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HD 1.5 ReMIX appears in October 11 Dengeki (w/ Nomura interview)


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The latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation, releasing on October 11, 2012, has contained an interview with Tetsuya Nomura discussing Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-, with mention of Kingdom Hearts for PC Browsers. Details of this article are starting to appear on gamenyarth and hokanko-alt, and translations have appeared thanks to sqexgal [original translation] and our translator goldpanner [original translation]. All new details revealed can be seen below.

Update 1: hokanko-alt have published a more detailed summary of this interview, and our translator goldpanner has translated it. You can read the full translation here, or check out our updated summary below.

Update 2: Just a minor correction-- we originally reported that this interview was from Famitsu Weekly, however, the interview is actually from Dengeki PlayStation.

Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX

- Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- development was planned even before Final Fantasy X HD was announced on September 13, 2011, prior to Tokyo Game Show 2011. This means that Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- development has been planned for over a year. Square Enix's Osaka team was consulted over whether they could do something to make best use of the PS3's performance.

- Actual development was kickstarted because the Kingdom Hearts series had been spread over several consoles, and secondly, by the series' 10th anniversary, it had become difficult for new gamers to join in.

- HD remastering was very difficult, but two great programmers from Square Enix's Osaka team spent close to a year on this, allowing it to come to fruition. Square Enix's Osaka team are the team responsible for Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance].

- The Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- trailer from Tokyo Game Show 2012 was released thanks to the Osaka team. The programmers that handled the HD remastering were merged in from a team that hadn't been involved in the Kingdom Hearts series up until now.

- There are Kingdom Hearts staff in the Square Enix's Tokyo team too, but there have been drastic changes. You could say that the basically unchanging lineup of the Osaka team forms the true present staff for the series. The series is able to continue because of them.

- The remade HD cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days total in at about two to three hours of footage, according to Nomura.

- Nomura thought about perhaps remaking 358/2 Days as a game, but it would have taken over a years so he decided to give priority to the new title and instead have 358/2 Days, necessary for inclusion, as a video volume.

- You don't have to play through the games in order to unlock 358/2 Days' video volume. You can select to watch 358/2 Days straight after starting the game.

- Some of Sora and the other's models have been replaced with the latest ones.

- The camera function for Kingdom Hearts has been modified to be more similar to Kingdom Hearts II's system.

- There is PlayStation 3 trophy support. Nomura himself hasn't had much to do with the trophy feature, so he is still researching now as to what sort of content to include. Discussion over whether or not you'd need them for clearing worlds and first obtaining Keyblades and such is still underway.

- The game controls have been adjusted a little to make them easier to use than they had been. Special commands display for the △ button, and camera controls have been made closer to the base ones in Kingdom Hearts II. There aren't really any big additions. He'd like you to think of HD remastering and trophy support as all the additional components.

- There will not be a new secret movie.

- Nomura hasn't thought about making a bundle edition.

- It would be unnatural to make Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-, but not Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-.

- Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-'s development is basically in its final stages. Development is doing well, so Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- is planned for release in 2013. Nomura wants to deliver as soon as possible.

Kingdom Hearts for PC Browsers

- Kingdom Hearts for PC Browsers will be a typical browser game. Controls will be simple and using cards, with the content not strongly action-oriented. Co-operating with several people is also a feature, however, the game is fundamentally for one person.

- Development is not done by Square Enix's Osaka team, it is done somewhere else.

- It will be a spin-off title, completely removed from the story of the main series. Due to the nature of a browser game, they couldn't put in any grand set up for the story.

- There are new characters, but Nomura won't say whether or not they will be involved in the main series.

Update 3: Dengeki Online have mentioned this article, and with it, uploaded a small scan. Unfortunately, it looks like all included screenshots have been previously released by Famitsu Weekly.

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huh so if it's in the final stages it should get an early 2013 release like in March or maybe before then, and I hope they still keep the secret movie from Kingdom Hearts in it at least!!!

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If there is a kh2.5, I will die if I do not get to see the HD secret ending in HD on a device that can give it justice. Six years, and youtube still hasn't done it justice. Unless he means a secret ending for kh3, in which case I will be equally upset.

 

So there will be about 150 minutes of movies for days, and 100 total cutscenes. That gives each cutscene about a minute and a half, which is a nice bite sized video.

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Damn, a whole year working on 1.5? Maybe Japan can expect it early next year. 030!

1-2 hrs worth of Days scenes?? I better see plenty of Riku, Naminé, and DiZ in that glorious HD. = ω =

And no secret movie? BOOOoooooooo! ToT

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Yeah! 2-3 Hours worth of footage of Day 358! I'm only excited since the cut scenes on the DS were mediocre.

Well, at least he confirmed that there's no secret ending >.> but I'm really happy that he's doing interviews and giving out information instead of leaving us in the gloom. Can't wait what else he'll tell us in the interview!!

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Just throw us a bone about the international release, dammit D:

 

Not surprised there's no secret movie. What would it be about anyway? Trailer for 2.5? Something that hints at KH3 doesn't seem right for a collection of mostly "early" KH games.

Glad they addressed the camera issues btw.

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If there is a kh2.5, I will die if I do not get to see the HD secret ending in HD on a device that can give it justice. Six years, and youtube still hasn't done it justice. Unless he means a secret ending for kh3, in which case I will be equally upset.

 

So there will be about 150 minutes of movies for days, and 100 total cutscenes. That gives each cutscene about a minute and a half, which is a nice bite sized video.

 

 

150 minutes, 1.5 remix o_O nomura!!!

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Kingdom Hearts for PC Browsers

- It will be a spin-off title, completely removed from the story of the main series. Due to the nature of a browser game, they couldn't put in any grand set up for the story.

 

 

The series' first official spin-off.

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so he confirms a kh 2 remake (2.5 more likely), 1.5 is in its final stages so a early 2013 release is likely, 2 to 3 hours of footage for days???...awesome which means they re did some text only scenes and chances are 2.5 may already be in its early stages

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yeah people need to realize the only spin offs in the series is KH mobile and this pc browser

 

already calling it 1.5 (2013), 2.5 (2014), 3 (2015-2016)

 

 

did you not read the interview? its been in development since 2011 and is in its final stages it will release in 2013 there is no maybe of that

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Technically, but since they're individual scenes it might be kind of funky and not flow very smoothly...like it might be split up into awkward pieces. If the whole thing is just a single video, and plays like a movie, that would just be fcking amazing. I hope it's like that.

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did you not read the interview? its been in development since 2011 and is in its final stages it will release in 2013 there is no maybe of that

 

......No duh? .-.?

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......No duh? .-.?

 

 

well? lol sorry it just seemed like you didn't think there was a chance for a 2013 release, sorry I saw the maybe in your post and mis read it I guess my bad

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