One of the most interesting additional features of Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the Kingdom building mode, that lets you build up Evan’s own kingdom in a charming quasi-Sim City style.
Today we get a look at some of the buildings available. The Weapon Workshop and the Tailor Workshop are pretty much self-explanatory. They allow you to produce and upgrade weapons and armor respectively. Of course, you will need materials, and you can research new recipes for more advanced equipment. As you progress through the story you’ll even be able to awaken skills hidden within weapons.
Another relevant facility is the Magic Laboratory, where Evan can study and upgrade his spells, while the Higgledies Atelier where the little spirits can be born and level up.
The Altar of Dispelling can be used by a character named Mei Sha, and will let you dispel curses from items dropped by enemies. Cursed items are nearly useless unless you do this.
The Symphony Theater is where the musician Georgios works, and he can play the game’s music track for you once you drop the corresponding key item.
The Training Center is where Evan can improve his troops for skirmish mode, while the Expedition Headquarters can be used to train gatherers.
More facilities will be available, like restaurants, farms, or general stores.
We also learn about magical monsters, that are bigger and more powerful versions of normal critters. They have been tainted by magic, and they’re dangerous encounters. You can distinguish them because they’re surrounded by an evil aura, but defeating them will grant powerful items and costumes. Additional rewards are also offered for killing a certain number of them.
Another interesting character is Uncle Higgledy, who will raise the party’s stats in exchange for a certain kind of stones that you can find during your adventure.
We recently learned that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has gone gold, and it will launch for PS4 and PC on March 23rd, 2018.