- Two compilations of games will be available: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
- Play through the earliest games in the series, fully remastered with improved HD visuals, controls, and music
- Give the series a try right now with a demo of Kingdom Hearts III on Xbox One
If you’re a fan of Disney, Final Fantasy, or RPGs, get ready – we have a lot of very exciting news to share. Like… a lot. During the Microsoft X019 event in London, we announced that the full Kingdom Hearts saga is making its way to Xbox One in 2020!
It’s something we know Xbox owners have been asking for, so we’re happy to announce that two compilations of games will be available: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.
Each contains multiple playable titles and movies, updated with HD visuals, improved controls, remastered soundtracks and more.
But that’s not all. We’ve also released a demo for the most recent game in the series – Kingdom Hearts III – for Xbox One. It’s available on the Microsoft Store from today – and you can download it now!
The final bit of news is that the digital version of Kingdom Hearts III is currently 67% off on the Microsoft Store – so if you like what you play in the demo, it’s an ideal time to upgrade to the full game.
What’s Kingdom Hearts?
It’s possible that some of you may be yet to experience the Kingdom Hearts series. Perhaps you’re wondering what all the fuss is about.
Well, imagine if you could team up with Aladdin, Donald Duck, and Goofy to save Agrabah from the evil Jafar. Or sail the seas with Jack Sparrow – sorry Captain Jack Sparrow – on the hunt for pirate treasure.
Or battle shadowy threats while Merlin from “The Sword in the Stone”rubs shoulders with Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.
That’s Kingdom Hearts – a gloriously crossover series that combines iconic Disney characters and worlds with characters from Final Fantasy and other Square Enix games.
The series has already made an appearance on Xbox One with Kingdom Hearts III (reminder: demo now available), and with the release of the two new compilations, Xbox One players can experience where it all began.
As for what’s in the compilations…
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix
This compilation lets you play through the earliest games in the series, fully remastered with improved HD visuals, controls, and music. Here’s what’s included:
- Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days (HD Remastered Cinematics)
- Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered Cinematics)
In Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, you’ll control Sora – a brave youth with the ability to use a powerful weapon known as a Keyblade.
Along with his friends Donald and Goofy, Sora travels across Disney worlds, encounters beloved icons like Simba, Aladdin and Belle, and battles the Heartless – shadowy creatures born from the darkness in people’s hearts.
This pack also contains the excellent Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. It takes place years before Sora’s adventures, puts you in control of three Keyblade wielders – Terra, Ventus, and Aqua, and shines a light on the series main villain Xehanort (fun fact – voiced by the late, great Leonard Nimoy here).
The collection also includes high-definition cinematics from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
This collection leads directly into the events of Kingdom Hearts III and explores the rich lore of the Kingdom Hearts universe.
It contains the following:
- Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
- Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage
- “Kingdom Hearts Back Cover”
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD focuses on Sora and his friend Riku, as they attempt to improve their skills through an exam known as the Mark of Mastery. Spoilers: it doesn’t go to plan.
Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage, was created specifically for this compilation and follows Aqua after the dramatic events of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.
Finally, “Kingdom Hearts Back Cover” is a feature length movie that reveals some fascinating secrets about the fabled Keyblade Masters.
Kingdom Hearts III Demo Now Available on Xbox One
All that’s coming to Xbox in 2020, but if you want to give the series a try right now, a demo of Kingdom Hearts III is now available to download onto your Xbox One. It contains segments from two of the game’s worlds: Olympus and Toy Box.
In Olympus, Sora, Donald, and Goofy meet up with Hercules and help him handle an attack by Hades that threatens the gods themselves. One particularly cool thing is that any progress you make in this section of the demo carries over to the main game!
The second world in the demo is based on “Toy Story,” and introduces Sora to Woody and Buzz. Not only can you explore Andy’s Room – meticulously recreated from the movies – you’ll also visit entertainment superstore Galaxy Toys.
And, as mentioned, if you like what you play, you can also pick up the digital version of Kingdom Hearts III from the Microsoft Store at a massive limited-time discount of 67% off the standard price.
We’ll have more news about Kingdom Hearts on Xbox One in the coming months, so make sure you follow @KingdomHearts on social media and stay tuned here to Xbox Wire to get all the announcements.