The HD compilation includes remastered cinematics and debuts Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Birth by Sleep Final Mix for the west.
Square Enix announced it will launch Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, the follow-up to 1.5 ReMIX, globally in 2014 for PS3, including content exclusive to Japan previously. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix were both games confined to Japan, released on the PS2 and PSP, respectively. Kingdom Hearts Re:coded also has an HD remaster for all cut scenes.
Square Enix pushed its graphics for important cut scenes in Kingdom Hearts II, and the graphics of Birth by Sleep were beautiful but on the much smaller screen of the PSP. With both now on the PS3 with even better graphics and on a larger screen, it will be interesting to see the difference in visuals from PS2 to HD on the PS3.
2.5 ReMIX also adds new difficulty modes, new cutscenes, extra battles with Organization XIII, and a playable fight between Sora and Roxas. Birth by Sleep, featuring the trio of Aqua, Terra, and Ventus, adds a Rhythm Mixer command style and more bosses. 2.5 ReMIX will be a good refresher -- along with added content - for the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III (still with no new details on it), but the 3DS title Dream Drop Distance is also important to the complicated story of the series.
"Kingdom Hearts has sold more than 20 million units worldwide," the company stated in a PlayStation blog post. 1.5 ReMIX, including Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Re:Chain of Memories, launched in September in NA and Europe.