Thursday, September 20, 2012

Why Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is a good sign of things to come.

Those who know me, know that I am obsessed with this game series, and if you have played it, you know why. Engaging characters, fascinating storylines (though they can be muddled), and a childlike sense of wonder thanks to the Disney worlds and their accurate portrayals... well, minus the humor. Square Enix butchers the classic jokes from the original movies.... just butchers...

The problem over the last few years is that Square Enix has been dangling a distant "Kingdom Hearts 3" carrot over people's head, constantly remind them that it is coming... after some other games they make. After this last game, they told us that the next new game in the series would be the fabled Kingdom Hearts 3... and they didn't lie. The next NEW game... now they are re-releasing the originals in HD.

I actually could tell this was coming, and I am quite happy. I'd like them all put on one system to make things simpler, though still not that simpler. They are putting Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix (The Japanese extended cut of the first game) and Re:Chain of Memories (The 3D Graphics remake of the GameBoy Advance game) on the disk, as well as remastering all the cutscenes from 358/2 Days (The DS game with the weirdest name in the series so far, just beating out Dream Drop Distance). Some may be confused about why they are not putting the whole 358/2 Days game in the remix, but to me... it now only makes sense, but it tells me about the future of the series.

That's right... I'm psychic now. Observe:

Kingdom Hearts 1 and Re:Chain were both PS2 games, and upgrading their visuals would not be as difficult as 358/2 Days' visuals would be to convert. 358/2 Days graphics were designed for the DS, and are of far worse quality. In addition to working out the graphics, they have to revise the gameplay since it included touch screen gaming. Because they don't want to spend the time on this, it tells me two things.

The first thing is that there will be a Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX if the first ReMIX sells well. It also means the will have Kingdom Hearts 2: Final Mix and Birth By Sleep: Final Mix on the disk remastered, because they have PS2 level graphics. Meanwhile, they will remaster the cutscenes from Re:Coded for the DS. More than likely, they won't include Dream Drop Distance. The game uses the touch screen alot, so it would require more time to reprogram. They might could include the cutscenes, but since Dream Drop Distance is a new release, they may not want to hurt it's 3DS sales. That one is up in the air at the moment.

The second thing I can see is that because they are trying to put out these remixes quickly, they are getting ready to unveil Kingdom Hearts 3 on the PS3. This way they can have the entire story on one console, similar to how God of War did.

So good news, Kingdom Hearts fans! The wait is about over!


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