Kaori Takasue has revealed more information on some of the boss battle changes of the upcoming PS3 exclusive collection, "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix." According to a report from Gamer Headlines on June 3, the product manager at Square Enix Japan Studios confirmed that North American players will get to play "Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix" for the first time in the compilation. The director's cut version, which was never released in the west, includes several new features such as a new boss battle with Roxas.
Kaori Takasue also revealed more of the changes for "Kingdom Hearts Re:coded." Instead of remaking the handheld game for the PS3, the development team decided to just include its cut scenes. However, players will still get to see (but not play) some of the more memorable boss battles from the spin-off title. A screen from one of the fights can be seen near the top of this article (courtesy of the official Playstation Facebook page).
In addition to "Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix" and "Kingdom Hearts Re:coded," Square Enix is also including "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix," a PSP game that did not come out in North America. The original version of "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep" did came out in the west in 2010. However, it was never made available for the Playstation Store, preventing Vita players from having access.
"Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix" should be the final release of the series before the launch of the next mainline installment, "Kingdom Hearts 3." Although the two compilations were developed for the PS3, the third main game is only coming to the PS4 and Xbox One. Square Enix is expected to talk more about the sequel, along with "Final Fantasy 15" and other upcoming games, during next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The publisher is planning to hold several smaller events at the convention as opposed to one major press conference. The second HD collection can be pre-ordered at Amazon in the subsequent link: "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix."