Level-5’s latest RPG adventure, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, is a fun romp taking place in a mystical kingdom reminiscent of classic storybook tales. For what could be its next big project, Level-5 is getting its head out of the clouds and coming back down to Earth.
Speaking to Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada as part of an interview series at 4Gamer, Level-5 president and CEO Akirhiro Hino discussed its plans for its 20th anniversary, which includes making a huge RPG set in the modern day.
Discussing the company’s previous MMO, True Fantasy Live Online, Harada asks Hino if they’d ever do something like it again. “We do have an idea. I’m not sure if we can call it an MMORPG or not, but [we] plan to make a big title on the same scale as one,” Hino said.” To honor its 20th year, the company wants to make something it’s passionate about, and for them, it means moving away from fantasy. “The game we’re preparing won’t be fantasy but rather ‘modern day.’”
Although 2018 is the company’s 20th anniversary, Hino also states the game won’t be out this year. This is similar to how the first Ni No Kuni was announced during the company’s tenth anniversary, but didn’t release until two years later.
Between stuff like Ni No Kuni and the Professor Layton series, some of the company’s most famous works are often set in eras that are out of time. Of course, the Yokai Watch series is set in the modern day, but I’m still interested in what the company does with a new game set in a less fantastical setting.