Looks Like Square Enix Is Recording English Voices For Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix

By Spencer . January 24, 2013 . 3:08pm

imageSquare Enix hasn’t announced Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix for North America, but it appears they are already doing localization work. Roxas’ voice actor Jesse McCartney posted a photo of him recording voiceovers for a scene that looks like it’s from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.


Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix has Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix with some tweaks to make it play more like Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, and movies that summarize the story of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. The game comes out in Japan on March 14, 2013.

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  • Mavalex

    3 Hours of game summarizing, might be some new scene they had to put in for clarity or something

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Just announce that this is coming over already! The suspense is killing me!

    • Richter

      It’s obviously gonna be out for Japan. And I don’t see why you’d need it to be confirmed that this game is coming over, considering how the VA for Roxas/Ventus Jesse McCartney is already said be to recording voice overs for this game already as we speak. Unless you mean you want a legit announcement that’s going to state something we already know, I like KH news too even if its something we know as well :D

      • Considering that we’ve had a few cases of confirmation of English recording but then no localization, it’s not too odd to want something official. I remember the claims of Vesperia PS3 recordings and how Type-0 was fully recorded for before being shelved, after all.

        • Plus with KH, the creators prefer the English voices to the Japanese (thus the existence of Final Mix) so English voices actually don’t mean anything…

          • Ehren Rivers

            It’s a possibility that the game will have dual-audio in the Japanese release, but SE hasn’t mentioned anything about that yet. As far as has been currently confirmed, it is being released in Japan with Japanese audio. It’s cause for optimism at the very least.

          • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix is in English and Kingdom Hearts 1.5 is a HD version of Final Mix, thus 1.5 is in English. Show me your confirmation of Japanese voices only. Every Final Mix has had English voices. I should know.

          • Ehren Rivers

            You have obviously not been paying attention.

            Here, have an article from this very site.

          • Ehren Rivers

            Oh, and Gematsu has made the claim that there will be an English voice option for KH Final Mix, but confirms it has Japanese audio and makes no mention of English options for Re:CoM or Days.


          • Ehren Rivers

            Gematsu seems to be working off of the Famitsu scans from two days ago, but their translation is a little different than those found on KH Insider. KHI has two translations, both of which say the English voice acting has been changed to Japanese. Their translations do not mention dual audio.


          • keyword being only. It’s not unprecedented for them to record new English dialogue for a Japanese game.

          • Ehren Rivers

            And as I mentioned in one of my other replies, the direct translations of the Famitsu say the English is being switched out for Japanese. Gematsu is the only one I could find that is interpreting this as Dual Audio. So unless you have another source, only Japanese is confirmed for this game. Also, even if Gematsu was right they claimed the English was only an option for KHFM, and not for ReCoM or Days so we’d still be in the same boat we were last night.

        • Ehren Rivers

          I agree it’s perfectly acceptable to want official confirmation, of course, but I think those situations are a little different from this one. I mean, the ‘Tales of’ games very nearly became Japanese exclusives because of poor sales, and Vesperia PS3 was just one symptom of the group’s misgivings about its survival in the US market. Type-0 reportedly had most of the English voice acting finished, but Square Enix’s concerns over piracy and the failing PSP market led them to put localization in limbo indefinitely.

          This is an HD collection on a console, of an incredibly popular game series which was spread over a number of handhelds much to the financial distress of many of the fans. This sort of collection is something people have been clamoring after for years, on a system that is still going strong. So, I guess it’s easy to see it either way.

          • I agree it’s highly more probable they’ll just release the game, but I’d still not jump to major conclusions. I definitely want the game, and will pre-order it once it’s available to be so, but I’d still temper my expectations until I hear word from SE on it’s actual release.

        • LightZero

          Vesperia PS3 was rumored. Rumors are exactly that. You take that stuff with a GoS. Type 0 is release on a dead system in the west. It’s shelved until they figure out what to do with the game now that the PSP is off life support. The PS3 is far from dead not to mention previous KH games were release in the west. It was only a matter of when not if. You have to remember they don’t announce localization for KH until after it’s release in Japan.

  • Revorse

    I remember back when people thought he was terrible for Roxas. I thought he was pretty good. I also like him as Nightwing in Young Justice. He’s a pretty good VA.

