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Bandai Namco delays Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom again… this time to March 23, 2018

Bandai Namco and Level-5 have announced another delay for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. Previously scheduled to launch in January, the RPG will now be released for the PC and PS4 on March 23, 2018.

According to Level-5’s CEO, Akihiro Hino, the delay was necessary to make sure “everything works together in a fun and cohesive way”:

As you all know, Level-5 is committed to delivering the highest levels of design and quality in each of our titles. The development of our latest project, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, is coming along very nicely and we can’t wait to share this new adventure with you, our fans. In an effort to constantly innovate, we’ve also implemented new modes in Ni no Kuni II, including the new Skirmish and Kingdom Modes.

However, with innovation and new ideas comes the need to ensure everything works together in a fun and cohesive way; this means we’ll need a bit more time to make sure the entire Ni No Kuni II experience meets our highest quality standards. So today, I would like to ask for everyone’s patience as we move Ni No Kuni II’s worldwide release date to March 23, 2018. We will be sharing more news about Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom in the coming weeks and months as we move closer to our new launch date. On behalf of everyone at Level-5, I want to thank you all for your patience and continued support.

Akihiro Hino – President & CEO of Level-5

In addition to the delay, Bandai Namco unveiled a new trailer for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom that focuses on the game’s Japanese voicework, and it’s been embedded above.

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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom’s Gamescom 2017 trailer focuses on a new character named Roland

We’re just one day away from the start of the 2017 Gamescom expo, and Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom to celebrate. This time around, the publisher is shining a spotlight on Roland, a stranger in the strange land of Ni No Kuni:

When one world ends, the gateway to another opens. This new trailer focuses on Roland, a president from Ichi No Kuni as he is transported to Ni No Kuni and becomes a close companion of Evan Pettywhisker, the deposed king of Ding Dong Dell. Two new characters are also introduced including Nerea, the beautiful queen of the land of Thalassea and her advisor Leander.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is in development at Level-5, in conjunction with former Studio Ghibli Character Designer Yoshiyuki Momose, and it’ll be released for the PC and PS4 on January 19, 2018.

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Bandai Namco is preparing three special editions and a Season Pass for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Bandai Namco is going all out for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, which will be released for the PC and PS4 on January 18. The publisher confirmed this morning that the RPG will be available in three different special editions for the PS4, and a pair of post-launch expansions (which will be bundled together in a Season Pass) are also in the works.

Everyone will be able to pick up Ni No Kuni II’s “Day One Edition” ($59.99), which contains a copy of the game and a download code redeemable for the Special Swords Set DLC.

The “Digital Deluxe Edition” ($79.99) will only be available through the PlayStation Store, and it subs in a digital copy for the game, along with the Special Swords Set DLC, the Cat King’s Claw Sword DLC, an exclusive Theme, five exclusive Avatars, and the Season Pass. But if you’re looking for bonus goodies, you’ll want to check out the “Premium Edition” or the “Collector’s Edition.”

The “Premium Edition” ($79.99) will include the game, the Special Swords Set DLC, a Dragon’s Tooth Sword DLC, a Music Collection CD, and a 3D Papercraft Kit, all packed in a SteelBook Case.

The “Collector’s Edition” ($199.99) will go a step further and include everything from the “Premium Edition,” along with a Visual Arts Book, a Chibi Mechanical Rotating Diorama, a Lofty Plush, a Behind-the-Scenes Blu-Ray, a 3D Papercraft Display Case, and the Season Pass.

You can get a closer look at the contents of all three special editions for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom after the break. (more…)

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Bandai Namco pushes launch of Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom back to January 2018

Bandai Namco revealed this morning that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will miss its previously-announced November 10th release date. Citing a need for more time to ensure the game is as good as it can be, Level-5 CEO and President Akihiro Hino offered an apology to fans:

“We have decided that more development time is required in order to deliver the full Ni No Kuni II experience to our fans,” said Hino. “I deeply apologize to those who have been looking forward to the game’s release. Please rest assured, however, that we will continue to strive to provide a deep and satisfying single player experience that our fans can look forward to enjoying.”

