Level-5 opened an office in North America and one of their first projects is localizing Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which is being published by Namco. Level-5 International America has a strong pool of talent including Richard Honeywood who used to handle localization work at Square Enix and Blizzard.
What else is Level-5 International America doing? That’s what I asked the company’s CEO, Akihiro Hino, when I met with him.
“Our U.S. office mainly works to efficiently release the Japanese titles that Level-5 has created overseas and they are involved in production and distribution in the overseas territories,” Hino explained.
“With Ni no Kuni, they are helping bring it to the overseas markets and potentially with other titles. In the future, we would potentially like to develop title overseas where Level-5 International America is taking the lead on developing for the overseas market.”
Rumor has it that Level-5 International America is also working on Guild 01 or at least Suda51’s portion of the game, titled Liberation Maiden (above). While Level-5 hasn’t announced anything, trademarks and game ratings point to an English localization.