By Jeff Neuenschwander / April 12th, 2014
Yo-kai Watch has been a big success for developer and publisher Level-5, selling nearly 700,000 since its release last year, with more than half coming from the anime started in January. So it’s no surprise that Level-5 would want to build on that success. The May 2014 issue of Monthly Corocoro Comic has revealed the company will release two versions of Yo-kai Watch 2—subtitled Ganso (Founder) and Honke (Head)—on July 10th, 2014, nearly one year to the day of the release of the original Yo-kai Watch.
Yo-kai Watch 2 will explain the origin of the Watch, as well as send Keita and his friends back in time thanks to a demon. The game will also feature two new characters: a boy from the past named Keizō—who resembles Keita—and a cat yōkai named Dekanyan. The game will have new events, such as bicycle racing, as well as a new mechanic that will have you climb the school flagpole to help you look for yōkai. In addition, players who already went through the first game will be able to befriend special yōkai in the second game.
The Yo-kai Watch franchise was announced back in 2011 and has seen manga, video game, and anime incarnations since 2012. The first game hasn’t been announced for localization yet, but it appears Level-5 has been gauging interest in bringing the game to Western markets.
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