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Scheduled release date:

TBA

Publisher:

SCE

Developer:

Level 5

Number Of Players:

1 (2-4 Online Co-Op)

Genre:

RPG

Release Date:

February 2, 2010

We did a preview for this game way back in 2006 but clearly, it’s well past time to issue an updated preview for the sake of all those role-playing fans out there. Heck, this project doesn’t even have the same title anymore! Originally known as White Knight Story, it has since been changed to White Knight Chronicles, and we’ve also learned that it will definitely come to North America at some point. On top of which, we’ve got new interviews, details from E3, and of course, the handy-dandy Fact Sheet straight from SCEA. And so, we embark on the most informative, in-depth, up-to-date preview of one of the most anticipated PS3 RPGs.

First up is the addition of elements that make the game seem more like a blend between a traditional role-playing experience and a MMORPG. The player will be able to customize his or her own avatar and once your character has been created, you can take him to online battlefields in order to level up and discover new equipment and items. Afterwards, your efforts will be rewarded in the single-player campaign because everything you gained online will come with you! In total, there will be six different characters you can control throughout the single-player campaign, and let’s not forget that the main character, Leonard, has the mysterious and powerful ability to transform into the legendary White Knight. It’s here where we learn more about the early back story behind the plot in WKC: at the start, two countries are at war and in order to bring peace to the kingdom, the King of Balandor invites the Duke of Faria to his castle to celebrate his daughter’s coming of age. Unfortunately, a rogue group known as the Magi has other plans and they bust up the party, hell-bent on stealing the power of the White Knight for their own. That power slumbers beneath the castle and the King’s daughter gets caught up in the chaos.

In trying to rescue the princess, Leonard accidentally unlocks the White Knight and from there on, he is able to call him forth into battle. Of course, there are other Knights and Leonard and a group of capable warriors set out to stop the Magi from finding and claiming them. Now, Leonard’s ability is clearly best used against multiple enemies or even whole troops of soldiers, so we assume you’ll have to call upon the White Knight sparingly and strategically. The battle is what has been described as a mix of traditional turn-based and innovative real-time elements, as you will be able to string together a variety of combination attacks with any given character. When we first saw this game in action all that time ago at the Tokyo Game Show 2006, we were amazed at how realistically the characters executed and responded to attacks; they would stumble backwards when deflecting a blow with their shield, and lunge forward aggressively when going on the offensive. This “active turn-based battle system” is also fully customizable, giving the player all the time in the world to set things up just so.

We’ve heard that there will be literally hundreds of items and pieces of equipment to be found, although many of them will only be available in the online portions of the game. Therefore, there’s always plenty of incentive to go online with up to three other players and take on several quests; doing so will invariably give you the edge in the single-player campaign. This is why they’re calling it the “first true online RPG on the PS3.” But if online gaming isn’t your bag, have no fear: the single-player campaign should be plenty robust. You will wander through 13 different stages and 6 towns/villages during your quest to stop the Magi, and the environments will be both diverse and beautiful. And if you’d rather do offline multiplayer, up to three friends can join in on the single-player adventure action. There are any number of possibilities and of course, you’re more than welcome to play on your own, either offline or online. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of WKC is its accessibility, as it doesn’t necessarily “require” you to do anything but play. There’s incentive to try all different aspects of the game, but how you experience WKC is entirely up to you.

And hey, they’re not about to sacrifice any typical single-player RPG depth just because we have online elements. The story is going to take center-stage offline and you’ll be able to build special weapons and items as you progress, so it’s not like you’ll be missing anything from a standard RPG experience. When you’re ready, you can feel free to communicate with other members of the WKC community at GeoNet, where players can have their own blogs and toss up pictures of their exploits. The game gives you something called the “Crystal Camera,” which will let you photograph the more intense and interesting moments during your quest(s), and that’s a nice little feature to have. If you haven’t seen any of the videos we’ve accumulated over the past few months, feel free to take a gander at them now; as you can see, they really do appeal to all sorts of RPG aficionados. It’s one thing to claim your game is a blend of standard and online role-playing elements, but it’s quite another to prove it with the relevant visual. We still don’t have a U.S. release date for White Knight Chronicles, but we assume it’s going to drop some time early next year. If you want to cross your fingers for a holidays 2009 launch, feel free…

Watch the Forgotten Secret Trailer Now!

Watch the Developer Interview Now!

Watch the Opening Cinematic Now!

Watch the Second Cinematic Now!

6/8/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (28 posts)

Victor321
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:17:50 PM
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Sweet, Thank You Very Much for this preview. I can't wait for this game, been itching for a True PS3 RPG, aside from the FF Titles, which are a longer ways off than WKC.

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Highlander
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:13:53 PM

Cross Edge should count as a PS3 RPG.
Valkyria Chronicles, is at least a PS3 J-SRPG and should definitely count too. ;-)

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kratos17
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 1:33:01 AM

dont forget about,

disgaea 3 and eternal sonata

also demon souls is coming out this year

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Victor321
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 6:50:02 AM

lol Yah thanks for refreshing my memory!

