Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has been delayed again, until March 23rd, 2018, according to a video posted by Bandai Namco. As first reported by Kotaku, this delay pushes back the release two more months, though still in the first quarter of 2018. The video, linked below, shows off some of the voice work done for Ni no Kuni 2, as well as brief interviews with some of the voice actors. It's interesting to note that for nearly all of the Japanese voice actors, this is their first time voicing a video game, with most of the cast already establishing themselves as traditional actors first.
The full statement from Bandai Namco reads as follows:
Ni no Kuni fans, We are committed to delivering the highest levels of quality and innovation in each of our titles. The development of Ni no Kuni II is coming along very nicely and we can’t wait to share this new adventure with you. However, with that innovation and quality comes the need to ensure everything works together in a fun and cohesive way, this means we’ll need a bit more time to make sure the entire Ni no Kuni II experience meets our highest quality standards. So today, we would like to ask for everyone’s patience as we move Ni no Kuni II’s worldwide release date to March 23, 2018. On behalf of everyone at Bandai Namco, we want to thank you all for your patience and continued support. In the meantime, check out this all-new trailer featuring the Japanese voice-over cast of the game. Ni no Kuni II will feature dual audio tracks (English and Japanese).You might remember that this is not the first time Ni no Kuni II has been delayed. This past summer, Ni no Kuni was pushed back from its original 2017 release until January 2018 and now is delayed further. Despite these delays, anticipation and excitement surrounding the next entry in Level-5's cutesy RPG series remains high. With refined battle mechanics and by angling itself toward a wider audience, Ni no Kuni II aims to be a worthy successor to a great first game. We'll be able to get our hands on Ni no Kuni II when it releases worldwide for PC and PS4 on March 23rd, 2018.