Early copies of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX sold in Japan, extra KHFM 60FPS gameplay surfaces online
With the official Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX approaching quickly, some fans have already received their copies of the game from Japan. One fan in particular has already streamed some early gameplay from Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX with Kingdom Hearts Final Mix. Earlier, Square Enix had shown off bits of gameplay from both Kingdom Hearts Final Mix & Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories. Thanks to YouTube user ぺぃの Enjoy Network you can check out additional gameplay of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix in 60fps for the beginning, Destiny Islands, & Traverse Town.
You can check out the gameplay below.
UPDATE: Twitter user @g_plaza_okazaki has uploaded an image of an early copy purchased in Japan. Check it out below.
- Mar 23 2017 09:33 PM
- by Jake
To accompany the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX in Japan, the latest issue of Famitsu features a page focusing on each title in the collection. You can view the scans below.
- Mar 23 2017 09:27 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
Update 1.02 now available for Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, includes KH2FM damage/gauge 60fps & other defects fix
Square Enix has officially rolled a new update for the Japanese version ofKingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. This update, which is 1.02, fixes the damage and gauge problems caused by 60fps in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, and has fixed other various defects within the collection.
The update is 235.3 MB big.
You can check out screenshots of the update (in Japanese and English) thanks to @aibo_ac7 and @churroz.
UPDATE: Square Enix has announced that they will be offering a Day One patch for North American and European players for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. It is stated that the patch is to resemble that of which was released in Japan.
- Mar 23 2017 08:55 PM
- by Jake
With Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX releasing on March 28, 2017 in North America, and March 31, 2017 everywhere else, some fans have already received their copies of the game in English before release.
One lucky fan in particular, YouTuber KingdomHops, already got their hands on an early copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX in English, showcasing on stream how Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix HD is running on the PlayStation 4. You can take a look at the stream below:
- Mar 22 2017 04:17 PM
- by Dengojin
The official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account has released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. You can view the trailer below:
- Mar 17 2017 12:53 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
The European store, GAME, just announced an exclusive pre-order bonus for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX which includes an exclusive 15 year anniversary poster print, we will provide new images of the poster once they become available. You can take a look at the promotional picture below.
- Mar 15 2017 02:19 PM
- by Dengojin
Thanks to 4Gamer.net, sales for the latest Japanese game releases are now available. Ranking second in sales is Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, which sold a total number of 62,770 units in Japan for the first week of release.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX released on March 9, 2017 in Japan and releases on March 28, 2017 in North America, while releasing everywhere else on March 31, 2017.
- Mar 15 2017 12:19 PM
- by Jake
It is officially March 9th in Japan, so Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been released! Originally announced in October 2016 during the Paris Games Week, the reveal of this collection was a delight for many fans, mainly because of the porting issues found in the PlayStation 3 collections. Players can now experience the Dark Seeker Saga on one console thanks to both this collection and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which released in January of this year. The smooth 60 frames per second gameplay is also an added bonus for all players!
For those interested, you can view the trophy list. Gameplay footage of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix has been uploaded to YouTube by Square Enix, and one lucky fan who got the game early has also uploaded some early-game footage of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix. As always, feel free to take part in the discussion on our forums.
We hope this collection will bring in many newcomers to the franchise, and possibly reignite veterans' passion for the series!
- Mar 08 2017 01:24 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
- Mar 07 2017 08:40 AM
- by Jake
UPDATE 1: The boxart for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been uploaded and fixed by Square. The original upload had Xion's hand mysteriously disappear in this air. You can check it out below.
@K_Everwood on Twitter! View it below:
- Feb 28 2017 02:52 PM
- by Toominator
The latest issue of VJump magazine features Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. You can view a picture of the magazine's article below. Translations will be added soon. Special thanks to @ErrenVanDuine.
- Feb 22 2017 03:23 PM
- by Dengojin
With the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue many fans have been ecstatic to play 0.2 in 4K 60fps with the PS4 Pro. The official Japanese hardware list for PS4 Pro support now displays Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, which can be viewed below! Tetsuya Nomura has also mentioned that the four playable titles will run at 60fps on the standard PS4.
Update: It has been officially confirmed by Square Enix that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will include support for 4K/60 fps on the Playstation 4 Pro.
Are you excited to experience the the four playable titles in 4K? Let us know in the comments!
Credit to Andrefpvs of NeoGAF for the find!
- Feb 21 2017 01:08 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
A Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Box was revealed on the Square Enix Japan e-Store, exclusively available for fans who preorder Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX. This box features the cover artwork pieces for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The box is intended to store players' copies of KH2.8, as well as the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, set to be released in March.
