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Ni No Kuni II Almost Wasn’t Released In Japan

by on March 30, 2018

Why did certain things get revealed like they did for Ni No Kuni II? What was Level-5’s plan?

Video games are developed to make money, but, sometimes that also means developing a game for a specific region. For Level-5, despite them being based in Japan, their latest game Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom almost wasn’t released in Japan. Or at the very least, they didn’t know if they would bring it to Japan at first.

“At first, Ni no Kuni II was being developed for overseas, and there was a time where we hesitated on whether we should release a Japanese version. Ultimately we ended up making a Japanese version with high motivation,” said Akihiro Hino of Level-5.”

He continued, “However, entertainment is all about making things for those who say they really like something and give you money for it. The previous title received many awards overseas, and we decided to narrow down the target [for the overseas audience] and that’s why we made its title [Revenant Kingdom] romanized.”

Clearly releasing it to both regions was a smart play, and Ni No Kuni II will be enjoyed by more because of it.

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