Independent and alternative video game coverage

Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Announced for PS4

These are some of the new characters that will be in No no Kuni 2. (Image by Level-5)

These are some of the new characters that will be in Ni no Kuni 2. (Image by Level-5)

A JRPG sequel with stunning graphics is heading to the PlayStation 4.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, a sequel to the 2013 role-playing game, was revealed by Sony during its PlayStation Experience conference in San Francisco, California on Saturday. The game was announced as a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

Revenant Kingdom is in development from Level-5, a Japanese studio with a long history of games on PlayStation consoles, going back to Dark Cloud (2001) on the PlayStation 2. Akihiro Hino, Level-5’s founder and president, will be the game’s new director.

Parts of Ni no Kuni 2 are once again done by members of Studio Ghibli, with Yoshiyuki Momose creating the visual and character design and Joe Hisaishi composing the music. The famed animation studio’s full involvement wasn’t announced for aspects like the game’s animation cut-scenes and might be unlikely, with the company currently on hiatus.

Ni no Kuni II will feature an all-new cast of characters than Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. One of the new main characters is a man named Roland, who is transported to a different world much like the protagonist in the first game. He teams with Evan, a boy whose kingdom and throne is in jeopardy of being overthrown during a time when the world is being overcome with evil. Evan is the king of Ding Dong Dell, one of the locations in the first game.

No release date for Ni no Kuni 2 was given. Bandai Namco Entertainment will be publishing the game for western audiences and Level-5 will publish it locally in Japan.

One of the themes in Ni no Kuni is that the main character gets sent to an alternate world that mirrors their own with fantasy elements. Wrath of the White Witch featured a different cast and storyline than its upcoming sequel, with a boy named Oliver and fairy sidekick Drippy trying to save the world after a difficult loss back in his own.

Wrath of the White Witch’s gameplay featured quests, a free-roam battle system and capturing different creatures called familiars to use in combat.

Ni no Kuni first appeared on the Nintendo DS in 2010 asĀ Dominion of the Dark Djinn and was exclusive to Japan. Wrath of the White Witch is an updated and expanded version that released in 2011 for the PlayStation 3 in Japan. The game released in January 2013 for North America.

Watch the Ni no Kuni 2 reveal trailer:

Correction: The original version of this article stated that Studio Ghibli would be working on the game’s visual design and animations. The story has been updated to reflect that only some people tied to the studio have been confirmed for the game’s development.

Advertisements