Level 5 (Dark Cloud, White Knight Chronicles) are working on a new JRPG with acclaimed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, creator of such renowned films as Princess Mononoke and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away. Entitled “Ni no Kuni” (Another World), the trailer below not only showcases the game’s artistic style and gameplay, but there’s even some comparison analysis between the animation provided by Ghibli and the same scenes running in real-time on the PS3.
Ni no Kuni, sounding quite similar in theme and tone to the aforementioned Spirited Away, focuses on 13 year old Oliver whose mother has recently died. Using a magic book given to him by Shizuku (Japanese for “water-drop” by the way), a doll given to Oliver by his mother before her death, he is capable of transporting to a parallel universe where alternate versions of people in the boy’s life exist. In this “Another World”, Oliver begins a quest to try and revive his mother.
Ni no Kuni will support the PlayStation Move and is likely due out early 2011.