Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Credits Hint Towards Potential 2.5 Collection

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

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Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, which released yesterday in Japan, is a collection of Kingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, and cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, all remastered in high definition. Now, thanks to Leta_jp‘s stream of the game, we have what might be the first clues about the next game in the series. Series director Tetsuya Nomura has hinted in interviews that there may be a second HD Remix on the way, and that certainly seems to be the case.

During the 1.5 HD Remix credits, players are treated to stills of various scenes from the series, which is nothing new for a Kingdom Hearts game. What makes this interesting is that the images shown all come from the games in the series that were not included in this collection. If this really is a hint towards a potential 2.5 HD Remix, it would appear that Kingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded will all be receiving a makeover.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix

Birth By Sleep,

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix

Kingdom Hearts II,

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix

…and Re:coded

What remains to be seen is the level to which coded will be improved. Originally released on mobile phones in Japan before receiving a DS port in the form Re:codedit seems likely the cutscenes from the DS version will get a new coat of paint for the collection, in the same way the 358/2 Days scenes were moved from the DS to become something of a movie in Kingdom Hearts 1.5. In a way this would be a disservice to the game, to me, as Re:coded boasted some of the best gameplay in the series, changing genres from one world to the next. It would be significantly more work to port the entire game, and that presumably hinges on the amount of resources Square Enix has allocated to the game.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix released on PS3 in Japan on March 14th, and is headed west later this year. As for a 2.5 HD Remix, we’ll have to patiently await word from the powers that be, though Tokyo Game Show is traditionally a hotbed of Kingdom Hearts info so perhaps we’ll see an official reveal come September.

About Brodie Dayton-Mills

Brodie is an amateur writer schlepping his way through school and towards the film and video game industries. He joined oprainfall as an author, but quickly chiseled out his niche on the graphics team. When he's not playing Kingdom Hearts or Fire Emblem, chances are he's watching British sci-fi.

  • Jason

    Hahahahah I totally called this! Can’t wait for an English release of KHIIFM+.

    • Everyone and their dog called it, really. Lol.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Seriously.. it was never a surprise x.x KH is the only franchise Square has any more that actually has some quality too it.

  • chrispenwell

    Sweet! I’m really looking forward to playing my childhood favorites again in high definition!

  • A: 2.5 is obvious
    B: Porting RE:coded isn’t complicated at all. There’s not story to make a movie from; more likely the movie would be 3D.

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    You know what’s hilarious about this? This game was announced LONG after the FFXHD Remaster, and tooks a LOT more work to redo.. yet it came out in a way shorter amount of time than FFX… Square… pull your head out of your ass… I don’t particularly want the FFXHD remake, but the point is you are once again proving how bad your management is when it comes to putting people on certain projects.

    • chrispenwell

      The Kingdom Hearts teams are WAY more productive.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      That’s what makes it even SADDER. The MAIN KH team (the one behind KH1 and 2) has spent the last.. what is it now.. six years on Final Fantasy Versus XIII, so in reality these remakes and the KH spin-offs that have been coming out aren’t even done by the REAL KH team, so they have NO EXCUSE for this crap.

    • they were also forced to help work on FFXIII which took them away from vsXIII for a long period of time.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      It gets even worse now as there are rumors of VsXIII playing more like FFXII, which on the surface isn’t THAT bad in my personal opinion because I thought XII was highly underappreciated and a very fun game BUT it DOES mean that they last 6 years they’ve spent on trying to make Versus XIII and action RPG were completely wasted and they just had their thumbs up their asses. There’s also the rumor that Versus XIII is now going to be FFXV… which irritates me even more because if it is Indeed still an Action RPG, it means we will never get a turn based Final Fantasy Again, and even if it turns out to be an amazing game, the series will have had it’s name drug so far through the mud that it won’t even be recognizable anymore. My god Square if you don’t want to make final fantasy games correctly anymore just kill the freakin’ thing… really it’s already lost ALL of it’s dignity, just let it die PLEASE.

    • i hope it doesn’t play like FFXII, i didn’t like the gameplay though i understand that it was solid, just it was supposed to play like a faster paced KH game with more realistic visuals. and i hope it isn’t a PS4 game after being advertised originally as a PS3 title for so long. and yeah it needs to keep it’s original name.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      I misspoke… I don’t want Versus XIII to play like FFXII either… but if the REAL FFXV played like FFXII I wouldn’t mind (it’s the only good game they’ve made since Sakaguchi left, so I’d prefer it a million times over everything else they’ve tried to do)

    • ah yeah.
      i hated 12’s story more than it’s combat because Vaan the “main” character is completely irrelevant after the first 5 hours of the game T-T i liked him a lot but he really never got any good character development nor was the story told from his point of view. i think the game would have been better had they gotten rid of Vaan and made Balthir the main character instead.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      I can’t disagree with any of that. Actually Vaan WASN’T in the original story, but when the game was being test played (Basch was the main character at the time I believe) The testers complained that they couldn’t relate to the older character, so Vaan was added in.. or so the story goes.

    • i wouldn’t have minded playing as Basch, he was a really cool character.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      My personal favorite (like most people) was Balthier, but really I liked the cast as a whole really (well the people who were SUPPOSED to be there, Ashe, Basch, Balthier and Fran) Yeah Vaan and Penelo were completely unncessary.. but thank god they weren’t made ANNOYING x.x. I thought Vaan was an okay character… he just didn’t have anything to do with anything… really as I played I switched between all the characters constantly just because I felt like it lol.

    • i’m the kind of person who one plays one character the main character, mostly because he/she is the main character and most of the story if not all of it, is told through that person, my other reason is because i can learn the intricacies of one character and how to best play that one character (this tactic is really useful for the tales games which require understanding the timing of the different characters)

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      I agree, I also love the Tales series <> it also helps that the main character in every tales games is extremely over powered compared to the rest of the party members…

  • I Hope Kingdom Hearts 3D Get Add to HD Collection 2

  • KH2.75 HD Re:Chain of Remix

    I own all these games already, I don’t need to play them again.

    All I care about is Kingdom Hearts 3. Square, stop wasting time lining your damn pockets and get to work.

    • Xehanorto

      Look, at least were getting something till Square can pull their heads out their asses with Versus, if Nomura had decided to do nothing till Versus was done, no KH game for seven years now, that would really suck.

  • finally i get to play the Final Mix version of this game, that alone is enough to get me to buy this game.

  • i want to know, is there any significant story changes in the final mix versions of these games?

    • Yes, there are new cutscenes added to complete the original story, new enemies & new weapons and accessories in KHFM. KHIIFM+ is also has the same changes but with Limit Form added due to the “Drive” form-change system in KHII.