Level-5 Has A PlayStation 4 Game In Development

By Spencer . April 9, 2013 . 2:18am

ninIn an interview with Nikkei’s Trendy Net, Level-5’s CEO Akihiro Hino said they are working on a PlayStation 4 game. The unnamed title is still in a planning phase, but Level-5 might be able to announce it soon.


This past generation Level-5 primarily focused their efforts on portables with the Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven, and Little Battlers eXperience series. Altogether, Level-5 released three PlayStation 3 games like Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and the White Knight Chronicles series.


Hino said for the PS4 and next generation of hardware figuring out how to use network functionality is paramount.

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  • whatinthewolrd

    I hope its a new ip of epic proportions like Dark Cloud, Rouge Galaxy, and White Knight Chronicles.

  • Adol Christin

    “Just Bring It” ;)

  • Wouldn’t mind a similar game to Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch~ <3

    This one was such a beautiful and interesting game. Loved it!

    • AA


  • ragingmerifes

    Worth getting a PS4 already.

    • Farid Belkacemi

      Not so sure about this… Don’t forget FF Versus XIII and The Last Guardian :p

      • filipakos kurosanji

        you wont buy a console cause they didnt release 2 games?

        • Auvers

          doesn’t sound strange to me

        • Farid Belkacemi

          No, you missed my point. I’m just saying it’s a bad idea to buy a console day one for a game that’s still in the planning process :) Everything could happen… e.g Versus XIII and The Las Guardian ;)

          • ragingmerifes

            Level-5 would never go Square on us.

      • It’s really easy to forgive a couple pieces of borderline vaporware when there’s so much great shit out there already. Get back to me when I actually run out of games to play, sometime after the Apocalypse hits.

      • Learii

        FF Versus XIII have been rename FF 15 already

  • Guest

    White Knight Chronicles 3 please.

    • Adol Christin

      Seeing how they killed the online for 1 and 2 recently. I don’t see WKC3 happening anytime soon :(

  • mega jew

    Another Dark Cloud.

  • Wake

    Dragon Quest XI created in the same vein as Ni no Kuni. Traditional, yet fresh and no more online bs. No more create a character, instead they give us a charming cast of characters.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Squenix is unlikely to give up the online ghost for DQ. Or, rather, they’re unlikely to backtrack on the series newfound multiplayer focus to return to the style of DQ VIII. Even more than that, they’re unlikely to take the series back beyond Nintendo systems for the foreseeable future. A Level-5 developed DQ XI would be amazing though.

      • Wake

        Yeah. That was just a bit of wishful thinking on my part. Level-5 is always going to stick DQ to the biggest install base, so a 3DS DQ is most likely. The online aspect however might give them pause, since DQX didn’t really become this big thing they were expecting.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Not Level-5, but Square Enix. If Level-5 were left to decide, I’m sure they wouldn’t have minded doing DQ IX on PS3 or PSP after they’d done VIII pn PS2, but that was Squenix’s call. Now they’ve got Armor Project doing X on Wii/Wii U. If Level-5 is brought back for another DQ they’ll have to abide by whatever platform decision Squenix makes.

  • Kyle Silva

    Dragon Quest XI?

    • Ricardo Guedes

      i doubt it very much.. it depends on square-enix and dragon quest always come to the most successful game system. now it’s 3ds

      • Kyle Silva

        That explains Dragon Quest X being on Wii U…

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    I remember Hino saying recently that they would like to take another crack at doing a true MMORPG (since the one for Microsoft’s first Xbox never came into fruition, and WKC was only a psuedo-MMORPG). Level-5 is very talented so they should be able to put something together that amazes everyone.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Did he? Interesting. Pending they don’t come up with a new IP for the MMO, I think that’d be a cool way to dive back into the world of Rogue Galaxy — if they ever return to it. Much as I’d like another traditional RPG in that IP, it would lend itself really well to being expanded into an MMO.

      • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

        I could have sworn it was around the initial PS4 reveal that he said that he was interested in the new system and that one of the ideas they have was a MMORPG.

        I haven’t played Rouge Galaxy yet, but I’ve heard some good things about it (meant to pick it up at some point). But if they could expand on that concept with some online functionality, it could work out well.

