Kingdom Hearts 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack signed by Yoko Shimomura being raffled by Square Enix North America
Square Enix North America is having a Membership Rewards raffle for a Kingdom Hearts 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack bundle signed by Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura. This raffle runs until 11:59 PM PST on January 14th, 2018. Each entry will cost 30 points. You can also send in a postcard if you don't have a Square Enix account. Click here for directions on mail entries.
To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older prior to January 14th and be a current resident of North America. For more information on the rules, click here. You can view the gallery of the soundtrack bundle below:
- Nov 17 2017 05:22 PM
- by Leamax
[Updated] Koch Media and Amazon Germany list a "Kingdom Hearts PS4 Collection" for €69,99, releasing November 24, 2017
The Koch Media online store website and Amazon Germany have listed a "Kingdom Hearts PS4 Collection".
The item is only available in German, as it is only listed in the German and Austrian online stores; in the Swiss online store, it is listed as "Kingdom Hearts PS4 Collection (PS4) (DE)."
The item is priced at €69,99 (and at SFr. 79.90 on the Swiss website), with a release date of November 24, 2017.
The item description is as follows:
Art. Nr .: 1025296
The popular action RPG series Kingdom Hearts is now available in a Mega XL Bundle!
Incl. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX
Incl. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
It is unclear whether or not this will be a special edition containing exclusive merchandise and packaging, such as the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Collector's Edition, or a bundle with items aside from the individual games.
The website has not provided any information regarding the packaging of the product or any other item apart (from the games) that may be included in it.
UPDATE: As of October 25, 2017, the listing seems to have gone from both Koch Media and Amazon Germany. The links on Koch Media now lead to a page saying "The product could not be found." For your reference, below is a picture of the product page when it was active on the German website.
Keep an eye on this space for future updates on this product!
- Oct 25 2017 11:12 PM
- by Aquaberry
Items from Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Collector's Edition are being sold separately at Square Enix North America Online Store for member reward points
Previously exclusive items from the Collector's Edition of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX are now available on the North American Square Enix Online Store. They can only be bought with member reward points (store credits after every purchase you make from the site).
The Kingdom Hearts 2.5 steelbook and the artbook are available for 150 points each, while the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 collectors pin and the dust jacket for the artbook are available for 100 points each. Also, please note that these bonuses do not include a copy of the game itself.
You can take a look at the pictures of the products below:
- Aug 03 2017 08:50 PM
- by Dengojin
A new patch has now been made available for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. This patch, Version 1.04, is a corrective patch that mainly focused on Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. It namely fixed an issue that caused Magnet to pull in enemies at a slower rate, which arose from the previous patch for the game. Various other issues have been fixed as well. You can view the full patch notes below:
- Jul 16 2017 10:27 PM
- by Elfdemon_
Tetsuya Nomura interviewed by Famitsu; Theater Mode for KHFM and new cutscenes for 358/2 Days to be available in the latest KH1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX patch
Kingdom Hearts series' director Tetsuya Nomura was interviewed by Famitsu at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - concert in Los Angeles. In it, he discusses the concert, the latest trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, and the new patch that will be available for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.
The interview seems to confirm a new Theatre Mode made available for Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and new cutscenes for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days with the latest patch. It also seems to confirm that the Kingdom Hearts III D23 Expo trailer will be longer than the one shown at the LA Orchestra.
UPDATE: English translations for the Famitsu interview are now available. You can view the translated interview below:
Famitsu: The concert was amazing. How was it from the side of the scene?
Nomura: I mentioned it while I was on stage but, the images and the music were made so that they would perfectly fit and I thought it was amazing while I was watching. Also Shimomura became better at playing the piano during the concert in each countries until Los Angeles (laugh). At the final event in Osaka she will be perfect don't you think ? (laugh)
Famitsu: There is a lot of pressure on Shimomura (laugh). Everyone was cheering you when you started your speech.
Nomura: On stage I wanted to speak about the fixes and updates for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX but I was overwhelmed by the voices of everyone cheering and I forgot what I was supposed to say (sarcastic laugh)
Famitsu: What is the content of the update.
Nomura: The addition of the theater mode for KH and of a few cutscenes in KH 358/2 Days. I wanted to add it sooner but it needed more time and the timing met up with this event.
Famitsu: The reception of the new promotional video was amazing too. Because is didn't seem that there was going to be a trailer or an announcement about Kingdom Hearts III at E3, this was a pleasant surprise for the fan.
Nomura: There is a lot of misunderstanding about it. The choice to show or not to show something is up to the ones making the conferences. We just used the timing of the concert being at the same time as E3 to announce it.
Famitsu: Considering that the information is going really fast during the conference, it seems better to announce it that way for the fans. The battle felt rich with all the Keyblade transformations, there was a lot of action and we could see the different worlds.
Nomura: But this battle scene was only in the Hercules world.
Famitsu: Was it? There was so much thing that I thought it was from various worlds.
Nomura: Also, the next trailer will have a Japanese version and a North american version but the battle scenes were from an actual gameplay footage so we couldn't make them exactly the same. It will look the same but if you compare them you will be able to see the differences. So I would like the core fans to look at both trailers.