    • Nightmesh

      oh GOD THAT’S HIM! I was just thinking how smexy his voice was. >_< Now I'm just gonna see roxas every time he talks.

    • Masengan

      I know, and am I the only one who noticed after the hiatus (it could be just be me…) that his voice finally fits Nightwing? After the time jump he still sounded way too childish but now he doesn’t.. Anyway I also agree that he’s a good voice actor.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    LOL he has to repeat that “Who else will I have ice cream with!?”

  • Raoni Marques

    I’m really happy with the HD remakes, but I wonder if we will even see KH III this generation. A Kingdom Hearts game for Vita would be awesome too, or maybe another one for the 3DS

    • At least we know a new game’s gonna come soon enough with the stuff DDD dropped on people.

      As for the moment, I’m just hoping for a eventual Birth By Sleep console release. … Wasn’t there supposed to be a BbS 2, actually?

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      Nomura said he’s trying to put everything in one place, leading up to KH3, because people are (rightfully) complaining about how hard the series is to follow with all the games on different systems. I imagine the next release will be 2.5 with 2, Birth by Sleep, and most likely 3D on it. And then KH3. If there’s any more handheld KH games, they’ll most like take place after KH3.

  • DesmaX

    I would be more surprised if this wasn’t coming to the west

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    Nice to see it being finally confirmed for English release. God knows Square Enix weren’t going to do it any time soon >.>

    The battle sounds he did were really funny too, it sounded so wrong but brilliant.

    • nothing is confirmed.

      • JoJo_649

        Would be pretty idiotic if this doesn’t comes to america, after all the HD ports of God of War, Metal Gear Solid and Devil May Cry sold pretty well and Kingdom Hearts is one of Square Enix’s most popular sagas.

        • Final Fantasy Type-0. Bravely Default.

          • JoJo_649

            Believe it or not, you are the ones guilty on why Square is on the fence to bring Bravely Default to america, after all Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light which was made by the same studio and shares a lot with Bravely Default, practically bombed here in america, on Type-0 however, there isn’t a good reason.

          • I’m pretty sad that 4 Heroes of Light didn’t do so well! It’s a very nice game to play and I heavily enjoy it’s aesthetic. I’m glad I got a copy of it.

          • Elvick

            I bought it… so how is it my fault? Oh right, it’s not~

            Besides, many thought it was a remake of the first game. And there are lot of design choices that are off putting. Like the inventory limit.

            Also not like they were advertising it on television or anything.

          • JoJo_649

            Obviously not you or people who bought it, but you would be amazed by how many people asks to get some games localized (operation Rainfall comes to mind), yet only a small number actually purchases it.

          • Except I’ve bought all of the OPR games and preordered Pandora.

          • JoJo_649

            Again, you (it’s not plural this time) but how many people like you did the same? many gave up on those games and others simply pirated them.

          • Elvick

            Prove that these people were ones “whining” about it. And prove they didn’t buy it.

            There’s no way to prove either way. So it’s best to not make the negative assumption so as not to continue to place blame on the fans for no reason.

            Maybe, the fans bitching online just don’t total 5 million people… thus the games don’t sell 5 million. O:

            But no, let’s make an assumption that trashes those who do support it. I’m tired of being made the fault by nay sayers.

            I probably buy more games than most.

          • This is the point I was trying to make. Thank you.

          • JoJo_649

            Ok, then don’t blame companies when they say no to import certain games because similar ones aren’t supported, it’s the only thing I’m trying to say.

          • Elvick

            That’s a terrible argument. Companies do a lot of things to hurt their localizations. No advertising being a huge one. Or in Valkyria Chronicles 2’s case, switching to a different platform and downgrading the overall experience… plus no advertising for either game.

            Can’t blame a small fanbase for not growing, when the company puts in not effort to reach more people.

          • Tails the Foxhound

            “Besides, many thought it was a remake of the first game.”

            Wait it’s not? Man I need to do better research.

          • KHSoraKeyBlade

            The 4 Heroes of Light is up there as one of my favourite Final Fantasy games. It was disappointing it didn’t sell well but anyone who I knew that played it, loved it.

          • ITT: You assume I didn’t buy 4HoL. You’re an ass.