        • Solomon_Kano

          You should definitely give Rogue Galaxy a go if you can. A very good game.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Back to the Future eh? Since what was saved from the dev work of True Fantasy found itself used in Rogue Galaxy.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Interesting. I had no idea that some of True Fantasy was salvaged for use in Rogue Galaxy. It’d be interesting to see it come full circle like that.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            That combat system just screams MMO. Timed attacks which piggy-back off each other for increased damage. Early bosses and maps also look almost identical to things shown for True Fantasy.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Hm. Good point about the combat. I hadn’t seen anything from True Fantasy, so I’d never have noticed the visual similarities. Very interesting. I really do hope they bring that full circle and do a Rogue Galaxy MMO then.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            You still need to come at least say hi to us on twitter sometime, dude.


            I am locked so I’ll have to approve you or anyone else looking to follow. Ishaan is always a good gateway to find us too.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I’ll probably make a Twitter one of these days, but I can never keep up with social media. One of these days! *shakes fist*

          • M’iau M’iaut

            We don’t keep track of who keeps up and who doesn’t. Just know the invite still stands.

          • Testsubject909

            Huh… didn’t know that… It would explain some of my issues with Rogue Galaxy.

            … Which oddly also fits with some of my issues with .Hack the quadrilogy on PS2.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Ya pretty much everything you don’t like is the MMO speaking. Healing isn’t so tedious if there’s always a WHM player. And of course every ‘great’ MMO must overwhelm ya with twenty billion menu choices.

  • Raphael Mijeno

    i´m still hoping for Ushiro

  • CirnoLakes

    And now I already have to buy a PlayStation 4.

    So much hardware, so much hardware.;_;

    I own so many consoles by this point just to play exclusive games that I swear I could build a computer with two GeForce Titans in SLI for the same price. Oh console exclusives, you cost me a pretty penny.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Which is the main reason why gaming is more or less the most expensive hobby you can hoped for lol.^_^

      • Space_Ghost

        Not even close, really. Being a musician is the most expensive hobby I’ve been a part of, but luckily for me I like gaming more.

      • Kevadu

        Gaming is cheap! I don’t know how you can even think that. Try taking up any equipment-heavy sport.

        • anime and manga is pretty bad, if you let it get that way XD

        • Testsubject909

          Professional end photography can be pretty damn freaking expensive pending how professional you want your pictures to end up being.

          Edit: Professional photography is not one of my hobby. I just know some details about it.

    • Adol Christin

      Are you saying the PS4 will cost as much as 2 gtx titans? that’s $2000. Sony already said, the PS4 won’t cost above $500.

      • CirnoLakes

        No, I’m saying my huge collection of consoles has cost as much as an extremely high end computer would.

        For instance, already in my collection:
        Wii U
        PlayStation 3
        XBOX 360
        Nintendo Wii (US)
        Nintendo Wii (JP)
        PlayStation 2 (US)
        PlayStation 2 (JP)
        Dreamcast (US)
        SEGA Saturn (US)
        SEGA Saturn (JP)
        Nintendo DS
        Nintendo 3DS (US)
        Nintendo 3DS (JP)
        PS Vita

        Some of these I’ve piled up over the years. So it isn’t so fair to count them since they were good during their time. But a lot of these are recent purchases. All of which add up to well over $2000. Especially by the time I purchase a PlayStation 4 to add to my collection.

        • Adol Christin

          Think of it this way. New graphic cards come out so fast that in 2 years time the Titan will be outdated. But the PS4 will still keep you going with new gorgeous games :)

          • CirnoLakes

            Well, both of them will become “outdated”. And both of them will keep me going with new gorgeous games.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Lol, seeing how much your collection cost there makes me wanted to cry here.
          I own at least double what you had there and i have been keep kinda turning my eyes away from the cost here.T_T
          I hope my GF will not see how much i have spend each month only for my hobby here lol.

  • Ixbran

    maybe a new Dark Cloud game. Dark Cloud 2 was one of my favorite PS2 games and im surprised that it hasn’t shown up on PS2 Classics section of PSN.

    • PersonaSpace

      This. This so much. Every day I pray that Level-5 does an HD collection of Dark Cloud 2 or just announces a sequel to it.

      • HD COllection would be amazing. Im still hoping for a HD collection of Xenosaga but I doubt it’ll happen. It’s already long way overdue :(

  • Victor Wesker

    Rogue Galaxy 2 please!

    • Kai2591

      or something like that at least!

    • Riseabovethesky

      I tried to like Rogue Galaxy but the constant need to heal got tedious. Dark Cloud 2 however is one of my favorite game ever.

      • Testsubject909

        You think the constant need to heal was tedious?

        How far did you get in the game?

