Level-5's Hino: More Ni no Kuni Games Are Possible
posted on by Egan Loo
In an interview with the Japanese website 4Gamer, Level-5 President Akihiro Hino said that there are various possibilities for developing his game studio's Ni no Kuni franchise, although nothing has been decided yet.
When asked if those possibilities include more packaged title releases (as opposed to downloadable content or online store releases), Hino added, "Yes, that's right. Those, too, of course." 4Gamer then asked if Level-5 is aiming to continue and expand the world that it created already, or something entirely separate, and Hino responded that he think his company will do the former — although he cannot say on the record.
Level-5 released two Ni no Kuni games with animation by Studio Ghibli and music by Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi: Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madōshi for the Nintendo DS handheld system last December, and Ni no Kuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joō for the PlayStation 3 console last month. Both games follow a boy who can travel from his home world to the world of "Ni no Kuni" via a magical book.
An English release of Ni no Kuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joō is planned for early 2012. Ni no Kuni was outsold by both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and One Piece Gigant Battle 2: New World during its first week of sales last month.