It was revealed that the original data for Kingdom Hearts was lost entirely and had to be rebuilt from scratch. Now, the wildly popular Disney/Square Enix combo is coming back to North America in a little over one month. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX isn’t just a game, but a collection. It features full, high-definition graphics and includes three of the series’ biggest titles: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Re:Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
Before its inclusion in this collection, Final Mix was never made available outside of Japan. If you’re not aware of the details for Final Mix, it’s actually its own retelling of the first game with some extra features. New scenes and clarified plot points as well as moments of foreshadow for the next game were added. Then there were new weapons, abilities, music and enemies added to Final Mix. Including the final version of the game that started it all is great way to begin this new adventure, especially since many of us have never had the opportunity to play it. The HD version included in ReMIX has trophy support and reorganized controls and camera.
Re: Chain of Memories, also a remake, is fully playable in ReMIX. A card-based game originally for the GBA, it was remade for PlayStation 2 and featured 3D models replacing the sprite graphics. It featured voice-acting, new battles and cutscenes not available for GBA. In the ReMIX version, high-def graphics and trophy support make this remake of a remake a crisper game to replay. This is also the first time Re: Chain of Memories will be available to European and Australian fans.
The third inclusion to ReMIX is a cinematic story using scenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2. It lasts longer than most films with a running time of 2 hours and 50 minutes. The game was released for the DS in 2009 and even though it’s the most recent installment of the three it is still receiving the HD make-over. New voice work and trophy support are included. The original plan was to have this remake made playable as well, but it probably would have cost more for the team and customers if they had gone through with it. Either way, it will still be an enjoyable experience to watch your favorite characters in HD.
Since Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX has been available in Japan since March, there are already reviews — many of which are positive. It is a PlayStation 3 exclusive, for now, and will be available in North America on September 10, followed by a release in Europe and Australia. The price is set at $39.99 which is essentially twenty dollars per game, a nice value considering you’re getting two popular, revamped high quality titles plus a movie. And if you pre-order now, you can receive a limited edition artbook featuring concept art and character designs. Hopefully ReMIX proves a success so we may get to enjoy HD remakes of the other titles in the series.