The Japan-based developer and publisher Level-5 is best known by Nintendo fans for charming series like Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven and in more recent times Yo-Kai Watch. Originally established in 1998, the company is now 20-years old.
In celebration of Level-5's 20th anniversary, Famitsu is teasing an interview with the company's President Akihiro Hino in its next issue, due out on 25th October. According to the weekly Japanese publication, a "possible revival for a canceled title" is on the cards.
There's no guarantee it would be a Nintendo-related announcement, but given Level-5's current relations with Nintendo and the fact Yo-Kai Watch 4 is due out exclusively on the Switch next year, there's a chance.
Are you excited to find out what this possible revival could be? Are you a fan of Level-5's work? Do you like the look of the new Yo-Kai Watch on the Switch? Tell us in the comments below.
It would be great for another Switch exclusive from Level 5, but even if it is not exclusive I would hope it would be on Switch.
In my opinion, Level 5 are a very good (and often underrated) game developer.
All the best for the next 20 years!
I also hope for Ni No Kuni games to come to Switch as they would be perfect for the platform (but I know they aren’t what this announcement is about).
I want more professor layton please! Like a game with Layton and Luke all grown up
Remember this game on year 2014 ?
If I remember correctly both received a re-release on PS4 a few years back...
@neufel think Dark Cloud is partly owned by Sony, pretty sure Level 5 mentioned they have wanted to make a 3rd but couldn't without Sony approval and they haven't given it, that we know of. *Think it might be the case with Rogue Galaxy also, which means any revival would probably only be on PS anyway.
Fantasy Life 2?
Fantasy Life 2 would indeed make me happy.The first was an absolute joy to play on the 3ds.
But I'd be happy with whatever it is.All their games are great ...although I can't comment on the Yokai Watch games as I have yet to try one.
Please let it be Ushiro.
@Kienda Ni no Kuni 1 & 2 on Switch would be great!
Harry Potter created by Level-5 ??
ok, yet ANOTHER weak, waste my time article...
let me say what was really said without the worthless fillers...
Level 5 is 20 years old, they cancelled a game, they may or may not bring it back, they won't hint at a title or even the genre, just that they MIGHT make a game !!!
WTH Man ???
waste of a whole page and two minutes of my time, even with all the cheap Styrofoam filler, couldn't even come up with more than a few sentences, damn, put some work into your work, not just keep posting reworded bits of wastefull info you find on Google.
Give me a job as reporter, I'll make some REAL worthwhile articles, I'm not one of those who b***h and whine but not willing to get into it myself, give me a job and I'll put out. shame some of the writers here big
Fantasy Life 2 for Switch please!
I liked Inazuma Eleven on the 3ds a lot.
Fantasy life for the switch whould be awesome!
@jhewitt3476 Id say you were better off sticking to being a physicist or whatever it is you say you do
On topic Fantasy Life would be awesome.
Snack World Gold in the west would be nice. Also a proper sequel to Fantasy Life and having the Ni No Kuni series back on a Nintendo system would be good too.
@jhewitt3476 while I agree most of the articles here lately have been low quality recently. You've only yourself to blame if you wasted your time and decided to click the article.
How am I supposed to know if the article is a wasteful tripe if I don't give it a chance and try to read it ???
the title gave me hope to see what game they were going to put out. but bam, got here and got nothing.
a paradoxial circle it may be, but I refuse to just do like some people and trash something I don't experience personally
I'd say the writing on here is fine. Some of the comments I read daily though could certainly be considered both worthless and tripe. If people are unhappy with the writing there are plenty of other fan sites available same goes for people who complain daily about how much they hate the Switch there's other consoles out there no one is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to keep a Switch.
Who cares? It’s a cancelled title.... I mean is it an interesting tidbit, sure, but nothing something that’s worth teasing like it’s some huge deal.
They should host another GUILD series of smaller indie-style games. Some of those were real gems for me, like Attack of the Friday Monsters!, Crimson Shroud, Starship Damrey and Weapon Shop de Omasse.