Famitsu: At last, the D23 Expo 2017 occur next month.
Nomura: The editing of the D23 trailer is being finalized right now but I think that not only it will be longer than the orchestra trailer, it will also show some new elements that should meet everyone's expectations.
From Famitsu's interview article:
At the end, I also managed to hear a little from Nomura about the information of the D23 announcement. "Seriously ?!" I was so excited in the night of Hollywood. Amazing. Amazing. Absolutely. Yes, definitely a good game.
I'm sorry for assuming of the importance of this information but I obviously can't write this information here. I was only allowed to write the reaction to these revelations and so I wrote it! I'm sorry for being this vague but there is no doubt that the announcement at D23 will be worth it!! At the time of the presentation, there will obviously be a quick announcement on Famitsu.com
Also the details will be in the weekly issue of the Famitsu magazine that will be publish right after the opening of the conference to the public. Please look forward to it!
- Jul 16 2017 10:41 PM
- by neil98
A corrective patch and additional patch for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will be release on June 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM JST (5:00 AM GMT). Currently, there isn't information about what these patches will fix.
Thanks to goldpanner for the tip!
UPDATE 1: Details of the patches have been found. Theater Mode will be available for Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Day 357 on Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days will now have action scenes rather than just cutscenes. The Theater Mode patch will be 9.9 GB and Day 357 patch will be 353 MB.
Thanks to @aibo_ac7 and @RedMakuzawa on Twitter for the information!
UPDATE 2: The Day 357 and the Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Theater Mode add-ons are available in the PS Store for download. Europe and Australia appears to not have them yet. A game patch is also available. Version 1.03 includes fixes of the Kingdom Hearts II save glitch and Xemnas battle glitch along with a camera fix and better movement in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II among other fixes.
View an image of the additional Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days cutscene and several images of the additional Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Theater Mode, thanks to the official Square Enix Blog, below:
Thanks to /u/Matthew0337 on Reddit for the screenshot of the patch details below:
UPDATE 3: The additional content is now available in Europe and Australia.
- Jul 16 2017 10:42 PM
- by Leamax
The US video games sales ranking for April have been released. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX comes in at #14 behind Mario Kart 8, Persona 5, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Horizon Dawn Zero among others. The number of units sold in the month of April have not been announced yet.
As of April 8th, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 HD ReMIX has sold 445,914 units worldwide in its first 5 weeks compared to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which sold 648,902 units during its initial 5 weeks.
- Jul 16 2017 10:59 PM
- by Leamax
Mixtape inspired by Kingdom Hearts released on Pandora to celebrate the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX
A mixtape of popular EDM, Pop, and remixes of Disney songs inspired by the Kingdom Hearts series was released on Pandora to celebrate the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. You can check out the mixtape here. It is only available to some locations at this time.
The mixtape will be available of Pandora until April 18, 2017.
- Jul 16 2017 11:45 PM
- by Elfdemon_
A short video titled "Welcome to Kingdom Hearts" has been released by Square Enix to promote Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, which is out now in all countries. You can watch the video in English below, and in other languages on the official Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel:
- Jul 16 2017 11:48 PM
- by Aquaberry
The Kingdom Hearts series recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with a bang, as renowned RPG developer Square Enix has paved the way to the series' long-awaited climax with a massive compilation. Released for Sony's PlayStation 4, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX offers some of the best experiences that Kingdom Hearts has presented to date, and consists of the first six works in the series. For the uninitiated, these six titles are:
- Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the original game
- Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, a console-oriented overhaul of the Game Boy Advance interquel
- HD cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, the series' first Nintendo DS outing
- Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the second numbered entry
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the series' prequel
- HD cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the series' second Nintendo DS outing
When considering the perspective of newcomers, it's no secret that Kingdom Hearts has historically had a reputation for having a confusing plot, due in large part to having its titles spread thin across many platforms. However, in recent years, series director Tetsuya Nomura expressed his desire to remedy this stigma by releasing every Kingdom Hearts title on a single platform. Through both this collection and the recently-released Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Nomura's wishes have been fulfilled; nearly every game in the series is available on the PlayStation 4, with the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III set to continue this trend.
As seen above, the newest iteration of the Kingdom Hearts timeline features only four overall releases. The two aforementioned collections and Kingdom Hearts III all have a simple, numerically-ascending order which highlights the intended play order. Meanwhile, while the series' mobile installment, Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross], is presented as being first in the timeline, it is meant to be played late into the series, as it relies heavily on knowledge learned throughout most of the other games. In summary, with just a PlayStation 4 and a smartphone or tablet, the entirety of the Kingdom Hearts series can be easily understood and enjoyed by newer fans!
For returning Kingdom Hearts diehards, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX unfortunately offers little in the way of completely new experiences. While the Final Mix-exclusive additions and revamped HD cutscenes are carried over from the PlayStation 3 releases of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, there is no sign of any additional content which is exclusive to this PlayStation 4 release. Instead, much of the incentive for veterans to purchase this compilation comes in the form of technical improvements.
Kingdom Hearts speedrunner Bizkit047 outlines both the technical improvements and problems within Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.
