The first thing that comes to any Kingdom Hearts fan’s mind when he or she thinks of game titles is complete and total clarity. There is not one title in this beloved series with a title that doesn’t make sense. My previous statements come with an unfortunate qualification: you must be Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura for any of them to be true.
That seems to be the case after Normura’s interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu in which he “explained” the meaning behind the number “2.8.”
Nomura began by stating that because the games contained in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix are set before Dream Drop Distance, that game is actually “2.6” in the whole series.
“Since Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover/Kingdom Hearts Unchained is supposed to be the first game in the mainline series, that is being represented as ‘0’ in the collection. And lastly, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep is ‘0.1’ and that then leads into Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep.”
Therefore, one must simply add 2.6, 0, and 0.2 to get the new collection’s title of “2.8.” Simple stuff, right?
But seriously, these names are ridiculous. Googling “358/2 Days” actually has Google tell you how many seconds are in 179 days before showing you the Kingdom Hearts game. At least we can rest assured that the simplest title to grace the series since Kingdom Hearts 2 will be 3.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will include HD remakes of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover, and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2. The game will arrive on PS4 in 2016.