In his most recent interview with Famitsu Weekly, series director Tetsuya Nomura discussed plans to release a commemorative box for fans to store the games in, providing a special treat to collectors.
This box will be available in limited quantities, and it is not currently known if an identical or similar product will be available in other regions.
Are you excited for such a special way to store your Kingdom Hearts collection? Let us know in the comments below!
- Feb 21 2017 12:54 PM
- by Raxaimus
The Twitter account for the Japanese Square Enix store has stated that the Japanese box art for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been updated. You can view the box art below:
- Feb 21 2017 12:48 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
Cards that allow you to pre-order Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX have been found in stores. These certificates have art of Sora, Donald, and Goofy on the front with the release date and information about the game compilation on the back. It also has the slogan "Remember, Relive, Rejoice" on the front which appears to be a slogan that hasn't ever been used before in the series.
The card requires a minimum deposit of $5.00 USD.
Photos of the card taken by Churro can be seen below:
- Feb 21 2017 12:47 PM
- by Elfdemon_
Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura sent out a message to all Kingdom Hearts fans, wishing everybody a happy holiday season! Despite being ashamed of his bed hair and wearing a hat to cover it, Nomura talked about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (which Nomura almost mistakenly called 1.8), and a possible new development in Kingdom Hearts Unchained x.
What do you guys think about this video? Let us know in the comments!
- Dec 27 2016 01:00 AM
- by Leamax
Jump Festa 2017 lineup to include Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX have been confirmed to appear at Jump Festa 2017, which will be taking place at December 17 and 18, 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. Both games will have trailers at the event, but neither will have a stage show or a demo on the show floor. The following screenshots were shared with the lineup:
As Jump Festa approaches, we here at KH13 will be counting down daily on our social media pages, which you can check out below.
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In addition to counting down on our social media pages, we will also be posting any news/content on there so make sure to follow us on all our social media pages, as well as staying tuned here on KH13 for any news and updates for Kingdom Hearts!
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases on the PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 12, 2017, and worldwide on January 24, 2017. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX releases on the PS4 in Japan on March 9, 2017, North America on March 28, 2017, and in Europe and Australia on March 31, 2017.
- Nov 30 2016 09:17 PM
- by Aquaberry
Shinji Hashimoto discusses Kingdom Hearts at Lucca Comics & Games; Improvements in graphics in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX for PS4; No "2.9" after Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue; and more
Kingdom Hearts series producer and Final Fantasy series brand manager Shinji Hashimoto was in attendance at a conference at Lucca Comics & Games 2016 in Italy last month. During this conference, Hashimoto was able to discuss and answer questions relating to the upcoming Kingdom Hearts releases.
The translations below have been provided by Aquaberry.
Hashimoto noted that the cinematic movie Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, present in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection, will fill up a missing space in the Kingdom Hearts timeline and that it will be comprehensible even to those who have not played Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ for smartphone.
He commented on Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-, saying that its story will connect directly to the story that will be presented in Kingdom Hearts III. He also said that the duration of the game will partly depend upon the player's abilities. While it may seem a short game, it has a substantial amount of playable content.
He also noted that there will be no "Kingdom Hearts 2.9" after Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue as "it will proceed directly to [Kingdom Hearts] 3."
Hashimoto discussed Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, saying that the idea for the compilation was due to fans all around the world commenting on the complexity of the plot of the Kingdom Hearts series. The PlayStation 4 release will address this issue by enabling the fans to own the entire collection on the same console. Furthermore, he indicated that the PS4 re-release will contain some differences from the PS3 releases; it will have much better graphics.
Hashimoto was also asked to comment on the legitimacy of the story surrounding the conception of Kingdom Hearts in an accidental meeting in an elevator with a Disney employee who worked in the same building. Hashimoto answered that this is a matter he has been asked about many times. He clarified that while Square were working in the same building as Disney, it was the latter that approached with a proposal for a collaboration that later became the Kingdom Hearts series.
As reported previously, Hashimoto confirmed that Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop Distance will be fully translated in Italian and Spanish; this is a novel development as Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for Nintendo 3DS was not fully localised in these languages. The game, originally intended for two screens, will certainly be playable in one screen on the PS4.
Hashimoto also reminded fans that the Sora DLC for World of Final Fantasy will be available for only a limited time only this winter.
Lastly, Hashimoto reflected on his contentment towards the evolution of the Kingdom Hearts series, saying that he is happy about the success of the series reflected by fans across the world.
A full video of the conference can be viewed below, thanks to GamerClick.it.
What are your expectations from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? Are you excited to play Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on PS4? Let us know in the comments below!
- Nov 29 2016 10:45 AM
- by Aquaberry
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX has been announced for the PlayStation 4, and will released on March 9, 2017 in Japan, March 28, 2017 in North America and March 31 in Europe. The games will all run at 60 frames per second.
