Square-Enix Completes the Remake Cycle with Kingdom Hearts II.8

Square-Enix Completes the Remake Cycle with Kingdom Hearts II.8

If you missed the 2012 3DS installment, Dream Drop Distance, now's your chance to catch up in HD.

With 2013's HD I.5 ReMIX and last year's HD II.5 ReMIX, seeing the sole Kingdom Hearts missing from these collections make it to a more modern platform was just a matter of time.

So, it's probably safe to assume few were shocked by news that the upcoming Kingdom Hearts II.8 Final Chapter Prologue will bring the 2012 3DS sequel, Dream Drop Distance, to the PlayStation 4 in 2016.

And since playing a four-year-old 3DS game on your PS4 doesn't make for the strongest proposition, Square-Enix has added a few extras to sweeten the deal. Along with DDD, II.8 will also feature two new episodes, "Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover" and "Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage -." (Two titles I promise to never to write in their entirety again.) While USgamer has no staff member with a PhD in Kingdom Hearts lore, it can probably be assumed these extras will give players a small taste of what the perpetually upcoming Kingdom Hearts III has in store. Or, at the very least, this new content should: Fans of the series have been waiting close to a decade for a true, numbered console sequel, so these patient folks deserve an appetizer at the very least.

Dream Drop Distance's original trailer.

For those not in the know, Dream Drop Distance isn't a bad game; it's just disappointingly par for the course when it comes to the string of Kingdom Hearts interquels we've seen over the past 10 years. I reviewed DDD back in the day for 1UP, and found it to be extremely similar to the previous portable Kingdom Hearts experiences: games released to simply tread water and keep the series afloat until Square can scrape together the resources to develop Kingdom Hearts III. DDD offers some new features and systems, of course, but they feel more obligatory than thoughtful; I'd much rather S-E rethink Kingdom Hearts from the ground up than stack yet another idea on top of what came before. (And I have to wonder how well the whole "virtual pet" aspect of DDD will work when it's removed from the context of rubbing your touchscreen.)

Even if you're not keen on cruising through DDD in HD, this announcement has a bit of a silver lining in that Square-Enix is now completely out of Kingdom Hearts to remake—implying that part III could very well exist within our lifetimes. Of course, there's the fact that I.5 and II.5 ReMIX are now considered last-gen, meaning we'll likely see ports of those remakes in the meantime. And hey, if director Tetsuya Nomura holds out long enough, he could very well wait out another entire console generation. He's one guy who really knows how to bide his time.

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