Nomura talks Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix development
posted on 10.10.12 at 12:07 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Versus XIII tidbit: please wait for a followup report.

Following last week’s report, Famitsu Dengeki PlayStation has an interview this week with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura.

According to Nomura, development on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, Square Enix’s upcoming HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories announced at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, was decided before Final Fantasy X HD, which has kept quiet since its Tokyo Game Show 2011 announcement.

The high-definition work on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix was made possible by the great efforts of two programmers from Square Enix’s Osaka team over the course of a year. The Osaka team is basically unchanged, and it’s thanks to them that Kingdom Hearts has continued to progress. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix‘s development is in its final stages.

In addition to two games, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix also includes high-definition cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. This totals in at about two to three hours of footage, according to Nomura.

Back to the games, camera function has been modified to be based on Kingdom Hearts II‘s. And don’t expect a secret movie when you beat them. Nomura says there won’t be one.

Touching upon a few separate works, Nomura said:

  • The World Ends With You is a personal favorite. He wants to broaden it, but right now hopes that people can enjoy the iOS version.
  • His work on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is finished. He drew the costumes for Lightning and Snow.
  • Final Fantasy Versus XIII development is progressing, so please wait for a followup report.

Thanks, Game Nyarth.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    So they delayed FF X HD for this Kingdom Hearts collection probably a good decision, Versus is progressing? >:( and Kingdom Hearts HD collection is in its final stages so it looks like a May release in Japan and July or August release for America.

    • Anime10121

       Nah, they didnt delay FFX HD for the KH collection, as they are being made by two different teams.  FFX HD is being done by Toriyama’s and Kitase’s XIII team, whereas the KH collection is being done by the Osaka team that’s worked on BBS, re:Coded, and DDD.  X HD is more than likely not done because Wada wants the team to focus on getting Lightning Returns out, especially since they plan to have it out next year, rather than X HD, which they can release anytime.

  • Aditya Dharma

     “Final Fantasy Versus XIII development is progressing, so please wait another year for a followup report.”
    FIXED!

  • Kurai Warrior

    LOL Versus is progressing. Nomura even you need to just learn to keep your mouth shut at this point. 

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Why?He wants to show us,focus your anger on the higher ups

      • Kurai Warrior

        Yeah but telling us to wait over and over and over isn’t helping, just hush until those higher ups actually DO let him show something. 

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Id prefer he keep giving little tidbits

          • Kurai Warrior

            These aren’t tidbits. It’s just the same “please wait longer” sentence over and over and over. I’d honestly rather hear nothing at all until he finally says, “We have something planned to show for this date”

            • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

              Well sir/mam I disagree in this case!

        • Anime10121

           He’s not “trying” to say the same thing over and over, interviewers just keep asking the same questions when he cant talk about the game yet (likely until the Lightning Saga is over and done with).

    • http://twitter.com/StarNox70 Nicole DeCambre

       I think the real issue here is Nomura’s limited vocabulary. How long have we been hearing, “Development’s progressing smoothly”?

  • vertical09

    They were working on KH HD before FFX HD?
    Then why didn’t they just keep quiet about FFX HD like they did for KH until it was close to finished =P

    I’m happy with what they’re doing with the KH collection though~ Can’t wait for it. 

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      They don’t know how to announce things proper since 2006 ;)

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        Whats your PSN?

  • new_tradition

    Whooo! If KH 1.5 is almost done, then it might come out by summer for NA/EU then. Awesome =D

    (too bad about no secret movie. Hi-Def version of Deep Dive would make me drool *_*)

    So Snow *is* going to be in LR? Neat. Hope they actually explain how he got the l’Cie mark again. I wonder what Nomura drew for them. I know someone else did Lightning’s “Valkyrie” outfit, so curious to see what he’ll come up for her…

    Confirmed info that they’re working on Versus should hopefully quell some of the more obnoxious fanboiz. Though I personally never doubted it’s being worked on.

    lol, I just realized Nomura really does a lot of work for many of the S-E games. Imagine the day he takes a vacation. Maybe after KH3 is out he’ll disappear for a year or something, lol.

