By Tom Tolios / July 9th, 2015
The Witch and the Hundred Knight was an action RPG from Nippon Ichi Software released for Playstation 3 first in Japan in 2013 and then in North America and Europe in 2014. In the game, you control a powerful being known as the Hundred Knight who is under the thrall of a malicious young witch named Metallia. She dispatches you on missions with the intent on expanding her influence and getting revenge on people that she felt had slighted her in her past. It was noteworthy for having a darkly comical narrative with many wicked plot twists and a somewhat cruel protagonist in Metallia. The game was not very well received despite showing some promise and the kernel of a good game that just didn’t seem to have enough refinement or polish to it. It had wonderful graphics, animation and art direction and a very grindy advancement mechanic as one would expect of the people that brought you the Disgaea series.
Well, Nippon Ichi Software believes the potential of this IP has yet to be fully tapped and they want you to do the same so they’re coming out with an enhanced version called The Witch and the Hundred knight Revial for Playstation 4. The game is slated for release in Japan on September 25 of this year and now Germany’s USK rating board has rated the game USK 16, which they would normally only do if a release was forthcoming. This is pretty good news for fans of the original release and NIS games in general. Also, the western release confirmation in Europe likely means that a North American launch isn’t that far behind. Here’s a screenshot of USK’s site along with the rating:
For the Revival edition, the game’s getting upgrades in both graphics and framerate and a new area called the ‘Phantom Tower’ is being added for players to explore. The way you will access the Phantom Tower is by sacrificing a weapon in your inventory, and the level of the weapon determines the threat level of the enemies you will face within. You’ll also be able to summon Metallia in the Phantom Tower by gathering enough Concentration Mana, and once she’s on the board you can play as her and put all of her considerable might at your disposal. There is also going to be a Metallia mode in the game. Check out the trailer below to get a look at what you can expect out of the enhanced update.
I was pretty excited to try out the original version of The Witch and the Hundred Knight when it first debuted in North America and while I can’t say that the game gave me everything I was hoping for, there were definitely some strong elements that made it a memorable experience. Perhaps with all the enhancements and additional game modes, we will finally see everything Nippon Ichi Software intended for gamers the first time around.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight Revival is scheduled to be released in Japan on September 25, 2015. A release in the west has been confirmed but there is no release date scheduled as of yet. Are you interested in giving the game a chance, or another chance if you’ve already played it once? Let us know in the comments section below!
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