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Ni No Kuni Sequel Confirmed Alongside Plans To Expand The Franchise

Less than a month has passed since Level-5 announced the remaster of their beloved PlayStation 3 title Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. In the wake of that reveal, Level-5 President Akihiro Hino has confirmed development on a Ni No Kuni sequel alongside plans to expand the series into a much bigger franchise.

Hino declined to share details about the new title, its story, or where it would fit into the Ni No Kuni timeline. He hinted about the game's release, however, stating that it would follow the debut of the Ni No Kuni animated movie. The film hits Japanese theaters on August 29, with no current plans in sight to bring the feature to the West. With August fast approaching, it's unlikely this new project will match the scale of the previous games. Hino mentioned a smartphone app, which means the sequel could be a mobile game.

Besides Ni No Kuni, Hino offered details about Yo-kai Watch 4. It seems the title is the first Level-5 has developed from the start for the Nintendo Switch, reinforcing the developer's promise to support the platform. Yo-kai Watch 4 will also tie into Yo-kai Watch, the franchise's animated feature debuting in Japan on December 13. Like Ni No Kuni, there's no word on a Western release of the movie.

Following delays on multiple games, including Yo-kai Watch 4, Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin, and Ni no Kuni 2, Hino shared that Level-5 was reviewing its development process. By the close of 2019, the company hopes to work out the kinks and restore the faith of its customers. Despite two delays, Ni no Kuni 2 received a strong reception from fans and critics at launch, bolstered by updates and three DLC packs. The most recent, The Tale of a Timeless Tome, came out on March 19.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered releases on September 20 for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC.