In 2002 the companies Square Enix and Disney released a game that, quite frankly, on paper sounded like a disaster. Mickey Mouse and Cloud? “Ludicrous!” The gamers cried out, “preposterous!” But they all gave it a chance, and if 11 games in a franchise isn’t enough to prove that gamers fell in love with the unlikely pairing, I don’t know what is.
Today Square Enix and Disney have released the trailer for the 12th installment of the Kingdom Hearts saga, Kingdom Hearts II.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue—say that ten times fast.
The game will include:
- An HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, originally released on 3Ds in 2012.
- Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover: About an hour of cinematic scenes telling the story of the Foretellers and fleshing out the series’ complex history.
- Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep–A Fragmentary Passage: Perhaps the most exciting part, taking place after the events of Birth By Sleep, you’ll get to play as Aqua and have a chance to see the Kingdom Hearts III engine, playable, for the first time.
A nice mix of “Sanctuary,” the opening theme from KH II sung beautifully by Utada Hikaru, plays in the background, heightening the stakes and emotions. The crisp, updated HD textures pop and are full of color.
Gamers are finally going to have the chance to cross the final bridge before they reach the promised land of Kingdom Hearts III, but it looks like it’ll be a pleasant trip. It’s a journey they’ll get to embark on in December of 2016, when Kingdom Hearts II.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue sees a world wide release.
Any of you geeks excited to see this series grow into the beast it has?