In the PlayStation 3 releases, load times were unusually long, and the included games all ran at 720p and 30 frames per second. In the PlayStation 4 version, by contrast, the load times have all but vanished, the resolution has been increased to 1080p, and the playable titles run at 60 frames per second, resulting in a clearer and more fluid image. The option to play at 4k resolution is even available to PlayStation 4 Pro owners, further increasing the collection's visual quality. Unfortunately, the framerate increase does not apply to any of the cutscenes present in the collection; this is only applicable to gameplay, as the cutscenes are strictly programmed to run at 30 frames per second.
While these improvements have been widely praised by players, the games are not without their own problems. Several players, including prominent speedrunners Bl00dyBizkitz and Bizkit047, have pointed out several glaring issues with the PlayStation 4 versions of each game. Several crashes and bugs which were present in the PlayStation 3 releases have been carried over, some new crashes have been reported, and the transition to 60 frames per second has introduced several inconsistencies regarding game physics and timings. Thankfully, Square Enix has already begun to roll out updates and patches to lessen or eliminate many of the offending issues.
Overall, while Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is by no means a perfect product, and still has a great deal of technical hurdles to overcome, the collection provides an excellent starting point for new players, a large amount of nostalgia for returning players, and a great deal of improvement under-the-hood for those who seek a good-looking, smooth experience. If you've hesitated at the thought of playing the series, or simply want to experience the games in higher detail than ever before, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will not disappoint.
- Apr 05 2017 12:16 PM
- by Raxaimus
In celebration of the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, Snapchat has a special geofilter with Riku, Kairi, Donald, and Goofy huddled around Sora in the bottom right corner and the logo in the top left corner that you can use to take selfies.
The filters are only available while you are inside Disneyland Parks and possibly Disney World as well, although no word if they will be available for the other Disney Parks worldwide. It was mentioned during the live stream of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX yesterday. It's possible that the filters will only be at the Disney Parks for a limited time.
Thanks to @churroz for the tip and thanks to @elizabethapeck_, and @Sheltered_One, for the snaps of the filter.
- Mar 29 2017 10:25 PM
- by Leamax
Square Enix has released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on March 28, 2017. the trailer is titled Familiar Faces and Places. It's also available and is available in English UK with French, German, Italian, and Spanish subtitles.
You can watch the trailer in English below:
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is now available in North America, and will release on March 31, 2017 in Europe.
UPDATE: A new 60 second long version of the Familiar Faces and Places trailer has been released by the official Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel. View this 60 second trailer below:
At the same time as this 60 second long trailer's release, they also released a 60 second long version of the Fight the Darkness trailer as well. You can view that trailer here.
- Mar 31 2017 03:41 AM
- by Leamax
The Xemnas crash with Limit Form in the English version of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been fixed
In the English version of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX for the PS3, there was a bug that would cause the game to crash when you went into Limit Form during the first Xemnas fight and activated the first Reaction Command. View footage of this old glitch below:
Thanks to KingdomHops on YouTube, who got the game early, we now know that this has been fixed for the English version of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX for the PS4. He streamed the game and tested it out. View him testing it out in the archived stream below:
(The testing begins at around 52:26.)
Also, if you didn't catch it, 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.
Thanks to @Bizkit047 on Twitter for the tip!
- Mar 24 2017 01:10 AM
- by Elfdemon_
Square Enix has released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on March 23, 2017. It has been titled Fight the Darkness, and is available in an English dub with French, German, Italian, and Spanish subtitles.
You can watch the trailer in English below:
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX releases for the Playstation 4 on March 28, 2017 in North America, and on March 31, 2017 in Europe.
UPDATE: A new 60 second long version of the Fight the Darkness trailer has been released by the official Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel. View this 60 second trailer below:
At the same time as this 60 second long trailer's release, they also released a 60 second long version of the Familiar Faces and Places trailer as well. You can view that trailer here.
- Mar 31 2017 03:39 AM
- by Mystics Apprentice
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Japanese magazine Famitsu has posted an article focusing on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, which will be featured in the March 9th issue of the magazine. You can take a look at the images below.
We'll bring translations and the full article as soon as we get them, so keep an eye on the website.
- Mar 23 2017 09:36 PM
- by neil98
Square Enix has uploaded the first 60fps footage for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, focusing on the two games present in the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX collection included in the package. You can take a look at it below:
In the footage, you can see Hollow Bastion and Neverland are the worlds chosen to be shown off for Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, and the Sora vs Larxene fight and a battle scene in Castle Oblivion with Riku are the ones chosen for Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX releases on March 9th in Japan, on March 28th in North America and on March 31st in Europe.
UPDATE: Following yesterday's video, Square Enix has released some new footage for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX in stunning 60fps, this time focusing in the games Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix. You can take a look at it below:
The Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix footage focuses on Drive Forms in various worlds, and it is clearly seen that the load times for these have been drastically improved for the PS4 version. For the Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix footage, Terra is seen battling in Radiant Garden, Ventus in Neverland and Aqua in the Keyblade Graveyard.
- Mar 23 2017 09:39 PM
- by neil98