Both Kingdom Hearts HD ReMIX compilations from the PS3 era are coming to PS4, bundled onto one disc, on 31st March.
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The upcoming RPG anthology Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is getting a Collector's Edition that includes Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, thus bringing four games in the series to the PS3 upon its 5th December launch.
Square Enix designer Tetsuya Nomura has suggested Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch on home console.
The next game in the Disney/Final Fantasy crossover series, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, launches for the Nintendo 3DS. Indeed the series has remained steadfast on handhelds since the 2005 release of Kingdom Hearts 2 on PlayStation 2.
But in an interview with Game Informer (via The Silent Chief), Nomura said it was about time Kingdom Hearts had a go on home console again.
PSP RPG Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix has debuted at number one in the weekly Japanese sales charts.
Kingdom Hearts 3D – the planned 3DS Square Enix/Disney cross-over role-playing game from Tetsuya Nomura – will connect to the yet-to-be revealed Kingdom Hearts III.
Mafia II has once more topped the UK all-formats chart and taken its tally to three consecutive weeks.
Almost ten years into Square Enix and Disney's marriage, and the tensions have only grown with time. Not that the union, first consummated in 2002's Kingdom Hearts, was necessarily ill-advised. Both companies are committed to crafting modern fairytales filled with vibrant, marketable characters for younger audiences; they should make for easy bedfellows.
But the differences between Disney's straightforward Western storytelling, in which the roles of protagonist and antagonist are always defined in primary colours, and Square Enix's Eastern approach that focuses on inner demons painted in shades of grey have never quite been reconciled. The result is a series of action-RPGs that can feel fractured, little more than a parade of iconic characters inside a woolly RPG narrative. Square Enix is yet to fully unlock the potential of Disney's treasure-trove heritage, no matter how many key-blades they throw at it.
Birth By Sleep, a prequel to the first game in the series, makes a number of concerted attempts to absorb the distinct Disney classics into a more unified story. Artist Tetsuya Nomura is still in the director's chair, ensuring that the experience naturally veers toward style over substance, but a welcome overhaul of the game's systems indicates the team's desire to deepen the franchise as well as widen it. On this latter point, the game is a triumph. Combat is smart and elegant, pressing supreme flexibility into the player's hand right from the off.
Renders of key characters from the game.
More Disney/Square-Enix cross-breeding.
Square Enix has announced plans to bring The 3rd Birthday and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded to the West.
Disney's finest take arms.
Square Enix will release PSP game Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep in Europe on 10th September.
Action role-playing game Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is heading to Europe this summer.
Square Enix has announced that it's working on three new Kingdom Hearts games for DS, PSP and mobile phones.