KINGDOM HEARTS II.8 HD is the FINAL CHAPTER of the HD compilation saga that serves as a direct PROLOGUE to KINGDOM HEARTS III. This collection includes KINGDOM HEARTS HD: DREAM DROP DISTANCE, a remaster of the original Nintendo 3DS title published in 2012, now reworked to fit a new control scheme; KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 BIRTH BY SLEEP -A Fragmentary Passage-, a brand new game developed in Unreal Engine 4; and KINGDOM HEARTS X CHI BACK COVER, a 80 minute length film. This is the first KH collectiong published on Playstation 4 and does not include 1.5 ReMIX and/or 2.5 ReMIX, which will be released in March, 2017.
If you have already played Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance on its original release for 3DS, you can play the games featured in this collection in any order, but take into account that to fully understand these titles you need to have played previous titles from the franchise (Kingdom Hearts 1, Kingdom Hearts 2 and Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep are essential).
If you haven’t played the original release for Dream Drop Distance, it is encouraged that you play the HD remaster before the other two titles. After completing Dream Drop Distance, you can experience the other two games in any order. Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance features a story summary for every KH game released before 2012.
> What games do I need to have played before playing 0.2 A Fragmentary Passage?
Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, Birth By Sleep and Dream Drop Distance are essential.
> How long is this game?
The game length has been approximated to be around 3-4 hours for a first playthrough. This game serves as a prologue to Kingdom Hearts III and it is not intended to be viewed as a full fledged RPG. However, it is filled with replayable content and a unlockable difficulty mode which might extend its length.
> Is there enough optional content to justify a second playthrough?
This games features optional chest haunt, in-game rewards and Boss Rush mode, along with a Secret Boss.
> Is this a remake of the Secret Episode featured in Birth By Sleep Final Mix?
No, this is a direct follow-up to Birth by Sleep’s Secret Episode and picks up inmediately after Aqua sees the Castle of Dreams succumb to darkness.
> Will this Prologue be included in Kingdom Hearts III?
No, however, some scenes will be reworked to serve as an opening to Kingdom Hearts III. 0.2 A Fragmentary Passage is the only way to experience this episode of Kingdom Heart’s story in full detail.
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