Kingdom Hearts Series Now Playable in Full on Xbox One
After years of being left in the dark, Xbox One players finally have access to every Kingdom Hearts installment.
Xbox One players can now experience the entire Kingdom Hearts story from start to finish.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue released digitally for the system on Tuesday, coinciding with the announcement that Kingdom Hearts III will be coming to the Xbox Game Pass subscription service next week.
Both HD compilations combined offer six games and three movies to run through, and Tuesday’s launch marks the first time that any of them are playable on an Xbox console.
Here’s a quick recap of what’s included in each package. (warning for the unfamiliar: some convoluted-sounding titles are ahead):
- 1.5 + 2.5 HD Remix
- Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (remastered cutscenes)
- Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (remastered cutscenes)
- 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
- Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage
- Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)
- Kingdom Hearts HD: Dream Drop Distance
Aside from three of its portable entries — originally released on the GameBoy Advance (Chain of Memories), Nintendo DS (358/2 Days), and Nintendo 3DS (Dream Drop Distance) — Square Enix’s ambitious Disney crossover has always been a PlayStation-centric franchise, with III being the first to go multi-platform when it launched at the beginning of last year.
In the lead-up to III, series director Tetsuya Nomura and his team produced the HD collections as a convenient means to keep fans and newcomers alike caught up with a story that saw multiple entries on multiple consoles over a 17-year span. However, the compilations only received PS3 and then PS4 versions up until now, leaving Xbox players in the dark heading into the long-awaited final chapter.
Although it’s all after the fact, bringing the rest of the Kingdom Hearts titles over to the Xbox One will still make the series more accessible, giving fans another way to go back through Sora’s long (and still ongoing) adventure , whether it’s for the first time or the 1,000th.
Speaking of, Kingdom Hearts III’s ReMind DLC will also release for the Xbox One next Tuesday, Feb. 25, the same day the game is slated to hit Game Pass.