PlayStation announces that the popular JRPG, Ni No Kuni will be getting a sequel. Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is once again being developed by Level-5.
Today’s PlayStation Experience keynote presentation has revealed that critically adored JRPG Ni No Kuni will be getting a sequel. The next game, entitled Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom, will be exclusive to the PS4.
The sequel will tell the story of a young king named Evan, who travels through a kingdom swallowed by darkness to prove himself as a worthy monarch. As in Ni No Kuni, the protagonist will be joined by a number of other characters during his adventures, one of which is named Roland and is described as a visitor from another world. As enemies arise, Evan and Roland must band together in order to build a kingdom where everyone can live happily ever after.
The first Ni No Kuni made its Western debut on the PS3 in 2013, 2 years after its original Japanese release. The RPG was very well received critically, with many praising the game’s beautiful animated visuals and well-written story. Ni No Kuni generated a lot of attention prior to its release by being one of the first video games to have been developed in collaboration with the acclaimed Japanese movie studio, Studio Ghibli.
The game was a huge success and was nominated for its story and artistic achivement at the 2014 BAFTAs. Whilst it stood a strong chance of winning the awards, Ni No Kuni faced feirce competition from 2014’s heavy hitters, like GTA V , The Last of Us, and Bioshock Infinite. While the the role-playing game didn’t win any BAFTAs, it did earn several other accreditations, including the VGX award for Best RPG and the Satellite award for Outstanding Role Playing Game.
The story of the first title followed the story of a boy named Oliver who, after the loss of his mother, travels into another world that is filled with magic and monsters in order to look for his soul mate. Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom also uses a young boy as the game’s protagonist but this time it seems from the trailer that Evan already comes from the fantasy world and it is Roland that has made the journey.
Ni No Kuni 2 does not yet have a release date but one is likely to be revealed sometime in the near future. Hopefully once the date is set, developers Level-5 will be able to stick to it as the first Ni No Kuni was delayed several times before it was eventually released in 2013.