Kingdom Hearts III Should Not Be On Xbox

Kingdom Hearts III Should Not Be On Xbox

**Potential Spoiler Alert**
When Terra-Xehanort becomes Apprentice Xehanort he becomes Ansem, but not the real Ansem. So when Ansem fights Ansem and banished Ansem to the Realm of Darkness, he turns the Keyblade on himself, thus becoming heartless Ansem and a Nobody named Xemnas. Later on, Sora has Ventus’s heart in him, so when Sora becomes a Heartless in Kingdom Hearts, Roxas looks like Ventus, and Kiri’s Heart is freed to go back to her and, in the process, makes Naminé. This is very important because Naminé erases Sora’s memories but then puts them all back. However, because she took his memories in the first place, Xion started getting them. Xion has to choose to give back the memories for Sora to get his memories again, but then Roxas has to merge with Sora to wake him up. This is where Kingdom Hearts II starts.

I hope you’re all still here. I know many of you are going to be angry at my opinion of this, that Kingdom Hearts III should not be releasing on Xbox One. I know it’s going to come across as fanboyism toward PS4 and, to be genuine, I do prefer PlayStation over its competitors. I always have. Nevertheless, this article, this opinion, has no correlation with how much I love PlayStation, and to be honest, I would rather see Kingdom Hearts III release on the Nintendo Switch instead of Xbox One. Why? Simple: The story. Kingdom Hearts from the outside looks like a cute game filled with Disney character, simple but deep combat, and fan-favorite characters from the Final Fantasy series. This is a major part of the game, you’re right. Kingdom Hearts is all of those things, but it is also so much more. The story is the number one aspect I look for in a game, and Kingdom Hearts has it by the ocean load. It seems every aspect of this game means something in some way, from why Sora’s clothes change between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories to Kingdom Hearts II, to why Sora and Riku can even wield Keyblades. These are all crucial plot points that may be explained in one game and never be mentioned again, continuing on with the series assuming the player has played the games prior. This is how Kingdom Hearts operates, and always has. The creator, Tetsuya Nomura, is the sole writer of this amazing franchise and never ceases to amaze me with attention to detail and amazing plot hole awareness. However, because he is the lone writer of the series, he has created a story so deep and confusing that, in order to understand what you are experiencing, you have to jump into the deep end of the pool and, at times, try to hold your breath as long as possible as you wait for the new game to bring you answers.

Now I’m sure there is a great deal of Xbox players who owned a PlayStation 2, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable (PSP), Smart Phone (iOS/Android), and Nintendo 3DS in order to play all previous Kingdom Hearts games. I am also aware that there are probably plenty of Nintendo fans and PlayStation fans who have never played the games native to their systems, leaving maybe important question unanswered. However, those players aside if you already call yourself a fan of Kingdom Hearts, you have most likely played all the games on their original platforms, or have the means to experience them all in the most recent collections. The games go as follows:

Original games:

Kingdom Hearts – PS2
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories – Gameboy Advance
Kingdom Hearts II – PS2
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days – Nintendo DS
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep – PSP
Kingdom Hearts: Coded – Mobile Phone
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance – Nintendo 3DS
Kingdom Hearts x – Desktop Browser (Japan Only)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep 0.2-A Fragment Passage – PS4

Re-Releases:

Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix – PS2 (Japan Only)
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories – PS2
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories Final Mix – PS2 (Japan Only)
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ – PS2 (Japan Only)
Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded – Nintendo DS
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix – PSP (Japan Only)
Kingdom Hearts x Unchained – iOS/Android

Collections:

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 – PS3
Includes Remastered Versions of
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Cinematic Movie)

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 – PS3
Includes Remastered Versions of
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded (Cinematic Movie)

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 – PS4
Includes Remastered Versions of
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Cinematic Movie)
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded (Cinematic Movie)

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 – PS4
Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep 0.2-A Fragment Passage
Kingdom Hearts x Back Cover (Cinematic Movie)

As you can see, Kingdom Hearts has had a plethora of games and movies ranging on all platforms from pre-smartphone games to the PlayStation 4. This is my main concern for new players as well as players who skipped all but the main numbered titles. These games almost require you to play every game in the series to understand what is going on. In Kingdom Hearts x, you learn about the lead up to the Keyblade War and why it’s so intrinsically linked to the real Kingdom Hearts, a place in the game said to contain unimaginable power. The events of that game shed new light within Birth by Sleep which many regards, myself included, as the second most, if not the most, important game of the series. This game explains why Sora, Riku, and Kairi are so important, as well as introducing us to the actual villain of the series, Xehanort. Xehanort has been the protagonist of every game in some form or another, with the only exception being Kingdom Hearts x and Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded.

