The first Kingdom Hearts game launched 10 years ago to an excited but curious gaming audience. It was certainly a significant move off of Square Enix’s usual take on JRPGs—between their decision to alter core gameplay to reflect more of an action-adventure approach and their collaboration with Walt Disney, which populated an RPG world with famous Disney characters, the game was a step outside the box for the developer that paid off in a big, big way. So it comes as little surprise that Square Enix is refreshing their hit with an HD remix. Let’s take a peek.
From the gameplay trailer above, we can see that look-wise, Square is going for a vibe very similar to that of their recent Final Fantasy VII PC remake. Environments are a bit rough around the edges, but characters look good—and really, Kingdom Hearts gameplay and story is what this series is all about. But what else is part of the full HD 1.5 Remix package? Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, the expanded version of the original game previously available only in Japan, makes the cut here, as does the 2008 game Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories. Finally, Square will include a 3 hour non-playable, cinematic story version of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, previously a DS-exclusive. While this release is mostly intended to help gamers get up to speed with the series before the potential release of 2.5 Remix and the hotly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III, the nostalgic among us (as well as those new to the series) will relish the opportunity to dive back into the universe and relive Sora’s journey once more.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix launches September 10 for the PS3.
In other gaming news this week, Carmack ventures into VR, Blizzard hints at a Diablo III expansion coming soon, we see a new Witcher 3 trailer, and Call of Duty creates its first female soldier model. Read on!
- Legendary game developer John Carmack, co-founder of id Software and lead programmer of such PC classics as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake, is now looking to help gaming visuals make another generational leap—into VR, no less—by joining the Oculus Rift team in the capacity of Chief Technology Officer.
- If you played through The Last of Us, you may have noticed your firepower step up considerably after acquiring the flamethrower in-game. Well, according to Naughty Dog, this was simply due to the developer running out of testing time late in the development cycle.
- Zenimax doesn’t plan to release all the secrets of the Elder Scrolls Online immediately upon launch. Instead, the studio is anticipating the story becoming significantly larger in scope at some point after release in order to reward subscribing players.
- This week in gaming layoffs (which, sadly, could become a regular column all on its own in the industry), developer Crystal Dynamics, a subsidiary of Square Enix, underwent some turnover, as 12 employees (who were not working on the next Tomb Raider game) were let go.
- Worried you won’t have enough things to do in GTA V? Rockstar laughs in your face. IN YOUR FACE.
- “Death, at last, shall spread its wings over all.” So sayeth the Book of Tyrael. Blizzard’s new Reaper of Souls site indicates we should have word of a Diablo III expansion coming soon.
- What makes a monster? One of many questions Witcher 3 looks to answer…
- Fresh off the success of The Walking Dead, Telltale Games is getting ready to premiere their next episode-based game, based off of a graphic novel. Meet The Wolf Among Us.
- Finally, the Call of Duty series will feature a female soldier model for the first time, in the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts.