NIS Wanted To Make The Witch and the Hundred Knights An Open World Game

By Ishaan . April 23, 2013 . 1:40pm

This week’s Dengeki brings news of Nippon Ichi’s The Witch and the Hundred Knights, which was originally slated for release in June 2012 but was delayed for further development.


The Witch and the Hundred Knights is an action RPG. You use “Giga Calories” in the game to perform special attacks, and you can replenish Giga Calories by eating enemies. The game also has a Tactical Conversion System by which you can equip up to five weapons and choose what order they attack in. The weapons you have at the end are more powerful.


Other tools available to you in combat are the Mystical Dodge—where time slows down and you evade at the last second—and the Extra Chain, where defeating an enemy with one crushing blow will teleport you to the nearest enemy to continue your attack. You also have a power called Chaos Liberation that temporarily buffs your character.


Nippon Ichi also address the topic of the game’s delay. Development on The Witch and the Hundred Knights began three years ago, while it was expected to be complete in one or one-and-a-half years, the game had piles of issues.


NIS say they didn’t want the graphics or visuals of The Witch and the Hundred Knights to look inferior to other titles. There was talk about making it an open world game, but instead NIS chose to focus on the 3D graphics technology. The development studio has been working on the action part of the game and reducing load times. It sounds like the open-world elements are gone.


Since this is a game from the makers of Rhapsody and Disgaea, it is a story-based game. The Witch and the Hundred Knights is like an adult fairy tale. The story has a “harsh” taste and the drama centres on fellow characters.


The Witch and the Hundred Knights is slated for release on July 25th on the PlayStation 3.


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  • XiaomuArisu

    Adult fairy tale…Expected “Disgaea comedy”
    Lets see how it ends up could be like Phantom Brave

    • Punny Fuzz

      I’m thinking “Darker”, like Soul nomad- no, La Pucelle darker.

      • Warboss Aohd

        La Pucelle darker den Soul Nomad? how far did ya play Soul Nomad? an’ did ya play da demon path?

        • Punny Fuzz

          I dunno man I found La Pucelle, while a good game, to be really depressing at certain moments IMO. Especially for that one part, and anyone who has played that game should know what I’m talking about :'(

          • Warboss Aohd

            again, demon path?

  • DesmaX

    I’m confused now. The Karma System is gone now? It will be level-based?

    Oh well, still not going to kill my hype, but I sure hope to see a trailer soon

  • Spirate

    Interesting that they’re going for something more dramatic.

  • An open world game from NIS? Oh yes. That needs to be their next game. Imagine Sleeping Dogs or GTA, but with Disgaea. I…actually can’t imagine it, but whatever they come up with is pretty much guaranteed to be awesome.

    • Damarius Wingfield

      You sir are wise beyond your Nis years!

    • Punny Fuzz

      I better be able to car jack a Yoshitsuna from the back of a Metal gear Lex, which I also car jacked.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Oh, how I’ve been waiting for this. Just a while longer…

  • Lilith

    When I first heard of it I was excited cus it sounded like a WRPG that looked like a JRPG. I guess all of that is gone now? Anyway, still want it.

  • I’m sure they could make a great open world game while still keeping all the awesome which has been their games. Looking forward to seeing what they’re going to do in the future.

  • One thing at a time, I suppose. This is already a pretty big departure from their previous work. I’d rather they focus on what they’ve already got going and succeed than fail because they tried to do to much.

  • Yuriangels

    sounds yummy!!!

  • Still optimistic about this game. Eager to see it in action.

  • Göran Isacson

    Curious. I wonder how this open-world game would be like: a cartoony Skyrim? Or was it just an idea they toyed with briefly before throwing it out almost immediately, and we’re all just leaping on to it because it sounds cool?

  • HassanJamal

    So its not open world anymore? Hmm, well as long as the game is steadying on, im cool with that choice.

  • Kelohmello

    Open world huh… don’t get enough of that nowadays from japanese developers, I think. Would have liked to see that.

  • Follower_of_Pram

    Sometimes compromises must be made…
    At any rate, looking forward to our new witchy and her little companion.

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