Last month, Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts I.5 HD ReMIX, an HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, and cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. However, series director Tetsuya Nomura has teased that there may be more HD re-releases on the way.
When asked by Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu if there would eventually be an HD edition of Kingdom Hearts II, originally released in 2005 for PlayStation 2, Nomura responded with, “It’d be unusual if there wasn’t.”
Nomura also revealed new details about Kingdom Hearts I.5 HD ReMIX. In addition to remastering the games’ visuals, the team at Square Enix has replaced many character models, such as Sora’s, with equivalents seen in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Regarding 358/2 Days‘ representation in the collection being relegated to just cutscenes, Nomura stated that the team originally planned to completely remake the Nintendo DS title, but due to time restraints, it was forced to simply enhance the game’s pre-existing cutscenes. To make up for this, however, the team is also working on recreating scenes originally only represented in-game with text.
Kingdom Hearts I.5 HD ReMIX is set for release in 2013 exclusively for PlayStation 3. A release outside of Japan has yet to be announced. Be sure to read our review of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance here, and let us know in the comments section below if you plan on replaying the earliest two Kingdom Hearts titles.