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Level-5 CEO: Ni no Kuni Sequel Possible If PS3 Version Successful Overseas


Want to see more of Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's collaborative RPG Ni no Kuni? Then you may want to consider picking up the international PlayStation 3 version.

In an interview with Famitsu.com at Namco Bandaia's recent Gamers Day event, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino said that, with regards to a Ni no Kuni sequel, he'd like to continue with the series if they see strong results from the overseas version.

He appears to be confident in the game's chances for success, noting past success stories from Level-5. Dark Cloud, which Level-5 developed for Sony, sold 120,000 units in Japan, but topped a million total in worldwide sales. Dark Chronicle also did better outside of Japan. The Layton series, while a huge hit in Japan, was an even bigger hit overseas.

Namco Bandai is releasing the international version of PS3's Ni no Kuni under the name Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, in first quarter 2013. The reason for the long wait, explained Hino, is that they're taking time to ensure a proper translation. The game also has a lot of text, with over one million words.

The game's localization is being headed up by Level-5's localization director. According to Hino, the localization director is someone with long experience with localization. He did not work on the localization of the Layton series, though. This will be his first project for Level-5.

Missing from all this talk of an English Ni no Kuni is the DS Ni no Kuni game, which preceded the Japanese PS3 version by about a year. Level-5 gave up on localizing this due to difficulties they foresaw selling the game with its thick Magic Master book, as well as potential difficulties with translating the book in the first place. The PS3 version of the game uses a digital version of the book which players can call up from the menu.

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