Although Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and KH Re:Chain of Memories will receive a high definition makeover, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days ( originally released on the NDS ) won’t receive the same treatment. Only the game’s cutscenes will be included in the HD title.
In a recent Famitsu interview, series director Tetsuya Nomura explains why:
Famitsu:Why are you remaking KH 358/2 Days as a video volume rather than a game?
Nomura: Actually, I had also been thinking about doing a full remake like KH Re:Chain of Memories.
However, if we had started that it would have considerably delayed starting work on the new title, so it ended up being included in the form of something like the ‘theatre mode’ that we already have in the series.
KH 358/2′s HD cinematic cutscenes will have ”freshly-recorded voicing” plus there will be around 100 scenes, according to Nomura. He also stated that those who watch all of the cutscenes from start to finish will understand the story of KH 358/2 Days regardless.
Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX will be available in Japan for the PS3 sometime next year. A release overseas if TBA.
You can read Tetsuya Nomura’s fully translated interview here.