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No longer a PS4 exclusive, ‘Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom’ is coming to PC

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was one of the most celebrated role-playing games on PS3 and now the sequel will have a wider audience.

Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is coming to PC, according to a wide-ranging GameSpot interview with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino. Previously, the game was only known to be in development for PlayStation 4.

The much-anticipated follow-up still does not have a firm release date, but Hino confirmed that Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is coming to both platforms this year. Unlike Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, it will see simultaneous worldwide release. This is noteworthy, considering the timeline of the original’s translation.

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Upon localizing Wrath of the White Witch in early 2013, Level-5 was surprised by its warm reception in the west. The franchise had already been successful in Japan, dating back to the 2010 release of Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn for Nintendo DS. That game was enhanced into Wrath of the White Witch in Japan for PlayStation 3 in late 2011, but the English translation proved to be a challenge.

From the interview, it appears that the simultaneous worldwide and multi-platform release has influenced its design. “As a fan of Western RPGs, I think our games need to be offering a similarly great experience, utilizing things like an open world and a stress-free battle system. It should feel familiar for all gamers,” Hino said.

The original also featured a highly praised collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli, but that will not be the case for Revenant Kingdom, at least not in an official capacity. Level-5 has retained the Ghibli style, so visually and musically, the game will be familiar to series veterans. Revenant Kingdom features a new cast of characters but looks to keep the same melancholy humor and charm that made the first game such a poignant experience for many players.