• Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Incoming - Official



    It hasn't even been that long since Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 was released, and it comes as no surprise to anyone that Square Enix are going to continue to cash in on this popular franchise by given the second game in the series a HD makeover too. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 will feature Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix, Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and some pretty snazzy remastered HD cinematics from Re:coded apparently.

    I can't help but feel a little skeptical of all these HD remakes myself, especially when Square Enix have already teased us with Kingdom Hearts III, isn't that something they should be focusing on more? It seems like giving previous games a HD touch up is all the rage at the moment, and of course the fans seem to lap it up as they usually come with special bits of merchandise too.



    This particular HD game has been given a release date of 2014 - so nothing too concrete just yet. Also, like it's predecessor, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 will be an exclusive title for the PS3, with no mention of a PS4 release just yet.

    Still, this will tide over all the Kingdom Hearts fanatics for a while until Square Enix spill a few more beans on Kingdom Hearts III...
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Incoming - Official started by Locky View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Aulayna's Avatar
      Aulayna -
      HD BBS on my big TV. Yes. Please.
    1. Shawn R's Avatar
      Shawn R -
      trout, Finally a chance for me to play BBS without having to buy a PSP.
    1. Hollycat's Avatar
      Hollycat -
      I don't know why they are bothering to add Re:coded. All it did was set up a single line from a single character so far.


      Still, I'm happy to get to play KH2 and BBS again.
    1. Shauna's Avatar
      Shauna -
      Cool. Maybe I will have played 1.5 by that point. loljk.
    1. Fynn's Avatar
      Fynn -
      What about 3D?
    1. Hollycat's Avatar
      Hollycat -
      Quote Originally Posted by The White Wizard of Fynn View Post
      What about 3D?
      What if they got it to do 3d on the playstation?

      That'd be great.
    1. kotora's Avatar
      kotora -
      Donald and Goofy don't seem to happy about getting re-released like a million times
    1. Freya's Avatar
      Freya -
      No dream drop? Just saw the trailer while at work. Good job on catching it for an article
    1. SirPrizes's Avatar
      SirPrizes -
      Excited for this, never got a chance to play BBS
    1. Mirage's Avatar
      Mirage -
      Quote Originally Posted by Locky View Post
      I can't help but feel a little skeptical of all these HD remakes myself, especially when Square Enix have already teased us with Kingdom Hearts III, is that something they should be focusing on more? It seems like giving previous games a HD touch up is all the rage at the moment, and of course the fans seem to lap it up as they usually come with special bits of merchandise too.
      That's probably of very little consequence. You don't need a lot of manpower to make a HD port. It's something that they could easily do while also developing KH3. It's not like throwing all your resources at a single game necessarily makes it a better game, after all .
    1. Freya's Avatar
      Freya -
      The reason they are releasing the HD remasters is because this series is getting older. When kingdom hearts 3 comes out, how will new fans know wtf any of the story is! By releasing these all in one remasters they are able to have the old stories hit new fans. So when 3 hits stores it will already have all the new fans lined up with the old. It's smart for how little it costs to make like mirage said.
    1. Jiro's Avatar
      Jiro -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mirage View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Locky View Post
      I can't help but feel a little skeptical of all these HD remakes myself, especially when Square Enix have already teased us with Kingdom Hearts III, is that something they should be focusing on more? It seems like giving previous games a HD touch up is all the rage at the moment, and of course the fans seem to lap it up as they usually come with special bits of merchandise too.
      That's probably of very little consequence. You don't need a lot of manpower to make a HD port. It's something that they could easily do while also developing KH3. It's not like throwing all your resources at a single game necessarily makes it a better game, after all .
      Except they "lost" the first Kingdom Hearts game.

      So we should be expecting a 2015 release for Kingdom Hearts III, which puts it at 10 years since it was teased at the end of KHII. That seems like a pretty smurfing long development cycle. Some older fans (hello) are already getting jaded and just want the smurfing game.
    1. Aulayna's Avatar
      Aulayna -
      Either way it still requires far less developmental resources to make a HD re-master and that's even assuming that the same team making this port is the same team responsible for KH3. Even if it is the same team it's likely only a very small portion of that team that's working on 2.5. Considering 2.5 ReMIX was hinted at in the special ending of the Japanese 1.5 ReMIX, they were very likely working on this as work was wrapping up on 1.5 - hence it's relatively quick turn around considering 1.5 only came out on Western shores last month.

      Besides SE have already come out and said that there are developmental difficulties considering Nomura is involved in both XV and KH3 so in all honesty it's very likely we'll see XV way before KH3. Sure the waiting time for KH3 has been immense but a small team working on 2.5 is hardly going to shave years off of the development of KH3 if they were moved over to KH3 instead. Judging by Nomura's interviews at E3 they were still hammering out the basics of the engine and tools to make KH3 so some of the team is likely just working on 2.5 due to it's relatively easy turnaround and once that's done, and the base engine and tools are available, they will transition onto KH3 once development is in full swing.
    1. Jiro's Avatar
      Jiro -
      Prior to even releasing 1.5, there was an interview in which someone from SE said "it'd be pointless to make 1.5 and not 2.5" so it's not as if this wasn't expected, but I thought there might be a quicker turnaround than this. I just... we used to have dev cycles of a few years and now we're getting a decade long wait? Seems a bit off to me.

      I want to make a joke about the original fans dying after this long a wait but it might be in poor taste.
    1. Night Fury's Avatar
      Night Fury -
      Well I was a young teen when KH1 came out...

      Maybe I'll be a grandma in time for KH3.

      As for my comment about them making HD releases, I still think it's all a bit pointless really, I wish they'd tell us more about KH3 than giving us news of another HD game that we were expecting anyway, and it's really just a way for them to cash in.
    1. Fynn's Avatar
      Fynn -
      How do people keep forgetting there were so many games released in the meantime. And I mean real sequels, not just some silly spin-offs, but things that really influence the overarching storyline.

      That being said, I'm surprised they're bundling this with coded instead of 3D. Mainly because coded really is just a silly side game with very little consequence in the grand scheme of things, but Dream Drop Distance was pretty damn important. They could have at least included the cutscenes, since there are some pretty crucial plot twists in there. They really do change a whole lot of what we know about the KH universe.

      Still, it appears that owning a PS4 and a 3DS will be enough to enjoy the whole series thus far now. That's a nice step forward, since it's no longer five systems
    1. Jiro's Avatar
      Jiro -
      I'm not forgetting, but I didn't own every console and handheld made in the last decade, so I couldn't play them all.
    1. Hollycat's Avatar
      Hollycat -
      I bought all the consoles just to play them! I'm a KH addict I guess.
    1. Fynn's Avatar
      Fynn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hypoallergenic Chie View Post
      I bought all the consoles just to play them! I'm a KH addict I guess.
      Same here :P
    1. DMKA's Avatar
      DMKA -
      I never played the DS titles, but thanks to these HD collections I guess I don't have to.

      Looks like I'll still be forced to get a 3DS for 3D though.
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