With all of this said, let’s get back to my original topic of why Kingdom Hearts III shouldn’t be on Xbox One. This is just simply because not one of the other nine games, or collections, has been on this system. For as many players who have both PlayStation and Xbox, or have played all the Kingdom Hearts games in some form, there are more who own an Xbox who has never touched the game. This is not their fault. If you are aligned to Xbox and only play Xbox games, then you would have never had an opportunity to play these games. For instance, if you had a PS3 but jumped to Xbox One from the last generation and never wanted or had a reason to own a 3DS to play Dream Drop Distance, then you are missing a crucial step coming from Kingdom Hearts II into Kingdom Hearts III. You will not know why Riku is a Keyblade Master while Sora isn’t, or why Lea has a KeyBlade or who the new Organization XIII is (this is who will act as the antagonist in Kingdom Hearts III). This is a fundamental problem for new and casual players of the series. Yes, I know what you are thinking: all they need is a recap story in the intro of the game. This is true. However, this has never been done before in any of the past nine games. The closest fans get to a recap is essentially a music video of the new/remixed song by Utada Hikaru, who has been the singer of every game intro to date, with CGI scenes from the game that took place directly before it.

I understand most gamers just want a fun game to play, with beautiful visual, and intense combat. This is something that Kingdom Hearts has in spades. However, this series has been diving deeper and deeper into the story and we are just a few months (probably years) away from getting this epic conclusion to this beloved game. The story will be deep, and new players will be getting answers and explanations to questions we never knew to ask. I understand there will be new players on PlayStation as well. There will always be new players. But on PlayStation, the gamer has the opportunity to go back and experience every story told so far on one platform. Xbox players aren’t so lucky. With this being said, the majority of Kingdom Hearts players will have probably been with the series throughout its lifespan and would as a result likely already own all of these systems to play this games. Although, I’m sure there are Kingdom Hearts fans out there who have only ever owned and played on Xbox, who could be turned off by the series because of complex story building up to III that they have no real means to go back and experience.

 

In the coming months leading up to Kingdom Hearts III, I will be recapping each game, giving you all the information you will need to know. If you would like a shortened up version or have no way to experience the previous games this series will catch you up. Until then, I hope, I have been able to enlighten all the players who previously thought ‘I’ll just jump in at Kingdom Hearts III’ or ‘I’ve played I and II so I’m good.’ I’m not trying to dissuade you from playing, I just cannot emphasize enough how important all the games are to the larger narrative. All of these games have huge plot points that will be resolved in Kingdom Hearts III such as Sora meeting Aqua, Ventus, and Terra, who have all been missing since Birth by Sleep. While also in Re: Coded the characters get the vital information on what to do in Kingdom Hearts III and why those characters are connected to Sora. In 358/2 Days, we find out why Sora is in a stasis pod in the intro to II and who Roxas and Xion are. As you can see each game is important for more reasons than I have listed. This is not me being a fan saying you need to watch Thor: The Dark World before you see Avengers 2 so that one reference will make sense. These mobile and non-numbered games hold real, actual plot points what you will need to understand Kingdom Hearts III. I hope to see you all again when I start recapping all the stories in a multipart series soon. Until then if you have any questions about the Kingdom Heart series tweet us at @Mammoth_Gamers or me personally @LOSTHeroes13. I will answer the question to the best of my ability. But for everything, your heart desires about Kingdom Hearts, make sure you keep it locked to MammothGamers.com

Mark Kriska is a journalist for Mammoth Gamers. He plays primarily on PlayStation but also plays on Xbox and Nintendo systems. Mark is an all around nerd and if he is not playing games he's watching sports, movies, or TV and if all else fails enjoying a nice book or comic.

  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    i understand what the articles trying to get across but the problem is that you cant deny a whole audience of a game because of a potential ‘lack of context’ Xbox Gamers deserve games like Kingdom Hearts and there is no doubt an audience there…

    The only type of people who would want to stop people from getting their hands on games are unreasonable fanboys… it’s honestly that simple… Im a PlayStation fanboy but im saying it from now… this article makes sense but at the same time nah.. loool

    • Mark Kriska (Gaming)

      This is true. However the entire series hasn’t been on this system. This is, and I know the comparison is a stretch but stick with me. This is like George Lucas makeing the Star Wars movies and only showing them to his friends, then releasing Return of the Jedi into theaters. My point isn’t to deny a fan base, it’s saying that fan base has no chance to understand the story.

