Kingdom Hearts Getting Remixed for PS3

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Kingdom Hearts Getting Remixed for PS3

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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.

Source: Famitsu via Joystiq

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Sarah LeBoeuf:
Kingdom Hearts Getting Remixed for PS3

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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.

Source: Famitsu via Joystiq

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HHAHAHAHAHA FUCK YES.

So 1.5 is being released. I will assume a 2.5 will be released shortly afterwords with:

BBS: FM and KH2:FM+?
Possible KH:3D? (assuming Move Support)

Irregardless, this is amazing. SO FUCKING AWESOME AHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA

On an off-topic, you are now my favorite person on this site.

If this is getting released outside of Japan then FINALLY! it took them long enough to get final mix outside of Japan. If not then this news is just annoying.

I also hope they do a 2.5 with BBS and 2:FM.

Best case scenario this could be another announcement I've been waiting for con true, worst case scenario I'm going to start thinking that Square Enix is just taunting non Japanese fans.

This isn't infuriating at all. Nope. Just what I wanted Squeenix, another spin-off/re-release/blatant cash grab instead of KH3.

I love out of touch execs like the ones running SE, they just make my day.

Captcha: Square meal. Seems oddly appropriate.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix is due out for the PS3 next year, but so far is only slated for a Japanese release.

Sorry gents, Sony hates you and all gaijin scum like you.

Well, apparently 358/2 will be remade into cutscenes and the actual game won't be released with it.

This partially confuses and excites me. The story for 358/2 was the best (poor Xion T-T). However the gameplay itself kind of sucked.

Oh well, as long as they keep the story I will be fine.

NotALiberal:
This isn't infuriating at all. Nope. Just what I wanted Squeenix, another spin-off instead of KH3.

I wasn't aware that games that explain the backstory and universe AND have better gameplay than the PS2 games counted as 'spinoffs'. We must have a different definition of the term.

OT: Excellent news. Though I wish they'd rerelease II because I don't like having to play II Final Mix on an emulator.
But a remake of Days? THAT sounds good.

All i have to say to this is.... really? kh1 rerereleased? and 2 portable games, chain of memories which i liked at the time atleast and the garbage game that had less story than a double dragon game and reused everything that was in KH2 which basically reused everything from kingdom hearts one so it was an even lazier attempt, and they couldn't even be bothered to add KH2?

Honestly, they waited too long, i just don't care if they release 3 anymore, I mean I had to look up the date KH2 released because i remembered playing it the last time i was in college and thought it couldn't of been that long ago, but it was... 6.5 years. I like a year or 2 wait between big name games because it shows they're putting effort into it but after 6 years they lost the heat.

NotALiberal:
This isn't infuriating at all. Nope. Just what I wanted Squeenix, another spin-off instead of KH3.

I love out of touch execs like the ones running SE, they just make my day.

Captcha: Square meal. Seems oddly appropriate.

QQ?

Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance was only JUST released. It was also a damn good game that furthers the story immensly. Why would they announce the next game so soon? Well... actually they did announce the game, it will be worked on AFTER FINAL FANTASY XIII VERSUS. Don't blame Sony, blame Nomura. His decision, not Sony's.

Anyways, this is a great thing. Many fans have been wanting HD remakes so they didn't have to go through consoles to play their games. This is awesome.

Myndnix:

NotALiberal:
This isn't infuriating at all. Nope. Just what I wanted Squeenix, another spin-off instead of KH3.

I wasn't aware that games that explain the backstory and universe AND have better gameplay than the PS2 games counted as 'spinoffs'. We must have a different definition of the term.

That's your opinion, and yes, technically they are spin-offs. Truth of the matter is, I don't have enough money to buy the 100 different platforms just so I can play some handheld exclusive.

Hey, guys. It was only announced in JAPAN.

Like, they've made no North American announcement.

And SquareEnix has this habit of re-relasing Kingdom Hearts games in Japan, and not America.

And it chose the 3 weakest games in the series. Kingdom Hearts 1 was decent, but hasn't aged well. Chain of Memories is the exact same game as 1 when your not fighting the Organization, except with a different control style and the word "Memory" instead of "Heart".

