White Knight 2 Update: Several New Gameplay Systems
After Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino mentioned on his Twitter page that development on White Knight Chronicles 2 was entering the final stages, Japanese publication Famitsu (and Famitsu.com) have started to provide role-playing fans with a ton of new details.
There's even a chance that it will release some time this summer in Japan, which would likely translate to an early 2011 launch for North America, or so we're hoping. The summary of all the juicy info can be found at Andriasang, where you will find new screenshots and a breakdown of all the upgrades and enhancements we can expect. Firstly, two new characters; Miu and Scardyne, the former is a 15-year-old girl who apparently loves to fight, and the latter is a Forian general. These two meet Leonard and his friends after escaping a bit of a conflict and things progress from there. WKC2 will also boast new visual effects for your attacks and perhaps most importantly, new gameplay systems. You'll once again be able to switch between human and knight form when in combat, and creating your own combination chains is another feature that will return. But it's the new stuff that sounds most encouraging, primarily because it sounds as if the designers really listened to the critics and fans. They obviously want to make the sequel better than the original.
We hear about a "greater sense of speed" due to an updated action gauge and the addition of dash and charge commands. We'll also receive weapon-specific abilities, which will add another level of distinction to each character and of course, a greater importance tied to the weapon you select. "Live Talk" is something familiar; you've heard it in other RPGs (like Final Fantasy XIII): your characters simply make comments based on the battle situation. Lastly, Famitsu talks about counter attacks, a new sensation of distance, and "free defensive timing," although we're not entirely sure what that is... Then there's a new "song" skill, a "Turn Brake" command, and a new "anger mode" for your foes. See? All sorts of new stuff and even if we don't have the details on all of it, it's awesome to hear about.
Related Game(s): White Knight Chronicles 2
3/18/2010 10:21:05 AM Ben Dutka