Kingdom Hearts is getting milked dry. In a logical world, the progression of the Kingdom Hearts series would have brought us from Kingdom Hearts 1, to 2, and then to 3. But either unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your aptitude for positivity, Square has given its loyal fans a myriad of other titles to string us along. Aside from the confusing naming system, these games have brought so much life into a series that already had a lot to offer. Yet a decision needs to be made about when it’s time to draw the line with these re-releases. Introducing the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX for the PS4, which includes all the games featured in both the 1.5 and 2.5 collections on the PS3.
While great news for PS4 owners who never had a chance to play the series, it’s hard not to see this and think about how Square is artificially prolonging the series with these HD collections. Don’t get me wrong, I love this series to death, but when the same games are shoved down my throat for the third time I can’t help but wonder how much money Square is squeezing out of the adults who grew up with these games. After the release of Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue I wouldn’t be surprised to see a collection of all the collections drop on Xbox One, maybe PS4, though probably not PC, before Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally out on shelves. It honestly sounds like a joke; 1.5, 2.5, 2.8, 1.5+2.5… when will it end?!
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will be releasing on the 28th of March next year, and I’ve seen hints of a collector’s edition to entice those of us with no self-control even more. I will strive to hold off on purchasing this abysmal money-grab of a game, but I can’t promise myself that I won’t betray my morals once I set my sight on the collector’s edition of a collection of collections of old games.