      • Bilal Prince-Ali

        yeah yeahh.. once again i understand your point lool.. like COMPLETELLYYY understand it lool… BUUTTT that’s all contextualised reasoning, there is certainly going to be a market for KH3 on Xbox, i eman its probably not gonna sell anywhere nearrr as much as on the PS4 but still theres a market! what about those peopel who have played the games on PS2 then jumped ship to the Xbox 360 or Xbox One..? OR those who jumped ship to Xbox One after having a PS3 but played all the KH remakes/remixes..?

        One again i totally get what you mean but i duno man it doesn’t really make sense to deny a wholeee audience a game ESPECIALLY when it’s not developed by or funded by one publisher to make it exclusive.. which is why i never used to feel anything when MGS which owes a LOT of it’s success to PlayStation gamers, went multiplatform.

        BTW just to clarify i wasn’t calling you a fanboy earlier i just meant its what the typical unreasonable fanboys mentality is like.

  • エッチDランブル

    bit late after they’ve spent time making the xbone version. these companies don’t seem to learn. it’s annoying when my favourite games go to pc or xbone but this game ain’t 1 so I don’t care just watch em flop

  • Howie Kearney

    you are a click bait TROLL! this article is waist of Internet Space!!! absolute garbage, opinion or not…………………

  • Gabriel Fávero

    I really do understand the article point of view, but I think that the logic is reversed. “KH Collections should be on XONE” is a way more appealing request than “KH3 should not be on XONE”. Of course that is an ideal scenario that most likely won’t happen. Still, if bringing KH3 to Xbox was their way of expanding this world to more people, it only seems fair.

    I do agree as the article states that it will be a nightmare for the average xbox player to catch up. Hell, I’ve played both PS4 collections last month and still will need some video recaps. Even so, I truly don’t believe that’s enough not to give potential and current xone fans a chance.

    • andrewsqual

      It’s bizarre alright that they never brought the complete remasters collection to Xbone when bringing it to PS4.

  • Invisible Opinion

    First off… how am I supposed to take this article seriously, when the VERY FIRST WORD is misspelled? I understand not catching Kiri, or Xehanort being the ‘protagonist’ of the series, but I wonder how the first word was left unnoticed. Anyway, to the main point for taking the time to comment.

    Second, right now I will tell you that I am a Nintendo fanboy. I have never disliked a single Nintendo game released since their very beginning, although Paper Mario: Sticker Star was very close. Having said that, I am actually glad that Kingdom Hearts 3 isn’t coming to the Switch (at least until the PS4 and Xbox One versions are out of the way). I don’t want my my favorite series’ perhaps greatest title yet to be butchered by the Switch release, for reasons such as graphically lower capabilities, low processing power, or low memory, leading to reduced content. I want this game to blow my mind and, as much as I love Nintendo and the Switch, I am glad it isn’t going to be dealt with on the switch unless they make that decision AFTER releasing it on the other platforms, and I probably still wouldn’t purchase it.

    Finally, for the Xbox One version. Think of this scenario: Say I grew up with a PS2, DS, 3DS, PSP, and a smartphone (all of which I have had for playing those games), but decided that I will switch to the Xbox systems from now on, as Kingdom Hearts would be the only thing I’d have to leave behind. I don’t want a PS3 or PS4, but as for whatever reason, be it the exclusive titles, pricing, or deals, I move on to the Xbox systems. Then one day, after my hopes of finding a way to be able to play the upcoming Kingdom Hearts game, E3 displays the announcement that it’s coming to PS4 and Xbox One. I don’t have to buy a new system to return to the series.

    There is a more popular scenario for others, where all one would need to understand the series is a PS3 and a 3DS, just two systems. We don’t necessarily need to know what Aqua had been doing in the realm of darkness, but just that she’s trapped there, and we would have already known this from Birth By Sleep’s Final Episode and/or the secret Final Mix episode. We already know that Mickey was down there with her as well. We might lack knowledge of what happens during UnionX, but PS4 and Xbox One owners are on the same boat for that dilemma. The only thing the PS4 has from us is X Back Cover, but the only essential part of that story is the ending, which is going to be discussed (or opened) anyway in the next installment.

