Being a direct sequel, White Knight Chronicles: Awakening of Light and Darkness has some familiar faces. Yulie, Eldore, Caesar, and Leonard, the main character in the first game, are key characters in this game too.
Between the two games, Leonard learned some new moves. Transforming into the giant White Knight opens up turn break and fortress guard. Turn break can stop enemies charging up for a powerful blow. Fortress guard allows the White Knight to protect fleshy humans.
Human party members have a few new tricks too such as counterattacks (counter spear shown), dash attacks, and button mashing charge attacks.
White Knight Chronicles: Awakening of Light and Darkness is scheduled to come out in Japan this summer.