If you’re a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series, firstly: my condolences. I, too, am a fan of that particular franchise, and I, too, know the pain of waiting for them to just bloody well release Kingdom Hearts III already.
Secondly, I want to remind you to mark your calendars for sometime this fall, as that will be when Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix will be hitting stores in North America. Square has released the first English language trailer for the collection, which features some moments you’ll probably find familiar if you know any of these games. Just to remind you, the collection is going to feature Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, which was a re-release of the first game in the series, featuring new boss battles and a revamped control scheme, marking the first time that edition of the game will be released in North America. Alongside that, the collection will feature Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, which originally came out on the Gameboy Advance and was later ported to the PlayStation 2. To top it off, you’ll also be able to watch almost 3 hours of HD cinematics originally featured in the DS title Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days.
I’m fairly certain that the reasoning behind this particular collection is to refresh everyone’s memory as to the Kingdm Hearts story, because all of this content canonically takes place before 2006′s Kingdom Hearts II. That said, the collection doesn’t feature any content from Birth By Sleep, which was a prequel to the very first Kingdom Hearts, so you’re not actually getting the full pre-II story. Regardless, my assumption would be that next, Square will release a collection that will feature Kingdom Hearts II (possibly the Final Mix edition of that game), alongside cinematic content from Kingdom Hearts coded and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, thus refreshing everyone’s memory of the full Kingdom Hearts story and effectively robbing them of anymore excuses to not develop Kingdom Hearts III.
Sorry, I got kind of long-winded there. I just love Kingdom Hearts, and am tired of the handheld spin-offs. I want to see a proper console release again. Anyway, here’s that trailer I mentioned earlier. Hopefully it’ll be enough to tide you over until the fall, when the HD ReMix will release on the PlayStation 3.