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'Kingdom Hearts 3' publisher updates Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix release date

'Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix' screen
'Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix' screen
Photo courtesy of Square Enix, used with permission

Square Enix, the publisher of the upcoming "Kingdom Hearts 3," has provided an update in regards to another product from the franchise, "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix." According to a report from The Escapist Magazine on May 12, the remastered port was featured on the release schedule of the latest fiscal report from the company. The publisher revealed that the PS3 compilation is still slated for a 2014 calendar year release.

"Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix" follows the launch of "Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix," which was released on Sept. 10 of last year. The upcoming collection features the final mix versions of "Kingdom Hearts 2" and "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep." The two re-releases, which feature extra contents, were never released in North America. The product also includes upgraded cut scenes from "Kingdom Hearts Re:coded." You can find a screen displaying the upcoming remastered port from the official "Kingdom Hearts" Facebook page with the image located near the top of this article.

Along with "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix," Square Enix is also planning to release "Drakengard 3," "Murdered: Soul Suspect" and "Nosgoth" by the end of this year in multiple regions including North America. Unfortunately, "Kingdom Hearts 3" was not mentioned, possibly suggesting that the software product will most likely not be coming out this year. The third main installment of the series was announced at E3 2013 and should be showcased once again in this year's gaming convention, which is set to occur next month.

With the aforementioned "Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix" and "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix," fans should be able to get caught up to the somewhat complicated plot before the release of "Kingdom Hearts 3." After skipping consoles in the previous generation, Square Enix decided to develop the sequel on the PS4 and Xbox One next-generation platforms. Tetsuya Nomura will be co-directing the software product, which still does not have a launch window, along with Tai Yasue.