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be released for the PC and PS4, and a new launch date has been scheduled for January 19, 2018.

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Super Mario Odyssey wins “E3 2017 Best of Show” from Game Critics Awards

A marquee upcoming release for the Nintendo Switch has once again claimed “Best of Show” from the Game Critics Awards at the E3 Expo. Super Mario Odyssey took home the big prize this year, along with additional wins for “Best Console Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game.”

Altogether, Nintendo took home top honors in six categories. Super Mario Odyssey’s trio of statues were joined by “Best Handheld Game” for Metroid: Samus Returns, and “Best Original Game” and “Best Strategy Game” for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

The editors that make up the Game Critics Awards panel made a lot of obvious picks in the rest of the categories, but they also threw in a few surprises. Strong debuts from Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (“Best Action Game”), Destiny 2 (“Best PC Game”), and Forza Motorsport 7 (“Best Racing Game”) lead to a few big wins, but I’m not anyone was expecting Arc System Works to surprise the crowd with Dragon Ball Fighter Z.

All of this year’s winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be released on November 10

Bandai Namco has announced that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be released for the PC and PS4 on November 10.

In case you missed it before, Revenant Kingdom is a sequel to Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which was released for the PS3 in 2013. The franchise is a collaboration between Level-5’s game design expertise and the artwork of Studio Ghibli artist Yoshiyuki Momose:

Explore a beautifully crafted world and experience a gripping story in an all-new RPG adventure. Famed Japanese developer, LEVEL-5, reunites with former Studio Ghibli artist, Yoshiyuki Momose, for character design, and Joe Hisaishi for music composition in the production of the next Ni No Kuni tale.

In the world of Studio Ghibli artist, Yoshiyuki Momose, players enter the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell, where cats, mice, and humans once lived in harmony. After a treacherous coup, Evan, the boy king of Ding Dong Dell is banished from his kingdom. Studio Ghibli artist, Yoshiyuki Momose recounts the story of this deposed king and his journey to build his own kingdom and unite the entire world.

Here’s hoping Bandai Namco reveals a new trailer for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom during this week’s E3 Expo.

UPDATE: And here it is. You can find Revenant Kingdom’s E3 2017 trailer after the break. (more…)

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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will also be released for the PC in 2017

First unveiled at the 2015 PlayStation Experience, we’ve known for some time now that Bandai Namco and Level-5 are hard at work bringing Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom to the PS4. Today, the publisher confirmed that the RPG is also heading for the PC in 2017. So if you’re new to the franchise, Bandai Namco has provided a quick primer on the story so far…

In the world of Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, players enter the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell, where cats, mice, and humans once lived in harmony. After a treacherous coup, Evan, the young boy king of Ding Dong Dell is banished from his kingdom. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom recounts the story of this deposed king and his journey to build his own kingdom and unite the entire world.

Supporting Evan on his adventure are friends Roland, Tani, and beings known as Higgledies who come from the power of the hearts found within people, animals, and elements such as fire and wind. Only individuals with pure hearts can see the Higgledies. The Higgledies will aid Evan throughout his journey, helping him in battles, and letting him reach places he wouldn’t otherwise be able to access. Join Evan on his quest as he fights powerful monsters, face perilous dungeons, and rises to once again become a King!

In addition to a wide and expansive world, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will also include lush animation overseen by former Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiyuki Momose. You can get a look at the artwork behind the RPG in a brand new set of screenshots that are available after the break. (more…)

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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is exclusively in development for PS4

Once again collaborating with Studio Ghibli, Bandai Namco and Level-5 have announced Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, a sequel to 2013’s well-liked Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, is exclusively in development for the PS4. There’s no release date yet, but you can get your first glimpse at the adventures of a boy king and his otherworldly companion in the “Director’s Cut” trailer embedded above.

“With its emotional storytelling, innovative gameplay, and breathtaking aesthetics, the original Ni No Kuni broke new ground in the RPG genre and became one of the most beloved and well-received games of 2013,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at Bandai Namco Entertainment America. “With Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, 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.”

Somewhere, Senior Editor Nicole Kline just started jumping for joy.

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