Original Kingdom Hearts Games Will Release On Xbox One For The First Time Ever In 2020

Original Kingdom Hearts Games Will Release On Xbox One For The First Time Ever In 2020
Credit: Kingdom Hearts

When it was announced that Kingdom Hearts 3 would be releasing on the Xbox One, the gaming world was shocked. After all, the Disney/Square Enix crossover franchise had always been exclusive to PlayStation for the console releases, dating all the way back to the first Kingdom Hearts, which came out for the PlayStation 2.

Kingdom Hearts 2 was also available solely on the PlayStation 2. When Square and Disney released compilation games that collected the entire series, including handheld and mobile games, they were exclusive to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

It seems as though Xbox players will get to dive into the past of the Kingdom Hearts World next year. Square and Disney will be releasing Kingdom Hearts 1.5 2.5 ReMIX, and Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter on the Xbox One in 2020.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX collects Playstation 3’s Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and Kingdom Hearts 2.5.

In Kingdom Hearts 1.5, players could take control of Sora in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (A PlayStation 2 era remake of the Gameboy Advance game), and a cinematic remake of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days (first released on the Nintendo DS).

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 is another game collection that includes Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix (which was first released on the Playstation Portable), and a cinematic remake of Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded (a mobile game).

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was a PlayStation 4 title which collected Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (from the Nintendo 3DS), Kingdom Hearts Back Cover (a cinematic retelling of the mobile game Kingdom Hearts X), and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage (a brand new short adventure built on the Kingdom Hearts 3 engine that served as an official prologue to the game).

These releases mean that the entire Kingdom Hearts library will be available for XBox users for the first time ever. It’s a historic moment for longtime fans of the franchise.

Kingdom Hearts first came onto the scene in 2002. It featured a then unheard of partnership between Disney Interactive and Square Enix (which at the time was still known as SquareSoft).

The original appeal of Kingdom Hearts was a game where classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy would crossover with some of the major names from the Final Fantasy series like Cloud Strife, Aerith, Squall Leonhart, and Sephiroth.

However, fans quickly fell in love with the game’s original characters Sora, Riku, and Kairi, and the franchise has had a long and storied history of success that continues to this day.