Level-5 Launches New Ni no Kuni Game in the West – Includes Crypto and Blockchain, Will Add NFTs

Level-5 may have scaled back its Western operations, but it’s still releasing new titles in that part of the world.

After a local launch of The Fantasy Life Online for mobile last december now released the game free to download Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds for PC and smartphones with the help of Korean developer Netmarble.

As stunning as its trailer is (featuring “actual gameplay footage” and referencing a collaboration with famed Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli), it seems this game isn’t quite as innocent as it looks. the air.

As Kotaku pointed out, it’s actually filled with “crypto nonsense”:

“It’s actually a gacha game that also contains b***s*** cryptocurrency. Netmarble has its own cryptocurrency wallet called Marblex, and as this website helpfully points out, players can take in-game items, exchange them for Netmarble’s Asterite or Territe tokens (which are currencies you can trade on Marblex), and then exchange them for other cryptocurrencies.

And here’s an image of the trading process, taken straight from the game’s website:

Image: Level 5, Netmarble

If that wasn’t already enough, the front page of the website also mentions the “blockchain system” in place, and the game’s roadmap includes the addition of NFT in Q4 2022…

“Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds uses a gameplay-based blockchain system, giving players who enjoy Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds the ability to play to earn tokens through gameplay.

“Players can acquire two types of tokens in the Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds blockchain system, and our team will do our best to preserve the values ​​of the tokens.”

Ni No Kuni Cross Worlds
Image: Level 5, Netmarble

Level 5, as mentioned earlier, would have toned down its focus on the west. Its most recent release on the Switch was the Japan-only mech RPG, Megaton Musashi.

If all of this somehow got you in the Ni no Kuni mood, there are some great Ni no Kuni games you can try on the Switch: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. Level-5 is also best known for other series like Inazuma Eleven, Professor Layton and the Yo-kai Watch.

What are your thoughts on turning the Ni no Kuni series into a mobile and PC game like this? Leave your thoughts below.

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