Bandai Namco just revealed a large batch of screenshots of the upcoming JRPG by Level-5 Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom.
First of all, we get the presentation of a few characters. Keep in mind that names may vary in the western localization, as this announcement came from Japan.
Hamar Nahar Derguna is a mysterious villain wearing a snake mask. He seems to be able to control evil spirits to throw the kingdoms into chaos. He is gathering the items that serve as evidence of the bond between kings and their people, but his real purpose is unknown.
The second character is a mysterious boy who appears in Evan’s dreams occasionally, providing guidance to solve his problems.
Nil was chief in the forest of the same name. He lost at gambling against Pugnacius of Goldpaw, and the forest has been seized to settle the debt.
Rauze was the former king of Ding Dong Dell and father of Evan. He was a strong and kind ruler, trusted by the people. He died suddenly due to an illness.
Dalysin is the new Minister of Ding Dong Dell, having reached his position after Chuudain’s coup d’etat.
We get to see the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell under Chuddanin’s oppression (incidentally, the kingdom isn’t named Ding Dong Dell in Japanese, but Goroner), and Bergashin, the kingdom’s kingmaker.
More screenshots show the fighting style of Evan, Roland, Tani, Batu, Bracken, and Leander. On top of that, we see weapons with special effects that can be obtained as drops or in Kingdom Mode.
Quite interestingly, we get the reveal of the “Labyrinth of Dreams,” a dungeon that can be accessed through the “Gate of Dreams.”
The dungeon itself is randomly generated, and its “danger level” consistently increases as you proceed. Rare items that can be won in the labyrinth, and found in treasure chests. Monsters also become stronger as the danger level increases, and there is only one door for each floor that permits to escape.
The danger level can be decreased by bringing a specific drop to the “healing statue,” and there are friendly NPCs that provide materials necessary to upgrade rare weapons. Powerful enemies await on the final floor.
Entrances to the Labyrinth of Dreams exist in several places within the game.
By progressing the story, Evan can also gain access to ships and airships, which further expand the horizon of the adventure. Airships allow to explore beyond the “Sea Chasm” at the border of the map, and there are treasures in places that can be found only by flying there.
You can check out all the screenshots below. If you want to see more, you can also check out a recent video showing the first fifteen minutes of the game, two more videos showing the city of Thalassea and the metropolis of Goldpaw, our recent hands-on preview, details on the battle system, another gameplay video, another trailer about the music by Joe Hisaishi, a gameplay trailer focusing on combat, the latest batch of 4K screenshots in English, more screenshots from the Japanese version of the game, a video featurette focusing on the characters, another from December about the kingdom builder feature itself, a longer gameplay video showcasing the skirmish mode, another semi-recent gameplay clip focusing on boss battles, one more gallery of screenshot and artwork, a trailer focusing on animation and visuals, and another trailer featuring the Japanese voice actors.
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will release for PS4 and PC on March 23rd, 2018.