Ironically there was an article back in January on a hardcore fan’s blog called The Story So Far but now that title is the name of an upcoming PS4 exclusive which will feature a compilation of Kingdom Hearts titles allowing players to get the backstory leading up to Kingdom Hearts III’s anticipated release on January 29, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox worldwide (and 4 days prior to that in Japan).
This move by Square Enix has garnered a little fan backlash from gamers who are on Nintendo Switch or Xbox One as well as some PS4 players claiming this was a “cash grab” since the titles are already available on PS4. However, the title is being offered at a heavy discount versus buying all of the games separately and makes for a great purchase if anybody hasn’t played the originals and does not yet own them on PS4.
The games included in this compilation have been previously released on PS4 as part of the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX packages and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. When asked by fans if “The Story So Far” package will make it to the Xbox, Square Enix commented that they’d need to speak to Microsoft first before moving forward with such a release.
This could be due to the fact that these games are already on PS4 and the re-bundling of them in “The Story So Far” required no effort. Microsoft sometimes pays to get JRPG games on their platform, as Sony customers are more likely to buy the games and Square Enix doesn’t want to waste their time. This could be what they were hinting at, meaning they would like to see a deal offered by MS perhaps.
In regards to the Nintendo Switch, Tetsuya Nomura (Game Director of Kingdom Hearts III) has stated in July of 2017 that Square Enix will not be thinking about the development of a Switch version of Kingdom Hearts III until after they have completed the PS4 and Xbox versions. This is probably not a platform snub against Switch but rather a sense of urgency to getting the game done since fans have been waiting for the release for a very, very long time!
Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far
Price: $39.99 / Release Date: October 30, 2018
- Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Re:Chains of Memories
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
- Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
- Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
- Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep: A Fragmentary Passage
- Kingdom Hearts ꭙ Back Cover (movie)
Kingdom Hearts III is a hugely anticipated game that has been in development for a very long time and eventually got pushed over to Unreal Engine 4 in order to reduce development time and increase polish. The title has already been nominated for Best Game of E3 2018, Best PS4 Game of E3 2018, Best Xbox Game of E3 2018, and Best Action Game of E3 2018, while winning Momocon’s E3 Choice 2018 Award as well as receiving nominations during Unreal’s E3 Awards.