I’m a huge fan of the Kingdom Hearts series, so much in fact that I want to get a Heartless symbol tattooed on my chest in the next year or so. Keeping this in mind, it was a complete surprise to find out about Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix for PS4. Like, it was announced late last year, and there’s no excuse for me to have missed it. Anyway, to make up for lost time, here’s a bunch of details about it.

The Kingdom Hearts compilation bundles the 1.5 and 2.5 HD remasters, which were previously released for PS3. The bundle includes four complete games and two games that have been remade into HD cinematics. They are:

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (cinematic)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (cinematic)

This marks a significant moment for the series. For the first time in its 15 year history, basically every game will be playable/watchable on the same system. This bundle, as well as the recently released Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Rising Revelations Catalyst Gaiden, finally removed the need to own seven different systems (PS3, PSP, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Japanese region mobile phone) to play the series. Honestly, I think the developers just wanted to weed out all but the super fans. Here’s a trailer that I missed last year:

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix is launching for PS4 on 31 March 2017. With the third installment still far on the horizon, this may be a good time to play catch-up. Lots of catch-up.