Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

Not the charmer its predecessor was, but a jolly 40 hour epic with dashing combat and an engrossing empire-building subgame.

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Ni no Kuni 2's upcoming Tale of a Timeless Tome DLC episode gets a trailer

Level-5's Ni no Kuni sequel Revenant Kingdom gets its second major DLC episode next week, March 19th, in the form of The Tale of a Timeless Tome - and there's a brand-new trailer to get you in the mood.

According to publisher Bandai Namco, The Tale of a Timeless Tome will introduce new story elements, new locations, new characters, and new fighting Methods, with much of it themed around a mysterious entity known as the Conductor.

The Conductor - a giant, tuxedo-wearing rabbit - inhabits a dream world "where people's memories mix and mingle" that protagonist Evan slips into while falling asleep at the Goldpaw Inn. "Who is this off character and what is his objective?", asks Bandai Namco, as if it didn't know the answer already. Additional intrigue may be found in the new trailer below.

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Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom review - majestic if not magical

So much of the magic in any magical world lies with how you get there, how the secret realm reveals itself: the spectral figures who vanish at second glance, the glisten of bells on the wind at dusk, that first, breathless step across the glowing threshold. These journeys between realities are often a question of cathartic redefinition: something about the everyday world is out of joint, and the other universe is an enchanted mirror in which the problem takes on a kinder guise, with familiar objects transported and transformed - cats into kings, sticks into wands, dolls into fairies.

Ni no Kuni 2

Developer: Level-5

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Ni No Kuni 2 has been delayed until March 2018

"We can't wait to share this new adventure with you our fans".

Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom has officially received its second delay, and will now release on PC and PS4 on March 23rd 2018, according to publisher Bandai Namco.

I've played Ni No Kuni 2 a couple of times now, and I can't shake my growing concerns for it. I loved the first Ni No Kuni and was delighted when - after four years - a sequel was finally announced. More than anything else about the first game, I remember its warmth: the story of Oliver and his mother in our world, the characters in the fantasy world of Ni No Kuni itself, and the cast of Pokémon-style familiars I picked up along the way.

Ni No Kuni 2 has a season pass

UPDATE: Two expansions coming, special edition includes vinyl and music box.

UPDATE 2.35pm: Ni No Kuni's season pass has now been officially announced. There's little more information on what it contains, however, other than the fact the game will have two post-launch expansions.

Ni No Kuni 2 gets a release date

Ni No Kuni 2, Level-5's follow-up to the exquisite 2013 JRPG, has been given a final release date, with the Bandai Namco published game coming to PlayStation 4 and PC on November 10th.

We've yet to see too much of Ni No Kuni 2, though Studio Ghibli's involvement does seem to have been dialled back a little. Still, Joe Hisaishi is still on music duties, and it still looks absolutely splendid. Not too long left to find out if it reaches the heights of the original - a game that was 'rich yet breezy, classic yet modern, exquisitely made and completely sure of itself," as Oli noted in his review - and, more importantly, to see if Drippy is at least making a cameo.

We hope to have a little more on Ni No Kuni 2 for you later this week.

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Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom announced

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom announced

UPDATE: Extended trailer released.

UPDATE 7/12/15 2.35pm The announcement of Ni No Kuni 2 during Saturday's PlayStation Experience keynote was one of the highlights of the night. Now, publisher Bandai Namco has revealed an extended version of the game's reveal trailer.

Around a minute of extra footage is included in the director's cut trailer below. There's several new story scenes, for example, which give hints at how the tale will open.

Also of note is the confirmation that Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi will return to score the game's soundtrack, even if Studio Ghibli itself appears to be less involved this time.

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