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Square Enix wants to make sure you’ve had as many chances as possible to catch up on Kingdom Hearts. They announced the biggest compilation bundle yet for PlayStation 4, Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far.
The Story So Far packs together three previously released bundles into one super bundle. It’s available October 30 for $39.99.
Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far is notable for including last year’s Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix bundle, as well as the one piece missing from that bundle – Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.
Unpacking the various bundles reveals the following games (or cutscenes, where noted) included in The Story So Far.
- Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
- Kingdom Hearts 368/2 Days (cinematics)
- Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
- Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (cinematics)
- Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
- Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage
- Kingdom Hearts X Back cover (movie)
The last three entries were specifically included from the 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which launched last year.
Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far is available to pre-order now. The Kingdom Hearts series is rated E10+. The very long awaited, highly anticipated sequel Kingdom Hearts III is due to launch on January 25, 2019.
Available On: PC, PlayStation 4
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A pair of well-regarded JRPGs from last generation are getting a fancy new physical edition releases for PlayStation 4. The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel and Trails of Cold Steel II will be available in limited retail editions for PS4 in early 2019. Pre-orders will be available soon.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Decisive Edition includes a physical copy of the game with a SteelBook case, a replica Collector’s Coin, and a CD soundtrack featuring 21 tracks.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Relentless Edition has the physical copy with SteelBook, an Ouroboros Emblem Pin, and a 23-track soundtrack CD.
Each edition will retail for $49.99.
As a special perk, the new PS4 editions will include the full Japanese voice acting for both games, in addition to the English dub that was introduced in the PC version. The English voice acting features over 5,000 lines of dialogue per game. The dual voiceover is a first in series history. PC players will receive the Japanese voices as a free update in an upcoming patch.
Both RPGs originally released on PlayStation 3 in Japan, followed by PS3, PS Vita, and PC releases in the US in 2015 and 2016. The series is developed by Nihon Falcom and localized by XSEED Games.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2 are rated T for Teen. They’re currently available on Steam, Vita, and PS3, and coming early next year to PS4.