In a recent press conference, Level 5 lifted the veil on sales figures for its various franchises. Of particular note is Ni no Kuni, which sold a respectable 1.4 million copies worldwide between PS3 and DS, about half of which were sold outside of Japan. They also revealed the Professor Layton series sold about 15 million in total, and Inazuma Eleven sold 6.5 million (both figures worldwide).
In the same press conference, the company announced they are developing a crossplatform free-to-play RPG titled Wonder Flick. Seemingly a traditional RPG with some character creation mechanics, the game will feature music from Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. Wonder Flick will launch on PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita, iOS, and Android platforms; save data will be shared across every platform, though each will feature exclusive dungeons.
At present the title is planned only for a 2013 release on iOS/Android in Japan, with console versions to follow in 2012. A global release was not announced.
Namco Bandai has announced a slight delay in Ni no Kuni‘s European release. The game will instead launch on February 1, attributed to logistics and distribution delays. As compensation, the company will be offering a free downloadable gift to all affected players.
The US release date of January 22 has not been affected.
Namco Bandai has announced that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has gone gold, with all development and localization completed. The game will hit North American PS3s starting on January 22, 2013, with the European release to follow on January 25.
And speaking of Level-5, Namco Bandai will release a demo for Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on PlayStation Network this week. Go check it out, if you’re so inclined.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Level-5 has announced a special “Wizard’s Edition” of the upcoming Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Contrary to the usual artbook+soundtrack combo, this package throws in a copy of the Wizard’s Companion (your spell book in the game), a plush doll of lamp-nosed sidekick Drippy, and DLC familiars for the game itself. The WE is available solely through Namco’s online shop for the price of $99.99.
Namco Bandai has announced, by way of an E3 trailer, that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will see a US release on January 22. A UK release is set for January 25.
A sequel to the Level-5/Studio Ghibli title Ni No Kuni is possible, though, according to Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino, it will depend on how well the game does outside of Japan. Speaking with Famitsu, Hino appeared confident the game would do well worldwide, adding that the localization director tapped for the project has considerable experience; this will, however, be their first project with Level-5.
The PS3 version, subtitled Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, is expected to release in the first quarter of 2013.
Howdy-howdy! Slowly getting back to a working schedule, though still suffering connection issues. Making some progress on my end, or at least narrowing down the problem. But enough about my griping, we’re here for the news! News, and the joy of shows about time-travelling quad bikes on YouTube.
Gotta love Klyka, man. Anyway, let’s get at it:
- Sony is reportedly beginning work on game concepts for the yet-unannounced PS4, with an expected release window of 2014…
- …while Microsoft looks to debut the “Xbox Next” at E3 2013. Also, Fable will get a chance to disappoint people on the Next.
- A Gamasutra interview on Rage sparks… rage. The writer responds, arguing that being potentially blacklisted for a pointed question or two is kind of an overreaction.
- Blizzard offers up a side of Diablo III free with $180 worth of World of Warcraft. Such a deal! Blizzard, throw in Warcraft 4 or the rest of Starcraft II and we’ll talk.
- Speaking of tie-ins, Mass Effect 3 teams up with Battlefield 3 to prop up the latter gain early access to the ME3 multiplayer demo. Maybe they’re hoping BF3‘s multiplayer mojo will rub off or something.
- Namco Bandai is set to publish Ni no Kuni in Rest-of-the-Worldia, Yoshida says more about FFXIV, Batman: Arkham City opens up fresh DLC wounds, and more!
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Level-5 has confirmed that Namco Bandai will publish the upcoming Ni no Kuni for its North American and European releases. Subtitled as Wrath of the White Witch, the game is set for a 2012 release