Kingdom Hearts is getting another title which is not Kingdom Hearts 3! In a move which fans of the franchise must surely be tiring off, Square Enix announced Tuesday at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia Press Conference that they will be releasing Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue prior to the release of the next major installment in the franchise.
Kingdom Hearts 2.8 is another title from the franchise which offers high definition, remastered versions of already released content, as well as offering some new content which aims to fill the gaps in the extremely convoluted plot of the Kingdom Hearts universe. Following their trend of bringing previously handheld-only titles to larger consoles, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 will be comprised of a remastered version of 2012’s Dream, Drop, Distance, select, presumably cinematic, scenes from Kingdom Hearts X[chi], a mobile free-to-play Kingdom Hearts title, released only in Japan, and Birth by Sleep 0.2 – A Fragmentary Passage, which the game’s trailer labels a ‘short episode’ – again, presumably cinematic only.
While a new title for a well-loved franchise is always exciting news, many fans seem frustrated by the amount of time, and presumably money, that Square Enix are investing in developing, promoting and distributing peripheral titles, rather than focusing on the production of Kingdom Hearts 3, a game which is rumoured to have been in development since 2006.
Kingdom Hearts 2.8 will be available on PS4 sometime in 2016.