Nomura teases Kingdom Hearts II HD
posted on 10.02.12 at 10:28 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix uses Kingdom Hearts 3D models.

Square Enix announced high-definition versions of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories for PlayStation 3 via Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix at the Tokyo Game Show last month. But what about Kingdom Hearts II? Famitsu interviewed series director Tetsuya Nomura this week and inquired the same.

“Is there gonna be a high-definition version of Kingdom Hearts II later?” asked Famitsu.

“It’d be unusual if there wasn’t,” Nomura replied with a smile.

Nomura also shared new details on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix. Sora and the other character models for Kingdom Hearts have been replaced with character models from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. And play operation is closer to Kingdom Hearts II. Regarding the Theater Mode, 70 percent are mainly old scenes made to be new cutscenes with voice.

“I’m happy to be restarting this title,” said Nomura. Or, literally, “If this title becomes a restart, I’m happy.”

Other details include:

  • The screen ratio and gauge placement have also been revised.
  • Nomura thought of doing a full remake for 358/2 Days (our source wrote Re: Chain of Memories, but I think that’s a typo), but since it was too late to start work on a new title, it was done in the form of Theater mode.
  • The series so far has been scattered on various hardware, by the time new fans came to know Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II was already out.
  • “I figured since there were people who had a hard time keeping up with the sequels, we had to start from the beginning with Kingdom Hearts HD,” said Nomura.
  • “I also thought that familiar fans might make new discoveries seeing everything in chronological order with the sequels side by side.”

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  • SirAuron14

    now what about FFX HD WTF

  • vertical09

    Not surprised. It would’ve be stupid of them to not release the second half of the series.

  • Updated with some new info on KH1.5HD.

  • xMCXx

    So, this will be KH HD 2.0 with KH2 and Birth by Sleep or what?!

  • 2.5 with Final Mix for both KH2 and KH: BBS -> Yay!!! But then “JP Only”….. 

  • LordKaiser

    I and II +COM on a single package in USA plz.

  • Duc PC-QB

    KH2 + KH BBS + KH3D for PS3 and Vita

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Us announcement now!!!!!

  • More details added.

    • whiteferrero

      “Nomura thought of doing a full remake for Re: Chain of Memories, but since it was too late to start work on a new title, it was done in the form of Theater mode.” Err. just to clarify. don’t you mean 300 something days – coz that’s the one that’s theater only right?

      • Oh, sorry. Game Nyarth wrote Re: CoM, so I typed that. But I think it’s a typo on their part. Updated the post and made note.

  • Henry Baron

     “Nomura thought of doing a full remake for Re: Chain of Memories, but since it was too late to start work on a new title, it was done in the form of Theater mode.”

    You mean “358/2 Days,” right?

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Here is how I see it. They will announce Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix PS3 only for America & Europe and probably release it July, August, or September of 2013 next year. Then at TGS 2013 they will announce Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix PS3 only for 2014 and it will have Kingdom Hearts 2, BBS, Re: Coded & DDD.

    • whiteferrero

      So it means no KH 3 until 2015? :D

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        Yeah pretty much if Versus can get hell out of development and release in 2014.

      • Devoted

         Most likely….

        My question is: end of life PS3 title or Next gen launch? With all of these collections, end of life would make sense… but as a launch window title, that would get my interest for next gen WAY up there…

    • Dean Winchester

      My prediction….none of the KH HD ports will see the light of day outside of JPN.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Versus needs to be out in like 6 months >:

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        Probably won’t since they probably going to wait and show it sometime next year or else Shinji Hashimoto lied about “look forward to it next year.”

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Yeah,all I know is Im mad its being ignored,they owe me.

          • HeatPhoenix

            I don’t like Square, FF or KH but…


            • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

              was a joke,my goodness.

              • HeatPhoenix

                Congrats! Me too!

      • Gaara D.Dragon

        Versus will be released at the end of this generation just like FF IX and XII were. It’s fairly obvious. You (and many like you in other forums) don’t need to bring it up in every single Square thread.

        • Don’t get your hopes up.

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Umm sorry but,no I wil bring it up whenever I please.It is relevant in this case as Versus 13 is delaying kingdom hearts 3.If you have a problem with people bringing it up Ignore them.

          • KurisuMakise

            I understand your frustration King. I’d like to see KH3 before the end of the gen but it seems Square Enix is grooming the Sony base by getting all the games onto one platform before they release 3 (also stalling for the main team). If we see it, looks like it’ll be PS4 at that point or PS3/4 like how DQX is Wii/Wii U. If Sony was smart, they’d send some money to Square Enix like they did for FFX HD and get it on the Remasters on Vita also.

            • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

              Sony payed for ffx hd?

              But I do agree that sony should jump in and help,I mean they have amazing teams that could help fine tune stuff.

              At least if KH3 is on ps4 it will be very very pretty

              • KurisuMakise

                The “money” is reference to the Vita version of FFX HD, which can probably only hold FFX HD. As for Sony helping, Bluepoint does requests, no need to ask Sony to ask them.

