Ni No Kuni II Sounds Massive 

Ni No Kuni II Sounds Massive

Don't fret! Level-5 is still making Ni no Kuni II. That is, lots of Level-5 is making it. Ni no Kuni II was announced last December, but was MIA at this year's E3. In a recent interview with IGN Japan, Level-5 founder Akihiro Hino talked about how development was going. Here is that exchange:

IGN JAPAN: How's development for Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom coming along?
HINO: We're making it with all our might. The scale has gotten huge, and I think the title that has impacted the most Level-5 staff is Ni no Kuni II.
IGN JAPAN: The previous entry was a game parents could play with their children. What about this one?
HINO: This one is turning out to be a regular single player [game]. Reflecting on the previous one, the portrayal of the main character and the content was very much aimed at adults, but the visuals ended up looking a little like they were for children.
Because it seemed it was aiming too much at kids, and even though the hero is also a young boy this time, we've been careful in establishing this something adults can totally played by adults. As for the universe we're creating, it's like a Ghibli anime in that is easy for both adults and children to enter.

The first Ni no Kuni was a big game, too, so it's good to hear that Level-5 is roping in loads of staff to produce another meaty Ni no Kuni experience.

No word yet on when Ni no Kuni II will be released. In case you missed it, here is Kotaku's review of the first game.


    Are Ghibli involved in this one, too?

      Probably will be consulting, and assist with the animated FMV's

      Last edited 06/09/16 9:30 am

    I loved the first game. Spent so much time on it. Really looking forward to the next one.

    I enjoyed the first game. The combat was a bit naff, but the world was oh so charming.
    I like that they're putting all their resources into this sequel, but I hope they remember bigger doesn't always mean better.

      It really was charming! It was one of the best original worlds I've seen in a game with memorable locations and characters. More than any other game, Ni No Kuni is the reason I wish my PS4 had backwards compatibility.

    The first one was a beautiful, expansive thing hobbled by a really average combat system.

    The first game was great - until you got to the point where they clearly ran out of time and/or money. The last 3rd of the game was very rushed considering the first two 3rds.

      The DS (initial release) version ended with Shadar apparently. All that stuff with the White Witch was on PS3 only, hence why it felt tacked on. The Shadar reveal was memorable and emotional, and felt more like the true ending to me, which made the subsequent arc very forgettable... I honestly can't remember what happens :S

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