Nomura details Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix in Dengeki
posted on 10.11.12 at 12:05 AM EDT by (@sqexgal)
Series director talks Osaka team, development progress, and more.

Following up on our initial report yesterday, full details on Kingdom Hearts series director Testuya Nomura’s latest Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix interview have been posted online, courtesy of Sokuho@Hokanko. Unlike we originally reported, the interview is from this week’s Dengeki PlayStation, not Famitsu. Find our full summary below. And be sure to follow me at SQEX.info for more translations.

Osaka Team and Development

The plan to make Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix existed before the plan for Final Fantasy X HD. There was discussion with the Osaka team regarding, “Can’t we do something utilizing the PlayStation 3?”

One of the reasons Square Enix began development on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix is because the Kingdom Hearts series covers a number of platforms, and also by the 10th anniversary of the series, it’s hard for new players to enter into the series. It was difficult to make the high-definition version, but thanks to two programmers from the Osaka team, it was realized within a year or so. The programmers in charge of making the high-definition version are a group that includes members from the team who haven’t been involved in the Kingdom Hearts series until now. There are Kingdom Hearts staff on the Tokyo team, too, but the transfer has been intense. You could say that the existing staff of the series has been the basically unchanged lineup of the Osaka team. As long as we have them, the series will be able to continue.

Development on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix is in it’s final stages.

“I considered remaking Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days as a game,” said Nomura, “but since it would take over a year, I decided to make new works a priority and compile the necessary parts of Days as videos in the theater mode.”

It feels like 70 percent of the original Days game has been changed into video clips. The Disney worlds and such have been supplemented in text. There will be over 100 scenes that total at two to three hours of footage. The voices in the new recordings add considerable volume. You can choose to view the Days content immediately when the game starts.

Trophies, Controls, and Character Models

“There is trophy support,” said Nomura. “I personally don’t really have an inclination for the trophy function, so what sort of contents that unlock them are currently being decided on. Aside from things like clearing a world, they aren’t needed for things like first obtaining a Keyblade, so we are continuing to discuss it.”

The handling of the controls have been modified to be a bit easier compared to the previous method. Kingdom Hearts II was used as a base for implementing the camera functions and the action commands using the triangle button. There aren’t any particularly big elements added. “I want you to think of the HD version and trophy support as the changes,” said Nomura. Also, some of Sora and others’ modeling have been replaced with the latest version.

Other, smaller bits include:

  • There are no new secret movies.
  • He didn’t think about a bundle version.
  • “It’d be unnatural for there to be a 1.5 without a 2.5.”
  • The work is going into it’s final stages and the development is going well, so the plan is to release it as soon as possible in 2013.
  • “The official name of the Xehanort saga is the ‘Dark Seeker Saga’. I definitely want to prepare the HD versions before I ascertain the conclusion of this saga.”

Kingdom Hearts for PC Browser

Kingdom Hearts for PC Browser will be a typical browser game. ACT doesn’t have strong content, it has simple game play using cards. There are also multiplayer co-op elements, but it’s basically a single-player game. Development on the title was done somewhere else, and not within the Osaka team. It is a spin off title completely separate from the main thread of the storyline. As a proper browser game, it doesn’t contain major plot devices concerning the story.

“There will be a new character in it, but I can’t say whether it affects the main storyline,” said Nomura.

Separate Works

  • The final decision to putting The World Ends With You on iOS involved complicated reasons occurring simultaneously. “The World Ends With You was a personal favorite of mine,” said Nomura. “I want to expand this title, so I hope many people enjoy Solo Remix.”
  • “Concerning Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII,” I designed new costumes for Lightning and Snow, but my own work on the title is already finished.
  • “Work on Final Fantasy Versus XIII is continuing as planned. The staff are doing their best, so please wait for the follow up coming soon.”
  • Michael Garling

    This may explain why the title is Japan-only for the moment – so much new voicework required for Theatre Mode could be what is a little confronting to Square in terms of releasing it to an English-speaking market.

    Obviously, hardcore fans will be fine with just subtitles, but being a Disney game, that won’t do – the team has to cater to all potential markets, ages five and up, and said demographics may not even be able to read subtitles, let alone comprehend why all their favourite characters are talking moonspeak.

    I predict Square will either go with a lavish package late next year, which includes 1.5 and 2.5 content, and has all new voicework done where needed, or alternatively, a cheaper product which just includes the games that are available with English dubs.

    Don’t expect to see Theatre Mode released to the west with just subtitles though.

  • PrinceHeir

    man they really did a extra mile on this game :D

    3D Drem Drop Distance character models, Kingdom Hearts II camera, movie version of 358/2 etc.

    WOW JUST WOW.

    i may have to put Square along with Sega and SNK for the masters of HD Remasters(get it?)

    take notes Konami and Capcom!!!

    Kingdom Hearts 2.5 i am excited as hell for that!!!!!!!

    hopefully they’ll improve the character models(Sora is much older in this right??)

    and wow just finished Versus XIII so we can move to other new projects like using the engine of Agni’s Philosophy etc.

    • Anime10121

      He’s just a year older, and that character model is also in DDD, so they could technically use that one in that game too :P

      Oh and Vs. is using part of the engine that Agnis Philosophy demo was based upon, its called the Luminous engine :)

      • PrinceHeir

        but for some reason KHII he looks much older compared to DDD.

        i just want to finish Versus XIII and move on now! :

        • KurisuMakise

          You hardly see the KH2 model to be fair but yes, said model does look older vs DDD because DDD Sora =/= KH2 Sora specifically. Without getting into spoilers, they’re different for a reason. I too want them to finish Versus XIII and move on by the way. By move on I mean to KH3 and TWEWY 2. I’m hoping to grab Solo Mix sometime but my iPad purchase is a little while away yet. 

          • PrinceHeir

            ahh i see.

            guess i need to play DDD :)

            but i definitely need to restart the series, so finally i can understand what the hell is going on.

            • KurisuMakise

              Understanding KH is not too hard, I could easily help you out =]

              • PrinceHeir

                great :)

                will refer to you in the future ^^

  • Akira_Tenshi

    I hope it does a good job of making it all make sense. I have lost interest in KH it is on far to many platforms to keep up with it all. I would really like an update on FF X HD.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    “Concerning Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII,” I designed new costumes for Lightning and Snow, but my own work on the title is already finished.

    “Work on Final Fantasy Versus XIII is continuing as planned. The staff are doing their best, so please wait for the follow up coming soon.”

    Sounds to me that the Versus team is 100% still together as a team and Nomura has nothing to do with FF XIII-3 or KH HD Collection anymore which means he has free time to work on Versus so we probably won’t see Versus till E3 2013 or in May on the day of its 7 year anniversary when it was first announce.

  • FaithlessMr

    Super excited about this, I want to play KH Re:CoM! I loved the original GBA version, but I always wanted to try the PS2 vers. out.

  • abzdine

    cool i will buy it since i only played KH2 :) 
    Remix 2,5 will include KH2 and probably Birth by Sleep and 2-3 footage of KH: 3D if i follow the logic of 1,5 :) 

    And.. and..and if there is 2,5 that means there……will…………be…a…………………..3 ????????? 

  • http://twitter.com/NoctisFNCvsXIII Eli Shelton

    I would like to see Versus XIII development as solid at it is if i want get this game for my phat PS3 60GB.

  • LordKaiser

    Hope the HD remasters are the Final Mix versions and that we get those.