Sometimes I wonder why I read certain news with excitement. As is the case with this White Knights Chronicles 2 article that I found via N4G. The reality is that I really enjoyed playing WKC:I however I am nowhere near finishing it and I have not picked it up in weeks. Maybe this weekend …
As revealed earlier in the week, White Knight Chronicles 2 includes the original White Knight Chronicles in full. In an interview with 4gamer today, series director Toshiyuki Kusuda revealed that those without clear data from the original are going to be forced to play through the original’s story before starting up with the sequel.
If you do have a clear file, you’ll be presented with a choice of starting from the very beginning, complete with character creation, or continuing from the end of the first game. If you choose to start from the beginning, you’ll get to keep your items and such, but you’ll start back at level 1. This unfortunately also means that your character will be level 1 even when playing the online “live” mode. If you choose to start from the sequel’s starting point, your character will reset to below level 35.
Even if you did clear the original, you may want to replay it in the form that’s included with White Knight Chronicles 2. The game has been updated with the gameplay systems from the sequel. Kusuda feels that players of the original will be able to play it with a new feel thanks to the updates.
This story gives us several things to consider. First, having WKC 1 and 2 in the same package is a tremendous value. Second, those of us playing WKC:I basically paid $60 for the privilege of playing an unfinished game now instead of waiting for the sequel. Third, the developers have tried to make up for this and perceived gameplay flaws by allowing WKC 1 to be played again using improvements in WKC 2. Finally, I have not read that WKC 2 is confirmed for the U.S.
Let’s be honest, WKC is a nitche title with “cult classic” status. The mainstream press and most gamers could give a rat’s ass about WKC, so if you made it this far, there is a special place waiting for you one day in Gaming Nirvana.