Kingdom Hearts on PC: Gameplay, release date, and everything you need to know

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The wildly popular series of Kingdom Hearts is finally coming to PC. Soon, you will be able to play virtually every Kingdom Hearts game on your PC available exclusively on the Epic Games Store, and when you're finished with that, be sure to check out our best games on the Epic Games Store.

What is Kingdom Hearts?

Originally released in 2002, Kingdom Hearts shouldn't have worked. Combining the mature themes and designs of Square's Final Fantasy RPGs with the cutesy, family friendly fun of Disney, Kingdom Hearts still sounds bizarre, but somehow, it landed. Nearly two decades and a dozen games later, Kingdom Hearts is a massively successful franchise with multiple games in the pipeline. However, up until now, the series has primarily lived on the various incarnations of the PlayStation, with the occasional spin-off game on Nintendo or mobile.

What we know about Kingdom Hearts for PC

Divided up into four titles, the Kingdom Hearts for PC collection will be available exclusively on the Epic Games Store.

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The first title, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMix is an HD remastered collection that includes:

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix - the game that started it all, the Final Mix of Kingdom Hearts I is a fully remastered HD version of the original game from 2002. Take on the role of Sora, a seemingly normal boy with an incredible destiny and the heart to see it realized, along with the help of Donald and Goofy, as well as a cast of Disney and Square Enix characters.
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories - originally released on the Nintendo's Game Boy Advance, Chain of Memories bridges the gap between Kingdom Hearts I and Kingdom Hearts II. Explore the Castle Oblivion and face off against Organization XIII as Sora, with the help of his friends.
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days - originally released for the Nintendo DS, 358/2 Days runs parallel to the events of Chain of Memories. You play as Roxas as he and Axel befriend a new member of Organization XIII, Xion, with beautifully remastered HD cinematic scenes.
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix - the sequel to Kingdom Hearts I and second core game in the series, Kingdom Hearts II takes place one year following Chain of Memories and pits Sora and company against Organization XIII and their Nobodies. This remastered Final Mix has additional scenes and remastered HD graphics.
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix - set ten years before the events of Kingdom Hearts I, Birth by Sleep Final Mix has also been remastered with HD graphics. Play as Ventus, Terra, and Aqua as they face off against the Unversed on their quest to find Master Xehanort.
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded - an episodic action RPG puzzle game originally released on mobile devices, Kingdom Hearts Coded was given the remastered treatment as well with HD remastered cinematic scenes and rereleased as Re:coded on the Nintendo DS. Re:coded features eight episodes directly following Kingdom Hearts II which follow the stories of Jiminy Cricket, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy in Disney Castle, along with a virtual recreation of Sora and some of the worlds he visited in previous games.

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The second title, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a collection that occurs between Kingdom Hearts II and III, and includes:

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD - originally released on the Nintendo DS, this side game features Sora and Riku and their Mark of Mastery exam as they prepare to face Master Xehanort, fully remastered with beautiful HD graphics.
  • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover - set in Kingdom Hearts χ, χ Back Cover is an hour-long movie from the Foretellers' perspectives, explaining the events leading up to the first Kingdom Hearts game.
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage - set directly after the secret ending of Birth by Sleep, this game is told from Aqua's perspective leading up to the events of Kingdom Hearts III.

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The third title, Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind (DLC). This title features everything in the original release of Kingdom Hearts III, as well as the Re Mind DLC adventure and a brand new Epic Games exclusive Keyblade, Element Encoder. This game concludes the Dark Seeker Saga which began in Kingdom Hearts I and features many familiar worlds from previous games, along with new adventures in the worlds of Frozen, Tangled, Toy Story, and Monsters Inc.

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Lastly, the fourth title, Melody of Memory is an action rhythm game set just after the Kingdom Hearts III DLC. This game invites players into Kairi's memories of the events of previous games, while also laying the groundwork for the next entries in the series. Featuring over 140 different tracks from both the Kingdom Hearts series and Disney, Melody of Memory lets you play with four different teams of characters from the franchise, along with a variety of Disney characters who lend a helping hand along the way.

What we want from Kingdom Hearts for PC

While all of these games have been released on previous consoles and mobile devices before, this is the first time they will all be available for PC. Epic Games has already announced the inclusion of an exclusive new Keyblade for Kingdom Hearts III, but adding on a few more extras like this would make sense. Otherwise, we'd like a smooth gameplay experience, and perhaps even a simultaneous release for future Kingdom Hearts games, so PC players don't have to wait years to enjoy them.

Kingdom Hearts for PC release date

All four of these titles can be preordered from the Epic Games Store now and will be available on March 30, 2021.

Casian Holly