          • JoJo_649

            oh man, you misunderstood my comment and a lot, I refer to how much people asks for localizations, yet many of them doesn’t show support to games similar to those they want localized or even the ones that actually get here don’t sell very well, I’m not accusing you, I was making a generalization, people sure need to take the internet on a less personal level, and if you want proof, remember all the mother 3 ruckus? just after it, Nintendo localized a game created by the same studio called Magical Starsign and guess what? it bombed and was quickly forgotten despite being pretty good, on the other side, Kingdom Hearts is a big franchise that has disney on it’s side, that’s why I say it would be idiotic for them to don’t localize it.

          • “you are the ones guilty” Keyword being “you”. Don’t get mad because you couldn’t express yourself coherently and got called on it. And don’t tell me to “take the internet on a less personal level” when you are making personal accusations and then trying to back track them as “generalizations”. Eff that and eff you.

          • JoJo_649

            Ok, now you’re being ridiculous, in case you didn’t know the “You” is used as the pronoun of the second person singular OR PLURAL in any grammatical relation, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_mDTLphIVY

          • It doesn’t matter if you meant me as an individual or included me in a group of people. The point is that you called out me. How many others were included is irrelevant and deflection away from my point. A very shallow tactic indeed.

          • JoJo_649

            It appears you don’t speak english, if you bought the game, then don’t include yourself, if you didn’t then include yourself, I still wonder how you don’t get the message that more people got, seriously dude, you got offended pretty quick and started to insult me without even reading properly.

          • You should read Elvick’s reply. Basically, don’t assume that the people bitching are the ones who didn’t buy it. It’s not my job to interpret what you say, it’s your job to speak clearly.

          • Guest

            if you want proof, remember all the mother 3 ruckus? just after it, Nintendo localized a game created by the same studio called Magical Starsign and guess what? it bombed and was quickly forgotten despite being pretty good, on the other side, Kingdom Hearts is a big franchise that has disney on it’s side, that’s why I say it would be idiotic for them to don’t localize it.

          • LightZero

            Personally I believe it will be a matter of when BD and Type 0 are release. It’s as you said the spiritual prequel of BD bombed. So they won’t be in a huge rush to localize BD. Type 0 is in limbo simply because the PSP is dead in the west. It might get a PS3/360, 3DS, or Vita (increasingly unlikely) port one day.

          • Nemesis_Dawn

            Type 0 is on the PSP. Dead system in the West.

          • PSN is a thing that exists. As is the Vita.

  • Z

    I want Kingdom Hearts 2 too :D

  • KyoyaHibari

    Oh Jesse, it seems you are a remnant now, but at least the Kingdom Hearts fans know you’re still out there lol.

    • Uh, he’s also voicing as Robin I / Nightwing in Young Justice on Cartoon Network, and being DAMN GOOD AT IT. He has to voice Dick Grayson as a younger more reckless 13 year old, and then had to voice him as a older and wiser 18 year old leader of a group of young super heroes. So no, he is no remnant, I say his career has taken off now if nothing else.

      • Elvick

        lol, if you think his career has “taken off” because he does a cartoon voice and KH, then you don’t know much about his former “glory”.

        • I don’t care much for his music career, and what would you rather be remember as, Nightwing on Young Justice, acting against Bruce Greenwood as Batman, in a show where actors like Alan Tudyk, Maggie Q, Marina Sirtis show up, just to name a small few , or some pop singer?

          And just because its animated does not mean its not a well produced, written and directed show. The show runner is Greg Weisman, the man behind the brilliant Gargoyles animated series back in the 90s.

          • Elvick

            wut… You not ‘caring’ about his music career has no bearing on his career. And I never said it being animation meant it is not good.

            My point was, that his career is no longer something that actually matters to the public. He used to be pretty popular with the general public.

            Now he isn’t. Thus, my point.

          • I don’t deny that the general mainstream public don’t see much of him anymore, yeah, but at least he’s doing some incredible work in voice acting as Nightwing, as oppose to being simply being regaled for looks and other superficial elements.

            I think I was somewhat bristled that you are implying that because less people pay attention to him now, therefore its a “lesser” career. He got to work with a Greg Weisman creation! Creator of Gargoyles, the man who got a whole group fans to enjoy Shakespeare through the show, who created a compelling DC animated show. Thats a million times more gratifying than singing for a bunch of tweens.

            Perhaps our values are different on what’s a more satisfying career. I guess I feel Jesse’s old career was superficial, whereas his acting as Roxas and Nightwing had substance. Plus, isn’t it more gratifying to be stopped on the street by a fan because they love your work or performance, rather than how you are marketed?

