According to Video gamesIndustry.biz sources, Ni no Kuni and Yo-Kai Watch developer Level-5 has been phasing out its North American studios since Summer 2019. The Level-5 International America and Level-5 Abby studios have been hit with substantial layoffs final yr.
In July 2019, Level-5 International America closed its design division and, earlier this yr, Level-5 Abby COO Yukari Hayakawa was stated to have stepped down from the corporate. As of proper now, Level-5 has not publicly introduced any future North American releases, which begs the query: Have North American operations stopped utterly?
Personally, I haven’t got a lot expertise with Level 5’s Yo-Kai Watch collection, however the two Ni no Kuni video games have been heart-warming Studio Ghibli-informed experiences with nice characters and strong fight. While nothing has been confirmed, I’m hoping that Level-5 nonetheless plans to launch their video games within the West.
[Source: Video gamesIndustry.biz]