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Famitsu.com have announced that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will be featured in this week's issue of Famitsu Weekly magazine. The article will showcase the Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix portion of the HD collection and includes the Secret Episode. You can view a preview of it below.

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Following Gamescom 2014, MeriStation has had the privilege of interviewing Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series. In this interview, Yasue discussed both Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts III, revealing some interesting details about why HD 2.5 ReMIX is exclusive to PlayStation 3 and about future ports for the HD collections. He also touches on the subject regarding Kingdom Hearts χ being released outside of Japan and whether or not it can be considered canon.

- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will not be dubbed in European languages other than English (but will be subbed).
- The HD collections will remain in physical format, not digital download.
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance was too new to be considered for a HD remaster, but in time, they will consider what to do with it.
- There are no plans for an international release of Kingdom Hearts χ.

Daniel Black from KH13 has translated this interview and thanks to him, you can read it below in full.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix is almost like cooked candy. With the game completely finished, we talked with it´s Producer Tai Yasue, on the Gamescom event in Colony, Germany for the purpose of discovering all the secrets of this remaster and, also, trying to get some open possibilities for Kingdom Hearts III, the third numbered title of the franchise and also the most expected by fans. The work done for this remaster is too far from being a three-game simple pack.

To begin with, Yasue explained to us how, for example, Birth by Sleep received a graphic update with a texture redesign, adapted for a better resolution. In the case of Kingdom Hearts II, do you remember the game had 4:3 resolution, now in HD ReMix it will be 16:9. This has motivated the team itself to recreate data for all this extra screen, in the same with Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, now showed up in a theater mode instead of a playable game, with three hours of cinematics adapted to the high definition and new voice cast.

Far off from general stuff, we wanted to get advantage of having him face to face to resolve some doubts the community had for some time. The first, and bad one is that KHII will not have spanish voices. The reason it´s because, like Yasue said, in Spain and Europe in general, they will receive for the first time the Final Mix versions of the game, and the only solution was to use the spanish dub, and the new scenes in english, and that didn't worked too well. The good news, the game will have spanish subs, as after seeing what happened with Dream Drop Distance, we can be thankful.

The second reason, and also the main reason of an online petition, is why these remaster versions will not see the light on Xbox 360, having see that KHIII will appear on Xbox One. According to Yasue, when they began to work in 1.5 HD, they studied the game code, and they realized that, as the original games were released on PS2, it was more easy and cheaper to adapt them to PS3, a console which "Extracts the maximum potential of these titles". However they are not closed to release these versions in other platforms, but he confirmed that we can forget about getting digital releases of 1.5 and 2.5 in Xbox One and PS4, by the time being, these will remain in physical format.

Dream Drop Distance is the only game of the franchise that wasn't considered for a remaster, but this could change. Asking Yasue about the reason of this exclusion, he said the title was too recent and, in time, they will consider what to do with it, and it´s considered in the end. About KH X (chi), he explained there´s no plan for an international release, but somehow the story is relevant for the franchise, and now it needs to be recovered and making it canon. He also said there´s no plan for a Nintendo game release, as they are working with KHIII for One/PS4 already.

Talking about the future of the Dark Seeker saga, we talked about how Frozen has become a worldwide success, including Japan, where´s like a hit. Asking how to include this universe in the next games, he explained that he likes everything related with the creation of ice elements the protagonist´s dualities, and the music, saying that he would like to do it like the snowed mountain in Land of Dragons from KHII, maybe including musical elements like Atlantica. What other things he would add? If the choice were his, he would use Star Wars and Marvel elements, but also worlds based on Disney shorts like Timeless River, or Pixar movies, or even characters of Square games. Final Fantasy VII´s unused characters are his first options.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix will reach Europe December 5th 2014 for PlayStation 3, with remastered music, updated graphics, new contents from the Final Mix versions and other adjustments to make these titles the ultimate versions. If they manage to achieve it or not, we will see it soon, but now the grain of salt in this news is to know the lost of the magnificent Spanish dub included in KHII. Even we asked, as if we had nothing to lose: "And on´t you think of releasing this dubbing in DLC format?" after some thinking he responded: "Everything´s possible, but now we haven´t decided about it"


Square Enix Presents has uploaded a new video covering Friday at Gamescom 2014. It features Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's demo, the same one from E3 2014 and San Diego Comic-Con 2014. They also interview Tai Yasue, co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series and a few fans who were lucky enough to play the demo. You can view it below.


