The once-cherished PlayStation exclusive, Kingdom Hearts, is now on the path to becoming a PC port this March. After Square Enix made the bold decision to draw away from the PS platform with Kingdom Hearts 3, the Japanese developer has only looked to test new waters. By publishing the 2019 title on Xbox One, followed by an entire collection in later months, the franchise finally made the call to branch out into new territories. And now, Epic Games Store will secure a spot for the Disney series on March 30th.
Spread over 4 bulky bundles, Kingdom Hearts will grant PC players the chance to tuck into the entire journey that takes place over 11 chapters. Of course, that might seem like a rather intimidating amount to tackle if you’re not a follower of the series — but you can rest assured that a bunch of these are movies. Three-hour movies, admittedly — but movies nonetheless.
So, what can we expect from the four core bundles?
Firstly, you’ll be able to grab the starter pack, which includes Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMix, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMix, Re:Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days, Birth by Sleep, and, of course — Re:Coded. And yes, that is quite a lot to digest, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the franchise. But, if you think that’s complex — just wait until you throw yourself into the story. You ain’t seen nothing yet, that’s for sure.
Secondly, you’ll be able to pick up Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Prologue, which is, in essence, a leadup to the enormous Kingdom Hearts 3 chapter. And yes, it definitely needed an entire game to explain the events leading up to the third game. But you’ll have to play through from the beginning to understand what we’re talking about.
Then, of course, there is Kingdom Hearts 3, which speaks for itself — as well as Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memories, the rhythm game that adds even more to the plot through cryptic cutscenes. But if you are unsure where to even begin with the franchise, then you could always take a look here.
Whether you’re a major fan of Disney or just a hack and slash fanatic with a passion for anime hair — Kingdom Hearts is one of those series that you’ll definitely be wanting to put a pin on this year. Sure, there may be a lot to handle for any newcomer to the platform — but we can’t recommend the Square Enix bundle enough.
Although Epic Games have outlined a March 30th launch, the publisher has yet to clarify whether or not the Kingdom Hearts series will be a permanent fixture to the store or a timed exclusive. Either way, you’ll be able to pick up the entire collection in a matter of weeks.