At E3 just last month, we heard that Ni No Kuni II would be releasing on PC and PS4 in November. Unfortunately, since then some things have changed, with the game’s director today announcing that the release date had been pushed back to January 2018.
As far as delays go, this is on the lighter side, with the game now coming out just two months later than previously announced. In a video statement, Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom’s director, Akihiro Hino said that “more development time is required in order to deliver” the full experience to fans.
Aside from that, Hino also had to backtrack a bit on a previous announcement of in-game multiplayer. As Polygon points out, previously Hino said in an official Bandai Namco interview that “there will be multiplayer, you will be able to play online with your friends in various capacities”. Unfortunately, that turns out to not be true at all.
As part of the new statement, the director clarifies that he was confused by the interview question: “I misunderstood the interview question, thinking it was asking about online content in general and my answer referred to online announcements of in-game events. As a result of this, I wrongly gave the impression that the game features multiplayer content”.
So, there is no multiplayer but there is a new release date. Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom will now be launching on the 18th of January 2018 on PC and PlayStation 4.
KitGuru Says: A two month delay is on the shorter end of the spectrum, so this news shouldn’t sting fans too much. However, the lack of multiplayer is pretty disappointing considering how official the ‘announcement’ of it seemed in June. Still, it should be expected, after all, JRPGs are generally single-player experiences.