Square Enix has today announced that it is bringing its Kingdom Hearts games to the Nintendo Switch for the first time. There are, however, a few caveats. The games will only be available as cloud versions. Something that Switch owners have been seeing more and more over the last couple of years. It will also cost a whopping $90 for all of the games that Square is bringing to the Switch. That’s assuming gamers buy the Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece for Cloud Edition that contains all of the games anyway. The games coming to the console are Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Cloud Version, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Cloud Version, and Kingdom Hearts 3 + Re Mind Cloud Version. Individually the games will cost $40, $50, and $50 respectively. Check out the announcement trailer for the games below.
Square Enix has been coming under fire for its pricing strategies of late. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade was released on PC last month. Square decided to charge $70 for that game, $10 more than PC gamers are used to paying. That caused outrage among PC fans of the franchise, especially when it turned out that the game had quite a few issues on PC. So much so that Digital Foundry journalist Alexander Battaglia called it “the worst AAA release I have seen on PC in a good long time”
The price for the Kingdom Hearts games has similarly raised eyebrows, particularly because the games are only cloud versions. Meaning that players can never actually own the games, just a license to play them via Square Enix’s servers. The Nintendo Switch subreddit is already filled with comments from gamers not wanting to buy the games because they are the cloud version.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Cloud Version, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Cloud Version, and Kingdom Hearts 3 + Re Mind Cloud Version will all release on Nintendo Switch via the Cloud on February 10.