Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will come to Europe in the first quarter of 2013, Namco Bandai has announced. The Level-5-developed Studio Ghibli RPG is being localized “from beginning to end” in five languages, including English and Japanese voiceovers, and english, French, Italian, German, and Spanish subtitles.
“We have worked very hard on Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and it has been a great honour to collaborate with Studio Ghibli and Joe Hisaishi, so it was important for me that players outside Japan also have the best experience of the game we can give them,” said Akihiro Hino, President and CEO of Level-5. “To make this possible, we decided to invest the time in localising the game so that as many people as possible across Europe can enjoy the full experience in their own language.”
The game stars a young boy named Oliver, who travels to a parellel world and becomes a magician in attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. In the process, he’ll make new friends, adopt monsters, and command them in battle.
Ni no Kuni was previously announced as one of Namco Bandai’s “premier titles” for 2012 in both the U.S. and Europe. At press time, we’re not sure if the U.S. release has also been pushed to 2013 (it’s still early morning here), but if / when the press release arrives, we’ll have the update.