'Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8' Receives A Slight Delay, Now Coming In 2017


Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (yes, that is actually the full title) is set to get gamers ready for the eventual arrival of Kingdom Hearts III. But just like the final game in the Kingdom Hearts "trilogy", players will have to wait a little longer until they get their hands on the PlayStation 4 exclusive Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8.

The compilation, which collects Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage, Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover and more, was slated for a December 2016 release. Square Enix has now announced that the game will be arriving on Jan. 12 in Japan and on Jan. 28, 2017 in the United States instead, a month later than expected.

It's far from the first Square Enix delay of the year. The heavily anticipated Final Fantasy XV was pushed back from a September release date to November, while Deus Ex: Mankind Divided saw a six-month delay, from February to August. It's become a bit of a trend for Square Enix as of late, but if it results in better games, there's not much to complain about.

Still, delays can be a bummer. But it's not all bad news for Kingdom Hearts fans. Though the wait for the game is now a bit longer, Square Enix did unveil a brand-new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD that shows off the remastered visuals, gameplay and cutscenes. You can check that out below.

The trailer also will make absolutely zero sense to anybody who hasn't played a Kingdom Hearts game since Kingdom Hearts II, so perhaps picking up the compilation ahead of the release of Kingdom Hearts III isn't such a bad idea.

Speaking personally, I've played four Kingdom Hearts games over the past decade and I still have no clue who anybody in the trailer is or what the heck they are talking about. Who are the people wearing the animal masks? Who is this blue-haired girl? Where's Goofy? Important questions, each and every one.

Thankfully, it will still be a while before the next major installment in the Disney and Final Fantasy mash-up series does arrive, so fans have plenty of time to untangle the ever-growing narrative knot that is the Kingdom Hearts story line. Kingdom Hearts III doesn't yet have an official release date, but it's doubtful the game will arrive by the end of 2017.

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