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Square Enix 'Undecided' on Native Switch Ports for Kingdom Hearts

Square Enix 'Undecided' on Native Switch Ports for Kingdom Hearts - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 2,039 Views

Square Enix last month announced the Kingdom Hearts franchise would be coming to the Nintendo Switch as cloud versions. This includes Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 RemixKingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind.

Kingdom Hearts series producer Ichiro Hazama in an interview with Nintendo Life was asked if it would be possible to release native versions of at least Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue on the Switch. As of right now the studio is "undecided."

"At this moment in time, the production of a native version is undecided," said Hazama when asked about a native port on the Switch. "We believe that the Cloud version is currently the best way to deliver the Kingdom Hearts series to Nintendo Switch players, but we are always excited to hear to feedback from our fans and want to thank them for all their support."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Salnax (on 17 October 2021)

I GUESS porting some of your most popular games to the most popular console at the moment MIGHT be a decent idea, especially if they were all made for PS2 level hardware in the first place.

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dx11332sega Salnax (on 17 October 2021)

They should ask how hard was it to port PS2 games? Or better yet PS3 compilations vs the Switch?

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dx11332sega Salnax (on 17 October 2021)

Though it might be very rude since it's a snide remark , probably say how difficult and is the cost porting natively the obstacle? Or Something? Though they probably would say it wouldn't sell much ? though If the interviewer heard that he'd say inside his head ---> but these games sell alot regardless of platform?

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CaptainExplosion (on 17 October 2021)

Just like Nintendo is "undecided" on not overcharging people for the NSO expansion pass.

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gtotheunit91 (on 17 October 2021)

They hadn’t decided when they allowed the cloud versions to be announced???

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Runa216 (on 18 October 2021)

Man, it's uncannily profound just how out of touch Square-Enix is. Only wanna put the pixel remasteres on Mobile/PC with this weird caveat that they'll 'judge the demand to decide if they're coming to consoles', they refuse to put a PS2/Handheld game series on switch unless it's through their nonsense streamed version. Just make the games and sell the games, you guys. Holy crap how do they suck so baaaaad?

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DonFerrari (on 18 October 2021)

To much cuts would need to be done and a lot of work and money, so probably not worth for them.

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Kakadu18 DonFerrari (on 18 October 2021)

These are old games, there wouödn't be many cuts. We're not talking about Kingdom hearts 3.

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DonFerrari Kakadu18 (on 18 October 2021)

I saw mention for the Kingdom Hearts III + Remind in the article. But yes for the older ones it would be just a matter of putting a little work, should really be feasible. They could even be money hungry and make the "remake trilogy+DLC" launching for PS5/Series/Switch/PC that would likely generate good profits.

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2zosteven (on 18 October 2021)

Make a decision! these are leaders in the industry right?

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Mr Puggsly (on 18 October 2021)

I'm sure Xbox One ports were fairly easy given the hardware similarities to PS4. But ports to Switch shouldn't be that difficult with compromises. Mostly in the content designed to push 8th gen specs.

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eddy7eddy (on 18 October 2021)

So... there's a chance.

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dx11332sega (on 17 October 2021)

Isn't it too late? The cloud versions already released , I guess it doesn't hurt to ask?

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Kakadu18 dx11332sega (on 18 October 2021)

They don't even have a release date yet, how can they already have released?

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