Last year, Square Enix announced a high-definition port of past Kingdom Hearts games titled Kingdom Hearts I.5 HD ReMIX for PlayStation 3. While the collection will be released in Japan this March, an overseas release has yet to be announced. However, if one of the series’ voice actors is to be believed, it may be releasing outside of Japan after all.
Earlier today, pop singer Jesse McCartney – the voice actor of Kingdom Hearts character Roxas since Kingdom Hearts II‘s English release in 2006 – tweeted the following messages from his personal Twitter account before deleting them.
For all you “Kingdom Hearts” Fans. Recording the next chapter!#KingdomHearts #Roxas #Gamers
Battle sounds! Haha! #KingdomHearts
While McCartney’s messages don’t specifically reference Kingdom Hearts I.5 HD ReMIX, each tweet linked to a photo and video, respectively, that each included him recording in a studio, with screens in the background showing the HD film of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days that is included in I.5 HD ReMIX. As of late, Kingdom Hearts games typically haven’t taken long to reach western territories after their Japanese launches; given that the majority of content in I.5 HD ReMIX already exists in English sans the extra scenes from 358/2 Days, a localization of the collection shouldn’t take Square Enix long to localize and release, which means the collection could be released in other countries by the end of this summer if it is indeed being localized.
Kingdom Hearts I.5 HD ReMIX is a PlayStation 3 collection of the PlayStation 2 action RPGs Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, as well as remade cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days for Nintendo DS. The collection features improved controls over the original versions, as well as trophy support and improved visuals, with many models being replaced by their counterparts from last year’s Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. The game is set for a Japanese release on March 14.