        Edit: Because… let me tell you, and the fans of the game won’t like it but… The game was just filled with tedium in terms of it’s gameplay as you advanced forward…

        And this comes from a guy who spends many hours doing nothing but item worlds in Disgaea and overgrinding in the too-many dungeon crawlers he owns… While simultaneously loving just about nearly every genres of games…

        Sorry that I’m scrolling down, replying to everyone and going on about it but… Each time someone praises Rogue Galaxy. I’m just… confused.

  • Randgriz

    I hope its that cancelled PSP game Ushiro, upgraded to PS4

  • Amazing…please be a collaboration with ghibli again :D

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      This x100!

      It’s like Level-5 and Studio Ghibli were made for each other. The perfect relationship. =3

    • Testsubject909

      Jade Cocoon 3?

      Don’t recall who made Jade Cocoon…

      • Solomon_Kano

        Genki. Level-5 would actually be a pretty nice fit to take over the series though, now that I think about it…

  • cloudcaelum
  • Pockystix

    Dark Cloud 3

  • Kai2591

    *GASP* O_O

  • Isaac Newton

    PS4 network funtion = White Knight or Dragon Quest X(or maybe XI a single player would be nice Level 5)
    PS4 graphical presentation = Ni No Kuni
    PS4 a comeback ala PS2 = Dark Cloud or Rouge Galaxy

    • Solomon_Kano

      Definitely not DQX since Level-5 didn’t develop that, and unlikely to be DQXI since Square Enix has all but declared that series Nintendo exclusive. I’d love to see Level-5 do another single-player DQ, but that in itself looks unlikely since Squenix has been playing up the series’ multiplayer for two games now. If and when it does happen though, it’ll likely be for Wii U or 3DS.

      • Isaac Newton

        First Bayonetta now DQ XI *sigh* well that’s nintendo’s strategy….

        • Solomon_Kano

          The DQ relationship is a bit different. Square Enix doesn’t have to keep the series exclusive to Nintendo, but the DS and Wii’s larger install base led them to do so this gen. The 3DS is most popular now, so the series will likely remain with Nintendo.

  • Sebastian Lothian

    Dark Cloud 3 or Rogue Galaxy 2 and I’ll get it for sure.

    • Eilanzer

      Rogue galaxy 2 Ç_Ç yes! so many yes!!!

  • Solomon_Kano

    My head will explode if it’s related to Rogue Galaxy (I really want that IP to make a comeback, man), but I’m excited regardless of what it ends up being.

    Level-5 has been one of my favorite devs for a while now, and they’ve yet to let me down. So I’m really, really, really looking forward to seeing what they do on PS4.

  • cc

    As long as it’s more like DQVIII and Rogue Galaxy and less like… every mediocre title they’ve put out in the current gen, I’ll be happy.

    • Testsubject909

      Rogue Galaxy was mediocre though.

      Edit: yes, I expect a lot of sudden hate by this statement… But… It really is just an okay game… And okay is pretty much the equivalent of mediocre.

      • RoxasTheUnknown1

        Rogue Galaxy was awesome though.

  • CudaBiro

    I think Rogue Galaxy is the way to go, but with the world creation abilities in Dark Cloud, there are some interesting opportunities.

  • DesmaX

    I dunno… I just couldn’t stand White Knight Chronicles, and Ni no Kuni wasn’t that better either… It’s hard for me to get hyped

    • Anime10121

      Agreed about WKC, although Ni No Kuni was/is flipping awesome!

      • DesmaX

        Trust me, I really wanted to like Ni no Kuni (I mean, I’ve payed full price for it), but… I just couldn’t.

        I’ve beaten the game, but the more I played, the more bored I was

        • Testsubject909

          That’s okay.

          I’ve seen a lot of praise tossed towards it… From my personal observations? It’s a fine game but it’s understandable if some aren’t exactly finding the gameplay all that appealing.

          I personally dug it….. And now I’m thinking I want a new Monster Rancher game… I know it’s not Level-5 that makes those. It’s just thinking about Ni no Kuni somehow makes me want a Monster Rancher game.

  • artemisthemp

    Dark Chronicle 3 Yes Yes or Ni No Kuni 2

  • Just imagine, Rogue Galaxy 2 which also has some kind of online to it. That would be nice =^_^=

    • Testsubject909

      If it’s Rogue Galaxy 2 or something of the sort… So long as they fix the many little issues the first game had and give combat a proper bump and more variety.

      And by variety, I don’t mean having a single gun that breaks shields that needs only be fired once at the enemy to make them defenseless to your regular attack otherwise they’re invincible if you don’t use that gun type of variety in combat… Which honestly wouldn’t be so bad if there was some way to rapidly switch between weapons.

  • rainelee

    Please be Dark Cloud 3.

