Level-5 has updated the Japanese official website for Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom with more information and screenshots of the game’s world, its kingdom creation mode, and additional elements like a Facebook-style social media platform called “Leaf Book.” A new behind the scenes developer diary was also released.
Get the details below.
■ The World of Ni no Kuni
(Catch up on our previous coverage of Thalassea here.)
—Thalassea is an extremely beautiful town surrounded by water, but the citizens are always under the watch of the “Eye of the Queen.” Its temperature is high, but it is surprisingly easy to live easy to live because of the clear weather. There are many restricted actions under the thorough reign of Queen Homedias. For that reason, problems themselves are unlikely to occur. There are some who question the politics of the queen, but the high consul subdues any such resistance on the spot, “solving” the peoples’ dissatisfaction each time.
Broadleaf is a corporate giant country. Originally, it was a small country with dense forests, but with the innovative inventions of President Musaka, it developed into a rare science power in the world of Ni no Kuni. There is a sky-high company office building tower known as the “Intelligence Big Tree,” where all of the country’s functions are consolidated.
“If the Magical Fusion Reactor is completed, the world will change. And then I will rule this world.”
An inventor who grew Broadleaf from a small company into a corporate giant country over the span of several decades. He is ambitious and has an inquiring mind, but is not bound by religion or moral value. He is forcing the people to complete his “Magical Fusion Reactor” without concern for their sacrifices. There are frequent protests by those that oppose his system.
—The land where Broadleaf was founded is a place where many high energy materials called “Magic Ores” lie dormant. Musaka’s innovative inventions made it possible to use the energy of Magic Ores, leading the country to develop into a major power. However, the reduction of Magic Ores has become a problem, and the development of a new energy is a pressing matter.
■ Game Overview
◆ Battle System
(Catch up on our previous coverage of the battle system here.)
A Great Variety of Styles
Each character has their own unique battle style, and can trifle with and overwhelm enemies through varied combat. You can also instantly switch between playable party characters in battle in response to the state of the battle.
(Catch up on our previous coverage of Kingmakers here.)
Balmodine, a Kingmaker
The Kingmaker of Broadleaf. He is determined and inquisitive, and is more interested in his own growth than being a good Kingmaker. Some of the armaments on his back were created by himself, and some were given to him by Musaka.
◆ Kingdom Mode
(Catch up on our previous coverage of Kingdom Mode here.)
By bringing new talented individuals and technology into the kingdom established by Evan, you can gain various benefits that will be useful on your adventure and in battle. By assigning the right people to the right places, you can develop your kingdom with greater efficiency.
In order to develop the kingdom you build, you will manage not only the castle, but also various facilities and talented individuals outside the castle, and commit to the kingdom’s development. You can move forward on your journey with a greater advantage by developing the kingdom, so be sure to build a kingdom all your own.
- Step 1: Use Kingdom Gold (KG) to construct facilities.
- Step 2: Assign the talented individuals you scouted to the proper facilities.
- Step 3: Move forward with research at your facilities. You can acquire new magic and manufacture new weapons.
By repeating this cycle, the kingdom’s power will rise, and Evan’s country of Evermore will significantly develop.
Step 1: Use Kingdom Gold (KG) to construct facilities.
—Use Kingdom Gold (KG) to construct facilities like weapon workshops and magic research labs.
—Farms are among the various other facilities you can construct.
—Shopping facilities include restaurants, variety shops, and more. These will acts as reassuring support for your adventure.
Step 2: Assign the talented individuals you scouted to the proper facilities.
Talented individuals have parameters called “Development Power,” which includes “Military,” “Technology,” “Spirit,” and “Magic,” as well as fields of expertise. Scout a lot of talented individuals and place them in the facilities that suit them best.
Batu has high “Military Development Power.” Assign him to the weapons workshop!
Leander has high “Magic Development Power.” Assign him to the magic research lab!
Step 3: Move forward with research at your facilities.
Once talented individuals are in place, research can begin. Increase the weapons that can be created by doing research at the weapons workshop, and the magic that can be acquired by doing research at the magic research lab.
Through the construction of facilities, repeated research, and the development of the country, the townscape will gradually change. Developing the kingdom will become more and more advantageous to your adventure.
◆ Other Elements
“Leaf Book” is the social media platform of Ni no Kuni, where the world’s inhabitants post photographs as they please. Since there may be valuable information posted, be sure to check it every so often.
Higgledies are “spirits of hearts” that can only be seen by individuals with pure hearts. The “Higgledie Almanac” lets you see the profiles of all the unique Higgledies that you collect.
In addition to their standard costumes, each character has different costumes. There may also be nostalgic costumes among them.
—Oliver’s Costume from the first Ni no Kuni
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is due out for PlayStation 4 and PC on March 23.
Watch the developer diary below. View the screenshots at the gallery.