You can view the trailer below.
The game logo can be seen here:
Screenshots from the collection can be seen below.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is available on the North American Square Enix store for US$49.99.
Square Enix have launched the official Japanese website for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, and this lists the retail price for the Japanese version of the game at ¥6,800 (approximately US$64.71).
- Oct 27 2016 09:42 PM
- by Raxaimus
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX + HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue cover artwork have a hidden message toward Kingdom Hearts III
During an interview with Dengeki PlayStation, Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series has revealed that the cover artwork for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, 2.5 ReMIX, & HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue all connect together as a hidden message for Kingdom Hearts III.
Tetsuya Nomura says that the 3 pieces of artwork start with Sora sitting, then standing, and finally walking. There is also a flow of time with the 3 pieces of artwork, where 1.5 is sunset becoming night, 2.5 is in the middle of the night, & 2.8 is night breaking into dawn. All of this connects to a hidden message for Kingdom Hearts III.
You can read Nomura's answer below, thanks to Catherine Mueller (email@example.com) for the translations.
--You also revealed a gorgeous package art.
Nomura: There are actually two secrets about the illustrations from [KH1.5] until [KH2.8]. Extremely attentive KH fans might have already discovered them, but one is that Sora's movements change from sitting, to standing, to walking. One more is that when you line up the three illustrations, you'll notice that they show the flow of time with changes in the sky. [KH1.5] is sunset becoming night, [KH2.5] is the middle of the night, and [KH2.8] is night breaking into dawn. Those three illustrations have a message regarding the final chapter, [KHIII].
--So you planned all this from the time of [KH1.5]'s release, then?
Nomura: We worried a long time about the package art for [KH2.5], and we worked on trying to connect the three productions in a continual manner. It seems like there were a lot of people who figured out Sora's movements, but there were not very many people who noticed the connection between the skies. There are two meanings to “sora” (I.E. one being the protagonist's name, and the other meaning “sky”).
While it is uncertain what this message is, this is something for fans to think about as we wait for the release of Kingdom Hearts III.
What do you think this hidden message could be? Let us know in the comments below!
- Oct 12 2016 03:12 PM
- by Jake
In a recent interview with Gamespot at E3, Tai Yasue, co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series, says that Kingdom Hearts HD collections (1.5 & 2.5) have not been ruled out completely for the PS4. You can read what he said below.
We haven't come to decision and nothing is announced yet. We listen to our fans and our players and see what they think about it--and, yeah, I'm not ruling it out, but we're not making an announcement just yet.
In addition to stating that about the possibility of HD collections on the PS4, he also says that Kingdom Hearts III is going smooth right now.
Are you excited to hear the possibility of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX coming to the PS4? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jun 14 2016 08:55 PM
- by Jake
Back in December, Tai Yasue, the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series revealed that both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX could make their way to PlayStation 4. However, in an interview with Ruliweb, Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series has stated there are no plans to do so.
Ruliweb: It's been two years since the first official announcement of Kingdom Hearts 3.
Nomura: Usually, most of the reactions from the KH fans and media consist of "Please put [this world] in the game!" (Laughs) Rather than comments on the game system itself, we get requests for "Put this world in, put my world in!" much more. Whichever world is a popular map should determine whether or not the masses will greatly enjoy Kingdom Hearts 3. Recently, we also received a significant increase in requests for the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix to be released on the PS4. Unfortunately, we don't have any plans for that.
The most likely reason for this appears to be that they do not want to delay Kingdom Hearts III, as both HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX were both developed by the Kingdom Hearts team for unknown reasons. Tai Yasue stated in the interview linked above that they did not want Kingdom Hearts III delayed. Another likely reason is that the PlayStation 4 requires all games to have digital versions while both HD 1.5 ReMIX & HD 2.5 ReMIX did not on PlayStation 3, likely due to licensing issues.
Thanks go to @RedMakuzawa for the tip, Jess from Tumblr and Amber from Tumblr for the translation.
- Oct 03 2015 08:52 AM
- by Sora96
I was given the honour of interviewing the CEO/Producer of VGO - Video Game Orchestra, Shota Nakama on behalf of KH13.com. VGO is a combined orchestra and rock band that performs contemporary arrangements of video game music. They're located in Boston, United States where they have in recent years recorded the soundtracks for Square Enix games, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and now Final Fantasy XV. I asked him about how he started working with Square Enix, what its like playing the games after working on their soundtracks, differences between working on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's soundtrack, what its like working with Masashi Hamauzu, the lead composer of the Final Fantasy XIII series and Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series and more. You can read the entire interview below. Big thanks to VGO for making this happen.
