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'Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix' PS3 release dates announced for U.S. and Europe

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

Square Enix has announced the official "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix" release date. According to a report from IGN on June 6, the collection is due to come out first in North America on Dec. 2. The date is somewhat unusual as most publishers try to release software products before Black Friday. The video games that couldn't make the start of the holiday shopping period usually end up being delayed until early next year.

The same compilation is also coming out in European territories on Dec. 5. Since the project originated in Japan, "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix" will be released first for that particular territory on Oct. 2. Similar to "Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix," the upcoming product is only coming to the PS3 current-generation console.

The second collection for the franchise contains two playable games with "Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix" and "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix." The two re-releases, which added new contents, were never localized in the western regions. The bundle also includes remastered cut scenes from "Kingdom Hearts Re:coded." Along with movie clips, some of the boss battle from the original mobile game will also be showcased through non-interactive sequences.

All three products have been remade with new character models as well as higher resolution. Players can also earn trophies by playing and watching "Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix," "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix" and "Kingdom Hearts Re:coded." The compilation should launch with the same $39.99 price tag as the first collection.

The release of "Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix" should help fans conveniently catch up to the plot of the franchise. The upcoming "Kingdom Hearts 3" features the conclusion of the current long-running story arc. However, Square Enix reassured fans that more games in the series will still be coming out in the future. A screen from the remastered collection can be viewed near the top of this article (courtesy of the role-playing series' official Facebook page).