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TGS 08: White Knight Chronicles media event

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar Posted by Sr. Social Media Manager

Just a few minutes ago, one of the most anticipated games of Tokyo Game Show was formally unveiled to the media: White Knight Chronicles (called Shirokishi here in Japan). I sat in on the session and, um, chronicled it for you here:

Kentaro Motomura, Producer of White Knight Chronicles, first runs down some key points – Level-5 created this RPG especially for the PLAYSTATION 3, with a key differentiating element of a transforming hero. They’re trying to do something new with this mechanic. You can play solo, or in a group of up to 4 online (more on that later).

Motomura-san gives a quick rundown of the story and then plays a trailer detailing these scenes: During the princess of Balandor’s coming of age ceremony, a group known as the “Wizard” raids the kingdom looking for the power of “Knight.”


A young man named Leonard escapes into a cellar and finds a mysterious set of armor, which transforms him into the White Knight, and he defeates the Wizard’s enormous monster. However, the princess was kidnapped during the battle. Leonard sets off with his newfound power to find the kidnapped princess.

The trailer also reveals a number of other characters, huge beastly monsters, even larger armored creatures, and Leonard’s transformation into the titular White Knight (who is clearly a bad ass). The trailer concludes with a bat-winged airship flapping off into the stratosphere.

Motomura-san now describes the concept of the world – an authentic fantasy world created on an enormous scale. One of the characteristics is that there are lot of enormous creatures in the game, such as a monster so large, it has a town on its back.

Next, character transformation designs are shown – the White Knight, the Black Knight, and the Dragon Knight, which has a pair of wings. All are huge (7 meters high).

More details on who these powerful characters are *before* they transform: Leonard is a young man who works for a wine merchant before being drawn into the events detailed above. Cisna is the aforementioned princess. Yulie and Eldore provide support to Leonard. Yulie is a childhood friend of Leonard, while Eldore is a mysterious warrior lending advice to Leonard.

There are many more major foes shown as well.

OK, now what you were really pining for: the Battle System. Players can freely register commands into the “function palettes”. You can create and name your own combos to be used in an active-time battle using simple controls. Many, many combinations are possible.

Motomura-san talks more about the Knights for which the game is named. Sometimes you (and your friends) are going to come face-to-face with incredibly large enemies, impervious to most of your attacks. But you’ll likely want to transform into one of the huge Knight characters. But it’s possible to fight successfully with a mix of small and transformed warriors.

There will be significant character customization in WKC as well. The created avatar will take part in the epic story Leonard’s companion

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Online vs offline mode: When offline, Leonard is the main character and plays through the story. When online, up to 4 players cooperate to battle as their created character. A video demonstrates a number of characters traveling together through the countryside, the customization options. Male and female characters are shown, with vastly different looks. The type of character (warrior, magic user, etc) is customizable as well. Players can invite others from within the game, and another joins.

The group is then shown taking on a huge troll with a giant club. More areas are then shown, countryside, towns and castles, and other vistas and landscapes.

Now Motomura-san explains the fusion of offline and online modes. Players share money, items, and levels that are earned in one mode into the other. Motomura-san mentions that there are many more new elements to this that will be revealed later.

During the Q&A, Motomura-san assures “a huge number” of online quests, and reiterates that it’s different from the offline “story” mode. It’s basically 2 RPGs in one title.

Shirokishi hits Japan on Christmas Day. There’s not yet a set release date for North America or Europe, but you can be sure we’ll announce that information on the PlayStation.Blog when it happens. Look for more on White Knight Chronicles throughout TGS – we’ll be sure to link out to the best coverage. In the meantime, we’ve got lots of screens here.

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Chrisrahosiris said:

October 10th, 5:02 am

I am importing this game. Don’t worry though, I’ll buy it again when it is released stateside.

solidreid said:

October 10th, 5:06 am

I can’t wait for this game!

neo_bahamut said:

October 10th, 5:19 am

Awesome! just awesome!

TheZed said:

October 10th, 5:21 am

Woo hoo! Finally the flow of JRPGs for the PS3 is in sight. I can’t wait.

Rayziel said:

October 10th, 5:28 am

I’ve been waiting for this game since it was first announced(White Knight Story back then).

