If you’re looking for a new RPG to kickoff your weekend, “Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom” launched this week on the PS4 and STEAM for PC. The new installment to the franchise was developed by LEVEL-5 Inc., with participation from former Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiyuki Momose and music composed by Joe Hisaishi.

In the game, a treacherous coup has dethroned Evan Pettywhisker Tildrum, the young ruler of Ding Dong Dell. Evan – along with the help of his friends; Roland, Tani, Batu, Lofty, and many others they’ll meet along their journey – will build a new kingdom free of strife while uniting the whole world of Ni no Kuni.

Across Evan’s grand adventure, players can explore a beautifully crafted world filled with exotic locations, a wide cast of characters to encounter, dangerous foes, and plenty of allies eager to help. Supporting Evan on his adventure will be natural phenomena known as Higgledies. The Higgledies will provide invaluable support during battles including offensive and defensive buffs, increasing special attack power for Evan and his friends, and assist in attacking enemies. There are 100 unique Higgledies to collect, each with its own special powers. Mix and match different combinations of Higgledies during combat to strategically secure the upper hand in battles.

“Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom” also has two additional game modes for players to engage in as they progress through the game’s main story. As Evan reclaims his crown in the newly formed kingdom of Evermore, he must manage all aspects of daily life within its borders. Players will erect shops, farms, barracks, and a host of other facilities to increase the economy of Evermore and provide new equipment for Evan and his allies as they venture further into the world. Hire residents to staff these shops and research new items and abilities to increase Evermore’s influence across the land. Evan will also lead an army into skirmish battles. These large-scale battles against other armies will test the resolve of Evan’s military might.

Fans of the franchise can watch the launch trailer below.

“Ni no Kuni II: REVENANT KINGDOM merges a multitude of gameplay styles to create a visually arresting and dynamic gameplay experience,” said Stephen Akana, Brand Manager for
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “From action-packed battles, real-time strategy skirmishes, and kingdom building management, there is always something new for players to uncover.”

The game is available for PS4 ($59 on Amazon) and PC ($59 on Steam).