Square Enix have updated the Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix page on the official Japanese website for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, showing off high quality screenshots and renders from the game, now available in HD. These can be seen below, in our gallery.

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This website update also confirms that completing Birth by Sleep Final Mix will unlock a custom PlayStation 3 theme! In addition, the new "Disney World" trailers are included on the website's movies page.

Square Enix Japan have posted two new trailers for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, titled "Disney Worlds Vol.1" and "Disney Worlds Vol.2", showing off the Disney worlds available in the HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. These new trailers can be seen below.



Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, the upcoming HD collection containing remasters of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, as well as Kingdom Hearts Re:coded HD Cinematic Story Videos, releases on October 2, 2014 in Japan, December 2 in North America, December 4 in Australia, and December 5 in Europe.

A 3 hour maintenance for Kingdom Hearts χ has just finished and with it the 1st year anniversary celebration and gummi event have come to a close. A new cut-scene showing Mickey, Donald and Goofy leaving Daybreak Town marks the end of this special event.

New assist cards featuring the characters from The Little Mermaid are now available, along with the Key Scene #3 card featuring Kairi which can be obtained by purchasing a Premium Box. New outfits called "Summer Holiday" were made available aswell. A Lux team collecting contest will be held and the 60 teams who collect the most Lux will get a a new SR+ assist card with Ariel & King Triton! To top it all off a new raid boss called Fortress Crab has appeared.

You can see the images of the new additions in our gallery below.


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Since we've done some expanding to our KH13 social media accounts lately, we felt like we should make a short post to link to all of these and make sure everyone knows what's out there! So, here's the complete list of our social media presence:

- Facebook facebook.com/kh13com
- Google+ +wwwKH13com
- Twitter @KH13com | @KH13chi (for Kingdom Hearts χ updates) | @KH13community (for featured content from the community)
- Tumblr kh13.tumblr.com
- YouTube youtube.com/user/wwwkh13com

The new Twitter accounts are also featured on the homepage sidebar, so you can get to the featured content and KHχ updates straight away!

Square Enix have released a set of new screenshots and renders from the HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, included in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Thanks to Famitsu.com, who have uploaded these images, they can be seen in our gallery here.

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Update: Square Enix have released the screenshots without any text, you can view them below, in our gallery.



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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, the upcoming HD collection containing remasters of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, as well as Kingdom Hearts Re:coded HD Cinematic Story Videos, releases on October 2, 2014 in Japan, December 2 in North America, December 4 in Australia, and December 5 in Europe.

After another 3 hour long maintenance, following up from the 1st Anniversary announcements last week, Square Enix have revealed what will be the last presents and events that the players will receive during the last week of the Kingdom Hearts χ "1st Anniversary" celebration. A new set of Raise Draw cards was revealed, featuring Sora and Riku in their Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance outfits, along with villains Ursula and Cerberus. All players also received a new Sora SR+ attack card. No new outfits were released during this update, but the new attack card Key Scene #5 was placed in the Moogle Trade with a x3 boost on its stats. The 1st Anniversary event is still scheduled to finish when the August 14th maintenance starts.

All images from the announcement can be seen in our gallery, below.

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EB Games Australia have announced that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will be playable at EB Expo 2014. EB Expo 2014 will be held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia on October 3 to October 5, 2014. Thanks go to Dimi3Infinity from KH13 for the find.