Scheduled release date:
March 25, 2014
NIS America
Nippon Ichi Software
Number Of Players:
Release Date:
March 18, 2014

Nippon Ichi has been giving JRPG fanatics fantastically engaging, wonderfully in-depth productions for years. Granted, you really have to be a confirmed JRPG aficionado to appreciate what this developer brings to the table. However, if you are a member of that extremely passionate albeit niche group, you know all about NIS, which is why you’re anticipating The Witch and the Hundred Knight . A new top-down hack ‘n slash quest that blends old-school Zelda gameplay with role-playing complexity, this one has loads of potential.

Given the odd name, one might assume that the setting and narrative are a tad wacky. …and one would be right. That’s classic NIS, though, so the fans won’t be surprised in the slightest. There’s this witch, see, and she’s destined to remain trapped in a smelly, grimy swamp. We’re not really sure why she’s stuck there and in fact, neither is she. Hence, she sets out to expand the restricting boundaries of her swamp, so she can discover more of the world. She’ll need some help, though, and that’s where the Hundred Knight comes in. Apparently, he’s a single individual that is comprised of a group of 99 other knights, which is why the word “knight” isn’t pluralized in the title. Bizarre, but accurate.

Anyway, combat will be the unexpected centerpiece. It’s a real-time, combo-based system that demands your attention. You can actually equip up to five weapons at any given time; each weapon can land an individual strike during a complex combo attack. Additionally, you’ll have access to killer skills and special summons, and you can change your character class for even more variety. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each class will be critical, as will your timing and execution during enemy encounters. Based on the screenshots and media released thus far, the battles appear a tad chaotic, so keep a close eye on your foes.