Level-5’s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch demo comes out today on the PlayStation®Network for NA and tomorrow for EU. For those of you who don’t know the story, or even heard the game up until now. The story behind Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a young boy named Oliver, whose mother was in a tragic accident. After hearing the news about his mother, his tears of grief fall onto his stuffed toy, bringing it to life by removing its curse. The doll reveals to be Drippy, a fairy from another world, telling him that if they can defeat the darkness threatening his world. They have a chance of bringing back his recently deceased mother.
The animation for the game has been done by Studio Ghibil, the people behind Walking Castle and Spirited Away, while the music is composed by Joe Hisaishi, who’s famous for his music in many films. The game’s cel-shaded engine reproduces animations only seen in such films listed before and the combat is Oliver befriending critters and monsters, to help him along side his journey to become a powerful magician and defeat the darkness.
On the site’s official facebook, they gave details about the game’s demo:
You will be able to play through two different levels of the game where you can test your mettle against a couple of the game’s most infamous bosses: Guardian of the Woods and Moltaan.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be available in North America on January 22nd, 2013 and in Europe on January 25th, 2013.
The highly anticipated Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney has gotten a launch trailer in its recent release on November 29th. The trailer shows Phoenix Wright handling court cases while trying to down knight, while Professor Layton being calm in the face of danger as usual. There is still not word of a English localization but the possibility of it happening isn’t too far off since all Layton and Ace Attorney games have been localized, including Ace Attorney 5 in the future, with the exception of Ace Attorney Investigations 2
The setting for Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney is about a place called, Labyrinth City, where Phoenix Wright comes to the defense of a young girl who is accused of witchcraft. Phoenix Wright will question witness and discover false testimony, while Professor Layton goes around talking to people and solving puzzles to assist Phoenix Wright in court cases. In the trailer, it seems there will be new game play aspects, such as Phoenix Wright questioning multiple witnesses instead of only one. Nothing much else known as the moment but one thing’s for sure, there will be a lot of finger pointing.
You can watch the first two chapters below, courtesy of NiNTENDOMiNATiON. However, they’re in Japanese and contain spoilers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHaRmf7G0iU – Chapter 1: Professor Layton (60 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8FC6z792rc – Chapter 2: Phoenix Wright (80 minutes)
Gamescon has come and gone. There were new gameplay footage and demos for upcoming games, along with new titles being announced. Among all of them, was Final Fantasy XIV making its return not as an expansion or patch, but as a brand new game due to the game’s launch being a failure. The new producer, Naoki Yoshida, has taken the role to fix FFXIV and so far, it’s shaping up great.
Naoki Yoshida has talked about the numerous changes coming to the new FFXIV, the brand new engine, recreating the entire world with zones instead of open large areas, bringing back limit breaks for parties to use to bring forth powerful attacks through one person, new classes and jobs and something never before done in a Final Fantasy game before… Jumping. (And jumping chocobos)
The presentation at Gamescon was the perfect opportunity to show off the game’s new engine in action. The graphics were stunning and easily one of the best to date for an MMO. The combat was very fluid compared to the current version where you have to wait for an animation to complete before doing another attack and the overhauled user interface design looked clean. The new user interface allows players to have up to three actions bars on their screen, which can be rearranged to your liking while having the ability to leave parts of the user interface unlocked so you can move it on the fly if needed. (PS3 version will get their own user interface), and performed with no server delay when switching equipment or messing with your inventory. You can see this in action from the video below:
Final Fantasy XIV was also supposed to be released on the PS3 but that was put on hold due to the poor launch but it’ll be happening after Final Fantasy XIV relaunches on the PC by the end of this year or January 2013. They hope to have beta testing in October and November, which current Final Fantasy XIV players will be given priority over people who sign up without being current subscribers. The biggest challenge for Final Fantasy XIV is hoping people will give the game another chance after the poor launch and proving that it is worth being a subscription based game.