And 358/2 Days, despite having an excellent story, is the worst game in the series. The gameplay is boring, dry, dull. The story doesn't kick in and start going anywhere till near the final moments of the game, and the gameplay has so many arbitrary bullshit that feels synthetic and gamey that its not even funny.

I mean, I get it. The final trailer of BBS Final Mix pretty much announced the remakes. But still. If you ported them internationally, across multiple platforms you'd get a WAY larger success. 2 of those games are Nintendo games for fucks sake.

Ugh. Square, you hurt me

NotALiberal:

Myndnix:

NotALiberal:
This isn't infuriating at all. Nope. Just what I wanted Squeenix, another spin-off instead of KH3.

I wasn't aware that games that explain the backstory and universe AND have better gameplay than the PS2 games counted as 'spinoffs'. We must have a different definition of the term.

That's your opinion, and yes, technically they are spin-offs. Truth of the matter is, I don't have enough money to buy the 100 different platforms just so I can play some handheld exclusive.

Spinoffs generally don't require you to read a plot synopsis if you don't play them. Spinoffs aren't vital to the plot. These ones are.
Unless you want to play Kingdom Hearts III and have no idea who the villains are, or what they want, or what Keyblades are, or what they do, or who can use them, and so on. The 'spinoffs' as you call them explain these details. Spinoffs generally don't explain important plot elements, you see.

NotALiberal:

Myndnix:

NotALiberal:
This isn't infuriating at all. Nope. Just what I wanted Squeenix, another spin-off instead of KH3.

I wasn't aware that games that explain the backstory and universe AND have better gameplay than the PS2 games counted as 'spinoffs'. We must have a different definition of the term.

That's your opinion, and yes, technically they are spin-offs. Truth of the matter is, I don't have enough money to buy the 100 different platforms just so I can play some console/handheld exclusive.

Kingdom Hearts: BBS (Main)
Kingdom Hearts (Main)
Kingdom Hearts: CoM (Main)
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 (Spin-Off)
Kingdom Hearts II (Main)
- Kingdom Hearts RE:Coded (Spin-Off)
Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance (Main)

In all the Kingdom Heart's Titles, there are only Two Spinoffs.
Spin-offs are described as something that doesn't follow the main character's, but the background characters, yet still develops the world/characters/story. 358/2 followed Roxas and the Organization, while Coded followed Mickey and Jiminy.

So the constant whining of Spin-offs? Wrong.

Capitano Segnaposto:

NotALiberal:
This isn't infuriating at all. Nope. Just what I wanted Squeenix, another spin-off instead of KH3.

I love out of touch execs like the ones running SE, they just make my day.

Captcha: Square meal. Seems oddly appropriate.

Well... actually they did announce the game, it will be worked on AFTER FINAL FANTASY XIII VERSUS. .

So... Never?

purifico:

Capitano Segnaposto:

NotALiberal:
This isn't infuriating at all. Nope. Just what I wanted Squeenix, another spin-off instead of KH3.

I love out of touch execs like the ones running SE, they just make my day.

Captcha: Square meal. Seems oddly appropriate.

Well... actually they did announce the game, it will be worked on AFTER FINAL FANTASY XIII VERSUS. .

So... Never?

T-T

Pretty much.

Well it's about damn time!

You know, it's infuriating that they continue to only release stuff like this for Kingdom Hearts only in Japan. I mean does Square just hate money or something? More baffling is that they usually use the all english voice cast (save for RE:Chain of Memories, but that got a release outside of Japan eventually with proper localization) and then everything else in the game is in Japanese.

Seriously Square, wtf is your problem?

If I still don't get to play a Final Mix after all this time, I would be very sad.
I'm patiently awaiting the announcement for an American release for now.

I will believe that this collection is coming to the US when Square Enix officially says it is. Not before. The presence of the Final Mix has me worried. They, so far, have been keeping to their "We will never allow you terrible overseas audiences to get your grubby hands on our beautiful Final Mixes!" creed (Even when KH2 Final Mix had important plot information that wasn't in vanilla KH2... >_>), so chances are still high that we won't get this one, at least not in this form.

I've been waiting for an HD Collection for a long time. The KH series needed one desperately so that the story-important games scattered across multiple systems could be united under one banner. However, now that it's finally here, I'm surprisingly 'meh' about it. Not only is there the fear of it not being localized, but all we get is KH1, Re:CoM, and the friggin CUTSCENES from 358/2 Days? I'm sure they expect us to fork over more cash for a 2.5 Collection that will have KH2, Birth By Sleep, and the cutscenes from Re:Coded.

