Both Kingdom Hearts HD ReMIX compilations from the PS3 era are coming to PS4, bundled onto one disc, on 31st March.
The upcoming RPG anthology Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is getting a Collector's Edition that includes Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, thus bringing four games in the series to the PS3 upon its 5th December launch.
On the face of it, Kingdom Hearts would appear to be a worthy subject for a remake. This was, after all, the unlikely crossover that spawned an enduring franchise - an action-RPG that, against the odds, managed to capture the hearts of two seemingly incompatible fanbases: Disney and Final Fantasy.
By happy accident, two of the games in this three-strong package are the only two Kingdom Hearts games I haven't played, and as a fan of Kingdom Hearts 2 and PSP side-story Birth By Sleep in particular, I was looking forward immensely to tackling the game that started it all.
Four hours later, that enthusiasm had gone. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that Kingdom Hearts' opening hours are dreadful, a glacial, tedious introduction that I'm amazed anyone managed to overlook a decade ago. There's a series of multiple-choice questions which seem tangential to your quest yet which can lead to you inadvertently committing to a more difficult start. That's followed by not one but two fetch quests, the latter involving some seemingly basic platforming that is rendered inordinately frustrating by one of gaming's worst ever jumps (I began to think protagonist Sora's oversized feet must be to blame). Clumsy and unresponsive, it's a grating annoyance throughout, not least in some later sections that require a level of precision the controls simply don't allow.
The funkily-named Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix will be available in the UK from 13th September, developer Square Enix has confirmed.
The PlayStation 3 release includes the souped-up Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, neither of which have been released in Europe.
The re-releases add in extra enemies, levels, bosses, cut-scenes and other features. Remix also includes the HD cinematic story videos of Kingdom Hearts interquel 358/2 Days, as well as PlayStation 3 Trophies.