Nomura Would Be Surprised if "Kingdom Hearts II HD" Didn't Happen

Series director tells Famitsu magazine "It'd be unusual"

Square Enix recently showed off the nice-looking remastered Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX, a collection that packs Kingdom Hearts Final Mix HD, Kingdom Hearts RE: Chain of Memories HD, and HD versions of the cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. As for the sequel, series director Tetsuya Nomura says "it'd be unusual" if they didn't also release an HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts II

 

As Gematsu reports, Nomura was responding to Japanese gaming mag Famitsu's question, "Is there gonna be a high-definition version of Kingdom Hearts II later?" He responded with a smile, "It'd be unusual if there wasn't."

 

Nomura went on to divulge some more details about Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX, which is scheduled for a 2013 release on PlayStation 3 in Japan. Rather than upscaling the old character models, ReMIX uses models from Dream Drop Distance, and the game plays more closely to Kingdom Hearts II. As for 358/2 Days, Nomura considered doing a full remake, but decided to include the cutscenes in Theater mode since it was too late to start working on a new game. 

 

"I'm happy to be restarting this title," said Nomura, who figured there were people who were having a hard time keeping up with the various hardware-hopping Kingdom Hearts sequels. "I also thought that familiar fans might make new discoveries seeing everything in chronological order with the sequels side by side," he added. 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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