This comes right after Sony releases a collection that included all 5 God of War games on one disc. You couldn't make this one collection why, exactly? Oh, right, more money. At the very least, give us a collection of 1, 2, and BBS. You know, the really story-important ones? (excluding Dream Drop Distance, which is also a main game, but it came out too recently for it to be collected in anything)

I have been a huge KH fan for a long time, but this year has been taxing on me in that regard. After more than a year of waiting, I ended up really disliking Dream Drop Distance (the gameplay was fine, but that story... Ugh... it hurts just remembering it), and now we get this half-assed HD Collection that might not even make it out of Japan. Don't get me wrong, I'm very thankful for the fact that we're finally getting an HD Collection, but they surely could have handled it a bit better than this.

If I do end up finally getting to play KH2 Final Mix when the 2.5 Collection rolls around, however, there will be much joy to be had. I can do without the KH1 FM, but the KH2 one looks glorious.

As a Half Life fan, I understand and truly sympathize with your plight.

However, as someone fascinated by the Kingdom Hearts Series, but never having had a PS2, this makes me excited because now I can try the first half of the series (If it comes out in America anyway).

Still, it makes me worried that I'd get invested and then never get to see how the others play out because I still don't have a PS2, and I'm never buying a 3DS.

Any chance DDD could get ported over eventually? Or is the gameplay too Touch Screen-centric or 3D-centric?

OH MY GOD, YE---------oh, it's Japan only? AGAIN?! FUUUUUUUUUUUUU----------------

Yeah, SquareEnix can go fuck itself. Right along with EA, Activision, and pretty much every other developer that started a serious and then told its fanbase to go fuck themselves. Enix is one of the worst things to happen to the gaming industry. It's just a shame they had to drag Squaresoft into this.

Vault Citizen:
If this is getting released outside of Japan then FINALLY! it took them long enough to get final mix outside of Japan. If not then this news is just annoying.

I also hope they do a 2.5 with BBS and 2:FM.

Best case scenario this could be another announcement I've been waiting for con true, worst case scenario I'm going to start thinking that Square Enix is just taunting non Japanese fans.

This'd be great if it got to Europe, it'd mean we FINALLY get re-chain of memories.
I really hope this does come out in US and EU, I love Kingdom Hearts and I don't see why western territories always get shafted by squeenix.

Mcoffey:
As a Half Life fan, I understand and truly sympathize with your plight.

However, as someone fascinated by the Kingdom Hearts Series, but never having had a PS2, this makes me excited because now I can try the first half of the series (If it comes out in America anyway).

Still, it makes me worried that I'd get invested and then never get to see how the others play out because I still don't have a PS2, and I'm never buying a 3DS.

Any chance DDD could get ported over eventually? Or is the gameplay too Touch Screen-centric or 3D-centric?

DDD is pretty much like BBS mate, it'd work fine on normal controllers.

This... just... argh.

Square. Release this in America, or I am dropping you. And release 2.5 in America. I'm sorry, but it's come to that point. I am sick and tired of getting shafted, and I am finally at the point where I will leave you.

SquareEnix...why do you hate us? What did we do to you? Is it all those Final Fantasy jokes we make?

I'd love to get a collection that includes KH: Final Mix, RE: Chain of Memories, KH2: Final Mix+, KH: Birth By Sleep, and KH: 3D.

That said, I could also technically live with this collection and another one that includes 2, BBS, and 3D.

That said again, I wouldn't be surprised if this one doesn't come to America, and I would be even less surprised if they didn't even make a second collection. Which also wouldn't come to America if it ever got created. And it probably wouldn't include 3D anyway.

SquareEnix, Y U AFRAID OF MONEY?

Need to confirm U.S. release and then I'll be excited. I'm assuming it will come with trophies if it does come out here.

SkarKrow:

Mcoffey:
As a Half Life fan, I understand and truly sympathize with your plight.

However, as someone fascinated by the Kingdom Hearts Series, but never having had a PS2, this makes me excited because now I can try the first half of the series (If it comes out in America anyway).