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rossinator_99
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:34:14 PM
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stuck deep in ffvii right now...had to go old school trying to find something to fill the gaps between quality rpgs on the ps3. i'm hoping for wkc to live up to pedestal i've put it on.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:53:16 AM

Me too, I'm leveling up on the north continent right now. Oh my god I love FF7.

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Arvis
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 1:58:45 PM

*laughs* I just started replaying Final Fantasy XII this weekend. Does that count as "old school?" :D

-Arvis

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Kevadu
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:53:50 PM
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I've heard credible claims that this won't be released in the US until 2010...if so that's over a year after the original Japanese release. That's just crazy. People were bitching and whining about FFXIII taking a few months for localization so you really ought to be up in arms about this one...

Speaking of FFXIII, if this game really isn't released here until 2010 than it's going to be going head-to-head with S-E's juggernaut title. That just seems like a bad idea.

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Dustinwp
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:49:39 PM

On the playstation blog they said they were trying to localize,add chat support,polish,and fix a few things. So that could probably take about a year. Check their archives if you want to get more info from the interview with one of guys working on it.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:00:42 AM
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LoL, lets just hope that this is the last updated preview for WKC.

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karneli lll
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:30:20 AM
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First heavy rain now this game. No one should be surprised when this game is released and dissapears under the shadows of the 'big fish'.

Still, its worth waiting for

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Qwarktast1c
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:47:26 AM
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this game looks alright

but i think i'm gonna just wait for FF 13 first

have to prioritize my money with the amount of games coming out this year and next :P

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Banky A
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 3:52:07 AM

Blasphemy ^_^

That's still qwarktastic though!

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 3:05:01 AM
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I'm going to wait for the reviews on this, though it does look good, i want to be sure, Famitsu didnt give such a positive review if i remember correctly.

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Banky A
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 3:52:52 AM
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I seriously want to play this. FFIV has gotten me back into the RPG Train.

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Jalex
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 5:50:59 AM
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Level-5 is pretty much synonymous with 'It's a can't miss!' :)

'They’re not about to sacrifice any typical single-player RPG depth just because we have online elements':
Good. That was really my only concern.

Last edited by Jalex on 6/9/2009 5:53:30 AM

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Yogi
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 5:53:57 AM
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needs.. a.. release.. date...

so sick of seeing 'coming soon'


ffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

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N a S a H
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 7:11:14 AM
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Sorry, 2006? LOL

Were there any previews of Duke Nukem?

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Mr Bitey
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 8:40:36 AM
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The reason the game is taking so long to get to the West is because Level-5 is working on extra content.

Features like, an autorun feature and improvements to the targeting system. The extra online missions that have been released since the Japanese launch -- roughly two a month -- will also be on the disc. They're also adding in a town building feature for the online portion.

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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 8:57:07 AM

You have got to be kidding!? that sounds AMAZING! Town building....really!?

This looks and sounds leaps and bounds above any RPG this gen, yes, including FF13.
How anyone can take that commercial, cheese looking Enix game, FF13 over this is miles beyond me.

This is my 2nd most wanted game behind The Last Guardian, we need a release date for Europe too.

Level 5 are the new RPG master's. TRUMPED Enix.

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Mr Bitey
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 10:00:11 AM

Yeah I'm really excited for the games release. It sounds like they are taking there time and improving/adding a lot for the US/EU release. It should be well worth the wait. I'll bet EU will get a release date before the end of the year.

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KBsocks
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 9:40:41 AM
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You know they're going to nail this game for having bad graphics but the thing is it was released in 08 and it's suppose to come out in 2010 which is just ridiculous I'm not sure how many bugs there are to fix, not sure how many new content there going to add but seriously couldn't they just release those as free DLC is their something about having it on the disc that makes it different?

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karneli lll
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 11:18:55 AM

I think Sony's marketing crew were moved to advise developers on when to release their games."No, dont release an rpg this year;it wont have any competition!"

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Robochic
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 11:49:41 AM
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I need this game LOL, can't wait but for the time being i'll continue to play Eternal Sonata.

Ben thanks for the preview :)

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 4:43:48 PM
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**** all those people who say "the gameplay's alright..."

Rpgs are not 'bout freaking combat bull****
Rpgs are about everything tied together.

The story OBVIOUSLY plays a big role. And I believe this game will be beautiful as any rpg out there. It will have beautiful graphics with a very medieval touch. Memorable characters, etc.

Should be fun

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 4:45:05 PM

Combat does matter but if the story has so much meaning/power behind it, it ends up being one of the most loved rpgs around.

I'll go back to games like Skies of Arcadia, Thousand Arms, and even FFVII whose combat system was alright. The materia system was annoying imo.

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smileys_007
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 5:20:58 PM
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@Ben

Hmmm.. WKC will be released this year. When the Japanese version of WKC was released last year, Level-5 had said that the NA version of WKC will be released for 2009. I just hope that WKC won't push through for next year.

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racoon
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:31:39 AM
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looks good its worth a shot

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