20th anniversary event revealed; Kingdom Hearts Dark Road game gets final story this winter
Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it will release the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind games on Switch as cloud streaming releases. All three titles will be available individually, or as part of the Masterpiece for Cloud release. Square Enix did not reveal a release date for the games.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX includes:
- 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)
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue includes:
- Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage –
- Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)
- Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
Square Enix additionally revealed a trailer for the franchise‘s 20th anniversary on Tuesday. The trailer reveals that the final story update for the Kingdom Hearts: Dark Road smartphone game will release this winter. The trailer also reveals that the franchise will have an event to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.
Square Enix‘s Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] and Kingdom Hearts Dark Road smartphone games were both originally supposed to end service on May 30, but Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] released its final story on June 10 instead and both games switched to offline mode on June 30. Both games are available in one app.
Square Enix released the Kingdom Hearts III game in January 2019 in Japan and the West for the PS4 and Xbox One. The game had shipped more than 5 million copies worldwide, including digital sales, as of February 2019, and is the fastest-selling title in the history of the franchise. The Re Mind DLC launched in January 2020.
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, the first rhythm action game in the franchise, launched for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in the West and in Japan in November 2020, and was previously the only title in the series available for the Switch.