Ouch. Almost exactly a month after receiving a release date for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, things have changed. Bandai Namco has announced that the title has been delayed.
News straight out of E3 had Ni No Kuni II originally slated for release on November 10th, 2017, for both the PlayStation 4 and PC. A video with the game’s director, Akihiro Hino has been released announcing the new release date of January 19th, 2018. In the subtitled 2 minute video, Mr. Hino explains that “We have decided that more development time is required in order to deliver the full Ni No Kuni II experience to our fans.”
After apologizing Mr. Hino continues stating that there was one more announcement or misunderstanding that he wanted to clarify. Stating that during an E3 interview he made incorrect comments regarding Ni No Kuni II‘s multiplayer content. He then adds that Ni No Kuni II will in fact, not feature any multiplayer content. “I misunderstood the interview question, thinking it was asking about online content in general.” Clarifying that “my answer referred to online announcements of in-game events”.
Mr. Hino carries on apologizing again for the confusion his comments may have caused. But then reminds us that the team “will continue to strive to provide a deep and satisfying single player experience”. The video is then closed out by his last announcement that Ni No Kuni II has received 8 game awards and 9 nominations from several international gaming news media. Then expresses his gratitude for players and fans.
For me personally, whenever a title drops out off that darned holiday season it always raises a brow. Especially with an apology only just about a month after its initial announcement. I am, however, pleased with this news as it gives the developers some much needed time to fine tune everything. But most importantly it gets out of the holiday season! I now don’t have to worry about it getting lost in the madness that is the season that sees a new major Mario game. Let’s not forgot a new Pokémon title drops that month as well.
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