E3 2017: Ni no Kuni II Revenant Kingdom comes to PC and PS4 on 10 Nov
The beautiful world of Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom comes to life on 10 November for PC and PlayStation 4. Bandai Namco Entertainment dropped the news early during the E3 week, along with a trailer starring the game’s side characters.
The description states that our hero must first “forge a Kingsbond with a unique creature called the Kingmaker.” Presumably, it involves the royal twig we saw at the end, which is both silly and fantastical enough to be a Ghibli-esque adventure.
To clarify, Studio Ghibli is not involved in this installment – they’re busy as-is with Hayao Miyazaki’s next movie. Instead, developers Level-5 managed to secure the studio’s former animator, Yoshiyuki Momose, as well as the iconic composer Joe Hisaishi.
Momose held the role of animation director in the previous game, with a respected industry resume extending all the way to the early ‘70s. Hisaishi should need no introduction; his works grace so many acclaimed productions that Japan awarded him with a Medal of Honor in 2009.
All that’s to say we’re still in for a magical treat this holiday season.
10 minutes of gameplay
What’s also a treat is the following gameplay footage courtesy of PlayStation’s E3 live stream.
Around the 3:35 mark we can see the new, menu-free battles in action, shifting away from the hybrid system of it’s predecessor. Now that it’s real-time, Evan can run, roll, and combo his way to victory. There’s still a tactical element, though, thanks to the elemental Higgledies that scurry around to provide assistance.
Here’s shorter, direct-capture footage of the different skills and spells that party members can pull off:
Wondering what on earth all this is about?
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a JRPG set in “the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell, where cats, mice, and humans once lived in harmony.” Players control the young Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum who, after a coup, must journey across the land to reclaim his title and unite the world. Of course, joining him are a colorful cast of characters such as the off-worlder Roland and sky pirate Tani.
The first game, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, was a gem of an adventure on PlayStation 3. While its luster was clouded by the somewhat underwhelming story and pacing (it could have used a more focused direction), it stil bathed in praise for everything else it did right. In particular, the artwork and soundtrack – no surprises there.