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Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
Ni No Kuni 2: The Revenant Kingdom is a role playing game that is being developed by Level-5 exclusively for the PS4. The game was announced at the beginning of December at the PlayStation Experience and is the first game in this long running series that will be making an appearance exclusively on PS4. Developed by the same team that has made several of the other Ni No Kuni games in Level-5, the game will be published by Bandai Namco. While there has been some talk that this might be a full exclusive, some comments made by Sony’s boss have made it appear as if the game might actually be a timed exclusive.
The rumors that the game might eventually be coming to the PS3 or a handheld device were fueled when gamers started to notice a discrepancy between the presenter’s words, which described Ni No Kuni 2 as a PS4 exclusive, and the text shown at the end of the announcement trailer. According to Sony boss Yoshida, the words “console debut” appear at the end of the Ni No Kuni 2 announcement, instead of “timed exclusive” or “platform exclusive”, because the Ni No Kuni sequel “may come to other consoles in the future.” The title has not been given an official release date but the development teams have said they would like to be able to release the game sometime in 2016.
Ni No Kuni 2: The Revenant Kingdom is actually the fifth game set in the Ni No Kuni universe though it carries the title of “2” because this is the second game that has actually landed on consoles. The previous games were role playing games designed for mobile devices including the Nintendo DS. This is also the official sequel to Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
Sony announced during the game during the PlayStation Experience 2015 keynote presentation. A trailer for Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom debuted during the event. A Director’s Cut version of the announcement trailer which featured more than a minute of new footage was released after the keynote presentation. Among the pieces of information that were announced at the event was that “the artistic visionaries behind the first game are back to take their creative vision of a grand adventure to even higher heights that are sure to delight video game fans.”
Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi will return to score the game’s soundtrack, even if Studio Ghibli itself appears to be less involved this time. That studio had won numerous positive reviews for the music that accompanied Ni No Kuni. There had been talk of the same team signing up for this game but at the moment, Hishaishi is the one that has officially agreed to work on this particular title.
The game was actually teased back in April of 2015, when a Twitter user started giving hints about a JRPG that was coming to the PS4 and was not a remake. After another Twitter user guessed the name of the game was in fact going to be Ni No Kuni 2 the Twitter user who had inside information confirmed the game was on the way. Neither Bandai Namco or Level-5 ever confirmed those posts were anything more than rumors and eventually the gaming world dismissed those as nothing but rumors.
While there isn’t a lot known about the game, as it was just announced in early December of 2015 there are a few details that Level-5 and Bandai Namco have allowed to let slip. We know that while Ni no Kuni II picks up to some degree where the last game left off, this title will follow a completely new storyline and will have almost an entirely new cast of characters. There are a few characters from the last game that will help tie to the two stories together, but much loved characters like Mr. Drippy don’t appear to be making an appearance in Revenant Kingdom.
We know that Ni No Kuni 2 begins with a coup led by some sort of rat king that ends up deposing Evan from his throne. While he first thinks that he is largely alone, he soon meets a visitor from another world and together they fight against those who took over his kingdom. While he’s forced to flee and rebuild forces to retake his realm, he will find allies along the way that will all possess different abilities that will play a part in winning battles and attempting to take back the kingdom.
There isn’t much of anything known about the specific style of gameplay in Ni No Kuni 2: The Revenant Kingdom but there are aspects of the game that can be taken from common elements in previous titles. The point of view is almost always third-person and there have been a combination of role playing and a specific card battle game interwoven in previous titles. The player controls the player character in a combination of combat and puzzle game elements to achieve goals and complete the story.
Combat is generally performed by controlling a single character and attacks consist of weapons, magic or acting through an ally.
While the Ni No Kuni universe has a number of recurring characters, this game is said to have a new cast with just a few returning characters in order to turn the story from the first game to this one. From the reveal trailer, we know that King Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum of Ding Dong Dell is the main character of this game. He is joined by a mysterious visitor from another world who is known only as Roland. There are other allies that Evan encounters along the way as well as several villains that are shown but not named in the reveal trailer.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game