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By: SIENNA DOUGLAS
progress@eku.edu

If you speak to anyone that is a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series, they will tell you they’re excited for one thing and one thing only: The release of Kingdom Hearts III for Playstation 4 in 2016. However, with the recent Disney and Square Enix announcement from the Tokyo Game Show 2015 of Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue, fan’s excitement may be put on hold until late 2017.

The game includes a remastered HD edition of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, a movie explaining the events of the mobile game titled Kingdom Hearts X (Chi) Back Cover, and the long awaited Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Volume 0.2 A Fragmentary Passage.

The creator of the series, Tetsuya Nomura, has promised fans the next entry in the series would be Kingdom Hearts III. Now it looks like he may have tricked his fans although some are used to it by now.

Originally, the game was supposed to be revealed at this year’s E3 and D23 Expo as Kingdom Hearts 2.9 but was secretly removed before their showcases. A week before the Tokyo Game Show, a Japanese developer who had been working on the series revealed he was also working on a side project from Kingdom Hearts III. In the end, it turned out to be Kingdom Hearts 2.8. Most were not surprised that a new installment had been announced although the creator denied the information. In fact, fans are used to not receiving spin-offs and remakes on portable systems. The third official sequel has now become the 13th installment of the series.

Birth by Sleep Volume 0.2 will give players a taste of what Kingdom Hearts III is like as it was originally supposed to be included in the third game. This volume includes updated graphics along with new battle features in the game. Should players be excited for this installment? Of course! With this new installment, there will be a whole new experience with the franchise to enjoy.

The developers of the company are doing things differently so players will get a feel of the new Kingdom Hearts. The game will be running on the new Unreal Engine 4.

Although fans may disagree with the existence of Kingdom Hearts 2.8, most will agree the Kingdom Hearts series is growing to be an unreal experience and will continue to meet fan’s expectations. But until then, the fans must wait at the edge of their seats for more news and the release of the game.