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Kingdom Hearts 3: Should You Play Kingdom Hearts 2.8 First?

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Kingdom Hearts 3 is the sequel fans have been craving for, ever since the second main entry released back in 2005. While the ending had Sora, Riku and Kairi back in Destiny Islands, it also had a literal message in a bottle that seemingly came from their ally and Disney icon Mickey Mouse.

Though most fans are assuming that message will be answered in the official sequel, it was actually revealed already in Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance on the 3DS. PlayStation 4 owners will be able to play this game on Kingdom Hearts 2.8, which comes out this December, which was revealed in the collection?s latest trailer.

Fans who are hoping that they can just jump into Kingdom Hearts 3 with their knowledge from the second game are greatly mistaken. The events of Dream Drop Distance are very important to the series? overall mythology, making Kingdom Hearts 2.8 a must-play before picking up Kingdom Hearts 3.

Aside from Dream Drop Distance, the 2.8 final prologue chapter also includes a new playable section featuring Aqua from Birth By Sleep. This is an all-new game that has not been released anywhere else and will likely lead to the events of Kingdom Hearts 3, whatever those events are.

It might sound disheartening to fans who want to go straight to the third game, but Square Enix has always been like this. Fans who played Kingdom Hearts 2 right after the first game were probably confused, as Sora, Donald and Goofy wake up from a chamber rather than make their way to the castle, which was shown at the end of the first game. Those events were actually in the Gameboy Advance title Chain of Memories, which eventually got a PS2 version and was repackaged in the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Collection for the PS3, along with the first game and cutscenes from one of the DS spinoffs.

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 is definitely essential for Kingdom Hearts fans. Since Kingdom Hearts 3 doesn?t even have a release date yet, this collection should tide fans over and maybe even entertain them in the process, since Dream Drop Distance received positive reviews when it was released on 3DS. As revealed in the E3 trailer below, Kingdom?Hearts HD 2.8 will come out sometime for the PS4 in December.?

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