    Let’s not forget that Dream Drop Distance graced us with the chronicles, which tell us the stories of the six previously-released titles in case you need a recap either because you need to remember or learn about them for the first time. Perhaps Tetsuya Nomura will add the Chronicle again for Kingdom Hearts III, because why not? It’s already been made, and they’ll only need to recap Dream Drop Distance as well. The most important part is that Nomura told us in an interview that he believes that Kingdom Hearts III, in particular, will be enjoyable to the player, even if he or she does not understand the full story. That statement alone should give ease to the worries of the Xbox One release, especially considering it’s coming from the man who makes these plot decisions.

  • kreator

    BS!

  • andrewsqual

    The only reason I dont care regardless is they are making the game on Unreal Engine 4. Bring it to PC too or it’s a waste.

    Even if it was exclusive to PS4, it won’t be taking full advantage of the console because of the engine choice anyway.
    Bring it to Switch too, just downgrade the resolution and some details.

    As unimpressive as Dragon Quest Xi looks on PS4 with very dated and stiff animations, it STILL doesn’t even run at 1080p on standard PS4.

  • This article is 100% trash, sorry. You’re basically saying that because Kingdom Hearts started on the PlayStation, it should stay there. For starters, it is a 3rd party game, which means it can ported to any platform. Just because you happen to enjoy the PS more than say Xbox, doesn’t mean that Square Enix should ignore an audience because you don’t care about them.

    By your logic, we’d never see games that once appeared on one system, making its way to another. We’d never see Sonic on any platform, Mass Effect, Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, etc.

    In the end, you’re upset that a title you enjoy is going to another platform, which is the attitude of most fanboys. Thankfully you aren’t in charge of any business decision, as this same logic is what nearly destroyed the gaming industry previously.

    Geez.

    • Mark Kriska (Gaming)

      It’s okay if you think this, it’s your opinion. However this isn’t not my point. My point was that this game, that is so story drivin, should only be on a system where a player can experience most of, if not all of the story. Mass Effect 2 launched on PS3 with a digital comic explaining to everyone what transpired in the first game. The comic even gave us choices that effected ME2 and subsequentially ME3. Metal Gear can get kind of rough. The Metal Gear Solid collect came out on both PS3 and Xbox 360. Also Revengeance was a spin off that had very little to do with the Metal Gear Solid story. As for The Phantom Pain. This game was a prequel to all the games except for Metal Gear Solid 3, and Peace Walker, both where on Xbox 360. Nevertheless, all Metal Gear Solid games have been on PlayStation. The Final Fantasy games have no connection to one another except for the few direct sequels i.e. Final Fantasy 10-2 and Final Fantasy 13-2 and Lighting Returns. So this point is moot. Finally to the point of Shenmue III. If this game requires PlayStaion gamers to play and know what has happened in the prior two games then I agree, it shouldn’t be on PlayStation, or an exclusive. However I doubt there won’t be a recap. That is my point of Kingdom Hearts. There is never a recap. There is never an introduction. This is the equivalent of Metal Gear Solid 4 being an Xbox 360 exclusive before the collection came to the system. This article is not me saying this game should be an exclusive. It’s more of me saying that if the collection hasn’t come to Xbox One then Kingdom Hearts III shouldn’t either.

  • spideynut71

    By that logic, Shenmue III has no business being on Playstation, let alone as a console exclusive, so…

  • Gamingfan

    What are you,10? I have a ps4 but not the xbox one and dont care. Go cry in a corner and grow up.

  • AuricGoldfinger

    Journalism in 2017 ladies and gentlemen lol. According to Mark Kriska, Shenmue III has no business being on Playstation 4, especially as a console exclusive. You know since Shenmue II was published on XBOX lol.

    • Mark Kriska (Gaming)

      I addressed your response down below in my responds to Keith D. Mitchell. I agree with you to a point.

  • Fullmetal Keyblade

    Am I the only one who’s going to reaffirm that the very next KH game to release after the original was on the GBA??? C’mon man, KH has been multi-platform almost since inception, you pointed it out yourself!. Every last on of the PS3/PS4 re-releases with the exception of 2.8, 1 and 2 were originally on another platform! Mobile, Nintendo and PC have all at one time each hosted a KH game. What kind of logic are you going by? Of course Square is going to release the Remasters for XBOX, in fact it’s probably going to happen before KH3 in releases and if it doesn’t I would be tremendously surprised.

  • GundamElite

    Yall gonna give nomura a heart attack

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