Several Kingdom Hearts games are getting the HD treatment for a 2013 release in Japan.
The good news: Kingdom Hearts is coming to the PS3. The bad news: it’s not the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III. Instead, three games in the oft-spun-off franchise will be bundled in a high-definition PS3 release, appropriately called Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. The titles getting the remake treatment this time are Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts – Re: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
Square Enix is no stranger to multiple releases of games in the franchise; Kingdom Hearts Final Mix was a Japan-only re-release of the first game in the series, which added some new features to the core game. Chain of Memories was originally a Game Boy Advance title, and was later ported to the PlayStation 2. The spectacularly titled 358/2 Days was also a handheld title, so far only appearing on the Nintendo DS; Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix will give gamers the chance to play it on a console for the first time.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix is due out for the PS3 next year, but so far is only slated for a Japanese release. Meanwhile, Kingdom Hearts III remains an elusive mystery.