Back in September, Square-Enix announced that the PS3 would see an HD remake of the first game in the Disney-flavoured Action-RPG series Kingdom Hearts, and since then we’ve only been able to speculate whether or not we would see this release outside of Japan. Well, speculate no more, as the company has announced, via the Square-Enix blog, that the game will make its way here later this year.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX is more than just the first game in HD though; for starters, we’ll be getting the Final Mix edition of Kingdom Hearts, which was previously exclusive to Japan and includes a number of additions, such as new enemies, weapons and cutscenes. The collection will also include the first European release of Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, a remake of a GBA title that serves as a direct sequel to the first title in the series, and ReMIX is further fleshed out with the additions of the cutscenes from the DS title 358/2 Days, which serves as an interquel between RE:Chain and Kingdom Hearts II. Phew.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX will be released sometime this Autumn for PS3, localised in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and will also include trophies for those of you who find such things difficult to resist. I must say that the game looks absolutely gorgeous in HD, mostly owing to its cartoony art style rather than any technical merits, and you can see a few screens through the link to the S-E blog at the bottom of this piece.

Kingdom Hearts is one of those series that I never really bothered with; I saw a friend playing a couple of them, but nothing really grabbed me (despite the abundance of Final Fantasy cameos across the series) and as time has gone on, the overarching story has apparently become massively convoluted, which doesn’t help when some of the titles are now all-but unavailable. With so much packed into this update, I’ll more than likely be picking this up – even if I do find it mildly amusing that we’re still awaiting HD remakes of last-gen games while the next-gen looms on the horizon.

Source: Square-Enix Blog: