Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom – Everything we know

What is Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom?

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is the sequel to Bandai Namco’s critically acclaimed JRPG Ni No Kuni: The White Witch.

It’s being made by the same dream team of ex-Studio Ghibli staff, including character designer Yoshiyuki Momose and composer Joe Hisaishi, that helped create award-winning animations such as Grave of the Fireflies and Spirited Away.

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The first game remains a modern classic on PS3, telling an endearing, tragic and oftentimes hilarious tale. You also had a camp sidekick with a ludicrious welsh accent. Tidy, Ollie boy!

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom release date – When is it coming out?

Ni No Kuni 2 is scheduled to launch on January 19, 2018 for PS4 and PC.

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Limited Edition – What’s in it?

Bandai Namco has revealed three special bundles for Ni No Kuni in Prince and King and Limited variants. You can find all the neat details alongside some images below.

Prince’s Edition (£84.99): 

  • Full copy of the game
  • Making of documentary on blu-ray
  • Exclusive Steelbook Case
  • Season Pass

King’s Edition (£139.99): 

  • Full copy of the game
  • Making of documentary on blu-ray
  • Exclusive Steelbook Case
  • Season Pass
  • Joe Hisaishi Sountrack on vinyl
  • 148 page artbook
  • Evolution of the King diorama statue

Finally, we have the Limited Collector’s Edition. This positively massive package is limited to 25,000 units worldwide, and it’s easy to see why.

Limited Collector’s Edition: 

  • Full copy of the game
  • Making of documentary on blu-ray
  • Exclusive Steelbook Case
  • Season Pass
  • Limited Edition Packaging
  • Chibi Mechanical Rotating Diorama
  • Visual Arts Book
  • Lofty Plushy
  • Music CD Selection
  • In-game weapon DLC
  • 3D Papercraft kit and Display Case

What the recently announced season pass will contain remains unconfirmed beyond the mention of two post-launch expansions.

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Trailers – How does it look?

Bandai Namco has revealed a lovely gameplay trailer for Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom.

m. Providing us with a glimpse at exploration through a range of different environments, we also see the newly refined battle system in action.

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom story – What’s it about?

Revenant Kingdom focuses on the young ruler of Ding Dong Dell known as King Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum. This fox-eared, hot-headed ruler has found himself the victim of a coup, and must reclaim his kingdom. He’ll do this with the help of Roland, a visitor from another world.

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Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom gameplay – Hands-on at E3 2017

Hands-on by Reviews Editor, Alastair Stevenson

Though it retains a party exploration mechanic at its core, Ni No Kuni 2’s combat system has been completely reworked.

Unlike Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which featured a traditional turn-based JRPG battle system, in Revenant Kingdom combat takes place in real time.

Initially this left me concerned Ni No Kuni was dumbing down the stat-heavy, in-depth combat synonymous with JRPGs in a bid to increase its appeal to more casual gamers. Playing the two big boss demo battles, however, Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom’s battle mechanics felt like they had a decent amount of depth.

Jumping into an epic battle against Long Fang, one of the game’s bosses, I took control of protagonist Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum in a closed arena.

Once the battle started, Lofty – one of the game’s main NPCs and a member of my party during the demo – instructed me how to switch between melee and long-range magic spell attacks, which are the staple offensive maneuvres you’ll use throughout the game. Both the short- and long-range attacks can be fired off instantly, or charged for increased power.

Initially my attacks did woefully little damage even when charged. But after a few minutes of me running between claw slashes using the game’s new dodge and block moves, Lofty introduced the game’s Higgledy mechanics and things got a little more interesting.

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Higgledy replace The White Witch’s familiars and are helpful sprite companions that join you and your party in battle. They do little direct damage, but colour coded clusters of them enable specific states and effects when you stand in them mid battle. A green Higgledy will heal you, for example.

The feature sounds odd, but it made the battle feel simultaneously fast-paced and tactical. With Longfang throwing everything but the kitchen sink at me, the match turned into a frantic game of cat and mouse.

To survive Long Fang’s assault I had to sprint between the Higgledy, jumping between defensive and healing groups, desperately trying to attacks while simultaneously keeping an eye on my teammates’ status and health, all the while firing lucky pot shots at my dragon-like foe.

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Evan’s skills added further variety to the battle. Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom’s battle UI doesn’t feature any in-game menus to speak of, limiting you to four of your character’s special skills in each encounter. As a result, I was only able to try a very small number during the demo. But those I tried added yet another welcome layer of depth and acted as a quick way to quickly heal or buff my stats when in a dire situation and away from the Higgledy.

The dynamics worked great in my short time with the game, but I do have a few concerns about the new system. For starters, the bosses I battled were outright damage sponges. After a solid 15 minutes wailing on Long Fang I still hadn’t made a huge dent in his health.

I’m also a little nervous about the lack of diversity between the Higgledy I saw. Pretty much all of them looked identical, outside of subtle colour fluctuations, and offered very limited abilities beyond healing and minor stat buffs.

Hopefully Bandai Namco’s promise that there will be much more diversity in the final build will ring true and not all the bosses are that tough or the combat will likely get repetitive fairly quickly.

Opening impressions

Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom looks amazing, and while I’m not fully convinced that its new combat system will be to everyone’s taste, it’s definitely interesting and features a decent amount of depth.

I’ll be interested to see how it gels with the game’s other mechanics, which Namco Bandai’s promised will include mysterious “kingdom building” features, when the company unveils more gameplay at Gamescom later this year.