  • Randy Marsh

    Hahaha told you guys!

  • Yoshi Yamato

    Sweet!!! Now all we have to do is wait for them announce >:)

  • Bakuryukun

    I swear to GOD if they for some reason bring the game out over here but take out the Final Mix stuff which we never got, I am going to go on a Rampage.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I really like this guy. Max points for outing KH HD.

    It also doesn’t hurt that he’s in Young Justice, which is my show. Who’d have thunk the guy would transition from mediocre actor to good voice actor.

    • Göran Isacson

      Oh, he plays one of the characters on that show? Which one?

      • Solomon_Kano

        Robin in season 1, Nightwing in season 2. So Dick Grayson.

      • I like to emphasize that Jesse had to play Dick Grayson as a younger more reckless kid in Season 1, and then had to shift gears in Season 2 has a more mature adult leader. The change in his attitude and demeanor as Dick Grayson is incredibtly well done, totally helps that Young Justice has such good writing and direction.

        • Göran Isacson

          Sounds pretty neat- I’ve heard that Young Justice has a big damn timeskip between season that altered a LOT of relationships that some fans were… less than pleased with, so to speak.

          Although now I’m imagining Roxas dressed as Robin and Axel dressed as Batman.

          I’m not entirely sure I’m okay with that.

          • The time skip in Young Justice threw alot of us off, but the pay off in plot and character development so far is completly worth it. And the fact remains that some relationships stayed strong, where as some fall apart at a young age, just like real life, and the show does develop them realistically in why some people stuck with each other, while others broke up.

          • Göran Isacson

            Yeah, most of the complaints I saw was along the lines of-
            Fans:”Oh man those two finally got together at the end of the first season, and now in the second season we can see them grow together as people and maybe one day become something more, or something less, or-”
            Fans :” ;_; ”
            But if they at least manage to give a good glimpse at who the characters were inbetween the years that we didn’t get to see, then I’m good.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Not available in my country… (US) :(

      • Uh? That’s really weird O.o Well, look up for “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney on youtube then :D

  • KingRuff

    Everytime I wanna know about KH Jesse comes through for me. Major respect for this guy.

  • Elemiel

    I want to hug Jesse.

  • Göran Isacson

    Jesse you beautiful soul thank you for soothing the fans hearts and concerns. Looking forward to this already :)

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Is there even a doubt whether this game is coming here or not? I mean yeah many had the doubt because this is SE but we are talking about Kingdom Hearts here.
    It should not even be a problem.^_^

    • *coff*Final Mix*Coff*cof*

      • Anime10121

        Honestly though, I didnt really doubt it either, because this is an HD collection they are putting considerable work into. If Final Mix was gonna hold it back from a WW release, they would have just used the regular Kingdom Hearts in the Collection. But dont get me wrong, this confirmation does have me cutting backflips (in my head at least) at the fact that we are FINALLY getting Final Mix in English. And to add to that, the inevitable 2.5 collection will probably house both 2 Final Mix AND BBS FM! GOD the Fangasms :D

        • Yeah but Re:CoM was also a game that they put a considerable effort on it and Europe never got it. It was taking a tad bit longer than 3D getting announced on the west if my memory don’t fail but anyway, I don’t think it was a perfectly sure it would happen so Im just glad there’s a 70% confirmation now.

          And yeah, I hope BBS gets an HD Console remake or I’ll probably get mad.

          • Anime10121

            True, completely forgot about you guys unfortunate situation with Re: CoM. Still dont understand why they didnt release it to you guys when all they had to do was translate the text into the other 3 languages the other games had. Square truly is puzzling some times.

  • Ricardo C

    Im still gonna import the Japanese version. I never really experienced KH in Japanese besides 358/2 Days and a bit of Coded. Dont worry, Im getting BOTH releases :)

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    I wonder how will Axel will sound. In DDD he sounded a bit different from usual Axel.

    • Haseyo

      Maybe Lea always sounded different, haha. Was fine to me though.

  • Connor Christopher Larabee

    Lmao that little shit <3

  • juma086
  • KingGunblader

    Lol Jesse McCartney.

  • Tails the Foxhound

    Didn’t all the Final Mixes that never made it here have English voices?

  • miyamoto

    PS3 the best!

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