By Jenni . April 17, 2012 . 11:55am
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was pushed back from a holiday release to early 2013, but the localized version will be worth the wait. When I talked to Akihiro Hino, President and CEO of Level-5, about downloadable content, he said, "In terms of the DLC, regardless of it being paid or free, we will definitely be bringing it over to the States. But in terms of other, additional content, we are still in the midst of planning that out along with Namco Bandai as well as with Level-5 as well."
"Other than that, we are planning for additional enhancements to the game, so what we can say right now is that it’ll definitely be more than what we provided in the Japanese version."
Hino later went on to say Level-5 would definitely be including extra content in the North American and European versions, like extra creatures. Namco Bandai localization specialist Katherine Schilling said the Japanese version of the game had 50-80 hours of gameplay to begin with.
I also asked Hino if the Namco Bandai and Level-5 partnership would expand beyond Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and include other games like Guild 01. "We do have a pretty deep relationship with Namco Bandai, not only on the game but with other realms as well," Hino answered. Level-5 and Namco Bandai also partnered to create the Mobile Suit Gundam AGE anime series which Hino wrote and Bandai sells figures for The Little Battlers eXperince. "So, in terms of software publishing in the future or just collaborations with Namco Bandai sometime in the future, it is probable, but we can’t really say much." As much as I wish it were so, I’m guessing he wasn’t talking about Girls RPG: Cinderellife.