Ni no Kuni Sequel possible if PS3 version successful in NA and EU

Level-5 may consider a sequel to Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch if the overseas version of the game is successful according to CEO Akihiro Hino. Ni no Kuni will arrive in North America and Europe early next year.

Hino, in an interview with Famitsu, expressed hopefulness that the title will appeal to western consumers. Some of the studio’s previous works – such as Dark Cloud, Dark Chronicle and Professor Layton – actually sold more overseas than in Japan.

When Namco Bandai publishes Ni no Kuni in North America and Europe, it’ll be over two years since the game launched in Japan. Hino told Famitsu that the long wait for an English version can be attributed to the company’s dedication to a proper translation. Wrath of the White Witch contains over one million words, so that has taken quite awhile to translate.

Level-5′s localization director is working on the English version of Ni no Kuni. Although this person was not involved with Professor Layton and will be his first project for Level-5, Hino says that he has a great deal of experience with localization.

Finally, Level-5′s CEO touched on the possibility of localizing the DS edition of Ni no Kuni. Unfortunately, it won’t be happening. The company did consider bringing it to the overseas markets, but ditched the idea after they determined it would be too difficult to localize the game – partially due to the lengthy book that comes bundled with each copy of the DS title in Japan.