Maybe they dug up their old True Fantasy Live Online code from the original Xbox that was canned by MS and ported it over to Switch.
Layton for switch please
Dark Cloud 3 plz
@jhewitt3476 Yes because only the best news articles sum up its contents within a few short sentences so simple that a 3rd grader could pass it off as an English assignment.
Dark Cloud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v701fW803dQ
Never got around to playing Professor Layton games, what type of gameplay are they ???
from the boxes and some of other people's descriptions, I could just not understand why it seemed to be so almost virally popular
(this is not sarcasm or facetious statement, it's is an actual inquiry for my own personal edification and curiosity)
@Supadav03 I believe the implication is that they will un-cancel the title, essentially making it a new game announcement.
@Anti-Matter Wonderflick was the first game that popped into my head. Maybe they think it would do better on the Switch where they could offer both touchscreen and normal controls. Though Dark Cloud 3 would be good ascwell, I liked 1 and 2 was better in every way.
Haha! You're awesome! You wasted at least as much time posting all those (long) comments on this page. Your day must feel like such a waste
@jhewitt3476 Well, you could start a games blog or pod cast to begin with. I’d read it if it was any good. If it was really good then the industry peeps may take notice and bang, you’re in!
Passion for Change plus Talent is a receipt for success.
I know, that's what I was trying to say earlier, but my problem is with so many of the articles written are like this one, misleading, incomplete, pointless or a combination of two or more, either there is no news and they are trying to make up worthless reading or they are scrounging around to print anything so they can stay involved with NL
out of fairness, I'm NOT talking about ALL of the reporters here, there are two that are most consistent with the tripe, but I won't mention names, you can figure out for yourselves
I'm just saying, either put some work into your work or don't post it at all
I mean really, it seems like they got what little info they did from other public sources and just reworded and/or scrounged on Google for a tidbit, but then didn't bother to actually try and find out more.
the article about the stand that has a little extra space so you can plug in your Switch in, hey how about a little extra, are there any others that compare to this product ??? how about for a few bucks more, some of the really cool battery packs that are also stands
it was more an advertisement than an informative article, and I see far too many of these every day
they call themselves "reporters", but no real news site or paper would hire people who try and publish such incomplete crap, if NL told me to write about this article, I'd recommend not trying to do it or tell them either to pass it to another person, I would not embarrass myself like this
I tried to start a tutorial vid page on my YouTube for physics and quantum physics, but the cameras at the school were such crap, I looked like shnizzit and it was boring as frack and couldn't find an editor to work on the vids with me, so I decided not to do it yet, because it just didn't look professional and I refuse to not do it until I can do it RIGHT
@jhewitt3476 I have to agree that the quality of the writing here has declined substantially in recent months. I really just come here for the comment sections now and rarely do more than skim the few sentences they squeeze out of whatever insignificant news they see on reddit. That’s just my opinion.
I totally agree and it proves my point exactly, the posters here actually do the hard work trying to find info that is missing from these crap type articles and that's patheting, but also the reason I keep coming back to shnizzit articles, because the posters will do the actual work and fill in all the missing and messed up work of the actual reporter
If it was something previously cancelled, it's not going to be a port of something that was already released elsewhere.
So the only thing I can think of is True Fantasy Online, unless there was a cancelled White Knight game at some point (though I don't think there was).
@jhewitt3476 they are puzzle games so you have normally around 200 brain teasers to solve. Its presented in an anime style. Its heavy on the narative. They are fantastic games. It was the sole reason i first bought a ds. They nornally last around 50hours if u dont use google i absolutly recommend u try it out
I just might try it, thanx bro
I think I'm the only one expecting it to be an LBX game haha.
Come ooooooon True Fantasy Live Online!
...They really need to try and give Strikers another chance. Even though I didn't stay into it back then, I wouldn't mind giving it another go.
True Fantasy Live Online, was an Xbox Original exclusive MMORPG but Microsoft hates Japan so it fell through
I would love to see it on Switch
Please be Fantasy Life 2 for Switch!
