Anime-styled RPG Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has leaked, according to a series of tweets from Direct-Feed Games earlier today. Published by Bandai Namco, the developers at Level-5 actually teamed up with Studio Ghibli to produce the 2013 PlayStation 3 RPG. This leak regarding a remastered version comes just days before E3, the industry’s biggest annual conference.
The news appear to come from a breach of security of Bandai Namco’s own servers. It announced a Fall 2019 release for the Sony PlayStation 4 and PC, but did not confirm a release for the Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version, titled Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, appears to be the same as the PlayStation 4/PC versions. They speculated the only notable difference in the remaster was most likely 4k resolution support. A screenshot of the website posted by a ResetEra member suggests there is no planned Xbox One release at this point in time.
In summary, the image describes main protagonist Oliver’s journey. It brings up Studio Ghibli’s contribution as an animation storyboard team and the soundtrack composed by Joe Hisaishi. It features a few miniature screenshots of Ni No Kuni’s battle system and other gameplay. Most importantly, it mentions the platform as the Nintendo Switch and “Coming Fall 2019.”
According to @ZhugeEX on Twitter, the security for Bandai Namco’s servers left much to be desired. Leaking the information did not even require a password. Information was then posted on 4Chan, Twitter, and various Discord servers. The flaw was that anyone could access Bandai Namco’s game pages for the titles that leaked, without needing a password or anything.
At the bottom of this article, you can see a screenshot of the page.
I’m excited. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch piqued my curiosity years ago, but I never had the time to sit down and play it. It looks gorgeous and possesses a strong, colorful, almost surreal Studio Ghibli charm. The number of leaks and rumors coming from Bandai Namco today right before E3 is staggering. Hopefully this will encourage them to practice better security in the future.