Ni no Kuni release pushed to Q1 2013
posted on 04.11.12 at 02:49 PM EDT by (@salromano)
New trailer coming soon.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will launch in North America and Europe in Q1 2013, Namco Bandai has announced.

The game was previously slated for winter 2012 in North America and early 2013 in Europe.

Level-5 boss Akihiro Hino was on hand during Namco Bandai’s “Global Gamers Day” press conference today to speak about the project.

Ni No Kuni initially began as a 10th anniversary project for Level 5. We wanted to make something we felt strongly about on a creative level that also had meaning as a game,” he said.

“We wanted the game to capture the beautiful animation techniques that Studio Ghibli is known for, so we asked them if they would render the animation scenes for this new project.

“Initially they were interested in the project, but didn’t like the title we had at the time. We came up with the name Ni No Kuni, which they liked, and production started soon after.

“While Ni No Kuni might look like a traditional RPG at first glance, we really challenged ourselves to come up with something that would be new and exciting.”

The game will feature language support “for each territory.” The North American version will feature English and Japanese voiceovers, while the PAL edition will feature English and Japanese voiceovers, as well as English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish subtitles.

Expect a new trailer soon.

Thanks, Jintor.

  • FinalFantasy_fangirl

    I don’t understand the delays.. First it was coming early part of 2012 then winter now 2013.

  • Zero

    I think this is a smart move. For once, Namco Bandai is thinking!

    Releasing the game early next year should give it a better chance to sell more copies.

    Hopefully, the delays result in a top quality version of the game.

    It helps me wallet out as well, haha. All these darn games like to come out between late Sep-Dec these days.

  • NCloud

    Quality takes time :)

  • legendarydynasty1992

    Guess Xillia wont be coming till like late 2013/early 2014 since namco hates localizing multiple console RPGs at once. This gives them time to make Xillia directors cut(my guess).
    On the other hand. 2013 is kinda bad if they are unlucky to release Ni No Kuni next to Final Fantasy versus 13. That game is an ultimate Titan that will crush any in its path. There is no release date. I have a good feeling that 2013 is versus’s year.

  • FAUNA

    Damn, bummer about the delay, as this is one of my most anticipated titles (truly a dream project.) I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR THE JAPANESE VOICE TRACK OPTION! Special Edition with full-sized artbook & unique case please.

  • rockman29

    That’s retarded, I’m sorry.

  • anime10121

    This sucks! Although with the vague as crap release date they gave anyway it probably would have been like Dec. 18th any way (the last working Tuesday of this year).

  • http://chaosraiden.blogspot.com/ Chaos Raiden

    A delay is better than a cancellation.

  • xMCXx

    Still so fucking late! This is a Ghibli movie made playable….[AB voice]And I want it noooooow![/AB voice]

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish mdemolish

    omg..it’s long long time