In news that should surprise nobody, Square Enix has officially announced Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMIX for global launch in 2014. As predicted, the HD remaster collection will include Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and a cinematic compilation from Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded and be available on the PlayStation 3. Square Enix unveiled the game with a brief trailer showcasing the game’s improved visuals.
With Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX already surpassing 600,000 units worldwide in, it is safe to say that audiences still crave the dream collaboration between Disney and Square Enix. With 2.5 containing arguably two of the best games in the series in KH2 and Birth By Sleep, I expect this collection to surpass the success of its predecessor.
Kingdom Hearts II ironed out much of the original’s wonky mechanics including collecting experience bubbles, a very friendly camera system and vast improvements to the Gummi Ship. Birth By Sleep is the title I’m curious about the most because it was launched at a time where I had lost interest in the PSP and chose not to invest in the title, despite its near universal acclaim. Lastly, I doubt the cell phone turned handheld gameplay of Re:Coded will be missed much but I still question the usefulness of cinematic compilations.
With Square Enix slowly churning out HD collections of their biggest games from the PS2 era, only time will tell if other games will get the treatment. But so long as Square Enix takes the time to give their legacy franchises the love and appreciation they deserve, these collections will continue to be a goldmine.