Bandai Namco and Level-5 have announced that Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will miss the planned November 10, 2017 release date and instead launch on January 19, 2018.
In a recent video post on Twitter, the game’s director, Akihiro Hino, apologised for the delay and stated that the decision was made to ensure that the team could “deliver the full Ni no Kuni II experience to [the] fans.” In addition to announcing the delay, Hino took the time to clarify E3 comments about the presence of multiplayer elements in the game.
Hino confirmed that Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will not have a dedicated multiplayer component, attributing his earlier statement to a mistranslation that led him to believe the question referred to online announcements for in-game events. As such, the game will be an entirely single-player experience, similar to to the original title.
Despite sharing that element, the upcoming sequel will feature entirely new characters, environments and gameplay from 2013’s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, with Hino recently attributing these changes to a desire to recapture a sense of adventure and discovery, which he sees as essential to the RPG experience.
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will now release on January 19, 2018 for PC and PlayStation 4.