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Level-5 Teases MMORPG-Scale Game To Be Announced for 20th Anniversary


Level-5 might have just released Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom for PC and PlayStation 4, but they've got other projects in the works and CEO Akihiro Hino dropped a few tidbits on one in a recent interview by 4Gamer (translated by Gematsu).

We do have an idea. I’m not sure if we can call it an MMORPG or not, but we plan to make a big title on the same scale as one. Also, since we are going into our 20th year, we want to make something we like. If we are able to get support from talented people able to do things we can’t, then I think we’ll be able to make it. By the way, the game we’re preparing won’t be fantasy but rather 'modern day'.

It was said somewhere that we’ll make a game for our 20th anniversary, so I think it’s OK. Although we say it’s a game for the 20th anniversary, it won’t come out this year. Rather, we wanted to make the announcement in the year of the anniversary. For example, Ni no Kuni was a 10th-anniversary celebration title, but it wasn’t actually released until two years later.

As someone of you might remember, Level-5 had plans for a proper MMORPG with True Fantasy Live Online, an exclusive for the original Xbox which was ultimately canceled. This time, it sounds like they might go with a large scale RPG with some multiplayer elements.

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Meanwhile, they're enjoying the success had with Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, a great JRPG in its own right.

King Evan’s adventures are something that I soon won’t forget after wrapping up Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. The rare trifecta of having everything I wanted in a JRPG was in full swing: a charming story with memorable characters, combat that ratchets up into higher difficulty with the postgame content, and side content that helped it stand out as something truly unique. While the kingdom skirmishes are the weakest part of Ni no Kuni II, building up the kingdom of Evermore into a global superpower was a feeling that no other RPG of late can match. Whether you’re up for a heartwarming story or brutally difficult postgame content, there’s something charming within this other world that you’ll have to check out for yourself.