Still, it makes me worried that I'd get invested and then never get to see how the others play out because I still don't have a PS2, and I'm never buying a 3DS.

Any chance DDD could get ported over eventually? Or is the gameplay too Touch Screen-centric or 3D-centric?

DDD is pretty much like BBS mate, it'd work fine on normal controllers.

Well that's reassuring. Maybe once Square gets over it's money allergy I'll get to play them all.

Mcoffey:

SkarKrow:

Mcoffey:
As a Half Life fan, I understand and truly sympathize with your plight.

However, as someone fascinated by the Kingdom Hearts Series, but never having had a PS2, this makes me excited because now I can try the first half of the series (If it comes out in America anyway).

Still, it makes me worried that I'd get invested and then never get to see how the others play out because I still don't have a PS2, and I'm never buying a 3DS.

Any chance DDD could get ported over eventually? Or is the gameplay too Touch Screen-centric or 3D-centric?

DDD is pretty much like BBS mate, it'd work fine on normal controllers.

Well that's reassuring. Maybe once Square gets over it's money allergy I'll get to play them all.

Aye, maybe. They do dislike money. Capcom are the same way, I found the Resi 6 demo to be absolutely awful :\

SkarKrow:

Mcoffey:

SkarKrow:

DDD is pretty much like BBS mate, it'd work fine on normal controllers.

Well that's reassuring. Maybe once Square gets over it's money allergy I'll get to play them all.

Aye, maybe. They do dislike money. Capcom are the same way, I found the Resi 6 demo to be absolutely awful :\

Yeah that was not so good. I don't understand it either. How do they go from Resident Evil 4, to what we have now in Resident Evil 5 and 6? Boggles the mind. I know they switched up the director after 4, maybe that had something to do with it.

Still, at least Squares' games seem to be good, they just cant seem to figure out how to make them accessible to people who don't own every console on the market. Kingdom Hearts 3 will wind up being an Iphone exclusive and I wont bat an eyelash.

Oh Kingdom Hearts, you're so awesome, yet so convoluted that it makes it hard to care about you.

I'd still buy it if I ever buy a PS3, the first game was great.

They couldn't fit the entire series in there? The recently released God of War Saga managed to fit all six(?) games on one disc.

Maybe they just want it to look nice on a shelf, as a trilogy. Whenever KHIII comes out.

Honestly, I might buy this just for an HD Days. That game was ugly as fuck.

Mcoffey:

SkarKrow:

Mcoffey:

Well that's reassuring. Maybe once Square gets over it's money allergy I'll get to play them all.

Aye, maybe. They do dislike money. Capcom are the same way, I found the Resi 6 demo to be absolutely awful :\

Yeah that was not so good. I don't understand it either. How do they go from Resident Evil 4, to what we have now in Resident Evil 5 and 6? Boggles the mind. I know they switched up the director after 4, maybe that had something to do with it.

Still, at least Squares' games seem to be good, they just cant seem to figure out how to make them accessible to people who don't own every console on the market. Kingdom Hearts 3 will wind up being an Iphone exclusive and I wont bat an eyelash.

No, it'll only work on Nokia phones or some such horseshit xDD.

I went through Resi 4 demo, started with 100 points, took off up to 10 for things that pissed me off or I found unecessary. Ended on 36.
The lighting is fucked up it has that stupid uber bright light thing going on, not only is it unrealstic it hurts my fucking eyes. The aiming was a bit laggy, the controls a touch inconsistent (two buttons for interacting). Also: there was a corpse on the floor, I shot it, it did not react, walked past and it attacked me. So I can't pre-empt zombies any more. I also found it was a bit hard to be quite sure of when the zombie had died. The HUD is overly complex and flashy. Etc etc etc.

Basically they took Resi 4, boiled it down with gears of war, and came up with an abomination. Oh well, I can always go back to 4. I think it's the new direction Capcom are taking. They want COD sales from Resident Evil. Not gonna happen and they'll just upset the old fans at this rate.

Yeah Square still make great games, just a bit inconsistent with certain things, especially Kingdom Hearts (though Days sucked imo), Sleeping Dogs, for example, is fucking brilliant if you ask me.

Finally getting Final Mix of KH1? And some of the Nintendo handheld games I never played simply because I refuse to buy a DS? And it's not on a god damn handheld?

Sign me up.

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