Games | News | Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant | Overview
Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant is the sequel to the original Ni No Kuni game, Wrath of the White Witch, released January 2013 (in the UK and Western regions). Revenant is due for release 19th January 2018. Both games were developed by Level-5, and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment in collaboration with the iconic Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli.
Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant is set in the magical realm of Ding Dong Dell, where the young boy King Evan rules with kindness, which allows for mice, humans, and his fellow cat-folk to live together in peace and harmony. After King Evan is betrayed and forced into exile, his only hope is the support of his friends, and the mysterious and powerful beings known as the Higgledies. With their help, he may be able to found a new kingdom and help re-unite the world.
There don't appear to be massive differences in terms of gameplay compared to Wrath of the White Witch. From the gameplay trailer embedded above, I can see that they've changed the art style of the characters when running across the map to chibi, rather than smaller-scale versions of themselves. I prefered the original, but it's an art change so won't affect anything else.
From what I can see in the fights, you still utilise monsters to aid you in battle, however these appear to be groups of mini-spirits, which I assume are the Higgledies. I did initially have qualms with the use of the "monsters" in the first Ni no Kuni as it felt a little too like Pokémon; send out a monster to fight for you, it gains XP and evolves. These Higgledie spirits look a little more interactive, shown all jumping on to your opponent in order to take it down, and like you can use more than one or two at a time.
The Higgledies look like they're made up of particular elements such as fire and earth, and with the look, size, and style of the forest spirits seen in Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke. I'm not sure if their "types" are restricted to the four elements or if those are just the ones they chose to use for the trailer, or if there are any evolutions available, so that will be interesting to see.
All in all, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant is a game that I've been hoping and praying for since I finished Wrath of the White Witch back in 2013. It offers the level of JRPG I want without being overbearing (FF, cough cough), plus as a humongous fan of Studio Ghibli, the art style is just phenomenal in my eyes, and I wish every game looked as beautiful and fun as this series does.
I honestly can't wait for January next year. Only 5 months to go!