I, too, am extremely tired of these click-baity articles. As is usual on NL over the last year, I see a lot of words...that that say very little, if anything meaningful or newsworthy.
Even worse is how the writers are generally talking down their readers. It's almost an insult of our intelligence to be shown nothing with such great - bordering on immature - enthusiasm.
And don't even get me started on the cringy italicized paragraphs tacked on the end that are always forced and demeaning. NL assumes that their readers aren't intelligent enough to read through an article and then - on their own - come up with comments without first being asked a number of totally inane questions. It's especially cringy on articles like this one - where almost nothing was said - and yet they're still scraping the bottom of the barrel, pretending like there's anything to discuss.
I hate even complaining about this, but it's hard not to. This site has gone from being a serious-yet-still charming source for Nintendo news (remember the amazing sub-headline puns?) to being site being almost entirely dedicated to getting comments and clicks, presumably for the sake of increasing ad revenue. It's all business - and that "business" has apparently come at the cost of both quality and integrity. Lots of fluff articles, inflated reviews, and - in many cases - news that's old before it's even reported. Many of the reviews seem biased, and surprisingly deficient in vital information that could inform a customer of what sort of gameplay they might expect before making a purchase.
I'm just very disappointed. I wish there was another Nintendo-only site as active and as easy to navigate as this one, but, I've yet to find one with a community as large as this one. This basically means that NL's large readership is being taken for granted and - more and more - we're being forced to endure articles like this one. I can't help put to blame this on Dom's leadership - or lack thereof.
It's totally unacceptable. Get it together, guys.
It has to be a game with that airplane which I recall was voted the most popular Level-5 character years ago!
Rogue Galaxy 2?
Kaio: King of Pirates
Fantasy Life 2 was not cancelled, folks. It released on mobile in Japan recently and was renamed Fantasy Life Online.
@MarkyVigoroth Came here to post this. Does Comcept count? Because I was torn when that game got cancelled.
to be fair to NL i just think game news is thin on the ground at the moment, it's been a very weak year from Nintendo in terms of the games. yes i agree this article is a perfect example of nothingness but clearly this site is not famitsu or in favour with Nintendo, they seem to have to live off the scraps of the real industry insiders. lots of slow news days recently and the videos are even worse in terms of meaningless guff but again i don't think NL has a lot else to write about! plus they need to make money at the end of the day so clickbait and affiliate link heavy articles are a must for them.
I initially mis-read the headline as Factor 5 not Level-5 and was hoping we were finally getting that cancelled remake of the Rogue Squadron games...
Oh my god Fantasy Life 2 please... I dove into Fantasy Life for hundreds of hours on the 3DS...
Let me add my voice to the chorus and say that a Fantasy Life sequel for Switch would be a dream come true.
@jhewitt3476 between the word “tease” in the headline and “what could it be?” in the sub-heading, I think it was pretty obvious that this article wasn’t going to confirm what the game was - if they knew the title would be “Factor 5 resurrecting Fantasy Life” or some such.
The article exists mainly to spur on the debate and kickstart some conjecture, see what people would like to see. I read it knowing it would be pure speculation, and a genuine curiosity to see what games these guys have made that I don’t know about.
I don’t think the quality of the writing on the site is the issue, I think it’s more that there is a growing number of articles that are pure conjecture based on the smallest of teases. It is borderline clickbait, but at the same time you can guarantee that someone will complain that they’re not doing their job if they don’t inform us readers of every little titbit of potentially relevant info. And we all feed into it.
@BulkSlash me too
Here’s a thought out of curiosity would it be possible if they would revive that canceled game before Kaio King of pirates. It looks like it’ll have potential for a successful series. I may not know why they canceled it due to development problems or other thing but if they would to find a solution and use that to tackle the problem to begin than maybe they could manage to make the game without any problems, also if they couldn’t do it on the 3ds than why not the switch? It would has more open possibilities than before.
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