FFObsessed said:

October 10th, 5:29 am

This is what we need more of SONY, Japanese RPGs! It’s what made PlayStation so special in the first place, and now Microsoft are paying for them all.

I know SCEA listen, but do Sony Japan care what their fans want?

Why havn’t they secured FFVII Remake which PS fans have been begging for since 2005!
Are we going to get the next Suikoden? The next Phantasy Star? Persona? Shin Megami? Is Star Ocean ever gonna hit PS3? Tales of…?

It’s a ridiculous situation for PS3 to be in, and if Sony want the PS3 to be a success in Japan AND in the West, they need to sort it out.

Davitr0n said:

October 10th, 5:39 am

Thanks for the info. *wipes the drool from his mouth*
I am very excited about this game.

The news about online play is icing on the cake.

Andronix said:

October 10th, 5:53 am

Although I’m STILL playing Oblivion, I’m desperate for a new Japanese RPG. So I’m very excited to hear about the new play mechanics and that White Knight Chronicles will play like two games in one. Hopefully the western localisation will be quick!

big_king_kill said:

October 10th, 6:01 am

Thanks for the update this game looks sweet!

indigovenom said:

October 10th, 6:02 am

this sounds awesome. I am more excited about this than FF. To be honest i almost feel that we should get together and boycott square enix. They really aren’t showing any love for their fans. I know many people bought ps3’s thinking that they would get all this SE goodness. but square has quickly jumped ship. i may start a blog petition.

indigovenom said:

October 10th, 6:06 am

oh sorry to comment again but since this is exclusive is it possible for them to give it the non-region specific treatment. you know like how uncharted and R&C and R:FOM are. they change based on your region settings.

wu-stix said:

October 10th, 7:11 am

2009 is going to be the year for sony. Can’t wait for this one.

LokeSTL said:

October 10th, 7:18 am

At last, let’s get the PS3 RPG’s rollin’! I think that this will be a day one buy for me. Now I just need to know when day 1 is…

Modster79 said:

October 10th, 7:21 am

I’m not usually into RPGs but this looks REALLY good :p

Trieloth said:

October 10th, 7:56 am

Sounds and looks Great! Four player sounds even better. :)

babybluedb said:

October 10th, 7:57 am

you guys are breaking my bank aocount and wallet please stop making these awesome games that you know ill buy. im already buying and secong PS3 and a second PSP 3000 built in mic whoooooo.

wow i remember when i was one of the blog people shouting for more are RPG’s this should hold me over until the bigest RPG game of all time comes out and you know which one.

RandomEarthling said:

October 10th, 8:05 am

Wow. I haven’t been into RPG’s lately (not a lot of time to play games) but this one looks different and interesting. This looks and sounds better than Final Fantasy so SqeEnix better work a little faster. Thanks for the update.

Drackir said:

October 10th, 8:09 am

Wow. This game looks awesome. I hope it doesn’t take too long to come to NA.

WilliaM said:

October 10th, 8:09 am

I have never pre-ordered a game but im pre-ordering this game. It looks so damn beautiful and its an RPG.

Absolutely stunning.

d3adpool75 said:

October 10th, 8:10 am

Finally a promising RPG. I thought there was no light at the end of the tunnel for a while here.

Keep up the good work guys!

jorgiex said:

October 10th, 8:28 am

I must admit this looks like one of those games that would only work on the PS3. Great graphics, unique gameplay conrols and a vary japanese feel to the whole
That’s not a bad thing, it’s the reason you would buy a PS3. I really hope things go well for this game.

Daver said:

October 10th, 8:29 am

This game is gonna be awesome!! cant wait for the release date XD

Toast said:

October 10th, 8:37 am

Game looks amazing, can’t wait until it’s out stateside =D

Keith K said:

October 10th, 8:52 am

Looks awesome! I’ve been skeptical about this game thus far and remain slightly so until I see it in motion. However Im genuinely gaining excitement. I do love Level 5’s PS2 offerings.

The game clearly does not run in the rumoured 1080p, however I never believed that, for a second, to be the case. Chances are the HUD will be output in 1080p and they will claim the game to be 1080p based on that. Lies, but fairly common lies these days.

The game does appear to be looking very nice in its native 720p, let’s hope their PR just leaves it at that.

blazndragon0 said:

October 10th, 9:43 am

I want it!

