Professor Layton developer Level 5 starts work on PS4 game

Professor Layton and Ni no Kuni developer says it might be able to announce the new title soon.

Japanese developer Level 5, creator of Professor Layton and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, has confirmed it has started work on a PlayStation 4 title.

In an interview with Japanese website Nikkei Trendy (translated by Gematsu), studio boss Akihiro Hino revealed that the studio is in the early stages of developing for Sony’s next-gen console.

"It's still in the planning stages, but we are also working on a PlayStation 4 title," Hino said, adding that the company "might be able to announce it soon."

The Japanese studio is also looking at the networking capabilities of the next-gen console. "PlayStation 4 is next-gen hardware built with the network in mind," said Hino, "so more than graphics performance and specs, we need to think about communication--how to use the network features."

During the interview, Hino also revealed that he thought Sony Japan had set the right price for the PS Vita, and believes that a price cut alone wouldn't be enough to encourage more sales. "You also have to simultaneously release strategic titles. I think there is a huge amount of anticipation around what those titles will be," he said.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch topped the UK charts when it launched in January, and has sold over 500,000 copies in Japan.

The last 3DS Professor Layton title, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, was released across Europe and North America in October 2012. The next game in the series, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies, was released in Japan at the end of February.

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49 comments
senjutsu
senjutsu

Can't wait to hear more about this next gen title!! ^_^  I'm gonna buy anyway, can't restrain myself from buying Level 5 games, lol.

midnightclubx
midnightclubx

If we get a game that has a similar style to Ni no Kuni, I bet the graphics could be uncanny to the point it will look like an interactive anime; could go for a new Dark Cloud/Rouge Galaxy, but I'm good with a new IP too.

ejay_kain
ejay_kain

console buyer game for me.

fingers crossed for a dragon quest game or a new rogue galaxy.

Aahh screw it, a new ip would also do the trick  :)

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

Hope its a nice jRPG something ps3 lacks hope ps4 isnt devoid of them like the ps3

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

One of the few good developers around. Make good games for gamers to love and not to make money. Those are the best games and they will get support.

Leboyo56
Leboyo56

This had BETTER freaking be Dark Cloud 3 or Rogue Galaxy 2, considering Dark Cloud 2 is my favorite game. Also I would love to see an HD collection of the two Dark Clouds and Rogue Galaxy in one bundle. Please Level 5? 

sirus13019
sirus13019

Please Please Please be Dark Cloud 3!!!!!!

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Where's the Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright crossover game?  They finished it last year in Japan, but haven't even confirmed that it's coming to NA yet. :(

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I wonder if they will ever develop another Dark Cloud game.

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

I think another pair-up with Ghibli would be neat, but I doubt it'll happen

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

+1 to these guys. Good devs who don't care about social media or any of that shit, just games.

Shiekern
Shiekern

If its Dark Cloud 3, i dunno if i'll be able to hold out on buying the ps4.

Halloll
Halloll

would prefer Dark Cloud 3. though with all my respect to Level 5 I find whenever they make a RPG that isn't Dragon Quest, they tend to butcher the narrative by stretching things with boring unimportant dialogues.

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

This is great news. I loved Ni No Kuni and can't wait to see what they have for us next!

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

level 5 does great and okay, but it would be neat if rogue galaxy 2.

lowkey254
lowkey254

I just want a Rogue Galaxy follow-up or even an HD port.

benleslie5
benleslie5

This reminds me of a puzzle, but in all fairness this is good news

meharu
meharu

Definitely looking forward to their new game, i am really enjoying Ni no Kuni.

Cypress131
Cypress131

Well...

They did mention that if Ni No Kuni did well in the western market, that they'd make plans for a sequel...

Whatever it is, this is great news from a great company. :)

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Console is not even out or even 'seen', and we keep getting new game announcements :)

LuciusJose
LuciusJose

I've been waiting on another Dark Cloud title for ten years Level 5! Make it happen...

pcty
pcty

Good news for those intending to get a PS4

DiamondSlicer
DiamondSlicer

My god... Hence the good news for ps4 continues. Microsoft, you have my condolences.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Dark Cloud 3 please.

QtrArt
QtrArt

i Hope Ni no kuni 2 or Dark Clouds 3 :D

blackace
blackace

Cool. NiNoKuni 2 perhaps?

wdma
wdma

PS4 > life, nuff said

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Nice to see some positive news lately.

NexApex
NexApex

Nice. Haven't played any of there games this gen unfortunetly. Plan on picking up Ni No Kuni soon though.

blackace
blackace

@DiamondSlicer Nothing has been announced yet. Developers aren't able to say anything until Microsoft makes their announcement. That's like giving condolences to a baby who hasn't been born yet. Just dumb.

Sakarnen
Sakarnen

@QtrArt Knowing Studio Ghibli, a Ni no Kuni sequel is highly unlikely - since they're not sell-outs like Disney. I suppose another collaboration in a similar style is possible though.
AND YES. DARK CLOUD 3.

blackace
blackace

@wdma You wouldn't say that if you were dead. lol!! 

Dumb comments need a smartass reply.

CUPIDANGEL
CUPIDANGEL

@NexApex Now would be a good time to buy.  It is currently $39.99 at Amazon.

DiamondSlicer
DiamondSlicer

@blackace @DiamondSlicer Plenty has been said. There were rumors that weren't denied but rather confirmed, so I think it's safe to say that Microsoft is on a very tough road right now and probably won't be very successful the way everything is going.

sirus13019
sirus13019

@Sakarnen @QtrArt Actually a Ni No Kuni game is highly likely since they said that if it did well in the international release they said there would be a good chance for a squeal and it did amazing