  • Theofratus ‘Geese’ Lester

    If yous people ever do get the chance to do a Rogue Galaxy 2 for the PlayStation 4, your company, Level-5, will deserve a High-5.

  • cloudcaelum

    I think this is new IP.

  • puchinri

    I wonder what kind of game it is. I’m really curious and interested~.

  • Charmchar

    This just gives me another reason to own a ps4 :D, I really hope its a sequel to Rogue Galaxy. That game really deserves one, Jaster’s story isn’t over!

  • “Figuring out how to use network functionality is paramount.”

    Yeah, too bad you don’t have a series that’s all about network functionality or anything…

    • Testsubject909

      My guess at the moment is another WKC or a spiritual sequel to it.

      My heart would go to Dark Cloud though… But I’m fairly sure that series is over with.

      • They’re kinda establishing a pattern here, though.

        PS2: 2 Dark Clouds, then Rogue Galaxy
        PS3: 2 White Knights, then Ni no Kuni
        PS4: Probably two of something and then iunno some third thing.

        They seem to be like Naughty Dog in that they have this mentality of “new console generation, new IPs.” It’s not strictly a bad thing, but it leaves fans who wanted more a bit out in the cold.

  • Learii

    whatever what game is it i buy it if iscome to the west Level-5 always made great games

  • JustThisOne

    Just going over the comments, I’m a little surprised at how many people want more Rogue Galaxy. Only one other person I know in real life knows what it is, so I’m glad it’s popular somewhere. :>

    • Testsubject909

      I’m probably going to get a lot of hate but.

      Rogue Galaxy was rather unimpressive as a whole and underwhelming. And that’s jumping into the game with zero expectations… Hell. It took me getting halfway through the game until I began to realize “oh hey, it’s made by Level-5”.

      So yeah… My opinion here is stated purely from what I’ve played with no regard whatsoever to the company that built it or it’s history and with zero idea of what I was getting myself into. And that opinion makes me surprised that Rogue Galaxy is relatively well spoken about…

      Okay, the start was promising, very promising. I really dug it at first, it certainly gave a slight Star Ocean feel to the whole thing and had a slight western deal that was reminiscent of Wild Arms to me, just a slight bit, the active battle system directly in the map we traversed was entertaining and whatnot…

      But then some minute little troubles came creeping up, which forced dull repetition into combat that flowed relatively well but didn’t evolve much past what was first presented save for three gimmicks, one being to jump on enemies to stun them, another to jump attack them to make them vulnerable or deal damage pending the enemy and the last being the more annoying one, being that Jaster was the only character with a shield breaking gun that dealt extremely low damage. And there isn’t a lot of guns that can break shields… Actually I think there’s only one gun that breaks shields because I don’t remember ever seeing another one.

      The flow began to stutter and interrupt itself. I was alright with it being a pretty cookie cutter story because, hey, to me it’s sorta like a throwback. Simple, fun, classic boy becomes hero may or may not be born from a legendary person, very run of the mill but nice presentation…

      But the gameplay just stuttered and eventually grinded down to a halt. Every battle felt the same, if they didn’t feel the same it felt like the game was just forcing me to play with a relatively useless gimmick outside of those gimmick battles and even then it didn’t flow very well, jumping wasn’t exactly the best of things to control in fights and changing guns was a hassle. While you could just stick with the shield breaking gun you kill about a quarter to a third of your combat option which really stiffles the gameplay and the presence of these shield enemies discourages experimentation with your party composition and then there’s the fact that you get a full field damaging skill pretty early with every character which makes every fight a breeze to the point where the game might have benefited from having a much smaller encounter rate with more substantial battles instead so to better capitalize on the fighting system and not overplay it until it was a dead horse beaten down by just how long it had to walk down the same repetitive straightforward path.

      And then there was me finding out I could get an end-game sword within the start of the game… With relative ease… And I did… Prior to actually looking up a faq to discover that yes, I had accidentally created an end-game sword that could fare all the way to the end… Making the weapon crafting system somewhat superfluous but still, hey, it’s there it’s not bad… But even that became slow because that’s a whole other bit of grinding that just felt superfluous and tacked on…

      • Hound

        Rogue Galaxy was one of the very few PS2 games without load times in-game (thanks to SCE, I imagine.) Being a very long game on-top of it and being easy to find and cheap (SCE again) made it popular amongst those that got it.

        A lot of people had tolerated Xenosaga, so something along the same lines in terms of repetition and availability minus the down-time was appreciated.

  • James Todd

    white knight chronicles 3 please

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