely playable in 2D and, being a direct lead-in to the upcoming third game, it seems odd that it’s missing from either of the HD collections. For completionists out there, it’s officially the only chapter in the story that isn’t included in 1.5 or 2.5. Will it remain forever missing from the PlayStation library, or is there a standalone project coming down the pipeline? I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.
For now, though, three more HD-riffic Kingdom Hearts games should be more than enough to keep gamers busy until the third installment finally arrives at some undetermined point in the future. According to the official announcement, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 should “launch globally in 2014.”
“I’m so excited to be able to see all of these games included as a part of this compilation, but personally, the most exciting title may be Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix” said Square Enix Associate Product Manager Mat Kishimoto. “As many may not have been able to experience its awesomeness, it’s truly one of the more phenomenal games, and now completely rebuilt in HD.”
Look for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 to hit the PlayStation 3 sometime next year or, if you haven’t yet, you can also grab 1.5 right meow. Kingdom Hearts 3 will arrive on PS4 eventually and, from there, there’s no telling what comes next.