In November 2011, game developers Level-5 released Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch in Japan for the PlayStation3. Years later, in early 2013, Bandai Namco Games published the game in the western regions of the world. The game would turn out to be a huge critical and commercial success with sales reportedly crossing the 1 million mark in March 2014 which made it one of the best selling PlayStation 3 games.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was applauded by critics and gamers alike for it’s linear for of storytelling. The game’s story was written by Akihiro Hino, the founder, president and CEO of Level-5. The game’s animation sequences were produced by renowned Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli (the studio has been behind some of the greatest animated movies of all time like Grave of the Fireflies, Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away etc.)
Following the success of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Level-5 announced a sequel called Ni No Kuni: Revenant Kingdom at the PlayStation Experience event in late 2015. However this time around, the studio made it clear that Studio Ghibli would have no involvement in the game whatsoever. Ever since the announcement, the game’s release has been pushed back not once, but twice. With the latest change being from the scheduled 19th January 2018 release to March 23 2018.
The game follows two quarrelling tribes in the fictional Ding Ding Dell town. The tribes, (called the Mouse and Cat tribes) are pivotal to the story. The Mouse tribe performs a coup on the Cat tribe’s kingdom and the game’s protagonist Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, a boy king of the cat tribe is expelled from his kingdom.
The game’s story is that of Evan trying to build an entirely new kingdom with the help of other characters like Tani, who is the daughter of a pirate and Roland, a mysterious figure from another world who appears much younger than he really is.
Ni No Kuni: Revenant Kingdom is an open world role playing game which will let players play the game from a third person perspective. Unlike it’s prequel, Revenant Kingdom, gives the player full access to their kingdom and the players are free to build it as they like.
The developers also ditched the turn based attacking system of the previous game and instead opted for real time battles in open environments as opposed to in battle arenas in the previous title. During a battle, all the characters involved in the battle are manually moved by the player while they control their own character.
At the game’s heart is a large open world environment filled with towns and villages that the player may explore when they are not engaged in a quest. While the player roams around the world however, they are displayed as a miniature version of themselves.
The developers also announced that Ni No Kuni: Revenant Kingdom will stay locked to a stable 60 frames per second frame rate on both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro. However, they also confirmed that the PlayStation4 Pro will feature several enhancements and special additions to the game. Exactly what these additions might be was not revealed.
Release and availability.
The publishers will be selling different editions of the game with special added benefits to the purchaser. These editions include:
A Prince’s Edition which includes the PS4 game, a blu ray making of documentary of the game, and a season pass. The King’s edition will include all of that and the game’s soundtrack on vinyl, an art book featuring concept art, and a statue.
The last one will be the collectors edition which will be extremely limited and numbered. Apart from all the things mentioned above, this will include a visual arts book, a music CD collection, a plush toy and access to the DLC of the game when it is released.
Ni No Kuni: Revenant Kingdom is now slated for release on the 23rd of March 2018 for the PlayStation4, PlayStation Pro and Windows PC.