[UPDATE] TGS 09: Level 5 confirms White Knight Chronicles 2
VG247 reports that both online and offline co-op functionality will be included.
Level 5 has officially lifted the lid on the sequel to its PlayStation 3 RPG White Knight Chronicles during Sony's press conference at the Tokyo Game Show.
Apparently the game will be known as White Knight Chronicles: Awakening of Light and Darkness, though further details are practically non-existent at this point. Hopefully we’ll be able to get our grubby mitts on a trailer of the game at some point this week, though.
Interestingly, the original game has still yet to board the ship to western territories following its release in the Land of the Rising sun back in December 2008. It is, however, expected to arrive on U.S. shores in Q1 2010.
We’ll keep you posted on any developments as they break.
Sony has staple-gunned a Japanese release date to Level-5's upcoming White Knight Chronicles: Awakening of Light and Darkness, confirming the RPG will be released on July 8.
In addition, the corporation also revealed that punters who fork out for the game’s original pressing will bag themselves a product code that will unlock White Knight goodies, such as a shield, sword and helmet for online avatars.
The sequel takes place 12 months after the events of its predecessor, and features all-new characters, a tweaked combat system and more. Furthermore, gamers who have finished the original will be able to transfer all their data over to the sequel.
Famitsu has a short two page spread on White Knight Chronicles 2 this week. But included in the update is confirmation of some things that have needed confirming for quite some time.
First up, that whole thing about the inclusion of the original White Knight Chronicles. This was leaked out by retailers weeks ago but was never fully confirmed by Sony or Level-5.
Famitsu confirms that the latest version of the original White Knight will be included in full. In White Knight 2, the original White Knight, Inishie no Kodou, is referred to as "1st part" while the sequel, Hikari to Yami no Kakusei, is referred to as "2nd part." 1st part will include the 130+ pieces of content that were distributed as online download content. Additionally, the graphics and gameplay systems have been updated to 2nd Part standard, giving you access to some of the new gameplay features.
The magazine is a bit vague on what happens when the two games, the original and the sequel, attempt to interact with one another. It seems that players of the sequel will only be able to interact with other sequel players. Same goes for players of the original. Sequel owners will have access to quests for both games, but owners of the original will only have access to quests for the original.
Famitsu also has details on another feature that was first confirmed through slightly unofficial sources (in this case, Twitter). In the first White Knight, your avatar character was unable to transform into a giant Sin Knights. In White Knight 2, your avatar will be able to transform into a knight -- although not a Sin Knight like the knights Leonard and friends transform into. Instead, you transform into an "Arc Knight," a man-made knight that was created by the fine researchers of Barandel Kingdom.
You'll be able to customize and strengthen your Arc Knight by heading out to a Sin Knight Factory and changing equipment and parts. You can also set color, material and other superficial areas, although it seems that some of these will need to be unlocked.
During the game's online "live part" mode and 2nd part's story mode, you can form parties of up to six members (1st part's story mode is limited to four member parties). So can everyone transform into an Arc Knight at the same time? The number of players that can transform simultaneously is actually dependent on the quest. Famitsu does not say if you'll able to ever get six giants on screen simultaneously -- although that would certainly be a sight!
There are a few things left unclarified in the Famitsu article regarding the inclusion of the first game. If Level-5's update schedule holds up, we'll probably get additional details later this week.
Developer LEVEL-5 Inc. returns with White Knight Chronicles II for PS3, continuing the epic story of Leonard with a brand new 30+ hour single player campaign. Featuring a fully redesigned, dynamic new combat system, you can create and customise your own exciting attack strategies and combos. With online play for up to 6 players, you can choose to tackle co-op quests or free-roam the game world as a team, plus the Georama feature returns allowing you to build your own customisable town online. White Knight Chronicles II will also support easy play chat (via keyboard) and voice chat.
Sony’s announced that LEVEL-5’s White Knight Chronicles II will be making the transition to Europe in May 2011.
White Knight Chronicles II Includes The Original WKC On The Same Blu-Ray Disc
White Knight Chronicles II will include the original White Knight Chronicles on the same Blu-ray disc. The original game has been fully remastered and was re-developed alongside its sequel, so it features many of the improvements from White Knight Chronicles II as a result. When you boot up White Knight Chronicles II, you’ll also be able to choose whether to start from the very beginning of the whole story or jump straight into the second installment.