‘Kingdom Hearts HD 0.2: Birth by Sleep—A Fragmentary Passage’ will introduce character customisation to the series, ahead of the feature’s possible return in the next full game.

Although Kingdom Hearts games have sometimes altered the appearance of the playable characters to fit with the themes of the Disney world that they occupy, ‘Kingdom Hearts 0.2’ will be the first title to allow players to customise the character at will, and director Tetsuya Nomura has suggested that the feature may also appear in Kingdom Hearts III.

In ‘Kingdom Hearts 0.2’, players will take control of returning character Aqua in a short episode that acts as a direct sequel to Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. The episode will feature the ability to collect decorations for the character’s attire, while also enabling players to choose various patterns and colours for her clothing.

Speaking to Dengeki PlayStation (via KH13), Nomura said that the inclusion of a similar feature in Kingdom Hearts III would depend on time but that the team would “look at the reaction with [‘Kingdom Hearts 0.2’] and consider it.”

His comments are far from confirmation, but the ability to modify the appearances of Sora, Donald, Goofy, and the other playable characters would certainly add to the child-like sense of fun that the games engender.

‘Kingdom Hearts 0.2’ will be playable as part of the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue compilation scheduled to release exclusively on PlayStation 4 on January 24. The package will also include a HD remaster of the previously Nintendo 3DS-exclusive Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, a cinematic prequel to the entire series.

Kingdom Hearts III, meanwhile, is set to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though the game has no release date as yet, with Nomura recently saying that the game “still [has] a ways to go.”

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