The time has come to, once again, re-visit the Kingdom Hearts narrative with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix. Publisher Square Enix, as well as Disney, celebrated the occasion on Monday by releasing a new trailer to a private audience, one which is now available for public consumption below.
The private affair also featured a special panel with series director Tetsuya Nomura and producer Shinji Hashimoto, in which they recollected about various aspects of the series. Nomura recalled some of his favorite scenes from Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts: Re:coded. He also offered some fun facts about the series, in general. Nomura responded to criticism of the Kingdom Hearts lore's convoluted nature by pointing out that it helps spur discussion among fans. He adds that as he finished each installment of the series, he always had the next three games in mind and where they would go, though he also allowed for flexibility, depending on fan feedback and other factors.
The presentation ended with the audience (as well as Nomura, himself) being shown the aforementioned trailer for the first time.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is available now on PlayStation 3. You can read our impressions for the collection here. It'll be your best chance to catch up with much of the story, because there seems to be one place left for the series to go. And indeed, Nomura showed some early concepts for Kingdom Hearts III to the audience in attendance, though he noted that full worlds are not ready to be revealed. The items that were revealed included new Heartless enemies, some new Keyblade forms for Sora, and concept art for an entirely new world. The concept reel ended with a message to look out for more KH3 news in 2015, further indicating that Sora's final chapter is a long way off.