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HD 1.5 ReMIX appears in October 11 Dengeki (w/ Nomura interview)

Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]HD 1.5 ReMIX09 October 2012 by DChiuch

The latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation, releasing on October 11, 2012, has contained an interview with Tetsuya Nomura discussing Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-, with mention of Kingdom Hearts for PC Browsers. Details of this article are starting to appear on gamenyarth and hokanko-alt, and translations have appeared thanks to sqexgal [original translation] and our translator goldpanner [original translation]. All new details revealed can be seen below.

Update 1: hokanko-alt have published a more detailed summary of this interview, and our translator goldpanner has translated it. You can read the full translation here, or check out our updated summary below.

Update 2: Just a minor correction-- we originally reported that this interview was from Famitsu Weekly, however, the interview is actually from Dengeki PlayStation.

Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX

- Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- development was planned even before Final Fantasy X HD was announced on September 13, 2011, prior to Tokyo Game Show 2011. This means that Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- development has been planned for over a year. Square Enix's Osaka team was consulted over whether they could do something to make best use of the PS3's performance.

- Actual development was kickstarted because the Kingdom Hearts series had been spread over several consoles, and secondly, by the series' 10th anniversary, it had become difficult for new gamers to join in.

- HD remastering was very difficult, but two great programmers from Square Enix's Osaka team spent close to a year on this, allowing it to come to fruition. Square Enix's Osaka team are the team responsible for Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance].

- The Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- trailer from Tokyo Game Show 2012 was released thanks to the Osaka team. The programmers that handled the HD remastering were merged in from a team that hadn't been involved in the Kingdom Hearts series up until now.

- There are Kingdom Hearts staff in the Square Enix's Tokyo team too, but there have been drastic changes. You could say that the basically unchanging lineup of the Osaka team forms the true present staff for the series. The series is able to continue because of them.

- The remade HD cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days total in at about two to three hours of footage, according to Nomura.

- Nomura thought about perhaps remaking 358/2 Days as a game, but it would have taken over a years so he decided to give priority to the new title and instead have 358/2 Days, necessary for inclusion, as a video volume.

- You don't have to play through the games in order to unlock 358/2 Days' video volume. You can select to watch 358/2 Days straight after starting the game.

- Some of Sora and the other's models have been replaced with the latest ones.

- The camera function for Kingdom Hearts has been modified to be more similar to Kingdom Hearts II's system.

- There is PlayStation 3 trophy support. Nomura himself hasn't had much to do with the trophy feature, so he is still researching now as to what sort of content to include. Discussion over whether or not you'd need them for clearing worlds and first obtaining Keyblades and such is still underway.

- The game controls have been adjusted a little to make them easier to use than they had been. Special commands display for the △ button, and camera controls have been made closer to the base ones in Kingdom Hearts II. There aren't really any big additions. He'd like you to think of HD remastering and trophy support as all the additional components.

- There will not be a new secret movie.

- Nomura hasn't thought about making a bundle edition.

- It would be unnatural to make Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-, but not Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-.

- Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-'s development is basically in its final stages. Development is doing well, so Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- is planned for release in 2013. Nomura wants to deliver as soon as possible.

Kingdom Hearts for PC Browsers

- Kingdom Hearts for PC Browsers will be a typical browser game. Controls will be simple and using cards, with the content not strongly action-oriented. Co-operating with several people is also a feature, however, the game is fundamentally for one person.

- Development is not done by Square Enix's Osaka team, it is done somewhere else.

- It will be a spin-off title, completely removed from the story of the main series. Due to the nature of a browser game, they couldn't put in any grand set up for the story.

- There are new characters, but Nomura won't say whether or not they will be involved in the main series.

Update 3: Dengeki Online have mentioned this article, and with it, uploaded a small scan. Unfortunately, it looks like all included screenshots have been previously released by Famitsu Weekly.

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Weiss, May 04 2013 02:23 PM

Doh! can anybody give me the site with the interview that tells the Graphics type in KH3D and how it relates to how the character models are good enough to be used in KH1.5 I need to prove a point on youtube.com I remember reading the interview that explains it but I can't find it due to my luck & not remembering where I read it is bugging me anyway

Well here's this

―There's strong meaning behind going over it again, isn't there. Will there be changes or additions to the content of the games?

Nomura: The two titles that are included as games will have trophy support. We intend to include an extensive range of trophies, from the more orthodox to ones that won't go down easily. Also, the controls in KH1 have been modified to be a little closer to the ones in KH2. We've also replaced some of the models of the main characters with the most recent ones.

Source: http://kh13.com/news...terview-screens

and This

----The HD remake of the first title, Kingdom Hearts, is based on Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (hereafter KHFM), isn’t it?

Nomura: Yes, it was. Aside from the entire thing being reborn in HD quality, and I’m sure some players will have noticed this, but the models for Sora and some of the other main characters have been replaced with the latest versions. If you compare them I think it’s very obvious.

 

Source: First post of this thread

 

The "latest models" and "most recent ones" he refers to are 3D since that is the most recent game.

Joshua Horne, May 04 2013 02:14 PM

Doh! can anybody give me the site with the interview that tells the Graphics type in KH3D and how it relates to how the character models are good enough to be used in KH1.5 I need to prove a point on youtube.com I remember reading the interview that explains it but I can't find it due to my luck & not remembering where I read it is bugging me anyway

roxas98, Nov 18 2012 08:36 PM

Why does is this in HQ. idc why it looks amazing i just wanna know why.

Shera Wizard, Nov 04 2012 08:57 AM

OMFGASDFGH AXEL IN HD *dies*

XxVanitasXx, Oct 31 2012 11:22 AM

All of my orgasms

freer709, Oct 26 2012 12:52 PM

Final Mix versions of the games have different colored enemy's. I hope they have an option of choosing orginal and fm colors in the HD Remix.

Light Guardian, Oct 26 2012 01:29 AM

Why is travers towns boss has diffrent colors?

protoave14, Oct 24 2012 12:59 PM

Everything is so....clear now!

Gamerazor247, Oct 23 2012 12:46 AM

Love dem KH3D +KH2 + KHBBS graphics goin on XD

RikusDreams, Oct 22 2012 02:53 PM

This is awesome :3 Love this game