Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix is the upcoming remake of three games within the Kingdom Hearts saga that will be remastered in high-definition and have a ton of new features not found in the original titles. The three titles that comprise the latest game are Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts – Birth by Sleep: Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts – Re:coded.
The Kingdom Hearts saga began in 2002 with the original game and featured an unexpected hybrid of Disney and Final Fantasy characters. The idea sounded like an absolute nightmare once proposed, but inevitably proved to become one of the most successful PlayStation titles in history. The original game was followed by five sequels and one prequel game, all living within the same universe.
In the fall of 2013, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix was released as the first HD remaster of the series and also the first Kingdom Hearts title made available for the PlayStation 3. This title was comprised of three games as well: Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts – Re:Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days.
The Final Mix titles are special editions of the individual games that were previously only available in Japan. In the Final Mix versions, players will experience extended cut scenes, a wider variety of items to use and a number of special boss fights. In a newly released trailer for 2.5 HD Remix, it was announced that there will be many unexpected duels including ones with one of the main protagonists, Roxas, and even Monstro the Whale from Disney’s Pinocchio. The latest title will also provide scenes that reveal mysteries about certain characters’ beginnings and delve deeper into specific character relationships.
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix will also include a new feature entitled “Episodes” that will allow players to play as a variety of protagonists and execute an array of goals that have never been seen before. One aspect that will be returning from 1.5 HD Remix is that of one of the three titles included in the game only being available as a series of cinematic cut scenes. 358/2 Days played this part in the first HD installment and Re:coded will do so in the second. The cut scenes are not to be counted out, as Kingdom Hearts is known for its deep and enticing story lines and these cut scenes are an excellent portal into discovering the many stories that are made available. Not to mention they look beautiful in the remastered high-definition.
Fans of the series have been eager to know if 2.5 HD Remix will reveal any information about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III title set to be released for next-generation consoles. No confirmations have been made that KH3 will have any involvement in the second HD title, but director, Tetsuya Nomura, has been notorious for leaving audiences with a taste of what is to come next in the saga by embedding unseen footage in the end credits once players finish the game.
The next Kingdom Hearts remake will have a ton of new features that has already pumped up the excitement of die-hard fans to the extreme. Kingdom Hearts: 2.5 HD Remix will be released on December 2, 2014 for the PlayStation 3. The “new features” trailer can be viewed below.
By Cody Collier