Level-5 and Studio Ghibli Produce DS RPG; PS3 Version Due 2011
Something cool happened and nobody told me. Level-5, the developers behind such games as the Professor Layton series as well as co-developers of the upcoming Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, along with Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli, developed an RPG for the DS, and are currently working on one for the PS3.
The series, titled Ni no Kuni, or “Second Land”, involves a young boy named Oliver who obtains a magic book and is transported into a separate, parallel world, where he meets alternate versions of people he knows back in his own world.
According to IGN, the DS game, which debuted in Japan on December 9th, couldn’t bump Monster Hunter Portable 3 as a top-seller, but judging from retailer orders for the title, is expected to do well near the end of the year and beginning of the next. The PS3 game has yet to be firmly dated, but is expected out sometime in 2011.
No word as to whether both games will be ported outside of Japan, but I can only keep my fingers crossed.