A few weeks ago, Tetsuya Nomura was quoted in an interview saying that an announcement regarding the Kingdom Hearts will be made at this year’s D23 Expo.
Many suspected this to be a formal reveal of the second HD compilation for the Kingdom Hearts’ games. Today at the D23 Expo in Japan, Square Enix officially confirmed it, by revealing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5.
Much like Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 released in September, the 2.5 compilation will feature three more games from the series’ past. PlayStation blog; which states that it will exclusively be available on PS3, has information on what’s going to be in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 compilation.
- Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix — previously on PS2 and exclusive to Japan
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix — previously on PSP and exclusive to Japan
- Kingdom Hearts Re:coded — (HD remastered cinematics)
The previous compilation contained the ‘Final Mix’ versions of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, along with all the cinematics from 358/2 Days. With the new compilation, all Kingdom Hearts games (except for the latest 3DS outing – Dream Drop Distance) will now have their remastered HD versions available on PS3.
It’s unclear at this point how the PSP title Birth by Sleep’s multiplayer would be implemented in the HD version, and whether it’s even included or not. It would be great if Square Enix add local co-op to it – just a thought.
Online functionality would be pretty neat as well, since the original PSP game never supported infrastructure play and only worked in multiplayer ad-hoc.
The Kingdom Hearts franchise has now sold over 20 million copies worldwide. A new numbered title, Kingdom Hearts 3, was announced at this year’s E3 for Xbox One and PS3. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is currently scheduled for 2014.
Source: PlayStation Blog