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'Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX' screenshots show a lovely new PS3 port is incoming

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A new set of screenshots for “Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX” for the PS3 were released Friday by Sony. Square Enix Product Manager Kaori Takasue also provided some details on the upcoming compilation.

The release of “Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX” will include “Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix,” “Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix” and HD remastered cinematics from “Kingdom Hearts Re:coded” that was originally released for the Nintendo DS.

Neither “Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix” or “Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix” were released in North America. “Birth by Sleep” features completely remastered graphics and is described as a “seamless port” of the original PSP title to the PS3. Meanwhile, “Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix” adds “all sorts of additional new content including new enemies, mini-games, items and much more.”

While “Kingdom Hearts Re:coded” is not playable, Square took a slight step beyond just upgrading the cut scenes to HD. The developer also recreated some of the most memorable battles into full cutscenes to enhance the overall package.

“Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix” was officially announced earlier this year as a follow-up to “Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix” which included “Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix,” “Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories” and “Kingodm Hearts 358/2 Days.” Like “Re:coded,” “358/2 Days” was not playable as Square Enix took the cut scenes from the Nintendo DS game and adapted it to a 2 hour and 50 minute movie to watch.

If this new set of gorgeous screenshots is anything to go by, Square Enix has done another solid job of taking the original Playstation 2 and PSP releases and porting them to the Playstation 3. An exact release date has not been announced yet but Square Enix is constantly repeating that “Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX” will release in 2014.