Sora96: Firstly, how did you first start working with Square Enix? How did you get the honour of working on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's soundtrack?
Shota: Masashi Hamauzu and I became good friends after our first encounter back in 2012. VGO had an opportunity to perform with his project, Imeruat, at a large anime convention over in Chicago called Anime Central. We had such a great time there performing, talking about our life and everything. Shortly after, he called me saying if I want to work on “that”, which I had no idea what it was about. Of course I said yes just like I do to pretty much everything. That is how the collaboration began, and that was the first time I worked with SQEX.
By the way, I must mention that Masashi Hamauzu is one of the very few gifted composers in the video game industry who writes music at such a high level of artistry. His music is just at a different level and I truly love his works.
Sora96: During the development of Lightning Returns did you work with all 3 composers or just Masashi Hamauzu?
Shota: We did not work with the other two although I got to meet both of them during some production meetings over in SQEX.
Sora96: How do you communicate with the composers with the language barrier? Do you have translators working at your studio or do Square Enix have theirs work with you?
Shota: As my name kind of implies, I was born and raised in Japan. Being bilingual both in English and Japanese really did help. We do have an assistant, Maho Azuma, who is native in both languages and also a diehard video game fan, helping out sessions too.
Sora96: What was it like working on Lightning Returns' soundtrack? Were you daunted at all by the prospect of working on such a massive franchise? Or were you simply excited by working on it?
Shota: When something new comes up, it is always exciting regardless of what the project is. For that particular gig, yes personally I was more excited because it is Final Fantasy that I played so much when I was a kid.
Sora96: Was it much different working on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's soundtrack than Lightning Returns'? What were some similarities or differences?
Shota: The working method itself was not that different, but there were several differences between those projects such as the instrumentation and how we managed the entire production. By the time we did KH2.5, we knew what not to do so everything went a lot smoother.
Sora96: Do you get to meet directors or producers of the titles you're working on? Eg. Motomu Toriyama or Yoshinori Kitase for Lightning Returns or Tai Yasue for HD 2.5 ReMIX?
Shota: I actually did not get to meet them. I am sure they were all busy trying to complete the games. Maybe someday!
Sora96: What's it like playing the games after working on the soundtrack?
Shota: It is a pure glory. Every scene that played our music made me smile and reminded me great moments while we were in the production.
Sora96: What are your favourite Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games?
Shota: Final Fantasy 6 is the best one of all to me. The story is so dark and there is pure evil guy who is unforgettable. I actually played the game in real time (I am an old school) and leveled everyone up way too much. The mighty Kefka was defeated in 3 turns after many 9,999 damages.
My favorite Kingdom Hearts was the second one, but now it is 2.5 because of the story and music.
Sora96: What's the best part of getting to work with Square Enix on such amazing titles?
Shota: I was a huge Squaresoft and Enix fan when I was a teenager. I can tell you that I played most of their games that came out in the 90s… the Dragon Quest series, FF series, Front Mission, Live a Live, Hanjuku Hero, and so many others. It is such an honor to be a part of their history.
Sora96: After working with legendary composers like Masashi Hamauzu and Yoko Shimomura have your admiration of them raised to new heights?
Shota: Definitely. Shimomura-san is so amazing at creating beautiful melodies especially when she writes a piano piece. Hamauzu-san always denies it when I say it yet he is truly a gifted composer. I love his music and I don’t know how he can come up with something so dynamic but delicate and sophisticated.
Sora96: What are your favourite Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts songs? Blinded by Light is a particular favourite of mine and I loved your recent performance you uploaded to YouTube of it.
Shota: Thanks for your kind words! I have always loved their epic battle music such as Blinded by Light and Big Bridge in Final Fantasy. For Kingdom Hearts, The Other Promise is the best one for me. The Shimomura-ness really shines there.
Sora96: If a new entry in the Final Fantasy X series were to be created would you like to work on its soundtrack?
Shota: I would love to. I don’t think anyone can decline an FF project.
Sora96: What are you most excited for in Final Fantasy XV?
Shota: The gameplay and music. The gameplay is just so different from the past numbering titles, and I am looking forward to see some innovative ideas in that. For the music, I cannot wait to listen to Shimomura-san unleashing her inner musical genius-ness. Music really does dictate the emotional expression of video games (and films and anime too) and it sometimes is more important than having the best graphics. I am really looking forward to the game.
- Aug 08 2015 05:59 AM
- by Sora96
A new video showing behind the scenes footage from the launch trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX trailer, various outakes from shooting the launch trailer along with many fans sharing their favourite moments has been released. You can view it below. What are some of your favorite moments in the Kingdom Hearts series? Let us know below.
- Jun 23 2015 04:42 AM
- by Sora96