  • Savarius

    I think Japan will probably get 1.5 and 2.5 remixes made, then the west will just get a Kingdom Hearts HD collection with all of it in one bundle.

    • new_tradition

      LOL, could you imagine what the pricetag would be on a huge HD compilation? Though I’d still buy it :P

      • Savarius

        Well it wouldn’t be as expensive as the Final Fantasy collection, And with how they seem to be going about the DS versions, by just making and HD Theatre mode for them It would really be a collection of 4 games KH1, Re:COM, KH2, BBS.
        So not much more expensive than say, the Metal Gear HD collection, at least hopefully :D

        • KurisuMakise

          I’m honestly hoping KH2.5 ReMix is KH2FM, BBS FM and KH3DFM, with Re: Coded in Theatre Mode. Regardless, I’m happy Square Enix is doing the Remasters in-house, even if they’re moving a bit slow. Any reason why FFX is just FFX HD and not FFX and FFX-2? 

          • Savarius

            Yeah getting all the final mix versions would be very nice. Although the west generally gets improved versions of the games anyway, though still not as much as final mix.

            Take BBS for example the final mix version from our point of view added a single boss and a couple of Colosseum rounds, because from what I can remember (and I am not sure if this is correct I haven’t looked it up in ages) I don’t think that the jap version had Vanitas’ remnant or the Mysterious Figure in them, or you didn’t get a keyblade from one of them.

            And as for the reason I think we will get a complete HD collection is simply because the west tends to like full compilations, whereas japan seems to like serialized releases or individual releases. For example Coded was originally a several part mobile game, and as further example Japan had the Metroid Prime Wii ports released as individual games and the west got Metroid Trilogy

            And for the FFX remake it could be as simple as the size of the game, it is probably too much work to be working on multiple HD remakes when they are trying to get so many other games finished. (I am looking at you Versus XIII).

    • LordKaiser

       I was thinking the same.

  • PrinceHeir

    i might get flamed for this, but i think a Wii U Collection would be nice too you know :P

    “Nomura also shared new details on Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. Sora and the other character models for Kingdom Hearts have been replaced with character models from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. And play operation is closer toKingdom Hearts II. Regarding the Theater Mode, 70 percent are mainly old scenes made to be new cutscenes with voice.”

    awesome stuff!!!!!!

    but you know what?

    i always wondered why they never used the KH2 model.

    Sora looks mature there, plus his attire is cool :P

    even Dread Drop Distance(which supposed to take place after II?) Sora reverts back to his old self.

    why?? “=

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      The age is different from kh2/then in kh1

      also,I support exclusives so Id prefer it stay that way.

      • GetOffMy_Lawn

        I, too, support exclusives. 
        But Kingdom Hearts is not a Sony exclusive. There are four games on Sony consoles, and four games on Nintendo consoles. 

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Oh I know,I wouldnt be particularly bothered if it was on the wuu as well.

    • Savarius

      I heard a rumor about a Wii U HD collection for Kingdom Hearts before this came along. So I hope it turns out to be true.

      • PrinceHeir

        that would be cool :D

  • hope this collection makes it way to the vita too. it would be nice to have cross-play.

  • Alos88

    Don’t worry, we’ll get this for sure, Final Mix version or not.

  • Devoted

    I honestly don’t know but… has anyone asked him about a western release?

    • FaithlessMr

       Sal asked, and so did Spencer @ Siliconera, to which the SE reps simply stated: “This announcement is for Japan only, atm”. The usual, SE standard fare :P

  • FaithlessMr

    “And play operation is closer to Kingdom Hearts II.”

    I don’t think I understand what this means. Does it refer to the gameplay itself? Because from the trailer everything looked the same, gameplay wise, and I’d have a hard time believing they’d be actually using new gameplay mechanics for both games, they’re just polishing everything up and getting it all in one disc, afaik. So can someone please help me understand what that means?

    • Anime10121

       Remember there were 4 command options in the original Kingdom Hearts.  This game also has the big triangular reaction command option (you can see it if you watch the trailer, but blink and you’ll miss it). 

      • FaithlessMr

         Awesome, thanks for making it clear, I understand it now :)

    • they are talking about this. 

      • FaithlessMr

        Thanks! Much better now.

  • new_tradition

    I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking a KH2 HD pack would include BbS as a playable game. I connected my PSP to my tv, and even stretched a bit, the graphics were quite good. Though ironically the itty PSP screen has a better resolution than the PS2 games on a separate screen xD

    Owait, what was I gonna say..? Oh yeah!

    I don’t doubt there’s gonna be a KH2 Remix, but I hope it can come out quickly. I understand changes they make for KH1, but the games after only need a hd face lift, right?

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      pretty much,also bbs was awesome!!

    • Anime10121

       I guarantee you it’ll drop in 2014, keeping in line with Nomura’s one Kingdom Hearts a year promise a few years back :)

  • Lele Mett

    i see…KH3 is on its way!