Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Coming to PC, Getting Simultaneous Worldwide Release

You won't have to wait for Ni No Kuni II to be released in English.

News by Kat Bailey, .

Like so many other Japanese RPGs of late, Ni No Kuni II is coming to PC. And you won't have to wait for it either.

Bandai Namco announced at their event yesterday that Ni No Kuni II will be released on Steam in 2017. It will launch on Steam at the same time as the PlayStation 4 version.

In addition, Bandai Namco has confirmed that Ni No Kuni II will be getting a simultaneous worldwide release, so English speakers won't have to wait quite as long as they did for Ni Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Fans of the previous game may recall that Ni No Kuni didn't get a western localization until January 2013—more than a year after the original release.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Could Salvage a Series with Promise

A fresh start may give Level-5 the chance it needs to make their next Studio Ghibli collaboration great.

The original Ni No Kuni was born of a partnership between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli. It featured some beautiful animation, and it was lauded in a number of major reviews, but reactions to its pacing and its battle system were more mixed.

In creating a sequel for the PlayStation 4, Level-5 is more or less making the franchise their own, though you can still see some Studio Ghibli influences. One aspect of the gameplay that they showed at their event, for example, are Higgledies—tiny Pikmin-like spirits remniscent of the Kodama from Princess Mononoke. The Higgledies will play a major role in the combat, where they will take the place of the Pokemon-like creatures that were the focus of the original Ni no Kuni.

Bandai Namco didn't offer a specific release window, but based on what was shown at their event, Ni No Kuni 2 is pretty far along. Stay tuned for some additional thoughts on the gameplay. For more discussion, subscribe to our RPG podcast, Axe of the Blood God, which updates every Friday.

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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #1 cldmstrsn A year ago
    This game is definitely at the top of my list of this years most anticipated. I LOVED the first one so much and this one is looking even better!
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  • Avatar for ironjoe99 #2 ironjoe99 A year ago

    I understand if it wasn't your cup of tea, but complete trash? That doesn't really add to the discussion in any way.

    I found the story charming if the language was a tad childish, and the combat could be fun on occasion but wasn't really its strong point. The collectathon aspect was something i enjoyed as well, but I can see people hating it. Good world building and side quests too. Music and graphics were amazing, and felt like being in a Studio Ghibli movie.
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  • Avatar for sketchlayerjosh #3 sketchlayerjosh A year ago
    I really enjoyed the first one, certainly. I hope it keeps the same sort of "Ghibli-esque" themes, even if the studio is less involved this time. The whole idea of a kid working through grief after the death of a parent as seen through a fantasy world added a nice extra layer of depth to the tale.

    Gameplay wise, maybe don't keep certain commands (like telling your party to guard) locked until fifteen hours in this time? One can hope.
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  • Avatar for Vonlenska #4 Vonlenska A year ago
    Unexpected but great news! While the Switch is in the "probably, eventually" category, PC is mostly what I play games on these days, so I wish more Japanese publishers would do this. (I can understand why they're hesitant to, but still.)
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  • Avatar for docexe #5 docexe A year ago
    Well, glad to see more JRPG’s getting international releases in multiple platforms, including PC.

    I’m currently playing the first game as I had it in the backlog for a very long time. I’m finding the art style delightful as well as the storyline so far. It has some “classic fairy tale” vibes that I just find very charming.

    I’m not fan of the battle system though. I’m not sure if it will improve once I get access to a full party with all their familiars, but so far it’s probably the thing I like the least about the game.
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  • Avatar for brionfoulke91 #6 brionfoulke91 A year ago
    I really liked the first game, including the battle system, which was a nice mix of traditional RPG and action elements. Sure, the game has a couple of flaws... the soundtrack was beautiful in cutscenes, but certain important pieces of music like the battle tracks were actually not that good. Not surprising as Joe Hisashi doesn't have a lot of experience scoring for games.

    But even so, I really liked the game overall. Looking forward to the 2nd one!
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