If you were planning on buying Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix right when it comes out on December 2nd, you might want to reconsider.
The official PlayStation blog revealed Wednesday that Square Enix will release a “Collector’s Edition,” which will include Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix in addition to the new Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix, both for the PlayStation 3. (See below for a video advertizing the collection.)
Collector’s Edition Game and Merch Breakdown
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, originally released in 2013, includes three separate titles rendered in HD: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Chain of Memories (redesigned for the PlayStation 2), as well as 358/2 Days in “Theater Mode,” where players can watch the game’s nearly three hours of cinematic cut-scenes.
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix likewise will include three HD-remastered titles: Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix (previously only available in Japan), Birth By Sleep Final Mix, and Re:coded in “Theater Mode.”
These six games comprise nearly all of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, save for Dream Drop Distance
These six games comprise nearly all of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, save for the latest new title, 2012’s Dream Drop Distance for the Nintendo 3DS. Besides the two CDs, the collection includes a Steelbook case with artwork by Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura, a Shadow Heartless plushie, a collectible Sora/Mickey pin, and a 30-page book of Nomura sketches and other artwork for the franchise.
Square Enix’s pre-order page for the Collector’s Edition indicates that the offer will have a limited supply and retail at $99 plus shipping. Considering the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix will retail for $40 standalone, diehard fans who missed out on 1.5 HD might find the $100 deal worth it, especially with the included Nomura artwork. Others might want to eek as much playtime as possible out of these titles during the yearlong wait for the title everyone really wants.