Square Enix Unveils Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix at TGS
Ten years ago, Square decided to bet on an oddball licensing mash-up of their benchmark Final Fantasy series with…the House of the Mouse, no less. While closeted Disney fanboys grew deadly serious, the rest of us scoffed at the prospect of Kingdom Hearts.
Until we got our hands on the game, that is. A simplistic yet deeply playable approach to marrying action-adventure and RPG elements within a diverse, masterfully designed world (or worlds, rather) laid the groundwork for a new classic. Today, if you find someone quick to dismiss the original KH as “childish,” they’re also probably someone who didn’t play it very long or even at all. Listen, you live in a reality where wielding a keyblade is badass. The sky is blue, politics are boring, and keyblades kick ass. Moving on.
What was once a barely believable rumor is now HD-ified fact: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix has been announced by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3, slated for a 2013 release in Japan. Why 1.5, you ask? Well, it’s not a KH1/KHII double-pack as speculated in the linked rumor, but 1.5 does include the PS2’s Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days from the Game Boy Advance and DS respectively. All are reduxed in high-definition for the PS3, all now feature Trophy support.
A stateside release is more than probably in the cards, but of course nothing past the Japanese release has been confirmed.