King_James said:

October 10th, 10:09 am

This game looks GREAT!

King_James said:

October 10th, 10:24 am

I’m really impressed with this game. Consider it purchased

Wollan said:

October 10th, 10:56 am

Must say I really appreciated this report.

I’m glad it was posted from the audience angle as I can see how it can be troublesome for one media employee to arrange international meeting schedules across the company and so forth.

What I’m saying is I’m glad this was posted at all instead of waiting for whatever official US PR or Sony internal meeting to get whatever info.

If you have info, directly from speaking with the source or slightly off-hand, get it on the blog.

GGCAN said:

October 10th, 11:07 am

Thanks Jeff…looks interesting.

zeke2040 said:

October 10th, 11:39 am

this is great news… now co-op on a RPG finally… now i can’t play RPG with friends too… yahoo!

Ortohinco said:

October 10th, 11:44 am

Even after so many years of development, the game looks worse then Star Ocean 4.

Honestly, this game will disappoint.

eric1018 said:

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afrosheen said:

October 10th, 12:23 pm

I’m still wondering how Sony lost the RPG crown to Microsoft. Especially considering how Japanese companies don’t like doing business with them. Didn’t anyone at Sony talk to SE and others before the PS3 was released?

moe24 said:

October 10th, 12:41 pm


samrican said:

October 10th, 3:47 pm

sweet i cant wait to play this game. 100hrs of awesomeness.

IceBow said:

October 10th, 3:50 pm

I need a good RPG, haven’t played one in a while, due to the fact that there are none for the PS3.

MadmanVol2 said:

October 10th, 4:49 pm

So John,

Now that Bionic Commando has been pushed back to 2009, and you’ve been proven a liar twice over now…

…are you going to apologize to the masses that you conned into purchasing BC Rearmed before it was finished, or are you going to continue to delay the trophy patch and pretend like this was the plan all along?

hehe1 said:

October 10th, 6:13 pm

Finally some more info on the game… Now I want it even more than before…

mrnagy88 said:

October 10th, 9:40 pm

Christmas day, that’s pretty mean :-p

Protopet said:

October 11th, 1:39 pm

Make sure this game at least supports keyboard functionality(plug in a keyboard through USB) for text chat.
While keyboard functionality is necessary, voice chat is also crucial. I don’t think anyone wants to type on the keyboard while they are fighting some huge monster. This is much more efficient, effective, and modern. All games now support voice chat and it would be disappointing if WKC didn’t have it.
Also, try to higher the squad/group count. It would be really cool to work with 10-20 guys online all trying to complete goals, defeat huge enemies, leveling up, etc. This game should have a really good party system.

Otherwise, the game is looking great! I hope we don’t have to wait to long before it comes out in NA.

Darkness57 said:

October 11th, 2:11 pm

We really do need some more RPG’s.

Joakim Hagdahl said:

October 12th, 1:29 am

Jeff: Is there any chance more footage of the gameplay will be released?

While the footage shown was good it was a bit bare, I think it was just one fight against that large troll.

kenshinhimura said:

October 12th, 5:52 am

PS3 really needs a JRPG killer to restore the confidence of Japanese.
To me this time round, PS3 is losing most of the exclusivity to XBOX360 unlike during PS/PS2 period.
What’s going on this time? Sony is not interested in PS3 anymore and trying to speed up for PS4?

Heavenly_King said:

October 12th, 10:34 am

The first and second pic look so AWESOME!!!! Hopefully the whole game will look like that when it is finished.

Johnny5-1985 said:

October 12th, 11:45 am

The graphics remind me of Kingdom Hearts. The White Knight does look like one of those Big “Nobodies” boses from Kingdom Hearts 2. Can’t wait for this game to come out. Online play does look great…No other RPG games will do this for quite sometime. Thanks to Square-Enix Final Fanstasy XIII could have had online play.

Split said:

October 12th, 1:58 pm

Looks like it could be quite a good game for 2009.

40cal said:

October 12th, 7:26 pm

I think I might be more excited for White Night than FFXIII. Yeah I said it!

40cal said:

October 12th, 7:27 pm

oops! Knight. :)

B-Rein said:

October 13th, 6:30 am

white knight chronicles is just the best looking rpg so far, i cant wait for this game!!!!

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