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Sony Announces White Knight Chronicles Sequel

Mostly CG trailer shows air and sea battles along with return of main character Leonard.

Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino in a White Knight Chronicles spot from earlier in the year.

Level-5 president Akihiro Hino revealed in a Famitsu interview a month back that a White Knight Chronicles (Shirokishi Monogatari) sequel was in development. Today during a Sony Computer Entertainment Tokyo Game Show press conference, the sequel was formally announced by SCE CEO Shawn Layden.

The sequel's Japanese title is Shirokishi Monogatari: Hikari to Yami no Kakusei. Unofficially, this translates to White Knight Chronicles: Awakening of Light and Darkness. Sony has not provided an official English name (in fact, the focus of the company's English efforts for the series today were on the original, which is set for overseas release early next year).

Official press materials from Sony revealed that the game will once again offer story and live parts, providing play experiences for both single and multiple players. Offline play will be one player.

The game is going to be sold in disc-only form, in case you were expecting Sony to switch to digital distribution.

While not providing further information, Layden introduced a first trailer for the game. The mostly CG trailer depicted a great sea and air battle and closed off with main character Leonard soaring through the sky and apparently transforming into his White Knight form in mid air. The trailer also showed Leonard's White Knight form engaged in a mid air battle with another giant, along with a giant emerging from beneath the water.

Air and water appeared to be key themes in the trailer, but we'll have to wait for Sony or Level-5 to share official details.

The company did not provide a release time frame for the followup today.

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