White Knight Chronicles II sallies to US this summer

D3Publisher secures rights to bring Level-5's JRPG to North American PS3s later this year; sequel includes full original game.

One of the first games Sony trotted out to exhibit the power of the PlayStation 3 was Level-5's White Knight Chronicles. And while the traditional Japanese role-playing game didn't prove to be a dashing figure for US critics, D3Publisher said today that it would be releasing the game's sequel exclusively for the PS3 in North America this summer.

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White Knight Chronicles II picks up a year after the events of the original game, the full campaign of which will be included in the sequel. Again set in the magical realm of Balandor, White Knight Chronicles II sees the return of many of the same characters as in the original, including primary protagonist Leonard.

Though the setting remains much the same, Level-5 has made a number of tweaks under the hood. White Knight Chronicles II will include more than 400 weapon and armor pieces, which will come in handy for the game's retooled combat system. Level-5 also added new options to the game's online multiplayer functionality, allowing gamers to create their own custom avatars, as well as introducing new skill types and spells.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of White Knight Chronicles II.

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42 comments
Tokufan22
Tokufan22

I can not wait until this game comes out. I'm looking foreward to finally obtaining my own incorruptus.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

wait........its including THE ORIGINAL with it? holy ****, that alone makes this a good deal.

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@RaZorBakK-tcU I wish they made another Dark cloud... On topic.I am still going to get this game and since the full campaign from part one is included that sounds like a good purchase..

Jehuty08
Jehuty08

@shindoKokoro: all of your work carries over, the new level cap is 80, they have cut down on every aspect of the grinding :).

Jehuty08
Jehuty08

@cameio: did you play online?

atopp399
atopp399

Man I remember when the PS and PS2 were THE systems to get for JRPG games. It is too bad they don't sell that great in the US. It is the main reason I don't have a PS3 yet. I look up the available JRPG games and just don't see the quality/quantity to justify the purchase. Final Fantasy XIII isn't what I mean by JRPG either.

It is just too bad that the best way to get my JRPG fix is by playing my DS or older consoles. Some really good turn based, open world RPG games in 1080p would be great.

cameio
cameio

i was dying to get the first one after i tried it i hate it it was very easy, if they make this one hard or at least normal i will buy it for sure cos the gamplay was awesome it was just very easy so i didn't feel any challenge in the game.

ShindoKokoro
ShindoKokoro

I'm gonna be looking at this one from a distance for now. Several things need to happen for me to consider it. Mainly: 1) Your previous work carries over. 2) Level cap is significantly increased. 3) Multiplayer grind is EXTREMELY reduced. I seriously cannot even begin to express how little I want to grind Big Red 50,000 times to raise my Guild Rank by 1.

AznEvan
AznEvan

YES! Finally, I can't wait for White Knight Chronicles 2 to come out!! The first White Knight Chronicles was a little half-assed and very stereotypical of a JRPG, but I saw several previews, trailers, and in-game footage that I am very excited for this one to come out. They fixed up a lot of the errors of the first one, and the storyline will only get deeper from there. The customization and a lot of other things are bringing it to a whole notha' level! Pre-order Priority #1!!!

RaZorBakK-tcU
RaZorBakK-tcU

I dont Understand Level 5 games. theyre responsible for making one of the greatest rpgs of the ps2 (dark cloud 1 and 2) that was highly successful, and they choose to continue the series with less die hard fans and a mediocore scoreing system. i played white knight, and i honestly had o stop after the first chapter. combat was horrible. but who knows maybe they learned from their mistakes..or not

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Maybe history will repeat itself and the sequel will greatly surpass the original. Hell, they already added "Chronicals" to the name, so I imagine they're trying to oh-so-subtly hint at this.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Great news, this was one of the best JRPGs of the past five years and probably the only Level-5 game worth playing since Rogue Galaxy. No other RPG has multiplayer quite as fun either. So two games and unmatched multiplayer? A tremendous deal, no matter how you paint it.

st017
st017

WKC 1 was not one of the first games on ps3 nor one of the first to show the power of the ps3. Do some research next time. WKC was great in my opinion, but a lot of my friends didn't care for it. I can't wait for the second one to come out.

IceJester45
IceJester45

Level-5's lamest game gets a sequel and a U.S. release. Hooray.

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

Didn't pick the first one up but I think I might get this one. There is a drought of JRPGs on PS3 so I might give this one a chance.

blackwingzero
blackwingzero

Why would they even bother to make a sequal to a game that sucked? I'll give them the benifit of the doubt on this one but if this one sucks then lets this be a hard learned lesson.

zzamaro
zzamaro

why the hype? nothing has been proved to make WKC worth it. Just make Dark Cloud 3 already, Level-5.

Tennies07
Tennies07

Well I wanted to pick up the first game anyways cause I'm dying to find some more RPGs to play while I wait for Skyrim so I guess this is rather fitting.

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

Cool that it includes the original game. It might not be the best game this gen, but I take whatever JRPGs we can get since every other game seems to be a shooter.

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@Muisee IDK what country you live in but for the us it's 29 new at gamestop... However, since this comes with a copy of the first(that has the second games engine) I'd hold off until 2 comes out... Also people don't let the review turn you off from this great RPG!

da_illest101
da_illest101

the first one was a borefest,i don't have much hope for the sequel

Muisee
Muisee

I need a new online rpg for my PS3 desperately. I have been thinking of trying the first game, but because of bad reviews from everywhere and mostly everyone it has kept me away. Also the fact that it is 59.99 still in stores which makes no sense at all (Do not have a credit card).

Evo8u
Evo8u

Don't like floating turds, they need to give it up no bought the game anyways.

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

Although the first one wasn't that great, I'm still willing to give the second one a shot. I love Level 5!

Halloll
Halloll

is there any chance that the continuation of the horrible plot of the first game is going to get really good and justify the stupidity of the characters ?

Femto513
Femto513

The first one sucked hard but I'm still willing to give the second one a chance through GameFly.

sieg6529
sieg6529

Good, I enjoyed the first one even if it was rather easy. Some games are just fun.

clee
clee

First one was cool. Buying this one upon release.

JuSs2Fr3Sh
JuSs2Fr3Sh

i wounder how the online will be? i had the first one reserved but returned it due to the rating it got..but now i think i made a bad choice! but i wounder how the online is?

Ardain
Ardain

The PS3 needs more rpg's

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

Now thats what I'm freaking talking about! I loved the first game(much better than ffxiii imo) Can't wait for this!

SuperMessy
SuperMessy

Wow, Sony isn't publishing it? That's a shame.

Jon_Sly
Jon_Sly

The first one sucked and this seems like the same crap, count me out this time!

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

Another rpg on my wanted list.(2 games in 1 disc is always a win for the gamers)2011 is eating my entire wallet.