Nomura Hints at KH2 HD Remake & More in Latest Famitsu Magazine

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX

In the newest issue of Famitsu magazine, series director Tetsuya Nomura was asked about the possibility of a Kingdom Hearts II HD remake, Nomura simply replies with a smile: “It’ll be unusual if there wasn’t.”

Nomura also revealed more information about the remake:

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 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. (Literal translation: “If this title becomes a restart, I’m happy.”)

Thanks to SQEXGAL, we have more information:

  • The screen ratio and gauge placement have also been revised.
  • Nomura thought of doing a full remake for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, 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.”

Goldpanner has translated more information from Sokuhou@Hokanko(Alt) via KH13.com:

- HD 1.5 ReMIX will be co-directed by Tai Yasue, who previously co-directed Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance]. The producer is Rie Nishi, and the director is, of course, Tetsuya Nomura.

- Famitsu asked “Is there gonna be a high-definition version of Kingdom Hearts II later?”, and Nomura replied “It’d be unusual if there wasn’t.”

- Various character models for Kingdom Hearts, including Sora, have been replaced with character models from Kingdom Hearts 3D.

- The two titles included as games will have trophy support. Various aspects of Kingdom Hearts have been changed to be more like Kingdom Hearts II. The screen ratio and gauge placement have also been revised. The controls are made to be a little closer to the Kingdom Hearts II controls.

- Nomura thought of doing a full remake for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, but since it was too late to start work on a new title, it was done in the form of Theater Mode. 70% of the main story has been put to video with freshly-recorded voicing, and they are currently working on around 100 scenes.

- 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. Before turning to the conclusion of the present series, the ‘Seeker of Darkness Chronicles’ (same as what has been called the Xehanort Chronicles up until now), Nomura wanted to bring the whole story together.

- Nomura: “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. I also thought that familiar fans might make new discoveries seeing everything in chronological order with the sequels side by side.”

- Nomura said that because the series so far has been scattered over different consoles, there have been people who found it difficult to access sequels. Seeing as you will now be able to enjoy the story in HD quality right from the beginning, he would absolutely love for those who haven’t played yet to do so. Even those who have already played it all may make new discoveries regarding foreshadowing and lines that reference previous lines and such. He would be happy if this title turns out to be a ‘restart’ for the series.

- Kingdom Hearts for PC Browsers is not a title with an emphasis on story, but they are working in a set-up. You can enjoy the content as something completely separate from the main series. The card battling is different from Chain of Memories. They are filling this title with new elements for this type of customisation-based title.

The latest issue is to be released soon in Japan so we will bring you more information as it progresses.

Source: Gematsu & Game Nyarth & SQEXGAL & Sokuhou@Hokanko(Alt) & Goldpanner

14 Responses to “Nomura Hints at KH2 HD Remake & More in Latest Famitsu Magazine”

  1. Ryan Rincon Says:

    Hang on, you mean he considered doing a full remake of 358/2 Days but only decided to use theater mode (the article says Re:Chain of Memories)?

  2. Churro Says:

    It said Re:Chain of Memories because it was a typo by the person typing out the interview. It’s supposed be 358/2 Days.

  3. Loz Says:

    no- he was considering a 358/2 days remake- but then decided it was to late.
    So it’s now going to be in a theater mode- whats hard to understand?

  4. Purico Says:

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  5. 卢 南日 Says:

    im waiting ……………………….

  6. ShadowNeko003 Says:

    Great…more remakes. It’s one thing to do a “Final Mix/International” but those are already done. We fans are waiting for KH III.

  7. Tyler Casilio Says:

    Not a typo

  8. Tyler Casilio Says:

    They thought about doing what the did with Chain of Memories and remaking it. So they thought about making Re:358/2 Days, not a typo.

  9. doctorpope181 Says:

    Player operation closer to KHII?
    Where’s the nostalgia on that…

  10. JakHydro Says:

    Really wished that he would have done the 358/2 Days remake as well…

  11. Neku Says:

    How about in the original PS2 version of the game? You can’t honestly say that your not glad they’re changing it so it plays more like KH2. KH1 had a lot of flaws in the gameplay that were improved in KH2.

  12. Ashley Sonya Xiong Says:

    OMG I WANT NOW

  13. KIngdomheartsFTW Says:

    “we fans”? speak for yourself. what u should be saying is “so how’s final fantasy versus is doing” its what slowing it down. and now hes finally giving us the final mixes while they finish up on FF. really should be no complaints

  14. MattMahael Says:

    Well, I’m pleased to hear more about “Theater Mode”. I had originally thought that they were only giving the original 10-15 pre-rendereds the HD treatment, but apparently they’re retelling the entire story with fresh voice acting. Not the remake we were all hoping for, but still a meaty bit of entertainment, I gotta say.

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