Bringing an incredible new story, epic visuals and the franchise’s biggest step forward in a long time, Square Enix will be launching Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue this December.
The release of this title is a huge moment for fans of the 13 year old series as 2.8 marks the final compilation of Kingdom Hearts titles to be released before the much anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3. The game combines an HD re-release of the 3DS title Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, a cinematic compilation of the mobile title Unchained X, and a prologue to the upcoming numbered title.
The new E3 trailer that was released, mainly showcases the beautiful gameplay for the prologue, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage. The sequence takes place after the events of the PSP title Brith by Sleep (also available in Kingdom Hearts 2.5 on the PS3) and follows one of the original key blade wielders, Aqua, as she navigates a corrupted version of Castle Oblivion.
The new look at the gameplay shows what the current generation of game consoles are capable of within the franchise. Much like the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, the updated character models strongly reflect the high quality renderings featured in the game’s opening cinematic.
What was surprising, however, is just how beautiful the Unchained X movie will look. The high resolution graphics may not be on par with the upcoming Kingsglaive animated feature, but they definitely have a hand-crafted feel that fits right at home with the series.
As of now, the prologue is currently described as an episode in the series and doesn’t look to be a fully fledged game unto itself. Instead taking the approach of a large scale demo showing off the new engine. Similar to the Episode Duscae and Platinum demos for Final Fantasy XV.
Luckily, we’ll be able to find out more about what the compilation will have in store next week as the game will be playable at the Square Enix booth at E3 2016. In the meantime, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue will be available this December exclusively on the PlayStation 4.