Back in October, we told you about an upcoming PlayStation 3 JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Game) called Ni No Kuni. The game is notable not only for its gorgeous graphics, but because it comes from the celebrated animation studio, Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli has been home to Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and the rest of Hayao Miyazaki’s filmography. While he was not personally involved with the game, Ghibli has told other great stories and I hope that Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of them.
A new preview for the game has gone online and gives a better idea of what we can expect from Ghibli’s collaboration with game developer Level-5 (Dragon Quest IX). The story revolves around Oliver, a young boy who is transported to a magical world where he attempts to find his deceased mother. There doesn’t seem to be anything revolutionary about the gameplay, but sometimes it’s better to do a solid job with something familiar rather than innovate for innovation’s sake (I’m looking at you, every Final Fantasy game since Final Fantasy X-2). Hit the jump to check out the preview. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is due out in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2012, but it might get pushed back a little.