At a particular on-line presentation throughout Tokyo Recreation Present 2020 at the moment, writer Degree-5 and developer Netmarble confirmed a couple of minutes of gameplay of their upcoming cell RPG Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds. Your complete presentation was later uploaded to YouTube with English subtitles (“for a restricted time” according to the official Twitter account).
Cross Worlds is a departure from the earlier Ni no Kuni video games, which used a standard fantasy setting. As a substitute, Cross Worlds has a science-fiction twist: the participant is an everyday particular person within the “actual” world of Ichi no Kuni (actually “one nation”) who’s beta-testing a brand new digital actuality recreation referred to as Soul Diver, which takes them into the world of Ni no Kuni.5 participant lessons have been revealed for Ni no Kuni Cross Worlds: Swordsman, Witch, Rogue, Destroyer and Engineer. In at the moment’s on-line presentation, in style Japanese YouTuber Masuo was capable of start a recreation because the Swordsman, though his in-game character seemed completely different than the default model, suggesting there will likely be character customization choices (however none have been proven). Within the recreation inside the sport, his character was greeted by an AI character referred to as Rania. A sudden glitch within the system replaces Rania with a “actual” model of the identical girl, however earlier than they’ll clarify the state of affairs every part goes darkish.The Swordsman awakes in a burning metropolis greeted by a small imp-like creature referred to as Cluu, however the motion begins instantly because the participant should swipe the display to keep away from a falling tower. After a short encounter with a dragon carrying an enormous amulet, Cluu directs the participant to move in the direction of the fortress to assist the Queen. This offers us a glimpse on the management interface for Cross Worlds: A digital slide pad on the left of the display strikes the participant, whereas the digicam will be adjusted by swiping the display.
The Swordsman enters fight, which is managed with a circle of buttons on the best facet of the display; an enormous “assault” button is within the heart, and Masuo was hammering it to slash the monsters. Smaller buttons across the assault button weren’t defined however look like particular talents which have a cooldown timer earlier than changing into energetic once more. Particles blocks the way in which to the Queen and the one method by means of is to select up a bomb and throw it by means of contextual button presses and swipes.
As soon as he reaches the Queen and interrupts her demise by the hands of a towering villain, the participant discovers she is the lady he met when he first entered Ni no Kuni. At this level the demo lower off, however different trailers have proven the participant travelling to Evermore on a quest to avoid wasting the dominion.
It ought to be stated that not like earlier Ni no Kuni cell titles, Cross Worlds appears to be like on par with the console releases of the previous: Regardless of being fully 3D creations, the characters resemble 2D drawings from famed Japanese animation firm Studio Ghibli, which was a collaborator on the primary Ni no Kuni; certainly, throughout the presentation, Netmarble Japan CEO Yuji Endo stated that the brand new recreation recreates Ghibli’s world from the unique. In footage throughout at the moment’s presentation, a wide range of lush environments have been proven, from forests to deserts and fields to cities.
Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds Screenshots
Two different gameplay modes have been featured in at the moment’s presentation, Kingdom and Crew Area. Kingdom Mode is a cooperative multiplayer mode the place gamers can discover the town and countryside collectively. Gamers even have a well-recognized who trails behind them and might “assist them on their journey” although no expertise have been proven; one contact of a button beneath them can swap the acquainted for an additional. Throughout at the moment’s video, the on-air hosts have been proven chasing wild animals and capturing them, although earlier footage confirmed aggressive video games like soccer or cube.
In Crew Area, six gamers have been capable of compete in a 3-on-3 fight mini-game. Reasonably than a take a look at of energy, the precise objective is to gather creatures referred to as “higgledies” inside the sector. Gamers can assault one another and throw objects to make their opponents lose their higgledies, however even when they’re knocked out they’ll come again in just a few seconds. The one method to win is to gather essentially the most higgledies and evade the opposite gamers for 10 seconds.
Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds has no formal launch date, however earlier bulletins recommend will probably be out in Japan earlier than the 12 months ends. No international releases or localization have but been confirmed both, however the presence of totally subtitled English and Chinese language movies on the official Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds channel suggests worldwide variations could also be launched later.