Bandai Namco has confirmed that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has been delayed and will now release for Playstation 4 and PC on 23rd March 2018.
Akihiro Hino, the president and CEO of Level-5, has released the following statement in regard to the ongoing development (and now delay) of Ni No Kuni II:
The development of our latest project Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is coming along very well and we can’t wait to share this new adventure with you our fans. In an effort to constantly innovate and bring new experiences to players, we’ve also implemented new modes in Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom including the new Skirmish and Kingdom Modes which will surely delight players.
However with innovation and new ideas come the need to ensure everything works together in a fun and cohesive package. This means we’ll need a bit more time to make sure the entire Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom experience meets Level-5 and Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.’s high quality standards. So today I would like to ask for everyone’s patience as we move Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom’s worldwide release date to 23rd March, 2018 for the PlayStation 4 and PC. We will be sharing more news about Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom in the coming weeks and months as we move closer to our new launch date. On behalf of everyone at Level-5, I want to thank you all for your patience and continued support.
The announcement was accompanied by a new video showing footage of the game and subtitled interviews with some of the Japanese voice actors.
Unlike the first game, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom isn’t a collaboration with Studio Ghibli, but has retained the same graphical style and looks absolutely stunning. And even though the delay is disappointing, it’s not entirely surprising given Level–5‘s ambition to achieve a simultaneous worldwide release for the game.
It took two years for Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch to reach Western shores following its original Japanese release in 2011, so we’ll cut Level-5 some slack over a few months for the sequel.