    • Anime10121

       I guarantee you it’ll still have Deep Dive, what he means is that it wont have a secret movie for the next “real game” in the series i.e.3.

    • PrinceHeir

      i think they’ll keep the original movies.

      just as @Anime10121:disqus said, there’s no secret movie since this is not a new game etc.

      i bet they’ll tease us for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bladez0fDr4v3n Sae-Won Yoon

    NO. JUST NO.

    I am not getting hyped again for another Versus XIII info tease, I swear to FUCKING god, There’s only so much teasing I can take.

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………TT_______________TT I’ll wait for that followup report, Nomura.

    I’ll always be waiting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/atlans89 Gale Glory

    Nice report. But SE announced KH HD 1.5 is JP only, didn’t they?

    • new_tradition

      They said that for other games that did eventually come over, so it currently being Japan-only isn’t a lie, but it’s not the absolute state of things *rubs chin*

      • koulou

        especially when FF type-0 or lord of apocalypse (PSP/Vita) still has no news for western release:P

        • Anime10121

           Type 0 is on a dead platform in the west and Lord of Apocalypse is on a dead platform/new platform thats not doing much better ( I mean honestly, the PSP still beats the thing in sales world wide, and thats only because PSP still does ok in Japan).

          Ive said it before and I’ll say it again, the ONLY way we’ll see Type 0 is if its remastered for PS3, and even then, they may decide not to bring it over because crybabies would want it for discount, since its a “PSP game with graphix that are the suxorz”.

    • Anime10121

      They said “Right now KH HD 1.5 Remix is for JP only”.  They ALWAYS say that with all of their releases (except for Final Fantasy titles) until they announce them for the west.  Square unfortunately works on their own terms, and not ours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    “Final Fantasy Versus XIII development is progressing, so please wait for a followup report.” This has been the longest NOW LOADING bar ever created… Nomura = The Human Loading Bar. PLEASE WAIT …. PLEASE WAIT…. PLEASE WAIT .. 7 years latter .. PLEASE WAIT.

    • Gaara D.Dragon

      Was FF Versus ever meant to be released sooner ?

      Square has always had games that were released exactly at the end of every generation like FF IX and FF XII. Which just like Versus, were very different from every previous FF game.

      I mean Square never really broke a deadline or anything with Versus, they announced a project that was radically different and they expected to see reactions. It got really hyped, so they succeeded in a way.

      It is logical they kept this game as their trump card like IX and XII and not make it intervene with their FF XIV revival attempt.

    • Lele Mett

      Oh stop whining. You don’t know what the guy is going through. He going to make you a great game. The least you could do is wiat. I mean really…do you know how long it takes to make the game? Do you how much money it cost to make a game? That guy probably has so much crap to do, he can’t even take a break. Your gonna buy the game anyway.

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish mdemolish

    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is finished
    So Time to start Fantasy Versus XIII :)

    • Anime10121

       Dont get excited, he says HIS work on Lightning Returns is finished, which basically consists of the character designs of Light and Snow.  The character designs for Versus are past the starting point, as they are also already complete, the game, not so much :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbosak1 Christopher A. Bosak

    Get your SHIZZ together Square-Enix. 

    You failsauce excuses are and have been boring me. I want my “Final Fantasy Versus XIII” please finish the game, and show us more updated gameplay and all. 
    In the meantime i’ll get back to playing “Tales of Vesperia” for PS3. Since my import just arrived in the Mail today. Time to kick ass as Patty Fleur, and go fighting in the Bonus dungeons. 

  • PrinceHeir

    come on now Nomura!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=758217924 Deniz Wegener

     I hope that it will also come to Europe once. Not that it is. Like Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver PS3 JPN Japan only comes out. I mean, who would earn a lot of money and the gamers would buy it in any case. I personally would buy a bersondere version of it, if there was one of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=758217924 Deniz Wegener

     I hope that it will also come to Europe once. Not that it is. Like Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver PS3 JPN Japan only comes out. I mean, who would earn a lot of money and the gamers would buy it in any case. I personally would buy a bersondere version of it, if there was one of them.

  • http://twitter.com/alexandreviera_ Alexandre Vieira

    Who knows of his whereabouts, please let us informed?