Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Logo KHIIHD.png
キングダム ハーツ HD2.5リミックス
Kingudamu Hātsu HD 2.5 Rimikkusu
Developer(s) Square Enix
Publisher(s) Japan Square Enix
Release date(s) Japan October 2nd, 2014
Flag of the United States.png/Flag of Canada.png December 2nd, 2014[1]
Europe December 5th, 2014[1]
Flag of Australia.png December 4th, 2014
Genre Console action role-playing game
Game modes Single player
Ratings CERO: A
ESRB: E10+
PEGI: 12+
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
"An Unforgettable Journey."
—Tagline

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, stylized as Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX, is a compilation of various games from the Kingdom Hearts series that have been fully remastered in HD. It is a follow-up to Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and includes remastered versions of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix. It also features a collection of HD cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[2]. The release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX marks the first time Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix have been available outside of Japan.

The ending credits features scenes from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and the E3 2013 announcement trailer for Kingdom Hearts III.

Changes[edit]

Changes to all three games include support for various video outputs (480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p) and audio output supported in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and DTS Digital Surround 5.1. There is now PlayStation 3 trophy support and an unlockable PlayStation 3 theme for each title. In addition, English dialogue to all cutscenes in Theater Mode are available in the Japanese release. Textures were updated, and the music was remastered.

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix[edit]

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix features remastered graphics and a completely re-orchestrated soundtrack. All cutscenes, including those that were created for the original Japanese version of the game, are voiced in English. The Absent Silhouettes and their respective Replica Data now use English grunts, laughs, and battle cries, while Roxas's have received more drastic changes to incorporate those of his Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days incarnation, and even some of Ventus's from Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix features HD graphics, and its controls were adjusted for the game's transition from the PlayStation Portable to the PlayStation 3. For instance, the camera can be controlled using the right analog stick, rather than L and R. The various environments the player visits over the course of the game are more detailed in appearance, and new sound effects were added to these areas, as well.

In the final cutscene in Terra's scenario, the Lingering Will sprouts a cape to maintain continuity between Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix and its later appearance in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. The Mirage Arena no longer has multiplayer capabilities; to compensate for this, the events and battles it hosts are more difficult, and additional challenges are featured, as well. While the entire soundtrack of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix was re-orchestrated, only the pieces "Keyblade Graveyard," "Dismiss," and "It's a Small World" were re-orchestrated for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded was featured as over three hours of fully voiced, high definition cutscenes. In addition, it includes character reports. Unlike Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded features cutscenes from the Disney worlds, as well as battle scenes, and narration by Mickey. Cutscenes were added to better understand the Kingdom Hearts series, including one to connect to Kingdom Hearts χ. An additional secret ending, titled A Will That Is Passed On, was added to connect to the events of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

Development[edit]

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX was first hinted at during the ending credits of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, as they contain footage from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. In October of 2013, Tetsuya Nomura said that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will contain more graphical improvements than Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX.[3] In December of 2013, Nomura also said that due to Kingdom Hearts Re:coded being shorter than Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, new scenes featuring events that took place in Disney worlds and during battles were added. In addition, new scenes connecting Kingdom Hearts Re:coded and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance have been included. Nomura lastly stated that development of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX was faster than that of its predecessor because the team that developed Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX had established a system for making games in HD.[4] As of March, 2014, all lines in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX had been recorded.[5] In an interview with Famitsu Weekly in April of 2014, Shinji Hashimoto stated that the additional cutscenes had also been completed and the game was nearing its final stage of development.[6]

On June 5, 2014, Square Enix announced the release dates for the Japanese, European, and North American versions of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Along with this announcement came a new trailer for the game compilation that was featured at E3 2014. Announcement of an Ultimania dealing with the entire Kingdom Hearts series would be sold with the game[7], and an official soundtrack was to be released, as well[8]. On June 6, 2014, Square Enix France released a ten-minute video featuring gameplay from both Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix from the HD compilation. In an interview during E3 2014 on June 10, 2014, Tai Yasue said that the development of the compilation was far easier than the development of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, that the Kingdom Hearts Re:coded cutscenes extended to three hours (two of which were completely new), and that the Mirage Arena in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix would not have multiplayer capabilities. Following this bit of news, Yasue said the Mirage Arena had been tweaked to be more enjoyable as a single-player arena.[9] On June 12, 2014, Tai Yasue confirmed in an interview with IGN that there would be new secret cutscenes in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded that would relate to the previous games in the Kingdom Hearts series, as well as to Kingdom Hearts III.[citation needed] Yasue also mentioned during E3 2014 that over ninety instrumental tracks in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX had been reorchestrated in Boston. The Video Game Orchestra and its recording division, SoundtRec Boston, confirmed this on June 13, 2014 via Facebook.[10]

Special Editions[edit]

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will have special editions releases that will differ from the retail edition of the game.

Japanese releases of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will have two different collector edition of the game only available through the Square Enix eshop. The first is a "KINGDOM HEARTS Starter Pack HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX", that will contain both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. The second is the "KINGDOM HEARTS Collectors Pack HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX" that will contain both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, a Blu-ray Music Disc containing tracks from the series, and an artwork booklet. Both will have the option to included a Play Arts Kai of Sora in his Limit Form.[citation needed] Purchasing the game from Amazon.co.jp comes with a downloadable PlayStation 3 theme.

The announcement poster for the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Limited Edition pack

On July 24, Square Enix announced a pre-order bonus for the international releases of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX via the Kingdom Hearts Facebook page. By pre-ordering, one would receive a free, automatic upgrade to the Limited Edition, which would include a Disney Parks Pin Trading Collectible pin featuring Sora and Mickey.[11]

On November 5, Square Enix announced a Collector's Edition of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX for the United States, United Kingdom, and France. The collector's edition includes a 9.4-inch Shadow plush toy, 30-page hardcover artbook with dust jacket, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, along with a special steelbook to house the two game discs, and the Disney collectors pin. The Collector's Edition is only available through Square Enix's online store.[12]

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