Namco announces Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Cel-shaded, hand-drawn animations promise to lend this JRPG a touch of visual class
Darren Allan

October 17, 2011
Ni no Kuni

Namco Bandai has announced that the Japanese RPG, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, will be coming to the PS3 in Europe next year.

Developed by Level-5, the architects of the Professor Layton series and Dragon Quest 8 and 9, the game’s animé graphics have been worked on by Studio Ghibli, and the in-game music composed by Joe Hisaishi (responsible for in excess of a hundred film scores).

So we can expect some pretty tasty animé visuals and a quality sound track, but what about the actual game itself?

Apparently Ni no Kuni is the tale of a young lad called Oliver who has recently lost his mother – all sounds strangely familiar. Mind you, there’s no begging for gruel here, and in fact this particular Oliver takes destiny into his own hands, attempting to bring back his mum by travelling to a parallel universe where he can learn the art of being a magician.

The inhabitants of this parallel dimension are strange and wonderful creatures who he can turn into pets, in order to fight his battles. Meaning that they might end up strange, wonderful and dead creatures, but such is life.

Studio Ghibli has apparently produced hand-drawn animation for the cel-shaded graphics engine which are reminiscent of animé feature films.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will also introduce an additional cast of characters and new areas to explore on the PS3.

Olivier Comte, Senior Vice President at Namco, commented: “The incredible people involved in this game give it a pedigree that is rarely seen in video games, and it’s a fantastic addition to our line-up for 2012. It takes a very hard heart not to be thoroughly enchanted by the amazing universe they have created together.”


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