Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix is a reissue of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep for the Sony Playstation Portable (PSP). Most plot and gameplay elements are the same, and the game also includes the features added to the North American and European versions of the game. Much like its predecessors, Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix combines English voice-overs with Japanese text and controls.
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix was officially confirmed for release on September 14, 2010, a week after the North American release of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. It was first announced in the September 13 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. The game was released on January 20, 2011.
The game was remastered in HD and released outside of Japan for the first time as part of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX on PlayStation 3, and later Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Tetsuya Nomura was questioned during an interview in early 2010 if Birth by Sleep would receive the Final Mix treatment like Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II before it. Nomura answered that he was interested, particularly citing his affinity for the English voice cast and their work on the English dub. However, he also voiced concern that the main reason Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix sold as well as it did was because it was part of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +, a privelege this game would not receive, so he and the team would continue to debate the topic.
In September of that year, Square Enix announced that Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Final Mix would release in Japan on January 20, 2011. As per tradition, the game's primary language dub was English with Japanese subtitles, and includes the content added in the international release alongside more new content.
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