Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Coming To Western Regions This Fall

Monday, February 25th, 2013

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX

With subtle hints of the game’s localization in progress, it was only a matter of time before it would be officially said and the time has come! Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is indeed coming to North America and Europe, and no sooner than in the Fall of this year as an exclusive for the PlayStation 3. This HD Collection is a bit special as it contains not just the first game, but the once-exclusive Japanese only Final Mix edition that had extra content, like new enemies, weapons, abilities, cutscenes, missions, bosses, and all the localized content from the western release that the original Japanese release didn’t have. What’s even more, is that this version of Final Mix had some alterations done to have it match more like Kingdom Hearts 2, not completely mind you, just some details like the camera and command menu.

The collection also has Re:Chain of Memories, the remake of the Gameboy Advance title Chain of Memories that was released on the PlayStation 2. It doesn’t stop there! The collection also features the abundance of HD remastered cinematic scenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days within the compilation’s Theater Mode spanning 2 hours and 50 minutes of remastered. Lastly, it will have trophy support for those who are wondering.

So yeah, pretty exciting stuff. Who would have thought that we would some day get the Final Mix version of the original Kingdom Hearts? I sure didn’t! I’m stoked just for that; the rest is a nice bonus though. I know there are those who are disappointed that Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Remix+ wasn’t in the collection, but I think we all know they will get to it one of these days, and if this collection does well, they will surely localize it.

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  • What consoles? Will WiiU get any love?

    • Mizu D

      On Kotaku they mentioned as a PS3 exclusive

  • Worth noting they’ve announced it for Europe too:

  • Brodie Dayton-Mills

    I’d say we’re pretty likely to see KH2FM+ in a 2.5 HD Remix collection someday. Probably including 2, Birth by Sleep, Dream Drop Distance, and remastered Re:Coded cutscenes.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      I agree except I don’t think they will redo DDD, since it was just released for 3DS.

    • madmofo145

      I’m split on what 2.5 will have. While 2 is a given, I don’t think anything else is:

      I think BBB likely as the PSP is getting older, and the non existence of it on PSN means it’s becoming harder to play, plus there is a final mix version making it more appealing outside Japan, and it will be easy enough to make HD. The caveat though is that it’s a bigger game then CoM, and an HD remake of the final mix version on the PS3 (especially if changed to make use of a version of DDD’s Drop system so that all characters can be used at once with some shared skill pool) could sell extremely well on it’s own, so they might do just that. Split it off into it’s own HD remix.

      Coded is weird. It doesn’t have a huge amount of story to cover, and while something may appear, I don’t know if it deserves the treatment received by 358/2. Again the caveat being that if BBB was split off, 2.5 would feel really empty, and in that case something from coded would have to appear to make up the deficit.

      DDD is also interesting. There is no final mix, and it’s still widely available on a current console, so on first inspection it’s the least likely to appear. On the other hand it may be super easy to convert to HD, and more importantly without it there would be one chapter of KH missing on Sony consoles/in HD. They could theoretically convert it and include it with 3 as a pack in bonus, but I think 3 will sell fine on it’s own. More likely then, the inclusion of a previously Nintendo only game on a Sony console would be a huge selling point for 2.5, especially if they split off BBB, plus it takes place between 2 and 3, and thus would make more sense as the .5 in 2.5.

      Thus I make the odd prediction. 2.5 will include only 2 and DDD, with coded movies, where as I believe a highly enhanced BBB using a drop system with additional content from the pseudo planned BBB volume 2 will be released as a stand alone title, something like KH: Origins.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Very Interesting and well thought out, I disagree about changing the gameplay system of BBS though… the Drop system (in my and a lot of other people’s opinions) was far more of a flaw than an improvement, so on that grounds I would be highly disapointed if BBS were to change to that system, especially when you can already play all three stories at your leisure the way it is made by just having more than one save file.

    • madmofo145

      I completely agree, the drop system is flawed, and I should have expanded slightly on what I meant by a “version of”. What I would hope for is a system loosely based on it in which you could switch to any of the other story lines at your leisure, with some form of shared progress to help eliminate some repetitious play. Perhaps some key junctures would be in place that would require that everyone catch up so that you couldn’t finish one story line and run the other two fully powered, but I think the use of the whole system would be best left as an option that could be chosen by the player. The goal of this would simply be to make the stories connect better, and eliminate some of repetition needed in skill grinding for those that choose to make use of the system, although ideally some more unique abilities would be added for each character so that a player would have to work to master each character.

    • Plus the models being used are the ones from 3D. I disagree with KH0, as they’ve stated that the next kingdom hearts entry will be 3. I think that BBS V2 comes after KH3 and is used to fill in any plot holes left over.

    • madmofo145

      Maybe skip the V2 stuff and just do a standalone BBB remake? Or maybe delay it until 3 is done and basically make my KH: Origins into some sort of KH: Out of the Darkness, designed to expand and fill in all those left over plot holes as you suggest. Personally I’d be happy to play either.

    • You mean BBS, I assume. There will be a BBSV2, likely on Vita as a post KH3 entry to tie up any last loose ends and introduce the new concepts for KH4, much like Chain introduced the idea of Organization/Order XIII.

      And fuck no I want my Aqua, Mickey, Riku game.

      Plus they need Birth to properly introduce Master Xehanort and explain how Terra got his permanent tan.

    • madmofo145

      I always thought they were trying to wrap up the series with 3, and I thought that while Nomura said he had idea for BBSV2 that the actual game had not been approved. Either way though, I’m just happy that we’ll be playing some kingdom hearts on consoles again.

    • You must not realize how much money KH games make. This series isn’t going away for a while. Disney has already approved a number of Kingdom Hearts titles.

    • madmofo145

      Hehe, quite true, after looking it up Nomura seems to confirm the series will extend past 3, only without Xehanort as the villain.

    • General rule of thumb for a healthy life: When it comes to Kingdom Hearts, I’m right. Even if I’m wrong, I’m still right, There is literally no other media property in the world I love more than KH and I’m completely obsessed.

    • Also, Nintendo games doesn’t get FM’s, they get RE:’s. RE:coded and RE:Chain of Memories. There’s more likely to be a RE:Dream Drop Distance than a Dream Drop Distance ~Final Mix~, in which case they would almost certainly overhaul the game systems as was done for Chain and coded.

    • madmofo145

      I don’t think it’s really a Nintendo thing, it’s more that CoM and Coded were both in need of a major overhaul, it just so happens that both were related to Nintendo (one coming from, one going to a Nintendo system). You are correct though, while many fans seem to believe that DDD is the first Nintendo based KH to deserve a final mix, in the scenario above where it’s ported to the PS3, it would almost certainly be described as RE:DDD, and that would be my preferred scenario.

    • You mean KH2FM. FM+ is the bundle of 2FM and RE:CoM.

  • Guest

    So Sony wants me to buy a PS4 this holiday, but what incentive do I have when dozens of PS3 exclusive games are coming this fall that won’t work inside the new console?

  • OMG YES! I can’t wait!

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    This is pretty amazing… I was just going to replay KH too… I guess I can wait for a couple of months.

  • Bakuryukun

    So…the day has finally come. Final Mix on western shores.

    let’s do this guys.

  • Welp, time to preorder.

  • I Wish Kingdom Hearts HD Collection Came Out This Summer Not Fall Damn it

  • I’m tired of this franchise, they’ve been repeating themselves for the last decade. The stories will never advance, we’ll just keep getting a retelling of KH 1 until hell breaks loose.


    *in a ladylike manner*