Shaking up the industry is something Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino is more than happy to do, and he’s got new plans to surprise fans in 2014 and beyond. Speaking to 4Gamer, via translations from Siliconera, the company’s president said he believes the industry needs a new game to both freshen and rejuvenate the console gaming industry.
Hearkening back to his comments last month, Hino said that he’d like to vary the range of Level-5’s current titles on offer by producing games for a younger audience. Although, he’d also like to step in and create titles for a much wider audience such as Wonder Flick. But if Hino says he wants to surprise gamers with a new game, he’ll no doubt follow through.
“In the midst of a rather sluggish consumer game industry at the moment, I believe that the industry needs a ‘new game’. We’ll try our best to make a new title that’ll surprise all of you, so please look forward to that.”
Nintendo DS’ version of Ni No Kuni launched 2010 in Japan, but because it’s “too difficult” to package the physical magic book with the game and sell it outside Japan, it will not be released in the West. However, the PlayStation version of the game, titled Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which includes a digital magic book, will launch in both Europe and North America in January 2013.
For reference, out of a possible 40 points, Famitsu awarded the Nintendo DS version with 38 points and PlayStation 3’s with 36.
“It was too difficult to package it with the book and sell it overseas. That was the biggest reason why it wasn’t brought overseas.”
-Akihiro Hino, Level-5 president
Level 5 president, Akihiro Hino, has announced that his critically acclaimed team of developers are working on titles for both the Nintendo Wii and the PlayStation 3.
Whilst no information has been revealed thus far on either of the unannounced titles by Level 5, further information is more than likely to follow in the coming months, so say tuned.